First RLI Breakfast Fellowship & Reunion

March 11, 2011, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel - The First RLI Breakfast Fellowship & Re-Union held on March 11, 2011, was a full house. Held in conjunction with the 2011 District Conference of D3810, the breakfast meeting was highlighted by the special participation of Rotary International President’s Representative (RIPR) PDG Natalia Soebagjo of D3400 Indonesia, District Governor Tranquil “Tranquil” Salvador III and Linda Estrellado, Spouse of PDG Rodolfo “Rudy” Estrellado(+), the Founding Chair of RLI, Philippines Division.


by RLI Chairman PDG Ed Tumangan

(photos courtesy of SDG John Ang)


The Program Chair, PDG Josefina “Josie Ang”, prefaced the proceedings leading the RLI Chair for District 3810, PDG Edgardo “Ed” Tumangan, to recall how RLI started in the Philippines, and also paid tribute to the Organizers of RLI, PDG Rudy Estrellado, PDG Mark Go, PDG Ed Tumangan, PP Caloy Ocampo, PP Frank Layug, and PP Richard Ngui.


On February 5-6, 2008, the First RLI Faculty Orientation in the Philippines was held at the Asian Institute of Management, conducted by the RLI International Training Team of PDG Frank Wargo and PDG Tam Mustapha. They were assisted by PDG Danny Yu and PDG Sonny Coloma who facilitated the breakout sessions. Thirty Seven (37) Rotary Leaders from Eight (8) Rotary Districts in the Philippines participated in the program.




A Posthumous Award was given to PDG Rodolfo “Rudy” Estrellado, in recognition of his pioneering work in RLI, “he soared like an Eagle, high above the others, and cast a vision for what Rotary can be in the future; he left a legacy of wisdom and good work, and guided us to be the best of what we can be; he is our Mentor and Friend.” The Award was received by Mrs. Linda Estrellado, Spouse of PDG Rudy Estrellado.


The Organizing Team, the Progenitors and the Senior RLI Faculty, the Outstanding Graduates of the RLI full course, also received Special Awards of Merit.




RIPR Natalia Soebagjo delivered her maiden speech in the District Conference at the RLI Breakfast Fellowship. She cited the need to propagate RLI in Rotary as it provides an educational opportunity for Rotarians identified as potential leaders by their club presidents, to foster Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.


Rtn. Jojette Yuhico eloquently described how RLI positively changed her notion of Rotary; she ended up by saying she is now “rotarized”.


All the RLI(ance) who were present at the First RLI Breakfast Fellowship & Re-Union agreed to meet for breakfast, as a prelude to the District Conference, every year. Just like the Breakfast Meeting of RLI International at every RI Convention, the occasion will serve to invigorate Rotary at the Club level with more effective Rotary knowledge and leadership skills.


We sincerely thank the RLI Alumni & Faculty, including those who believe in RLI, for their presence; also, SDG Ramil Roxas for the printing of the RLI Bulletin. They made the re-union a truly meaningful event. Congratulations!


Allow me to acknowledge CP Tessie Tumangan and her team, who made the arrangements for the Venue, including the choice of the menu for breakfast; and did you notice the floral settings? Thank you very much.