Category Archives: Charity

Red Ribbon Foundation for Education

Red Ribbon and Foundation In Tune For Education!

Heard from the grape vine that Red Ribbon, Foundation and Franklin Baker has just launched the newest treat to help increase access to education in the Philippines!

Since the Philippines is still considered the  top  five  countries where children do not have access to education, organizations like Red Ribbon, Foundation and Franklin Baker Company decided to conduct a collaboration of sorts to help alleviate the country’s perpetual problem.

Red Ribbon Foundation for Education

Here, world-famous singer and founder of the foundation, shared why he supports education. His foundation focuses on building schools and nurturing students to hone their skills.

Red Ribbon Macaroons

Here are the macaroons for a (Php7) cause!

Mrs. Zinnia Rivera, General Manager of Red Ribbon, introduced their newest pastry rich in coconut flavor at the recently concluded event.

According to PR, each pack sells for Php50.00, and contains 10 pieces of macaroons. Php7 will go directly to the Foundation for every pack sold!

Red Ribbon and both have good intentions for sure, but I’d rather support organizations that don’t commercialize their intentions too much. Take the Adopt-a-School charity run by the successful people from Masbate, for instance.

Support the Adopt-A-School Initiative in Masbate

Not everyone’s aware of this, but Masbate is one of the most deprived provinces in the Philippines. The island province has about 900,000 inhabitants, and although it is teeming with rich natural resources, only a little can be said about its quality of education.

Since good education has its rewards, it’s important for the people in Masbate to be able to learn in an environment where young minds can thrive. A broken-down, sorry excuse for a school cannot be expected to produce minds that of Stephen Hawking’s or even Ferdinand Marcos’. Because of this fact, a small group of successful people who grew up in Masbate decided to support the myriad of schools located in the province.

The small “secret group” has been sending educational materials and financial assistance to K-12 public schools for a year now, and to this day, these heroes remain outside the spotlight. Only the people of Masbate know who they are, and I’m sure they will remain anonymous for the greater part of their lives.

Only the people whose hearts and lives they have touched will know who they are.

Who We Are?

ASAP, the Adopt a School Action Program is a project that was conceptualized by a group of Masbatenyo teachers, medical practitioners, government employees, community organizers, and some members of the business community who are all members of a Facebook based organization, the Masbate Beloved, Ltd. To be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, its purpose is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of K-12 school children in impoverished public schools in Masbate.

Still in its initial stage of implementation, ASAP is in the process of strengthening its donor base to solidify its sustainability. It seeks to forge partnerships with educators, organizations, business, and the private sector in the provision of basic educational resources to individual adopted schools.

What We Do?

Although education is highly valued in Masbate, Philippines, the government is unable to supply the rural public schools with adequate educational resources. These schools lack textbooks, reading materials, blackboards, tables, and desks. Students, all of them from impoverished families, don’t have their own basic school supplies such as notebooks, rulers, pens, school bags, pencils, raincoats, and slippers.

How To Help?

ASAP is looking forward to continue helping the schoolchildren and to make the school classrooms a positive learning environment for them.

Donations can be made in cash or in kind.

I personally know a few of them, and I’ve been to Masbate myself. I also know how the entire Philippines is in dire need of school supplies and other materials necessary for learning.

If interested in donating old textbooks and school supplies, please send me an email. I can add you to their Facebook page.

EnviroPop Game

Save our seas with EnviroPop

Environmental apps may still be quite uncommon in the App Store and Google Play, but WWF-Philippines knows how to exploit technology for the greater good.

Because AppLabs Digital Studios made their mark last year with three educational applications for kids, the company was able to garner attention from one of the most charitable groups in the country. Their collaboration with the same app development company of which I’ve been singing oodles of praise for some time offers a unique and very engaging perspective on marine life–that sea creatures have feelings too, and it’s basically our job as God’s stewards to help out.

EnviroPop is a cool app that promotes environmental education, and it costs less than Php41 to download. In the game, lovable undersea creatures (endangered and vulnerable species found in Philippine waters) all need our help to save them from toxic, man-made products. Water pollution that damage life forms under the sea have pervaded our society for years, and whilst there are people rallying against the inescapable destruction of our world by global warming, everyone should join forces and not discount our beautiful marine ecosystem. 


EnviroPop Chichi PandaEnviroPop Bobby Butanding


Aren’t they cute?

Let’s join WWF’s Chichi the Panda and Bobby Butanding as they spread awareness on the destruction of marine habitats–places that everyone takes for granted nowadays!

Focus on the Destruction of Marine Habitats

Who shouldn’t? EnviroPop knows that children should be made aware that there are things in life that we can condone and we must condemn. Fact is that dynamites and illegal fishing equipment severely affect the natural environment of marine animals. We should put a stop to the atrocity and start encouraging people to stop inadvertently supporting the destruction of marine biodiversity.

Everything starts with one small step, and with the dawn of the new century comes technology that makes people’s lives easier. But do they help the marine animals’ lives? Now they do in the form of EnviroPop, of course!

EnviroPop Cyanide

Time for kids to understand the dangers of cyanide fishing!

Environmental protection starts from us, and there’s no better way than to understand the evils of dynamite fishing, trawl net fishing, oil in the ocean, and PET bottle littering than EnviroPop. The app teaches kids what exactly are wrong with these man-made fishing solutions that are currently damaging our precious marine ecosystems and eventually destroying our planet.

Ecosystem Preservation and Environment Biodiversity

With proceeds from the sale of this app going straight to WWF-Philippines’ environmental protection efforts, even someone who doesn’t own an iOS device will want to spare a few pesos and “download” the app. Learning how to conserve marine ecosystems is very important, and EnviroPop’s time-pressure puzzle game will make people–young and old– further understand that petroleum and fish should never interact.

For marine environmental protection, download EnviroPop and teach everyone how dangerous sea hazards really are.


EnviroPop Game

EnviroPop is primarily a time-pressure puzzle game for the entire family.


For more information, visit the EnviroPop website. You can also just donate to charity and download the environmental app straight away.




Cambodian Girl

Help Called to Rescue Defend the Defenseless

Non-profit organization “Called to Rescue” needs your help!

The worldwide organization aims to protect children from sex trafficking, violence and abuse.

Having had experienced abuse and harassment myself, I feel deeply for all the young children in the world who are too young and powerless to fight these so-called grown-ups who have nothing better to do than appease their carnal desires or collect money from those whose carnal desires need appeasing. I have nothing but hatred and pity for these kinds of people, honestly.

There are people so poor that they’re willing to trade their own daughters for money. It’s a pity that poverty has forced them to resort to abusing their own flesh and blood in exchange for food in their mouths.

For me, the abuse here is really about power, and it’s about the criminals exercising their power to take away young girls’ innocence. It’s horrible. These people have no souls; they don’t think about the countless lives who had to suffer emotionally. The abused children can better spend their young lives playing and actually having fun, but what do they get instead? They even need years of therapy just to cope with their lives.

Called to Rescue Children
Taken from the Called to Rescue website

So I urge everyone to do something about this problem. Children, especially those from third world countries, have worse luck since their government lack the manpower and the funds to help stop the atrocity and jail the criminals!

Currently, Called to Rescue needs toys, gifts, cash, clothing, non-perishable food and miscellaneous items like toiletries, blankets, pillows and soap. The charity drive will run until January 12, 2013, only so be quick on your feet, hit the pedal to the metal and donate!

88 Mangos will distribute the items to over 200 children staying in various safe houses provided by Called To Rescue.

For more information about the organization, visit

To find out how you can make a difference (i.e. where to donate the items by January 12th) send an email to If you fail to donate by Saturday, you can always deposit to the org’s BDO account or send money through Paypal.

Stop the abuse. Help stop the abomination, especially in the Philippines.