Tim Yap, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and more at the launch of Empowering Brilliant Minds

Students of The British School Manila start a foundation to help kids in public schools.


Tim Yap, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, and Joseph Calata. Click for more.


(SPOT.ph) Tim Yap, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, and U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. were among those who attended the launch of the Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation at the Marriott Hotel Manila. Empowering Brilliant Minds is a non-stock, non-profit SEC-registered foundation whose mission is to help raise both awareness and funds to build pre-school classrooms in Filipino public schools anywhere they are needed in the Philippines. EBM is the brainchild of students from the British School Manila, led by 17-year-old Anton Vera.

Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation (EBM), together with Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa Pag-Angat at Pag-Asa (AGAPP), a project by presidential sister Pinky Aquino-Abellada, has created Kaagapay sa Silid (Partner in Classroom-Building), a charity project offering quality pre-school education to less-fortunate children by building pre-school classrooms and libraries in the poorest public schools throughout the country. During the launch party, the first two classrooms were ceremonially turned over to Gloria Mojica, the school principal of Aniban Central School in Bacoor, Cavite. A check of P2.5M was also given to AGAPP from generous donors including Calata Corporation, Unilab Foundation, CATS Motors, Inc., Furnitalia, RCBC, Lee Jeans, Citisec Online, and SMART Communications.

The foundation aims to build one classroom a month and launch two new projects with AGAPP and The British School Manila: Kaagapay sa Guro (Partners in Teacher Training) and Kaagapay sa  Paghubog (Partners in Child Development) by May 2012.

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