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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Everyone knows everybody at St. Francis School – VSA Philippines in Quezon City having a school population of 120 students.  Little Kindergarten girls are playing with their Grade 2 Ates while Grade 2 boys are having a good conversation with their Grade 6 Kuyas, making an impression that the school is more of a family than an institution.

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Marjorie (second from right) will be having fun in the Toy Library with her playmates, Sephanie, Cindy, Quesha and Kristine (from left to right).

Marjorie, 6, is excited as the toy library opens in their school.  “It would be more fun to play with my friends in school,” she expresses. “Playing alone isn’t as fun as having playmates.” With the toy library opening its doors for them, Marjorie will be seeing play in a way she has never seen before.

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 53 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit the following:

Website: http://www.philippinetoylibrary.org
WordPress: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilToyLibrary

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

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).


Three little boys are already playing with the toys (and putting them off their proper places), while she unceasingly puts back the ‘unplayed’ ones in the shelves. Ms. Edelyn, one of the teachers in the day care center, does not mind repeatedly organizing the toys because they are blessings. “Tingnan mo oh, dati nga dalawa lang ‘yung shelves namin ng laruan. Ngayon, may dagdag na” (Look, before we only have two shelves. Now we have more.)Ms. Edelyn pointing out that even before the toy library, they have few toys which serve as tools in their children’s education. Now that they have more toys, they hope to encourage more little kids to go to school.

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Ms. Edelyn expresses her happiness for an opportunity of being able to do her ministry.

Serving the children is what Ms. Edelyn believes to be their mission. “Ginagawa ko dahil dahil saministry namin. Hindi naman namin ito magagawa kung hindi ito para sa Kanya (Lord) e” (We’re doing this because of our ministry. We will not be able to this if not for Him).

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 53 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit the following:

Website: http://www.philippinetoylibrary.org
WordPress: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilToyLibrary

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

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).


An hour travel from Naga City to the humble Municipality of Calabanga, Camarines Sur was worthwhile as the students of Sta. Cruz Elementary School warmly welcomed the Philippine Toy Library team with their flute ensemble. After their flute performance, Roselyn, grade 4, and the rest of her friends in grade 3, Marlyn, Joyce Anne and Analyn, were waiting outside the newly opened toy library in their school. When asked what were they doing under the heat of the sun while observing the kinder pupils playing inside the toy library, Joyce Anne said, “Gusto rin po namin maglaro pero hindi pa raw po kami pwede. ‘Yung kinder daw po muna” (We also like to play but we can’t go inside yet. The kinder pupils would play first).

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(L-R) The flutists Marlyn, Joyce Anne, Roselyn and Analyn with PTL President Edsel Ramirez (top).

Their eyes were not able to hide their desire to experience the toy library. The girls even tried to talk to the PTL team if they could even have a short time to play inside. Living in the midst of a simple provincial lifestyle, having the toy library in their school excites them so much. “Wala po kasi kaming laruan” (We don’t have toys), Joyce Anne shares, which affirmed by Roselyn, Marlyn and Analyn, on where their excitement comes from. The girls are hoping that their siblings, who are enrolled in day care center, will be able to experience the fun of a toy library as well.

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 52 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit the following:

Website: http://www.philippinetoylibrary.org
WordPress: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilToyLibrary

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

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).


In every birthdays and Christmas days that come, Dhana and CJ only have the same and one wish, “Na gumaling ako” (That I get well).

“Gusto ko maging engineer tulad ni Ate o ‘di kaya ‘yung nagluluto kasi gusto ko ‘yun” (I want to be an engineer like my sister or the one who cooks because I like it), Dhana, 7 years old, shares on what she wanted to be when she grows up. She looks up to her ate (sister), her Tita’s eldest daughter, whom she already considers as her own. At a tender age of 5, Dhana was diagnosed with leukemia. Now that she just turned 7, Dhana’s disease continues to disrupt her normal life. As of the writing of this story, Dhana will undergo her third chemotherapy session on Sunday.

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In every wishing opportunity, Dhana only hopes to get better.

Five days after she was born, CJ was already diagnosed with a congenital heart problem. CJ’s mother shares, “Sinabihan kami ng doktor na ipaopera na namin siya pero ayaw namin” (The doctor said that she should gone operation but we don’t want to), on the fear that they might lose her just as CJ was given to them. Eleven years after, CJ still carries the burden in her heart. “Mahirap po. Hindi ako makapaglaro tulad ng ibang bata kaya lagi na lang ako sa loob ng bahay. Madalas naka-wheel chair din po ako para hindi ako hingalin” (It’s hard. I cannot play like the other kids that’s why I just stay inside the house. Most of the time I use the wheelchair so I will not get tired), CJ imparts on how difficult it is to be in her condition.

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Cj (right) with PTL President, Edsel Ramirez (left)

Having a toy library in PGH makes their burden a little lighter and helps them forget the pain of their sickness even just for a few minutes.Their warm smiles and twinkling eyes at the thought of the toy library are reflections of their unwavering hope that one day, they will be just like any other kids who can live and play without any anxieties to think of.

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 49 sites and more are being put up, to bring joy to the next generation of Filipinos.

For more information, please visit the following:

Website: http://www.philippinetoylibrary.org
WordPress: https://philippinetoylibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PhilippineToyLibrary
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PhilToyLibrary

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

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).