SMB part­ners with FLKI for Ka­pam­pan­gan mu­seum

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIKA MARIEL GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— San Miguel Brew­ery, Inc., (SMB) a sub­sidiary of San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion, on Thurs­day turned over a P500,000 do­na­tion to the Foun­da­tion for Lin­gap Ka­pam­pan­gan, Inc. (FLKI), to help build the Ka­pam­pan­gan Cul­tural Cen­ter (KCC).

The con­struc­tion of the pro­posed mu­seum lo­cated at the old site of the Pam­panga High School near the Provin­cial Capi­tol in the City of San Fer­nando, is the ban­ner project of the FLKI, with its aim to help pro­mote and pre­serve Ka­pam­pan­gan cul­ture and tra­di­tion.

Once com­pleted, the KCC will be the per­ma­nent home of some of the prov­ince’s trea­sured ar­ti­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia. It can be noted that since the late 90s, some of Pam­panga’s his­tor­i­cal col­lec­tions were housed at the Clark Mu­seum and are cur­rently in stor­age.

FLKI Ch ai r m an Rolando Ro­driguez noted that with SMB’s do­na­tion, the group is one step closer to make their dream of build­ing the mu­seum a re­al­ity.

“We’re very happy be­cause SMB, which is one of the ma­jor com­pa­nies in the Philip­pines, ac­knowl­edge their con­tri­bu­tion for the Ka­pam­pan­gan her­itage. We hope that this is not the last, be­cause we still have a long way to go,” he said.

He noted that the do­na­tion given by SMB will go the mu­seum’s roof­ing con­struc­tion.

“With the funds that we re­ceived from our last project which is the Philip­pine Madri­gal

Singers (Madz) con­cert, plus this do­na­tion from SMB, we can fi­nally be able to restart the con­struc­tion of the KCC. Our ini­tial tar­get is to put the roof, so we can al­ready be able to host ac­tiv­i­ties in­side the build­ing. With this, our ka­balens will know that the con­struc­tion of the cen­ter is mov­ing,” he noted.

The so­cio-civic leader fur­thered that an­other ini­tia­tive of the group to has­ten the fundrais­ing for the con­struc­tion of the build­ing, is to call out Pam­panga High School alumni for do­na­tions and pledges.

He added that the FLKI is also plan­ning to host a fundrais­ing din­ner, whose pro­ceeds will go to the en­vi­sioned cul­tural cen­ter.

“Sinuk­wan is com­ing up and we’re plan­ning sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at rais­ing funds for the ben­e­fit of the KCC,” he shared.

The chair­man then high­lighted that the foun­da­tion is com­mit­ted to raise over P30-mil­lion to fund the con­struc­tion of the rest of the build­ing, which will fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion rooms, lab­o­ra­tory, and in­ter­ac­tive dis­play ar­eas, among oth­ers.

“We want to raise an­other P30 mil­lion, but we’re also hop­ing to get help from the Capi­tol. Gover­nor Lilia Pineda vowed that she is will­ing to help,” he sai d .

For his part, SMB San Fer­nando Plant Man­ager Larry San­tos noted that the com­pany is al­ways ready to sup­port the FLKI and its ad­vo­ca­cies.

“We have a very strong tie up with the FLKI, and we in­tend to make it stronger in the com­ing years. We want to as­sure the group that we will al­ways sup­port their projects and their en­deav­ors to help our ka­balens and uplift the prov­ince,” he sai d .

“More­over, this is a very ex­cit­ing project for us, as San Miguel is re­ally into help­ing pre­serve the cul­tural her­itage of Ka­pam­pan­gans, es­pe­cially our pres­i­dent, Mr. Roberto Huang is a true-blooded Ka­pam­pan­gan. I’ve heard there will be an al­loted por­tion of the mu­seum for the brew­ery, and we are very much an­tic­i­pat­ing the com­ple­tion of the whole Ka­pam­pan­gan Cul­tural Cen­ter,” he con­tin­ued.

San­tos said that apart from its role in help­ing pre­serve the rich cul­ture of the prov­ince, SMB San Fer­nando Brew­ery also con­tin­ues to ful­fill its mis­sion in help­ing the com­mu­nity through reg­u­lar med­i­cal and feed­ing pro­grams, liveli­hood projects, tree plant­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as clean-up drives.

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