Meet the Kiwanis International president

Florencio C. "Poly" Lat
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Poly Lat

Florencio “Poly” Lat of the Philippines was elected as president at the 103rd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a charter Walter Zeller Fellow and a Diamond-level George F. Hixon Fellow.

Poly has been a Kiwanis member for 30 years. He became president of the Kiwanis Club of Inter City Homes, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, in 1991, lieutenant governor in 2000, district governor in 2011-12 and Kiwanis International trustee from 2013 to 2016. He is a charter member of the Kiwanis clubs of Inter City Homes, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila; Manila Bay and Fort Bonifacio Global City.

He is one of the distinguished district governors honored at the 98th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was also a recipient of the Presidential Inspiration Award and Legion of Honor. Kiwanis ASPAC conferred him the awards as Champion in New Kiwanis and SLP Club Building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and completed the grand slam when the Philippine Luzon District also won ASPAC’s Best Service Project Award during his term as district governor. On top of these recognitions under his leadership, Kiwanis received The Outstanding Philippine Leadership Excellence Award in Philanthropy (TOPLEAP Award) for Environment from a joint project of the Rotary Club and Jaycees International. At the 2015 ASPAC Convention, he was presented the Centennial Award, the first for members of Kiwanis Asia-Pacific.

On a personal note, he spends his non-Kiwanis time having fun with his family and friends. He is married to Susan and blessed with three professional children (Ms. Diane, Dr. Dan & Dra. Geline) who all graduated from the University of the Philippines with honors (2 Cum Laude & 1 Magna Cum Laude). He derives great joy as grandpa playing with his three grandchildren, Iñigo, Nica and Lia. After 35 years of outstanding service with the Philippine National Bank, he retired as senior vice president.