Rotary International has revealed that Manila, Philippines has won the bid to hold its 119th annual international convention, from June 3-8, 2028.
More than 25,000 Rotary members and participants from around the world are expected to attend, making it the largest and most multicultural gathering to ever be hosted in the country. It is also the first time the convention will be held in Manila, fitting for a city that was the first location in Asia to charter a Rotary Club 119 years ago.
“Manila’s diverse and lively culture reflects the global mosaic of our organisation, making it the ideal city for our members and participants to connect and celebrate our friendships, cultures and the kaleidoscope of experience we bring to improving lives and strengthening communities around the world,” said Rotary International’s president Jennifer Jones.
Rotary members throughout the world develop and implement sustainable, community-driven projects that fight disease, promote peace, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, grow local economies and protect the environment. Over US$5.5 billion has been awarded through The Rotary Foundation to support these programmes worldwide.
The winning bid was led by Rotary regional leader, past district governor Samuel D. Pagdilao, Jr. and supported by Rotary clubs in the Philippines. Various public agencies including the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, and other business events industry stakeholders also contributed to the successful bid.
Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco of the Philippine Department of Tourism warmly welcomes all delegates, adding that the Philippines prides itself in being Asia’s pioneer in hosting large-scale meetings and conventions.
“Under the Marcos administration, we are setting our sights on reclaiming our primary position as one of Asia’s most preferred destinations for international MICE,” she said.