As it envision itself to be a premier all-female chapter in the Philippines, Junior Chamber International Iloilo Ilang-Ilang works in many ways to create and achieve many firsts as proof of positive change.
The ladies’ hard work to bring that desired positive change in their community earned the Local Organization (LO) a number of awards during the Area and National Conferences this 2015.
They reaped the Quadro Awards for the Best Economic Development Program (Eco at Ikaw 2.0), Best Health Development Program (Just for the Health of 8), Best Public Relations Program (Lala, Atbp), Best Education for Peace (Skwela ‘Ta), Best LO President for Category 2 (Pressy’s Legacy: The Many Firsts), and the Best LO for Category 2 (A Legacy of Many Firsts) during the Visayas Area Conference last September 4-6, 2015 in Mactan, Cebu.
Merit Awards were also conferred to Gugma sa Dunang Manggad as Best Environmental Development Program, JCI Member Rodelyn Jales Ngipen as Best Project Chairman, Fitness and I as Best Sports Development Program and One Week, 17 Ripples of Positive Change as Best JCI Week Celebration.
The ladies were also proud to bag the Temiong Award for Eco at Ikaw 2.0 as the Best Economic Development Program during the National Conference held in Dagupan City last October 8-10, 2015.
The Skwela ‘Ta also received a Merit Award for Best Education for Peace Program.
JCI Iloilo Ilang-Ilang placed third in AreaCon and second in NatCon for JCI Philippines Efficiency Program Award, a manifestation of the exemplary performance of the LO in the following categories: Motivate, Connect, Impact, Invest, and Collaborate.
When asked what the awards mean to her, 2015 LO President Essy Genebelle Antonano replied that it all about hard work and dedication.
She, however, emphasized that “our success cannot be fully measured by awards alone because it is the learning we acquired that made us better people for ourselves, for others for the Lord”. “These are the achievements that cannot be taken away from us,” she added.
For the next set of officers, Antonano told them to live their lives according to their purpose whether inside or outside of JCI.
“We should seek to fulfill our purpose on a daily basis. This is the only way we can find genuine fulfillment in the things that we do. Let us learn to become better individuals and let us dedicate it all to our Creator who deserves all the glory,” she said.