Mano Amiga Philippines provides education opportunities that serve as a catalyst for community transformation and inclusive growth. Our programs include affordable high-quality K-12 education, skills training, and culinary employment for disadvantaged women, values and spiritual formation for families, and advocacy campaigns for social change. Mano Amiga uplifts low-income communities through increased student learning outcomes, increased sustainable livelihood opportunities, and improved health and well-being for families.
By providing scholarships and sustainable livelihood, we empower low-income families to break out of poverty.
Originating from Mexico, the Mano Amiga school system began in 1963 and has grown to 40 schools all over the world over the last 50 years. The success of the Mano Amiga model is evident through the students who graduate. 97% of scholars around the world are able to finish high school and pursue higher levels of education. Their alumni go on to achieve careers in medicine, law, business, finance, engineering, and education.
The first Mano Amiga school started in 2008 at a small temporary campus in Taguig City. Currently it caters to students from kindergarten to 5th grade, with the intention of growing a new level every year. Mano Amiga is currently raising funds to build its first permanent campus which will enable them to provide education and livelihood to at least 1,200 families. Mano Amiga also aims to replicate the school model in 15 new locations by 2025.
In Mano Amiga, students have produced various innovative initiatives and output through PROJECT-BASED LEARNING (PBL) where there is an immediate application of what they learned in the classroom through a multi-disciplinary approach. Through PBL, students are able to solve real-life problems using the skills they have acquired in class while also being able to present their solutions to their immediate community, families, school, or even other stakeholders such as government officials. Mano Amiga’s ACTIVE LEARNING APPROACH or the method wherein the teachers are in-charge of the classroom facilitation while the students are responsible for their own learning serves as a key role in ensuring students’ maximum potential.
There are always great people behind an even greater cause.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Eleanor Pinugu serves as the co-founder and executive director of Mano Amiga Academy. She discovered the Mano Amiga school model during her trip to Mexico, and was inspired to bring the school to the Philippine shores. Her vision for the country is for all children to have access to quality education and integral formation, no matter what their socio-economic background is. More than just a school, Mano Amiga also serves as a development center providing the students and their families all other support they need to help them build a better life.
In 2010, Eleanor also founded a social enterprise that would generate a steady income for Mano Amiga, and at the same time give employment opportunities to the mothers of the students. The resulting venture is Bistro 3846, which serves Philippine school lunchrooms with healthy, age-appropriate meals; 100% of its profits are donated to the Mano Amiga scholarship fund.
She was heralded as a Global Shaper, and had been chosen to represent the Philippines in the 2012 World Economic Forum Annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She has received several awards for social entrepreneurship including being one of the youngest recipients of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS).
After practicing dentistry for eight years, Revelyn Siasoyco or Teacher Rev to all, decided to pursue her authentic dream of working with children and becoming a teacher. Her first role was that of a pioneer pre-school teacher and director for the St. Louis University in Cebu. She took on the role of becoming the first pre-school teacher of Mano Amiga in 2008 and eventually, its principal in 2010.
The heart for volunteerism and the interest for helping the underprivileged is what inspired Teacher Rev to join Mano Amiga. Since opening its doors, she has seen the children bloom in terms of their character, values and spirituality and has seen the increase in active participation and support in the community’s parents.
Virgilio L. Peña
President and Chairman of the Board
Carmelino P. Alvendia, Jr.
Vice President and Treasurer
Amanda Barretto Lim
Rafael M. Cacho
Dr. Lydia B. Echauz
Antonio Ma. J. Guerrero
Martin Antonio G. Zamora
Antonino T. Aquino