In line with its three-year Rebuilding the Community Project, the Tan Yan Kee Foundation, Inc.(TYKFI), recently turned over a multi-purpose edifice named Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building to the people of Barangay Holy Child II in Alangalang, Leyte. The building which initially would serve as a barangay hall will also house a day care facility and a health clinic.
Barangay Captain Hon. Sarah Apurillo spearheaded the blessing and turn-over of the Barangay Hall last 22nd of May 2015, which started at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
To start up the event, a Drum and Lyre band together with the choir welcomed the donors and guests.
The Inaugural Ceremony included the symbolic handover of the key by TYKFI Corporate Communications Officer Ms. Valerie Tan, ribbon cutting, blessing of the new Barangay Hall Building and a program attended by officials from the local government and Department of Education, friends from Tanduay Distillers, residents of the barangay, and TYKFI officers.
The event started with a doxology and followed by an Opening Message from Barangay Captain Sarah Apurillo. The blessing was solemnized by Rev. Fr. Noel A. Abrenio, Parish Priest of Alangalang. The emcee of the event was Mr. Shernan Carlo Apurillo.
The local Drum and Lyre Band accompanied by the choral society and vocal talents provided the musical entertainment during the program. After the Acceptance Message of Barangay Captain Apurillo, Municipal Mayor Hon. Loreto T. Yu and representatives from different organizations also delivered their messages mainly to express their gratitude to the Foundation, Dr. Lucio C. Tan and the TYKFI project team.
The messages were delivered by the following: Mr. Juan Remandaban, Senior Citizens’Group; Dr. Renato C. Yu; President Marlyn Sydiongco of Women’s Group; Mr. Adriane Dave Apurillo, Youth Group; Ms. Imelda Caneja of MLGOO; Dr. Rolando Musca, Campus Director, EVSU-Ormoc City Campus; and Day Care pupil Jurmiel Karev Bayno. Mr. Philip Sing, head of the TYKFI team and Corporate Communications Officer Ms. Valerie Tan gave inspiring talks on behalf the Foundation. Other guests who attended were Mr. Jonathan Anuma, Ms. Evelyn Abao, and Mr. Jan Nazarene M. Irorita of TYKFI, Branch Manager Joram Bacorro, Mr. Tristan Santiago and Mr. Joseph Campo of Tanduay Distillers-Tacloban City.
Mr. Philip Sing, TYKFI, Administrative Officer said: “Today, the officers of Barangay Holy Child II have their own place where they could serve their constituents better. A place where there is integrity, a place where there is accountability, a place they can call “home”. This Barangay Hall is the only Barangay Hall with a Day Care Center, a Health Center that the Tan Yan Kee Foundation had ever donated since way back in 1986.
Ms. Valerie Tan, TYKFI Corporate Communications Officer said: “Today, the Foundation is inaugurating your Barangay Hall, Health Center, and Day Care Center. Not only as a dedication to the welfare of the people, but also an Act of Solidarity with you. To help you in your rebuilding and help you to continue to shine fourth as a community. In addition, we believed that the good governance can bring about deep and lasting change. It is “viral” in achieving almost everything from eliminating corruption to ending poverty and alleviating natural disasters. As the saying goes, “Good governance remains merely a philosophy. Thus we are making sure that your community has a venue for excellent governance and accountability.”
Mr. Juan Remandaban, Representative, Senior Citizen’s Group said: “Allow me the first few minutes to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to Ma’am Sarah and the members of the Barangay Council for allowing me to take part in this very special event we had because it needed more than seventy six years before it happened. I shall never again witness the same occasion in my few more remaining years of stay in this wonderful world God made. Very memorable because what I see with my very own eyes now is made possible not by our own but by brothers and sisters whose hearts are full of love and compassion for all of us. So therefore to you our very distinguished guests, I bow in deep appreciation and joy”.
Mrs. Marlin Sydiongco, President, Women’s Organization said: “In behalf of all women here in Barangay Holy Child II, we would like to extend our sincere and deepest appreciation to the Tan Yan Kee Foundation. Your contribution to our barangay particularly this beautiful Barangay Hall building will be cherished, not only by the people of barangay Holy Child II but the entire municipality of Alangalang. This is the legacy of Tan Yan Kee Foundation. You deserve our highest praise. A big round of applause to the Tan Yan Kee Foundation. And also a big round of applause to the staff of TYKFI. It is our fervent hope that Tan Yan Kee Foundation will continue supporting us. Again, we are very very grateful for what you have done to our barangay. We salute you. Thank you very much.
Hon. Sarah Apurillo, Barangay Captain, Holy Child II, Alangalang, Leyte said: “This gesture of Tan Yan Kee Foundation of giving us this beautiful building is made more meaningful because this is the first time that Tan Yan Kee Foundation is giving a Barangay Hall. First time, because ang sabi nila hindi sila nagbibigay ng Barangay Hall. Ang focus nila ay education. So, andiyan yung mga school buildings, yung mga tsinelas para sa mga bata, school bags, trainings ng mga teachers. Actually, itong Tan Yan Kee Foundation did not come about just after the typhoon Yolanda. Hindi sila bago. They have been all around the Philippines giving help more on education, livelihood, environmental concerns. Thank you for making us no. 1”.
From Jurmiel Karev Bayno, Day Care pupil: “I would like to thank the Tan Yan Kee Foundation for helping us build our new Barangay Multi-purpose Hall. Now, we have our Day Care Center. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Maraming Salamat po”.