Zonta Club of Makati and Environs


A celebration of acts of courage and determination by women who played an impressive role in our history and our communities.

The beauty of a single yellow rose has been a favorite Zonta symbol for nearly 4 decades now. In 1983, District 16 (New Zealand) former governor Valerie Webster proposed a breed of roses that must be developed as a symbol of Zonta International and in the same year, renowned England-based nursery Harkness Roses cultivated the flower. The following year, the Zonta Rose was introduced by Zontian Maureen Ross at the Sydney Convention. It is registered internationally under the name Hartanna rose. The Zonta Rose is much more than a lovely flower. Each year since 1999, Zonta celebrates Rose Day which coincides with International Women’s Day which falls on March 8.

This day is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of past Zontians and to prepare for the challenges which lie ahead as Zonta International continues to strengthen efforts in improving the lives of women around the world. Zontians worldwide are encouraged to publicly distribute yellow roses or anything that bears the image of yellow roses.

This year, ZCME celebrated Rose Day by recognizing 26 members from various fields of profession and awarded for their exceptional and impactful work which helped to bring about change and creating an impact in the lives of many other women.

This year’s honorees are:

10 Years 20 Years 30 Years 40 Years 50 Years
Jeannie Abaya
Stephania Blanco
Lucy Florendo
Olivia Ferry
Erlinda E. Panlilio
Celia Angeles
Lourraine Co
Fortune Ledesma
Alice Guerrero
Melanie de Leon
Maria Goolsby
Carol Llanillo
Olivia Villafuerte
Rosie Go
Melissa Romualdez
Maritess Pineda
Virginia Lane
Teresa Tan
Mita Rufino
Carina Lebron
Vicky Wieneke
Beng Puyat
Jennifer Leviste
Cora Tan
Josephine Zabarte
Nenita Tan

Each was presented with a yellow rose pin and thanked for their continuous work towards the empowerment of women through Zonta’s various services and advocacy in improving the economic, education, and health condition of women in the Philippines.