LAWYER Juliana Carbon is the 27th president of the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central, succeeding immediate past president May Floressa Castro.

The turnover rites was held on July 31, in the presence of Rotary International 3850 District Governor Michael Ng, immediate past president Edwin To, District Governor-Elect Maria Esther Espina, Past District Governors Ramon Cua Locsin, Edgar Sy, Louis Gonzaga and Mark Ortiz.

Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya, who served as the club’s keynote speaker, was also present in the event.

“Looking back on the year that was, I repeat this, I am proud and humbled to serve as your 26th President,” Castro said, adding that his presidency was fate.

For her, it was a privilege and honor to earn the confidence of her fellow Rotarians to lead their club.

“While I like to think I am all set to be back in the membership role of being a past president, just a fellow Rotarian in club service, it seems I have more on my plate still,” Castro said.

This is because she has accepted the invitation of District Governor Michael Ng to be the public image chairperson, giving her the same tummy butterflies, she experienced when she took on the role as club president.

“I couldn’t have made it this far without your support and guidance. It has been quite challenging to juggle this prestigious role alongside other responsibilities, but you have all been patient and steadfast with me,” Castro told

Saying she can think of no better clubmate to take on the rein as club president, Castro said Carbos fits the role as she is as imaginative and creative and quite a match for the club’s theme

For her part, Carbon said that she takes this as second chance by “heart and with conviction.”

During her first term as president, the rotary theme was “sow the seeds of love.”

It was in her first term that they planted seedlings in several areas in Negros Occidental which eventually became trees after 20 years although some of those were destroyed Typhoon Odette.

“We dream of sowing the trees of love again (and) centralians I am counting on you,” she said as she emphasized that they have huge responsibility.

“We are precursors of bigger things to come (and) with our capabilities and talents, I know we can do more,” she stressed.

She lauded all the presidents of the club and Espina.

“With collective efforts, our club will surely reach our goals on The Rotary Foundation (TRF) giving, membership, and impact projects on rotary’s seven focus areas,” Carbon said.

She also said that they have the dream guide given by their district governor John Michael Ng, the new competent, generous, and warmhearted leader of our district.