Association of Apex Clubs, Philippines elect Los Baños businessman as National President
Apex, a community service organization of business people and professionals, elected businessman Rommel M. Caranto, current President of the Apex Club of Los Baños, as its National President for Apex year 2017-2018. The election of new officers was held during the 42nd National Convention of the Association of Apex Clubs of the Philippines held recently in Puerto Princesa City.
Other national officers elected were Joselito Bawi of Apex Batangas City, National Vice President; Atty. Dennis Guevara of Apex Iloilo City, National Service Director; Gilbert Alea of Apex Batangas City, National Membership and Extension Director; Wendy de la Cruz of Apex Leganes, National Action and Citizenship Director; Ramon Teruel of Apex Iloilo City, National Bursary Scholarship Director; and Dr. Edwin Acebedo of Apex San Pablo City, International Relations Officer.
Rommel comes from a family of Apexians. His father, the late Andres J. Caranto, Jr. and brother Wilfredo Caranto are members of Apex Los Baños. His mother Lydia, wife Lizbeth, and son Andrei Benedict are all supporters of the Apex Club.
The new National President earned his B.S. Agribusiness degree from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB). He has graduate units in Masters in Management, also from UPLB. He has been engaged in the dormitory business since 2014.
Rommel started his career as student assistant with the International Rice Research Institute, then with the Land Bank of the Philippines. He has long years of experience in the motorcycle industry, having worked as store manager, and later as business development manager with Honda Motor Sports Group of Companies; and branch manager with the Motor Central Group of Companies, Star Honda, Inc., and Citibike Sales, Inc. He also handled sales with the Sterling Tobacco Corporation and Zuellig Pharma Corporation.
He has attended seminars and training courses on organizational transformation, team building and leadership, managing work attitude, Allen Management Program, and agribusiness management.
Rommel is an alumnus of the UP Beta Kappa Fraternity; founder and founding president of the Los Baños Road Runners Inc.(2007); president of the Laguna Motor Riders Federation Inc. (2011-13).; vice-chairman of STAND LB (2013), a local political party in Los Baños; and co-founder and founding president of the CALABARZON Motoriders Confederation Inc. (2013).
The national convention drew Apex members from all over the Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. Prominent delegates included David Pan and TT Singam, National President and International Relations Officer, respectively, of Apex Clubs of Malaysia; Kate Huth, Past National President of Apex Australia, Past Apex Chairman, and Organizer of Apex Indonesia; Edward Mai, Vice-Chairman of Apex Global; and David Sinay, Past Apex Global Chairman.
Apex originated from Australia in 1931 and was formed in the Philippines in the early 70s. Apex sends poor students to high school and college; promotes proper nutrition, works for environmental protection; campaigns against drug abuse through sports, helps victims of natural disasters, conducts free medical, dental and optical services, and promotes the use of the national language through oratorical contests, among many other community service projects.
The Convention was held in Cowrie Island while the Fellowship and Gala Nights were held at A and A Hotel in Puerto Princesa. Local and foreign delegates were awed by Palawan’s natural wonders, including the internationally famous underground river. World class entertainment was provided by the Palawan Provincial Government through its cultural and singing groups, courtesy of Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, who also served as the Gala Night keynote speaker. Guest speaker at the Fellowship Night was Past Apex Global Chair Kate Huth.
Highlighting the convention was the lifting of the Apex retirement age of 45 while the gala night featured the giving of national awards to the following: Balik Eskwela Project of Apex Los Baños, awarded as Service Project of the Year; Apex San Pablo City, Share Apex Award (biggest increase in membership); Rommel Caranto of Apex Los Baños, Apexian of the Year; Past President Jasper de Luna of Apex Women’s Club of San Pablo City, Outstanding Service Award (member with the highest number of community service hours); Salvador Tagumpana of Apex San Pablo City, Director of the Year; Bobby Race of Apex San Pablo City, President of the Year; Apex Los Baños, Most Improved Club of the Year; Apex Iloilo City, Boomerang Award (biggest number of delegates); and President Vanesa Escueta of the Apex Women’s Club of San Pablo City, National President’s Choice.
The Apex National Convention was hosted by the Apex Club of San Pablo City and supported by Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, Laguna Congresswoman Sol Aragones, and San Pablo City Mayor Loreto Amante.