Free Australian Education Exhibition 2013 For Filipinos Who Want to Study in Australia

Study in Australia Visa and IELTS Requirements

Study in Australia Visa and IELTS RequirementsFree Seminar On How to Study in Australia

I was just browsing on the IELTS – IDP Philippines Facebook page when I came across their announcement for the The Australian Education Exhibition 2013.

It is organized by IDP Philippines to help Filipinos who wish to study abroad (specially in Australia) to meet with internationally renowned Australian University Representatives. Delegates from Top Australian Universities will be present here for on-the-spot offers, interaction, and free seminar. Student queries about courses, visa, etc will be answered by these delegates.

IDP Philippines has been truly helpful when I was processing my documents and requirements for the IELTS as I once wanted to study abroad in Australia. They have professional and very helpful staff so I always recommend them to my Filipino friends who wish to study in Australia. They’re not a recruitment agency, they’re actually the world’s leading international education organization offering student placement in Australia, the USA and UK. IDP has 40 years’ experience in international higher education, placing more than 32,000 students every year.

If you have questions on how to study abroad, visas and other frequently asked questions, you may want to join their upcoming exhibition in Davao, Manila and Cebu. Below is the list of schedule.


May 17, 2013
Marco Polo Hotel
1PM – 6PM
Register Online:

May 18, 2013
Dusit Thani Manila
11AM – 5PM
Register Online:

May 19, 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel
11AM – 5PM
Register Online: [email protected]

For more information, you may email us at:
[email protected] / [email protected]
or visit us at
or call (02) 8160755 manila and (032) 2362758 Cebu

IDP Education, through its subsidiary IELTS Australia, manages a network of IELTS test centres in more than 30 countries. IDP Philippines conducts IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests three times per month.

IDP Office is located at 2nd Floor Pioneer House Makati, #108 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines. You may reach them by calling (02) 8160755.

Project Pearls – Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smile

Project Pearls Advocacy Children Education

The Problem of Education in the Philippines

Education specially in the rural areas is one of the biggest problems in the Philippines. In the article The Problem of Rural Education in the Philippines by John Weinstein he wrote:

About 80% of the Filipino poor live in the rural areas of the country. These are towns located deep in the mountains and the rice fields. The population density in the rural parts of the country is low, and there is a corresponding deficiency in schools and classrooms. Public school is free, but families still cannot afford to send their children for a complicated network of reasons. In this editorial for the Pinoy Press, one author delineates the key issue:

With around 65 million Filipinos or about 80 percent of the population trying to survive on P96 ($2) or less per day, how can a family afford the school uniforms, the transportation to and from school, the expenses for school supplies and projects, the miscellaneous expenses, and the food for the studying sibling? More than this, with the worsening unemployment problem and poverty situation, each member of the family is being expected to contribute to the family income. Most, if not all, out-of-school children are on the streets begging, selling cigarettes, candies, garlands, and assorted foodstuffs or things, or doing odd jobs.

Providing Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smile for the Filipino Children

While hundreds of thousands of Filipino children may be deprived with the opportunity to get proper education, there are also numerous non-government organizations that aims to help these children in getting the education they deserve. One of these organizations that  the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines is the Project Pearls.

Project Pearls: The Story

Founded in 2008 by mother and daughter, Melissa Villa and Francesca Villa Mateo, initially to help Melissa’s deaf and mute childhood friend and daughters who are living in a squatter area. Melissa helps in sending her friend’s daughters to school.

Realizing that their extra savings in dollars go a long way in the Philippines, they started sending school supplies to other school children living in different slum communities.  In the summer of 2010, Melissa was introduced to the children of Ulingan by photo journalist, Sidney Snoeck.  Since then, the focus of Project PEARLS’ outreach efforts is in Ulingan, a slum and garbage dumpsite community where over 400 families contend all day with the heat, fumes, dust, stench, flies, mosquitoes and vermin.

Project PEARLS, under the leadership of Melissa’s brother, Juan Villa has a weekly Feeding Program, Scholarship Program and quarterly Medical Mission in Ulingan.

Project Pearls: Vision

Our vision is to end child poverty as poverty denies children their rights to health, nutrition and a basic education.

Our mission is to help the poorest of the poor children in the Philippines have a better life through our various outreach programs. We are hoping we can give them: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles.

Breaking the cycle of poverty is almost impossible. But poverty doesn’t have to be permanent especially for children.

We need your help and support for investing in the children’s health and nutrition, education, social, emotional and spiritual well-being.?

Project PEARLS is also helping underprivileged children in Dagupan, Bulacan, Caloocan, Guimaras, and Masbate. Our special outreach projects include rehabilitating public school libraries, public hospital visits to pediatrics ward and the Yellow PEARLS Boat Project.

Project Pearls: Outreach Programs

The organization has various outreach programs which includes feeding program, brain booster program, scholarship program, medical mission, birthday program and Yellow Pearl Boats.

How to Make Donations

If you want to get involved and make a difference in the lives of these children, you may donate to the foundation through the following:

Bank Deposit

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Account #4253-4268-91

Donation by Check

Make check payable to: Project PEARLS
Mailing address: 1044 Sycamore Drive, Millbrae, CA 94030

Bank Deposit to any Bank of America Branches

Project PEARLS, Inc.
Account # 0281472768
Account Address: 1044 Sycamore Drive, Millbrae, CA 94030

Find More Information

You may contact them through the following links:



How Much Difference Can Your P5 Make?

1Meal Program Logo Social Change Advocacy

Your P5 Donation Could Help Improve Schools and Over-all Education

Toss your 5-peso coin up in the air and think of the things you can buy with it.

A bottled water? Hardly.

Perhaps a jeepney ride to SM City Iloilo or your favorite mall? I reckon the jeepney driver will remember your face and never let you ride his jeep again.

As frustrating at it may seem, your five-peso coin could not really get you that far these days when spent on your own.

However, with the 1Meal Program, there’s a lot of things your P5 could do.

Your  P5 will Go a Long Way with 1Meal Program

1Meal Program is a public-private partnership aimed to improve the public school education system in Philippines. The program will start with the immediate needs such as supplemental feeding and school supplies for the school children and aims to eventually add desks, chairs, tables and improve public schools amenities.

Later, the program would be able to provide help such as classroom desks or chairs, tables, blackboards, other facilities and even comfort rooms. There are also plans expand the program in some 70 public schools in the city and over 1,100 schools in province of Iloilo.

Aside from the basic necessities in the school facilities, the program has also started to help refurbish public schools just like what Senator Franklin Drilon spearheaded in the Esteban Juntado Sr. Memorial Elementary School in Barangay Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City.

The 1Meal Program has also started donating books and various reading materials.

How Can You Participate in the 1Meal Program?

When spent on your own, your P5 could hardly afford you the basic necessities in life. However, when pooled together, our P5 donation could actually help provide the basic improvement to public school facilities of many school children in the Philippines.

Through the collection of funds at participating restaurants, the 1Meal Program hopes to improve facilities in less privileged public schools across the country.

Each time you enjoy a meal at a participating restaurant and your bill is P200 or more, P5 will be added to it.

The money collected will go to the benefit of public schools in Iloilo. Each school (based on their financial situation) will give the 1Meal Program a ‘wish list’ and those wishes will be granted based on their necessity to the betterment of the education of the students who attend that public school.

Here is the list of Hotels & Restaurants that are 1Meal Partners:

(no particular order)

- Tatoy’s Manokan
- Mansion Garden
- Carlito’s (Pavia and Jaro Branch)
- Barrio Inasal
- Tibiao Bakery (Gen. Luna, Molo and Jaro Branch)
- Hotel del Rio
- Coffee Break (Plaza Libertad, Nelly’s Garden, Plaza Jaro, Valeria, Gen. Luna, Atrium Mall, Smallville, Gaisano City)
- Green Mango Foods (Plaza Libertad, Valeria, Jalandoni, SM City, E. Lopez, Nelly’s Garden, Plaza Jaro)
- Nothing But Desserts
- Amalfi
- Bauhinia
- Mojave Steak
- Mama Gan Restaurant
- Breakthrough
- Afrique’s Gourmet Pizza (Robinson’s, Atrium, Jaro Desamparados)
- Escas Garden Restaurant
- Century 21
- Hi Way 21
- Smallville 21
- Iloilo Grand Hotel
- Iloilo Grand Tower
- Love and Kisses
- Freddy’s American Restaurant
- Café Salvatore
- Suehiro Japanese Restaurant
- Hong Kong Kitchen
- Hamada Japanese Restaurant
- Eon Centennial Plaza Hotel
- Chowking
- Carlos Bakery Café
- Chicken ‘N Ribs
- La Fiesta Hotel
- Roberto’s House
- JD Bakeshop
- Rascos
- Bantayan
- Summerhouse
- Diveroad Grill and Restaurant
- Che Restaurant
- Greenwhich (Gaisano City and Robinson’s Mall)
- Bourbon

Your P5 may not afford you the basic necessities in life but by supporting the 1Meal program, it can help the kids afford a much better education.

You may visit the following links to learn more about the 1Meal Program and how you can help.



We Can Be Anything


We Can Be Anything – An Advocacy for Education

Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr., also known as who is a member of the rock band, The Black Eyed Peas, is the Ambassador for the WeCanBeAnything advocacy campaign born in partnership between the Foundation (AdAF) and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF).  It aims to raise funds to build 10,000 new classrooms in the next two years or less through the said advocacy. has always been someone who is known to look back from his humble roots and he believes that Filipino kids should have equal opportunities as any kid anywhere in the world to pursue their dreams. He has previously donated computers and music library to his fellow Cabalens or kids from his hometown who have no access to the technology. After he expressed his desire to help improve the education situation in the Philippines, We Can Be Anything education campaign was conceived. It aims to help Filipino schoolchildren “to go to school and stay in school.” is just one of the few celebrities who support causes for change.

Below is a photo of a group of young students from the Philippines who don’t have a classroom. Surely there is something we can do about it.

Below is the official video of We Can Be Anything which shows that through education, every Filipino and everyone who wish to change their situation can actually do so. I have always been a firm believer that we have the power to change the situation that we may be in, or our perspective towards it. Yes, you can. Together, we can be anything. 

How Can You Help?

With thousands of classrooms and learning centers urgently needing to be built, the problem can be overwhelming. But every contribution, big or small, can make a difference. Here’s how. You may also learn from about the advocacy by visiting their website, on Facebook or following them on Twitter.