FLKI to raise P30-M for KCC-A A +A
Friday, March 7, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Foundation for Lingap Kapampangan Inc. will raise some P30 million to fully complete the structural requirements of the Kapampangan Cultural Center (KCC) which has been planned almost five years ago.
It could be remembered that the FLKI is the lead organization which initially conceptualized the establishment of the KCC and was able to avail of funding support from then President and now Second District Representative Gloria Arroyo. Some P10million was released for the structural requirements of the project before further construction went to a halt.
FLKI lead fundraiser Tess Laus said that they hope to drum up awareness and support for the program through fund raising events for the project. She added that they are appealing to Kapampangans who value their local heritage to contribute to the project.
“This project is a bid to preserve, develop and promote Kapampangan cultural traditions, language and heritage,” Laus said during yesterday’s press briefing at the site of the KCC with officers of FLKI.
FLKI president Dr. Lourdes Javier said that the KCC will soon rise at the old Pampanga High School (PHS). The project includes the construction of a replica building of the old PHS high school edifice.
The old PHS building was completed shortly after 1910. It served as the main building of the Pampanga High School until 1935 when it was transferred to its present site. The building was then used as an annex of the school. It also served as the site of the University of the Philippines Extension Program in San Fernando, Pampanga until floods hit the city in 1995.
Javier said that the said facility will be the first independent cultural venue that will serve as a museum and heritage conservation center to be established in the province.
Former city administrator and FLKI trustee Ferdinand Caylao said the cultural center aims to strengthen its museum holdings and research capabilities. The KCC will be located in the 4,000 square meter land which is managed by FLKI through a memorandum of agreement with the provincial government and the Philippine National Police.
To jump start the fund raiser the group will host a benefit dinner this April 11 at the KCC grounds.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 08, 2014.