Mano Amiga alumni, now incoming Philippine High School for the Arts students, shine during ballet recital

The lights dimmed, the curtains opened, and a long line of dolled up children in flounced tutu skirts tiptoe their way across the stage. Much like a wonderland, gigantic playing cards and gargantuan wall clocks hung around a projected screen, welcoming the audience to the magical world of dance. Dance Basics 2017 recital started with… Read more

Philip Stein partners with Mano Amiga to help build library

Last May 25, 2017, the spirit of community was at its strongest when Filipinos gathered in New York City to launch the first edition of Philip Stein Cares Global Filipino Watch collection to help build the new Mano Amiga library. Each timepiece sold donates 20% to Mano Amiga to be able to reach more students… Read more

Do good while feeling good: Benefit Cosmetics’ ‘BOLD IS BEAUTIFUL’ Campaign!

For this year, Benefit Cosmetics chose Mano Amiga as their beneficiary for their unique initiative — the Bold is Beautiful Project. With this program, Benefit Philippines donated 100% of the proceeds from all the brow wax services done in their branches nationwide for the whole month of May 2017, which will go to the scholarships… Read more

Message from our Executive Director on Mano Amiga’s 8th year Anniversary

There comes a time in every person’s life when you start to question whether the path you had taken was the right one. For me, this happened in 2012 when we found out that we had to find a new location for Mano Amiga, or else we would have to close down the school for… Read more

Learning Through Exploration: The PBL Approach

Project-based learning is the immediate application of what they learned in the classroom in which they develop critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. The students work in groups to collectively solve challenging problems that are relevant in their immediate environment, community, and country. Through this 21st-century learning approach, the students help propose and solve problems that… Read more

Vision for the future

LivPH chats with our Founder and Executive Director Lynn Pinugu, about the long-term vision for Mano Amiga Academy. What is the Mano Amiga Program? Mano Amiga is a school that provides an international standard of education in a way that’s affordable for low-income and middle families. Our dream is for every child in the Philippines,… Read more

Urban Yogi 2016 for the benefit of the Mano Amiga library

Hundreds of yogis gathered as early as 6:30am at Ayala Triangle Gardens for Urban Yoga 2016, organized by Urban Ashram Yoga. The event featured a whole morning of yoga classes taught by local and international teachers, for the benefit of Mano Amiga Academy. This was Urban Ashram’s way of raising funds for the shelves and… Read more