A Glance on the 2008 JCI Philippines Simultaneous Area Conference  last September 5-7, 2008 

 Area 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.  

AREA 2  - Metro Area Conference - “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 - “Southern 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 - Visayas 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 - Mindanao 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 fellowships nights.

JCI Philippines delegates attends the 28th JCI ASPAC in Busan, Korea                                       

The Philippine Delegation during the Asia Pacific Conference in Busan, Korea

(Quezon City, Philippines)- This year’s JCI Philippines delegates, eighty strong, hailing from different chapters nationwide is now back in town from 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.

 A Powerhouse Attendance

      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.

     This year’s 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. 

 Work 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.

 They Did Us Proud!

 In the awards scene, JCI Philippines proudly bagged 4 major awards this year, namely:  1)  Most Outstanding JCI Trainer awarded to JCI Mem. Lorelie M. "Mai-Mai" Dasmariñas of JCI Cebu-Mactan  Channe,   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) Joining the 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 Iloilo.

     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.

  Left picture :JCI VP Mannar Rajanbabu with  his wife upon arrival at the NAIA met by JCI Phils. NP Raphael A. Lesaca, (Right) JCI VP Rajan delivering his keynote speech during the JCI Davao, Inc. 60th Anniversary Celebration. 

2008 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 Bangkok, Thailand.

JCI Philippines 2008 National Board oath taking in Malacañang Palace 

    This year’s 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.