Sunday, February 22, 2015

Project BookSail 2015: Limasawa Island

After the successful book drive for the schoolchildren in Palumbanes Island in Catanduanes, the BookSail volunteers were so fired up to start a new campaign for another island. But for some reason, we didn't get to pursue the plans. 

Until lately. The volunteers talked and decided that this project is so important not just for us, but most especially for the kids who have yet to see a library and who have very little access to books.

This year, we're set to continue the project. Another remote island, another set of schoolchildren.

This time we hope to send books and school supplies to the 205 pupils of Lugsongan Elementary School and Lugsongan Adventist Multigrade School in Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte.

You can be a part of this project, and we can be partners in making a meaningful difference to the lives of the kids there! We need your help.

What you can donate:

Story and picture books (English and Filipino)
Elementary books (Math, Science, English, Filipino)
Coloring books
Science laboratory materials
School supplies - pad papers, pencils, crayons, etc

We also accept cash donations.

For cash donations, you may deposit to this account:

BPI account
Rachelle Madarang

How you can donate:

We can arrange meet-ups or whatever is convenient for you.

Please contact us for more details:

Che Gurrobat: 0917-745-4538 (Pasig City)
Eph Aguilar: 0998-544-8464 (Quezon City)

Classes held in this "classroom" at Lugsongan Adventist Multigrade School

Classes inside one of the classrooms at Lugsongan Elementary School
The Island

Limasawa is dubbed as the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the Philippines. History books point to this island as the location where the first Catholic mass in the country was held. On Easter Sunday of March 31, 1521, Father Pedro de Valderrama officiated the mass on the shore of Limasawa Island. 

Today, this island municipality is home to about 5,835 inhabitants, according to the 2010 census. Most of its residents are engaged in fishing and farming.

Map by: Wikipedia

How to get to Limasawa Island: From Manila, take a plane to Tacloban City. Then take a van going to Maasin City. Then take a multicab going to Padre Burgos. Then from there, take a 45-min boatride going to Limasawa Island.

Attractions in the island: First Mass Shrine, 450 Steps to the First Cross, First Cross Monument, Beaches and Caves

Approaching Limawasa Island from Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte
Photo by: Eph Arriesgado of 

A beach at Barangay Lugsongan, Limasawa Island
Photo by: Eph Arriesgado of 

 The National Shrine of the First Mass in the Philippines
Photo by: Eph Arriesgado of 

First Cross Monument
Photo by: Eph Arriesgado of 

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We hope you could help in this project. Thank you!


  1. When's the trip to Leyte, Che? Will join you, if and when my schedule permits. :)

    Got a couple of books and school supplies to donate.

    1. Hi Ciel! Salamat! Will let you know as soon as we have the final sched for the Leyte trip. See you soon! :)

  2. Hi mam.. Aug21-22 po nasa Limasawa Island kami.. Sana magkataon din na andun ang Booksail.. Para makatulong din kami..

  3. Excited both to get near the National Shrine of the First Mass in the Philippines and First Cross Monument and to meet the kids. :)


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