Wednesday, August 21, 2019

After 1 year in the Philippines, with 6 amazing months in Tapulanga Foundation and St. Francis of Assisi School, it's time for us to go home.

We have been able to discover this beautiful country and its people.

During this time, we had lots of great experiences. We were able to celebrate the sports fest at school, we saw how the grade 10 students had their graduation and how the new school year started.

Because of this, we want to thank Tapulanga, the staff and of course Ms. Micmic for all the opportunities they gave to us and the hours we laughed together.

We want to thank the St. Francis of Assisi School, the teachers and students, for the love they gave to us during the hours we spent together and great conversations we had.

And we want to thank everyone else who helped us to make this year so great!

It was such a great honor for us to meet everyone!
No "goodbyes" just "see you soon!"


Annelie and Franzi

Wednesday, August 7, 2019


The new school year just began on July 1st. While everybody was quite busy during the first week to arrange everything this second week of school, the daily school life is already implemented.

When I first came back to school I saw that some things changed while others still stayed the same. But I will start at the beginning and just tell something about my first day back at the school.

Before I arrived Ms. Micmic and Ms. Leda informed me that I will be able to assist in grade 6 which is the same class as the one I had last year. So in the morning I was happy to join the students in English, Math and Science. During my lunch break, I already recognized the first major change. The school started now to be a plastic free school! So while everyone got their lunch, they had to use some plates and cups which are reusable. When I bought a snack, I didn't receive it in a plastic bag, instead they covered it with a banana leaf.

After my snack, I went to kindergarten where I did the story telling and played with the kids.

And this was the time I saw the second change. All the class rooms got repainted and some of them got re-organized as well. And not only the classrooms got a new look, but also the library where they started to donate some of those hundreds of books and they opened a reading area.

 In this area, the children now have the chance to have some time off of the stressful school day so they can just take their time and read some books.

Last but not least, they also started to build some new classrooms for the students.

All in all, it was a really nice start back to school.

Until next time,

Annelie & Franzi 

Monday, June 17, 2019

As Tapulanga Foundation held its 8th Silay Summer Workshop this 2019, 125 students received their certificates last May 31 for completing the month-long workshops from different classes such as Baking, Basic and Advanced Drawing and Painting, Guitar, Hip Hop Dance and Swimming.

The foundation is truly blessed and thankful to all the sponsors and donors who made possible for scholars to join the workshops, especially AY Foundation, our major sponsor and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and Norconsult Management Services, Phils., our minor sponsors. Thank you also to all the students who participated and gave their best in learning.

To all the coaches and teachers who shared their passion to the students: Coach Jubal Zayco, assisted by Alyzandra Gwyneth Dingcong and Erika Dane Zayco for Swimming; Sir Ramon De Los Santos, assisted by Myron De Los Santos for Basic and Advanced Drawing and Painting; Sir Jun Davo for Guitar; Sir Champ Tipon, assisted by Dhenice Armada and Vincent Soluta for Hip Hop Dance; and Annelie Paul and Franzi Osterrieder for Baking, we thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!

To God be all the glory! 

You can view photos of the workshop:

May 6-10, 2019 (Week 1)
Baking Camp: Click Here
Basic and Advance Drawing and Painting: (Morning Session) Click Here
Basic and Advance Drawing and Painting: (Afternoon Session) Click Here
Guitar ClassClick Here
Hip Hop Class:Click Here
Swimming CampClick Here

May 13-17, 2019 (Week 2)
Baking Camp: Click Here
Basic and Advance Drawing and Painting: (Morning Session) Click Here 
Basic and Advance Drawing and Painting: (Afternoon Session)Click Here
Guitar ClassClick Here
Hip Hop ClassClick Here
Swimming CampClick Here

May 20-24, 2019 (Week 3)
Baking Camp: Click Here
Basic and Advance Drawing and PaintingClick Here
Guitar ClassClick Here
Hip Hop ClassClick Here
Swimming CampClick Here

May 27-30, 2019 (Week 4)
Baking Camp: Click Here
Basic and Advance Drawing and PaintingClick Here
Guitar ClassClick Here
Hip Hop ClassClick Here
Swimming CampClick Here

Graduation (May 31, 2019):  Click Here

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Baking workshop

This year the school didn't only offer swimming, drawing and painting, hip hop and guitar classes but also  baking class which Annelie and I were in charge of.

We started our first day of baking on May 6th. During the four weeks of baking, we had four different groups of 5 to 7 students. Each group had 5 days of baking.

Week 1: May 6 -  10

Week 2: May 13 -17

Week 3: May 20 - 24

Week 4: May 27 - 31

We learned every day something different. On Monday we baked banana chocolate chip cupcakes, on Tuesday Pretzels which is a typical German food and on Wednesday apple pie. On the next day we made sweet bread out of half of the dough and with the other half we made some little pizzas. Friday was our sweet day so we baked cookies and brownies.

At the end of May, the Tapulanga Foundation arranged a graduation where the students of all workshops got a certificate and the hip hop and guitar classes showed what they learned during this four weeks through intermission numbers.

It was a great honor for us to spent time with the students and to enjoy baking together. We are hoping that all of them will continue baking whenever they have the chance to because they all did a great job!

See you again!
Annelie & Franzi

Friday, May 24, 2019

Week 26 [April 15-19, 2019]

This Monday, we had a free dental clinic for 80 scholars between 7 and 16 years old. 

After the dental treatment, free medicines were given to them.

Thanks to the dentists and one doctor ... they were able to restore everyone's healthy teeth again. Though they weren't only helping the children and the ones with teeth problems, but also the parents came to get a free check-up of their dental health and the doctors did a basic checkup at some of the patients.

Thanks to all the people who helped making this day happen!

See you next week!

Franzi & Annie 👋

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Week 25 [April 8-12, 2019]

It's the last week of the school year 2018-2019. Franzi's family came to the Philippines for two weeks and stayed one day in school. Her youngest sister is the same age as the elementary students of St. Francis of Assisi. So after a short while, they started to communicate with each other. Even though it was a little bit complicated due to the language barrier, they made it by learning some words of each other's language and by playing games.

On Friday, the grade 6 students had their graduation. Before all the students got their certificates and medals, a mass was held.

After giving away all the awards, the class sang "A Million Dreams."

The next day was the day of grade 10's moving up ceremony. They had a mass too. After this, everyone got their certificates and diplomas before they started to sing their own chosen song too. After all the festivities, students started to say goodbye to each other.

We wish them all the best on their future!

See you next week!Franzi & Annie 👋

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Franzi's and Annelie's Weekly Journal: 2-Day Holiday!

[Week 24 : April 1 - April 5, 2019 ]

The students were really lucky this week because they had two days without school. While it was a holiday on Tuesday, the students had a day off one Wednesday because all the teachers and the Tapulanga office had their Lent recollection in Nature's Village on this day.

During the rest of the week, the daycare and kindergarten practiced for their moving up which will be this coming Saturday, April 13. Grades 6 and 10 practiced too for their ceremony which will take place at the end of April. All the other classes started with their performance tasks. The performance tasks are the first part of the exams. In the following week, the children will write their last exams of this school year.

See you next week! 👋

Franzi and Annie