Dancing, Dancing

Last Saturday marked the first day of our hectic Noche Buena schedule. We brought the Christmas cheer to the Project PEARLS sites the next few days with gifts, food, and a whole lot of volunteers ready to spread the love.

We all got ready before sunrise to tackle on the day and although we were all groggy on the car ride, once we arrived in Bulacan, the kids energized us as they excitedly ran to give welcoming hugs.

And as if their hugs weren’t sweet enough, the different age groups presented their own special holiday dances. I can’t even begin to describe their performances without laughing a little. If only you could see the passion in these kids eyes as they’re dancing today’s crazes ( … which does include twerks…)

My momma always gets emotional whenever the kids perform

And after the performance program, the volunteers distributed the Christmas packages and the kids played away

“Ate Chi! Wacky picture!”

Now off to Day 2 of our Noche Buena!

– Francesca, co-founder

Leo Velasco

In the midst of Helping Land, Leo Velasco is bringing color to the community. He is painting a mural in Helping Land as community members collaborate in bringing his fantasy world vision to life.


In the midst of Helping Land, Leo Velasco is bringing color to the community. He is painting a mural in Helping Land as community members collaborate in bringing his fantasy world vision to life.


When my momma and I visited Ulingan and Helping Land the other day, I had the opportunity to meet Leo. He invited me to paint a little something something myself alongside his work. Definitely not his league but honored that I got to!


– Francesca, co-founder

Where the Garbage Goes

Have you heard of “Garbage Island” ? You know, the island made of garbage about twice the size of Texas floating around in the Pacific Ocean?

How about the garbage that remains on land within the homes of people? Or rather, the garbage that makes itself home with the people?


Ulingan and Helping Land, the two towns that Project PEARLS is working for, is intertwined with our everyday waste. Scraps from packaging, wood, metal, wires, anything and everything can be found embedded in their land. As for the scraps of food, they “pag-pag” them, which is to clean it up a bit and re-sell it among each other.


As tragic this is to us, the outsiders who play a large role in contributing to landfill, this is some people’s reality. For the children, this is where they play, where they sleep, and where they eat. And despite their situation, they happily welcome us into their communities, excited to play even more and take pictures.


My momma and I are back in Manila to continue working for her mission. We visited Helping Land and Ulingan yesterday to plan with her core team the upcoming Christmas parties, or in other words “Noche Buena”. It looks like we are facing an even more eventful visit in this destination than the last.

– Francesca, co-founder

Relief. Rebuild. Recover.

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Please join Project PEARLS and The San Jose Firefighters of California for a day filled with Hope, Generosity, Compassion and Solidarity to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Rebuild and Recover!

Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 11 am to 2 pm at the San Jose Fire Department Training Center located at 255 South Montgomery Street, San Jose.

There will be a silent auction and Firefighter’s Fill the Boot Campaign with 100% of the proceeds will go to this relief effort!

Gourmet food trucks will also be at the event: Sam’s Chowder Mobile, Tastee Bytes, Chutney Mary’s, Soulnese, Blast Of, Cluck it Up, Smothered, Treatbot and many more! They will donate some of the sales proceeds to this cause!

Join our Project PEARLS volunteers in writing letters of love and hope for the children and families who survived Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and its aftermath!


Photo credits: Pedro Gerardo and Froilan Gallardo

Letters of Love & Hope

These letters will provide an emotional lifeline to children and families who may have lost everything. They are going through an unimaginable terrifying and traumatic experience and we can help in restoring their HOPE through letters!

Join us in writing letters of prayers, encouragement, joy, LOVE & HOPE to children and families who barely survived Typhoon Yolanda!

Our goal is to have at least 10,000 letters to go with our Christmas Care Packages by December 8th. Gather your families, friends, co-workers, schoolmates, everyone!

You may drop-off your mail your  letters at:
Project PEARLS
c/o Juan Villa
168 P. Zamora Street,
Caloocan City 1400


Project PEARLS
c/o Melissa Villa
8010 Pinot Noir Court
San Jose, CA 95135

Thank you!!!


Christmas Care Package Drive


Please join us for our Christmas Care Packages Drive this Sunday, November 17th from 10 am to 4 pm at Silk Pavilion at The Blue Leaf, 100 Park Avenue, McKinley Hill Village, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The Christmas Care Package Drive is for the young survivors of Typhoon Yolanda who are experiencing shock and trauma from what they went through during the typhoon and its aftermath.

Small to medium stuffed toys, coloring books and crayons, pencils and paper, candies, biscuits, milk/juice in tetrapaks.

We are also collecting Christmas cards made by children that will be included in each care package. We would like to give children the opportunity to help children who are undergoing such traumatic experience. Let’s all encourage our children to make Christmas cards, letters of love, hope and encouragement. Children all over the globe can send their scanned letters to [email protected]g

We will have a Care Letter station for kids to write their letters or make Christmas cards.

Other Drop-Off Locations:


Project PEARLS Headquarters
168 P. Zamora Street


Tower 2 Lobby, Garden Island Condoville
N. Domingo Street, New Manila

24 Lena Hill St., Rolling Hills Subdivision, New Manila, QC.


Misys Philippines
10/F Zuellig Building
Makati Avenue cor. Paseo de Roxas Ave.

Kares Int’l, Inc.
2/F Manila Memorial Park, 2283 Chino Roces Avenue,

Right 8 Security Agency
2/F Manila Memorial Park, 2283 Chino Roces Avenue,

Sophie’s Mom Cupcakes
G/F Tuscany Estate, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City (near Venice Piazza)

Palms Pointe Village Clubhouse
Palms Pointe Village, Filinvest Corporate City,

Queensland Catering Services/Cittadella Clubhouse
Cittadella Executive Village, Pulang Lupa


Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief Efforts

Project PEARLS Partnered with PayPal for Its Typhoon Haiyan Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Campaign.

PayPal is waiving fees for donations made through this campaign, ensuring that 100% of your gift goes to this campaign.  

donate_buttonIf you would like to help in the relief efforts, here are different resources:

Please note that Project PEARLS USA and Philippines have no resources and staffing for picking up any donations.LBC worldwide is accepting boxed donations that they will ship for free. Preferably in balikbayan boxes or any boxes with a total of 60 inches in dimension. Please check their website: www.lbcexpress.com for locations.

Organizations from San Jose State University collaborated together this week for a relief drive. Drive is extended for two more days: November 13 AND 14 from 11AM-4PM.

SJSU relief drive


The Ladies of SAC HOPE in partnership with Project Pearls & collaboration with Metropolis Comix and FAM Basketball League would like to invite you to join our effort and bring HOPE to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) this coming Friday.

Please note that Project PEARLS USA and Philippines have no resources and staffing for picking up any donations.

LBC worldwide is accepting boxed donations that they will ship for free. Preferably in balikbayan boxes or any boxes with a total of 60 inches in dimension. Please check their website: www.lbcexpress.com for locations.



Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts in San Francisco Bay Area

With the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of the Bay Area community, we were able to pack up 47 boxes worth of donations and raise $1645!

Project PEARLS is partnering with LBC Foundation in our Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts. They will facilitate the shipment of the relief goods donations to Philippine Red Cross. LBC Foundation team will also coordinate the distribution of relief goods to different evacuation centers and communities that are severely affected by the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan.

We are still accepting cash donations:


ALL typhoon relief cash donations received by Project PEARLS will be forwarded directly to Philippine Red Cross.    

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Thank you again to all our volunteers and supporters who made our Relief Efforts a huge success! We would like to make a special shout-out as well to Sherril Salangsang who spearheaded this typhoon relief efforts in a very, very short notice and also to Jennifer Cortes, The-Egg McMuffin (LP), Nangzkie Fajardo-Perez, Bernie Malaluan, Isaiah Huerta, Jabar Ventura for all the planning and tireless work behind the scenes! And also, NBC, ABC, KQED, KTVU, and Channel 14!

— Francesca Mateo, co-founder of Project PEARLS


Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts


An Appeal for Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan Victims. Join Project PEARLS’ San Francisco Bay Area volunteers in an effort to prepare for Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief!! We are collecting SURVIVAL items such as canned goods, dry noodles, rice, baby formula, baby food, toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo & medicines to send to the affected area and families in need. We are NOT accepting CLOTHES at this time.

Please join our disaster relief efforts by dropping off your donations at the following location below and PLEASE be our voice and spread the word!!!!

WHEN: Sunday, November 10th
TIME: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: RMC Motorcars – 444 El Camino Real, San Bruno, Ca 94066

For more information, please contact Francesca at +16504381730

Help us and PLEASE, continue to PRAY for the Philippines!



Teaming up with [email protected] at Binondo, Manila, we had a shoppers’ galore that gave back to the kids. All the sales’ proceeds went towards our Feeding,Brain Booster, and Wound Care programs.