Our Christmas Break 2011 Blog Series includes :


“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once lost but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.

“T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.  And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear;  the hour I first believed”

Even Santa Claus found time to visit the children of Ulingan.

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;  ‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.”

“The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.”

Thank you generous donors, co-volunteers and supporters of Project Pearls!

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“Yeah, when this flesh and heart shall fail,  And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil,  A life of joy and peace.”

“When we’ve been here ten thousand years. Bright shining as the sun. We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise. Than when we’ve first begun.”

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,  That saved a wretch like me.   I once was lost but now am found,   Was blind, but now I see.”

Pagpalain Nawa Tayo Ng Maykapal.

*Thank you so much PROJECT PEARLS (through the amazing photojournalist-blogger, Mr. Sidney Snoeck of the award winning blog, MY SARISARI STORE , the generous soul behind  PROJECT PEARLS,  Ms. Melissa Villa, and the rest of my co-volunteers) for sharing with me one of my most unforgettable experience in ULINGAN. Your unselfish efforts to help the children and their families living in Ulingan is awe-inspiring.

*For those of you who would like to contribute, donate, share, volunteer and help, kindly contact and coordinate with PROJECT PEARLS. Thank you and God bless!

*Amazing Grace, the song used in this post was written by John Newton.


  1. Dear Doc Gelo,

    First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I can’t thank you enough for spending your precious Christmas break with my precious children. Thank you so much for all the help and support. As you have witnessed, we have a long way to go; it may take a lifetime, but I my heart, my soul are with those children in Ulingan for a long haul, for a lifetime. And I cannot do it alone, with our amazing volunteers and kindred spirits like you!

    And they are truly our “Amazing Grace” !

    1. You’re welcome, Maam Melissa! And again, thank you for the opportunity to help and reach out even in my humble way to the poorest people in Ulingan.
      I hope more people will help the organization to bring HOPE to the needy.
      You and the volunteers of PROJECT PEARLS are indeed INSPIRING!
      May God bless everyone.

  2. Your vacation here was really something Doc because aside from spending Christmas here in the Philippines, who’ve helped alot of children to be happy by sharing your time with them.

    Merry Christmas to You, Tina and Gabby!!!

  3. Wonderful pictures Doc Gelo. You captured perfectly the mood of Christmas Eve in Ulingan.
    Thank you for sharing again your time and love with the children of Ulingan.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and an advance Happy New Year to you and your family !

    1. sidney, thank you so much for sharing the opportunity to help and reach out even in my little ways.
      you and the people of project pearls are awe-inspiring!

      maraming salamat po!
      may you have more blessings to share 🙂

  4. i couldn’t say more -amen! you and this group had been a wonderful blessing to all the needy residents of this slum community. may God bless you a hundredfold for bringing smiles to these children this Christmas.

  5. You know how much I love to give to other people, especially to kids. I don’t know how I could give more, but I pray that they will soon have peace in their hearts, because God’s grace is sufficient for us all.

  6. Hello Doc. I love your shots. Far better than the “Propped up” ones that flood Facebook by some so-called Photo Enthusiasts. So authentic are they that I can see the happiness in the children’s eyes 🙂 Merry Xmas. Ms. P.

    1. hello maria. i owe it all to sidney snoeck, melissa villa and the people behind project pearls.
      they allowed me to experience poverty in every sense of the word.

      may we all have a better new year! 🙂

  7. Doc merry christmas! tagala na din ako di nakablog hop kasi busy at tinamad na din nung dumating yung bakasyon. pero ikaw itong galing pa ng ibang bansa at nakapag outreach kaagad. napahiya ako dito.

    congratulations! i first saw this on Sidney’s blog and post in facebook and saw you there serving. astig!

    1. pareho lang tayo, dom. di pa din ako nakapag blog hop. i’ve been trying to juggle things in between. sana makapag post ulit soon at makapasyal sa mga blogs nyo.

      happy new year, engineer! 🙂

  8. I do charitable works on an individual basis, but your blog made me believe that Project Pearl is not one of those charitable organizations that funnel less than 20 cents for every dollar they received for their “projects.”
    I’m sending them a check (not a huge one, hardly worth the paper the amount is written on) to make me feel good. You sure know how to make people who are lesser deprived feel miserable. May we have more of your kind.

  9. wow doc! ang galing naman! and thanks to sidney for organizing this. i didn’t know he was very involved with charitable activities. i wish you both more blessings for the next year!

  10. and i say thank you for sharing these pics. it says a lot, and i hope and pray that those politicians will accidentally see these.

    this must be a very memorable Christmas break for you, for Tina and for Gabby. 🙂

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