RID3820: Bringing Light to the Fellowship Capital of Philippines

By Adrian Sto. Domingo | Posted on February 9, 2022

Covering seven provinces in the Luzon mainland and four islands in Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions, the Rotary International District 3820 is known as the Fellowship Capital of the Philippines. Due to its diversity in terms of culture, tradition, and practices, Rotaractors from four areas of the District are capable of staging any engagement activity that can boost up the energy of their co-Rotaractors.

Like many others, despite the geographical location of the District due to the archipelagic state of the Philippines, the will to be of service is indeed in the land of the living. The dynamism of all the Rotaractors from Laguna, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate are always being seen, felt, and heard not only in their premise but in the national level as well. With the rumble of drums and other instruments and festivity of all, everyone can feel the spirit of exuberance through festivals like the Anilag of Laguna, Sublian of Batangas, and Niyogyugan of Quezon. 

It is also in RI District 3820 where you can have a magical experience in a pleasure ground dubbed as ‘Philippine’s Disneyland,’ the Enchanted Kingdom. Meanwhile, if you are a tourist who wants to escape, get close to nature, and see beautiful landscapes, Rotaractors of RI District 3820 can make you a tour of nature spots like Mayon Volcano, which is famous for its ‘perfect cone’; the top surfing capital of the Philippines, Bagasbas Beach, and; the Luzon Datum, known as the geographical center of the archipelago where the small islands of Marinduque can be looked over.

This sweet and rich pie is made from young coconut meat which is locally known as Buko meat.

Backpackers also need to have a flavor of the widely known foods and delicacies of 3820. Buko pie which is a top product of Laguna, and yema cake which is a favorite dessert in Quezon are just two of the pasalubongs (souvenir gifts) that one must consider. And to completely satisfy one’s sojourn in the District, never forget to experience Bicol’s original dessert, sili ice cream.

Marinduque’s Moriones is a Holy Week tradition centered on the reenactment of the passion and death of Jesus Christ.

Looking back at the time gone by, the District has already hosted various national events participated by Rotaractors and Rotarians from all over the Philippines – one of which is the National Rotaract Convention, now formally called as “Pilipinas Rotaract Convention” or PROCON. The most recent physical event which was held by the District was the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Pilipinas last 2020, in partnership with Districts 3810 and 3850. 

Famous for its “Perfect Cone”, the Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano and the most popular tourist destination in the Bicol Region.

This Rotary Year 2021-22, it is with gratification that the District is hosting the 18th Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference on 21 May 2022 online—an opportunity to provide a good exposure of the uniqueness in the culture of the Philippines and our district in the Asia Pacific Area.

Rotaractors of RI District 3820 live with fun and excitement as they emulate the spirit of being the Fellowship Capital of Philippine Rotaract.

But most of all, it is the 2, 687 Rotaractors from 115 Rotaract clubs of RI District 3820 that make it dynamic and flourishing. All of these continuously happen through its District Rotaract Representative Christian ‘Ian’ G. de Borja, along with the zestful members of the Rotaract District Committee.

District 3820 is hosting the 18th APPRC solely for the first time.

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