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).

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