It’s a celebration of two months worth of summer program, priceless camaraderie, mentorship, self-directed learning and finally finishing the space where we will operate a type of school you could only dream of and never thought could happen unless people got together to make sure it happened, because we deserve the freedom to be ourselves and we have the right to own and shape our education.  And celebrate we did with loud music, awards, games, laughter and too much pizza mixed in with all the happy excitement of having arrived at a much-awaited place.

It’s not just the two months that we are celebrating, though.  It’s over a year of planning and preparing for this day.  It’s years of gestation in our minds and souls until things, puzzle pieces and happenstance coagulated and slid into spot.

We’re also celebrating a new starting line, wondering where this adventure will lead us as we take one leap of faith after another.

Two months ago, that space looked like this:

And was transformed to this:

Thank you to everyone who journeyed and are journeying with us!  Without your support and encouragement, we wouldn’t have made it this far.


Check out our program for June-July!



Missing and Moving


We’re going to miss this place that’s been a cozy home for two months and has made it possible for a seemingly impossible start-up like us to exist.  Thanks to Ross and Inigo of Commune for being welcoming and supportive way beyond the call of duty.  Thanks to all the staff at Commune for making it a positively wonderful time.  Thanks to the families for their willingness to try something out-of-the-box.

Kids who wanted to take a shot at being a barista were able to test their skills, while others fell in love with two cool cats who silently roamed and owned the space.  Art, poetry, music, first aid, geek culture, photography, freedom space, board games, financial literacy, self-esteem, happiness, creative journaling, Spanish, Japanese, math gym, fact or fiction, ukulele — a full summer, indeed!

A Google Ode to Mirage and Mocha

I can’t stop myself from saving these from Google images:

And I wasn’t even at Commune most of the time.  I was living Abot Tala vicariously through Owie since my task entailed me to be at the other side of town, getting the renovation of our space in Tres Palmas, Taguig through to the finish line.  Now, it’s done and all that’s needed are the furniture, appliances, books, community and most importantly . . . . a pet.

We’d love to tell you about how school could be redesigned and redefined for the 21st century learner.  Come on over and have coffee and tea with us!


P.S. Two words.  Spam fries.