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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Nanay Tei only wants what’s best for Lala, her 16-year-old daughter, who has a special need. She shares that she transferred Lala to F. Serrano Sr. Elementary School in Parañaque, one of the several public schools in the Metro that offer Special Education (SPED) classes to children with special needs. Nanay Tei believes that transferring Lala to F. Serrano Sr. Elementary School is a good decision she has made because her daughter will be exposed into a different kind of environment — an environment that would make Lala be an independent girl. Knowing what’s best for Lala also means letting her do things on her own. Of course, she looks after her daughter, butNanay Tei makes sure that she gradually gives her independence knowing the fact that, “We will not be here for her forever”. Nanay Tei is very proud of Lala’s significant improvements, and that could be attributed in letting Lala ‘fly’ on her own.

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Nanay Tei with her daughter, Lala.

Having the toy library set up in the school, especially that it is dedicated to Special Education students like Lala, Nanay Tei is confident that Lala will do much better because of the learning opportunity that the toy library will provide. With the presence of the toys, most of them new to their eyes, the children’s curiosity will be constantly stirred and awakened. She believes that her daughter, as well as the other kids with special needs, will be able to develop themselves more as they regularly do play therapy in the new toy library.

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One of the kids in F. Serrano Sr. Elementary School trying to figure out the toy he picked out from the shelf.

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 70 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@philippinetoylibrary.org.

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).


Barangay San Carlos, despite having the smallest land area in Mariveles, Bataan, serves as the commercial district of the Municipality, housing the Mariveles Public Market. Every day, the vendors of the public market, most of them parents with children to take care of, wake up early just to meet the demands of the flocking residents from the neighboring barangays. Their children, not wanting to be left at home, prefer to join their parents in the public market. Some of them would join their parents in selling goods, and some would prefer playing along the market’s streets. As Barangay San Carlos also continuously to progress due to the presence of the Freeport Area of Bataan, many parents are working in the factories, forcing some of them to leave their children behind, without anyone to supervise them. In a municipality as small as Barangay San Carlos, where can they possibly provide a safe and nurturing play area for their kids? This situation called the attention of the barangay officials to build a toy library in the area.

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In front of the Barangay Toy Library and Child’s Rights Center is the Mariveles Public Market. The children of the market vendors now have a safer place to play.

It was not an easy task for Barangay San Carlos to immediately put up the toy library. Financial difficulties were right on the way but keeping in mind the mission of making their kids happier, they were able to put together the Child’s Rights and Toy Library Center.

During the unveiling of their Child’s Rights and Toy Library Center, one of their BarangayCouncilors, Jester Ivan, narrated how they were able to put up their toy library: “Nung nagPublic Hearing para ipasa ang ordinansa [na magawa ang toy library], nandoon ang lahat ng sectors ng barangay at nagsuggest sila na magkaroon ng contribution bawatstreet.” (During the Public Hearing to pass the ordinance [for the creation of the toy library], all sectors of the barangay were present and they suggested that each street should have a contribution.) Getting this kind of suggestion from the community itself encouraged theBarangay Officials to start collecting money by passing ‘coin banks’, out of empty bottles, in each street. From that simple, collective act, they were able to pool Php 7,000 to fund the setting-up of the toy library. Donations from the neighborhood also generously came in, with families dropping-off their pre-loved toys and books in the Barangay Hall. Generosity poured in, showing how the community believed in what the toy library can bring to their children.

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The officials of Barangay San Carlos express their utmost happiness as their Municipal Mayor holds the ribbon, signifying the opening of their Toy Library & Child’s Rights Center. (From left to right are Kagawad Jester Ivan Ricafrente, Brgy. Captain Arvin Zurita, and Johanne Arceo.)

Setting up the toy library exceeded their expectation of just giving joy to the kids of theirBarangay. It even brought the Barangay to experience the spirit of modern Bayanihan. Jester Ivan imparts the realization of what unity can result to, “’Yung pinaghirapan dito sa Barangay, nagkaroon ng katuparan. Ibig sabihin, hindi pala lahat natatapos sa panaginip lang. Basta magtutulungan at may tutulong din, magagawang posible ang mukhang imposible.” (The hard work we did resulted into something fruitful. This means not everything ends in just a dream. If we help one another and if others help as well, we can make the impossible possible.)

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 70 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@philippinetoylibrary.org.

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).