Christmas Cards and Little Christmas Trees



Project Pearls Brain Booster

Dec. 9, 2017 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines



Our PEARLS kids in Helping Land for this day made colorful Christmas cards and little Christmas tree lanterns!



Of course, before this fun activity, we provided the kids breakfast first.





We would like to thank one of our great volunteers, Laila Soliven, and her friends for sponsoring this day’s feeding and Brain Booster activity. They even joined us as volunteers this morning!

Once the kids’ tummies were full, it became time to feed their minds with art.


Ate Monica introduced this day’s Brain Booster Activity. For this Brain Booster Activity, the kids created mini Christmas trees made of popsicle sticks, colored paper and colored strings. However, kids 5 and below made Christmas cards.



Thank you volunteers for assisting the kids!



Once again, we deeply thanked Laila Soliven and friends (GERBIES) for being our sponsors and volunteers today.



Thank you also to Ivolunteer for donating tables and chairs and for the time spent with us this morning.


To all our dear volunteers for this day, thank you so much!



More photos from this outreach are on our official Facebook page:


Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

Tondo Christmas Party with Michelle Concepcion and Family


Tondo Christmas Party with Michelle Concepcion and Family

Dec. 2, 2017 | Saturday

San Pablo Apostol Parish, Tondo, Manila, Philippines


“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz

Michelle Concepcion Reyes and family celebrated their 11th Annual Christmas Drive with over 500 PEARLS kids from Helping Land and we deeply thank everyone who made this event possible. Thank you so much Michelle and Eric M. Reyes, Marie Young, Celine Lebron, the Concepcion clan, and all their friends for making hundreds of children happy and loved this holiday season.


This happy morning in San Pablo Parish started with a brief orientation of volunteers headed by Ate Peachy Abellon.


The kids then entered the court with wide smiles on their faces.


Volunteers were assigned a group that consisted of 20 kids to lead.


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Again and as always, the ‘Bayanihan’ concept filled the venue as the gifts for children were inserted and properly placed inside the court by our dedicated volunteers. These gifts were evenly distributed to the kids before they went home.

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While distributions were being prepped, other volunteers were busy preparing the food.

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When everything was settled, the program began!


To kick it off, our PEARLS dancers presented a dance number just for us! This was their way of saying thank you to all our sponsors and guest volunteers for this day.



Next was the feeding. The kids ids ate a delicious spaghetti meal! Thank you volunteers and team leaders for assisting the children as they enjoyed eating their meals.


They even had a coloring activity to bond with their team leaders.


Everyone was quite surprised when Jollibee entered the scene! He danced with the kids and gave unlimited hugs and smiles!


Thank you Jollibee for dropping by and making the kids happy (as always).


Our next surprise visitor was none other than Santa Claus with candies on his bag as little gifts for the kids!


And finally before the children went home, early Christmas gifts were given to them.

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Surely no one went home feeling unblessed.


Merry Christmas everyone!

Once again, thank you to those who made this Christmas joyful for all the kids. Everyone had a a great time this fine Saturday morning in Tondo, Manila.


This season of giving, thank you for acknowledging and giving to this marginalized community and making sure they feel loved, not forgotten.

Truly, Christmas is for everyone- whether rich or poor, young or old!



Creating of Christmas Lanterns



Project Pearls

Brain Booster

Nov. 18, 2017 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila


“The light in a Child’s eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of the year.”



Christmas is coming and can already be felt everywhere!


For Filipinos, Christmas is already starting by September and we can say that’s how joyful we are.



We already have our very own Christmas Tree at the courtyard but it is plain yet.

And for this day’s activity, our Pearls kids will create different colorful lanterns made of popsicle sticks, paper and yarns to give life to the tree.


Before we proceed with our Brain Booster activity, the kids had their breakfast first.

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Thank you to all our volunteers who served the food and assisted the kids.

We deeply thank LBC Foundation for sponsoring this day’s feeding and for being with us today as guest-volunteers.

We even had a dance party and short set of parlor games for the kids as led by the LBC Foundation team. Prizes were given to the winners.




We then proceeded to our Brain Booster Activity. Ate Christine taught us how to do the Christmas lanterns using crepe paper and Popsicle sticks.


The kids were then so busy creating their own lanterns that they wanted to put on our Christmas Tree and to decorate around the courtyard.



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Thank you Ms. Grace for the slippers given to the kids as take home gifts.



Again, thank you so much LBC Foundation!

And thank you volunteers!



Christmas will always be special for kids. For them, this season is a celebration of love and giving. Let’s always grant this to them.

Please support our Christmas Toy Drive and campaign for the kids and family living in the slums of Tondo.


Learn here for more information:

Merry Christmas everyone!




Photos by: Rita Dela Cruz

More photos of this outreach are on our official Facebook page:









After School Program:English Time!



Project Pearls After School Program

Nov. 19, 2017

Sunday | Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward


For this day, our After School Program in Helping Land focused on English. We aimed to improve our scholars’ grammar skills.


We want to give a big thank you to NuGen Entrepreneurs for sponsoring this day’s feeding. Not only did they sponsor the feeding, they volunteered to partake in the feeding!

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Thank you so much for your time and support for our mission that no child should ever go hungry.




Before the children went home, food supplements and school supplies were given to them by our sponsors as take home gifts.




And of course, our PEARLS kids went home happily.




Our Scholars lined up again outside the courtyard while our volunteers rearranged the tables and chairs. Jedda, the ASP coordinator, led a brief orientation about this day’s tutorial.



Volunteers were then divided and assigned per grade level and learning materials were distributed.


This day’s lesson was about English grammar, more specifically, figures of speech.

Our goal for this season is to help the kids master basic English.


Our scholars reentered the learning ground for an hour of learning.

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Again, thank you so much to all our volunteer-teachers who shared their knowledge with our kids and sacrificed their time to be with them.




Thank you also to “Talking Pages!” Not only did they give us books and school supplies, they support our Scholarship Program as well! 😊

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They sponsor one of our high school scholars!



Thank you so much, Girls!


We are so happy that we get to meet people with generous hearts and souls everyday through Project PEARLS.


Again, thank you so much.






More photos are on our Facebook page:


Math and Party Time!



 Project Pearls After School Program 

Oct. 29, 2017 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines



“It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play”

~Susan Oliver



For this day in Helping Land, aside from our usual tutorial session, the kids had a great time playing parlor games! One of our guest volunteers chose to spend her special day with our Pearls children, making it an extra special day.


After the feeding activity and before our usual tutorial session, there were some parlor games and prizes prepared for the kids. It was a mini-party time that the children enjoyed!




For game time, prizes were given to the best dancers during a little dance competition. We then played the “Newspaper Dance” game and an “Egg Relay.”




Thank you, Jennelaine Dingalan for spending your birthday with us and for giving the children snacks and toys!




We then proceeded with our mentoring session and our subject for this day was Math.


Kids were divided according to their school year level and volunteer-teachers were assigned per group.


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It was another day of fun and learning!



Thank you for all the help today volunteer-teachers!




Surely the kids learned new things today from us and at the same time we all just had so much fun!


Until next week!







Puppet Art



Project Pearls Brain Booster

Oct.28, 2017


Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines




“Give children toys that are provided by their imagination not by batteries.”

~H. Jackson Brown




For our Brain Booster activities, we give the children to use their creativity and make things they can take home to play with. We make sure that these activities are fun learning experiences.


For this day in Helping Land, our talented PEARLS kids created colorful and unique paper puppets. They made them just in time for the Halloween!


But first, we had the feeding first.



After the feeding activity, kids were taught how to make puppets out of colored paper and brown paper bags.



The different colored paper served as the designs while the brown paper bag was the base of the puppet.


Our volunteers assisted the children.




The kids’ creativity was boosted once again! Each and every child’s puppet was unique.

After an hour of creative learning and having fun, everyone had puppets on their hand.

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We want to thank Valenzuela City Supreme Lion’s Club for sponsoring this day’s feeding and for giving school supplies!

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Thank you also for volunteering today! We deeply appreciate your support and presence!


And thank you to all our volunteers whether new or old who joined us for this day’s outreach in Helping Land.






Halloween Party Time!



Project Pearls 

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

Oct. 31,2017 | Tuesday


“If there was a holiday that deserves to be commercialized, it’s Halloween. We haven’t taken it away from kids. We’ve just expanded it so that the kid in adults can enjoy it, too.”

~Cassandra Peterson



We had a Happy Halloween Party at Helping Land!

Before lining up outside our feeding courtyard, kids were already busy preparing themselves as they wore their best scary costumes and face paints on October 31st.


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What for?

Halloween Party time!



For this day’s special event in the Helping Land, Tondo, Manila courtyard, we had special guests all the way from South Korea!

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The guests are students of Seoul Foreign School. Not only did they sponsor this day’s feeding program, they also shared their time with the kids.


After a brief orientation for all the volunteers, the kids entered the courtyard ready for us to fill their tummies first.



Our visitors gathered in the center and introduced themselves to the children.


After our feeding, some of the kids danced with our guest volunteers!

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We also had an extra special Brain Booster this day. We taught the kids how to create colorful paper flowers that they can give to their departed loved ones for All Souls Day on November 1.



Volunteers assisted the kids in their art projects. In just a few moments, the whole courtyard became an Art Center and lovely paper flowers filled the whole area.





Another great job kids!

Before our youngsters went home, books were given to them as gifts.




Thank you for all the donated children’s books Mantecon Family!


Candies, biscuits and other goodies were given to the kids also as treats! Happy Trick or Treat!


We would like to express our deep gratitude to the students of Seoul Foreign School for volunteering today and for sponsoring this day’s feeding!

God bless you and we hope to see you during more of our outreach programs.


Lastly, thank you all, volunteers!



Celebrating United Nations




Project Pearls Brain Booster

October 21, 2017 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines




As many know, the United Nations is a powerful intergovernmental organization. It was established on Oct. 24, 1946 after the World War Two to prevent another conflict among countries. One of its goals is to maintain international peace and security. Its other objectives include promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

United Nations has grown to 193 member countries, including the Philippines.

October is considered UN Month! To commemorate UN Month, people all over the world create flags, wear traditional clothing from their cultures, and celebrate with parades.

In line with this worldwide celebration, the kids of Helping Land made powerful slogans to show what the United Nations means for them.


Right after the feeding, we introduced this day’s Brain Booster



Our courtyard then became full of learning and creating.

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With the help of volunteers, here’s what the children made!

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Great job, kids!

The world we live in has thousands of different cultures and traditions but, in aiming for worldwide peace through love and unity, we are one.


Thank you for today, volunteers! We all had so much fun during another Saturday morning filled with smiles.




Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

Our Scholars’ Thoughts




October 7, 2017

Sunday, Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines



Who would have thought that a simple act of kindness could better someone’s life?


We did not imagine how much our PEARLS scholars would appreciate our acts of kindness for them.


Every Sunday morning after our feeding program activity, our PEARLS scholars have their tutoring session with the volunteer-teachers.


And here’s a compilation of what they did and their thoughts from last week’s After School Program activity:


(Most texts are translated in English)


“Last Sunday, Kuya James taught us LCM or Least Common Multiple. He explained to us how we can get the answers. My other co-scholars and I had a hard time learning it but then we solved all the problems. I even answered his questions. And then he gave us a quiz. I was happy because I got a perfect score!”

Samantha Jade Yumang, Grade 5





“What we did last Sunday was Multiplication. At first, I said to our teacher that I am having a hard time on it but when she taught us, it became easy. When we did it at school, I was able to cope up! And then I can also teach my classmates.”

Diana Mae Santos, Grade 6



“We learned the subject Math and our topic was Subset Definition. Our teacher was Kuya Mark De Leon. He’s a great teacher. I learned a lot from him. I am so thankful for After School Program because I can raise my hands in school and recite. My scores in our exams also are high. I am so grateful to Project Pearls because I am gaining knowledge and I hope that teachers like Kuya Mark will continue to teach us.”

Sheila Mae Lachica, Grade 7


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“Thank you Ate Rolin for teaching us the Math subject. She’s very funny and we learned many things from her. We are so thankful to her that she taught us.”

-Twinkelyn G. Manaloto, Grade 7





“The one who taught us last week was Ate Meje. She’s kind and very good in teaching us. She also made sure that we are learning. We learned Geometry. We hope that she can teach us again.”

-Ma. Rose Marie Lincallo, Grade 8



“My teacher’s name last week is Ate Klyne. My subject is Mathematics and our lesson was Quadratic Equation. She said that she’s not good in Math but still I have learned something from her. Hi, Ate Klyne. It’s okay that you are not so good in teaching us Math at least we learned a lot.”

-Joyce Jimenez, Marlon Rino, Reincie Buraga, Grade 9 students




So, there!

Here are their thoughts that touched us.

As for the teacher-volunteers who are looking after them, we are so proud that you are making our ASP goal a reality.

Teaching minds, touching hearts, transforming lives.


Thank you scholars for sharing your thoughts with us!

We will always do our best to share to you our love, knowledge, care and time to make sure your future is bright.


Kudos to all our volunteers for always a job well done!



And thank you, Ms. Sheila Tracey and ‘Pen and Paper’ for sponsoring this day’s feeding! Happy happy birthday! Thank you so much for spending your special day with the kids of Helping Land. God bless you more!



Thank you also to our dearest founder, Melissa Villa, for the surprise visit! We miss you!






Party Time and English Time!



After School Program

Sept. 24, 2017

Sunday, Helping Land, Tondo, Manila


“A blessing when shared is a happiness doubled…”


Our After School Program for this day was a little bit special because of a good soul who chose to spend her special day with us!

She’s Kimberly Caramat and she joined us for this day’s outreach.


Before the feeding started, a brief orientation was held first and preparation of food and the whole courtyard for a special birthday treat!

We were then so ready to let the kids enter the feeding and learning courtyard. There was a short prayer everyone simultaneously told first before the kids ate their healthy meal.


Volunteers then served the food.



And then our mini-party begun!


Some parlor games were happily and actively joined by the kids and by our volunteers.


After the mini-party, kids went home (except for our PEARLS Scholars) with some loot bags given to them as gifts!


It was Kimberly’s birthday and yet she’s the one who gave gifts for these children. Such a generous heart! Thank you so much!


Back to our teaching proper, our PEARLS Scholars were then divided according to their grade level and volunteer-teachers were assigned per grade level also.

It was an hour of learning the English language once again.




Thank you so much for the patience and willingness to share your knowledge volunteers!


It was another day of new learnings and just fun! Thank you, Kimberly, family and friends for sharing your blessings with the kids.

Happy, happy birthday Kim! Surely you will be more blessed.