Bangkang papel boys

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The "Bangkang papel" boys, (Paper boat boys), were a group of three boys who wrote their dreams and wishes on a paper which they folded into paper boats and let float on Pasig River towards Malacañang Palace in 2001[1] as their symbolic way of bringing to then Philippines President Gloria Arroyo their aspirations.[2] They were Erwin Dolera, Jomer Pabalan, and Jayson Vann Banogon, age ranges 9–8 years-old respectively, and were also among the survivors of the Payatas garbage slide tragedy in July 2000.[3] The paper boats never reached the Palace, but the activity, organized by an urban poor group, caught the attention of Arroyo.[1]

The plight of the boys touched the heart of the newly installed chief executive, President Arroyo, who presented them during her first State of the Nation Address (SONA).[4] Arroyo invited the boys to the presidential palace and gave them scholarships, livelihood and other support services.[5] In 2010, Arroyo has one thing she promises to do, even if her term ends in June, it’s the continuous educational assistance for the boys.[2]

The current administration of President Aquino assures continued aid for the three boys, even though Arroyo had informed the three that their scholarships will be good only until 2010.[6]


  1. ^ a b David Dizon. (2011-06-08). 'Bangkang papel' boy wants to become a journalist. ABS-CBN News, retrieved August 8, 2011
  2. ^ a b Ellalyn B. De Vera. (2010-05-19). GMA remembers boys in Payatas. The Manila Bulletin, retrieved August 8, 2011
  3. ^ Amita O. Legaspi. (2011-06-08). 2 of 3 ‘bangkang papel’ boys to continue receiving scholarship grants. GMA News, retrieved August 8, 2011
  4. ^ Ellalyn B. De Vera. (2009-06-13). 3 ‘bangkang papel’ boys still hopeful. ABS-CBN News, retrieved August 8, 2011
  5. ^ Social Marketing Service. (2010-05-18). ‘Bangkang Papel’ Boys Continue To Receive Educational Assistance -- DSWD. DSWD Website, retrieved August 8, 2011
  6. ^ Nheslaine Eval. (2011-06-11). Palace assures continued aid for 'bangkang papel boys'. Philippine Online Chronicles, retrieved August 8, 2011