Burgemeester Patijnlaan 14, 3705CE Zeist, the Netherlands inquire@filipinochildren.net
New Bataan


As partners of Save our Schools (SOS) Network where we organise projects for the benefit of the Lumad students, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and comrades of Lumad teachers Chad Booc and Jurain Ngujo II, and Lumad community health worker Elegyn Balonga. We also send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Robert Aragon and Tirso Añar.

Last Thursday, 24 February 2022, the 10th Infantry Division (ID) and 101st Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) massacred Chad, Jurain, Elegyn and their two drivers — Robert and Tirso in New Bataan, Davao de Oro, Mindanao. According to reports, the group, now collectively known as New Bataan 5, were on their way home from visiting rural villages in southern Mindanao as part of their research work for Save our Schools Network.

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LALA, RIUS, TOPS and CHA: Bullet-Laced Dreams, 25 July 2021, Sunday

Get to converse with Lala, Rius, Tops and Cha after viewing the film on SUNDAY, 25 July 2021. Join us!!

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/bulletlaceddreams

To watch, please reserve a slot!

€5: students/unemployed €10: others

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Chricelyn Empong


18 years old, High School Graduate
Resident of Brgy. Dao, Arakan, Cotabato
Chairperson, Sabokahan Youth Women’s Organization

After the forcible closure and destruction of MISFI Academy school in Barangay White Culaman, Bukidnon by members of the AFP and local village chief in 2015, Chricelyn along with all the students and teachers evacuated in the Lumad sanctuary of UCCP Haran in Davao City. An evacuation school was then established in the sanctuary to continue their education.

In November 2018, while Chricelyn continues with her education along with other lumad children in the Bakwit school, her father, Esteban Empong, was shot dead by members of the paramilitary while he was sleeping. Esteban was a community leader and a council member of the local indigenous organization TIKULPA or Tinananon Kulamanon Lumadnong Panaghiusa. He was also one of the pioneering teachers of the first established lumad school Tribal Filipino Program for Community Development Inc. (TFPCDI) in Cotabato province by the slain Italian missionary priest, Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio, way back in 1980’s.

Last 17 July 2021, Chricelyn is one of the 11 lumad graduates in the Bakwit school. Finishing Grade 12 of online and modular learning.

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Rius Valle


National spokesperson, Save Our Schools Network
Acting Regional Director, Children’s Rehabilitation Center – Southern Mindanao
Resident of Davao City

  • Children and Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights advocate
  • Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Community Development at the University of Southeastern Philippines in 2010
  • Tasked as the spokesperson of Save Our Schools Network since its establishment in 2012.
  • Suffered continuous harassment and intimidation through fabricated criminal cases since 2015- kidnapping and serious illegal detention, libel, illegal assembly and human trafficking cases.
  • Have been in the Bakwit school since 2017
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Kristoffer Brugada


Independent documentary filmmaker, screenwriter
Professional university lecturer

Kristoffer has over a decade of experience in Philippine local media and has led several documentary productions that have won awards from international award-giving bodies such as the George Foster Peabody Award, the New York Festivals, Japan Prize for TV, and the Asian TV Awards.

A film graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Kristoffer recently finished three documentaries, including the short documentary Bullet-Laced Dreams.

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Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Producer and Editor

Her first feature-length film NICK and Chai has competed at international fil festivals such as the International Documentary Festival Amstermam, Busan International Film Festival, and New Caledonia Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award. Cha has attended numerous film workshops and pitching for a such as Berlinale Talent Campus, Docsport Incheon, Tokyo Talents, AsiaDoc Documentary Scriptwriting Residency among many others.

A film graduate of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, her thesis film INTOY”S CHRISTMAS was awarded best production thesis in 2007. She recently finished her second feature-length film, REMNANTS of a REVOLUTION.

25 July 2021, Sunday: Bullet-Laced Dreams

14:00 to 16:00 (Amsterdam)
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Manila)
8:00 am to 10:00 am (Toronto) 

The Foundation for Filipino Children in cooperation with Women for Filipino Women and Children (WoW) and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines – Europe Chapter (ICHRP-EU) invite you to view:

Followed by a conversation with the film makers as well as Rius and Lala from the Lumad Bakwit School

Please register before July 24, 2021 (only 90 slots available)


Donations for Entree:    €5:students/unemployed            €10:others        Additional donations are welcome!

How to send your donations:

  • For European Union or SEPA country bank holders: via a direct bank transfer (without extra cost) to:

Account name: Stg. Filippijnse Kinderen
IBAN: NL83 TRIO 0379 2148 06

  • For bank holders outside of the EU, through our PayPal account (plus 3.5% of your donation as transaction fee):

  • Please send a confirmation of your transfer via email: inquire@filipinochildren.net

Important Note: Only after receipt of your donation will your (Zoom) registration be approved.

  • Questions to our panel of speakers may be sent prior to the event; please send them to inquire@filipinochildren.net

WOW successfully raises funds for Lumad Bakwit Schools

The Women for Filipino Women and Children (WOW) rounded up its fleamarket (Ukay-Ukay) last November 29, 2020, collecting a total of three hundred seventy-nine (379.00) Euros to benefit the foundation’s campaign to Support the Lumad Bakwit Schools.

The Foundation for Filipino Children wishes to thank all who participated in the event. You may still contribute to this campaign by sending in your donation through:

  • A simple bank transfer to Triodos Bank (recommended for European Union bankholders):

Account name: Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen

IBAN:    NL83 TRIO 0379 2148 06

Swift code/BIC: TRIONL2U

Address: Burgemeester Patijnlaan 14, 3705CE Zeist, the Netherlands

Please indicate: “Support Lumad children”

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Invitation to an online fundraiser, 29 November 2020

Welcome to our online ukay-ukay (flea market)!

By selling all kinds of items, ranging from books to clothes to handmade soaps to jewelery to trendy bags and other accessories, we are raising money for the Lumad school children. The Lumad are from various indigenous tribes in the Philippines who need our support because they have been driven from their homeland. More information about the Lumad will be shared in the event over the next few weeks. We hope everybody will attend and find something they like! All sales happen online due to Covid-19.

This event is brought to you by Women for Filipino Women and Children in cooperation with the Foundation for Filipino Children.

Welkom op onze online ukay-ukay (vlooienmarkt)! Door allerlei spulletjes te verkopen, variërend van boeken tot kleding en handgemaakte zeepjes tot sieraden tot trendy tassen en andere accessoires, zamelen we geld in voor de Lumad schoolkinderen. De Lumad zijn een inheemse stam in de Filippijnen die onze steun nodig hebben omdat ze van hun grondgebied zijn verdreven. Meer informatie over de Lumad wordt de komende weken tijdens het evenement gedeeld. We hopen dat iedereen komt en iets vindt dat ze leuk vinden! Alle verkoop vindt online plaats ivm corona.

Dit event wordt georganiseerd door Women for Filipino Women and Children, in samenwerking met Stichting Filippijnse Kinderen.

Learn more about the Lumad:

Invitation to a Webinar

Women for Filipino Women and Children (WOW), International Women’s Alliance (IWA) – Netherlands and the Foundation for Filipino Children (Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen)

cordially invite you to a WEBINAR

Amidst DUTERTE’s “War on Drugs”: A mother’s search for justice

On 06 June 2020

3:00 pm Amsterdam, Netherlands

To get the link for Zoom, please pre-register:  HERE

6:00 am Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, California / 7:00 am Guatemala City, Guatemala / 10:00 am Buenos Aires, Argentina / 1:00 pm Dakar, Senegal / 6:00 pm Karachi, Pakistan / 9:00 pm Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines / 9:00 am EDT, Montreal, Canada and New York / 11:00 pm Melbourne, Australia / 4:00 pm Nairobi, Kenya and Amman, Jordan / 8:00 am Mexico City, Mexico / 3:00 pm Lusaka, Zambia

Llore Pasco is a strong and courageous woman. She is the mother of Juan Carlos and Crisanto Lozano, who were killed by the police on May 12, 2017. Like many other victims of Duterte’s war on drugs, Nanay (mother) Llore seeks justice for her two sons.  She is with us to share her pains as well as her hope in looking for justice, while holding on to the collective strength of other mothers and families grieving yet fighting for the loss of their loved ones.  She is here to share her story, her hope and her reason for fighting for justice.

Currently, Nanay Llore is an active leader of Rise Up for life and for rights, a network of families of victims of drug related killings and human rights violations and advocates to Stop the Killings!



Women for Filipino Women and Children, or WOW, is an organization based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It is a founding member organization of the International Women’s Alliance (IWA). Among its activities is generating solidarity support for women and children in the Philippines.

International Women’s Alliance – the Netherlands:

IWA Netherlands was just organized in 2020. Among its first activities was to participate in the celebrations of International Working Women’s Day on March 7, 2020 in Utrecht, the Netherlands and in Amsterdam on March 8, 2020. Among its other activities is linking up with women’s organizations in the Netherlands.

Foundation for Filipino Children: Established in 1993, committed to promoting the rights and welfare of the Filipino child. It is a proud member of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).


Rise Up for Life and for Rights is an alliance that was started to respond to the upsurge in Drug-Related Killings (or Extra-Judical Killings since all these killings are because of a state policy under Duterte’s so-called “War on Drugs”) in the Philippines. Initiated by Church and human rights advocates as well as social activists, it is envisioned as an organization of survivors/ victims/families affected by the Drug-Related Killings with the solidarity and broad support from  concerned citizens from across the country and around the world. Its secretariat is hosted by the Promotion of Church People’s Response in the Philippines.

Lumad children value their education

The mountainous countryside of Mindanao, Southern Philippines is home to the indigenous Lumad communities whose lives are constantly threatened by militarization and state-sponsored attacks. Through sheer determination and with the help of non-governmental organizations, they were able to establish their own schools for the education of Lumad children based on a homegrown curriculum that respects and promotes their indigenous rights and way of life. Today, many of these Lumad schools have been forcibly closed as nearby communities evacuate their homes to flee from continuing threats, harassment and killings.

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Thank you for your continuing support!

The Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen (Foundation for Filipino Children) wishes to thank all who have helped us raise a total of €2257.06 for the Lumad Bakwit School in Metro Manila. Donors come from Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada, the USA and Australia.

Your gift made a significant difference to children like Katkat at the Lumad Bakwit School in Metro Manila.

Life tries to go on in the Bakwit School for displaced Lumad children, but they have had to adjust to the heavy-handed military quarantine in Luzon.

“Food and other resources are a serious challenge in this time of enhanced quarantine since we can’t leave the premises”, Bakwit School teachers worry for the next few weeks and months with the enhanced quarantine that could cut off resources for the students.

We know that times are becoming difficult with much of the world experiencing fear, anxiety, and social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This type of experience is an everyday reality for many Filipinos, especially these Lumad students.

But amidst all these, we are reassured, more than ever, that it is the people’s collective movement that will defeat not just this virus but social inequality and injustices!

Give today.

We hope that you and your family keep safe in the coming days. It is through social solidarity, and not isolation that we all keep safe.

With gratitude, and solidarity,

Angie, Consie and Lyn

Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen

P.S. Every small donation counts. Please give the gift of social solidarity in these trying times.


Covid-19 pandemic affects life in Bakwit School

Reference: Rius Valle, Spokesperson, SOS Network, +639276995817

Life tries to go on inside the “Bakwit School” of the displaced Lumad children inside UP Diliman, but they, too, had to adjust to the enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon.

A “no visitor policy” was implemented by the university and college administrators in the Bakwit School.

But in the bakwit community, activities still abound for some 100 school children.

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Lumad day visit: Happy Bonding Moments

27 DECEMBER, Philippines – Lyn and Consie, officers of the Foundation for Filipino Children (Stichting voor Filippijnse Kinderen), visited the Lumad kids in UP Diliman, Quezon City. These children are the foundation’s beneficiary for its project, Support Lumad Bakwit Schools. 

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