• I am not rich but I am rich in friends who are generous & giving” – Lucy
KANANGA, LEYTE – Kris Aquino, president Benigno Aquino III’s youngest sister and a celebrity of her own, was at Brgy. Tugbong, this town on July 8, Friday, together with businessman Ben Chan of Bench to inaugurate and turnover a two-classroom building at the elementary school here which they said was their gift and show of support to Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard.
They then proceeded to Brgy. Linao in Ormoc to inaugurate a similar project. The buildings were constructed through the auspices of AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa), a non-government organization co-founded by Kris’s elder sister, Pinky.
Kris and Ben Chan are among the best friends of the Gomezes. Richard Gomez was Bench’s first image model when he was a still an upcoming actor and as he grew in fame, so did the Bench brand which is now a global name. Lucy and Kris have also modeled for Bench. Congresswoman Gomez said , “Hindi ako mayamang pulitiko pero mayaman ako sa mga kaibigang namimigay at tumutulong.”
The school buildings that were turned over were also “fully furnished” with red and blue colored bookshelves, chairs, blackboards and even books. It was learned that the two-classroom school buildings only cost P600,000.00 each, but already included one comfort room. Furthermore, the buildings were finished in record time with Lucy herself inspecting the progress of the construction during her recent visit last July 1.
For the congresswoman, she does not want her projects to be delayed because she does not want to inconvenience people.
The “good news” that Lucy brought with her did not only stop with the turnover of the buildings. She also told the teachers at Tugbong Elementary School that Ben Chan was giving them colognes to make them smell sweet and fresh and inspire their students.
In Brgy. Linao, they also gave away school supplies to some 269 grade one students including gift bags containing three variants of Safeguard soap. The teachers again received colognes each from Bench.
Tugbong school principal Amalia Lausin and Linao principal Edita Laurente expressed their profuse thanks to Lucy and party. It was learned that Laurente was once a teacher of Lucy and her sister Karen Rama, who was with them on the trip along with husband Vincent Rama.
The “good news” did not stop there. Ms. Kris Aquino said that “there are two more coming projects (for the 4th district of Leyte) from AGAPP next year.”
Congresswoman Lucy Gomez also intimated that during their ride from Tugbong to Linao in Ormoc, Ben Chan committed to donate more classrooms to the district when he saw the schools they passed by.
Going back to Ms Aquino, she was also impressed with Lucy and the Ormocanons’ and 4th District’s welcoming her. “Nakakatuwa, very appreciative ang mga tao at ang linis ng Ormoc,” she gushed. As for Lucy’s being an “accidental congresswoman”, she candidly said, “Nakikita ko kay Lucy ang ideal public servant.”
Ms. Aquino also took the chance to tape for her show “Kris TV” at the ABS-CBN. She featured her sortie to Ormoc including the turnover of the school buildings, the Chua prawn farm at Brgy. San Juan, the Sts. Peter and Paul Church, the famed pineapple plantations of Ormoc and the home of Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez at Carlota Hills, Brgy. Canadieng.