Rotary Club of Angeles, 50 Years

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


MANY good things happened in Angeles City in 1964. It was in this year Angeles became a chartered city.

The city was witnessing business activities never witnessed in the fifties. PX business was brisk. Many housing subdivisions all over the city were sprouting like mushrooms. Buy and sell business of cars and appliances coming out of nearby Clark Air Force Base meant hefty profits for the locals.

It was in this year when the Rotary Club of Angeles was chartered.

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Johnny Uy, the most popular Chinese businessman in the city was a member of the Rotary Club of San Fernando (Pampanga) and past president at that.

It was him who gathered businessmen and professionals of the city to form a Rotary club. Mang Johnny's enthusiasm was so contagious that it infected everyone whom he approached, and in no time at all, the Rotary Club of Angeles was born.

The late Geromin G. Nepomuceno, son of Don Juan Nepomuceno, the leading businessman of the city, was elected as its first president. As charter president, he served during Rotary Year 1965-66. Succeeding Nepomuceno was Angelo 'Loy' David, then president of the Prudential Bank and Trust Company.

Then came Ricardo V. Flores, the boatman from Pagsanjan, Laguna who was invited by Don Juan to migrate to Angeles and established the Holy Angel Academy.

Flores was the third to occupy the presidency of the club.

The club meetings were held at the Spic and Span, a fusion restaurant located along Plaridel Street.

Fellowship and camaraderie was at its finest. And as a service club it did a lot of community service. After Flores, there was insurance man Dick Manalastas, lawyer Frank Villanueva, Bud Valdes, Al Wilkerson, Neng Bernardo, Bert Paras, Dante Timbol, Fil Del Rosario, lawyer Aciong Guiao, Ben Henson, Jogar Arceo, Melo Narciso, Jess Panlilio, Dading Angeles, Benjie Chu, Ted Suarez, Benny Sazon, Fred Ayson, Freddie Ayson, Tony Angeles, Pete Lansang, Berty Reyes, Ner Lumanlan, Ding Roque, Romy Pascual, Cris Galang, Casik Sabile, Eddie Antonio, Dan Dizon, Ric Bermudo, Mars Deang, Efren Tayag, Ed Sugay, Manny Alfonso, Jojo Flores, Tony Guzman and Romy Pecson.

I was inducted into the RC Angeles during the incumbency of the late Romy Pascual in 1992, and became its president in 2005. I was succeeded by American expat Walt Howard, a long time resident in the country. Then came banker Ed Panlilio, followed by government engineer Rico Guilas, restaurateur Manny Alfonso (second time) businessman Ray Dizon, and former barangay captain Jun Tungol. Businessman Dante Timbol was elected president for the second time also in 2012 and was succeeded by banker Gus Agustin.

This year, RC Angeles will celebrate its 50th year of existence with the young generation handed the gavel of power. Businessman Justin Flores was accorded the honor and getting the tag as the "golden president". He will be the 44th person who became president of this "most prestigious club". He will be inducted tonight at the fashionable Ribeye Function Hall, with gold as motif of the celebration of the club's golden anniversary.

The Rotary Club of Angeles is called with pride and reverence as the MOTHER CLUB! And it gave birth to Rotary Club Angeles North, RC Angeles Kuliat, RC Clark Centennial, RC Mabalacat, RC Angeles Friendship, RC Clarkfield, RC Angeles West, RC Balibago, RC Metro Angeles Centro, RC Angeles Centro, RC Dau, RC Magalang, RC Metro Angeles, RC Pampanga North, RC Mabalacat Clark and RC Angeles Midtown.

All members of these clubs have something in common. They internalized the motto: 'Service, above self'.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 26, 2014.

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