Laro. Likha. Saya.

Monthly Archives: June 2013

JV, 10 years old, left their home early to come to the Payatas Public Library not only to play with the new toys from the newly launched toy area but to escape from his hunger. “Wala po kaming almusal sa bahay eh, kaya dito na lang po ako pumunta” (We don’t have breakfast at home that’s why I went here), shares the grade 4 student. He dreams of becoming a teacher someday because, as he points out, “gusto kong magturo at magbigay kaalaman sa mga bata” (I want to teach and give knowledge to the kids).

2013-06-20

(Upper Left) April in pink with her cousin; (Lower Left) JV holds on to the pillow; (Right Photo) The kids of Payatas excitedly waiting for the box of toys to be opened.

April, 10 years old, went to the newly launched toy center to accompany her cousins probably not expecting that she would be doing more. She began browsing over the books and after some time found herself reading. The books gave her not just information about the world, but the joy of learning as well. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, April shares, “Gusto ko po maging duktor para po makatulong sa mga may sakit” (I want to be a doctor so I could help those who are sick).

True enough, the Toy Library is serving its purpose as expected by the Ates of the Payatas Public Library — to give comfort and joy to the children through play amidst the painful realities of the community. The old toys and books not only intend to provide fun, but of hope — that amidst the cruelty of poverty, the Payatas children are able to dream a better world for themselves and their families.

Philippine Toy Library

From a Facebook status, a national advocacy was born. The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is made up of volunteer-friends who hope to provide the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. Idle spaces in barangays, schools or parishes are turned into fun and educational PTL areas to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 32 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit the following:

For further inquiries, you could email us at info@toylibraryph.com.

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books. Clear out your closets and help build toy libraries in:

  • Brgy. Ban-ag, Iloilo
  • Kaingin 1
  • Dulangan, Pilar, Capiz – Dulangan ES
  • Patikul, Sulu
  • Marytown – Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

Drop off points are in:
• Quezon City: Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning; the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office
• Alabang
• Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches)
• Baguio
• Bacolod
• Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office)


As Philippine Toy Library celebrates its anniversary this month, we are sharing the different sites it has built together with partners and supporters – from public schools in Quezon City to the islets of Culion, Palawan, from day care centers in Antipolo and Taguig to a child hospital center in Zamboanga. As we move forward, help us bring play to the Filipino child experience! Contact us at info@toylibraryph.com.


As the Philippine Toy Library reaches its first year of operations and opened its 31st site, we are sharing to our donors and partners how their donations reach the children. PTL invites everyone in building more toy centers all over the country to bring play to the Filipino child experience.

PTL 1 Infographic copy 2


1st Anniv Thank You Post copy 4

The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) celebrates its first year as it calls for donations of old toys and children’s books to build toy centers in Quezon City, Nueva Ecija, Capiz, Iloilo and Sulu.

We’ve all been children once.  As children, play was a wonderful source of joy, of exercise, even of learning, and creative expression.  We had toys and crayons and books and musical instruments. We had neighborhood play grounds and parks with swings and seesaws and monkey bars.

In poor congested communities, where conditions are cramped, the children play in the streets and alleys, near sewers and esteros. In rural faraway communities, children do not have access to toys that they can play with.

The Ramirez family had the idea of creating a play space for these children, out of used, hand-me-down books and playthings from people willing to give away what they no longer have use for.

Thus, Edsel Ramirez, together with volunteer-friends, launched the Philippine Toy Library over social media asking for donations of old toys, children’s books and materials for building toy libraries all over the country.

“When we were younger, we used to play games and catch fireflies every afternoon,” Ramirez told.  “My friends and I had a lot of fun.  These childhood memories were important as I grew up.  We wanted to bring back the experience of play to the Filipino childhood experience.”

After 1 year, PTL has set up 31 sites – in islets in Culion, Palawan and Zamboanga to barangay centers in Taguig and Quezon City.  “We thank our local partners and donors, who saw our posts over social media, shared to their friends, and helped in gathering toys & provided spaces where the children could have a chance to play,” Ramirez shared.

“Moving forward, we continue to dream more toy centers so that more Filipino children would be able to make good memories.

Share in our dream for our Filipino children. Build toy centers in your area. Share our story. Like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary and email us at info@toylibraryph.com. Visit https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com/ for more details.


In the midst of the busy neighbourhood of Payatas lies a place that promises children to experience the fun of play.

Lupang Pangako 1

PTL President, Mr. Edsel Ramirez and Lupang Pangako Elementary School Principal, Mr. Silverio O. Estorco, opening the Toy Library

Lupang Pangako Elementary School, located in Payatas, Quezon City, hope to bring joy to its massive number of toddlers, amounting to 1,300+, through the PTL area. “Matanggal man lang ang stress nila (ng mga bata) na nanggagaling sa community”, shares School Principal Silverio O. Estorco on why he would like to set-up a Toy Library in the school. Even if there’s no room for setting-up a Toy Library, the school community made sure that this should not hinder them in providing what their kids deserve. A small portion of the school grounds or stage was dedicated to be the kids’ play area.

Principal Estorco hopes that the small PTL area will able to give their children huge fun and pleasure of playing, reading and learning.

Philippine Toy Library

From a Facebook status, a national advocacy was born. The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) is made up of volunteer-friends who hope to provide the experience of play to our Filipino children, especially those who live in cramped and congested areas. Idle spaces in barangays, schools or parishes are turned into fun and educational PTL areas to keep kids off the streets. Currently, PTL has 32 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit our website athttps://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary). For further inquiries, you could email us at info@toylibraryph.com.

The Philippine Toy Library is currently calling for donations of toys and children’s books. Clear out your closets and help build toy libraries in:

  • Brgy. Ban-ag, Iloilo
  • Kaingin 1
  • Cabanatuan, Nuea Ecija
  • Dulangan, Pilar, Capiz – Dulangan ES
  • Patikul, Sulu
  • Iligan Home of Abused Children
  • Marytown – Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

Drop off points are in:
• Quezon City: Kids Ahoy Center for Blended Learning; the PTL office and the Jesuit Volunteers Philippines office
• Alabang
• Pampanga (Orchid Bookstore branches)
• Baguio
• Bacolod
• Zamboanga City (ADZU, Tzu Chi Foundation and the YSP office)