The new school building donated by businessman Edwin Fabro was formally turned over to the CMU Laboratory High School in a ceremony held on January 18.
The donation was made under the “Operation: Barrio Schools,” a project of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (FFCCCII) and Bukidnon Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce.
The turn-over ceremony was participated by CMULHS faculty and students headed by Dr. Denis A. Tan, director; FFCCCII members; PTA officers led by its president, Atty. Oliver Owen Garcia; and some visitors.
According to its website, the FFCCCII, which was founded in 1954, aims to organize a more compact association that could render greater support to the government and further strengthen the existing ties of friendship between the Filipinos and Chinese in the Philippines.
Fabro, who funded the building’s construction, is a board member and chairman of property committee of FFCCCII. He also owns the Gold Star Realty and Development Corporation.
Mr. Fabro said he believes that education can provide a better future for the country. He said to the CMULHS faculty and students: “This is my gift for you.”
The school building was divided into two 30-seater classrooms occupied by the Grade 7 students as the pioneering users.
He added: “I hope you take care of this school; mag-aral nang mabuti para maunlad ang buhay ninyo.”
In an interview with Joeson Melgar, Grade 7 student, he said that he is happy and thankful for the new classroom.
“I will study well and someday I will become a doctor,” he said.
Dr. Maria Luisa R. Soliven, university president, also graced the turn-over ceremony. In her talk, she said that we need to co-exist with the people who were fortunate and that we must also do our share.
She added: “I believe that with or without corporate social responsibility, you [FFCCCII and donor] have the heart to assist and support the Filipino education.”
CMULHS is one of the project’s chosen recipients. To date, the federation has already completed 5,254 school buildings across the country. (MJTalisay)