Category Archives: KIDS

He Cares Foundation Celebration

Here’s to cap a blissful twelve months of tutoring, workshops and playing with the kids of Looban community in Quezon City.

The most rewarding thing has been seeing them improve in school and, of course, their smiles.  Kudos to all the volunteers and everyone who makes this project a success year after year after year! Continue reading He Cares Foundation Celebration

Storytelling with The Kids of Ipo Dam

We may not be able to plant as many trees as we want in our lifetime, but planting seeds of learning and caring for the environment in the hearts of children will surely go a long way. This was the simple guiding principle of an odd mix of people (my 60-year old mother, myself, and two young mountaineers) who decided to travel to Ipo Dam at least once a month to educate the children about earthkeeping.

Ipo Dam in Bulacan province is a reservoir that supplies Metro Manila its major water needs. But because of deforestation, clean water and flood management has been a major problem for everyone. Illegal settlers in Ipo Dam are the main culprits of kaingin (the slashing and burning of forest trees for cultivation purposes).

You can’t see the book from this angle…but it’s Noah’s Ark! Talk about flood control.

Thankfully, they allow their children to attend our nature activities. Our informal classroom agenda consists of singing songs like “Ang Mga Ibon” (The Birds), games such as trash-gathering, stories like “Diola, Heroine of Philippine Eagles”, bird-watching and rock piling. Of course, we also teach them about the dangers of kaingin.

Reading Diola: Heroine of Philippine Eagles.

We know that there is the challenge of understanding the big picture of things economy-wise, setting up alternative livelihood programs, and instilling a deep personal conviction of stewardship for our one and only home—the earth. But when we put our heads together and get on our feet, great things can happen from small beginnings! At least, that’s what we believe.

By the way, if any of you are interested in doing something like this, let me know! Leave a comment below and let’s make the world a better place.

NXTGen Kids Choir

Back in 2005, the NXTGen Kids Choir was born. 25 kids with a passion to sing and serve for the Lord were chosen to lead the kids in Sunday School in Christ Commision Fellowship (CCF). Their album “GENERATIONS” is available at St. Francis Square Bookstore in Ortigas and the Master’s Workhouse in Robinsons Galleria. For online purchases, just go to iTunes.

To hear audio snippets, please visit the Albums page.

GENERATIONS: 10th Year Anniversary Giveaway

Artist: NXTGen Kids Choir
Genre: Children’s Music
Producer: Reev Robledo
Release Date: March 2008

Tracks 1 to 8, composed by Reev Robledo. “Wanna Give You” composed by John Hofileña. Additional words and music on “Jesus Loves The Little Children” by Anna Bartlett Warner and Clarence Herbert Woolston. All songs arranged by Reev Robledo.