The Philippines, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (FilipinoRepúblika ng Pilipinas), is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam. The Sulu Sea to the southwest lies between the country and the island of Borneo, and to the south theCelebes Sea separates it from other islands of Indonesia. It is bounded on the east by the Philippine Sea. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and its tropical climate make the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons but have also endowed the country with natural resources and made it amegadiverse country. Covering almost three hundred thousand square kilometres (over 115,000 sq mi) makes it the 73rd largest independent nation and an archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines is categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: LuzonVisayas, and Mindanao. Its capital city is Manila.

With a population of more than 97 million people, the Philippines is the seventh most populated Asian country and the 12th most populated countryin the world. An additional 12 million Filipinos live overseas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times,Negritos were some of the archipelago’s earliest inhabitants. They were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples who brought with them influences from MalayHindu, and Islamic societies. Thus, establishing various nations either ruled by DatusRajahsSultans or Lakans. Trade and subsequent Chinese settlement also introduced Chinese cultural elements which remain to this day.

AIESEC History: AIESEC in the Philippines was officially recognized by the Istanbul Congress in 1968. Efforts to set it up began in 1962 when Bernd Thomas from Germany visited. The first LC was set up in 1967 at the University of the Philippines under the guidance of Eric de Guia and Alfonso Puyat who had just returned from Wharton. With the help of Tsunehiro Kinashi, the first Study Tour was sent to Japan in 1969. The first trainees were also received in that year. The first internationally officially recognized NCP was Wigberto (Iggy) Clavecilla, Jr. followed by Rollie Gosiengfiao. Therfe were two interim NCPs prior to recognition: Tony Cailao and Eric Mondragon. Today AIESEC in the Philippines is present in 7 Local Committees.

AIESEC Alumni Philippines:Presently, the alumni association is not legally incorporated (although one may have been registered in the past). There were sporadic activities, mainly reunions and anniversary parties, in the past but no formal organization structure. The most memorable was the 40th Anniversary celebration in 2008 held at the Corinthian Garden Clubhouse. Then in November, 2010, Rollie Gosiengfiao returned and set up the first A-Group in the Philippines. This is the Genesis A-Group. And in October, 2011 the local alumni hosted the AIESEC Alumni Asia-Pacific Conference held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel. The OC was led by Joseph Pangilinan. The AAAPC has since then become an annual event.

Another major development was the publication in 2011 of an AIESEC Philippines Legacy Book (Pamana) which chronicled the history of AIESEC in the Philippines. This effort was led by NCVP Joan Florentino and OCP Sarah Torres.

In early 2012, the local alumni introduced Thirstdays, or First Thursday cocktails held on the first Thursday of the month and was patterned after Japan’s. This “Thirstday” terminology caught the fancy of delegates in the Budapest International Meeting and a version was adopted internationally. This has now become the global ALUMnite held monthly globally at every chapter, usually the First Thursday of the month.

AIESEC Alumni Philippines has been represented in every AIESEC Alumni International Meeting since 2012 with delegates attending the meetings in Budapest, Seoul and Moscow in 2012 and in Novi Sad in early 2013. It sent a delegation of 15 people to the recent AAAPC 2013 in Hong Kong.

A second A-Group, the Journey A-Group, was formed in 2012 by Jerahmeel Chen. A third A-Group is expected to be formed in 2013.

The alumni now have an active Facebook Group with almost 1,300 members. There is also a formal website. The Leaders List is 100% complete.

There are now plans to formalize an alumni association but without legal incorporation.