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Last updated: June 21, 2021

June 17, 2021

When first-grade teacher Sharon Gungon found out the 2020-2021 school year would be virtual, she was worried.

“I was worried about how to effectively teach reading online to first graders. How could I give them the same quality of education remotely as I could in the classroom?”

May 25, 2021

Starting a business in the middle of a global pandemic may seem like a risky move, but Eunice Joy Gambalan saw it as an opportunity to capitalize on the growing digital marketplace and help her community.

Growing up, Gambalan designed and styled her own clothes. Her knack for designing and styling eventually gave her the reputation as her friends’ and family’s go-to designer. Little by little, she started to have personal clients who gave her commission-based styling services.

May 25, 2021

High school teacher Haguiar Gayak knows the value of education, but when she looks back on her own school years, she still remembers struggling to understand the lessons. Growing up in Cotabato province on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, Gayak spoke the local language Magindanawn at home with her family. In school, however, Gayak and her classmates could only study in Filipino and English.

April 11, 2021

Paula Romero is not new to running a business. Ever since she was young, she dreamed of starting her own business and having the freedom to set her own schedule. So, in 2016, Paula and her husband started Paninda ni Totep, a micro-enterprise specializing in chicharon (fried pork belly or rinds) and other food items.

March 24, 2021

Eight-year-old Abby and five-year-old Bella carefully rock their baby dolls to sleep, letting their imaginations run wild with make-believe. Giggling happily, they are the picture of health and childhood delight. But two years ago, their situation was vastly different.