Glance on the 2008 JCI Philippines Simultaneous Area Conference
last September 5-7, 2008
I Conference - “Be Better – Moving
Together as One”
was the theme for Area I Conference. Held at the newly constructed
Dormitories of the La Sallete University Campus in Santiago City,
Isabela. It was hosted by the Cagayan Valley LOMs led by JCI Alicia
Kapagayan. The Conference was Chaired by NEVP Bernard Dy and
Conference Director Marilou Diaz. With the dynamic support of the
host NVP Jeng Reyes and the LGU officials in the province who throw
their all out support to the COC made the conference to be
memorable. The affair was known for its outstanding seminars, sports
activities, fellowship and tours. It was attended by more than
hundred fifty delegates from Ilocandia, Northern Luzon, Cagayan
Valley and Central Luzon regions.
- “Be Better-Active Citizenship”
was adapted as this year’s theme for Area 2 Conference. Held at the
Canyon Woods in Batangas City and hosted by JCI San Juan
Pinaglabanan. The affair is remembered by the hotly contested Area
elections for the NEVP position. It was attended by more than 200
delegates coming from Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan Region.
Delegates enjoyed the fellowship, fun games and sports activities
plus the well attended seminars. Thanks to the dynamic leadership
of its Chairman, NEVP Louie Basilio with the full support of the
conference organizing committee led by Conference Director Marilyn
Manansala and LOM President Scarlet G. Jocson.
AREA 3 -
Luzon Area Conference (SOLAC) 2008” -
“Be Better… One Area 3; Breaking the
Bounderies ” was theme for the Area Three Conference.
The Opening Ceremonies was held at the TICC, the opening and closing
Plenary and seminars were held at the Casino Filipino in Tagaytay
and the awarding and closing ceremonies was also held at the Casino
Filipino. Hosted by the JCI Cavite City Magiting the conference
proves to be successful. The main attraction of the Conference was
the yearly Search for “Ms. SOLAC” and Ms. Waling-Waling Search”.
Led by Conference Director Kharla Luneta with the full support of
the JCI Cavite members led by LO Pres. Fernando S. Baron. The
Conference was chaired by NEVP Jose Melvin Pineda who made sure that
all the activities and events were not to be missed. Around 200
plus delegates attended the said affair.
AREA 4 -
Area Conference (VISARCON)
- “Be Better”
was the theme for the Area Four Conference. Held at the
majestic Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City known to be the city of
smiles. The Visarcon was hosted by JCI Bacolod and was led by its
Conference Chairperson, NEVP Joni May A. Tan and successfully
handled by its beautiful Conference Director Louise Therese
Ang back up by the energetic host LOM President Kermith
Huberas despite limited manpower whipped up an exciting concoction
of seminars and thrilling night parties and events that made the
delegates excited during fellowship nights! Less than two hundred
delegates coming from the different islands of the Visayas plus some
other delegates coming from other areas attended the affair.
AREA 5 -
Area Conference -
“Be Better-Active Citizenship - Making Things Better”
was the theme for the Area 5 Conference held at newly renovated
Alindahaw Hotel located at the heart of Pagadian City. It was
attended by around 250 delegates who enjoyed the hospitality of the
host LOM, the JCI Greater Pagadian led by Conference Director Taton
Padayhag and LO President Ace Cerilles with NEVP Romeo Nasara, Jr.
of the JCI Iligan as the Conference Chairman. Delegates enjoyed the
festive opening ceremony at the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Capitol
where sumptuous food and overflowing beverages were served. The rest
of the activities like plenaries and seminars were held the
Alindahaw Hotel while awarding ceremonies was held at the spacious
covered court of Provincial Capitol building where also all the
fellowship nights were held. The affair was fully supported by local
and national officials led by Cong. Tony Cerilles, with his wife the
incumbent Gov. Aurora Cerilles and Pagadian City Mayor Antonio Co
who are JCI Senators and avid supporters of the JCI organization.
The affair proves to be grandiose affair where the delegates were
entertained with different party performers and sexy dancers during
Philippines delegates attends the 28th JCI ASPAC in Busan,
Delegation during the Asia Pacific Conference in Busan, Korea
City, Philippines)- This year’s JCI Philippines delegates, eighty
strong, hailing from different chapters nationwide is now back in
South Korea. The recently concluded Asia Pacific Conference was
held in the coastal city of Busan last May 28 to June 1, 2008. The
delegation was led by National President Raphael A. Lesaca
together with some officers of the 2008 National Board. The
conference was a smashing success as all the delegates gained more
valuable knowledge and information whilst enjoying the various
activities of the conference.
The Busan ASPAC
was attended by around 8,000 JCI members from among the 25 countries
in the Asia Pacific region and some even coming from Oceania and the
Pacific Rim. Delegates coming from countries of Europe and Africa
were also in attendance. This year’s ASPAC Chairperson is JCI EVP
Lori Tomlin of JCI United States of America. JCI President Graham
Hanlon of JCI Ireland was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Also in attendance were JCI Officers assigned to the Asia Pacific
and Chief Delegates of the different national organizations,
accompanied by the members of their respective delegations.
national organization (NOM) host is JCI Korea led by its National
President Lee Yong-Dae. Conference Directors were Park Ho Beam and
Sung dong Heon. Other JCI luminaries that graced the affair were;
1995 JCI President David Hide Oji of JCI Japan, 1988 JCI President
Jennifer Yu of JCI Hong Kong, and 1999 JCI President Yong Suk Choi
of JCI Korea and various other JCI Officers and dignitaries both
past and present.
Hard, Play Hard
During the 3-day
affair, JCI members converged to the beautiful Korean coastal city
of Busan where they discussed the Junior Chamber activities and
various concerns of the JCI organization. National Presidents from
each country-affiliate were given the opportunity to report on the
developments and updates on the activities undertaken by their
respective NOMs. The General Assemblies discussions focused on
Corporate Social Responsibility in accordance to the UN Global
Compact regarding JCI’s plan to be lead role models of Active
Citizenship. The delegates were
also given the opportunity to visit the trade shows and participate
in business networking with their fellow delegates. The said
activities provide them the opportunity to attend the different
seminars offered by the JCI University as well as the other
leadership seminars focused on the JCI’s current theme “Be Better”.
Fun-filled fellowships were held during the different national
parties. The next JCI ASPAC Conference will be held in Nagano, Japan
scheduled on June 4 to 7, 2009.
Did Us Proud!
In the awards
scene, JCI Philippines proudly bagged 4 major awards this year,
1) Most Outstanding
JCI Trainer awarded to JCI Mem. Lorelie M. "Mai-Mai"
Dasmarińas of JCI
2) Best Fund
Raising Program awarded to JCI Manila,
3) Best Youth
Activities Program, JCI Mandaluyong-B, incidentally, JCI Mandaluyong-B
was adjudged winner of Best of the Best Awards Program receiving a
cash prize of USD1000, 4)
winners' circle are 2 exemplary JCI Members who did JCI Philippines
proud for winning the Public Speaking Competition; Grand Prize
Winner by JCI Mem. Ma. Concepcion “Con-Con” R. Hernandez of JCI Lipa
and the First Timers Award awarded to JCI Mem. Eon C. Tiu of JCI
The awards recently
garnered mark another year of distinction for JCI Philippines and
its various local chapters nationwide. JCIP’s national leadership
is genuinely optimistic as this will serve as an inspiration and a
motivating force for other members to continuously pursue their
quest for excellence and strive to Be Better in all
undertakings. These achievements are timely and are a manifestation
of the organization’s commitment to an ever-evolving and constantly
strengthened JCI Philippines that will, incidentally, be celebrating
its 60th year of existence this 2008.
VP Mannar Rajanbabu with his wife upon arrival at the NAIA met
by JCI Phils. NP Raphael A. Lesaca,
VP Rajan delivering his keynote speech during the JCI Davao, Inc.
60th Anniversary Celebration.
JCI Vice President visits JCI Philippines
Being part of his job
in visiting the NOMs assigned to him, Area B JCI Vice President
Mannar Rajanbabu from JCI India has successfully concluded his
fruitful visit to the JCI Philippines last April 28 to May 2, 2008.
The purpose of his visit is to have a chance to interact with JCI
Philippines Officers, Local Chapter Presidents and members to get an
update on what is happening in the NOM programs as well as their
concerns on issues regarding the organization and such information
will be part of his report to the Junior Chamber International
during the ASPAC Conference General Assembly in Busan, Korea this
coming May 29 to June 1, 2008..
Arriving in the
afternoon of April 28, 2000 from Bangkok, Thailand together with his
wife, he was met with a warm welcome at the NAIA by JCI Philippines
National President Raphael A. Lesaca and Exec. Dir. Josel Antonio
Gaston. Highlights of his visit were in his first day accompanied by
NP Rip flew to Davao City to attend the 60th Anniversary
celebration of JCI Davao as Guest of Honor and Speaker. Here he met
Atty. Carlo Nograles, Chief of Staff of House Speaker Prospero Nograles
who represented him during said affair being one of the Guest of Honors. Maximizing his
presence in the city he had also a courtesy call with Davao City
OIC, Vice Mayor Sarah Duterte.
Going back to
Manila the next day proceeded to Dagupan City as the Guest Speaker
for a meeting with Area One Officers, Chapter Presidents and members
during their 2nd Area Council Meeting. He had also the
opportunity to meet Dagupan City Mayor, JCI Sen. Alipio Fernandez
Sr. and enjoyed the rest of his stay witnessing the city’s annual
“Bangus Festival”. Going back to Manila on his 3rd day,
drop by for a visit at JCI Philippines Secretariat after which
he was accompanied by NP Rip and 2007 NP Glenn Santos with some
members of the 2008 National Board proceeded to Quezon City Hall for
a courtesy with Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny Belmonte” who was
a former JCI World President. Being a first timer visitor in the
Philippines, he spends most of his free time having a tour around
the different cities of Metro Manila.
As a tradition
among Filipinos, JCI VP Rajanbabu accorded him with honors
and hospitable reception in all the places he visited and functions
he attended. He departed in the afternoon of May 3, 2008 bound for
JCI Philippines 2008
National Board oath taking in Malacańang Palace
members of the JCI Philippines National Board of Directors
took their oath of office last January 30, 2008 held at the Rizal
Hall, Malacanang Palace, Manila with no less than H.E. President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administered the oath taking. This year’s
set of national officers will serve the organization on its 60th
year of existence. Having sworn in into office this diamond batch
of national officers is expected to lead with the best of their
knowledge and abilities with the common goal of bringing the
organization into greater heights.