Layag-Layag – a top inspirational FB story PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2011 13:50

Thanks to the influence of Facebook (FB) social network, the world is inspired by the situation of the children of Layag-Layag Mangroove Village in Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City.  It became one of the top inspirational stories of FB this year. 

Supports are flowing in from different organizations and individuals to make the future of this village a better place to live in – people living in harmony with nature, fishing and gathering seaweeds for sustainable livelihood, and their children riding in boats instead of swimming to school.

It all started last October 2010 with the call in the FB by Jay Jaboneta of the Office of the President’s Management about the plight of the Layag-Layag children swimming to school from their floating homes. It was picked up by Marketing Guru Josiah Go and supported fully by Tzu Chi Foundation under the helm of Dr. Anton Lim to raised funds under the name Zamboanga Funds For Little Kids (ZFFLK). Rotary Club of Zamboanga City came in to help too. Daily Zamboanga Times through this column, Pep Talk, also appealed for help from its readers.

And on March this year, the group was able to raise money and built a yellow colored boat named Bagong Pag-asa that started to ferry the children and people of Layag-Layag to dry land. This encouraged the ZFFLK supporters that more boats are being built, educational scholarships for the children are offered, free medical-dental services conducted, solar bulbs were installed in their homes, and a community multi-purpose center will rise soon.

This also stirred also a similar situation (Masbate Funds for Little Kids was formed) in a Masbate island where yellow boats were built for school age children to ride boats in going to school located in mainland. And now Jaboneta is going further by starting a bigger group Philippine Funds For Little Kids. It aims to raise funds and support for Filipino poor kids though FB again.

The inspirational story of Layag-Layag has been featured by the Philippine Inquirer, Philippines Star, Manila Standard, Washington Times, Seattle Times, San Francisco Times, NPR News, German News, Sun Times, GMA News, ABS-CBN, ANC, ABCNews, CBSNews, Youtube, Yahoo, and other news outfits. Recently the Tempest Production filmed and documented the story of Layag-Layag. This will be shown around the world. 

And it all started with FB. Muchas gracias, Facebook.

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(Isaiah 58:10) "And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."