9th February 2020

Our 57th Induction and Turnover Ceremony

Project Chair: Sam Uy
Written by: Eleazar Martini P. Manalili

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) of Mandaue is nearing its golden year as it celebrated its 57th induction and turnover last February 8, 2020 at Mezzo Hotel, Cebu. Adapting its theme for #EngageForChange 2020, it highlights the importance of deep-strenthening bonds while heading to an upward trajectory for the chapter and for the community.

Lead by the leadership of Eric Smith, he ushers in a year of community projects promising to meet JCI’s vision and ideals as a brotherhood with a purpose.

2020 LO President, Eric Smith giving his speech

Smith, 32 runs his family business involved in resorts (Hale Mana) and (Handuraw Pizza)

The occasion brought together 10 different chapters from Central Visayas and  representatives of our South Korean JCI brothers in Samcheonpo– always in full-support for the annual ceremonies.

Leading this year’s delegation is 2020 President So Jeonghun and 2019 President Ko Kyeong Mok, together with their members.

Signing of the Twinning Agreement with JCI Samcheonpo


The main highlight of the night’s program was the induction rites. The new set of Board of Directors are respectfully as follows:

Rodrigo Limpot as immediate Past President,

Eric Smith – 2020’s JCI President,

Samuel Uy – EVP for Internal Affairs,

Nike Cagulada – EVP for External Affairs,

Judee Kwan – VP for Community Development,

Jay Pastor – VP for Business Development,

Miguel Juan Ortiz – Vice President for International Relations,

Kristoffer Yurong  – VP for National Relations,

Brad Diablos – VP for Individual Development,

Serafin Geson III – Vice President for Media Communications,

Roy Morales Sattore – Chapter Secretary,

Bonidee Capoy – Chapter Treasurer

Sam Lester Taguibao – Protocol Officer,

Atty. Michael Hubahib – Legal Council,

Jefferson Ebal – Local Training Director and

Iggy Borromeo – Local Awards Chair.

And of course, there is always a warm welcome in JCI Mandaue for the new aspiring members. To formally initiate them to the club, a red tie was officially worn to signal the beggining of their new journey in the Merry Men world.

2020 JCI Mandaue – Board of Directors together with VIP guests and members of the National Board


JCI Mandaue newly inducted members together with 2020 LO President


Mr. Rodrigo Limpot JCI Mandaue’s 2019 President, gave then his valedictorian speech. He mentioned about accomplishing a positive change in the community during his term. Such were achieved in MandaWecare and JCI-Mandaue Community Day Care Center– which was a big milestone program for JCI-Mandaue with the support of Mandaue City, CSWS and brothers from Kwang Jung Church of Korea, for the benefit of the less fortunate children.

Traditional chair toss by the Past Presidents and members JCI Mandaue. Symbolizes the President’s trust placed on the members.

After a year of retrospect from the former president, he passed on the torch to the new JCI Mandaue President, Mr. Eric Smith who gave out his induction speech. He spoke about his JCI journey and emphasized on the gains in creating more opportunities, developing individual skills and positivity through partnerships. He reminded all the Board of Directors and deputies for a more sustainable effort and membership engagement. Lastly, he highlighted the need of a headquarters for the chapter.

The night’s affair was capped off with a phenoneminal dance number of “Tala” (a song by Sarah Geronimo) by the JCI Mandaue’s Board of Directors and past presidents.

Now talk about how merry the Merry Men of Mandaue could get!

Junior Chamber International(JCI) Mandaue is an organization founded by Ariston M. Cortez together with an early group of Mandaue City’s foremost visionaries and leaders- dedicated in creating positive change in the community. Members of the organization are fondly called the “Merry Men of JCI Mandaue”.


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