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The Rotary Club of the Philippines is a local chapter of Rotary International in the Filipino community.

This website is a non-profit project entirely created and maintained by Rafael Minuesa, with the occasional help of several Rotarians. Our aim is creating an online informational site that covers all Rotary Clubs in the Philippines and their activities.

Any help is more than welcome. If you have some knowledge of HTML and WordPress and would like to contribute to this project, please register at the following link and let us know how can you help. This is a constantly evolving project and we have numerous tasks that need to be fulfilled.

We are currently putting together a Directory with the websites of all Rotary Clubs in the Philippines. If you know of a Rotary Club website that should be listed in this website, please let us know by using the form at the following page:

Likewise, if you know of a Filipino Rotary Club that does not have a website yet, please let them know that we’ll be happy to build one for them completely free of charge. Contact us through the following page to get started:

History of the Rotary Club in the Philippines

Preliminary steps were first made to organize the Club in the Philippines in January 1919 through the interest and agreement of Leon J. Lambert. In June 1919, the Charter No. 478 authorized the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM) to operate as a formal organization under Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Manila was both the first Rotary Club in the Philippines and the first in Asia under the direct supervision of the International Association of Rotary Clubs (now Rotary International).

The Club went on to organize its daughter clubs, the Rotary Club of Cebu in 1932 and the Rotary Club of Iloilo in 1933. Rotary Club of Bacolod and Baguio were also established later on. The Rotary Club of Manila was also responsible for organizing the Rotary Club of Guam as its first overseas daughter Club in 1939, through the efforts of then R.I. Vice President Carlos P. Romulo.

During World War II meetings of its members were only held if circumstances allowed. This period lasted from May 1942 until it was reorganized in 1945. Many other Rotary Clubs were subsequently established in the Philippines.

There are now over 800 Rotary Clubs in the Philippines, and their members are among the most active when it comes to serving the Filipino community and helping those in need.

Community Services

The Rotary Club of the Philippines has been a source of support to other community service projects. It holds medical and surgical services in the indigenous communities to serve the needy and also offers scholarships to deserving students.

Follow the links below to learn more about Rotary and how you can join your local Rotary club.

Rotary International
Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe.
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The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
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Joining Rotary
Whether you’re a veteran volunteer or new to community service, we’re looking for people like you. Discover the benefits of joining a Rotary club.
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    Rotary International and its Foundation work continuously to be effective financial stewards.

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Rotary leadership
Governance: All Rotary clubs are members of the global association Rotary International, which is overseen by an elected RI president and Board of Directors. The RI Board is responsible for establishing policy for Rotary International.
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