Ricardo Yanson Sr.’s Legacy Lives On
Zubiri, who led the groundbreaking rites for the museum, lauded the Yanson family, particularly Leo Rey, family matriarch Olivia Yanson, and Ginnette and husband, Charles, for donating an 8.8-hectare property, which is about P880 million at P10,000 per square meter, where the edifice will be put up.
He described the donation as a “heroic act”.
“That is P880 million that they gave to Bacoleños,” Zubiri said. “Rich people may give one or two hectares. But 8.8 hectares, that is unheard off,” he stressed.
Because of the project, Zubiri said he expects that the value of properties in the area will increase, from P10,000 to P20,000 per square meter.
“So I think we have to give credit, where the credit is due,” he said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the museum will cover five hectares of the donated property, excluding the road network.
He said they will name the 8.8-hectare property as the Ricardo Yanson Sr. Sports and Cultural Complex, in honor of the donor.
“I am so overwhelmed and excited that this is happening. To say that this is historic is, perhaps, an understatement, but definitely this is historic,” Leonardia said.
“I am thankful to our ‘guardian angel’ benefactor and provider, Senator Migz, who is making this possible,” the mayor added.
Leonardia said Zubiri, who partly grew up in Bacolod, wants the museum/auditorium to be “something iconic, something distinctive” that will reflect the unique taste and lifestyle of Bacolodnons.
“Bacolod deserves a museum – no doubt about it – because people here are sophisticated. A museum like this will show that Bacolodnons are really a special kind of people,” Leonardia added.
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