The summer months are fast approaching and while many people are eagerly making plans of heading out to the beach, for some it’s better to spend the summer holidays getting involved in various health-promoting activities.
The Cebu YMCA is known to offer such programs and activities every summer that help people grow in spirit, mind, and body. Most of the summer class programs offered are:
• Basic Swimming (7 to 21 years old)
• Basic Swimming for Adults
• Summer Karate
• Tennis Lessons for Beginners
• Modern Jazz
• Hawaiian Dance
• Basketball Advance Training
Other summer youth programs you can avail of are:
• International Work Camp
• Guitar Lessons
• Dancing Lessons
• Youth Campings
• Dental Health Care
• Kiddie Sports and Art Competition
By engaging in the programs offered at Cebu YMCA, enrollees are able to promote their well-being and recreational habits to have a better and healthier lifestyle.
Cebu YMCA’s facilities include a tennis court, swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball court, six (6) badminton courts, restaurant, convenience store, and beauty parlor for men and women. Their 12-hectare campsite and John Krak Youth Activity Center, on the other hand, are ideal venues for large group activities. There are also conference rooms, six (6) commercial doors, and 36 air-conditioned rooms that can accommodate more or less 300 guests at any given time.
In April 1926, the then secretary general of the YMCA of the Philippines, Stanton Turner, came to Cebu to lay the foundation of the Cebu YMCA. The efforts of Turner, together with the help of Cebu’s prominent citizens led to the successful formation of the Cebu YMCA.
During its early years, the Cebu YMCA’s office operated in rented rooms or houses. Its original office was situated on corner Magallanes and Borromeo Streets, but later transferred to a building in P. Lopez Street. Soon after, the Cebu YMCA relocated to other various residences in the city until it found a smaller house along Jones Avenue, which rented for a cheaper price. It was in this location that Nicanor E. Santos, a prominent businessman, took over the presidency of the foundation.
Santos, however, was not enthusiastically received by the community due to the existing religious conflicts of the community that was prevalent at that time. Despite the hardships that were encountered, the Cebu YMCA forged ahead with its youth development programs.
In 1941, Santos bravely negotiated with Vice President Sergio Osmeña Sr. to sell his property to their foundation. In the end, Santos convinced the elder Osmeña to sell his building and lot for the price of Php11,000.
Unfortunately, when the World War II broke out, operations at Cebu YMCA were brought to a standstill. Right after the war ended, operations were resumed with Santos still at the helm. From then on, the Cebu YMCA’s youth development programs began making remarkable strides, which are now recognized by the whole community.
During the postwar period, there was a surge in the membership of the local YMCA. Aware of the urgent need to provide better services and facilities, the Board of Directors willfully decided to construct a bigger YMCA building.
In 1976, the Cebu YMCA organized its first branch in Tacloban City. By 1991 and 1996, the Talisay and Ormoc YMCA were organized as branches of Cebu YMCA. These YMCA centers now have their own building, which serves as their offices, Day Care Center, and Skills Training Center. In 1998, the Cebu YMCA Dental Health Care Center was opened. With the help of the Honolulu YMCA and work camper Jim Knapp from Oregon, 1000 school children can avail a free dental care and treatment from dental team volunteers spearheaded by Dr. Alan Gabato.
Today, the YMCA of Cebu, Inc. building is a living testimony of the untiring efforts and dedicated commitment of Nicanor E. Santos and the YMCA lay leaders, who unselfishly heeded the plea for assistance financially. In its 82 years of serving the public, the Cebu YMCA has already made a permanent mark in the lives of many Cebuanos.
Cebu YMCA is located at Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. It lies between the downtown and uptown area of the city and is just a stone’s throw away from universities, churches and hospitals. Students undergoing job trainings or reviews will find this a viable place to stay.
For further information or inquiries regarding the workshop fees, you may contact them at telephone numbers (032)253-4057, (032)253-0691, and (032)253-0692 or send them an SMS at (0927)483-5416. You can also send them a facsimile at (032)253-9724 or send [email protected] an e-mail message. YMCA’s official Web site is http://www.cebuymca.com/