Mundong walang lapis, maiisip mo ba?
Kantang sa buhay nagbigay ng musika?
Nilalaman ng isip
Papaano isusulat sa isang tula?
Isinisigaw ng puso at diwa?
Palalaguin galing at talento
Ng batang pag-asa ng bayang ito
Kung walang panulat
o kahit man lang ano?
Naging mainit ang pagtanggap sa Pens of Hope In Davao. Maraming kaibigan at kamag-anak ang sumuporta. Subalit, ang higit na nakakainspire sa lahat ay ang mga taong hindi man namin kilala o di pa nakikita ng personal na nakibahagi ng bukal sa loob sa programa. Nagsilbi itong pag-asa hindi lamang sa mga nangangailangang bata kundi pati na rin sa mga volunteers. Pag-asang ang kabaitan at kagandahang loob ay namamayani pa rin sa mundong tilang nawalan na ng tiwala at kabutihan.
Nakapangalap ng halos 4,000 lapis at kagamitang panulat ang mga volunteers mula sa iba’t ibang dako ng mundo tulad ng Dubai, Japan, Pilipinas, Germany at Australia. Ito’y higit sa 1,000 lapis na target ng mga volunteers para sa pilot distribution.
Matapos ang mahigit 3 buwan ng pagpaplano, isinagawa ang unang pamamahagi ng mga lapis noong Agosto 9, 2009 sa mga kabataan sa Gaisano Relocation, Matina Pangi, Davao City sa tulong ng SICO at ng mga bagong volunteers nito. At dahil sa dami ng nakolektang lapis, nasundan pa ang pamimigay noong August 17, 2009 sa Langub Elementary School.
Ang kasiyahang naging dala ng mga lapis ay hindi matatawaran. Sa bawat pagtanggap nito ay makikita ang pagkislap ng mga matang nagpapahiwatig ng bagong pag-asa. Nakakamanghang makita na ang isang simpleng lapis ay nakakapagpukaw ng damdamin at pag-asa sa puso ng bawat bata at ng bawat taong nakibahagi sa programa. Ang mga volunteers sa likod ng Pens of Hope ay hinihikayat ang lahat na patuloy nating gamitin ang lapis bilang “espada” sa ating pakikipaglaban sa kahirapan sa Pilipinas.
Tumulong sa Pens of Hope in Davao:
1.) Magbahagi ng biyaya. Magdonate ng mga lapis, ballpens at iba pang kagamitang panulat. Ang mumunting regalo ay siguradong malaki ang maitutulong sa mga batang nangangailangan sa Mindanao.
2.) I-blog o magsulat tungkol ang Pens of Hope. Kung ikaw ay isang blogger, iblog ang http://pensofhopeindavao.blogspot.com. O kung ikaw naman ay isang manunulat, ipamalita ang programa sa pamamagitan ng talas ng iyong “lapis”.
3.) Palaganapin ang balita. Ikwento o i-email sa mga kaibigan, kamag-anak at sa lahat ng pwedeng magiging interesado sa programa
So if you're not sure how to help this project, why don't you take a look at their drawings and buy one that interests you? Each drawing is sold for only P50.00 to let more people appreciate art and at the same time, have the opportunity to reach out. You can simply leave them a message at the links below. If you also know artists (especially those who are living in Davao) who want to support the project in this way, please message Kikit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drawings and the details about their movement may be seen/read in their facebook and blogger sites. Let's pay them a visit.
It's encouraging to know that a lot of people are willing help. It's really great to be involved! :)
During the first and second distribution of writing materials, the beneficiaries were asked to scribble anything they wanted to say on a piece of paper as a way of making them realize that everyone has the right to express. Many wrote about their ambitions or about simple things they'd love to have. The volunteers didn't promise anything to them but we're posting their wishes here because who knows, a kind soul might stumble upon this site and make a child's wish come true.
First Distribution, August 9, 2009
Gaisano Relocation, Matina Pangi, Davao City
- Food - Arabila, Aldrin Damdaman (cake and ice cream), Inday (milk for her sister), Analisa Generana
- Toys - Arabila, Christina Monteras (doll), Lito Balais Jr., Ronnie, Cyril Jade Berino, Claire Berino, Cristopher Tuazon (PSP), Almera Damdaman, Jessie Parojinog (toy cars)
- Clothes - Samantha Bacolod, Wendell, Claire Berino, Trixie, Jan Lynne Babes, Lito Balais Jr
- Money - Samantha Bacolod
- Cell phone - Juvy Basalo, Jinly Lomampay, Mariel Sumahay, Arris, Kessiah Jane, Carl Panojinog
- Big house - Kessiah Jane, Jan Jeriko Ponteras
- Bag - Kessiah Jane, Wendell, Trixie, Arris
- Car - Kessiah Jane, Lito Balais Jr
- Pencils - Abeng
- Go to Jollibee - Winnie Basalo, Christina Monteras, Grace Ann Anana, Jan Lynne Babes, Mayko Change Sebial
- Go to People's Park - Arsenio del Pilar Jr
- Go to McDonalds - Wennie Basalo
- Broom - Arris
- Shoes / Sandals - Jan Lynne Babes, Cyril Jade Berino, Wendell, Claire Berino, Trixie
- Pants - Cyril Jade Berino
- To be a doctor - Vinvin, Boboy, Ernesto Balais II, Lloyd Balais, Jan Jeriko Ponteras, Jason Roma, Jason Visperas, Danilo Camachu, Cristine, Jan Jeriko Ponteras
- To be a police - Mark Jay Visperas, Lito Balais Jr
- To be a millionaire - Allam Damdaman
- To be a teacher - Jhon Blas, Jolina Camisona, Cristine Anana, Pinky, Alexandra Cuchara, Norlie Romano, Grace Ann Anana, Jemalyn Blas, Ara Mae del Pilar, Rachel Romano
- To finish my studies - Leah Serbial, Maribeth Romano, Arlyn Caperl, Eulla Mae Pedrano, Lailanei Balais, AIlyn Joy Sebial, Sweet April Blacas, Bernadette Nesperos, Ronald Parojinog, Joyjoy, Mary-lyn Lasala
- To be a nurse - Christine Joyce Cuevas, Jessa Mae del Pilar, Erika Parojinog, Miguel Tizon, Ethel Jean Limotin, Liezel Canoy, Lemlyn Tizon, Shareena Damdaman
- To be a flight attendant - Eulla Mae Pedrano, Antonette Pedrano, Liezel Mae Nesperos
- To be a singer - Lailanei Balais
- To be an engineer - Aldren Pedrano
- To be a soldier - Laurence Nesperos, Michael John Capol, Kim Roi Bontuyar
- To be a manager - Arsenio del Pilar Jr.
- Good health and education - Niel John Suarez
- Happiness for my family - Limar Balais
- Peace on earth - Wency Acierto
- Better life - Antonette Pedrano, Jemalyn Blas, Ronald Parojinog
Third Graders, Langub Elementary School, Maa, Davao City
- Television - Abrenica Sales, Al Belen, Jinkey Encarquez, Jennifer Bohol, Marjorie Amodia, Jester Dagohoy, Rechelmae Alesna, Elle John Tabiosa, Nieljun Endrina, Rosel Patatag, Neil Rhunex Mabayo
- Story books - Jinkey Encarquez, Rechelmae Alesna, Brieza Hoy Barlas, Jennifer Bohol, Ericka Dayanan, Deniela Francisquete, Liezl Tabal, Vanessa Garcia, Christen Vonrey Velez, Rosel Patatag, Frailene Torcu, Kary Bacus, Ricmer Martinez, Christian Hermocilla, Diane Jane Libanon, Israel del Mar, Jomer Juario, Antonio Cuizon
- Drawing books - Christen Vonrey Velez, Jester Dagohoy, Frailene Torcu, Kimberly Raganas, Al Belen
- Crayons - Jinkey Encarquez, Jennifer Bohol
- Pencils - Jinkey Encarquez
- Bike - Marjorie Amodia, Nieljun Endrina
- Toys - Brieza Hoy Barlas, Nieljun Endrina (robot), Ericka Dayanan, Paulo Cachumbo, Liezl Tabal
- Pens/Pencils - Frailene Torcu, Jennifer Bohol, Ricmer Martinez, Jester Dagohoy, Rosel Patatag
- School supplies - Deniela Francisquete, Jomer Juario (notebook)
- Fan - Jester Dagohoy, Elle John Tabiosa, Gally Alquizar, Antonio Cuizon
- House - Elle John Tabiosa
- Uniform - Christian Hermocilla
- Art materials - Jomer Juario
- To be a lawyer - Ericka Dayanan
- To be a nurse - Arlie Mandana
- To be a policeman - Prince Vincent Pacetes, Neil Rhunex Mabayo, Gally Alquizar
- To be a teacher - Prince Vincent Pacetes, Vanessa Garcia, Rechelmae Alesnat
- To be a guard - Prince Vincent Pacetes
- To be a farmer - Prince Vincent Pacetes, Alfred Taborada, Jebb Villamor, Joshua Lucob
- To be a dentist - Erica Guanillo
- To be a principal - Israel Delmar
- To finish studies - Israel Delmar
- Have friends - Ericka Dayanan
- Have a nice character - Rechelmae Alesna
- To have a baby - Vanessa Garcia
Sixth Graders, Langub Elementary School, Maa, Davao City
- Reading books - Archie Candado, Anthony Salas, Arnel Delmar, Lovely Alforgue
- Computer and internet at school - Jeaniveve Beron, Anthony Salas, Princess Pacetis, Dimple Mariveles, Angelica Tabal
- Classroom TV set - Alexander Lucob, Anthony Salas, Rodrigo Manlioic Jr, Jessa Mae Catubig, Beverly Torres, Niel Hermocilla, Rosalyn Ebrenica
- Classroom curtain - Dexter Manibao, Cheremie Horga, Irish Jean Atablanco, Kim Justin Hitgano
- Classroom CR - Karen Bacus, Airen Laput, Esequiel Madrid, Jessa Mae Catubig, Rodrigo Manlioic Jr, Adrian Manlisic, Mary Joy Cuizon, Novin Keat Rosales, Lynzal Butal, Justine Hepgano, Ana Mae Taborada, Jonathan Patac
- Classroom fan - Lovelyn Siguera, Jay Lloyd Garsua, Laurence Bryan Barbarona, Melodina Barasan, Jesston Ilagan, Jessa Mae Catubig, Kevin Dan Bruce, Dumicles Cachumba, Llibeth Eyana, Ana Mae Taborada
- Shoes - Raymon Rivera
Langub Elementary School is a small public school located in Barangay Langub, Maa, Davao City. It's a clean and well-maintained school because the local officials were able to source out funds from both government offices and non-government organizations for its beautification. Their dedicated and commendable Baragay Captain, who strongly believes in the value of education, schedules regular campus cleanups actively participated by the community residents.
But majority of the families living in this community has an income of 1,100 - 4,000 pesos. Most of the people are small time farmers and others are tenants, taxi drivers, construction workers, scavangers, security guards or below minimum wage earners. This definitely affects their daily sustenance and children's education. Further, due to lack of means of transportation, students have to walk a few kilometers from their thatched houses to school, resulting to increase in dropout rate. To prevent this problem, their sweet Barangay Captain fetches the students from several meeting places early in the morning with the community multicab.
The distribution took place right after the school's flag ceremony on August 17, 2009. While all students were still gathered on the school grounds, the Principal introduced the three volunteers (Sir Ian, Mailah and Kikit) from the Social Involvement Coordinating Office of Ateneo de Davao University. To avoid interrupting their regular classes, no program was conducted for the students unlike the first distribution. Each class president was simply called to the front to receive a bag of writing materials from the donors of Pens of Hope in Davao.
As a gift, children gave the volunteers posters of gratitude and lots of happy smiles that made that day sunnier and the world a lot brighter.
Many thanks to Langub barangay officials, Langub ES teachers and of course, to all our donors. Maraming salamat po!
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The Philippine Assistance Group (PAG) is inviting everyone to join the PAG Bus Tour 2009. This year, PAG will be going to Yunessun, a large spa resort in Hakone (http://www.yunessun.com/english/yunessun.html). At Yunessun, they have 25 themed areas, the most popular of which are God's Aegean Sea, a pseudo-Turkish Hamam, a Japanese Sake Spa, a Green tea spa, a Coffee spa, a Wine spa, and the Ancient Roman Baths. Guests are free to roam around between spas during their stay.
Please note that unlike the usual sento, you get to keep your clothes on in this resort. Girls have to wear swimsuits and guys have to don trunks. Swim gear can also be rented for 600-1,000 yen.
- When: 20 September 2009
- Meet at: 7AM, HARAJUKU Station (In front of YOYOGI KOEN KAIKAN) - Yamanote Line
- Departure: 7:30 AM
- Tickets: 7,000yen (by bank transfer after reservation has been confirmed; to be remitted before the end of August)
- Bus fare to and from the resort.
- Admission to the resort
- All -you-can-eat in a buffet style restaurant located at Yunessun Resort
- Use of bath towel, face towel and a Yunessun robe
- Use of more than 25 kinds of Spa related services and fun water recreational activities
- Susan Candelaria (phone) 090 9957 6415 (email) email@example.com
- Cora Kasuga (phone) 090 6536 9698 (email) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayang Nihei (phone) 090 7406 3242 (email) email@example.com
- Or call the Cultural Section of Tokyo Philippine Embassy at 03 5562 1588 (Consul Angie Escalona/Ms. Joyce)
For more information on the resort, please visit http://www.yunessun.com/english/yunessun.html
The available Batch 29 alumni SICO (Social Involvement Coordinating Office) volunteers and the photographer behind the program logo met earlier to prepare everything for the most-awaited activity. Mailah, Shugar and I recounted the packs of pens and pencils, Jaypee and Rohel arranged the snacks and Daryl took some snaps. At about 1:30 p.m., we assembled at AdDU (Ateneo de Davao University) Roxas gate with 12 of the existing Batch 39 volunteers.
When everything was in place, we didn't go straight to the community beneficiary. As a courtesy call, we stopped at "Pahiyum Store" where Engr. Noel Justiniani and Kuya Aying, our contact persons at Kabantan-onan Nga Aktibo ug Responsableng Dabawenyo Andam Moalagad sa Syodad (KARDAMS), were waiting for us. As the said NGO has been helping the community for quite some time, they have significantly assisted us in coordinating with the community leaders and in reaching out to the residents.
Batch 39 volunteers playing with the beneficiaries For children to realize that expression is one of the reasons why they should value writing materials, we had a wish list activity. With the guidance of volunteers and some parents, children wrote what their hearts say. Some want only basic things like milk, clothes and toys. Some wrote they'd simply like to eat at McDonalds or Jollibee and go to People's Park. Some are interested to finish their education to be able to help their families. Some shared their dreams and ambitions. (All children's wishes will be summarized in the next entry.)
Later, pens and pencils were distributed and as what Nortehanon experienced, we saw vibrant smiles from kids. They even felt happier when snacks were served. To end the program, we listened to a speech from one of the mothers in the community. Seeing how happy the children were, she was truly grateful for everything we have done for them. Engr. Noel also said that this activity has somehow inspired the beneficiaries to study hard and follow the volunteers.
While waiting for the van service, I saw a couple of volunteers doing a dance showdown with the kids. Their laughter echoed to my ears with a realization that this program didn't only make many less-fortunate children happy. It also brought a sense of fulfillment to us, that it feels great to share a little of what we have for others to have more. And I hope that nice feeling will continue to motivate us to be aware, to listen and to respond.
I'd like to end this entry with a note of acknowledgement to all those who supported this project. To Batch 29 SICO volunteers (especially to Jenny A, Lorna, Alfie, Mailah, Mabelle, Shugar, Jaypee, Rohel, Sherlo, Max, Liyah) for planning, organizing, advocating, collecting and sending pens and pencils. I remember we once dreamt of establishing a foundation way back in college. Seven years after our graduation, we've finally taken the first step.
- To Nortehanon for letting us adopt this project. You stirred us to do something for our community.
- To SICO (Sir Ian, Ate Tess, Ate Bimbay and Ate Beth) for being supportive to this project. You awakened our social consciousness when we were still innocent students and if not because of that, we couldn't have initiated this activity.
- To KARDAMS for helping us coordinate with the community. You made things a lot easier for us.
- To other volunteers who contributed in their own ways: Ana K for blogging this project and for making the poster, Daryl for being our official photographer and even driver during the distribution, Becky for helping us pack the writing materials, Sham, Ate Shal and Ate Jiji for volunteering to collect pens and pencils at their own community.
- To Batch 39 SICO volunteers for also helping us pack the writing materials and for facilitating games during the distribution. Ten years ago, we were in your shoes. Ten years from now, I hope you'll be in ours.
- To all our donors for being generous enough to donate pens and pencils to our beneficiaries. With your kindness, you made so many children smile and you proved that despite the sad realities of life, no one is so poor that he couldn't give anything.
- To God for making all these things possible.
Thanks to all our donors!
Each student will get a pack of 4 pens or pencils. Markers and nice writing materials were reserved as prizes for the games. Some pencils and the used bags and pencil cases will be sent to Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center, a small school in Bendum, Malaybalay, Bukidnon through Cecil, a Jesuit volunteer alumna of the said school. Working hands. Don't you think we lacked organization? :) The Batch 29 alumni volunteers: Kikit in yellow shirt, Mabelle in stripes, Mailah in lavander and JP in orange polo shirt. The man with a backpack is Sir Ian, the SICO director. The beautiful lady standing is Becky, JP's colleague at SGV. She was kind enough to spend a few hours with us. Here's another picture with the Batch 39 volunteers. We couldn't have finished the task on time without their help.
Later in the afternoon, Batch 39 volunteers helped us. Yeah, ten years ago, we were in their shoes.
Working hands. Don't you think we lacked organization? :)
The Batch 29 alumni volunteers: Kikit in yellow shirt, Mabelle in stripes, Mailah in lavander and JP in orange polo shirt.
The man with a backpack is Sir Ian, the SICO director. The beautiful lady standing is Becky, JP's colleague at SGV. She was kind enough to spend a few hours with us.
Here's another picture with the Batch 39 volunteers. We couldn't have finished the task on time without their help.
Here's another one. They will also attend the distribution on August 9 to facilitate games.
Writing materials from different collection centers have already arrived at the office and we will pack them on August 5. It's a perfect chance for the volunteers to meet again as that day was declared as non-special holiday.
CPSanti is a Filipino blogger who initiated collection in her own community in Tokyo. Last Sunday, I was so happy to receive a package of 235 pens, pencils and markers from her. She even helped in the advocacy by forwarding the concept to a few groups and because of that effort, the organizations below said they would directly send their donations to the collection centers in the Philippines.
1. Christian Association Serving Traditional Laymen's Evangelization (CASTLE)
2. Filipina Circle for Advancement and Progress (FICAP)
3. Filipino Maritime Network (FMN)
4. Filipino Japan Movement for Global Peace (FJMGP)
Contributors from Japan:
- Jorlan Datahan
- Mr Hishida
- Kazuo and Mutsumi Omine
- Daryl Caingles
- Satoyo Takeda
- Lemuel Platon
- Nagato Miyake
- Naoko Kiriyama
- Miyuki Sakabe
- Miss Minoura
- Jowen Macalintal
- Eri Yabashi
- Yuko Ueno
- Bizen Izakaya Customers
- Wilma Apigo
- Fernand and Cyd Cagas-Fagutao
- Jim Madrigal
- Xena Lapido
- Kathleen Papiona
- Von Bautista
- Juls and Caryn Paredes-Santillan
- Monserrat Ochiai
- Kaori Iwamoto
- Masae Hirose
- Hisako Tanaka
- Danilo Guillano
- Lorraine and Wendel Apigo
- Claire Apigo
- Cecil Apigo
- Ana K and Binsoy Pera
Contributors from Manila
- Maridol Yabut and Global Business Research Support
- Jasmine Apolonario
- Zuhairah Abas
- Eury Cacdac
- Mary Jane Senibalo
- Eleazar (Ace)
- Kyra Linsangan
- Jingle Calago
- Jun Atibula and Girlie
- Ruby Anna Lapugot
- Alexis Torres
- Mary Chicklet Millo
- Ivy dela Cruz - Custudio
- Albert Lumaban
- Jenneth Mangahas
- Leanne Louise Balaoro
- Irah Vanessa Santander
- Ma. Jennylyn B. Aguinaldo
- Judith Sato of Christian Association Serving Traditional Laymen's Evangelization (CASTLE)
Contributors from Dubai
- Jay-Anne Burgos
- Jon dela Cruz
- Aireen Gile
- Mycel Gonzales
- Rahmil Pamilacan
- Alfie Pata
- Lorna Rebusa
To come up with a community profile, KARDAMS conducted a survey among 52 female and 6 male residents of the community. 40% of the respondents are between the ages of 25-35. 86% are already married, more than half (65%) were not able to graduate from high school and 60% are working as housewives. Below you'll find the tabulated result of the survey.
|KABANTAN-ONAN NGA AKTIBO UG RESPONSABLENG DABAWENYO ANDAM MOALAGAD SA SOSYODAD (KARDAMS) INC.|
|COMMUNITY SURVEY TABULATION|
|Km. 6.5 San Miguel Vill. Matina Pangi, Davao City|
|3. Civil Status|
|4. Educational Attainment|
|H. School Level||18||31%|
|H. School Grad||11||19%|
|6. Occupation (Wife)|
|II. Family Composition|
|1day old - 6 yrs||56||21%|
|7yrs - 12yrs||51||19%|
|13yrs - 17 yrs||31||12%|
|18 yrs - 21 yrs||19||7%|
|22 yrs - 30 yrs||32||13%|
|30 yrs - above||74||28%|
|4. Salary Income (in peso)|
|1000 - 2000||8||14%|
|2000 - 3000||9||16%|
|3000 - 4000||12||21%|
|4000 - 5000||11||19%|
|5000 - 6000||10||17%|
|6000 - above||3||5%|
|San Miguel Employee||1||2%|
|6. Educational Attainment|
|H. School Level||15||26%|
|H. School Grad||12||21%|
|III. General Questions|
|1. Aduna ka bay anak nga Gigastohan sa Brgy Officials/Gobyerno? (Do you have any children supported by the government?)|
|2. Unsay hinungdan nganong wala naka-paeskwela? (What are the reasons why you were not able to send your children to school?)|
|Lack of income||13||22%|
|3. Kinsa ang katimbang sa pag-paeskwela sa mga anak? (Who's paying for the educational needs of the children?)|
|4. Unsa ang bug-at na gatuhan sa High School o Elementary? (Which is more expensive, elementary or high school?)|
|5. Aduna ka bay paryente nga nagapuyo kuyog sa inyong balay (Do you have any relatives living with you?)|
|6. Unsa ang kasagarang problema sa communidad? (What are the common problems in the community?)|
|Lack of income||16||29%|
|7. Rehistrado ka ba nga myembro sa inyong GKK? (Are you a member of the Basic Ecclesiastical Community or GKK?)|
|8. Kung aduna kay problema kinsa ang kasagarang ginadoulan? (If you have any concerns, from whom do you seek assistance?)|
|9. Unsa kasagarang problema sa panglawas ang nasinati sa imong mga anak (What are the common illnesses of your children?)|