Growing Up in the Philippines

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Growing up in Philippines, I was clueless with what love for your country really means. Now that I am old (and wiser), I find myself crying over “Lupang Hinirang” – I didn’t realize how beautiful and sentimental our national anthem is. I now have a new and deeper appreciation for the good, the bad and the ugly of this country. I now have a different perspective and respect about poverty and the people living it.

I was awakened by situations in my birth country that forever change not only the core of who I am but the course of the rest of my life in a way I never knew was possible.

This is not the life I planned but this is the life I love to live.

— by Melissa, Founder of Project PEARLS



Project PEARLS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the State of California with a Federal Tax Id: 27-2624202.

Project PEARLS is a non-stock, non-profit and non-partisan organization registered under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 6, 2011 with Company Registration Number: CN201109816 and Company Tax Identification Number: 008-060-835-000