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Pens of Hope: Big Day in Laoang!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing great.

I am happy to share with you the following photos of the Pens of Hope distribution held last Monday, June 11. Pens of Hope received a very warm welcome from the teachers and students of Bobolosan Elementary School in Bgy. Bobolosan which is part of the town of Laoang, Northern Samar.

Here are your donations being prepared the night before the distribution.

From the province’s capital which is Catarman, Bgy. Bobolosan can be reached by taking a van bound for the town of Catubig. The non-AC vans will pass by the school premises. Travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This is the crowded van that took me and your donations to Bgy. Bobolosan. One-way costs PhP140.

The children of Bobolosan were very shy in front of the camera. But they warmed up eventually, especially upon seeing Guyito. Yep, he was with me 😉 I was happy that almost all students were present that day.

The school’s teacher-in-charge was so kind enough to accompany me to every classroom. Thanks, Ma’am M!

Kindergarten class: 38 students
380 pencils, 38 sharpeners, and 38 storybooks distributed

I have learned that a volunteer teacher in a kindergarten class in a public school earns only PhP1,000 a month if his or her students will not exceed 19. If the class population exceeds 19, he or she will receive a monthly salary of PhP3,000. I take my hats off to all the volunteer kindergarten teachers all over the country. Saludo po ako sa inyo!

Grade 1 Section 1 class: 26 students
260 pencils, 26 sharpeners, and 26 storybooks distributed

Grade 1 Section 2 class: 28 students
280 pencils, 28 sharpeners, and 28 storybooks distributed

Grade 2 Section 1 class: 30 students
300 pencils, 30 sharpeners, and 30 storybooks distributed

Grade 2 Section 2 class: 25 students
250 pencils, 25 sharpeners, 25 storybooks distributed

Grade 3 class: 51 students
153 pencils, 153 ball pens, 51 sharpeners, 51 erasers distributed

Grade 4 Sections 1 & 2 classes (merged): 52 students
156 pencils, 156 ball pens, 52 sharpeners, 52 erasers distributed

Grade 5 Section 1 class: 29 students
87 pencils, 87 ball pens, 29 sharpeners, 29 erasers distributed

Grade 5 Section 2 class: 26 students
78 pencils, 78 ball pens, 26 sharpeners, 26 erasers distributed

Grade 6 Section 1 class: 31 students
93 pencils, 93 ball pens, 31 sharpeners, 31 erasers distributed

Grade 6 Section 2 class: 34 students
102 pencils, 102 ball pens, 34 sharpeners, 34 erasers distributed

There are enough pencils left for another distribution so we are scheduling another one before June ends 🙂 Yay!

Maraming, maraming salamat po sa suporta! God bless po!

Posted 4 years, 9 months ago at 12:23 am.

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Three Big Reasons for Me to Smile This Weekend

1. A Friend’s Birthday!


Today is my travel buddy’s birthday. She holds the distinction of bidding me goodnight through text, without fail, in the past 10 years or so. I’m putting emphasis on “without fail” as in every night talaga 🙂 Am I not blessed to have a friend like her?

Happy birthday, Tita H! I bet you didn’t know I took this photo of you hahaha! I’ll remain your Neneng forever 😉

2. Guyito Travels…and Blogs, Too!


Oh, yes, Guyito is now a blogger. I discovered he is also an itchy feet. He always has this question in mind: “Where to next?” 🙂 Please visit him here and don’t forget to say hi.

3. We Will Be Making Children Smile Again!

Come Monday, Pens of Hope will be visiting a school in the town of Laoang in Northern Samar and distributing pencils, pens, storybooks, and other school supplies.

The school supplies came from a big, tall box sent straight from Dubai by blogger Muymuy.

The box contained 6,200 pencils, 5 boxes crayons, 40 plastic envelopes, 313 erasers, 30 pastes, 595 ball pens.

Muymuy has been very supportive since Pens of Hope started. She is one of the early visitors of this blog and my heart swells when I think that she has stayed on for almost 4 years now as a blog friend. On her birthday last year, instead of receiving fancy gifts from friends she asked for pens and pencils. Maraming, maraming salamat, Muymuy!

The storybooks came from a blogger who wishes not to be mentioned. This blogger indeed has a big heart being a supporter of other bloggers’ charitable efforts. Sa iyo, maraming, maraming salamat!

This is going to be a super great long weekend for me as I am off from work on Monday 😉 Yay! So excited!

Happy weekend sa iyo, sa iyo, sa iyo, at higit sa lahat, sa iyo 🙂 God bless!

Posted 4 years, 9 months ago at 9:48 am.

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Life on Repeat


So much can happen in a matter of minutes.

It happened while I stood at Sunset Boulevard in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, trying to get away from life and work and work and life. I stood there sharing the whole stretch of the beach with two, no, three persons who later left the beach to myself.

The sky was trying to cheer me up by putting up a show. Very, very slowly, as if giving me time to catch a breath, it changed hues. The colors grabbed my attention. It was pure magic. I was witnessing a beginning of an end, an end of a beginning.

Summer has its own way of tugging at my heart the most. Perhaps because it brings back memories swirling around me like happy shadows. It has its own way of reminding me of truths that I already knew but have somehow forgotten. It has its own way of teaching me to embrace the place, the space, where I exactly need to be.

And so it happened there, right at the moment when life slowed down to the most perfect pace, I fell in love again—with life, with new beginnings…

Posted 4 years, 10 months ago at 9:45 am.

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