2018 Project PEARLS Christmas Events

December 22-24, 2018

Tondo, Manila and Batia, Bulacan, Philippines

 

We believe that the true essence of Christmas is giving.

Many of us celebrate this joyous season with our families over great meals and presents. To ensure impoverished families can celebrate too, we launched our annual Adopt-a-Family and Toy Drive campaigns.

The Adopt-a-Family program provides families with Noche Buena groceries for a Christmas meal and brand new toys for the kids. This year, we distributed enough Noche Buena packs to over 1500 families and toys for 4000 kids!

We were able to give to so many families because of generous sponsors, partners, donors and hardworking staff and volunteers. We can’t thank all of you enough! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to everyone who shared, donated, partnered and volunteered with us!

 

Here’s the series of events that we had this month:

 

December 22, 2018. Christmas Party for 2000 Tondo Kids.

 

Held at San Pablo Parish’s covered court in Tondo, one fine Saturday morning became a happy and blessed one for thousands of kids!

As early as seven in the morning, kids eagerly lined up outside the court.

The day started with the delegation of task to volunteers. Some volunteers would be handling at least 25 kids per group while the others would be assigned to the food and gifts distribution.


Thanks to all of our volunteers leading our kids, the entire program went smoothly.

We had the feeding, dance performances by our Helping Land LitClub members and scholars, and a serenading by Kundirana Music Ministry!

Lastly, before the kids went home, they received their gift of toys!

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

 

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December 23, 2018. The Distribution of Noche Buena Packs in Tondo.

 

For this day, 800 families living in the slums of Tondo received their Noche Buena packs and 700 kids ages 0-5 received their toys!

 

Families fell in line properly and patiently waited for their turns to receive their Christmas packs.

Thank you to all our volunteers who assisted the families and were assigned per goods station to distribute.

Our gift-giving was a success! We were able to run the whole activity again smoothly.

Kudos to all our hardworking volunteers!

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December 24, 2018. The Distribution of Noche Buena Packs and Toys in Bulacan.

 

One day before Christmas and we’re still not yet done in spreading PEARLS on earth!

For this day on our adopted community in Batia, Bulacan, we gave Noche Buena packs to 500 families and toys to 1000 kids.

 

Just like in Tondo, we also had performances by the kids, scholars and even community volunteers.

And then feeding.

Finally, before all went home, families received their Christmas packs and the kids had their brand new toys!

Job well done today, volunteers!

 

And of course, one huge thank you to Founder Melissa Villa for having such a big heart for the poor. Thank you so much for spearheading and managing all our programs and events!

To every individual, groups or companies who joined our yearly holiday tradition, by “adopting” a family this holiday for only $20 or PHP 1000; we were able to share with the people in deep need the true magic and spirit of Christmas. Adopted families received Holiday Food Pack for their Christmas and New Year’s Day meals. We also shared some happiness to kids as they had their new toys! For many children in the communities we serve, Project PEARLS is their only source of gifts for the holidays.

And to all our staffs, Admins and events management team, we cannot thank enough everyone who’s behind and in front of the scenes for making all of these possible!

 

Thank you all and it was a blessed season indeed!

More photos of the events are on our official Facebook page. www.facebook.com/projectpearls1

 

Thank you so much to our great photographer-volunteers, Sidney Snoeck and Rita Dela Cruz.

Scholars’ Math Exam (Post-test)

Project PEARLS After School Program

December 16, 2018 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

Our PEARLS Scholars had a math exam today!

 

Thank you so much to Brian Lim for sponsoring this day’s feeding! Thank you also for joining us with your friends today! Aside from filling the kids’ tummies, you were such a great help being volunteer-teachers!

 

Before test-time, our volunteer-teachers reviewed their scholar-students. Luckily for us, we have enough volunteer-teachers for specific grade-levels and books to use as guidance!

 

After the review, the scholars then took their math post-test. The purpose of this test is to see the learning progress of our scholars. They all took the same test in June 2018 as a pre-test.

This time around, our students scores have increased by 34%! Our volunteer-teachers’ efforts have made a positive impact on our kids!

Meanwhile, our non-scholar ‘pre-schoolers’ were busy creating coin banks!

Thanks Teacher Hilary for working with our pre-schoolers! She began her activity by reading a story to them.

 

Thank you so much to all our volunteers for today!

 

More photos are on our official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/projectpearls1

 

Christmas Lantern-Making with MCS ‘90

Project PEARLS Brain Booster

December 15, 2018 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – You feel it. You know it. You believe it.”
Kevin Alan Milne

Today’s Brain Booster in Helping Land, Tondo was…

Christmas Lanterns! Our kids made Christmas lanterns today out of colorful paper plates and yarn.

 

We deeply thank Manila Cathedral School Batch ’90 for sponsoring this day’s feeding and for joining us too!

Thank you also to LBC Foundation team for being with us and for the take-home snacks!

We began the day with the feeding and distribution of loot bags with snacks.

To kick-off the Brain Booster, Ate Christine introduced the activity and gave instructions on how to make the lanters. We wanted the kids to be able to bring their new creations home as decoration for the Christmas season.
Alongside Ate Christine, volunteers helped distribute the materials and guided the kids in creating their lanterns.


After an hour, colorful stars that symbolizes Christmas filled the courtyard!

Again, thank you so much to all our sponsors and volunteers for today!

 

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Annual Christmas Party with Michelle Concepion-Reyes and Family

December 8, 2018 |Saturday

Brgy. 105, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

“Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.”

— Joan Winmill Brown

 

Thank you so much to the whole family and supportive friends of Michelle Concepcion-Reyes for the Christmas Party for 500 kids in Tondo, Manila! We also have some Bulacan Kids who joined this day’s party. It was held at the covered court of Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila to accommodate our huge number of kids.

When everyone’s already settled, we finally started this blessed and fun day with a prayer.

After that, some of our LitClub Members and PEARLS’ Scholars prepared a Christmas dance presentation and they showed it to everyone confidently!

 

Surely all of us enjoyed watching it. Thank you, Scholars!

As the program proper was running, some volunteers were busy preparing the food.

Ms. Michelle Concepcion’ friends/family also lead a dance activity for the kids!

And then the children with their assigned volunteers had a coloring activity.

Feeding was then followed. Everyone was served with a yummy spaghetti!

After the feeding, kids enjoyed watching a Balloon Show and then Jollibee entered the scene making the kids happier!

Lastly, before the kids went home, the distribution of Christmas packs and gifts happened.

Definitely, everyone exited the covered court with smiles on their faces.

Thank you so much to everyone who made today’s possible and merry!

 

Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

A Happy Weekend with Megawide Foundation

Project Pearls Brain Booster and After School Program

December 1-2, 2018

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

For this weekend outreach in Tondo, Manila, we had a back to back feeding sponsor! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Megawide Foundation! Aside from sponsoring, they also joined us to volunteer for our Saturday and Sunday feeding.

 

Saturday Feeding and Brain Booster. (December 1, 2018)

This day’s Brain Booster activity was creating Creating Christmas Decors using old cartons and strings. Today’s activity taught the kids how to be resourceful and imaginative in making Christmas ornaments!

 

But before we proceeded with our weekly Art Time, the kids had their feeding first.

 

And then was followed by a Magic and Puppet Show sponsored as well with Megawide Foundation!

 

 

The kids surely enjoyed this show! It can be reflected on their faces.

 

We finally began our Brain Booster. Ate Monica lead today’s activity. She briefly discussed how the kids will do the Christmas decors.

Art supplies and recycled materials like scrap cartons and yarns were then distributed.

 

After a short while, different, wonderful and colorful ornaments made by the kids filled our courtyard.

 

Thank you so much for all the help, volunteers!

 

Sunday Feeding and After School Program. (December 2, 2018)

 

For our sponsor’s Day Two at Helping Land, Tondo, Megawide Foundation scholars taught our PEARLS Scholars!

Preparing of food and then feeding of children came first of course! We have to fill their tummies before we fill their minds.

 

And then we finally we proceeded with the teaching proper.

Thank you to all the scholars of Megawide Foundation for volunteering today as teachers for our PEARLS scholars!

Math Time with LBC Foundation

 

Project Pearls After School Program

November 25, 2018 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

“One of the most amazing things about Mathematics is the people who do Math aren’t usually interested in application, because Mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love.” —Danica McKellar

 

One week to go and our scholars will finally have their Post-test in Math.

Hopefully, they can all pass the exam proving that somehow we are helping them with their academic subjects through this After School Program.

Learning Math can really be a tough one to most of us, and to teach this subject also. But then through fun learning, building rapport with our students and showing dedication, somehow, we can all still enjoy this subject.

 

Shout out to all our volunteers who taught and continuously coming back just to share some time and knowledge with the kids! Kudos everyone!

 

Aside from our scholars’ school subjects, we also aimed to teach them moral values that they can bring all through their life. Simple things like saying “Thank You” whenever they receive any favors or gifts from someone – doing this as a habit can already have a huge impact for them.

And we will never stop doing all the best that we could to let these hopeful youths step out of poverty and have a better life the soonest someday!

 

Thank you so much LBC Foundation for sponsoring today’s feeding and for volunteering with us. Thank you also for staying longer just to teach our Scholars for today’s Math lesson!

 

More photos of this day’s event are on our official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/projectpearls1

 

A Day of Celebration!

 

Project Pearls Brain Booster

November 24, 2018 | Saturday

Brgy. 106, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

Today’s a special day not only for the kids but for all the volunteers whose heart and life have been touched by our dearest Raymund Dames.

Raymund or “Kuya Mon” to most has been a Project Pearls volunteer since its Founding Day which was more than eight years ago. Our everyday outreach serving the poor and children became his life since then.

Kuya Mon became everyone’s angel last November 12, 2018. We mourned but we celebrated his blessed life. Surely he will be missed and will never be forgotten.

This day was his birthday and we celebrated it as if he’s still with us.

Thank you so much for the warmest dedication to your found passion and purpose, Kuya Mon. We all so love you.

For this day’s brain booster, kids were taught how to make a crown through paper-folding or so called Origami. As we know, Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture.

Thank you Ate Christine, our Brain Booster program coordinator, for teaching the kids!

After an hour, we had our own set of little kings and queens!

 

We also deeply thank the following for making this day more fun and blessed:

  • Katsuki Lion’s Club for the feeding and for all the take home snacks for the kids!

 

  • Adrian Soco from Singapore for the toys. Thank you also for joining us today!

 

  • Ate Malex for the Ice Cream

 

  • Miss January for the lovely and sweet cupcakes

 

And lastly but definitely not the least, thank you so much volunteers!

 

MassKara Day!

 

Project Pearls Brain Booster

October 27,2018 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

It was ‘Masskara’ Day for this happy Saturday morning  in Helping Land, Tondo!

But before our colorful Brain Booster activity happened, the kids had their breakfast of a hearty and nutritious meal first.

Thank you volunteers for all the assistance needed!

 

The MassKara Festival  is an annual festival held every fourth Sunday of October in the province of Bacolod, Philippines.

The word “Masskara” means “A Multitude of Faces”. It came from the words ‘Mass’ that means multitude of people and ‘Cara’ which refers to face. The word is also a pun on maskara, a Filipino word for mask. Masks are the prominent feature of the festival and are always adorned with smiling faces, giving rise to Bacolod being called the “City of Smiles”.

 

Volunteers assisted the kids on making their own glittery, feathery and colorful masks.

 

Thank you so much Ana Constantino for sponsoring today’s feeding and thank you so much to all our volunteers for this happy Saturday morning!

Thank you also to Regi and Sean Antoinette for all the clothes donation!

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Photos by: Ron Jason Pascual

Math Time with UPS!

 

Project Pearls After School Program

October 14, 2018 | Sunday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

Our Math lessons for the Project Pearls After School Program is still on-going. By the end of November and after tackling all these 10 lessons, we will have a post-test to measure the improvement of our PEARLS scholars.

 

We deeply thank UPS for sponsoring this day’s feeding and for being our volunteers as well for today!

Loot bags with cupcakes and candies were also given to the kids as take away gifts before they all went home.

After the feeding of more than 300 kids, our PEARLS scholars properly fell in line outside for the ASP tutorial session.

Volunteers were briefed by our ASP coordinator, Jedda Punzalan about today’s lesson and what will be the flow of this program.

Afterwards, volunteers were then designated per grade level that they will going to teach.

When our scholars entered the courtyard again, it was an hour of knowledge-sharing, a little bit of fun and harmonious teacher-student relationship that had passed.

 

Thank you so much UPS for sponsoring today’s food, learning and fun! And thank you to all our volunteer-teachers! We salute each one of you!

 

We hope that aside from the knowledge we have shared to the kids, we also inspired them to strive more on becoming better not only at school but to their community and to their families as well.

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Origami Day with Ogilvy and Mather Philippines

Project Pearls Brain Booster

Oct. 13, 2018 | Saturday

Helping Land, Tondo, Manila, Philippines

 

 

For this day’s Feeding and Brain Booster activity, it was sponsored and lead by our friends from Ogilvy & Mather Philippines! Aside from sponsoring this day’s feeding, thank you so much for being with us this Saturday morning!

The day started with the feeding of kids.

 

And then it was followed by this day’s Brain Booster. We had an Origami-making activity.

As we know, Origami is a Japanese Art of folding papers to create different shapes and imitating common things or animals.

Our volunteers from Ogilvy lead the Origami session wherein they taught the kids how to make a jumping frog!

After the different colored papers were turned into frogs, a volunteer still from Ogilvy had a story-telling time for our youngsters!

 

The story was about a frog who kept on jumping until he escaped a deep well. He didn’t listen to the other frogs who tried to stopped and discouraged him from jumping simply because he was a deaf frog.

The moral of the story that kids learned was that no matter how hard life can get and problems may occur along the way, we should never stop aiming for success.

We shouldn’t listen to people who only brings us down and we should just continue to believe in our self that we can make it.

Before the kids went home, they brought out cupcakes and pre-loved clothes care of Ms. January and Mr. & Mrs. Brandenburg.

Thank you so much to all our sponsors, donors and volunteers! It was another day of learning and fun!

 

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Photos by: Sidney Snoeck

To view more of our photos for this outreach, please visit our official Facebook page.