By Annalyn S. Jusay
The Inner Wheel Club of Muntinlupa Filinvest District 383 recently marked its 15th Chapter Anniversary and 14th Induction and Turnover Ceremony. The club’s new set of officers is led by Dr. Riza Oben-Dormiendo, renowned beauty queen and philanthropist, who achieved accolades such as Mrs. Face of Beauty International 2019 and Mrs. Tourism Ambassador of Humanity 2023.
Besides President Riza, the club’s roster of officers includes PDC Prof Alice Lucas, IPP Rizabeth Angcahan, DEO/PP Beth Wu, PP Nelly Pagaruan, CVP/PP Annabella Pablo, Sec Merle Bisona, Past Treasurer Elsa Chung, Club Treasurer Virginia Sahban, Club Editor Ezel John, CISO Fe Habig Zur, and Support Officer Maryann Legarda. The induction took place at the new Brittany Hotel in BGC was graced by the presence of District Chairman Analie Bolinao as well as Undersecretary Sandy Montano of the Philippine Commission on Women.
Riza has established herself as a prominent figure in the local fashion scene and even earned a Best Actress Award during the fashion film competition at the 2022 Manila International Fashion Week. Despite her glamorous pursuits, she remains dedicated to the Inner Wheel club’s mission of selfless service to humanity. The responsibility offers her another avenue to serve the community, especially those less fortunate. Under Riza’s watch, IWC Muntinlupa Filinvest has earned a reputation as one of the most active Inner Wheel Clubs in the city.
Riza expressed, “It has been barely six months since I was chosen as the President of Inner Wheel Club of Muntinlupa Filinvest, but we have already engaged in a flurry of socio-civic activities. We even crossed a river to distribute relief goods. It’s very tiring, but it’s all worth it, she shared.
Wearing multiple hats as a multi-awarded socio-civic leader, Riza tirelessly involves herself in a lot of activities. One week, she participates in a feeding program for underprivileged children, and on another day, she brings joy to children battling cancer at a public hospital. This benevolent philanthropist strongly advocates for animal welfare and women’s rights, particularly health screening. As an entrepreneur, she also strives to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for families in need.
“I believe in what Mother Teresa said, ‘It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.’ I hope this will guide me as I carry out my role as Club President for 2023-2024.” she noted. Riza’s dedication to charity work is truly inspiring!