BALANGKAYAN, Eastern Samar – Despite her family’s impoverished situation, Joylen, 11, is determined to achieve her dream of becoming a popular singer. 

As the eldest of four children of Jovito, 29, and Belinda, 28, she really wants to uplift her family from poverty through her lovely voice.

Her talent rewarded her Php500 when she recently won in a singing contest in a village of this town through her rendition of noted national singer Angeline Quinto’sPatuloy and Pangarap, a song about reaching a dream.

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A child’s quest to uplift her family from poverty

BALANGKAYAN, Eastern Samar – Despite her family’s impoverished situation, Joylen, 11, is determined to achieve her dream of becoming a popular singer. 

As the eldest of four children of Jovito, 29, and Belinda, 28, she really wants to uplift her family from poverty through her lovely voice.

Her talent rewarded her Php500 when she recently won in a singing contest in a village of this town through her rendition of noted national singer Angeline Quinto’sPatuloy and Pangarap, a song about reaching a dream.

“How could she achieve that dream if she could not show any legal proof that she exists?” Belinda asked.

Pressured by her teacher, Joylen asked her mother to have her civil registration processed, raising Belinda’s anxiety since they don’t have enough money going to the town center, some 10 kilometers away from their village, for the processing.

Jovito works as a laborer in Tacloban City and earns an average income of Php1,200 a week, but his take home pay is not even half of the amount since they have to pay off some debts.

“As the oldest child, it breaks my heart to see how my parents work hard for our survival. I want to help them earn in the future, but my teacher said that I cannot graduate from elementary if I don’t have a birth certificate,” Joylen shared.

Recently, Joylen received a copy of her birth certificate through the Access to Benefits and Claims after Disaster Expansion (ABCDE) Project, which she considers as her passport in pursuing her singing career.

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Beinte Dos nga Nawong hin Hingyap

(Twenty-two Faces of Dreams)

Is an attempt of IDEALS, Inc. to capture and depict the significance of CRVS

in the lives of Yolanda Survivors. It is a compilation of stories of people

who saw CRVS as one step closer to achieving their dreams.

 

If you need CRVS assistance or know of people who need these services, please feel free to get in touch with IDEALS, Inc. at the following contact information:

; 0917.316.0992; 0998.954.5938

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A child’s quest to uplift her family from poverty

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