May 2014: DiksyonaryoAtbp’s hosts the 1st ever Summer Reading Camp

Last Saturday, May 3, we set up tents and a huge parachute at the Fern Garden at the Quezon City Memorial Circle for a camping kind of day in the city. To complete the camping experience we had mats and banigs laid on the grass and even makeshift bonfires. So what were the kids up to? Well, three activities for the day- reading, storytelling and art.

A mobile library cart donated by National Bookstore Foundation with about 500 books was readily available, which the kids freely had the chance to read at their own pace. Adarna House also lent us about 100 books, which we displayed inside the tents, for the kids to also enjoy. It was such a sight to see both kids and the parents later on reading stories to each other inside the tents, more so seeing the kids select books of their own choice from the cart.

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For storytelling, our facilitators did interactive sessions where kids did not only get to listen to stories coming alive, but also participated by way of acting, moving or dancing their part. McDonald’s House of Charities story GO was also read by our volunteers, and was such a hit for the kids as we did a mini skit for them.

As a highlight, they also had the chance to do their own artworks based on the stories they heard during the day- such as making their own paper whales and caterpillars. They also had the chance to color their own tents and made their own crowns with their names.

Aside from that, every kid took home their own souvenir book courtesy of Canvas Philippines, and snacks from McDonalds! They also had a chance to take their souvenir photos c/o Canon’s photo booth, and also bought their own books in the Adarna House booth.

About 150 kids came for the first ever Summer Reading Camp – such a huge turnout for a simple dream I never thought would be a hit in this day and age of modern technology. It was fulfilling to know that many parents still believed reading plays a significant part in their children’s lives. Many of the parents requested for a monthly or even a weekly repeat of the camp, and yes, we are listening!

The aim of this activity is to really inculcate in kids that reading and listening to stories are enjoyable activities to do, and that these activities can be done even on a hot summer day and still be fun.

We hope that with this simple event, DiksyonaryoAtbp has ignited a certain kind of love for reading for the kids of today. We definitely will have a repeat of this, in the coming years!

(DiksyonaryoAtbp’s Summer Reading Camp was also done in partnership with National Bookstore Foundation, Mcdonald’s, Adarna House, Canon and CanvasPH. All photos were taken by Jayson and JoAnn Arquiza. This article also appeared on the Manila Bulletin.)

March 2014: Project Dictionary Goes To Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

In March 2014, DIksyonaryoAtbp witnessed the recognition day of elementary students from Culasisi Elementary School in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. During the same visit, we donated 280 storybooks c/o proceeds from bazaar sales last year, and 60 dictionaries from Mike Enriquez. Black Pencil Project also donated art materials for the kids, while Juan Portrait Project joined us to take photos of the graduates.

We hosted games for the kids before proceeding to watch their recognition day. It was one fun day well spent with these kids.

It has truly been one of the most inspiring trips, as we were humbled by the courage of students who walked long hours, and were rewarded with candy medals at the end of the school year.

Photos by Lester Humawid

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Founder Lia Mañalac Del Castillo did a feature about the kids which appeared on both State of the Nation with Jessica Soho and Balitanghali on GMANews TV.

DiksyonaryoAtbp brings Christmas to Yolanda kid survivors in Manila

Spent November 23, playing around, storytelling and doing simple artworks with the kid survivors from Yolanda stricken areas, who are temporarily sheltered at the DSWD Fabella Center in Mandaluyong and Pasay’s Tent City. The joy in these kids faces are priceless. May they find hope in these simple gestures of love. Here’s a photo by Paula Peralejo Fernandez posted on Instagram.

Day1

On December 1, we went back for some storytelling, games, art activities, ice cream and burger carts for the Yolanda kid survivors. We also let them play with their own Christmas tree designs and the Santa beard game. It was indeed a fun day! Here are photos from that fun day by Paula Peralejo Fernandez.

Day2

We would like to thank all our donors who helped us bring smiles to these kids even for a while.

We will be visiting Guiuan, Eastern Samar in June 2014.

Diksyonaryo is FIVE Years old

To celebrate our FIFTH year we paid it forward by bringing 30 kids from our adopted school, Mongoto Elementary School in Kabayan, Benguet to Manila for a two-day tour.

The happiness in these kids smiles were more than enough to let us know we are on the right track, and that we will continue to do what we’re doing at DiksyonaryoAtbp.

To everyone who made this possible, and to everyone who has been with us in our journey in the last five years… thank you very much!

Project Mesa: DiksyonaryoAtbp helps Liangabon Tribal Community in Surigao del Sur

On May 2012, we hosted a charity dinner in the hopes of raising funds to help the students of Liangabon Tribal Community in Surigao del Sur build better tables and chairs for their little school.
The students in this indigenous community were featured first in GMA7′s Report Card. They initially used leaves and charcoal as paper and pen for school. Thru Project Mesa, we were also able to raise donations to send them enough school supplies.
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On March 2013, we saw and experienced for ourselves how the beneficiaries of Project MESA live in the mountains of Liangabon in Surigao del Sur. Together with the kids, we endured three nights without electricity and scarce resources, but had the best times of our lives because of the joyful and loving students. We will never forget this experience. Thanks to YesPinoy for the bags!
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