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YMCA gym, hostel inaugurated in Baguio

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (12 November) -- The Young Men Christian Association(YMCA) in Baguio City inaugurated its newly built standard gymnasium and hostel here last week.

YMCA National President and Baguio boy Judge Edilberto Claraval and YMCA Baguio President Felix Eliral Refuerzo led guests from the YMCA of Misamis Oriental and other officers of Baguio YMCA in cutting the ribbon and officially inaugurating the new structures.

Located at the back of YMCA Building at Session Road rotunda, the P20 million building houses a brand new gymnasium built from Philippine Standards, a seven room first class hostel and two separate dormitories for men and women that could accommodate 50-80 persons.

The YMCA is known all over the world because of the athletic facilities especially the basketball courts and the very affordable hostel that they offer specially to the youths. "In any part of the world, people know YMCA as a place where they can avail of relatively cheap lodging and where they can exercise and play ball games" said Claraval.

"The building complements the school of sports, noble quarters that lead to higher education and discipline, and broader ethnicity in consonance with YMCA goals and objectives." Refuerzo said.

The inauguration of the building is a milestone in the colorful history of the YMCA of the city of Baguio, Claraval said. This is dedicated to the Christian youth in memory of the Baguio YMCA Builders and to all members who adhere to the Christian tenets and the movement's mission and vision, Refuerzo added.

Refuerzo said the structure was reconstructed after 53 years and following a grueling debate and series of deliberate argumentation and the much expected fine tuning during the past and current administration.

"This is also a product of our series of long range planning workshops, a concrete testimony of solidarity between the legislative and executive branches of this noble local association, Refuerzo explained.

Refuerzo said there are still several developments being done in the project like amenities of the hostel, a receiving area and display area. The construction of ramps for the disabled persons is also on going.

Based on finance forecast, the return of investment could be achieved within ten years or before that period depending on the market efficiency or the management of these YMCA commercial areas. (PIA) [top]

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