There was a blank space in my mind when I heard this yell for the first time! I was wondering what it meant? But, I observed, when the children said it, the emotion in their voices was palpable.  The host at the show we were attending kept repeating the phrase and the children kept responding, with intense feeling.

After soliciting some answers, I came to the phrase’s correct meaning.  ‘Yoy” is a word in the Manobo tribe dialect which means “wow”, an expression of appreciation.


“Yoy” was alive in the innocent eyes of the Puas Inda Elementary School pupils as they welcomed the OPEC Kulintang Officers and members to their school at 9:00 in the morning of November 4, 2016.


The OPEC Team came to bring school bags filled with various supplies and hygiene kits for the students and donate a complete computer set to the school.


The ceremonial ribbon was cut by RemegioOrias, Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Governance Operation Department Chief assisted by District Superintendent Vic Capiltan, Julieta Raz, Teacher-in-Charge of PuasInda Elementary School and Leah Sargon representing her husband tribal chieftain Datu Antonio Puas.


A new flagpole was turned-over by M. Lhuillier to the school.  Regional Manager RodulfoAlburo, Jr. presided over the turn-over ceremony.


The DepEd officials expressed their gratitude to M. Lhuillier for generously supporting their efforts towards providing the needs of the schoolchildren.


Mr. Orias explained, “Educating the children is not only the responsibility of DepEd but also that of every individual who aims to shape the future of these children.  Malay ‘nyomagigingempleyado din sila ng ML pagdating ng araw.” (Who knows, they might join the ML workforce in the future.)


“Remembering ML as one of their greatest joy when they received a bag with school supplies is nothing as sweet as smiles of these innocent buddy who linger only in their simple ambitions, “he added.


The ice was broken with an intermission number “HawakKamay” rendered by Farisha Ibrahim, one of the Directors of Area 1.


The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between DepEd and OPEC-Kulintang covering the donations to the school was then conducted.  This was followed by the handover of the computer set and the distribution of bags and hygiene kits for the kinder to grade two pupils.



By: Priscilla Medrocillo- Bolo