As what Belle Garcia put it as the chair of the recently concluded 48th Kiwanis Asia Pacific Convention (ASPAC), “Mission Accomplished! and was successfully done last March 16 to 18, 2023 at Lexis Hibiscus in Port Dickson, Malaysia.”
Kiwanians all over the world joined forces to attend the ASPAC which is a yearly event with trainings offered and elections of officers.
The opening ceremony was graced and made the event more successful by the presence of her Royal Highness DYMM TUNKU AMPUAN BESAR NEGERI SEMBILAN TUANKU AISHAH ROHANI BINTI ALMARHUM TENGKU BESAR MAHMU. As per Belle, her royal presence has made the occasion extra special.
The House of Delegates had elected the following officers for the Admin Year 2023-2024
Chair (Designate) Sujan Shrestha, Chair Elect Huang Wu Tien, Vice Chair Michelle Cordioli and KI Trustee (3 year term) Chang Ching Hsu
The Philippine Luzon District with more than 120 club members who attended the event in Malaysia and won multiple competition that includes the best booth and the cultural dance. Other districts that won the competitions were Japan for Best Service Project while Taiwan as the runner up. Truly success can only be achieved with handwork. For months, Maria Luisa Pel, the chair of the cultural dance together with the performers worked and rehearsed tirelessly for the dance moves and usually hold the practices at The Manila Hotel with the support of Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas who provided the venue and food. Governor Elect Glenda Hufano also provided food for the performers.
The Keynote Speaker was Zy Ker Lee who is a Malaysian Paralympian Swimmer. He shared his life journey and it made the hearts of the guests melt and eyes in tears according to the ASPAC Chair.
“The book “Walking without Legs” which was written by his father Walter Lee was truly motivating and inspiring.”- Belle Garcia
Che Almendras has been highlighted also and called to be on stage for her contribution and as part in the administration’s initiatives in “Leadership in Technology”, the ASPAC Virtual Office that was launched also during the opening of the event.
According to Belle, “Kiwanians and guests made an effort to come to the Cowboy Night (opening dinner) and Beach Global Party (closing dinner) with their complete costumes and attire. The fun and prolific events started with a Dragon dance and ended with a fireworks display.”
“Lastly, please accept my sincerest thanks to all of you - the Organizing Committee, District Governors, KI officers and staff, the members of the Executive Board and most specially the convention delegates who made the convention a success.”- Belle Garcia
The next convention will be in Australia for the 49th Asia Pacific and will be on March 2024 where the upcoming Governor, Glenda Hufano is part of the board and will sit as the head of PLD on that time.