City Hall thanks Apl de Ap, partners for school project PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:44

by VIC LARATO

The city government of Zamboanga under the leadership of Mayor Beng Climaco thanked and even commended celebrity Apl de Ap, his partners Red Ribbon and Franklin Baker for the 2-story, 14-classroom building turned over yesterday at Talon-Talon Elementary School.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who is currently the city caretaker in the absence of Mayor Climaco, conveyed the chief executive’s message during the turnover program.

Iturralde said the school building project that the Apl de Ap Foundation and partners had donated was in support to the mayor’s flagship program on education.

Apl de Ap, a Filipino-American rapper and singer best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas, was among the celebrities who responded to the call for Zamboanga’s rehabilitation after the 2013 siege.

In his message, the Apl de Ap challenged the pupils of Talon-Talon Elem. School to use the classrooms for learning and building their dreams.

“Learn. Dream big and believe in yourselves. You have the power to change your lives and to change other people’s lives,” he said.

The 2-storey building with 14 classrooms was constructed under the Red Ribbon Macaroons for a Cause, a collaboration among Red Ribbon, the Apl de Ap Foundation, and Franklin Baker in a bid to increase educational access for the Filipino youth.

Also present during the turnover rites were City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad together with school and barangay officials headed by Chairman Teodyver Arquiza.—Vic Larato