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).


(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)