Residents attend a mass as part of the program for the Commencement Exercises of Jose Fabella Memorial School

Mixed emotions for graduations

16 April 2018

Graduation ceremonies bring eerie memories to 20-year-old Jose Gabriel. In 2010, upon graduating from elementary, he found himself with his mother and four siblings running away at midnight from his drunkard father. At that time, he lost all hopes and dreams. They went to Dolores town in Quezon Province to try to have a more […]

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Aileen’s secret to success 

06 April 2018

“Bakit ka pa magtatrabaho? Malaki naman na ang natatanggap mo galing sa Pantawid kasama ng suweldo ni Romeo?” This has been the usual question that Aileen Codizal has been hearing from the people that she knows. Rain or shine – whatever the weather could be, Aileen can be seen walking around their neighborhood  at  Brgy.  […]

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Teaching others not to fish but to build

30 March 2018

Surrounded by vast sea water and unsettling waves, a small wooden boat struggles to stay above the water. The boat swings side by side while the fisherman maintains his balance as he scoops out seawater that entered the boat. Every day, fishermen in Atimonan, Quezon dance with death to be able to catch the treasures […]

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More than the crops

19 March 2018

Harvesting friendships, appreciation and success   For eleven mothers, a vacant lot can open up a lot of possibilities. Sprouting now with healthy greens such as cauliflowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and ampalaya, this lot in Brgy. San Roque in Teresa, Rizal Province is no longer just a vegetable garden. Today, this lot has been a […]

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Giving up—never an option

10 March 2018

When her husband lost his job, never did it occur to her that their dreams for their four children are lost, too. For Melinda Elauria, 54, nothing can get in the way in the future they are dreaming for their children. “Yung makapagtapos ang mga anak namin, ‘yan talaga ang pangarap namin para sa kanila. […]

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Going out of the cemetery alive

01 March 2018

As she sees three-year-old Elmer John innocently enjoying life, Ermelinda only sees one thing. It’s a future where she can confidently raise him alone, away from the uncertainties of not having a job and more importantly, away from their not-so-ordinary home inside the public cemetery. Growing up, Ermelinda Ariola, now 25, dreamed nothing but to […]

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