Foundation honors Philippine business leader, philanthropist
Top: Emilio T. Yap. Bottom: RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith, Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr. and his wife Virginia, and Foundation Trustee Vice Chair John F. Germ during the Arch C. Klumph Society induction ceremony 11 August. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
Emilio T. Yap became the first Filipino inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society, which honors donors who give at least US$250,000 to The Rotary Foundation, during a ceremony on 11 August.
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide Jr., permanent representative of the Philippine mission to the United Nations, accepted the honor on behalf of his good friend at the RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA.
A noted business leader and philanthropist in the Philippines, Yap, a donor of $501,000 to the Foundation, is the chair of the Manila Bulletin Publishing Company, which produces two newspapers and 10 leading weekly and monthly magazines. He is also chair of several boards, including those of the U.S. Automotive Company, Philtrust Realty Corporation, Philippine Trust Company, Manila Hotel Corporation, and Centro Escolar University.
Yap is an honorary member of the Rotary clubs of Manila and Manila San Miguel, Manila, and Marikina, Rizal. He supports the Foundation's Annual Programs Fund and Permanent Fund.
In a statement read by Davide, Yap thanked the Foundation: "I am greatly honored to be part of an organization that is doing so much to make life better for countless millions of people around the world. Thank you so much for the honor of installing my name to the Arch C. Klumph Society, joining other donors worldwide who have steadfastly supported The Rotary Foundation."
Yap has initiated several humanitarian activities aimed at promoting peace and political stability. He supports programs that contribute to economic progress and job growth in the Philippines, including those that offer education and technical training to disadvantaged Filipinos and to disaster relief workers.
He has received more than 350 awards and citations from government, professional, and civic organizations, including honors from Philippine presidents.
Yap praised the Foundation in his statement saying "your educational programs, which bring young professionals to other parts of the world to help enrich their technical skills and cultural knowledge, and your humanitarian grants, which help the needy and disadvantaged, are worthy causes," Yap said.
Davide, a former chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, has been friends with Yap for nearly 30 years.
"This is a very special privilege of mine to represent such a great humanitarian and respected leader of the Philippines," said Davide. "His philanthropy work covers so many areas in our country and around the world."