November 11, 2016

One would think eighteen year-olds wish for sugar, spice and everything nice on their debut, but not Jianne Amber Y. Yaokasin who opted to share her blessings with the students of Tacloban by donating libraries.


Amber, the eldest child of Mr. Jimjim Yaokasin, celebrated her 18th birthday last October 2. Instead of splurging on a party, she chose to donate the funds for a fully furnished library, complete with shelves, books, and computers, for the Tacloban North National High School. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, her Godfather, was present for the inauguration and ribbon cutting.

“Proud na proud ako sa inaanak ko. Ambata pa, may adbokasiya na siya. Imbes na tumanggap ng mga regalo sa 18th birthday niya, siya pa ang gustong magbigay ng regalo. A generous heart is an indication of the purity of one’s soul,” Sen. Kiko said.

Tacloban North is where most of the victims of Yolanda relocated, and are now attending school. The libraries, named “Amber’s Nook,” aim to bring new hope, among others, to the youth who have been victims of the super typhoon.

“The school nourishes the future leaders of our country: teachers, businessmen, public servants, doctors- and what better way to equip these leaders than by sharing to them the stories of the greats who have gone before them,” Amber said.

This is not the first time Amber donated a school library. Last September 20, no less than Vice President Leni Robredo attended the inauguration of her first library at the San Jose Central School, also in Tacloban.