The Latin superstar was on hand to cut the ribbon on the Victor Tamayo Orphanage, which was funded by the singer's Maestro Cares Foundation. The centre aims to provide over 200 children with a home, education, food and a safe place to play.

During the opening, Barranquilla Mayor Elsa Noguera acknowledged Anthony's tireless efforts in helping underprivileged youths, and bestowed him with the title of "Illustrious Son" before awarding him the City of Barranquilla Gold Medal.

Noguera said, "We thank Marc Anthony and everyone who contributed to making this project a reality, because of their concern for children that for some reason lack the care they need, and can now live in these beautiful facilities."

Anthony, who was joined by wife Shannon De Lima at the event, shared his gratitude for all those involved in making his vision a reality.

He said, "You have no idea how moved I am to share this moment with you. This dream began years ago at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic - that day I committed myself and I'm so happy to be able to help. This institution will give these kids the chance to lead a decent life."

Anthony and Colombian entrepreneur Henry Cardenas founded the Maestro Cares Foundation in 2012, with the goal to help disadvantaged children throughout Latin America.

They opened the Children of the Christ residence in the La Romana area of the Dominican Republic last year (Apr14), and the philanthropists are now making plans for similar ventures in Mexico, Peru and Anthony's native Puerto Rico.