Wicked, firm donate P8M for Aboitiz schools rehab

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


AS curtains were drawn to close the last performance of the smash Broadway musical, Wicked (The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz) in Manila, new doors will soon open in schools affected by super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu.

Proceeds from one of its weekend performances amounting to P7.9 million were pledged to the Aboitiz Foundation to help fund the repair and rebuilding of schools in the
typhoon-stricken province.

On top of the musical’s donation, event partner TicketWorld Inc. president Bob Sewell pledged an additional P230,000 from his personal funds for the foundation’s schools rehabilitation initiatives.

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The ceremonial turnover of donation, which was facilitated by show producer Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, was made onstage by the musical cast themselves, together with some sponsors last March 7 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

Aboitiz Equity Ventures senior vice president and chief reputation and risk officer Susan Valdez and Aboitiz Foundation executive vice president and chief operating officer Sonny Carpio accepted the check in behalf of the foundation.

“We would like to direct that the funds are used for school rebuilding/building in the Yolanda affected area/s,” Sewell said in a correspondence with Carpio, referring to some elementary and high school classrooms in Bogo, San Remigio and Medellin–the
hardest hit areas in northern Cebu.

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Touted as “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” with 50 awards, including Tony and Grammy to boot, Wicked opened in Manila to a full house last Jan. 22 at the CCP Main Theatre and finally closed its curtains last March 9.

The musical was brought to the country by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, with the support of Concertus Manila, Hi Definition Radio Inc., David Atkins Enterprises and TicketWorld.

Recently, the Aboitiz Foundation received P11.3 million worth of pledge from the Harvard Club of the Philippines to help repair damaged classrooms and build new ones in Curva Elementary School in Medellin.

Harvard Club of the Philippines is an association of Philippine-based alumni and students from different Harvard Schools, including Kennedy, Business, Law, Medical, Public Health, Education, Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

Aboitiz Foundation earlier earmarked P140 million of the P203 million it was able to raise last year, for its schools rehabilitation efforts, which will focus on heavily and partially-damaged school buildings.

The group is set to repair around 130 classrooms and build 70 new ones in 28 schools in Bogo City and San Remigio in northern Cebu starting this month. This will benefit some 13,000 students who had to continue holding classes on dilapidated classrooms, some without even having roofs.

For updates on Aboitiz Foundation Yolanda rehabilitation efforts, one may visit www.aboitizfoundation.org or www.Facebook.com/AboitizFoundation or follow @AboitizFDN on Twitter.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 26, 2014.

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