Chaired: Jude Solamillo            Written by: Alex Aquino

Mandaue City, Cebu – Junior Chamber International Mandaue Chapter (JCI MANDAUE), “Merry Men” as they call themselves, held their 58th induction and turn-over ceremonies at Bai Hotel’s Grand Ballroom last April 24, 2021. From a film-inspired theme, the celebration kicked off with the awarding of the 2020 Ariston Cortes Leadership Excellence Awards. Followed by the grand procession of colors, representatives from other JCI chapters all over the country graced their presence and welcomed respectively. Namely, 2021 JCI Batch Dasig Presidents, JCI Mandaue Past Presidents, JCI Philippines National Board, 2020 JCI Mandaue Board of Directors, and 2020 as well as 2021 JCI Mandaue Presidents. This was followed by the valedictory address of the 2020 JCI President.

 2020 JCI Mandaue President Eric P. Smith highlighted his key accomplishments as the chapter president despite the pandemic, and even mentioned that the call for serving others has no boundaries and is most needed when there is a crisis. Then, a video presentation was showed to welcome the incoming 2021 Board of Directors. They were introduced one by one, charged as officers, and took the oath of office. More so, the ceremonial turnover of gavel and medallion from the immediate Past President to the incoming President took place. The entire Board of Directors cheered for the 2021 JCI Mandaue President Nike E. Cagulada with the traditional chair toss. He immediately delivered his inaugural address, sharing his key platforms and plans for the organization, continuity of the previously commenced long-term projects, and what is next for the “Merry Men” of JCI.

Subsequently, the 2021 Deputy Directors were introduced, charged as officers, and took an oath of office one by one. The new members were also inducted with the ceremonial investiture of the red tie which is uniquely JCI Mandaue. Afterward, dinner was served and the guests indulged in the international buffet spread prepared by the culinary department of the hotel. While having dinner, the guest of honor and the keynote speaker was introduced.

Attorney Regal Oliva, was the newly elected President of the Cebu Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP- Cebu), and the current Mandaue City Treasurer. She shared her passion, dreams, frustrations, and aspirations that were rooted in her experiences, from childhood until she became a lawyer. She is also an LGBTQIA+ advocate, where she lauded the inclusivity that JCI promotes globally. Other keynote speakers included: 2021 JCI Philippines National President Jude Acidre and Councilor Maline Cortes-Zafra representing Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City.

Ending the event, was the formal signing of the twinning agreements with other Local Organization (LO) chapters, photo opportunities, and showing of the 2021 induction video. Fellowship took place at Twilight Roofdeck Lounge & Bar.


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