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AHON (Acts of Hope for the Nation) Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose main mission is to bring books and Filipino children together. It is the corporate social responsibility initiative of Filway Marketing and was founded by Filwayâ€



Updated: 2017-07-29T16:10:54.809+08:00

 



AHON Brings More Joy to Children

2015-04-27T11:21:47.750+08:00

MARCH 6, 2015, NUEVA VIZCAYA — Two libraries in Bayombong and Villaverde were newly refurbished thanks to AHON Foundation and its partner organizations. The new partner schools, La Torre Elementary School and Bintawan South Elementary School, were recommended by Former Mayor of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya. The inauguration proved to be a success as school officials, students, and their parents celebrated their schools’ new libraries with much joy and excitement.

Aside from the book delivery and inauguration of the library, the children were also delighted by the storytelling activity conducted by volunteers from the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership, Excel Center for Educational Leadership and the Jesse Robredo Foundation. Both the children and the volunteer storytellers truly enjoyed the storytelling session, and created a bond among the students in a short amount of time.


Volunteers and children posing as "Pikpakbum" and "Tiktaktok"

Currently, AHON Foundation continues its search for more schools to partner with and provide more libraries to. AHON Foundation is still accepting children’s books, storybooks, and reference books for their book drives to be given to more public elementary schools around the country.



AHON Foundation Continues to Give

2015-03-30T11:38:25.523+08:00

AHON Foundation opened the first quarter of the year right by setting up two new libraries in Manila and Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Sta. Rita Elementary School in Manila was inaugurated on January 8, 2015, while J. Zamora Elementary School in Cabiao had its inaugurating session on January 13, 2015, only a week after Sta. Rita. The foundation continues to seek out prospective partner schools for their Adopt-A-Library Project, under the support of Ms. Lissa Murillo. Early this January, AHON Foundation visited two schools in Nueva Vizcaya: La Torre Elementary School in Bayombong, and Bintawan South Elementary School in Villaverde,  in the hope of partnering with them for the said project.These acts of generosity and kindness that rang in the new year did not stop there. Last January 28, 2015, AHON Foundation received its own blessings in the form of a box filled with varied books, from storybooks, to novels, to text books. This package was graciously sent by Mr. Nicamil Sanchez of the Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Association. The books in the box were then donated to Picab Elementary School in Infanta, Quezon. The happiness was evident among the local government units, teachers, parents, and especially the children when they received the donated books. A short ceremonial turn-over followed after.Currently, AHON Foundation is planning on partnering with Iba Central School located in Zambales. The foundation intends to open a library in the said school to commemorate the late Pastor Pastores, one of the school’s alumnus. The family of JudgePastor Pastores would like to help make improvements in the school their patriarch grew up in, and preserve his memory. Other schools visited by AHON Foundation were ones located in Iriga City. Target opening of libraries set for these schools is April 2015.  The principals in both schools visited in Iriga City accepted the one-month refurbishing challenge, with the help of their city’s former mayor, Ms. Madeleine Alfelor-Gazmen.[...]



Bringing the joy of reading to children in Pampanga

2014-11-10T10:46:17.768+08:00

ABS-CBN Online version of the articleChildren must be given the opportunity to learn more beyond the four corners of a classroom, and school libraries are one of the efficient ways that can help facilitate this. The quality of education of public elementary school students are embedded in the kind of facilities and resources that are accessible to them. One of the primary facilities that a school should have is a functional library. However, many public elementary schools still do not have libraries, and those that do have yet to make their libraries child-friendly and functional. Thus, it is no longer surprising that we continue to still have many non-readers in our public schools.The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation responds to this need by opening more public elementary school libraries around the Philippines to provide Filipino children with relevant opportunities so they may gain more knowledge by practicing a culture of reading.Recently, AHON Foundation together with former Pampanga Gov. Eddie “Among Ed” Panlilio and Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, opened two (2) child-friendly libraries in public schools in Pampanga – San Agustin Integrated School in San Fernando and San Juan Nepomuceno Elementary School in Guagua. The whole community, including the local government officials, barangay officers, alumni, PTA members and other stakeholders, attended the inauguration.Unlike other groups who just donate books, AHON’s main condition for its donating more than P 350,000.00 worth of brand new books per school is for the community to work together to renovate and refurbish its existing library. This would mean providing enough tables, chairs and shelves that children can use as well as providing adequate lighting and ventilation that would make learning conducive for every child.“Nagpapasalamat po kami na natupad na ang aming hiling na magkaroon ng library itong eskwelahan,” said Mrs. Marie Grace Ramos, Principal of San Agustin Integrated School.According to Mrs. Leilani Capati, Principal of San Juan Nepomuceno Elementary School, they really want to put up a library but they do not have enough resources.“Mabuti na lang po at andiyan kayo para tulungan kami sa matagal na naming pinapangarap na library. Makakatulong po talaga ito sa mga bata,” she said. Among Ed Panlilio, the former governor of the Province of Pampanga, stated that, “Kung ‘di lang din sa kooperasiyon niyong lahat, hindi tayo magkakaroon ng library. Congatulations sa inyong lahat!”On a related note, Sen. Guingona said, “Napakaswerte ninyo dahil mayroon na kayong ganitong kagagandang libro na maaaring magamit sa inyong pag-aaral. Sana ay huwag ninyong sayangin ito dahil ang edukasyon at pagbabasa ay ang susi sa mas magandang kinabukasan para sa inyong lahat.”Even when libraries are provided, they cannot be functional if the children are not encouraged to enter the library and read the books that are now accessible to them. Mr. Hector O. Tagaysay, Chairman of AHON Foundation, encouraged the children to read the books and promised them that AHON will replace the books if they become worn-out.To date, AHON Foundation opened 110 public elementary school libraries in different places such as La Union, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Sur, Quezon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Leyte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Pangasinan, Laguna, Batangas, Ifugao and Metro Manila benefiting more than 500,000 public elementary pupils. AHON Foundation still believes and continues to work on providing functional and child-friendly libraries in the hope of uplifting the quality of education in the country.For those who are interested to volunteer or support AHON Foundation, you can send an email to ahonfoundation@gmail.com or call (02) 518-0021.[...]



Pursuing dreams through education

2014-07-25T20:47:12.074+08:00

La Union students welcome the school year with new librariesManila Bullletin version of the articleAmid the gloomy and rainy weather last June 13, AHON Foundation brought cheer to public school children in La Union by opening up new libraries filled with books.Together with its chairman, Hector Tagaysay and executive director Harvey Keh, the AHON Team inaugurated libraries in Aringay Central School, Bauang North Central School, Paringao Elementary School and Bangar Central School. These libraries also set a new milestone for AHON Foundation since it is their 102nd to 105th partner schools all over the Philippines. Tagaysay said that AHON is continuing its advocacy to make quality books reach thousands of children in various parts of the country.AHON Foundation’s new libraries give pupils from La Union the opportunity to explore worlds beyond their imagination through reading.During the launch, the schools held their own celebrations. Aringay Central School celebrated in a simple way but used their technological capacities to show that they can also go with the rise of high-tech equipment. It was noticed by Tagaysay who praised the use of LCD projector in the program.“High-tech pala kayo dito. Sa dami na naming na-inaugurate na schools sa AHON, ngayon lang ako naka-experience na may projector,” he said.Tagaysay pointed out that despite the technological advancement in this century, it is still essential to persuade the children to read books in the libraries as it will help them in their studies and shape their values. He reminded teachers and parents to encourage the children to read books because there are not enough information that they can collect when they only watch television and use computers.“Mas maganda pa din na magbasa ang mga bata dahil mas matututo sila doon kaysa sa panonood lang ng TV,” Tagaysay argued during his message.The children, meanwhile, were eager to use the books and read more since they are interested in reading.At the Bauang North Central School and Paringao Elementary School, a powerhouse cast of local government officials led by Vice Mayor Bonifacio Malinao, Department of Education representatives, religious leaders, and the academic community gathered for the celebration.The launch of the library in Paringao Elementray School was met with much enthusiasm by the children who eagerly sat at the storytelling corner and began reading the books.The last leg of inauguration was held in Bangar Central School where the children warmly welcomed the AHON team. The launch was supported by the stakeholders. The program went smoothly but there’s a unique part which became remarkable to everybody. Instead of singing the National Anthem, they sang “Ako’y Pilipino.” Tagaysay admired the act, saying that it signifies nationalism for the children which should also be instilled in them.The new partner schools in La Union were all grateful to AHON Foundation for helping them achieve their dream of building well-functioning libraries that will surely be utilized by the children. For AHON Foundation, the launch of the four libraries has set a new milestone as they reached 105 schools. As partners of the government, they hope to increase the literacy rates in public elementary schools, and continue in helping children to dream more through education.Thank you Manila Bulletin for publishing our article!(For your queries and partnership concerns, please send an email to ahonfoundation@gmail.com or call (02) 518-0021.)[...]



AHON spends the summer in Kiangan!

2014-04-11T15:48:09.154+08:00

Wanted to volunteer for AHON but never had the time?Always wondered how AHON transforms traditional libraries to child-friendly learning resource centers?Now is your chance to join us!http://www.trailadventours.com/philippine-mountains/ahon-1-book-project-kianganWe are looking for voluntourists who will help us set up the library of Kiangan Central School, speak on behalf of the voluntourists, trek along the terraces, see the Utu Falls, encourage others to join us in our future library building and storytelling activities, and spread the word about the work we do. On May 17 -18, AHON Foundation, in partnership with Trail Adventours, will be conducting a voluntourism trip to  Kiangan Central School. Kindly visit http://www.trailadventours.com/philippine-mountains/ahon-1-book-project-kiangan for the itinerary and inclusions of the adventure fee. [...]



Laguna children get new libraries and books

2014-02-20T11:27:00.024+08:00

Manila Bulletin versionHow does an organization rewrite the future of over 3,500 public elementary students in just one day?If you visit the schools of Kabubuhayan Elementary School, Taytay-Malaya Elementary School, Crisanto-Guysayko Elementary School, and Yukos Elementary School in Nagcarlan, Laguna, a year ago, you would not find any school library. There would only be four seemingly abandoned rooms filled with rusty chairs, piles of outdated reading and reference materials, and dirty walls.ELEMENTARY school students from Laguna enjoy the books and materials provided by AHON Foundation.Nonetheless, over a year of hard work by the parents, teachers, and other members of the community, they were able to turn these rooms into child-friendly learning resource centers which will now serve as their libraries.They finally reaped the fruits of their labor when this January, the Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation distributed P2 million worth of new reference books in the four schools. Last January 22, these four newly refurbished libraries were opened to the students of Kabubuhayan Elementary School. The ceremony was attended by local government officials led by Mayor Nelson Usuna and Vice Mayor Lourdes Arcasetas; the principals of the beneficiary schools, Cresencia D. Coronado (Taytay-Malaya ES), Elisa M. Arban (CGMES), Ramona C. Basa (Kabubuhayan ES), and Dr. Gregoria Bueno-Gutierrez (Yukos ES), Hector O. Tagaysay, AHON Foundation chairman; Harvey Keh, AHON Foundation executive director; and Councilor Amie Malabag-Hernandez, an AHON Foundation volunteer and Kaya Natin! Movement Core Group member who initiated this project; the head of the Parents and Teachers Association; and barangay officials.“Hindi lahat ng nilalapitan namin ay pumapayag na makipag-partner sa amin kung kaya’t kami’y nagpapasalamat sa inyo. Nagbibigay kami ng mga libro to level the playing field between public elementary students and those in the private schools at kahit high tech na kayo, dapat huwag masyado kasi sa libro talaga kayo matututo. Sabi nga ni Bill Gates, ‘Of course I will give my children computers but I will give them books first,’” said Tagaysay.For their part, Kabubuhayan Elementary School principal Ramona Basa said, “This is a dream come true for all of us. Due to our limited resources, we never thought that we would be able to provide these kinds of wonderful books for our students but because of the generosity of AHON Foundation, we now have a library that can help our students become at par with the best students of our country. Maraming salamat sa AHON Foundation at kay Councilor Amie Malabag-Hernandez sa malaking biyaya na ibinigay niyo sa aming lahat. Hindi namin ito malilimutan.”The government officials, who played a very important role in this project, were also given the chance to speak their mind. Hernandez was thankful to the people of Nagcarlan for believing in her programs and the work she does as a councilor. She and Arcasetas were the ones who helped AHON Foundation identify the partner schools and gather resources for the renovation of the libraries. Mayor Osuna commended the two for their effort, to make the project possible. He also mentioned that they will try their best to approach other private companies and foundations to also help improve the education system of their town.With the new books nestled in their libraries, over 3,500 students will now have a better chance of attaining their goals and ambitions for a brighter future. They are no longer left with a tomorrow of scarce learning bounded by dilapidated and outdated reading resources but one that is full of limitless possibilities as they explore new horizons through the pages of the books that they will be reading. For these students and their teachers, this is certainly a great way to start the year.(For your queries and partnership concerns, please send an email to ahonfoundation@gmail.com or call[...]



Despite controversies, legitimate NGOs continue to bring joy to Filipino children

2014-02-13T11:10:00.667+08:00

Despite controversies, legitimate NGOs continue to bring joy to Filipino childrenScam. Fraud. Deception. With the very controversial pork barrel issue circulating in the news today, these are just some of the ideas that Filipinos have started to associate NGOs with.It is sad that a lot of legitimate non-profit organizations, foundations and sincere advocates working in this sector are now experiencing a hard time getting the public’s trust, unlike before. One of these organizations is Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Filway Marketing Inc. AHON Foundation aims to raise the literacy rates in the Philippines by developing newly refurbished public elementary school libraries.With 93 partner public elementary school libraries, and over 250,000 student beneficiaries, AHON does not stop with just bringing books and children together. It provides free training to the partner schools’ custodians about basic librarianship. And recently, it held a storytelling event in an advance celebration of International Literacy Day“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-GeneralKeeping this idealism in mind, AHON Foundation, in partnership with the UNESCO Club of UP Diliman, invited grade 3 students from Ponciano Bernardo Elementary School in the UP Bahay ng Alumni to enjoy an afternoon of learning and fun. Education advocates, friends from Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership, and the Philippine Center for Mass Communication decided to share one Saturday afternoon to volunteer as storytellers, food distributors, registration head, game facilitators, and documenters. Tessa Atentar, the barangay captain of Barangay Kaunlaran, was also kind enough to support this event by providing transportation for the kids to and from the venue.The program started with the kids introducing themselves, and was followed by stories adopted from the fables of Aesop entitled, "The Greedy Fox," and "The Frog and The Ox." The first story was told by Shy Castillo who, with the use of her exceptional storytelling skills, was able to capture the attention of all the kids and taught them the lesson of greed bringing nothing but trouble to a person. Despite his timid nature and him feeling the pressure caused by the previous storyteller, Kimo Cea, the second storyteller, succeeded in narrating the story seamlessly by just imitating how animated and enthusiastic the previous storyteller was.After hearing the stories, the kids were asked to use their creativity to invent a story of their own by contributing three words per child. With a 15-minute time limit, the students were able to produce a story of a rabbit looking for her deer friend but ended up meeting an injured squirel and helped him get medication. The students’ vocabulary and grammar were also put to challenge during the second game in which each of them were given a letter. They were divided into two groups, each having their own mentors. The rule was to create three, four, and five letter words, and use them in different sentences. Few, sum, bike, tao, pawis and wagi were some of the words formed during this activity.Before the kids went home, they munched on the boxes of sweet treats and claimed their free game coupons from the event’s major sponsors, J.Co Donuts & Coffee Philippines, and Timezone. School supplies from the Hero Channel, and the Andres Bonifacio Foundation were distributed to those who recalled the moral of the stories read earlier in that afternoon, and the names of their Ate’s and Kuya’s who were present.“Sobrang saya po. Gusto ko nga pong [...]



As a new school year opens, AHON strives to open more libraries

2014-02-11T10:48:08.227+08:00

Published June 2, 2013Letters can form words. Words can form sentences. Sentences can form paragraphs. Combined paragraphs can form stories. Every story has its values. And these values are important in molding one's being. But, how can the Filipino people obtain these values thatare meant to develop them?To answer the question, what they need is to develop their reading skill. Parents do establish a culture of reading in their children at an early age. They teach their children at home and eventually send them to school for further guidance. As Harvey Keh, executive director of Acts for Hope of the Nation (AHON) Foundation said, learning how to read starts from flipping a page in a book. But how can Filipino children learn if there aren't enough books to read?There are at least 40,000 public elementary schools all over the country, but not all of them has a library-a conducive place where they can read and learn. Or worse, there are no available books for the children to read at all. The government has allotted a budget for this, but it's not enough to sustain the need. However, there are existing organizations in the community which aim to fill in the needs of the schools to achieve better education.AHON Foundation, a corporate foundation of Filway Marketing, Inc. is one of these organizations who aim to provide a better education to young Filipinos. It believes that young people are the hope of this nation so it aims to mold their young minds by filling it with values and principles that will help in their development. This is made possible through book donations to fill in the empty shelves of school libraries, and ensuring that students are able to utilize it.At present, AHON has opened 70 public school libraries all over the country that benefit over 100,000 students. To continue their advocacy, they aim to open 20 more libraries this year. AHON identifies their beneficiaries through a series of ocular inspections of schools endorsed by the Department of Education (DepEd).Schools who submit their application forms after the first ocular inspection commit to a one-month challenge to improve their existing library. This challenge is designed for them to prepare, refurnish, and improve their libraries to a more child-friendly place of learning. It also seeks to develop a sense of responsibility among school teachers and staff, the community, and the students to maintain the order of the library.The number of people working in AHON is not large as in other organizations. But it does not hinder them from reaching public elementary schools. With the help of volunteers and donors, they are able to provide deserving schools with books.AHON is continuously looking for potential beneficiary schools, as well as willing individuals and institutions that may help them through donations.If letters form words, words form sentence, sentences form paragraph, paragraphs form stories, and stories with values and principles; then an advocacy can lead to a decision to support, a decision can lead to action, and this action can lead to the fulfillment of a dream. In this case, it is a dream to enrich the minds of young Filipinos.If a book bearing the values, principles, and knowledge that will help develop not only the individual but also the country is the dream of every Filipino child, isn't the ability to give and be part of the fulfillment of this dream a privilege? Decide, act, take part, and together, let's fulfill this dream of the Filipino children.For inquiries and donations, you can contact AHON Foundation at (02) 433-1440 or visit AHON Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ahonfoundation.BY: Issa Paulmanal(The author is a senior Development Communications student at the University of the Philippines-Los Banos.)[...]



Christmas gifts for the children of CamSur

2014-02-06T11:00:02.025+08:00

Manila Bulletin Version
Christmas came a little bit earlier – and a whole lot brighter – for the children of Camarines Sur as Acts of Hope for the Nation Foundation (AHON) and Philippine Toy Library (PTL) opened libraries of books and toys in selected communities and schools across the province.
AHON Foundation inaugurated its 87th, 88th, and 89th partner libraries last Dec. 12. The three beneficiary schools Ocampo Central School, Grandview Elementary School, and Union Elementary School, represented by their principals, gathered at the OCS Pavilion to open their newly refurbished libraries to their pupils. The ceremony was attended by the AHON Foundation chairman Hector O. Tagaysay, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Gerona Robredo, Public Schools district supervisor Lowel Bisenio, as well as the teachers and parents.
“Mapalad tayo na mayroong AHON Foundation na tumutulong sa atin na pagyamanin ang kaisipan ng mga batang Bicolano kung kaya gamitin natin ang mga librong ibibigay nila. Ayos lang na masira ang mga ito basta nasira sa sobrang paggamit,” Congresswoman Robredo told the students.
Tagaysay pointed out that the books given to them are the ones which are used in top educational institutions in the country such as the Ateneo de Manila University, St. Scholastica’s College, Miriam College, and Xavier School. These reading materials will help them explore new places by looking at its pages.
Our utmost gratitude to Manila bulletin for publishing one of our articles!



Voluntourism For Education

2013-11-05T09:22:14.487+08:00

A recognized United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization heritage site, the Banaue Rice Terraces is truly a reflection of the Philippine’s culture and prehistoric means of living. Up to this day, people residing near this man-made wonder depend on tourism as their main source of income. In an effort to promote education by capitalizing on the richness of our country’s wonders such as this, Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation, in partnership with Trail Adventours, organized a voluntourism trip to Banaue, Ifugao. Last October 26, 18 “voluntourists” from different walks of life travelled for almost 12 hours to join the AHON Banaue Trip. With more than 10 boxes of combined new and donated books, the participants worked together in setting up the newly refurbished library of  Banaue Central School. The book set up was followed by an inauguration attended by the community stakeholders including the school administrators, parents, teachers, the Department of Education District Supervisor, and the voluntourists wherein each was given the opportunity to speak. Mrs. Rosemarie Gulgulway, the principal, expressed her gladness in grabbing the opportunity to be a partner school. She was proud that she and the PTA did their best in improving their library.READING AS A STEPPING STONE TO GROWTHJasmine Frolick, a Canadian citizen, gave the word on behalf of the voluntourists. She said she was a considered illiterate when she was young and her teacher told her that she would not be able to read, which is in contrary to what she is now. She was able to in graduate from college, has a master’s degree, and is now travelling the world. Joseph Reyes, the Senior Trail Adventours Guide, also shared that when he was young, he read books because they enriched his imagination and helped him travel to different places. He advised the students to always go to the library so they can do the same. The AHON Program Officer, Katrin Caling, pointed out in her speech that it is important for the students to use the books as much as they possible for them to not only learn, not only travel to places, but to discover more about themselves as well. Some of them might not be good in academics but with the help of the books, hopefully, they can start to assess their strengths and consider other fields that might be of their interest.THE TRIPAfter the inauguration, a sumptuous lunch of rice freshly harvested from the community’s rice terraces, chicken, and vegetables was served to the whole team. The group then spent the afternoon walking along the famous Banaue Rice Terraces and travelled to Batad to stay there for the night. The following morning, they trekked for more than half an hour to get to a spot known for its ice-cold water, the Tappiyah Falls. The remaining of the day was allotted for the rice wine and demos, and a trip to the local area. The 17 hour drive was indeed worth it after the students start reading the books aloud to the voluntourists, and knowing that from that day, the 885 students of Banaue Central School will be excited to visit their resource centre more often.LIBRARY BUILDING – NATION BUILDINGAHON Foundation, the corporate citizenship arm of Filway Marketing, Inc. has been donating half a million pesos worth of brand new and high quality Time Life Books to public elementary schools since 2006. This is with the hope of raising the literacy rates in the country and tapping the potential of the 90% of Filipino children in the country studying public schools. Today, AHON has 86 partner schools, with more than 220, 000 student beneficiaries, and 40 trained librarians. This year, AHON aims to inaugurate 6 more libraries. To apply as a partner school, to donate or sponsor a library, and to partner with AHON, visit www.ahonfoundation.org. Like us on Faceb[...]



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2013-09-09T14:55:10.867+08:00

Celebrate. Liberate. Accelerate.“Ang saya po! Gusto ko nga pong bumalik dito eh,” replied by one of the Grade III students from P. Bernardo Elementary School when asked if she enjoyed the event.Last Saturday, September 7, 2013, Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation and the University of the Philippines UNESCO Club, in partnership with J. Co & Timezone, celebrated the International Literacy Day in Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman.In coordination with Ms. Linaflor Cabildo, the principal of P. Bernardo Elementary School in Quezon City, more than 30 kids were able to celebrate with us. Ms. Tessa Atentar, the Barangay Captain of Barangay Kaunlaran, was kind enough to help us with the transportation and bringing the kids to the venue. The program started by the introduction of the kids and the facilitator. The first story was read by a friend from Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership, Shylynne Castillo.The first story was followed by a game and another story read by one of the AHON Volunteers, Kimo Cea. Before the day ended, donations from our friends, the Hero Channel thru Ms. DJ Hernandez, & (Andres Bonifacio Foundation) Ms. Amor Distrito & Atty. Gary Bonifacio, were distributed by the President of the Philippine Center for Mass Communication, Mr. King Cortez, who also stayed to cover the event.“Para kaming nagshopping,” said by one of the grade III students of Ponciano Bernardo Elementary School.  They all brought home bags, school supplies, and game coupons. This event wouldn’t be successful without the help of our volunteers ·         Dax Macaraya·         Mary Rose Patingco·         Teacher Paz Soler·         Laline Javier ·         Sab Arcinue ·         Joey Sta. Isabel ·         Genica Bucaowho believe that there is still hope for this country, and that one way of achieving greatness is through literacy.We hope that more Filipinos will recognize more the importance of reading and literacy in going forward in life mentally, financially, and socially. “Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfilment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy... means far more than learning how to read and write... The aim is to transmit... knowledge and promote social participation.”   - UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany [...]



AHON Banaue: Trek. Swim. Inspire.

2013-08-24T22:44:22.890+08:00

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. 
The sleeper must awaken.” 
-Frank Herbert

Be a Voluntourist! We are looking for people who are interested in travelling, trekking, and swimming while making a difference in other people's lives.


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AHON Foundation, in partnership with Trail Adventours, will be going to Banaue on October 26 - October 27, 2013 to explore the beauty of the Banaue Rice Terraces, trek and swim in the ice-cold water of Tapiyah Falls, and go to Banaue Central School to help the students and teachers refurbish their library by painting its walls and shelves.

 Join us in taking small steps to help the Philippines produce more educated citizens.
Call us at 433-1440 to reserve your slot.




5th Basic Library Training

2013-08-23T08:15:20.475+08:00

 “Google can bring you back 100, 000 answers, the librarian can give you back the right one.” Neil GaimanIn this world in which internet is accessible to almost everyone, it is very convenient for students to look up for the answers to their homework online. Only a small number of pupils actually go to the library and ask for their librarian’s assistance to study a particular lesson.To help public elementary school students lessen their expense in renting computers, AHON Foundation helped librarians from its partner schools learn the fundamentals of learning resource centre management.Last August 7 & 8, AHON Foundation, in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University Rizal Library, conducted its 5thBasic Librarianship. The training was led by Rizal Library’s Mrs. Susan Pador, under the management of Mrs. Lourdes David. A total of 21 custodians from AHON Foundation’s partner libraries in Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan, Mandaluyong, and Pangasinan attended the two-day training. Topics such as cataloguing, borrowing system, instruction program, proper care of books, leadership, and library management manuals were discussed in this event.Also, AHON Foundation and the attendees are thankful to the event’s major sponsors, Jollibee Foundation for providing GCs for the food, and Manila Water for the drinking water in the duration of the whole event.   We hope that thru this activity, we may inspire more children to read and learn towards a better nation.Kudos and more power to the participants of this year’s Basic Librarianship Training![...]



Do You Want to Help AHON This Christmas?

2012-11-09T10:50:50.454+08:00

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So in the true spirit of giving and realizing the reason for the season, why not extend a helping hand?

This Christmas, if you want to give more, AHON Foundation gives you two news ways to do so.

PARTICIPATE IN OUR BOOK WISH LISHT CHALLENGE!



Complete our book wish list and we'll include your name on one of the libraries we will be developing in the year 2013. To register, contact AHON Foundation at (02) 433-1440. Or email ahonfoundation@gmail.com

GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE THROUGH OUR AHON CHRISTMAS CARDS!


Alternatively, you can also say Merry Christmas with our AHON Christmas cards! Proceeds of the sales will go to buying story books for the AHON Libraries developed in 2013. Place your orders by calling 433-1440, or emailing ahonfoundation@gmail.com.

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AHON Foundation's First "Thinking While Reading Seminar" Featured in the Manila Bulletin Over the Long Weekend:

2012-11-09T09:58:31.674+08:00

By Tippy Kintanar

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NEW METHODS – Teachers are introduced to new and creative reading strategies at the Thinking While Reading seminar organized by the AHON Foundation.

A week after World Teachers Day last Oct. 5, the Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation conducted its very first Thinking While Reading seminar in cooperation with Bagong Kulturang Pinoy Inc., (BKPI). This partnership was founded on its common mission to promote a culture of reading and learning among Filipino children.
The two-day teacher training was attended by more than 30 teachers from AHON’s partner public elementary schools around Metro Manila, who learned creative reading strategies that they could easily take to their own classrooms.

We Would like to thank our friends at Manila Bulletin for once again featuring AHON Foundation! Your support helps us get our message across- far and wide. We are as always, grateful. :-)

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Undas and Days of the Dead Around the World

2012-10-31T15:13:34.246+08:00

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A typical scene at a cemetery during Undas
As we gear up for the long weekend that November 1 and 2 or Undas brings each year, we got around to asking each other at the office whether there are versions of this in other parts of the world. It's an interesting topic of conversation as taking two whole days to pay respect to our loved ones who have passed away, is not your typical national holiday.

We know that November 1 and 2 in the Philippines means spending a day at the cemetery with relatives to pay our respect to those who have gone on before us. Aside from prayers, fellowship, and the ever Pinoy kainan, Undas is a distinctly Filipino tradition that seems like no other in the world. But after some simple researching on Google, we found that in the other parts of the world there are similar celebrations that are meant to honor the dead as well.

From Los Dias de los Muertos in Mexico, to how Ecuadorian's celebrate November 1 and 2 seated near the graves of their dearly departed. It's interesting to see that the ways people all over the world celebrate their versions of Undas. This article from Huffington Post shows how "Day of the Dead" all over the world is celebrated. It was published last year, but if you're interested to find out more, the pictures are a bit scary, but very fascinating.

Wishing everyone a meaningful long weekend ahead!


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AHON Foundation Featured on the Rappler Today!

2012-10-23T16:49:31.397+08:00

We were featured on the Rappler today in an article about our 66th Partner Library in Cuyapo Nueva Ecija!NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines - The travel to Cuyapo, the farthest municipality in Nueva Ecija and a mere hour away from Baguio, took almost 4 hours. But our intention of traveling this far was not only to visit the beauty and feel the serenity of far-flung barrios.We went there for a very specific purpose – to visit the public elementary school of Cuyapo Central School. We came to bring brand-new books and educational materials for children and teachers.From the main highway, getting to the place means taking a right into a little road you’ll likely miss unless you’re specifically looking for it. Then you follow the thoroughfare where you see more tractors and tricycles than cars. Never-ending rice paddies line the either side of the road where carabaos bask in the early morning sun. And just when you feel that you might’ve taken a wrong turn, you arrive in the little, quiet town of Cuyapo.Our friends from “Books for a Cause” recommended Cuyapo Central School to be the next partner-school of the Acts of Hope for the Nation or Ahon Foundation. Cuyapo Central School has a nice campus gifted with a sprawling field and spacious learning parks. Its library is however noticeably neglected and suffers from a lack of quality materials.Before our partnership, the school had only a simple room with a humble collection of books. Termites made it to the place, destroying books and shelves. Cracks in the floor had been an eyesore. But within the span of one month, after finding cheap but creative ways of fixing the place, they were able to re-create the reading space into one that is so different from what it was.Read more hereVisit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]



Inspiration: A Library for Everyone

2012-10-22T14:39:29.432+08:00

To start out this week with interesting inspiration, here's an article we stumbled upon that was published a few months back in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.Mr. Hernando "Nanie" Guanlao established "The Reading Club" for anyone who wants to read. With more than 500 titles under its name, this library of sorts for everyone, can be found in the front of his ancestral home in Balagtas St. in Barangay La Paz, Makati City. With the "Reading Club" Mr. Guanlao wanted to create a service for his community while at the same time encouraging the culture of reading."The Reading Club"actually began in 2000 when Mr. Guanlao built some makeshift shelves outside his house and displayed his family's collection of books. Though people initially didn't understand what Mr. Guanlao was doing, they picked up after a while that these books were there for their reading pleasure.Mr. Nanie Guanlao, founder of "The Reading Club" shows some books on his version of the libraries mobile counterpart.What's most interesting about the "Reading Club" though is that Mr. Guanlao says there are no rules behind this. People drop of boxes of books at his door step, sometimes anonymously, and the collection grows. But what's even more interesting is that he says "people can read, can borrow, can take home." And the "Reading Club" never closes. It's always there for people to visit and use. From students who are looking for reference books and textbooks to people who just want to read, the "Reading Club" is always open.The Reading Club, always there. Always open.At the end of the day, what we love most about the "Reading Club" is that Mr. Guanlao says he doesn't expect anything from this. Plain and simply, he just wants to promote literacy to people and give them the chance to read.Read more about Mr. Guanlao in this article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.*Information for this blog entry was taken from the article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday, June 2, 2012.*Pictures from: http://www.samutsari.info/readingclub/?m=201206Visit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]



Kind Words to End the Week

2012-10-19T16:08:41.169+08:00

It's always nice to end the (work) week on a positive note. So here's a very nice comment we received from Ms. Joanne Tupas- Parsons on the most recent library we inaugurated at Cuyapo, Central School in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.


Thank you for your kind words, Ms. Joanne! It's always great reading inspirational messages of thanks like yours.

If you have a message for AHON Foundation, you can like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter  or send us an email at ahonfoundation@gmail.com.

Have a GREAT week end ahead!


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Our Very First "THINKING WHILE READING" Seminar!

2012-10-19T16:09:29.641+08:00

Over the Weekend, AHON Foundation in cooperation with our friends from Bagong Kulturang Pinoy Inc. (BKPI) conducted our very first "THINKING WHILE READING" seminar. This seminar, which is one of the newer seminar's conducted by BKPI, trains teachers in creative ways to teach reading skills to their students. The methods that participants learn here are alternative but informative and can still can be easily brought to their own classrooms.Both BKPI and AHON Foundation possess the mission to promote a culture of reading in school children in the Philippines. So a partnership was formed on the agreement that BKPI would conduct a literacy skills teaching seminar for public school teachers from AHON Partner Schools around Metro Manila.The two-day seminar was well attended by 30 public elementary school teachers who not only learned important skills when teaching their students to read, but also were given the chance to share with one another ideas that would build the culture of reading amongst their students. Ms. Mhea Ang See and Ms. Hazel Domingo Babiano, our ever energetic seminar facilitators from BKPI also created the perfect environment for teachers to learn and share with one another. Using a mixture of lectures, workshops, and dialogues, the teacher participants had dynamic discussions after every topic that was introduced to them. They learned about the concept of reading as a group activity, giving creative supplementary exercises to students after reading assignments, and the idea that reading is a process that also enhances the thinking skills of students when done properly.At the end of two days the teachers not only learned new and important skills in teaching reading to their students but also rediscovered their enthusiasm to teach this to their students. Despite the fact that the culture of reading is not a prevalent one in the schools they teach at, they were confident that with the new creative methods they learned from AHON Foundation and BKPI’s first “Thinking While Reading Seminar fervor for reading would not be hard to plant within their students.Congratulations to all our teacher participants!You can view more pictures of our first Thinking While Reading Seminar HERE!AHON Foundation would like to express our deep and heartfelt thanks to our friends from Bagong Kulturang Pinoy Inc who facilitated this two day seminar. Find out more about them and the work they do by visiting their website.  Visit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]



Library Inauguration at Cuyapo Central School, Nueva Ecija

2012-10-19T16:15:54.807+08:00

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 AHON Foundation inaugurated its 66th library in Cuyapo Central School, Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija! It takes 4 hours by car to get to Cuyapo Central School in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija. From the main highway, you take a right into a little road you would not notice unless you’re looking for it, and you begin to follow this thoroughfare where you see more tractors than cars. As you make your way down this road, houses begin to appear farther and farther away from each other, and soon you find yourself driving beside rice fields that seem to extend on and on. And just when you feel that you might’ve taken a wrong turn, you arrive in the little town of Cuyapo.Despite it being located in a small town, Cuyapo Central School has a student population of 800. To be able to accommodate all their students in their classrooms they have both morning and afternoon sessions. But despite the lack in the number of classrooms, the campus of Cuyapo Central School is a nice one. They have a nice gym, a sprawling field, and a cafeteria. The only thing that Cuyapo Central School lacked was a library.Our friends from Books for a Cause actually recommended Cuyapo Central School as a partner to AHON Foundation. Before our partnership, Cuyapo Central School only had a simple room with a humble collection of books that functioned as their library. But within a span of one month, they were able to create a reading space that was unrecognizable from the very first time we visited their school.Under the tutelage of Dr. Cristina Miranda, principal of Cuyapo Central School, the faculty and administrators were able to acquire enough resources to give their library a new look. They are especially thankful for their school’s Parents Association that helped them every step of the way. With the money they were able to raise, they painted the tables, chairs, and shelves, and covered all four walls with colorful murals depicting cartoon characters as well as quotes inspiring children to read. When we arrived on the day of the inauguration, their library was a shining example of what a library should be. The only thing it lacked were students to use this!But the students did excitedly pile into the library after the short but meaningful inauguration took place. Once the ribbon of the library was cut, and this declared officially open, children rushed towards the shelves to grab a book for reading. As the four walls of the library were filled with excited chatter of the students, Ma’am Jackie, Cuyapo Central School’s OIC, thanked us for the library we developed. We replied to her telling her that she was very welcome, but without the work that they as a school put in, there wouldn’t be a library either. Congratulations Cuyapo Central School! We hope that the library we developed together will inspire your children to dream!View more pictures of the inauguration HERE! Visit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]



HAPPY WORLD TEACHERS DAY!

2012-10-05T11:32:18.083+08:00

The work we do in AHON Foundation gives us the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of teachers. These teachers are some of the most caring, passionate, and hard working individuals we know.

So today, as we celebrate World Teachers Day, we give our special thanks to all the teachers we have had the privilege to work with in building our libraries. They serve constantly as inspirations to us.


Don't forget to greet a teacher who has inspired you today.




HAPPY WORLD TEACHERS DAY! :-)


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This Week is Banned Books Week

2012-10-03T16:54:54.328+08:00

Here in AHON Foundation we're always looking for interesting book related events to share with our supporters who are avid readers and literary buffs. Interestingly enough September 30 to October 6 2012 marks Banned Books Week. Banned books week is an annual event that celebrates the right to read. Highlighting the free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together a community of book lovers in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those which are unorthodox or unpopular. This year marks the 30th year that Banned Books Week is celebrated.(http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek) Though banned books week is primarily celebrated in the United States, we at AHON Foundation believe strongly in free and open access to information. We also believe in the freedom to seek and express ideas, which is one of the things we hope the libraries we build promote in the children who benefit from them. So in celebration of Banned Books Week and our freedom to access information, why don't we pick up a banned or challenged book, and read? Here's a list of banned books for adults and a list of challenged books for children.If you want to know more, you can visit the website of banned books week here.Happy Banned Books Week everyone! Visit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]



Do You Want Volunteer for AHON Foundation?

2012-10-19T16:15:01.023+08:00

If you love kids, want to help raise the literacy rate in the country, and want to inspire through an act of hope for our nation VOLUNTEER WITH US!

As a volunteer for AHON Foundation you can contribute your art, writing, events organizing, fundraising, love for kids, and most importantly, your time. 

If you're interested to volunteer send us an email at ahonfoundation@gmail.com or a message on Facebook. Include here your name, contact number, a short background of yourself, & any special skills. 

We're excited to hear from you! 

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Good News on a Monday

2012-10-19T16:12:58.313+08:00

Monday isn't always the most popular day of the week, but we're happy to report that we're coming to you with good news today.As if last week we didn't already receive a great number of donations, on Thursday, Ms. Kathleen Yao in behalf of 21st Century Steel Mill came to our office and dropped off their donation of children's magazines worth  Php112,000! The magazines that were donated to us were Asian children's magazines with articles written by other kids from different parts of Asia. The magazines also included lots of colorful art work and creative writing submissions.We're sure that these magazine donations will add life and more color to the new libraries we're opening in the upcoming months.Another good thing we have to share is that we also partnered with Bagong Kulturang Pinoy Inc, a non-profit for literacy! We signed a MOA over the weekend with Ms. Alice Quilicot, their Executive Director. The reading seminar conducted by them will take place some time in October. And finally, we're having a fundraiser this Friday! AHON Foundation will be at Kaya Natin's R18: Kaya Natin Kung Kakayanin Mo Rin voters education concert on Friday, September 28. We will be selling drinks, the proceeds of which go to AHON Foundation. You can also sign up to be a volunteer at our booth during the event.  The concert will be at Amoranto Theater in Quezon City, and gates open at 6pm. Bands like 6Cyclemind, Never the Strangers, Peryodiko, Join the Club, Flying Ipis, and Circa will be playing. To find out more, here's the Event Page on Facebook. We hope to see you there! Don't forget to drop by our booth! :-) Visit www.ahonfoundation.orghttp://www.filway.com.phLike us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter[...]