Friday, January 6, 2023

Christmas Gift Giving 2022

The Tapulanga Foundation, Inc. has once again shared blessings to all their scholars and families in surrounding communities last December 202 during their yearly Christmas gift giving program. 

Last December 9, 59 Grade 10 Tapulanga scholars enjoyed a fun-packed Christmas party at the Campuestuhan Highland Resort in Talisay City, assisted by ten Tapulanga staff and volunteers. The kids enjoyed different outdoor activities such as sky-bike, rope course, vikings ride and water slide. It was a most memorable day for the 10th graders, filled with excitement and adventure!

On December 13, TF visited and showed love to over 100 students and 11 teachers and staff of Jose D. Cuaycong Elementary School. The recipients received a gift package consisting of 5kg rice, a spaghetti pack for Noche Buena, and a box of chocolates - just in time for Christmas.

The following day, December 14, 120 families from Sitio Roma (a fishing village in Silay City) received their Christmas gift package as well from the foundation. Tapulanga donors Mrs. Elizabeth Araneta-Siega and her son, Gabriel, joined in the gift giving. 

On December 15, 40 families in Hacienda Maquina in Silay City, 120 pedicab drivers, 8 barbers, 10 sakada farmers and 3 staff from a local laundry shop received their Christmas gift of spaghetti pack and 5kg sack of rice!


In the afternoon of the same day, 10 scholars and teachers from Locsin Genealogy Foundation Preschool also received their Christmas treat of spaghetti packs, 5kgs rice, a box of chocolates and personal gift items for the kids. 

On the last day of the week, December 16, our scholars form Pre-school to Grade 9 received their Christmas gifts consisting of 5kgs rice, a spaghetti pack, a box of chocolates and a personal gift item. On the following week, December 19, the Senior High School to College scholars also received their Christmas gift package. More than 600 scholars participated in Tapulanga Foundation's Christmas Gift Giving Program 2022. 

Just before Christmas eve, Tapulanga Foundation was also able to extend its gift-giving program to 104 farmers in nearby communities in Victorias City and E.B. Magalona, 50 families in Hacienda Lonoy and 80 families in Hacienda Tinihaban 1.


We want to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who generously donated and supported this program so that JOY was given to more than 1,300 families! And all glory belongs to God!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - Jule Bär


Jule Bär


20 years old



3 Words to describe yourself:

Creative - Athletic - Artistic

Tell us about your career so far. What did you do before you came to volunteer in Tapulanga?

"I finished my college education in Germany and 2 years of job internship in carpentry."


Why did you want to volunteer for a year? 

"I want to learn another culture and learn how other people think and how they grew in their own culture."

What made you choose the Philippines?

"It’s a very different climate in the Philippines and it has so many coastal areas. It’s a huge different culture in here than Germany. Plus I can speak in English here."

Why did you choose Tapulanga?

"I like working with children in school and I like the advocacy of the foundation."


What is the most exciting or most memorable thing that happened to you during your few weeks as a volunteer? 

"I love it when random students approach me during dismissal and ask me to play with them."

What do you find to be most challenging about your work? How do you deal with it?

"Kids don’t really understand when I talk in English so I can’t do much. So, I just ask them to go to their teacher."

Who or what inspires you?

"The small kids in school inspire me to continue to work." 

 Tell us more about yourself!

What are you passionate about outside of work?

     "I love doing doing sports, riddles, hanging out with friends. I love cooking and arts!"

    Tell us 2 things that you have learned so far.

    "I learned to ride a jeepney and say “Lugar lang”! – I learned how to open a Pomelo!"


6    What is one thing you are good at?  


         What is one Tagalog or Ilonggo word/phrase you like to use? 

 “     "Lapis!”


Bonus Questions!

     What’s your comfort food? 

–    "Döner! A German sandwich composed of bread with veggies and sauce." 


     Tell us about your favorite book. 

–      "Asterix"

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Volunteer Spotlight - Anna Krüger



Anna Paulin Krüger


20 years old



3 Words to describe yourself:

Organized – Empathetic - Short

    Tell us about your career so far. What did you do before you came to volunteer in Tapulanga?

    "I just finished my college in Germany."


    Why did you want to do volunteering for a year? 

    "I really want to know how people live in other countries. I want to broaden my horizon and gain new impressions and learn something from different cultures as well as learning about myself."


    What made you choose the Philippines? 

    Here, everyone is so welcoming and so friendly. I feel very welcome here."


    Why did you choose Tapulanga?

    "There’s so much things I can do with the children here. I like to share my inputs for the children’s welfare."

    What is the most exciting or most memorable thing that happened to you during your few weeks as a volunteer? 

    "One thing that really warmed my heart was during the first week. The kids didn’t know me that well but when I was in class, all kids were jumping and shouting “Ms. Anna!” and they all wanted to cuddle me. They were all so warm and friendly even though I don’t personally know them."


    What do you find to be most challenging about your work? How do you deal with it? 

    "I think the most challenging thing is that most of the students are not open to committing mistakes in front of us because they think that since we are white people, we are perfect people. They think we are different people, so they don’t go to us."


    Who or what inspires you? 

"What inspires me is the way Filipino people  handle different situations.

Tell us more about yourself!


    What are you passionate about outside of work? 

    "I really love spending time with other people. I love traveling, swimming and diving. I also love to just relax and sunbathe."

Tell us 2 things that you have learned so far. 

"I learned that Filipinos do a sign of the cross when praying. I learned how to say “Maayong  Aga!” which means good morning and I also tried Guapple pie for the 1st time! It was so good!"


    What is one thing you are good at?

–    "Organizing"


    What is one Ilonggo word/phrase you like to use?

–     “Halong!” which means take care!


Bonus Questions!

    What’s your comfort food?

–    A German pasta called “ Spätzle”


    What’s your target destination in the Philippines? Why? 

      "Apo island!"


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

German Volunteers' Journal [October 10 - 14]

Hey there, it's Anna again.

On Thursday and Friday last week, the students from the Daycare had their first field trip to the plaza and playground of Silay City with teacher Ms. Maricel Navigar and myself.

The days before the excitement and anticipation was already great.

There, the students could slide, climb, seesaw, run, balance and laugh a lot for one hour.

After the field trip was over and the students had the chance to take a rest, I went to the Tapulanga office and helped encode lunch meal program and Christmas wish list surveys of the scholars.

Until next time 👋

Check out Full Album here: Pre-Kindergarten Field Trip SY 2022 - 2023

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

German Volunteers' Journal [October 3 - 7]

Hi, this is Jan!

I work at St. Francis of Assisi School as a volunteer, where my duties mostly concern the grades 1, 2 and 3.

Last year, I came across the Tapulanga Foundation which offered one year of volunteer work, so since I was not able to wholly conduct my work as a yoga teacher due to the pandemic, helping others under these circumstances seemed the most reasonable thing to do.

This week, my Monday and Thursday looked somewhat similar, where I had to help grade three students who had issues with certain subjects. Further duties were related to collecting old LAS or distributing new ones for example. On Friday, this I had to do with Grade 2, but all days I was mostly working with Miss Jona, Miss Christy and Miss Theresa.

At noon, most students go home, except the ones who do their assigned homework. Mondays and Thursdays, I’m watching over grade 9 and Tuesdays and Fridays the grades 8 and 10 together with Miss Imelda.

On Tuesday, the school celebrated 58th years and the founder’s birthday, which was laid together with a Sports day and a mass, where I had no superior duties except for a general overwatch. Wednesday was off day due to World Teachers’ Day.

Until next time,

Jan 👋

Monday, October 3, 2022

German Volunteers' Journal [September 26 - 30]

Hello, this is Jule.

My fifth week at school started with a school-free Monday because of typhoon Karding. Fortunately, the school was able to re-open on Tuesday.

I've been assisting Ms. Elena Coja in first and second grade classes this week. My tasks there were mainly to help students answer their LAS, collect them for correction and distribute the new LAS.

In the afternoons, I help students in higher grades to answer their LAS correctly. I usually help one to three students to do their work.

At 3 o'clock in the afternoon, classes are over and the students go home or play some sports in the schoolyard.


Until next time,

Jule 👋

Monday, September 26, 2022

German Volunteers' Journal [September 19-23]

Hello, this is Anna. It was my fourth week at St. Francis of Assisi School.

As Lukas already told you last week, I am supporting Ms. Maricel Navigar in the Pre-Kindergarten classes until lunch everyday. My tasks are very diverse and range from performing morning rituals to support with the way to the bathroom to providing individual assistance and contributing my own ideas.

For example, last Thursday, Ms. Ma and I introduced the letter C. For the introduction, I prepared a nice concentration game, which the students really liked. Afterwards we wrote the letter C with our fingers in the air, then on the table, after this the students wrote the C on the chalkboard and then in the folder. While doing this Ms. Ma and I went around and assisted as needed. I also made puzzles with the C, which the children formed.

After lunch I supervised the 4th and 7th graders with their Learning Activity Sheets (worksheets). My main task was to create a good learning atmosphere, to give help when needed and to check the LAS for completeness and correctness.

At 3 p.m., class was over and it was time to go home.
I really enjoyed my work at the school and I am looking forward to the next week.

Till next time! 👋

Anna :)