The JCI Bai Lawanen is the first all female chapter in Mindanao of the Junior Chamber of the Philippines. Founded 39 years ago,the chapter is composed of empowered women who want to create positive. JCI Bai Lawanen has always been very active when it comes to community service in the city. More than just beauty queen makers (Organizing the Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant for the last 4 years), their name is more synonymous with service most notably their Byaheng Tulong Barangay which is on its 8th year of implementation. The Princesses without Equal (the English meaning for Bai Lawanen) are also behind the Sendong Memorial Wall which can be found in Gaston Park.
In the recently concluded Gawad Mindanao Area Conference of JCI Philippines last Sept. 2-4, 2016 in Zamboanga City, the local organization chapter has garnered the following awards: Most Outstanding Local Organization Chapter President for Category 3 for 2016 LO President Sarah Corpus; Best Long Term CommunityProgram for Byaheng Tulong Barangay Year 8; Merit Award for Education for Peace Category, Husto Na-Zero Tolerance for Bullies (An Anti-bullying campaign); Merit Award for Cultural Program, Dayeg and Merit Award for Best Personality Development Program, Miss Cagayan de Oro.
2016 proved to be a very busy year for the Princesses without equal having implemented 35 projects. They have also organized and attended a total of 43 trainings regarding official and non-official JCI courses. And they’re not not yet ready to rest on their laurels just yet. Only weeks before the National Convention in Cebu City, they still have several activities lined up: Husto Na Anti Bullying Campaign and Gender Equality Seminar in Camaman-an Elementary School with their 500+ Grade 6 students, Baila Cares: Maternal Care, Livelihood Seminar & Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Barangay 17 and NHA.
Miss Sarah Corpus, 2016 Local Organization President and Mindanao’s Most Outstanding President for Category 3, mentioned that for her term, she chose the tagline, Baila in Action because she believes in “All tenets of the JCI Values, especially the last one which is: Service to Humanity is the best work of life. Baila in Action means we are moving to provide service to the community the best way we can. We want to create positive change. We are active citizens in this society”
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