We held our third AMP Fest last February 28, and we're very happy to report that it was a successs!
The kids sold products of their own making, performed, and mounted an art and insect exhibit (hey, whatever floats their boat!)
30 kids from Lingap Pangkabataan joined the fun, as well as grown-ups from Musika Sophia from the U.P. College of Music.
This year's AMP was more sober and intimate than previous years, which was perfect by us. It captured what we stand for: no gimmicks, intelligent and sincere fun, authentic relationships.
Here's what we were celebrating this year:
• Sages Academy. BLC’s middle and high school, in partnership with Headway School for Giftedness. Catering to children who qualify as gifted, according to stringent and precise diagnostic tools, this new learning center will offer a specialized science and arts program.
• BLC’s first scholarship program. This will be for students in grades 1 to 7. Kids from Lingap Pangkabataan will be our first beneficiaries, but you can nominate your own scholars. Aside from the actual tuition fee and the opportunity to develop their abilities, talents, and skills in a nurturing, non-judgmental atmosphere, scholars will also enjoy a transportation stipend, free lunches, field trips, and materials.
For those unfamiliar, here's a little history of AMP:
Started in 2012, our AMP (Arts, Music, Peace) Fest was put together to raise enough funds for an extra classroom. This translated into our Green Room, which was built mostly with recycled wood and funds for labor and other materials donated by the school community.
The next AMP was held after Yolanda tore through Eastern Visayas. We raised 1,000 schoolbags with school supplies for survivors in Leyte, Samar, and Cebu. We met our target, and started distributing the donations in January 2014 to the children of Daanbantayan in Cebu and Palo, Leyte (in coordination with GASFI Foundation); in February to children in Tacloban and again, Palo (through friends from the Aram Learning Studio); and in March to other areas in Leyte and Samar (through a local coordinator for the British Broadcasting Company).
This year, we’re tweaking Arts, Music, and Peace and making it Arts, Music, and Pages to align with our goal of building a mobile library/book corner that will also be made available to the children of Barangay Immaculate Concepcion.
In case you'd like to help, here's what you can do:
For the Library
____ pre-loved books (pre-school, pre-teen, and young adult)
____ 6 pieces plyboard
____ 3 pieces ¼ plywood
____ 27 pieces ½ x 2 x 8 wood
____ (3) 1.5 meters piano hinges
____ 18 pairs ball caster with lock
____ 3 gallons white paint or varnish
____ budget for carpenter’s and assistant labor for up to seven days at P500/day
____ P5,000 cash (naming rights for one shelf)
____ P10,000 cash (naming rights for three shelves)
____ P20,000 cash (naming rights for all shelves and benches)
Drop us a line and give us your contact details so we can give you more information about sponsoring a child’s education at Blended Learning Center. For only P60,000, the scholar will be able to join BLC’s bright and inquisitive roster of students, get a DepEd accredited education, and have other expenses covered.
Donations may be deposited at
United Coconut Planters Bank
Blended Learning Play and Literacy Center
Current Account 201890002574
UCPB E. Rodriguez Branch
Official receipts will be issued for cash donations.
Thanks all so much! Hope to see you next year!