Our core values

Protect our children

Love our country

Uplift the lives of the poor

We use hypoallergenic material and avoid plastic parts that can be swallowed by children. Safety is one of our main priorities.

We proudly name our stuffed toys after Filipino icons that embody good Filipino values and the best of Philippine culture.

We aim at empowering our community partners by providing convenient working conditions to help them grow as responsible leaders and creative artisans.

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Honor locally made products

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Our cute and huggable plushies are hand-stitched and made by the mothers with love. We want spread love and Gawad Kalinga’s way of caring.

Our products showcase the creative genius of the poor and excellent skills of craftswomen. We want to inspire more people to continue to support products made by Filipinos.

We believe that every child has a right to play and that play empowers children to love learning. Theses plushies encourage imaginative play and role playing to stimulate childrens’ imagination

Our team members

Fabien Courteille

Founder | Board member of the GK Enchanted Farm

Always ready to help, Fabien is one of the most generous person we know!

From France, he decided to fly to the Philippines in 2011 to learn more about social entrepreneurship. Looking for answers, we wanted to bring new ideas home. However, he fell in love with the Philippines and decided to join Gawad Kalinga's mission, to end poverty for 5 millions family by 2021!

Part of the team building of the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, he founded in 2014 his own social enterprise, BatangBayani International Inc, offering socially responsible toys Plush and Play providing livelihood opportunities for women in the countryside.

Ainee Idanan

President | School Directress

Educator, toy-maker, and social entrepreneur, that’s Ainee! With a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life and Child Development from the University of The Philippines, Ainee’s creativity, passion, and sunny personality aid in developing young minds and creating developmentally-appropriate learning materials.

In October 2012, she joined the Batang Bayani International Inc. and helped create one of a kind plush toys that showcase the abundant resources of our land as well as the craftsmanship and ingenuity of Filipino mothers. Ainee’s dedication and perseverance helps her overcome any challenge and lets her give a hundred and one percent in everything she does!

Coco Castro Cruz

Co-Founder | Hands on mother | Filipina nation-builder

Coco has been with Gawad Kalinga since 2005, first discovering mission work through GK-Ateneo’s Team Gabaldon. She has then been involved with various social work/activities, and more recently businesses that help uplift the lives of the poor.

Aside from Plush and Play, she is also a co-founder of Joomajam, a social enterprise that makes learning fun through music and is currently part of her family’s manufacturing business.

More importantly, she’s mother to Sining and Diwa and wife to Loleng (Mark Lawrence). Having two kids and a couple of nephews and nieces makes the Cruz household a small lab incubator for fun, educational, safe and age appropriate products for kids.

Howard Lorenzo

Co-founder | Architect | Designer

Howard started as an in-house designer for the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm back when he was an architecture student in 2012.

He collaborated with Fabien to create safe and sustainable educational toys that could also provide livelihood for the moms of the community. He had been onboard with the Batang Bayani Team from brainstorming to execution of ideas, especially in the design area for the toys.

Lanie Montepio

Co-founder | Preschool teacher | Child’s rights advocate

Now in her 5th year of teaching, Lanie has seen the role of play in a child’s holistic development. Being a part of the Batang Bayani International Inc. provided her with an opportunity to continue her desire to contribute in creating meaningful experiences for children through toys and educational materials. Toys that are safe and developmentally-appropriate.

She also believes in the importance of molding a generation of young heroes with the help of the talented moms in the community.

You?

Join the team!

We are always looking for new talents!

Send us your CV and cover letter to plushandplay@yahoo.com 🙂