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36 Mangyan Students Sponsored by Brighter Brains Institute for the School Year 2014-2015

Posted: Sat, October 18, 2014 | By: Philippines



The following poor but deserving Mangyan children received funding assistance from the Brighter Brains Institute, so that they can attend the school year 2014-2015 at San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy in Oriental Mindoro, The Philippines. Additional information on the school can be found on the Facebook page HERE and at Brighter Brain’s archive HERE.

The Brighter Brains Institute raised money from generous sponsors - who helped provided $5/month for each of the 35 pupils to guarantee them a classroom seat. The funds were raised from many generous contributors: “Anonymous” from San Rafael; “Anonymous” from Salt Lake City; Kittredge School - Terry Young; Allison Carpenter and Marina; Hank Pellissier; Mike Kirkish; Fred Antaki; Melanie, Mark, Mia, Sayla and Ivy; and Zenobia Pellissier Lloyd.

The total number of students at San Lorenzo Ruiz School, which serves the Mangyan indigenous people, is one hundred forty children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school requires four (4) teachers: 1 teacher for Kindergarten, 1 for Grade 1-3, 1 for Grade 4-6, and 1 teacher for Grade 7-8. San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy is, by necessity, a private school, so it has to pay the teachers. The USD $5.00 every month per students goes entirely to teacher’s salaries/honorarium.

Many sponsors contributed more than $5/month, to pay for their sponsored child’s lunch. Truly it is very difficult to teach children with empty stomachs.

The sponsors are all able to communicate with the child they sponsored via emails to the director, Sally Melendres - sally_melendres@yahoo.com. Sally will print the email letter and let child read it, then she will scan the child’s reply and email that back to the sponsors. She will also keep all sponsors informed about their sponsor child’s report card and other academic progress during the year.

Here are the 36 children that received sponsors:

Name: Riza S. Macapinta - SPONSORED! by Gail Whitty and Mike Whitty
Age: 9
Nick name: “Rina”
Gender: Female
Birthday: December 07, 2004
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Grade Level:Grade 3
Ambition: I want to be a Teacher someday.
Her father is a Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper

Name: Nora M. Leviste - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 14
Nick name: “Doragod”
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 8, 2000
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: I want to be a successful Teacher someday!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Nora is the third of four children

Name: Joker K. Barra - SPONSORED! by “Anonymous” Salt Lake City, USA
Age: 15
Nick name: “Boweng”
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 15, 1999
Favorite Subject: Mathematics
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: I want to be an Accountant someday!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Joker is the oldest of five children

Name: Erwin U. Limpapoy - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Kim”
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 12, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan*
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: “I want to be a Policeman
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Erwin is the fifth of seven children

Name: Bunso B. Sinigman - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 15
Nickname: “Arete”
Gender: Male
Birthday: December 7, 1999
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: “I want to be a Policeman
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Bunso is the fourth of six children.

Name: Estela L. Martinez - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 15
Nick name: “Estel”
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 20, 1999
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: I want to be a Nurse someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Estela is the sixth of six children

Name: Jun S. Tulawan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 15
Nick name: “Putan”
Gender: Male
Birthday: September 30, 1998
Favorite Subject: English
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: 7
Ambition: I want to be a Teacher someday!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Jun is the seventh of seven children

Name: Bien K. Leviste - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 18
Nick name: “Bendeg”
Gender: Male
B-day: October 4, 1995
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dul. III Banilad
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a good Soldier!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Bien is the second of four children

Name: Ramil B. Oscado - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 17
Nick name: “Amil”
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 11, 1997
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a successful Policeman someday!
His father is a Farmer, his mother is a Farmer

Name: Artea M. Alferez - SPONSORED! by “Anonymous” Salt Lake City, USA
Age: 15
Nickname: “Lalet”
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 4, 1999
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 9
Ambition: I want to be a Teacher someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Artea is the third of six children

Name: Nene I. Kalignayan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 17
Nick name: “Tetey”
Gender: Female
Birthday: July 8, 1997
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dul. III Banilad
Grade Level: Grade 7
Wish: I want to be a model Teacher someday
Her father is deceased, her mother is a Farmer
Nene is the second of four children

Name: Azel T. Sugalmin - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 16
Nickname: “Nigel”
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 22, 1997
Grade Level: Grade 8
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Ambition: I want to be a Policewoman someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Azel is the first of three children

Name: Nercel O. Tulawan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 14
Nick name: “Janeth”
Gender: Female
Birthday: September 19, 1999
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: I want to be a Nurse someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Nercel is the second of five children

Name: Rommel M. Sugalmin - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 12
Nick name: “Deman”
Gender: Male
Birthday: November 17, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio DuIangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 5
Ambition: I want to be a Soldier someday!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Rommel is the third of five children.

Name: Donabel U. Calignayan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Dona”
Gender: Female
Birthday: April 1, 2001
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 5
Ambition: I want to be a Nurse Someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a housekeeper
Donabel is the sixth of six children

Name: Delyn S. Leviste - SPONSORED! by Melanie, Mark, Mia, Sayla, and Ivy
Age: 7
Nick name: “Delyn”
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 27, 2007
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio DuIangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 3
Ambition: I want to be a Nurse someday!
Her father is a Farmer, her mother is a Housewife
She is the eighth of eight children

Name: Grace M. Alferez - SPONSORED! (by Zenobia Pellissier Lloyd, San Francisco USA)
Age: 10
Nick name: “Gracia”
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 04, 2004
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 4
Ambition: I want to be a Nurse someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Grace is the fifth of six children.

Name: Yancey O. Tulawan - SPONSORED! by Kittredge School, San Francisco, USA
Age: 10
Nick name: “Arian”
Gender: Female
Birthday: January 30, 2004
Favorite Subject: English
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 5
Ambition: I want to be a Teacher someday!
Her father is deceased, Her mother is a Housekeeper
She has four brothers and sisters

Name: Benny M. Alferez - SPONSORED! by “Anonymous” Salt Lake City, USA
Age: 13
Nick name: ”Totoy”
Gender: male
Birthday: May 6, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a Policeman someday!
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Benny is the 4th of six children

Name: Estella U. Calignayan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 17
Nickname: “Ibon”
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 14, 1997
Favorite Subject: MAPE
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a Physical Education Teacher someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
She is the fifth of six children

Name: Ronalyn L. Calignayan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Titay”
Gender: Female
Birthday: October 16, 2000
Favorite Subject: English
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 4
Ambition: I want to be a Social Worker someday!
Her father is a Tenant, her mother is a Housekeeper
She is the fourth of seven children

Name: Jodilyn M. Kalignayan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nickname: “Mismis”
Gender: Female
Birthdday: January 26, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a Policewoman someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, Her mother is a Housekeeper
Jodilyn has two brothers and sisters

Name: Valentina K. Oscado - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Arie”
Gender: Female
Birthday: February 14, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a Teacher someday!
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, Her mother is a Housekeeper
Valentina is the third of three children

Name: Marinia U. Sanyuan - SPONSORED! (by Marina + Allison Carpenter, from Ellensburg, Washington, USA)
Age: 12
Nickname: “Boninay”
Gender: Female
Birthday: September 5, 2001
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: I want to be a Social Worker someday!
Her father is a Tenant, her mother is a Housekeeper
Marinia is the fifth of five children

Name: Rosemarie K. Tulawan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 15
Nick name: “Esen”
Gender: Female
Birthday: March 16, 1999
Favorite Subject: Christian Living
Grade 6 Pupil
Birthplace: San Ignacio Dulangan 3 Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro 2013-2014
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: “I want to be a Social Worker someday for my fellow Mangyans”
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
She is the first of five chlidren

Name: Rexpin M. Sugalmin - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Anyam”
Gender: Male
Birthday: March 7, 2001
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Lorenzo Ruiz Learning Center
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: “I want to be a good Policeman someday”
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Tenant-Farmer Rexpin is the first of six children.

Name: Nancy O. Tulawan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 15
Nick name: “Agrin”
Gender: Female
Birthday: July 18, 1999
Favorite Subject: Mathematics
Birthplace: San Ignacio Baco Or. Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 9
Ambition: “I want to be a successful Policewoman someday”
Her father is deceased, his mother is a Housekeeper
Nancy is the oldest of five children

Name: Rafael U. Tulawan - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 14
Nickname: “Diray”
Gender: Male
Birthday: August 13, 2000
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: Banilad, Baco, Oriental Mindoro Grade
Level: Grade 8
Ambition: “I wish that will be a successful Doctor someday”
His father is a Tenant, his mother is a Housekeeper
Rafael is the sixth of seven children.

Name: Elsie P. Umalmin - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 16
Nick name:” Elsie”
Gender: Female
Birthday: May 21, 1997
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: San Ignacio, Banilad, Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 8
Ambition: “I want to be a Teacher someday”.
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper
Elsie is the fourth of six children

Name: Renzon K. Oscado - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Totoy”
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 28, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: Banilad Baco Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: “I want to be a Policeman someday”.
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Renzon is the oldest of three children

Name: Angelo K. Leviste - SPONSORED! (by Hank Pellissier, San Francisco USA)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Angelo”
Gender: Male
Birthday: April 8, 2001
Favorite Subject: Science
Birthplace: Banilad Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: “ I want to be a Doctor someday”.
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper
Angelo is the fourth of four children

Name: Gerome B. Oscado - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 14
Nick name: “Anli”
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 12, 2000
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: Banilad Baco, Oriental Mindoro Grade Level: Grade 6
Motto: If you believe on it, you can achieve it.
Ambition: “I want to be a Policeman someday.”
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Farmer
Gerome is the ninth of nine children

Name: Pabing S. Macapinta - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 13
Nick name: “Decon”
Gender: Male
Birthday: April 18, 2001
Favorite Subject: Makabayan
Birthplace: Banilad Baco, Oriental Mindoro
Grade Level: Grade 7
Ambition: “I want to be a Policeman someday.”
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper

Name: Melvin C. Castillo - SPONSORED! - by Anonymous (San Rafael, California)
Age: 11
Nick name: “Mel”
Gender: Male
Birthday: January 1, 2002
Favorite Subject: Filipino
Birthplace: San Ignacio Banilad Baco Grade Level: VI
Motto: “Education is the key to success”
Ambition: “I would like to be a successful Singer someday”
His father is a Tenant-Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper Melvin is the third of five children.

Name: Joe Barra - SPONSORED! - by Mike Kirkish, Berkeley, California
Age: 9
Nick name: “Joe”
Gender: Male
Birthday: March 11,2005
Favorite Subject: Math
Grade Level:Grade 3
Ambition: I want to be a Doctor someday.
His father is a Farmer, his mother is a Housekeeper

Name: - Aina M. Sugalmin SPONSORED! - by Fred Antaki, Santa Cruz, California
Age: 9
Nick name: “Ena”
Gender: Female
Birthday: November 20, 2005
Favorite Subject: English
Grade Level: Grade 3
Ambition: I want to be a Nutritionist someday
Her father is a Tenant-Farmer, her mother is a Housekeeper

Macabayan” is a new learning area that integrates multiple subjects - social studies, geography,history, civics, culture, economics, physical education, health, values, and character-building - with the goal of helping each student develop healthy personal and national identity.

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