History of the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights 

RY’s 1989 - 2017

The information leading to the organization of the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights (RCLH) was initiated by the Rotary Club of Diliman through the Club Extension Committee in October, 1987. The District Governor then was Jesus “Jess” Laxamana and the District Governor’s Special Representative (DGSR) was PP Edward Taylor of RC Diliman. Residents of Loyola Heights and nearby areas were invited to the numerous organizational meetings held at Mr. Steak Restaurant.

 

On 1 December 1987, the final organizational meeting was held at the residence of Mr. Tony de Joya. Nine directors were elected namely : Tony de Joya, Ado Aganon, Larry Iguidez, William Veto, Pepelu Zabala, Mike Cruz, Hans Severino, John Martin and Baby Meneses. On the advice of DG Jess Laxamana, the directors decided to postpone the election of the club officers to a later date.

On 4 January 1989, the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights was chartered as a member of Rotary International. The charter presentation and induction ceremonies were held on March 10, 1989 at the Italian Village Restaurant along Quezon Boulevard. The Night Chairman was then DGSR, PDG Bimbo Salazar, charging was done by then IPDG Jess Laxamana. Then DG Tony Pascual inducted the charter members led by CP Larry Iguidez. The guest speaker was Rev. Joaquin G. Bernas, President of the Ateneo de Manila University. Under the leadership of CP Larry Iguidez, the club’s Rotaract Club was formed and the officers inducted on June 30, 1990. The club’s first fund raising activity, a Bingo social netted P33,000.00 for the club. A housing project for the blind, through Ephpheta’s Fr. Jess Fernandez, also a charter member, was completed that year. The club also hosted its first GSE teams from Canada and the U.S.A.

Edilberto “Ed” Ng was the second club president for RY 1990-91. Ed Ng was inducted by then DG Jose “Pete” Morales, Jr. on July 18, 1990 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza, Capitol Hills, Quezon City. That year a Career Information Conference was conducted and donations to fire victims and earthquake victims were made. The club also participated in a district project – the Drug Abuse Prevention Seminar. Other projects for that year included a donation of medicine to blind families in Antipolo, financial support for a single blind girls dormitory at Ephpheta Center and tree planting at Xavierville Park.

The third club president, RY 1991-92 was Jack “Jack” Q. Yu who was inducted by then DG Armando “Manding” Gonzales followed by Antonio “Tony” Garcia for RY 1992-93. He was inducted by then DG Bimbo Salazar. Alfredo “Fred” Solomon, the fifth club president, RY 1993-94 was inducted into office by then DG Mario “Mar” Nery on August 9, 1993. 

Among the projects collectively completed in these three periods were : Blessing of 3 housing units for the Blind – 3 Dec.1991, Alay-Lakad Q.C. Hall – 23 Feb. 1992, participation in the National Immunization Day – 21 April 1993 (PolioPlus), sponsoring of 14 trainees to a Computer Education Program, sponsoring a contest, Lumang Goma Bagong Biyaya Project donation of 200 old tires for local parks.

The sixth club president, RY 1994-95 was Ramon “Mon” Peralejo who was inducted on 1 August 1994 by then DG Oscar “Oca” Inocentes at Cravings Restaurant, Katipunan Avenue. The first Mass Wedding was held this year. The club also initiated a water and electrical improvement project for Batino Elementary School, installed Rotary 4-way signs and conducted a Rotary Information Dissemination – (Sharing Rotary Magazines to others).

The seventh club president, RY 1995-96 was Danilo “Danny” Constantino who took his oath of office before the District Governor Efren Lim at the Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club. The club projects that year included Vocational - Quilt Making / Jewelry Making, a Dental Outreach project and a Bingo Fund Raising Project.

Jose Ramon “Boy” Baua was the eight club president, RY 1996-97 and inducted into office by then DG Manuel “Manoling” Monroy at the Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club. Among the projects under Pres. Boy were the rehabilitation of the Batino Elementary School Water System and a special fund raising concert at Limits Entertainment Hall led by baby Rotarian Bobby Bolaños.

The ninth club president was Charter Member Jesus “Jess” Birosel. He was inducted into office by then Governor Gil Divinagracia on August 18, 1997 also at the Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club. Among the projects completed this year were the Annual Mass Wedding, Saturday Teach-in Preschool Project and the Livelihood Training for Women. The Barangay Library Project was also launched during this Rotary year.

The tenth president, RY 1998-99 was Jose “Joe” Baradi. He was inducted into office by then DG Nemesio “Nemie” Peralta on July 4, 1998 at the UP Theater, Diliman, Quezon City followed by a separate induction of officers and directors on September 14, 1998 at the Albergus Restaurant in Capitol Hills. The Saturday Teach-in Preschool program in cooperation with the Miriam Child Development and Education Circle, through honorary Rotarian Mely Villanueva was launched this year. This has since become a continuing impact project of the club. The cleaning of the Loyola Heights creek was a major project receiving media coverage. He was appointed District Secretary in RY 2009-10 under DG Dulce Coyukiat and District Chief of staff under DG Jess Cifra, RY 2011-12.

On 1 July 1999, the 11th president, Jesus “Jess” Jacobe was inducted into office by then DG Mojamito “Mo” Libunao at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Hotel along with the other club members who were ppointed as District Officers. A separate induction for the incoming officers and directors was held at the Aurora Milestone along Aurora Boulevard. Membership grew by 44% this year and the ground works for the High speed sewing, tailoring and dressmaking project began with the transfer of sewing machines from the district training center and RC Ayala Heights to Miriam College. The seed of what was to become the Multisectoral Taskforce began this year with the formation of the Loyola Heights Community Action Network. There were three Pail Harris Fellows. The club received 15 recognitions and awards from the district this Rotary year.

On 10 July 2000, the 12th president of RCLH Roberto “Bobby” Bolaños was inducted by then DG Hermogenes “Hermy” Jarin at the Cabalen Restaurant, Blue Ridge, Quezon City. Two new projects were launched during this Rotary year - The Adopt-a-Library Project and Book Donation program and the high speed sewing machine operation, tailoring and dressmaking project. A sister club agreement was forged with the Rotary Club of Wawoo, South Korea, culminating in a club visit and donation of US$1,000.00 for club projects. It was also during this year that the District Disaster Committee headed by Dir. Fr. Jess Fernandez donated Php 100,000.00 to victims of the Payatas landslide from contributions given exclusively by the club members.

On 16 July 2001, the 13th club president, Jesus “Jesse” Tanchanco, Jr. was inducted into office together with his officers and directors by then DG Danilo “Danny” Reyes at the Celebrity Club, Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City. The club pursued its continuing impact projects this year garnering major awards and recognition. Pres. Jesse Tanchanco was nominated Outstanding Club President and was one of only two Eagle presidents in the District who received a Special Governor’s Award. RCLH received the Most Outstanding Club in the Region award as well as Most Outstanding Club in International Service and Club Service. Then club secretary Oca Abenoja was the most outstanding secretary in the District. The St. Matthews feeding program was initiated during the same year.

 

One of the most significant projects implemented this year was sponsoring of the club’s first Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Eastwood. PP Jesse became District Secretary of D3780 in RY 2011-12 under DG Jess Cifra. He was awarded most Outstanding District Officer in RY 2008-2009 and 2011-2012 and Most Outstanding Rotarian the following year in RY 2009-10 and RY 2012-2013.

On 15 July 2002, the 14th year president, Enrique “Henry” Coralejo, with his officers and directors were inducted into office by DG Roberto “Bobby” Viray at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, Mandaluyong City. The club has been growing steadily and this year it reached the 50 mark. Among the noteworthy projects this year was the Centennial Housing project headed by then IP Jess Cifra – a project to build 100 low cost houses for the poor in celebration of Rotary’s Centennial. Eighteen houses were erected. The club also single handedly undertook its first major district project – the District Assembly. This affair was widely recognized by many Rotarians as the most organized district function in recent memory. This year the club won numerous citations including major awards as the most outstanding club in Club Service, most    outstanding club in Vocational Service and was chosen Most Outstanding Club of the district. President Henry was chosen Most Outstanding Club President for this Rotary Year.

President Jose “Jess” Cifra was inducted as the 15th club president by second term governor Roberto “Bobby” Viray at the Grand Ballroom of the Celebrity Club in Quezon City. The year was marked by great strides in membership development and project accomplishments. The club’s Rotary Community Corp, Rotaract and Early Act Clubs were formed. Most noteworthy of the projects was the early completion of the Centennial Community Service Project – Brookside Rotary International Village where to date more than 300 homes for the poor was constructed one year ahead of schedule. He initiated the matching Grant project “Pediatric Tuberculosis treatment program. This year the club was declared the Most Outstanding Rotary Club for a second time with President Jess as the Most Outstanding Club President, He went on to become the first District Governor from the RCLH in RY 2011-12 and was able to set record high numbers in terms of membership and contributions to the Rotary Foundation during his watch as District Governor.

Raymund “Raymund” Catabijan was inducted as the 16th president of the club during the Centennial Year of 2004 – 05 at the Grand Ballroom of the Sulu Hotel in Quezon City. This year 100 more homes for the poor were built in the club’s Centennial project where an Anti-TB treatment program was also completed. The club hosted a Rotary Forum in City Schools as part of the 100th year celebration of Rotary. During this period, the club attained its highest growth to become the biggest club in the district. Several members attended the R.I. Centennial Convention held in Chicago, USA and placed in the time capsule (to be opened in RY 2104- 05) an RCLH club profile and list of accomplishments from it’s charter date. During this Rotary Year, the club was cited as one of the Most Outstanding Rotary Clubs with Pres. Raymund as one the of the Most Outstanding Club Presidents.

Nilo “Nilo” Rapista served as the 17th president. His Service Team was inducted into office last July 18, 2005 @ the Penthouse of Tektite Tower, Pasig City. During this year, the club made history by making the biggest RCLH contribution to date to The Rotary Foundation, thereby becoming the district’s top donor club for the Rotary Year. The club had unprecedented membership growth. The most notable legacy was the approved Matching Grant for a Deep Well Drilling and Water Purification/Filtration Project @ Brookside. RCLH also undertook its first Int’l. Student Youth Exchange Program during this year. RCLH representatives traveled to Guinsaugon, Southern Leyte to bring cash donations for the mudslide victims. The club embarked on its biggest hosting of a district affair, the District Awards & Governor’s Recognition Night which was acclaimed by many Rotarians in the District as one of the best managed district activity so far. During this Rotary Year, the club bagged the majority of the major district awards, running up as Most Outstanding Club in the District for the fourth time in a row with Pres. Nilo as the Most Outstanding Club President. The club theme then was “Serving to Bring Hope”.

Eduardo “Ed” Vitangcul was sworn into office as the 18th club president on July 10, 2006 at the Tektite Tower Penthouse by DG Danilo “Danny” Espinosa. It was during the term of President Ed that the Deep Well Drilling and Water Purification/Filtration Project was successfully implemented benefitting over 200 families at the Brookside Rotary International Village. It was also during the same year that two other Matching Grants for the purchase of 2 state-of-the art surgical microscopes for cataract operations were applied for and received approval from the Rotary Foundation in behalf of the Ephpheta Foundation. During the same year, the RCLH was able to maintain its position as the biggest club in the District with 73 members registered with RI. The RCLH also sponsored the chartering of its second daughter club – The Rotary Club of QC Pearl of the Orient near the end of the Rotary year. For the 5th straight year, the RCLH was awarded as the Most Outstanding Club in the District and President Ed as the Most Outstanding Club President.

Florentino “Tony” Lazaro was inducted as the 19th club president on July 9, 2007 at the Loyola Grand Villa clubhouse by DG Danilo “Danny” V. Fausto. The RI theme is “Rotary Shares” and the club theme is “Sharing & Serving with Passion & Honor”. During the Sharing year of President Tony, the Matching Grants for Ephpheta Foundation was successfully implemented with the purchase and delivery of surgical microscopes and related equipments. Orphanact Philippines (in support of various orphanages in the country) was launched in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea, Maui Hawaii D5000. Numerous medical missions and scholarship programs were undertaken in partnership with Zonta club. A firetruck was donated to the Loyola Heights community in coordination with the Rotary Club of San Pedro, District 3820. The RCLH sponsored the Chartering of RC Pearl of the Orient. The RCLH received Outstanding District awards in International Service and New Generations, Outstanding Bulletin in the district and a Hall of Fame award for the Ephpheta Foundation.

Alan “Alan” Yu was inducted as the RCLH’s 20th club president under District Governor Alex Cureg with the RI Theme, “Make Dreams Real” and club theme, “Serving with Passion and Honor to Make Dream Real.” The Governor’s visit and Club Induction was held on July 14, 2008 at the 1st RVC Building, Anonas, Querzon City. During the term of Pres Alan, 2 x 40 FCL container loads of medical equipments and supplies from the US were donated to 8 public hospitals worth more than $700,000. The first DGN, PP Jess Cifra from the RCLH were likewise elected. At the end of RY 2008-2009, the RCLH was once again awarded as the “The Most Outstanding Rotary Club” in the District. A total of 23 minor and major awards and recognitions were given to the RCLH during the District Awards night. Including the Most Outstanding Club in TRF, Most Outstanding Club in Service Projects and Most Outstanding Club in Club Administration. Both Pres Alan and Secretary Nitoy Velasco was First Runner-Up in the Most Outstanding President and Club Secretary Awards respectively. PP Jesse Tanchanco was awarded ”Most Outstanding District Officer.”

Rodrigo “Rod” Apostol, Jr. was inducted on July 20, 2009 at Nuvo City as the RCLH’s 21st Club President with the RI Theme of “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands” under the first Lady District Governor of RI District 3780, Dulce Coyukiat. PP Joe Baradi served as the first District Secretary from the RCLH. The club continued with it’s signature projects and sponsored the chartering of 2 new clubs – RC Bagong Silangan and RC VisMIn. The club garnered numerous RI and district awards – Most Outstanding Club (Gold), Most Outstanding President (Gold), Outstanding Club Secretary (PE Nitoy Velasco) and Most Outstanding Rotarian of the year (PP Jesse Tanchanco). In addition, the RCLH received the RI presidential citation, Membership Development award, Zone Literacy award and best cooperative project award. At the end of RY 2009-2010, DGN Jess Cifra was declared as DGE during the RI Convention in Montreal, Canada

Elizabeth “Beth” Constantino. Spouse of the late PP Danny Constantino was inducted as the first lady president of the RCLH and 22nd president on July 26, 2010 at the Celebrity Club by DG Ambo Gancayco. The theme for this Rotary year is “Building Communities , Bridging Continents”. During the first semester of Pres Beth, she was able to conduct a first ever “Skype” meeting with RC Glenview Sunrise, USA. She initiated the chartering of a record breaking 3 Rotaract clubs and 1 Interact Club and continued to implement other RCLH signature projects including the medical equipment and supplies donation from the US. PP Beth was nominated as one of the Top 3 finalists in the Most Outstanding Club President Category and the RCLH was Finalist in the Most Outstanding Club awards, The RCLH was also the top contributor to the Rotary Foundation.

Silver President President Ernesto “Nitoy” Velasco was inducted as the RCLH’s 23rd club president on July 1, 2012 during the District Induction. The District Governor was Jess Cifra (who also hails from the RCLH) with the RI Theme : “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.” It was truly an extraordinary year for the RCLH for it not only has one of it’s own members occupying district 3780’s top position (IPDG Jess Cifra) during the celebration of it’s Silver Anniversary but in addition was tasked to host the highly successful District Convention 2012 and Awards Night at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City. A first in the history of the RCLH. 

 

In spite of all the additional responsibilities expected from an incumbent Governor’s club, President Nitoy was able to continue with all the major projects of the RCLH and for the first time conducted numerous out of town medical missions in Cavite, Leyte and Nueva Ecija in partnership with local sister clubs. Total contributions to the TRF is at it’s highest in RCLH history. Membership growth was at more than 20% making the RCLH as the biggest club for RY 2011-12. On top of all these, the RCLH was able to sponsor the first Rotary eClub in D3780 and 3 other new Rotary Clubs in the district.

 

A Matching Grant called the “Project Peanut Butter” was applied for and approved during the same year for implementation the following Rotary year. In international service, the RCLH hosted the Interact Club of ITE East Singapore for one week and returned the favor by visiting the Interact club and the sponsor Rotary Club, Rotary eClub of D3310. More than 30 RCLH members and spouses joined the trip. Finally and to end an illustrious year, a large number of RCLH members attended the RI Bangkok International Convention last May 6 to 9, 2012. Being the Governor’s club, the RCLH decided not to compete in the District awards this Rotary year.

Peace President Mariano “Morris” Agoncillo took over as the RCLH’s 24th club president last July 1, 2012. On July 16, 2012, the RCLH conducted it’s club induction and governors visit with DG Penny Policarpio of RC SFDM and his coreteam of district officers. The RI theme for the year is “Peace through Service” and Sakuji Tanaka as the new RI President. Among the high impact projects implemented during the term of President Morris were as follows : Completion of 12 low cost housing units in San Mateo, Rizal and another unit for the teachers of CHEERS Brookside ; Launching of the Books for Peace donation program in identified conflict areas in the Philippines in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Implementation of the Project Peanut Butter MG project aimed at providing supplemental nutritional feeding to more than 2,000 children in Payatas, Quezon City. MG amount is $35,000; Applied for and implemented another MG “Computers and Books for Peace” designed to further enhance the existing Books for Peace Program. MG amount is $38,650. 

 

The RCLH has achieved it’s highest membership increase in it’s 24 year history with 82 at the end of RY 2012-2013 (from 60 at the start of the RY) or a net gain of almost 37% versus original target of 20%. Achieved a club record high of more than $20,000 in total contributions to the Annual Giving Fund of the Rotary Foundation; Led D3780 in relief assistance to the Habagat flood victims in Bagong Silangan, QC, Marikina, San Mateo, Rizal and Bay, Laguna. Total Habagat donations is valued at P1.7 Million and donations to the Typhoon Pablo victims in Compostella Valley and Davao Oriental at almost P 500,000. Pres Morris was awarded as the “Most Outstanding President” and the RCLH as the “Most Outstanding Club” for RY 2012-2013 after garnering more than 50 club and individual awards and recognitions.

First Class President Raul Addatu led the RCLH during it’s 25th charter anniversary with the theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives” under DG Francis Rivera during RY 2013-2014. The accomplishments of FCP Raul included the successful completion and liquidation of the clubs Matching Grant funded projects. FCP Raul’s term focused primarily in providing much needed assistance to the RCLH’s adopted barangays and schools covering almost all areas of focus. The RCLH completed and turned over 13 more housing units at the OLB Housing site in San Mateo, Rizal and 4 units the newly opened phase of its housing project in Betis, Pampanga. A multipurpose livelihood center was also constructed for use of the community. Foremost among the accomplishment for RY 2013-2014 was the involvement of the RCLH in the disaster response and relief operations in the typhoon Yolanda hit calamity areas primarily in Leyte and Capiz provinces. It was the first club that responded to the typhoon ravaged Ormoc City through its sister club, RC Ormoc. This effort paved the way for a district wide relief effort with the establishment of Rotary Care Centers in Ormoc and Tacloban, Leyte. It was also able to moblilize the support and assistance of it’s numerous sister clubs abroad. Total relief assistance raised, received (cash and in kind, directly and indirectly) and distributed stands at almost $300,000 to date. The typhoon Yolanda relief effort by the RCLH is still ongoing and continues even up to today. 

 

Consistent in its support for the Rotary Foundation, the RCLH was the second highest in terms of contribution to the annual giving. In terms of membership, the RCLH for the first time breached the 100-member mark and ended the RY with 103 with the addition of 29 new members or a growth rate of almost 40% thus doubling it’s original target of 20% at the start of the RY. All told, the accomplishments of the RCLH for RY 2013-2014 resulted in another banner year, receiving the highest recognitions in the district for the second straight year (and the 8th in the last 11 years) - Most Outstanding Club, Most Outstanding President and Most Outstanding Secretary.

Best Class President Paul Angel Galang assumed as the club’s 26th president last July 1, 2014 under the District 3780 leadership of DG Sammy Pagdilao with the theme “Light Up Rotary.” The RCLH Governor’s visit and club induction was conducted on July 26, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Club.


During his term, BCP Paul was able to bring the level of membership to its highest in the history of the club to 125. During the same year, the RCLH was able to contribute a record breaking $27,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. A Global grant was obtained in order to provide livelihood training and orientation for recent Filipino immigrants in Ulsan, Korea. International district grants were likewise obtained through the efforts of RC Emmaus of Pennsylvania, USA.


BCP Paul was able to sustain the continuing projects of the RCLH to name a few –Free Cataract operations, Marriage Encounter and Mass wedding programs, CHEERS RCLH Learning Centers, Feeding programs, Medical supplies and equipment donations, building of additional low-cost housing units etc. Several sisterhood ties were also made with the Rotary Clubs of Metro Clark, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Rosario, Batangas and Makati Dasmarinas. The club also continued to provide full support to all its 4 Rotaract clubs, 2 RCC’s and 1 Interact club. The RCLH likewise hosted the Interact club of ITE College East, Singapore on its 7th year.


The RCLH Best class year saw the introduction of new high impact projects such as the “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan” agri-livelihood project in Betis, Pampanga and the Pansol Health Center renovations (and grand medical mission) in partnership with SM Foundation. The RCLH also adopted and assisted the Emmaus Home for the aged with their various needs based in Malolos, Bulacan. The club supported the district EndTB program by sponsoring the production of the EndTB video which was shown during the Metro Manila Film Festival. In addition, it conducted anti-TB screening programs in all its 8 adopted day care centers in 4 barangays.


It was another banner year for the RCLH as it was recognized with a record breaking harvest of 33 awards including Most Outstanding Club, Most Outstanding President (BCP Paul Angel Galang), Most Outstanding Secretary (WCP Kon Constantino), Most Outstanding Senior District Officer (PP Jesse Tanchanco) and most outstanding in all the other categories. The RCLH was also a recipient of the RI Presidential Citation.

World Class President Konstantine Constantino became the club’s 27th president. He followed the footsteps of his father, Danny and mother, Beth who were also past presidents of the RCLH. He served under DG Rey David with the theme “Be a Gift to the World.” The term of WCP Kon was a continuation of the rich tradition of excellence of the RCLH. During the year various high impact projects in all avenues of service and areas of focus were implemented. Among the more notable projects was a Global Grant funded donation of a Laparascopic equipment to the Quezon City General Hospital. It was also the year when more than 500 units of computers were donated to various beneficiaries in Ormoc, Leyte and in the Metro Manila area. The first Urban organic vegetable farming program was similarly launched in partnership with the SM Foundation. More than 20 houses were built and turned over at the RCLH housing site in Betis, Pampanga in cooperation with RC Armargh of Ireland. A Wash facility was established for the daycare center in Barangay Marilag and a third RCC was formed. The RCLH was one of the top 5 contributors to the Rotary Foundation during the year. For membership, it was able to sponsor 3 new clubs in the district, namely : RC Cubao Metro Aurora, RC Pasong Tamo Banlat and RC Quezon Avenue Central.


WCP Kon earned numerous awards and recognitions in all major and minor awards categories and landed as the second most outstanding president and club in the district during the year ending awards night. During the same event, Club secretary Gigoy Umali was a finalist in the Most Outstanding club secretary and PP Jesse Tanchanco was awarded Most Outstanding Rotarian of the year. The RCLH likewise earned a presidential citation during the year.

The first semester of (All Star President) Jose “Gigoy" Umali started with major housekeeping activities for the club. However, all continuing and programmed projects were launched and implemented as scheduled. Among them were various feeding programs in partnership with “Stop Hunger” program of D3310 Singapore. The club was also able to send relief donations to typhoon victims in Tuguegarao (Lawin) and Bicol (Nina) despite the distance. It was able to send books and school supplies to the public schools in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, site of the SAF44 massacre a year earlier. Various supplies were also shipped to far flung and isolated islands off Mindoro and Palawan through the M/V Carabao sea vessel of Rtn Al Scalabrin. District grant funding were obtained to fund the feeding programs and donation of WASH facilities in Barangay Mangga, Quezon City. The club was given a recognition of excellence by D3780 in community service for having implemented projects successfully in the 6 areas of focus within the first semester alone, It also garnered the Most Outstanding Club in Community Service, and International Service among other numerous club and individual awards received during the All Star Awards Night. ASP Gigoy is the the 28th RCLH president under the leadership of DG Dwight Ramos with the theme “Rotary Serving Humanity.”

The 29th President of the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights is Ramon "Mon" Mendoza.  He is currently serving under DG Nestor "Chito" Borromeo with the theme "Rotary Making a Difference.  Their batch is collectively known as The Great Presidents or TGPs.

TGP Mon has continued all of RCLH signature projects on a higher level.  During the first semester of the current Rotary year, he has effectively and successfully implemented high impact projects in all 6 Areas of Focus.  Most prominent among these projects was the completion and turnover of a record setting 42 low cost housing units to deserving poor families in Betis Guagua, Pampanga.  By the end of his term, the RCLH through the leadership of TGP Mon supported the candidacy of "Student-Teacher" Dara Mae Tuazon to THE ONE PHILIPPINES (TOP), a prestigious nationwide and international search for non-Rotarian individuals who have been performing humanitarian activities.

He has been able to steer the club towards becoming one of the biggest supporters of The Rotary Foundation this year.  TGP Mon has become the latest Major Donor contributor of the RCLH and of D3780 for the current year.  TGP Mon was awarded the Most Outstanding President and the RCLH as the Most Outstanding Club among 101 clubs in the district for RY 2017-2018.

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