Lubang Island sits 25 miles NW of Mindoro and was known for Lt. Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese soldier from WWII to surrender, in 1975. It has an abundance of fresh food, clean water and air.

Marine 7 had to wait a few days for Tropical Storm Urduja to blow through before launching into the blue skies over Clark.

Landing on the island is a bit tricky occasionally, due to some nasty crosswinds.

Approaching runway 07, you have to fly near Cabra Island, which was heavily damaged. You can see how churned up the water and coastline were from the retreating storm on the day of our arrival.

Getting there was half the fun. Click on the picture for a video of just how much fun it was for Ms. Elena Dela Cruz, our Administrator

Vigo is one of the nicest, best managed and maintained schools I have ever seen. Click on the picture for a quick video overview

Along with the principal, each of the 4th, 5th and 6th grade teachers were awarded WITS systems. Again, click on the picture to see a video of the equipment that was donated.

Principal Edith Bobadilla (To my left) was happy to see her Xmas wishes come true this year! After more than 30 years of service, she will be retiring next March to work with her church.

As always, the kids were wild-eyed and excited to get their hands on the new technology their teachers will be sharing with them in the classrooms…

…and, unsurprisingly, were more than able to read aloud the text on the placards in our presentation, designed to let them understand how important English and technology will be for their futures.

Happy Holidays 2017 from the crew of the Help Philippine Schools Foundation!