Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Makati Chapter, more popularly known as “JCI Makati,” celebrated its 54th Board of Directors’ Induction and Turnover Ceremonies on May 6, 2018 at the Takara Hotel and Events Place in San Pedro, Laguna. Over 100 guests were present in the historic event – including some members of the JCI Philippines’ National Board, JCI Senators, JCI Makati past presidents and 2018 Presidents of various JCI Philippines chapters, also known as “Infinity Presidents.”
Dinner was served at exactly 6pm as guests started to fill the venue, and were serenaded by young, talented performers from Artist League Manila and Creativoices Productions. The Induction proper was hosted by members of The Microphone Club (TMC) – Mike Acuna, Wyndsor Martillana, and TMC President Vet Lauzon – which began with outgoing JCI Makati President Kenneth Tiu giving out Leadership Excellence Awards.
The charging and induction of officers were led by 2017 JCI Area 2 Area Vice President Chai Talag and 2017 JCI Metro South Regional Vice President RJ Paguyo. The ceremony was immediately followed by the turnover of the gavel and medallion from JCI Makati 2017 President Kenneth Tiu to 2018 President Pocholo Gonzales.
Filipino motivational speaker Al Ian Barcelona gave a short inspiring speech as a prelude to the speech of the new JCI Makati President. Ian gave the audience a glimpse of his long-standing friendship with “Pres. Choy,” and how he has seen Choy’s leadership acumen develop through the years. Ian also honored Choy’s parents – Avelina and Luis Gonzales – and called them onstage to proudly introduce their son.
Mr. Luis Gonzales gave a quick introduction and called Pres. Choy onstage for his speech. Choy briefly introduced himself as a voice artist, and had the crowd roaring with laughter as he showed a video compilation of old Filipino movie scenes, which he dubbed with his voice impression of the actors. Choy then shared the story about the “new JCI Makati,” and what the chapter has accomplished under its new Board. He also inspired the audience with his personal journey on how he accepted the challenge to become the 2018 President of JCI Makati. Choy ended his speech with a special award to recognize his parents, which he called “Parents of Greatness Award.”
After the President’s speech, JCI Makati 2018 Treasurer, Mr. Joey Garcia, introduced the keynote speaker for the event – 1997 JCI World President Crispin Dy Jr. The keynote was followed by the induction of Baby Jaycees and new JCI Makati members, led by Pres. Choy. 2015 JCI Makati President Aries Balanay was also presented as the newest JCI Senator. Aries then introduced JCI Philippines National President Rey Felix Rafols, who delivered a speech sharing his personal encounters with key JCI Makati persons.
After the speech, Pres. Choy came back onstage to recognize exemplary JCI Makati members and officers with the “Man of Greatness” award. Among those who received the award were JCI Makati Vice President Kurt Soliman, Executive Treasurer Joey Garcia, and Director for Marketing and Branding Rock Cleo Serevilla.
The ceremonies closed with a birthday surprise for Pres. Choy, who turned 39 years old on May 7.