Giving Hope [In A Bottle] Shouldn't Be An Option

I've lost count of the stories I read, heard, and watched about Filipino children getting educated in the least conducive setting possible. Many children are forced to study with their legs submerged under water inside the classrooms of flood stricken areas of the country.  A lot more remain helpless as they attend classes each day in unsafe classrooms with dilapidated ceilings, broken windows, and tables with rusted nails sticking from every side.  To top of this unfortunate condition is the fact that the classrooms are overcrowded. Three children would share in one small chair at the very least. Most would sit down on the dirty floors. These children endure all these just to learn.

Our country is currently in dire need of more than 27,000 classrooms according to the Seth Mydans NY Times article about Philippine Classroom Shortage. The figure stated, mind you,  is almost three years old. The demand for new classrooms increases each year due to our ballooning population. 

Hope in a Bottle
My first HOPE


I believe that Filipinos are socially responsible and prejudiced in favor of the oppressed. Some are just clueless as to how they can be of help while others are financially challenged to do so. So the question now is this - Can a simple Juan do something to help get these kids get decent means of getting educated? Yes! There is now an affordable and simple way of helping out these kids through Hope In A Bottle.

WHAT IS HOPE [In A Bottle]?

Being a health and education advocate, I took a particular interest on Hope In A Bottle. It is a cause-related product that I fully support. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds of Friends of Hope, Inc. will be used in building new public school classrooms. That 100% is after the expenses or production costs have been subtracted. 

Hope In A Bottle was an idea contrived by Friends of Hope, Inc. - a non-profit organization led by the awe-inspiring Ms. Nanette Medved and former San Miguel Purefoods Company President, Mr. Ricky Gomez. Friends of Hope, Inc. aims to improve the condition of public schools all over the country.

Friends of Hope, Inc. works hand in hand with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in handling sales profits and in choosing schools from the list provided by the Department of Education. The project will undergo bidding first before construction starts and will be handled by PBSP under their "TEN Moves"  program (a campaign to build 10,000 classrooms in the Philippines by October 2012 through a donation of PhP10.00/day X 10 months from 2 million people).

Famous local television personalities have joined in as supporters of this growing movement. The TVC (television commercial) of Hope In A Bottle features some of these personalities (Winnie Monsod, Boy Abunda, Joey de Leon, Bea Alonzo, etc.) who attended public schools.


Hope In A Bottle is available at Jamba Juice, Shopwise, Kenny Rogers, Landmark, South Supermarkets, Rustan’s, Ministop, Krispy Kreme, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Robinsons Supermarkets, Super 8, and Suy Sing.

Hope is a powerful thing to give. It is the driving force that will push these public school children - who have enormous potentials - in achieving their lifelong dreams. Giving hope and helping out should never be an option. It should be a priority. 

Hope In A Bottle
FACEBOOK:  Hope In A Bottle
TWITTER: @HopeInABottle
INSTAGRAM: hope_in_a_bottle


REFERENCE CREDIT:  The Philippines Face Classroom Shortage by Seth Mydans for NY Times



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