Five professionals from the Philippines arrived in Grand Bahama on Tuesday as a part of the Rotary Group Exchange Program and yesterday they met with Rotarians during a joint meeting of the three clubs on the island at the Ruby Swiss restaurant.

The group - made up of Hazel Ludovice, Ma Althea Apungan, Leah Araos, Jonalyn Villasante and Maria Molato and team leader Francis Harty-Aytona - introduced themselves and shared information about their country with Rotarians through an informative slide presentation.

Ludovice, integrated marketing communications manager at Ford Motor Company and a part-time professor at universities in Manila, spoke to The Freeport News and said her experience thus far has been an extremely positive one.

"I would say that it's really a worthwhile experience and I would recommend that others apply to the group exchange program because it's not about visiting the different countries, it's more about enculturation and sharing ideas. You really get to know what the culture is and you get involved in what they do and at the same time it also builds friendships," she shared.

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