Monday, December 15, 2008

Black Pencil Project - Making A Meaningful Christmas

ABS-CBN Newswire asked me what was my plan for Christmas to make it meaningful. Speaking in behalf of BPP, I said

Gusto kong abutan ng lapis ang lahat ng bata sa pinakaliblib na pook sa Pilipinas, turuan silang gumuhit at sumulat ng magagandang pangarap.

Read feature article here.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Make Socks Stink This Christmas*

Inviting Mountaineers as reindeers this Christmas.
Help us reach the farthest communities across the country. It is our noble dream to reach out to our friends in the countryside and we are more than pleased to know this could be made possible through your tantamount support and enthusiasm. It is through the people like you whom we adhere to this advocacy in bringing hope to our primary graders in the far-flung provinces.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Black Pencil Project - Ifugao Leg: Successful

The BPP Team have just arrived from the Ifugao Trip and we're happy to conclude that the activity was indeed a success. There were 20 participants (16 Photographers,4 Guest Volunteers). We are happy to know everyone enjoyed the trip, found it worthwhile, fun and one-of-a-kind experience.

Day 1.

We arrived in Banaue an hour late from our projected itinerary. Immediately, we turned-over boxes of pencils (1000 pcs. + 1 heavy duty sharpener) for Pola, Patapat, Cambulo and Nagor communities as well as gift packs for Banaue Day Care Center through Banaue Tourism Council Office. We then proceeded to Mayoyao town afterwards, met two road blocks along the way. We arrived at about pass 8pm.

Day 2.

We scoured villages and houses of Mayoyao Proper to meet the kids/ locals and handed out pencils. We were not disappointed. They, in turn, gleefully strike a pose with our cameras sharing their stories and dreams to the group. In the evening, the town mayor Romeo Chulana went his way to meet us and we turned-over the boxes of pencils and school items. We decided it would be best that we involve the local government units in the distribution to be able to reach the farthest communities. The mayor was very happy to receive us and was very surprised to know that the items we brought were from individual contributions and pledges. He said the items we brought will be valuable for their Day Care Programs. The BPP Team conferred with the Mayor Chulana on how we can work together in the near future.

Here's the inventory of items brought to Ifugao.

Items Units

Jumbo Pencils 2000
Crayons 382
Table Top Sharpeners 2
Sharpeners 362
Erasers 384
Writing Pad 40
Back Pack 2

With 20 people joining us as well as nameless donors and volunteers, BPP is no longer a three-man team. Thank you for taking part and believing in this initiative.

We still collect pencils after this for future trips. Towards end of the month, partner Mountaineering groups had requested pencils for distribution in Kalinga and Tarlac province.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

BPP Team

Photographers Edwin, Mon and Zer goof off in front of camera after preparing boxes of pencils for the Ifugao trip.

The targeted volume of 2000 pieces of black pencils were easily met from individual donations together with some other items like crayons, assorted quantity of erasers, sharpeners, pad papers, and bond paper rims

We were thrilled!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some Green Pencils Came (To add Christmassy colors)

Share the joy of gift giving. Email the Black Pencil Project Christmas Mailer to your friends.


Special thanks to Jude of RX Radio who gave out the green pencils.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pencils for Christmas

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Monday, November 17, 2008

We're in Facebook!

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Good People Keeps It Going

The BPP Team is now joined by nameless people.

Special thanks to Mike of Pinoy Photography and former officemate Evelyn Cua for joining Zer last Saturday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Shoot For A Cause: The Black Pencil Project Photo Exploration

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Changing the world, one pencil at a time

Changing the world one pencil at a time
By Trina Lagura, | 09/24/2008 9:53 AM

Early June of this year, friends Edmond Corpuz, Edwin Karganilla and Zer Cabatuan took a time off their respective busy lives in the city to do the other thing that they love, photography, which they fondly refer to as their "stress-reliever."

They were gunning for the scenic spot of the famous Banaue rice terraces in Ifugao province. Armed with their lens and P500 worth of black pencils, they set out on their trek. Their cameras were for the landscape and the black pencils were for the local children who would usually mob new faces.Read more

Thanks Ms. Trina for having a faith on the story.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Microminds Partners With Black Pencil Project

The moment I told Microminds about the project, they immediately said yes.

Donors of Black Pencil Project will recieved a Limited Edition Black Pencil Keychain.

These Limited Edition Black Pencil Keychains will also be made available courtesy of Microminds for P200 pesos only. Portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase 2 dozen of jumbo pencils in your behalf.

To place your order, please email

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Rain.. Rain.. Rain.. Go Away

It's very unfortunate that the bad weather is preventing us to push our schedule this month, hopefully the 1st or second week of August.

Anyways, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who extends their support, pledges and donation to the project. I have received your informations already and will do schedule when pick up the items.

By the way, I passed by Binondo yesterday and was surprised to see school suppliers so I canvassed prices -

Php 20.00 - 12pcs. Jumbo Pencils (Black Pencils)
Php 4.50 - Crayons 12's

We're looking at the possibility to create 'packages' to go with pencils depending on the resources available. I realized a 50 pesos worth of school items would be a handful already.

Please send us your thoughts at

Friday, July 4, 2008

Why Black Pencils?

There is a logic behind the black pencils, usually this is the type of pencil prescribed to kinder up to grade 3 because of its size and grip for most public schools around the country. So logically, we're targeting only those who are entering Grades 1 to 3.


These ages are the segment where they're most excited to go to school and yet very vulnerable.

In the remote places, only Primary School is offered (Grades 1-3), so kids entering Intermediate (Grade 4- 6) will have to walk to the nearest barangay in their area to be able to attend classes.

In some areas, because of poverty, kids instead of going to school, opt to help their parents doing farm errands in particularly during cropping season which happens in the middle of school year.

Having this scenario, its hard to address everything and we (as an individuals) can only give so much. I am sure some organizations are already doing that (giving books, bags, slippers) and we want to focus to areas where we think we are most effective.

Make Your Mark

Black Pencil Project Logo

Black Pencil Project Slogan

Black Pencil Project URL

I'd like to think that this campaign is about inspiring people to make their ideas happen no matter how small it is.

Download hi-res file from here.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Moving Hearts

We've been receiving favorable support from friends and strangers, expressing interest and and some even made several pledges.
We're planning to go back either later part of July or 2nd week of August so we can take advantage of the enthusiasm of the kids in going to school. An informal study says that kids drop out is observed at the second quarter of the school year between September - November (in time for cropping season for most areas in the country).

Some suggested materials you may wish to contribute:

1. Black Pencils
2. Ballpens
3. Sharpener
4. Notebooks
5. Crayons
6. Erasers
7. Pad Paper

While we are nailing down our itinerary and final schedule, please keep your thoughts coming on how we can work together in this cause.

Again, thank you for sharing with us your ideas, valuable resources and your time.

The Black Pencil Project

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Black Pencil Project

Black Pencil Project is a personal initiative to help provide pencils through resources mobilizations to public elementary schools in the remote barangays accross the country. It aims to encourage localized participation and individual commitment of goodwill in support to government education programs in the countryside.

Initial beneficiaries of the project are kids in Cambulo, Banaue, Ifugao.

To view Cambulo Travel Set, click here.