"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Little Free Library Launched in Capiz



It was a beautiful day at the beach when we launched our Little Free Library at Jacque's Coffee and Chills. Friends and family came with books to add to the growing number of books we had collected for the library over a few months. 

Do you know of any library located by the sea? The Little Free Library in Roxas City is on Baybay Beach. So come by
take a book, 
find a shady nook
and read to your heart's content.


Guests queue up to give a book to the library.


Big thanks to Wee Lucas Conlu for giving the free library a viable venue. One with lots of foot traffic. We are excited to bring this project to Capiz. It is only the second one in the Philippines, after Talisay in Cebu. We are also grateful to Christian Francisco Acevedo for hosting the event and for committing resources to the project. We're off to a terrific start!

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher 

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Images by travelswithcharie



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Library Project in Sigma, Capiz

BalayniCharie is proud to be part of the library project of Amie Guisinga, Principal of Juan Aldea Elementary School in Sigma, Capiz. We are grateful to Monike Alberjieun and Anna Salem for their generous support of this worthy cause. Kudos to Amie Guisinga for encouraging her students to read and develop a love for reading! 

"A child who reads, will be an adult who thinks."


Image by Amie Guisinga. 

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Launching our 12th year


We recently launched BalayniCharie Foundation's 12th year anniversary in Ivisan, Capiz. Together with Monike Alberjieun's Rice and Shoes Program which is celebrating its first year anniversary, we reached out to 135 students.


Thank you to all our generous supporters over the years. We made it to our 12th anniversary with your help. Nieva Quezon Burdick, Leda Albar, Diane Acas, Bock Loo, Ray Wong, Gilda Saluta, Landec Corporation, Lifecore Corporation, Celita Conlu, Selma Templanza, Esther and Bing ArceƱo, Gary Steele, Rosemary Driscoll, Leah Soper, Anthony Albar and an Anonymous donor.

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Images by BalayniCharie

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Distributing school supplies in Sigma


We spent the morning at Juan Aldea Elementary School in Barangay Oyong in Sigma during the last week of January. Together with the Rice and Shoes Program of Monique Albar-Jen, we distributed school supplies and packs of rice to 185 children. Some of the children also received shoes to replace torn and worn shoes and slippers. Amie Guisinga, the school's Principal, coordinated the event.


Classrooms under repair from damages wrought by the last typhoon.


Replacing worn and torn shoes of 26 children courtesy of Monique Albar-jen's Rice and Shoes Program which celebrated its first anniversary. Happy first anniversary!


We took this hanging bridge from the school after our distribution. We got out of our multicab and walked across the bridge to minimize the load of the multicab. Glad it held up. We couldn't go back through the same road we took earlier because it was so rutted and slippery, our jeep could have gotten stuck again. Glad we made it. The kids, teachers and their parents were happy we came. So were we. It was a great day!

We are excited for the school's library to reopen in the new school year. Balay ni Charie and Monique Albar-Jen have collected children's books from friends to donate to the library. We're encouraged by the dedication shown by the Principal to have a library where the kids can learn to read and spend time with their favorite books. 

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Images by BalayniCharie