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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 4, 2016
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Poor man's dream comes true
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

“A poor man's dream has become a reality.”

The new Ceres Northbound Terminal in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City is the legacy of the late Ricardo Yanson, not only to his family but to Negros, his son, Leo Rey Yanson, Vallacar Transit Inc. president and CEO, said during the grand opening of the bus terminal Saturday.

This is a momentous event in the history of the Vallacar Transit Inc. company, Leo Rey Yanson, said, adding that the new bus terminal is a legacy of hardwork and devotion to serve the public.

It has been his father's ultimate dream to become a renowned transport player in the country with outstanding buses and world-class bus terminals, he said.

Leo Rey recalled his father saying “It is not about the company, or how big the company has become but how much we have given back to the people.”

The new Ceres Northbound Terminal is a testament of his parents' hardwork and dedication over the years, he said

He also acknowledged his mother, Olivia's continued support in keeping the company and their family grounded.

“Your relentless concern towards the success of the company serves as an inspiration to me, the whole Yanson family and all the 15,000 men and women who make up the Yanson Group of Companies,” Leo Rey told his mother during his acceptance speech after a symbolic turnover of the key from architect Paul Laxamana and Roger Jermina.

Laxamana said Ricardo Yanson known as RVY, believed that public transportation is vital to the future of Bacolod and the entire Negros Island Region.

In a larger sense, the mission of the Yanson family and VTI is not just about public transport. It is about connecting people, creating job opportunities, and improving the quality of life and service to its passengers, he said.

Laxamana said the bus terminal will become one of the famous landmarks of Negros.

“As is it is spearheaded by the company's CEO Leo Rey Yanson, we can be assured of many more developments that can uplift our lives and our community as it is his mandate to improve the company's quality of excellent service to the people,” he added.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said they are happy that this momentous occasion is being held on the birthday of Ricardo Yanson, who was his godfather during his wedding.

Leonardia congratulated the Yanson family and VTI for the opening of the terminal, which he said has made RVY immortal.

“This is just awesome. In a sense, this is going to be a landmark in Bacolod,” he said.

But more than the architectural achievements of the facilities of the building, they saw the importance of the project to the people's lives in Bacolod, and in the region, Leonardia said.

RVY was determined to give his contribution to the growth and progress of the city, he added.

Board Member Salvador Escalante, who represented Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., thanked the Yanson family for opting to re-invest in Negros Occidental and congratulated them for the victory of Ceres Las Salle in Singapore.

“It is an honor to represent the governor in expressing his profound gratitude and happiness to the Yanson family for choosing Negros Occidental to be their base of operation and for re-investing your resources in the province. You have made Negrenses so proud,” Escalante added.

An audio visual presentation of the late Ricardo Yanson was also shown during the program after a mass officiated by San Carlos Bishop Gerry Almenaza.

Also present were Ricardo Yanson's friends, the Sunshine Boys, Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Councilors Em Ang, Renecito Novero, Cano Tan, Bart Orola, Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Ana Marie Palermo, Sonya Verdeflor and former councilor Roberto Rojas .*CGS

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