Past Presidents

CP Pedro “Pete” Cootauco
Pres. Maximo “Max” Cabalo
Pres.Teotimo “Onye” Reyes Jr
Pres. Joselito “Lito” Go
Pres. Danilo “Danny” Villena
Pres. Leo Y. Ong
Pres. Danilo “Danny” Ona
Pres. Angelito “Lito” Mojica
Pres. Manolito “Manny” Suarez
Pres. Feliciano “Onie” Miguel
Pres. Ericson “Eric” Nario
Pres. Arnold R. Capuloy
Pres. Pamfilo “Pompey” Magpantay
Pres. Rolly Carandang

Francisco “Ankie” Balderama Jr.

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Rotary Theme 1995-1997CP Pedro “Pete” Cootauco of RCLS was elected Charter President of RCML. He actually took the club’s leadership as President for almost one and a half years.  To CP Pete is attributed the very successful take off of a very young Club as evidenced by a number of awards and recognition the club had garnered during the first two years of the club identified with RI Themes “Act With Integrity Serve With Love Work For Peace” and “Build the Future With Action and Vision” for RY 1995-1996 and RY 1996-1997 respectively.

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Rotary Theme 1997-1998Pres. Maximo “Max” Cabalo, a retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Officer succeeded CP Pete Cootauco to the Presidency of the Club.  He assumed the Club’s Leadership as a fine alternative because the then President-Elect who should have succeeded CP Pete begged off for some logical and understandable reasons. The RY 1997-1998 was a very difficult year for the Club, more particularly to Pres. Max Cabalo, considering the various adjustments that had to be made.  Faced by a number of dilemma and leadership challenges, the club under the presidency of Max Cabalo still was able to accomplish the desired projects and activities identified during the year.  His year marked the selection of CP Pete Cootauco Jr. and PD Danny K. Villena to District officership when PD Danny Villena was elected Charter President of the District 3820’s newly organized The Rotary Foundation Alumni Association.  CP Pete was the Association’s Secretary.

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Rotary Theme 1998-1999The Rotary Year 1998-1999 saw the outstanding leadership of the Club’s 3rd President in the person of the Club’s Charter Member Teotimo “Onye” Reyes Jr.  It was a year of giant leaps and great strides in the club.  The gargantuan task of making the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa be significantly counted in the roster of organizations that provide humanitarian service to others was greatly undertaken by the club through the outstanding leadership of Pres. Onye Reyes whose strong sense of responsibility backed up by his renewed spirit of commitment and strong dedication to serve others made a big, big difference in the life of the Club as a true service organization.  Pres. Onye Reyes succeeded in establishing a strong interpersonal relationship among club members, whose cooperation and camaraderie have put them to real action and work, thereby facilitating the delivery of the much needed services to the communities in need of the club’s service projects and activities.  This year gave the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa the honor of being the Most Outstanding Club in the District with Pres. Onye Reyes as the Most Outstanding Club President.

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Rotary Theme 1999-2000In Rotary Year 1999-2000, the Millenium President Joselito “Lito” Go took center stage as the club’s 4th President.  Guided by the philosophy of the year’s theme, “Act With Consistency, Continuity and Credibility,” Pres. Lito Go took the challenge of maintaining the club’s honor and reputation as one club on top of the others in the name of “Service Above Self.” With the increased commitment and dedication of the members coupled with a strongly motivated leadership team, it was not surprising for the club to have been accorded awards and recognition during the year’s culminating activity.  For the second time, the club was recognized as the Most Outstanding Club in the District with Pres. Lito Go as the Most Outstanding President and Sec. Danny Villena as the Most Outstanding Secretary.

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Rotary Theme 2000-2001The Rotary Year 2000-2001 saw the leadership tandem of Pres. Danilo “Danny” Villena and Sec. Alexander “Allan” Alejo. Their leadership could be described as simple and humble but with depth and breadth.  Guided by Rotary International’s theme, “Create Awareness, Take Action,” the club’s 5th President, Danny Villena and Sec. Allan Alejo drew much of their actions from the club’s previous experiences during its past leaderships.  Having been the club secretary for two consecutive years, serving two of the club’s Most Outstanding Presidents, Pres. Danny VIllena seemed to have mastered the craft required of a club President.  To Pres. Danny could be attributed the creation of culture of Rotary Knowledge, the concept and practice of “Rotarization” in the club as he tried to establish guiding norms and principles in following the system of what is called the “Rotary Way.”  He started the practice of planning and pursuing projects and activities which are actually translations of the Rotary Theme.  The year indeed, was another year of awards and recognition although not as many compared to the two previous years.  This year could be well remembered as the year when CP Pete Cootauco  became the District Secretary.

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Rotary Theme 2001-2002Pres. Leo Ong took the leadership of the club as its 6th President in RY 2001-2002.  Pres. Leo, together with Sec. Allan Sadsad, continued the service projects of the club with greater intensity. Serving under the RI Theme, “Mankind is our Business,” Pres. Leo’s term could be described as one that furthered the relationship of the club with other clubs in the District, particularly with the District’s leadership.  His leadership maintained the status and reputation of the club as evidenced by a number of outstanding awards and recognition accorded to the club by the District, including the Most Outstanding President and the Most Outstanding Club awards, a proof that the club continues to be as strong as ever.

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Rotary Theme 2002-2003The Rotary Year 2002-2003 was truly another great year for the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa with Pres. Danilo “Danny” Ona as its 7th President and assisted by PP Danilo “Danny” Villena as the club Secretary.  The club could be described as one in a higher dimension in terms of enthusiasm, commitment and dedication shown and manifested by the members of the club.  With the RI Theme, “Sow the Seeds of Love,” the club achieved more humanitarian projects that benefited more recipients compared to the previous years.  Pres. Danny Ona’s leadership placed the club’s institutional projects in more defined perspective and with wider scope, thus increasing the projects attributed the very viable community project, adopt a school program which is now considered a community service flagship of the club. The presidency of Danny Ona has placed the club on top of them all as the District’s leadership accorded the club and the leadership of Danny Ona the best of the awards and recognition it could offer.  It was during his leadership that the club became even more and more popular and has actually drawn most of the attention in the District. For the 4th time, RCML was accorded the Most Outstanding Club and Most Outstanding President awards.

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Rotary Theme 2003-2004On its 8th year, the leadership of the club was vested upon Pres. Angelito “Lito” Mojica with PP Danny Villena as the Club Secretary. With “Lend a Hand” as the RI Theme, Pres. Lito Mojica’s leadership was aimed at actually looking for people and community where the club could actually lend a hand that is responding to the immediate needs of the community. His term was marked by improvement in the manner of implementing the club’s institutional projects, thus making them more responsive to the needs of the target recipients.  His leadership of the club could be described as one that was anchored on simplicity and one that promoted the culture of lending more hands to the children and the young thus most of the club’s undertakings benefited the children and the youth.  Under his leadership, the club continued to earn the respect of the community and this had been recognized also by the District.

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Rotary Theme 2004-2005Pres. Manolito “Manny” Suarez became the 9th President of the club with Sec. Rodolfo “Rudy” Altamirano by his side.  Serving the RY 2004-2005 with the theme, “Celebrate Rotary 100 Years,” Pres. Manny’s term could be described as most memorable and historical as his term and leadership shared the Rotary International’s observance and celebration of its historical centennial year.  It was during the leadership when the club became very active in the affairs of District 3820 to his leadership could be attributed the club’s many accomplishments which have been recognized by the District through the many awards and recognitions given to the club including again the most coveted awards, Most Outstanding Club and Most Outstanding President, notwithstanding the many other outstanding awards in the various projects per avenue of service.

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Rotary Theme 2005-2006Celebrating a decade of Rotary service, the club had it’s 10th leader in the person of Pres. Feliciano “Onie” Miguel with Sec. Allan Sadsad assisting him in administrative matters.  Serving on the first year of Rotary’s second century, Pres. Onie directed the club to continue to embark on more humanitarian projects as the year’s RI Theme, “Service Above Self,” implies.  Pres. Onie’s term was highlighted by the club’s hosting of the District Membership Development Seminar and staging of more projects that focused on literacy, education and water concerns. His emphasis on literacy projects gained recognition by the District as Pres. Onie continues the long term commitment of the club to support its adopted school and continues to dedicate his efforts toward literacy and water management through Public Relations projects.  The club continues to gain accolades as it hauls more awards during the District Turn Over and Awards Ceremonies.

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Rotary Theme 2006-2007The Rotary Year 2006-2007 was another superb year for the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa as it welcomed its 11th President in the person of Pres. Ericson “Eric” Nario, with a neophyte, Sec. Arnold Capuloy helping him in running the club. It was during Pres. Eric’s term, with the RI Theme, “Lead the Way,” when the role of the Rotary Spouses was fortified as the spouses worked hand in hand with the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa in fulfilling its community service plans for the year.  Another highlight of his term was the establishment of a magnificent partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata 163 with the successful staging of the Batangas leg of the Bantay bata 163 Pilipinas Caravan.  Another feat that he started was the award-winning ‘Buklat-Aklat” project in coordination with the National Bookstore Foundation.  No wonder RCML came to the forefront as it successfully hosted the record breaking District Conference with only 15 members in the core group. All these efforts paid of when the club reaped more awards during the District Turn over and Awards Ceremonies.  This Rotary year also marked the assumption of PP Onye Reyes as the first District Governor of District 3820 from the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa.

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Rotary Theme 2007-2008The Rotary Year 2007-2008 marks the term of the 12th President in the person of Pres. Arnold R. Capuloy. With RI Theme, “Rotary Shares,” he shares the leadership with Sec. Pamfilo “Pompey” Magpantay and the rest of the club members who were all assigned an officer or Chairmanship position in the club. Consistent with the plan of RI Pres. Wilfrid “Wilf” Wilkinson to ensure continuity of Rotary projects, Pres. Arnold vowed to continue the existing projects and institutional programs of the club.   The club took an active part in the City Government’s programs and represented the Non-Governmental Organizations in the Lipa City Peace and Order Council and actively headed the Parade Committee during the celebration of the Lipa City Fiesta. The club renewed the sisterhood agreement with RC Paco and RC Tondo and made new relations with RC Kiryu Akagi of Japan and other Metro Clubs during its attendance to the 16th National Rotary Metrosports in Cebu. Despite the issues in the District during this Rotary Year, the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa still received the Outstanding Club Award and Pres. Arnold was chosen as one of the 10 recipients of a Special Award from the District Governor.

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Rotary Theme 2008-2009In its lucky 13th year, the club inducted Pres. Pamfilo “Pompey” Magpantay together with Sec. Edmer Borja to serve under the RI Theme “Make Dreams Real.” During the Rotary Year, the Rotary Spouses continued to take an active part in the club and Pres. Pompey showed early signs of active involvement in the District by attending almost all Club inductions and District affairs. He continued the club’s commitment to Abundio Torre Memorial Elementary School and San Guillermo Elementary School by supporting District Governor Nogi’s “Libreng Tsinelas” Campaign which was really well loved by the children. One his greatest accomplishments was his ability to pool together the resources of RC Paco and RC Tondo in a big-scale medical and dental mission in San Celestino, Lipa City.  During the District Recognition and Awarding Ceremonies, RC Metro Lipa maintained its reputation as an Outstanding Club of the District and produced another Outstanding President and multi-awarded District Leaders from RC Metro Lipa.

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Rotary Theme 2009-2010Pres. Rolly Carandang, the 14th President, started the Rotary Year 2009-2010 with a promise to keep on reaping recognition and awards for the club while enjoying the fun of serving others. Together with his hardworking Secretary, Sec/PE Francisco “Ankie” Balderama Jr., they work hand in hand to make sure that the plans and programs of the club will be carried out well.  During the visit of District Governor Chit Lijauco to the club, Pres. Rolly promised a TRF Contribution of not less than US$3,000 and making the Rotary Club of Metro Lipa a 100% EREY club for this Rotary Year. Through his initiative, all members of the club pledged to become a lifetime subscriber of the Philippine Rotary Magazine thereby making the club a 100% lifetime subscribers’ club.

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