Rotaract District Conference 2010

Clubs Celebrate Youth Power in D3810’s Rotaract District Conference

It was an opportunity to meet the country’s movers and shakers, a chance to meet this generation’s young achievers, and  a venue to celebrate service, achievement, and friendship.

Delegates of the D3810’s Rotaract DISCON proudly show off their funny faces. These words best describe the Rotaract District Conference 2010,  the year-end training for the Rotaract Clubs of District 3810, which was hosted by the Rotaract Club of Manila in cooperation with the Rotaract District Committee. With the theme, “Rotaract: Celebrate Youth Power”, the conference aims to celebrate the power of Rotaractors to shape not only Rotary’s future but of the world as well. The Rotaract District Conference was held last March 27 and 28, 2010 at the Grand Villa Resort and Conference Center in Bay, Laguna.

Around 23 Rotaract Clubs from Manila, Pasay, Cavite, and Mindoro participated in the two-day conference, which boasted of learning sessions from well-respected individuals from various disciplines.  Philippine Advertising’s legend, Ms. Emily Abrera, shares her insights on today’s youth in, “Celebrate Youth: Opportunities and Challenges”.The Keynote Speaker was none other than the Philippine Advertising industry’s guru, Ms. Emily Abrera, Chairman Emeritus of  Mc Cann Asia, and considered as the country’s imaging expert.  Her session focused on “Celebrate Youth: Opportunities and Challenges”, where she presented the various developments happening around the world, and how young people can respond to these changes.  She also shared her advocacy, which is promoting the love for reading, for she believes this is the best way for the youth  to deal with the demands of this fast-paced and dynamic world.

Mr. Rene Cristobal (Bagong Bayani Foundation)The Rotaractors also had a chance to meet Mr. Rene Cristobal, a trustee of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, and Governor of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines. His topic was on “Celebrate Service: Best Practices of Organizations”, where he emphasized the need to recognize people’s contributions and the importance of practicing  honesty and integrity in serving others.

Text Box: Philippine Advertising’s legend, Ms. Emily Abrera, shares her insights on today’s youth in, “Celebrate Youth: Opportunities and Challenges”.
Aside from Mr. Cristobal, the Rotaractors were given an opportunity to meet young achievers Pepe Diokno and Nicole Villarojo during the panel discussion on, “Celebrate Power: Stories of Successful Youth.” “Direk” Pepe won in the 66th Venice Film Festival for his debut film, “Engkwentro”, making him the youngest Filipino to ever participate and win in the said festival.  On the other hand, Nicole was recently awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines and was also selected as Bayer’s Young Environmental Envoy for her work in promoting the registration of young voters in the upcoming national elections and for her environmental conservation program. They inspired Rotaractors by  sharing how they overcame odds to pursue their passion and achieve success at  an early age. 

Other speakers were Ivan Henares, creator of the popular travel blog,  “Ivan About Town”, and an advocate of the preservation of Philippine culture, who discussed “Celebrate Heritage: What the Filipino Youth Can Do”;  and D3810’s Rotaract Chairman and Web Master, PP Gabriel Trias, Jr. of RC Cavite Export Processing Zone, who spoke about “Celebrate Leadership: Facilitating Effective Leadership Transition.”

The Rotaractors were also privileged to  have the District Governor, Ma. Concepcion “Connie” Beltran, and some of her District Team officers (SDG Ernest Yuyek, SDG Pam Nadura, and SDG Cynthia Evangelista)  join the Rotaract District Conference. DG Connie delivered the Governor’s Address and led the ribbon-cutting for the  photo exhibit on, “Rotaract’s Impact on Society”.

Aside from participating in the learning sessions, the delegates also joined the worldwide celebration of “Earth Hour”, a global call to action against climate change, which was held during the Fellowship Night. They also engaged in various outdoor activities on the second day of the conference to understand the value of collaboration and communication for the session, “Celebrate  Teamwork”.

“It was really fun and much more than what we expected.”, shared a Rotaract delegate during the conference’s evaluation.  And indeed, it was, because the D3810 Rotaractors, as Rotary’s partner in service, deserve the best event to celebrate their power to make a difference -  The Rotaract District Conference 2010.

DRR Izel Guatno
District Rotaract Representative
RI District 3810, RY 2009-2010


March 27-28, 2010, Grand Villa, Bay, Laguna -  District Governor Connie Beltran addressed the Rotaract District Conference 2010 during the first plenary on March 27th. DG Connie arrived with three other district officers: SDG Ernest Yuyek, SDG Cynthia Evangelista and SDG Pam Nadura. This year's conference theme is ROTARACT: Celebrate Youth Power, which recognizes the Rotaractors' power to shape the future of Rotary and the world.

March 26, 2010

March 27, 2010

Rotract District Committee headed by DRR Izel at the registration.

PDRR Oliver Alvarez and RDC International Service Chair Iggy Salazar with the other RDC Officers waiting for the program to start.

RDC Secretary Gold Uy introducing the dignitaries and the Rotaract Clubs.

DRR Izel's Opening Remarks.

The arrival of District Governor Connie Beltran with SDG Ernest Yuyek, SDG Pam Nadura and SDG Cynthia Evangelista.

Ms. Emily Abrera speaking on the topic:
Celebrate Youth:  Opportunities and Challenges

Open Forum with Ms. Abrera.

Presentation of Certificate and token of Appreciation to Ms. Abrera with DG Connie Beltran.

DG Connie Beltran's message.

Opening of the Photo Exhibit by DG Connie and Ms. Abrera.

List of Sponsors.

Guest entertainment with singers from Rosario, Cavite courtesy of DCHR Gabe Trias.

Preparation of the host club: Rotaract Club of Manila and RDC for Day 2.

A dip at the pool after a whole day at the conference.

A relaxing meeting with DCHR Gabe with DRC Secretary Gold, RAC Manila President Tiffany Go and RDC Manila Area Rep Clang San Jose.

March 28, 2010

Start of the Team Games.

The Club Banners displayed at the conference.

Guest Speaker Ivan Henares on the topic:
Celebrate Citizenship: Filipino Youth Spirit

Presentation of the Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Ivan Henares.

DCHR Gabe speaking on:
Effective Leadership Transition

Presentation of Certificate of Appreciationa to DCHR Gabe.

Awarding of prizes and certificates.

RAC UN winning the best photo.

Other winners of the photo exhibit.

Raffle winners of prizes donated by DG Connie Beltran with RDC Asst. Secretary Christian from RAC Santa Isabel College wining the grand prize.

Rotaract Club of CEZ and RAC CvSU-Trece Martirez City with DRR Izel and DCHR Gabe.

RAC Santa Isabel College with the RDC officers.