Who We Are

We do not call them poor street kids or pitiful delinquents... we have seen what they can do and what they are capable of achieving such that we can only refer to them as extra-ordinary children
- Mr. Raymond Tan
Board Chairman

Tuloy Foundation, Inc. is a non-government, not-for-profit organization registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission in 1996 and licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to “provide residential care services for children and youth”.

It was founded in 1993 by Fr. Marciano “Rocky” G. Evangelista of the Salesians of Don Bosco with ten lay volunteers committed to the cause of poor, abandoned, homeless children. It pursues the charism of St. John Bosco who dedicated himself to the care and training of poor boys in the 1800’s.


Our Founder Rev. Fr. Marciano 'Rocky' Evangelista

Our Vision

Redeemed from helplessness,  Empowered to choose right.

The street is home to an estimated one and a half million children in the Philippines, some 250,000 of them in the cities. Left in the streets to survive, they fall prey to the dangers of begging, theft, drugs, exploitation, violence, and even prostitution. Many eventually find themselves behind bars. Some lose their lives.

Tuloy offers an alternative to life in the streets. Street children choose to give up the free life in the streets for a home and second family, and education in Tuloy. They learn to embrace a life of discipline, turn away from wrongdoing, and work on their potentials to become one day productive members of society. They regain their dignity. Darkness gives way to hope – “A better life is possible.”


Our Mission

We aim to be a center of excellence in the reintegration of street children into mainstream society through a comprehensive program of caring, healing, and teaching.

Tuloy children live, learn, and grow in a nurturing environment where they feel safe and know that they are loved unconditionally.

They are given time to rediscover that they are innately good persons and to unlearn wrong values and behavior. They learn new values and skills by experiencing real-life situations inside Tuloy, and participating in their own development. They are challenged to do what they can. They study, play and do house chores just like other children in homes do. They are given opportunities to express themselves in art, dance, song , sports, or practical arts such as gardening. There is never room for pity or shame just because they were once unschooled, poor street children.

The infrastructure of the Tuloy village may seem luxurious by third-world standards for orphanages and street children homes, but it has been carefully planned and designed to enhance the healing and learning journeys Tuloy children take. By living in an environment that is beautiful, clean and safe, and having a part in keeping it such, Tuloy children learn values such as beauty, cleanliness, safety, respect, responsibility, and accountability.

Tuloy is the only residential care service institution in the Philippines that has its own school for its residents with a curriculum and all the essential facilities that make it an appropriate and effective educational venue for its clientele.

As an organization, Tuloy Foundation, Inc. has a Board of Trustees and a Management Committee composed of professionals and entrepreneurs who lend their wisdom, expertise, and experience to setting and achieving the foundation’s goals.

Some of the Members of the Board of  Tuloy Founndation Inc.


Tuloy in Pilipino, our national language, means “welcome” and “to continue”. “Tuloy po!” can also mean “This is Tuloy!”
We started Tuloy in 1993 to rescue street children, and give them a home, direction, and the skills they will need in the real world. We had 12 children then in a 40-sqm room. Over 17 years, Tuloy has served more than 10,000 children in need. The small room is now a village on 4.5 hectares of land in southern Metro Manila. The abandoned and arid fields have metamorphosed into homes, gardens, a school, a soccer field, a chapel, and recently, a culinary arts center for the children. The village is a nurturing environment where they continue to learn and grow, and eventually transform themselves.

The task is neither simple nor easy. If we are to serve these children, we must try to answer all their needs in a way befitting their human dignity. Aside from providing for their basic needs and education, our work involves teaching them to unlearn the bad habits and behavior they developed in the streets, healing past hurts, and instilling in them discipline. We need to help them see their goodness by first showing them kindness and compassion.

We are proud of our children. Their efforts to transform themselves inspire us to do our task better everyday. They are all work in progress as they struggle to move forward and resist the temptation to slide back. We have learned from them and have been transformed ourselves.

Ours is a relevant program and a comprehensive approach designed to help keep kids off the streets for good. We are here to do the work but we need your help. Instead of making separate efforts to solve the problem of street children, let us be partners because by working together we can get better results.

Our children have an amazing potential to grow and achieve. But first, we have to give them a chance to, and we invite you to help us do just that. Your support will enable their transformation.
Please read on to learn more about Tuloy and how you can help!

Fr. Marciano “Rocky” G. Evangelista, SDB
President & Project Director
Tuloy Foundation, Inc.



  • Fr. Rocky and ten volunteers begin Tuloy in a 40-sqm. Room in the St. John Bosco Parish compound in Makati with 12 children.


  • Consuelo Foundation, Inc. partners with Tuloy to build a 3-storey residence for 130 children in Makati.


  • Tuloy Foundation, Inc. is incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and thereafter receives tax-exempt status from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.


  • Tuloy’s school building opens in Makati with funding from the Philippine Stock Exchange Foundation and Consuelo Foundation, Inc. The school which can accommodate 230 students only, offered non-formal education using curriculum specially designed for street children and approved by the Department of Education.


  • The Department of Social Welfare and Development awards Tuloy a 100-year lease on a 4.5 hectare lot in Alabang, Muntinlupa City for a street children village.
  • Limquico family donates a 4.7 hectare property in Majayjay, Laguna which is turned into a farm with small income generating livelihood projects for the Foundation – piggery, fish ponds, crop production.
  • CASPAR Foundation of Japan funds the building of two dormitory buildings in the Tuloy Oasis Campsite Nature Therapy Center in the Limquico-donated land in Majayjay, Laguna.
  • Consuelo Foundation, Inc. funds the construction of the Tuloy sa Don Bosco school building and two workshops for the vocational and technical programs.


  • Caltex (Phil.), Inc. and Ronald McDonald Charities lead corporate donors in funding the construction of dormitory buildings.


  • Tuloy village with 6 houses welcomes its first 130 residents and the school starts its first year with 350 students.


  • 63 students – 31 in Basic Education and 32 in Voc-Tech programs become Tuloy’s first graduates in Alabang.


  • Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, visits Tuloy and leads the groundbreaking of the chapel inside the Village.
  • Manos Unidas of Spain approves the grant fortwo residential houses at the Street Children Village.


  • The tenth house is completed. The village is now capable of accommodating up to 300 children.


  • On its 14th year, Tuloy served more than 6,000 children and youth in distress, graduated over 400 students from Basic Educationand 700 from various Voc-Tech programs.


  • Donors led by Becker family and Stiftung Symphasis of Germany fund the construction of the Culinary Center and Voc-Tech workshops.
  • Four students who are football players participate in the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia (Marlon Lagundino, Jeffrey Solis, Jay R de Jesus, and Kevin Prix Lagioy).


  • One student/ football player participates in the 2009 Homeless World Cup in Milan, Italy (Marlon Lagundino).


  • Six students/football players participate in the 2010 Streetchild World Cup in Durban, South Africa (Erika Inocencio, Noriel Pineones, Jayson Simangan, Lorelyn Cabanayan, Ladylyn Ampe and Gerry Boy Joaquino).


  • Student chefs participated in the Chefs on Parade 2011: Ultimate Asian Showdown at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City and they finished second in Creative Cake Decorating On-the-Spot and fifth in the Market Basket Filipino.
  • Tuloy inaugurates two mobile classrooms and starts its “Skills on Wheels”, an off-campus training on Consumer Electronics to provide the poor with income-generating activities.
  • With assistance from the Consuelo Foundation, Inc., two technicians startthe technology transfer on aquaponics, which forms the core of the Tuloy Environment Protection and Ecological Productivity Zone.


  • Baylon family donates a 4,066 sqm property in Biñan City (Laguna) which Tuloy intends to transform into a “half-way house” for new street children who are coming into Tuloy care and the graduating children who are being weaned from its care and watchful eyes.
  • Tuloy adds Dressmaking to its Voc-Tech program upon receipt of a donation of 25 industrial sewing machines, courtesy of Trustee John Kerr.
  • Two Tuloy students (Lawrence Balla & Gerry Boy Joaquino) are pre-qualified among other Filipino candidates to compete in the Asian Food Channel (AFC) cooking reality show, “The Big Break”. Co-sponsored by Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore for two months. Lawrence ends up as first runner-up in the contest.
  • Tuloy was location of choice for the social-cultural immersion program of the 24 students and 5 faculty members of Aquinas College, Perth, Australia.
  • Tuloy was shortlisted by the HK-based Gold Standard Awards for NGO Engagement for “addressing the plight of poor children in the Philippines.”
  • With the offer of Ms. Becky Aranaz’s assistance, Tuloy adds new related courses to its Voc-Tech program: Waitering, Barista and Bartending.
  • Tuloy was the location of choice for the socio-cultural immersion program of the 24 students and 5 faculty members of Aquinas College, Perth, Australia.
  • Tuloy was shortlisted by the HK-based Gold Standard Awards for NGO Engagement for “addressing the plight of poor children in the Philippines.”


  • Tuloy Culinary Arts School was featured in the article, “Learning thyme for aspiring chefs,” in the January 21, 2013 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  • Blessing of the Adoration Chapel and Thanksgiving Dinner, Jan 24, 2013.
  • Tuloy was featured in a 4-page article, “Tuloy sa Don Bosco: A School for the Disadvantaged Youth,” in the Feb 2013 issue of Appetite Magazine.
  • Visit of 23rd Trade Mission of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii led by Lt. Gov. Tsutsui of Hawaii, Feb 6, 2013.
  • Visit of UP Diliman Landscape Architecture students to Tuloy with the end-view of making proposed templates for Mary’s Garden in the Tuloy compound, Feb and April, 2013.
  • Exploratory talks with the CSR staff of the ICTSI (International Containerized Terminal Services, Inc.) Foundation in connection with their sponsorship of certain activities of the Tuloy football team.
  • Exploratory talks with Mr. Edgar Chua, president of Shell Foundation, on the conduct of briefings/ seminars on Aquaponics for a group of businessmen connected with Shell.
  • Visit of the staff of the Office of Civil Relations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (OCR-AFP) for exploratory talks on OCR-AFP partnership with Tuloy on values/ character training of the Tuloy kids, May 15, 2013.