The Quezon City Cubao Lions Club was organized by Lion Alfredo “Fred” Lingad, who was also the club charter president. The club was officially chartered on 16 May 1970. Its charter presentation and the induction of club officers was held on 19 August 1970. The club had 28 charter members, with Lion Querubin “Ben” Sanchez as the only charter member still remaining with the club.

In its infancy, the club was under the Lions International District 301-A. Lions District 301-D2, in which the club is now under, would be created only at a much later time.

During the Lion Year 1975-1976, the club reached 100 members, and was one of the biggest clubs in the District then. During the same period, Lion Agapito “Pete” Raagas, Jr., a past club president, was also elected District Governor. In response to the District campaign for the creation of new clubs at that time, the Quezon City Cubao Lions Club organized and chartered the Metropolitan Lions Club.

In the entire history of the club, only Lion Rogelio “Roger” Quiambao was elected president for two consecutive terms – in 1983-1984 and 1984-1985. He was then an assemblyman in the Interim Batasang Pambansa. The club threw its full support to him and accommodated his second term as club president. During his presidency, Lion “Roger” Quiambao revitalized the club and recruited new and young members which later gave birth to the “new generation”.

This “new generation” started with the term of Lion Emmanuel “Manny” Cuasay during the Lion Year 1985-1986. A number of the “older generation” members still remained active with the club at this time. However, with many younger members at the helm, the club took on a fresh perspective in community service by undertaking non-traditional and innovative projects. It also embarked on a recruitment program for more quality members which further strengthened the club.

In June 1988, under the term of Lion Bonifacio “Benny” Rillon, a resolution introduced by Lion “Ben” Sanchez for the establishment of a scholarship fund was approved. This resolution aimed to provide funds for a continuing program of free education to poor students. This fund further gave birth to the incorporation in 1999 of the Quezon City Cubao Lions Club Scholarship Foundation, under the leadership of Lion Ramon “Louie” Encarnacion. The club has the distinction of being the first, if not the only club within the Lions District 301-D2, which provides college scholarship grants to poor but deserving youth.

In 1999, the club chartered the Subic Bay Freeport Lions Club, which was another addition to the club’s list of notable accomplishments.

With such a rich and glorious past, the Quezon City Cubao Lions Club is indeed proud of its remarkable history, and this history shall always serve as a testimony and inspiration for its members to remain confident in facing the future and continue to live up to its commitment of valuable community service.

by Lion Sammy Samaniego

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