I had the privilege for the first time to meet the “Star of Hope drum and lyre Band” in the Star of Hope village Ilog, Infanta Philippines. It is located four hours east from Manila on the other side of Luzon Island. Children between 5 and 12 years old preformed an amazing selection of songs like “Oh when the saints” and a song from the band “One Direction” plus many more.
I was really impressed by the children and also by the precision of their marching style, called tattoo style and I learned this came from military exercises given by troops as evening entertainment in the old days.
This was not the first time they had performed and you could tell that by how well they did and how serious they took their performance. This was a very important task to them, preforming before the foreigners and they did it with such grace.
Walking around the compound and seeing the last classroom of the school finished as well as the herb garden and peanuts and trees being planted since last year really warmed my heart. There is prominent belief and hope for the future here in Infanta.
The Star of Hope teachers and the principle Beth are hardworking, warm and loving towards the children. Walking around in the classroom seeing and hearing what the children learned was a blessing. I even played a little bit of volleyball with the children and was a lot of fun even if I could not keep up with the children. Without people like you and our sponsors, this could never have been accomplished. Thank you
Maria from Infanta, Philippines