Library On Wheels Launched by Moneygram & The Asia Foundations

Back in the day before Google and the internet, I remember when I was an elementary to college student, I spent an ample amount of time researching for various topics on our projects in a library….the physical library where thousands of books are at our disposal.

Thanks to the Dewey Decimal System and its catalogue wonders, finding books was a breeze provided it was not borrowed by another student.  

MoneyGram Foundation announced last October 8,2018 thru it's simple media launch event that it has awarded a new grant worth more than $50,000 to the Asia Foundation in the Philippines in providing books to 104 schools around the country. 

Programs aimed at boosting literacy and providing students with access to books have proven to have positive outcomes on the quality of education. 

Through the mobile “MoneyGram Gift Carts” and books, the Asia Foundation will be able to reach far flung communities that wouldn’t have access to learning resources. 

The announcement was made during the launch of the mobile library at Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School in Manila.  

Representatives from both organizations spoke about the importance of literacy and education. MoneyGram ambassador Robin Padilla were also present during the launch which he was overwhelmingly welcomed and cheered upon by the students and teaching staff, senior and young alike!

Perhaps because he is back on television, the students went gaga over Robin Padilla who fondly mingled with him and took lots of selfies and groupies together.

There were moments, Robin himself would take the camera from you and gamely takes the selfies by himself which also happend in my case, haha! Thank you much, Kuya Robin!

"The Asia Foundation has provided books to the Philippines since 1954 and continues to believe in the power of literacy to positively impact lives, both now and in the future.

The Asia Foundation is grateful to the MoneyGram Foundation for its support in helping communities across the Philippines,” said Deputy Country Representative Ethan Geary.

“The MoneyGram Foundation is committed to providing equal education to every child, especially those in underserved communities.

By supporting the Asia Foundation’s mission to provide access to books and libraries across the Philippines, we are standing behind the idea that equal learning opportunities should be available for all,” said Joann Chatfield, Chief Marketing Officer at MoneyGram.

The students were so thrilled to meet their Kuya Robin upclose and personal and they did not stop until photo sessions and groupies like these really happend!

There is a very game photographer in Robin Padilla.. So cuuuute! 

I personally asked the actor what were his favorite book subjects when he was still in school?

He said, "Ang favorite subject ko kahit noong araw pa ma'am is History. I have always been fascinated by it. At ang isa ko pang favorite subject ay "Recess!" which he burst into laughter and so did we.  

The grant will help fund the “Inspiring Minds with the Gift of Literacy" project, which will provide 50,000 new books and 20 mobile “MoneyGram Gift Carts” to 100 schools in the Philippines over two years.

The books, valued at $1.5 million, will directly benefit more than 500,000 students and teachers across underserved and rural Filipino communities.

Over the next two years, four major events will be held at the schools without traditional libraries.

Actor Robin Padilla stressed that the future of any nation or society is the youth that's why the students should equip and arm themselves with academic knowledge that would help them reach for their dreams and create a better future and society as a whole.

Congratulations and thank you to Moneygram Foundation and The Asia Foundation.  May you both generate and help more and more those in need. 

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