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Monthly Archives: April 2014

He happily chooses one toy after the other. He laughs goofily as he and his friends try to fool one another. He incessantly smiles as he discovers how the toy he picks works. One can never notice that JM, 9 years old, experienced one of the most tragic typhoon that hit the country last November 2013. As he started to recall how the typhoon Yolanda wrecked their home, JM quickly sums up how his family survived and abruptly returns to his play, scanning over the shelves, looking for another toy to play with.

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JM, 9 years old, is happy that the toys have arrived in their Barangay.

Ms. Anna Marie Albaladejo, the VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) desk officer of Brgy. Banica in Roxas City, Capiz, sees the toy library put up in their barangay as a counselling room for their children, like JM, who experienced the terror of Yolanda. “Maganda na nagkaroon kami ng toy library dahil mas makakatulong ito sa pagdedebrief at pagdedestress ng mga bata” (It’s good that we have a toy library because it will help in the debriefing and distressing of the children), Ms. Anna shares on how the toy library will help them in their barangay. The toy library will be of much assistance to their psychosocial normalizing activity, every Saturdays and Sundays, that they have started to conduct last December 2013.

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The kids of Brgy. Banica welcoming the PTL Team.

Ms. Anna and the rest of the Barangay Officials firmly believe how play can help in the recovery of their children abused and affected by natural calamities. In time, JM and his other friends will fully get over from the disturbance left by Yolanda.

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 60 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).


Just a few steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world is the Red Cross-Boracay Chapter, housing the Ambulong Day Care Center. The day care center, with the newly installed toy library, hopes to serve 50-80 children, most of them left by their parents to work for the hotels and restaurants around Boracay. According to Mr. Marlon Schoenenberger, officer-in-charge of the Red Cross-Boracay Chapter, aside from providing parents an option where they can be assured of their children’s safety, the day care center is also a venue to eliminate the incidence of child labor. With the constant flocking of local and foreign tourists, the children cannot help but be tempted as well to work, given the attractive income in the Island. Opening up a toy library in the community gives the children an opportunity to divert their energies into a more developmental way.

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The Red Cross-Boracay Chapter Board of Directors looks forward to how they will utilize the toys in their activities for kids.

The Red Cross-Boracay Chapter team is very excited with the toy library, as they impart the many initiatives they plan to begin with. Mr. Schoenenberger shares, “We will use the toys in conducting our weekly activities, such as swimming and first aid. The toys will surely add fun and attraction to the activities we are doing with kids”. Apart from the impact to the kids, Mr. Schoenenberger also sees the toy library as an instrument to integrate with the community and to touch base with other day care centers.

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 60 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).


At the age of 60, Nanay Noemi still chose to work for children with disabilities at STAC (Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center) – Kalibo. She may have the option to retire and rest, but she decided to respond to a quite challenging work.

Nanay Annalie, 41 years old, also chose to devote her time for STAC. Aside from her work in the Regional Trial Court in Kalibo, Nanay Annalie is also the president of STAC’s Parents’ Association. STAC’s head Physical Therapist, Ms. Joanna, proudly shares how Nanay Annalie initiated in helping out create the toy library in their institution, “Nagsolicit talaga ‘yan sa mga magulang kahit na Php 50 lang para lang makabili ng mga plastic bins para lalagyan ng mga laruan kung sakaling bumaha” (She solicited from other parents even at least Php 50 from each of them just to buy plastic bins for the storage of toys in case it floods here).

So what motivates Nanay Annalie to offer her time in putting up the toy library? She narrates, “’Yung books tsaka toys, malaking bagay ‘yun para sa mga bata. ‘Yung iba man dyan, hindi man malaro ang mga laruan kasi syempre may mga disabilities nga sila pero ang presence ng toys, nakakapagbigay aliw na iyon sa kanila. Katulad ng anak ko, makita lang niya si Mickey Mouse, naku ‘yung tuwa n’yan, grabe, apaw-apaw na. Hindi man nila malaro, pero makita lang nila, malaking kasiyahan na iyon sa kanila” (The books and toys mean a lot to the kids. The other kids may not be able to play with them because of their disabilities but the mere presence of the toys would give them joy. Like my daughter, just seeing Mickey Mouse will give her overwhelming joy. They may not be able to play with the toys, but just seeing them will give them great happiness).

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The STAC-Kalibo Community expresses their gratitude to all those who show their affection through the toys and books they have donated.

In behalf of the STAC Community, both Nanay Noemi and Nanay Annalie express their deepest gratitude for giving their community a chance to experience the fun of play. The children with special needs, like Nanay Annalie’s daughter, Deanne Claire, who has cerebral palsy, may not be able to fully enjoy the toys, but their happiness remains to be overflowing knowing that there are people who truly care for them.

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 60 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).