• A lively start to 2018 in Manila

    29 May 2018

    Lighthouse Club Manila kicked off its 2018 social events calendar with a change of events schedules and a mix of venues to make the events more interesting. Events schedules are shown below, venues will be notified.

    Date Event Title
    • Sat, 21 April 2018                Soiree
    • Thu, 21 June 2018               Wine and Cheese
    • Thu, 16 August 2018            Quiz Night
    • Thu, 18 October 2018           Guest Speaker
    • Sat, 10 November 2018        Annual Charity Ball –Construction Party@ Marriot Manila
    • Sat, 8 December 2018          Christmas Party

    January 2018, social event and AGM

    January’s event combined the regular social event with the club’s Annual General Meeting. Mark Henke of EU-Philippines Business Network joined the Board of Trustees. His experience and extensive networking outreach is welcomed. The event was held at Bondi & Bourke, Makati and was sponsored by Jacobs, who are a global provider of technical, professional, and scientific services, including engineering, architecture, construction, and operations and maintenance. Between sponsorship, the regular raffle, and auction of a donated painting, charity funds were raised for club scholars giving a great start to 2018.




    February 2018, Quiz & Curry Night

    Quiz evenings are always well attended by Manila Lighthouse Club Members. When they are accompanied by excellent curries and free flowing local beer, and wine, they become irresistible. This certainly provided the case for February’s event, held at Manila Club, with a full house and 6 teams battling it out to win the prestigious first place thus proving their superior capability at retaining interesting tibits of impractical information. Experienced quiz master Aahron led the teams through 6 challenging rounds including name the artist and song, Australian trivia, movie quotes, and identify the “George”. 1st place went to HMR’s team Trump 2020, 2nd place to Skippy, and 3rd to Last of the Summer Wine. Event sponsor was ONDULINE Philippines, a leader of lightweight building systems: providing lightweight roofing solutions, cladding and thermal insulation. Over P30,000 was raised for charity, and a great night was had by all.


    Lighthouse Club Manila key charitable activity is the sponsorship of eligible students, although other special projects are untaken from time to time. The sponsorship typically takes the form of payment of school fees, but can also include living allowances, where these are needed. Graduation of a licensed engineer from a reputable university typically costs in the range of PHP400 – 700,000 (USD7,600 – 13,300) for a 4-year course. Graduation From a BS-Education course costs about PHP300 – 450,000 (USD5,700 – 8,600). This is well beyond that ability of a minimum wage-earning family in the Philippines, with minimal legal wage in Manila currently a mere PHP 491 (USD9.38) a day, or about PHP13,000 (USD250) a month before any deductions.

    The cost of education means that many capable students from poor backgrounds are unable to afford tertiary education; the situation becomes even worse if a family’s wage-earner is lost or unable to work following a construction industry accident. Lighthouse Club Manila is privileged, with the support of the James Battersby Education Trust and the Lighthouse Club Asia Pacific Region Benevolent Trust to be able to help in addressing this situation for some students.

    The Board of Trustees of the Lighthouse Club Manila, has raised their number of sponsored scholars from 30 to 35 positions for the 2018-2019 school year. With the graduation of one licensed Civil Engineer in 2017, and 5 students in 2018 (one Civil Engineer, one Chemical Engineer, and three B.S. in Education), representing culmination of PhP2.7 Million investment in these students’ education, there are now 11 available scholarships. Invitations for applicants has gone out, and review of applicants for the 2018-2019 school year starting in July is ongoing.


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