Sky Is The Limit


Project Pearls Brain Booster

May 13, 2017

Saturday, Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines


“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney quote



Sky is the limit.


For our Brain Booster on May 13, we taught the kids that there must be no boundaries in chasing their dreams. We told them that with strong will and determination, their dreams can be possible.

They shared their dreams with us.

Following our Saturday Feeding Program, the kids engaged in an art project titled “Hot Air Balloon Dream.”

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For this project, they wrote their ultimate dreams on the hot air balloon and drew themselves riding it.


One of the kids’ dreams was to join her mom who lives in a province.


Another child wrote she wanted to complete her studies.


These little men shared with us their dream jobs for the future.




Continue to dream on, little ones!


This child wants to be a Project Pearls volunteer because of how grateful she is for having us help her older brothers and sisters. How sweet!



W are here to help them reach all of their dreams. We believe that all of their dreams will eventually become a reality.

Thank you Miss Audrey Tan and family for sponsoring today’s feeding.

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And thank you, volunteers!




Photo credits to our Project Pearls volunteer, Rita Dela Cruz.

To view more of our photos in this outreach, check our Facebook page!


Uniform Fitting and Special Treat Day!


Project Pearls After School Program

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

May 7, 2017



The journey of our incoming PEARLS scholars for the academic year 2017-18 has finally started!



Registration of scholars, parent meetings and orientations were held in Helping Land, Tondo, Manila last month.

For this fine Sunday in Tondo, we had a back-to-back special activity not only for the PEARLS scholars but for our volunteers as well!

As for our first activity, we commemorated the new academic year by capturing photos for our scholar’s PEARLS ID and fitting them for their uniforms. More than 200 scholars were assisted!

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In addition to free tuition and miscellaneous fees, every PEARLS’ scholar receives a new uniform set, a new pair of shoes, and a backpack filled with school supplies. They will also receive a month’s worth of groceries.



Thank you so much to all our volunteers who helped and assisted our scholars for this activity!



One of Project PEARLS’ major beliefs is that receiving education is the best way to step out of poverty. We strongly believe that these children will have a better life once they got their diplomas.


Be one with our mission so we could change more lives for the better.  Project Pearls is still accepting sponsors for the 2017-2018 Scholarship Program.

For details and to sponsor, please go to this link:



Our Second Activity.

After photographs for IDs and uniform-fittings, we had a special treat for our volunteer nanays and tatay!  These hardworking volunteers are always present at the Helping Land feeding center to help us in feeding 300 kids every single day.



Together with our Project Pearls After School Program volunteers, we had a Sunday movie date at SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City!



After the lunch treat, our volunteers watched a local movie.



And before they went home, a dinner treat was also given to them.




Thank you so much, Volunteer Nanays and Tatay! We will always be grateful for having you around!



And thank you so much for accompanying our volunteer folks, team ASP volunteers! This day was a special bonding day indeed.


Photo credits: @juan_manila and Hilary Anne Diaz









Giving Tuesday Features Our Founder on #WomenWhoGive Series


Melissa Villa, founder of Project Pearls advises people to “find what moves your heart” when giving back. Read Melissa’s story and learn how she volunteers up to 15 hours a day to communities in this week’s #WomenWhoGive:

Melissa Villa is the Founder & Executive Director, Project PEARLS.  Project PEARLS is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in California with a mission of helping the poorest children in the Philippines through education, nutrition, healthcare, and empowerment.  Read the full interview below to learn more about what inspires Melissa to give.



Q1: How do you give back?
As an unpaid staff, I give back by volunteering at least 15 hours a day as the Executive Director of Project PEARLS.  Working around the clock given that the mission is in the Philippines and the organization is based in California.
Q2:  What inspired you to start giving?
Born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines,  I have seen poverty but when I was introduced to the slum community of Ulingan at Tondo, Manila and saw the resilience of the children and families living in extreme poverty, I was inspired to do something to help alleviate their living conditions.

Q3:  What does giving mean to you?  Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?

To me giving means giving from the heart and not out of obligation or guilt; or not to receive something back or even expect something back.  Giving is not just for material things.  Giving your time, attention and affection for others is what giving is.  Giving to me is more sacrificing one’s comfort zone, treasure and time to benefit others.

Q4: What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back?  Share a  piece of advice will help them get started.
Charity starts at home and all of us can start at home by being helpful and respectful of your own family.  Value your parents and siblings, and other family members, even the household help if any. And don’t take anyone for granted.  But charity should not stop there.  There are so many people, organizations who are in need of help. Start in your own community.  Find out what moves your heart – may that be poverty, elderly care, animal welfare, human and civil rights, international relief, environment.

Q5:  Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
I have so many favorite stories and not all are happy or uplifting; some are depressing and upsetting but all stories helped to be a  better person.  Working in poverty, realizing their daily struggles and their resilience to those struggles, make me appreciate what I have and to share with them.
Stories of children dying from extreme malnutrition or from eating recycled food from garbage are definitely not my favorite stories but these stories made us act. Project PEARLS offers daily breakfast to children living on and off garbage.  This meal may be their only clean and healthy meal for the day and could be their life saving meal as most of them go to bed hungry and wake up hungrier.  Also, Project PEARLS built a health clinic inside the community to give easier access to free medicines for simple illnesses such as dehydration, diarrhea, stomach flu, colds and coughs, wounds, skin irritation and infections, we are be able to prevent serious illnesses and death.

My favorite stories are the success stories of our scholars.  When these scholars do better in school and they dream bigger and strive harder to attain those dreams.  We have three scholars born and raised in poverty who were recently sponsored by our partner, LitWorld to be delegates representing Philippines at the Global HerStory Summit in New York.   We have college scholars who thought they cannot even finish high school, now two are on their On-the-Job training.


Celebrating Mother’s Day in Batia, Bulacan


Project Pearls Brain Booster

May 6, 2017


Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines


“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life”  – Anonymous


Our moms will always be our own superwoman. And to give thanks for all their tireless and selfless love for us, here’s a special day for them!

To celebrate the incoming Mothers’ Day in Batia, Bulacan, our PEARLS kids made thank you cards for their mothers. They were divided into ten groups and each group was assisted by our volunteers.




Through this card making activity, the kids were able to think of all the goodness their mothers have and they all thought of the reasons why they love them so much!




When they were done creating those lovely cards, feeding was then followed.


To all the loving, caring, wonder woman mothers in the world, Happy Mother’s Day!

You all deserve to be appreciated and loved.



Thanks for today, volunteers!




Early Mother’s Day Celebration



Project Pearls Brain Booster

April 29, 2017


Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines



A mother’s love will always be strong, special, and unconditional.



In honor of all the loving mothers in the world, this day was a pre-Mother’s Day celebration in Helping Land, Tondo, Manila!


For this day’s Brain Booster activity, the kids watched a short flick about a duckling who looks for her mom among different adult animals. This little one later on found her own mom!




Then the next video was a short musical lesson of mother animals and the names of their young ones.


After that, kids were taught how to make paper bouquets as a gift for their mothers. Thank you, Ate Christine  for giving us some ideas on how we can show our appreciation and love to our irreplaceable moms!

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It was another Saturday morning filled with learning and creativity!



Thank you, Miss Winna Sabillo for sponsoring today’s feeding!

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Thank you also to Ms. Marie Young and RFM for all the donated packs of pasta. These were evenly distributed to the families residing Helping Land.



And a million thanks for the undying support, volunteers!








Photos by: Sidney Snoeck


To see more photos, please visit our official Facebook page at this link:

Let’s Play Beach Volley!



Project Pearls Brain Booster

April 23, 2017


Helping Land, Tondo, Manila


For this day’s Brain Booster Activity, the kids had fun while playing volleyball! Yes, it was beach volley time by the courtyard.



We boosted their energy first.



After the feeding, a story-telling for the kids was then held and was led by our Brain Booster Coordinator, Ate Christine Sim. The story was about a chubby boy who never got a leading role on all the school plays he joined. He was always the villain.


But even though, he was fat and used to play villain’s roles he was always kind, helpful and good boy.

The moral of the story was that we shouldn’t judge people based on physical looks and the kids knew it. They actively participated to our question and answer portion after the story telling.

After that, kids were then ready to get physical! They enjoyed playing beach volley with the guidance of our volunteers. We taught them some rules, background or some basic knowledge about volleyball before letting them play. So, yes! It was literally a beach volley day by the courtyard and just right as a perfect timing for the summer season.


Kids were divided into group of eight and four per team. We then have the scoring so we could distinguish who will be the winners. Winners of course got some chocolates and candies as prizes.


This day’s feeding sponsor was the Tradewings Travel and Tours Corp.

Thank you so much for your nonstop support at Project Pearls. God bless you!

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And lastly, thank you volunteers!






Photo Credits to our photographer volunteers: Rita Dela Cruz and Sidney Snoeck.

More photos are on our Facebook page! Please like our page. Thank you!


Project PEARLS Summer Program 2017



Batia, Bulacan, Philippines


We believe that summer vacations can be both fun and productive at the same time!





Our Summer Class Program started last April 17, at our Learning Center in Brgy. Batia, Bocaue, Bulacan. Under the guidance of our top high school students, grade school scholars are honing their creativity and their academic skills.

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Every day, students dedicate their mornings to learn something new: Mondays and Tuesdays are sessions for reading and writing enrichment; Wednesdays are for Mathematics; Thursdays are for Science; Fridays are for talent shows, and arts and crafts activities.


We hope that through this program, the kids will be more prepared for the coming school year and will be more inspired to strive harder for their future.


Aside from the little ones who are gaining new knowledge every day, the older scholars are also learning from this program. As they mentor the younger kids, they develop kindness, humility, patience, and good communication skills. They are also able to build lasting connections with the kids they are teaching. This will also inspire them to be good role models and leaders in the future. And with the discipline and dedication that we see in them every day, we are certain that this is not impossible to happen!



The PEARLS Scholarship Program is now open for sponsorship. Be part of these children’s journey as they build better lives and brighter future for themselves. Visit to find out how you can be part of this mission.




Happy Easter!



Project Pearls After School Program

April 16, 2017 Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines


“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.” –Kate McGahan

Easter Sunday means a New Day of Life and Hope.


Easter Sunday day may be a holiday wherein most of us spend it with family or loved ones. But not for us in Project PEARLS. We still continue to give love and share some time with our hopeful young ones living at Helping Land, Tondo, Manila.

And we celebrate this New Day of Life and Hope with them!

As we know, Easter Sunday is the worldwide celebration and commemoration of the rising of our Lord Jesus from the death.


With this, we had a little celebration at the PEARLS Learning and Feeding courtyard.


After the feeding activity, we held some parlor games that the kids and volunteers happily joined. We even had some toys and clothes given to them as take away gifts.



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A huge thanks to our sponsors for this day!

Thank you Miss Julie Anne Davis for sponsoring today’s feeding!

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Thank you also to Ms. Recy Pasco and friends, and Ms. Jeanette Marco for all the donated toys and clothes! The kids were all grateful for having those.

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And lastly, thank you After School Program volunteers!


Just like the Easter Sunday, there will always be hope in the hearts of these kids that someday a better life will be into them.


And us in Project PEALS, we will never stop hoping for the best!


Join us now!


Volunteer. Advocate. Give. Love. Share.

Project PEARLS scholars advocate for education and literacy


Thank you so much, for featuring our PEARLS Scholars!

Here’s the link:

Last March, three of our PEARLS Scholars (Princess, Catherine and Lilibeth) went to the United States to represent the Philippines for the HerStory Global Summit partnered  with LitWorld.




Project PEARLS scholars advocate for education and literacy

by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — It was more than six years ago when Princess Soria, Catherine Orsal and Lilibeth Sushun were in a poor community called Ulingan in Tondo, Manila.

Like most of those in Ulingan, the girls were making charcoal and scavenging from garbage to make money for food.

Then Project PEARLS, a non-profit organization founded in 2011, came to the area to establish their scholarship and feeding program.

In partnership with Litworld, these three young Pinays have become committed students, and now confident mentors, who recently shared their stories during the Global Herstory Summit in New York City.

The girls are now in San Francisco visiting the Philippines Consul General before flying back home.

“The Global Herstory Summit is a meeting of 60 women and girls from around the world, from 10 different countries, including the Philippines,” said Project PEARLS’ education and literacy coordinator Peachy Abellon. “And we were so grateful to be chosen to be the ambassadors for this year.”

“The most memorable moment that I’ll never forget is the Summit, because there was a lot of people who helped us,” said Project PEARLS scholar Princess Soria. “I learned to be confident when I talk to other people, when I share my story, and when I express myself.”

These young Pinays say they are forever grateful for Project PEARLS helping them transcend their lives, and many others like them, through education.

The PEARLS stands for Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, and Smiles.

“They were able to continue school. They weren’t having a hard time or wondering how they were going to do this,” said scholar Lillibeth Sucion. “They weren’t thinking about, maybe not having notebooks, pens, paper — the basic things you need for school.”

“For us, when they arrived they were our guide to continuing school,” said scholar Catherine Orsal. “We never lost hope in finishing school, even though life was hard. We didn’t let the opportunity they gave us go to waste.”

Project PEARLS helps more than 600 scholars from preschool to college, and benefits from donations from around the world.

“It costs less than $1 a day for the whole year to support a scholar for the whole year,” said Project Pearls founder Melissa Villa. “You can choose an elementary, high school, or college scholar.”

Consul General Henry Bensurto plans to work with Project Pearls, to bring more scholars from the Philippines to share their story with Fil-Ams in San Francisco.

The project hopes that even though the children may be in different countries — they can help each other overcome their struggles.

To learn more, visit

Clay-Art Day


Project Pearls After School Program

April 9, 2017


Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines



“I couldn’t think of anything less appealing than molding the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.”

~Al Franken



Dear Mr. Anton Ortigas and the group of Prodigee Talents and Events Management,

Thank you so much for sponsoring today’s feeding and for all the gifts given to us! May God will bless you more. We are so grateful for all your help to us.


PEARLS Kids in Helping Land

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The day started with the volunteers’ prepping of food for the kids.

A brief orientation for the volunteers was then held and was led by our After School Program coordinator, Teacher Jedda. After that, the kids then entered the court yard.

To start our activity, a prayer was held first and was followed by the sing and dance activity that all of the kids love doing every Sunday morning to boost their energies.

Feeding of the kids was then followed. Thank you volunteers for the assistance!


Once again, thank you so much to Mr. Anton Ortigas and Prodigee for being our sponsor for this day.


After the feeding was the Clay Art activity. Our volunteer-teachers discussed first to the kids what is climate through the Manuals/ Guide given to them.

Kids then defined climate through the use of clay based on their understandings. They mold the clays into different figures as how they can see or understand what climate is all about. Some of them related climate to nature wherein they mold mountains, rain, sky, trees and the likes.


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What a creative Sunday indeed!

Good job, kids!


And thank you volunteer-teachers for assisting and adding some knowledge to these young and hopeful minds. As we all believe, we are molding the minds of our tomorrow’s heroes and leaders.



A bright future is waiting for them. We just have to believe and help them in the best ways that we can. No matter how small it is, it will always be worth it.

For each little thing done with great love is all that matters.


See you next week!