Thursday, July 29, 2010

From Trash to Scholarship Fund

Mano Amiga Academy is now a member of, a website that allows donors to sell their unwanted possessions online, and be able to donate the proceeds to their chosen advocacy. The site, which has been likened to an ‘online garage sale’, specially caters to people who would like to help, but prefer to donate in kind rather than direct cash.

To help generate more awareness about the product, all items donated in will also be sold on Sellers will get an acknowledgment letter from Mano Amiga once the items have been sold. Direct cash donations could also be made through the site.

Registration is free! Unload those unwanted items and help send a child to school at the same time! For more information, please visit:

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back to School!

Last July 19, Mano Amiga Academy officially began its third school year. Mano Amiga Principal Revelyn Tria-Siasoyco welcomed the children, their parents, and the two new teachers, and outlined the different exciting activities aimed at providing quality education to the students and holistic formation to their families and the community as a whole.

The day marked another milestone for the school as it opened its doors to its pioneer batch of first graders. It was a happy and seamless transition for the students as they expressed their excitement about the new subjects they will be learning this year as well as the new responsibilities they will have.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bistro 3846: A Mano Amiga Social Enterprise

Mano Amiga Academy recently announced the official opening of Bistro 3846, a food and catering business that will help sustain the operating cost of Mano Amiga Academy.

The focus of Bistro 3846 is to provide school children with age-appropriate and nutritious lunch meals. The comprehensive nutrition program will help inculcate healthy eating habits that would provide nourishment, facilitate proper development, and promote environmental awareness and concern.
100% of the profits earned by Bistro 3846 would be donated to the Mano Amiga Academy scholarship fund.

Everest Academy has graciously agreed to host the initial site of Bistro 3846 and will be the school's cafeteria concessionaire for School year August 2010- May 2011. General Manager and Head Chef Amelia de los Reyes Alba, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, developed a menu featuring children's favorite meals that are prepared in a healthy way. The bistro also established a school herb garden that will help augment the cafeteria's herb requirements and help educate the Everest school children about the different herbs, their taste and nutrition content.

To learn more about the project, please visit:

Mano Amiga's partners had a chance to sample Chef Amelia's specialties during the Bistro 3846- sponsored reception of the recently held Mano Amiga thanksgiving mass.

The Bistro 3846 team (from L-R): Chelsea Otero-Lopez, Anna Aquino-Dee, Mano Amiga Development Director Lynn Pinugu and Chef Amelia de los Reyes Alba