Celso exhorts JCIs to help promote Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 October 2011 16:21

Mayor Celso Lobregat Thursday warmly welcomed participants to the 63rd JCI Philippines National Convention, as he urged them to be the city’s ambassadors of goodwill and tell the real story about Zamboanga.

“When you go back to your places of origin, please tell your people about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful about Zamboanga”, the mayor said in his keynote message during the formal opening of the national convention that gathers JCI members from all over the country and other parts of the world.
Aside from elucidating about leadership skills, the mayor also in his message discussed about Zamboanga’s competitiveness and exhibited through a power point presentation the different tourist attraction sites of the city.

Zamboangueños, he stressed are very proud of the city’s rich and colourful history, the diverse cultural heritage, the unique chabacano language and the warm and friendly people. “We always relish every opportunity to showcase Zamboanga to local and foreign visitors in the hope of correcting misperceptions about the city as a
result of inaccurate dateline attribution”.

The mayor thanked the throng of Jaycees and guests for coming over to Zamboanga saying their presence demonstrates their confidence in the city despite the negative misperception about Mindanao including Zamboanga.

The Zamboanga gathering, according to JCI records, mustered the biggest attendance for chapter presidents, as over 110 JCI chapter presidents from all over the country are in Zamboanga “and from all indications the attendance will even reach 1,500.”

Mayor Lobregat likewise commended the JCI Philippines for their key role in building leadership skills. “The Jaycee movement is about empowering young people through sound leadership and collective action. It is about community direction and of building social capital”, he stressed as he also shared his  perspective about leadership.

He cited his trademark 5 Cs in exercising his leadership role. These 5 Cs include conscience; commitment and consistency; competence and courage.

“And so, my dear Jaycees, I urge you to pursue your mission of developing young people to be effective and efficient leaders and remain committed to the JCI Creed “that service to humanity is the best work of life…” And to be effective and efficient leaders, whether you are leaders of your community, city, province or your organization or firm—remember that you always have to bring about the good, the best, the positive and the beautiful and never concentrate on the bad, the worst, the negative and the ugly”, the mayor emphasized.

Mayor Lobregat also expressed elation that the JCI gathering in Zamboanga is also very auspicious as the city is in the midst of the celebration of the 2011 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, the grandest annual event that highlights the city’s unique blend of multi-cultural heritage.

Among the JCI Philippines National officials who are here in the city are National President Bernard Dy and his board; incoming National president Randolf Ivan Ruste and his incoming board; National Convention director Mannix Dalipe, JCI Philippines past presidents; JCI Philippines Chapter presidents and members; JCI Philippines National Past Presidents; JCI Senators and other guests. — Sheila Covarrubias