Last February 20, 2016 (Saturday) at 3:00PM, we celebrated the inauguration of the newly reconstructed Tiglawigan Elementary School. This event was graced by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of France to the Philippines, Mr. Thierry Mathou and our partners Amade (represented by Jérôme Froissart) and Pompiers Solidaires (represented by Ms. Villaceran). Our very own Dominique Lemay and Laurent Goirand, Founder and Vice-President of the Virlanie Foundation, respectively, were present as well.

On November 8, 2013, a natural disaster of unusual violence hit the Philippine archipelago. Called Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), thousands were killed in the wake of this typhoon. The city of Cadiz, specifically Barangay Tiglawigan, was affected the worst.

With Amade and Pompiers Solidaires, Virlanie Foundation has undertaken the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Tiglawigan Elementary School. The objective of this project and partnership was to provide children with quality school infrastructure to support their education. This project directly affects over 800 students enrolled in the school from preschool to 6th grade. The partnership has also helped support the schooling of 200 of children who were most affected by the typhoon. Each student was given two uniforms, books, and school supplies.

At 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, our guests gathered alongside the Mayor of Cadiz and representatives of various ministries. School children were happy to give a welcome dance performance.

Our guests then headed to the central office of the school where Father Jacques Leclerc Du Sablon conducted the blessing of the school.

His Excellency Thierry Mathou and Dominique Lemay and Patrick Escalante, Mayor of Cadiz, together with our guests then cut the red ribbon, a traditional gesture to commemorate months of work and collaboration to complete the project.
The flags of France, Monaco, and the Philippines were then hoisted atop their masts and the respective national anthems were heard in rapt silence.

Our guests did us the honor of a speech praising the effort behind the project that rebuilt the school. More than 1,500 were present in this inauguration including partners, students, parents, school staff, representatives of various ministries and staff of the Virlanie Foundation.

The program ended in time for some merienda, and a few students were invited to share their first impression about their new school.

Rollyn Joy Jalea (right)
“I love my school because this is where I learned to read and write. I love it because it looks brand new and clean. I feel free here.”

Jenny May Francisco (left)
“I love my school because I learn a lot here and the teachers are very nice. ”