The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) launches its second toy center in Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City together with Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat Foundation.

When PTL launched on social media a few months back, there was an immediate number of requests from all over the country.  Layag-Layag, Zamboanga City was one of the first who responded.

Sitio Layag-Layag is a fishing community fifteen minutes off the city where people live on stilt houses.  Children used to swim to go to school.  Last July 27, 2012, PTL President Edsel Ramirez flew to Zamboanga to launch PTL Layag-Layag with the generous help of Tzu Chi Foundation and Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.

“We believe in synergy, PTL will surely be of help in the development of the children of Layag-Layag,” Tzu Chi Zamboanga Coordinator and Yellow Boat of Hope Co-Founder and President Anton Mari Lim shared.  “Every child deserves the chance to play and have fun.”

“We were touched by the story of hope and strength of the community,” Ramirez described.  “For the first time, the children saw building blocks and manipulative toys!”

The Tzu Chi Zamboanga Day Care Center allocated space for the PTL corner with solar liter as source of illumination.  It was on stilts over water where children need to ride boats for their movements inside the community.

“PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrated.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations to build in Payatas in Quezon City, Culion in Palawan and Mariki in Zamboanga.  Clear out closets and PTL is open to accepting old toys, children’s books, art materials, shelves, tables and chairs, rubber matting, paint, etc.  Drop off points are in Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga.

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Philippine Toy Library

With just a social media status, a national advocacy was born.  PTL is a group of volunteer-friends who came together and took on the challenge of providing the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially who live in cramped and congested areas.  PTL transforms idle spaces in baranggays/schools/parishes into fun and educational playrooms to keep off kids from the streets.  Currently, PTL has three sites and more are being organized to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.



Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in the impoverished east coast of Taiwan. The Foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan for nearly 40 years. Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused by material deprivation and spiritual poverty. She felt that “lack of love for others” has been the root of many problems in this world. “To save the world, we must begin by transforming human hearts.”

A volunteer-based, spiritual as well as welfare organization, Tzu Chi’s missions focuses on giving material aid and inspiring love and humanity in both the givers and receivers. Since its founding, the Foundation has dedicated itself in the field of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well as the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteerism. The humanitarian work is both a means to help those in need, and also a way to open the eyes of the volunteer to the harsher side of life, so that through giving, they may find spiritual happiness and life’s true meaning.



Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation

In November 2010, the Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids was organized to help kids who swim to school in the village of Layag-Layag, Brgy. Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.  In June 2011, the Masbate Funds for Little Kids was also organized to help kids who swim to school in Isla Mababoy, Brgy. Guinhadap, Monreal, Masbate.  In July 2011, we decided to form the Philippine Funds for Little Kids as an umbrella organization seeking out all kids who swim to school in the Philippines and help them and their communities. You can email us at for inquiries and reports on areas where kids swim to school.  It is our belief that together we can build the country of our dreams for our children, for our families, for our people.