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The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for indigenous children in Culion, Palawan.

Palawan, Philippines – The movie, Toy Story, rings true.  Old toys from closets would be used again and bring joy to the new generation of Filipino children.  PTL is partnering with the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines and Cartwheel Foundation to build a toy center in the Palawan island.  Culion is a 4th class municipality in the province; once a leprosarium, the area is now a vibrant community eager to develop and progress. 

“When I talked to Ma’am Nene Mariano, the pre-school teacher of Libis Day Care Center about a possibility of bringing in old toys, her face lighted up,” JVP Volunteer and Cartwheel Foundation Program Associate Camille Tacastacas recounts her encounter.  “The teacher was on the verge of tears imagining having more toys for her students.”

“I was crying with the Toy Story franchise,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez embarrassingly shares.  “Consider toys becoming immortal and transcending lives as they are played by children from one generation to another.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines

JVP is one of the country’s longest-running local volunteer programs, recruiting, training, and sending highly-skilled college graduates and young professionals to work in under-resourced areas all over the country. This year, they have two volunteers assigned to Cartwheel Foundation working for the education of the Tagbanua in Culion.

Website: http://www.jvpfi.org/

 

Cartwheel Foundation

Cartwheel seeks to give indigenous youth and communities the chance to enjoy their right to quality and culturally relevant education.

Website: http://cartwheelfoundation.org/


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for indigenous children in Porac, Pampanga.

Pampanga, Philippines – Remember Mt. Pinatubo?  It was that quiet volcano in Central Luzon that suddenly came alive, changing the fate of the residents forever.  It was in 1991 when tragedy struck and residents along the volcano were forced to move and start new lives.  The Aetas, a nomadic tribe that live in the mountains were forced to resettle their communities in Brgy. Villa Maria.

It has been twenty years and they have settled their lives in Porac.  Now, they are asking for help in building a toy center for their children.  The Villa Maria Integrated School is about thirty minutes off the center of the municipality; thus, access is a bit hard.

“The Aeta children need not to travel far to play with old toys and read children’s books with our help,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez appeals.  “The school principal has already allocated a space and refurnished the room for our donated toys and books.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) partners with the Department of Education (DepEd) in launching a toy center for public school children.

Having fun is crucial to early childhood development.  An emphasis on education by the Philippine president prompted the PTL team to explore partnerships with the public school system.  Fortunately, Principal Benjamin Camiling was open and a willing partner.

“We allotted a room to be converted into a toy center for Kinder and Grade 1 students,” Principal Camiling shares.  “Given the limited resources of the government, we have to be creative in making education interesting and meaningful for our children.”

PTL is going to provide the play experience to hundreds of students that go to Payatas C.  “In urban poor areas, children don’t have space in their homes to play,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez narrates.  “PTL may become a reason for these young Filipinos to go to school – to learn and create imaginative experiences.”

Through social media, PTL has slowly created a movement of volunteers, young, old, Filipinos residing in and out of the country, that commit to giving Filipino kids proper play experience.  “PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrates.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Dapdap, Quezon, Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

 

 

 

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) partners with the Department of Education (DepEd) in launching a toy center for public school children.

Pampanga, Philippines – Pampanga originates from La Pampanga, where Spaniards named the province due to Filipinos living along the river bank (pampang).  After hundreds of years, Capampangans still live along the river.  Unfortunately, some of these communities have lived below the poverty line.

Two Day Care Centers in Sasmuan are now asking for help in building toy corners for their Kinder children. “These children are basically stuck in their areas,” Fr. Manny Contreras describes the demise.  “We have to travel by boat for forty five minutes to be able to reach the city proper.”

These centers in Brgy. Batang Dos and Brgy. Malusac have very few toys and children’s books considering the number of children in the areas.  “We were surprised with the number of children living there,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez narrates his experience during his area visit.  “For such small spaces, I couldn’t imagine how they play and interact.”

Through new media, PTL has slowly created a movement of volunteers, young, old, Filipinos residing in and out of the country, that commit to giving Filipino kids proper play experience.  “We asked donations through social media,” Ramirez shares. “Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com


 

An Advertising Class provides collaterals and communication materials to a toy center building project.

Zamboanga, Philippines – From theory to reality.

An advertising class in Ateneo de Zamboanga University applied their lessons to help build a toy library for poor children.  The class of Christian Olasiman partnered with the Philippine Toy Library (PTL) as its beneficiary for their class thesis this semester in calling for donations for Brgy. Mariki.

“We are thankful to this partnership,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez says.  “Such collaboration with young people inspires us more to build more PTL sites.”

“When I came across this movement over social media, I felt my students, with their creativity and energy, would be able to help in the cause,” Assistant Lecturer Christian Olasiman states.  “Fortunately, the students delivered and created compelling materials.”

On a vacation abroad with the family, the Ramirez family was struck with the availability of parks and playgrounds for children in their communities.  Thus, they posted a status on a social media site asking for donations of old toys, children’s books, and materials for building the first Philippine Toy Library in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

 

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is calling for donations of old toys and children’s books to build a toy library for indigenous children in Patalon, Zamboanga.

Zamboanga, Philippines – They are called as river people, where the name of the Subanon tribe comes from.  They are natives to the Zamboanga Peninsula in the western part of the Mindanao island.  However, they are now living in the mountains due to the migration of Muslim groups.

They are now asking for help from fellow Filipinos in the early childhood development of their children.  PTL is partnering with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Youth Solidarity for Peace to build a toy center for their mission school.

“We are asking for help from those who have good hearts to help the indigenous children from the South,” Fr. Willy Samson, SJ appeals to the public.  “We’d like to give an opportunity for all children to experience a meaningful and joyful childhood.”

“The IP sector usually receives little help due to their distance from cities,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez describes.  “We welcome this partnership to show the Subanon tribe that they are not forgotten by their Filipino brothers and sisters.”

On a vacation abroad with the family, Ramirez, 38, was struck with the availability of parks and playgrounds for children in their communities.  Thus, he posted a status on his social media site asking for donations of old toys, children’s books, and materials for building the first Philippine Toy Library in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books.  Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Porac and Sasmuan, Pampanga, Dapdap, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga Peninsula.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines offices), Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and YSP offices).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Ateneo de Zamboanga

The Ateneo de Zamboanga began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits with Fr. Manuel Sauras, S.J. as the first director. In 1916, the Escuela Catolica became the Ateneo de Zamboanga.

In 1930, the American Jesuits took over from the Spanish Jesuits with Fr. Thomas Murray, S.J. as the first American director. The first high school students graduated from Ateneo in 1932.

The school was closed during World War II and reopened in 1947 with a nipa-sawali building on a new site outside the poblacion called Jardin de Chino along Camino Nuevo. And in 1948, the school was officially recognized as a Jesuit school separate from the parish.

The post liberation years were a period of rapid physical, curricular, and enrollment expansion for the school. A college was established in 1952 and the graduate school in 1976.

In the 1980s, Fr. Ernesto A. Carretero, SJ started the work to acquire for the Ateneo de Zamboanga a university status. The years of hard work finally paid off when, on August 20, 2001, the Ateneo de Zamboanga was declared a university by the Commission on Higher Education under the leadership of

Fr. William H. Kreutz, SJ. The current University President is Fr. Antonio F Moreno, SJ who continues the tradition of articulating the thrust of the Ateneo de Zamboanga, she being the Jesuit University in Western Mindanao.

The year 2012 is a significant year in the heartbeat of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University for it is her centennial jubilee. A hundred years of striving for academic excellence, of embracing Ignatian Spirituality, and of engaged citizenship.

The motto of the University summarizes all of these: Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country) hence, for all that has been done, is being done and for future endeavors, it is and will for always be in the service of God and Country.

Website: www.adzu.edu.ph

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).


The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) launches its second toy center in Zamboanga City together with Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP). 

Now, old toys and children’s books will be tools to promote peace.  “We are grateful and humbled at the same time as we are going to contribute in the educating our children about the benefits of dialogue and solidarity,” PTL President Edsel Ramirez shares.  “They are worthy of beautiful childhood memories filled with laughter and joy, not with conflict and misunderstanding.”

The families from Brgy. Mariki came from different areas of conflict in the South where they chose to start new lives away from fear for their own lives everyday.  YSP, composed of young Mindanaoans passionate for peace, spearheaded the campaign a few months back through social media and creative communication techniques.

“On this International Day of Peace (September 21, 2012), we emphasize that peace and unity are more powerful forces than conflict and misunderstanding,” YSP Chairman of the Board Christian Olasiman declares.  “A toy center provides the symbol of joy and imagination.  May these children be agents of innovative change in the future.”

“The goal is peace and the tools are toys,” Ateneo de Zamboanga Student Volunteer Ian Carlo Leyte narrates.  “The awe in the children’s faces as they saw all the colorful toys and books lined up and waiting for them was inspiring and gratifying. It was like Christmas for them.”

Through social media, PTL has slowly created a movement of netizens that commit to giving Filipino kids proper play experience.  “PTL brought balikbayan boxes full of toys and children’s books,” Ramirez narrates.  “We asked donations through social media.  Friends chipped in and people we haven’t met sent their old toys as well.”

Clear out closets and start helping in the building toy centers in Dapdap, Quezon, Ecoville, Cagayan de Oro, Patalon, Zamboanga and Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur.  Drop off points are in Quezon City (offices of KIDS AHOY, PTL and Jesuit Volunteers Philippines), Baguio, Bacolod and Zamboanga City (offices of Youth Solidarity for Peace, Ateneo de Zamboanga and Tzu Chi Foundation).

Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.  Share their story. Like them at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email them at info@toylibraryph.com.

 

Philippine Toy Library (PTL)

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.

Website: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com

 

Youth Solidarity for Peace (YSP)

YSP was formally established in 2008, stemming from a youth movement advocating the Culture of Peace and fighting against discrimination across cultures like Muslims, Yakans, Christians and Indigenous People.  In an area perceived to be conflict-ridden, YSP now serves as the youth arm of Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ).