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How to Help Philippine Super Typhoon Victims

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It has been three days since Haiyan or Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone or typhoon ever recorded, has brought death to thousands of Filipinos in Central Philippines, and millions more have been affected and displaced with destroyed homes. On top of this, chaos has emerged among the populace because of the lack of food, water and basic social services.

Now, the international call for help has loudly been broadcast by several international relief organizations to come to the aid of the predominantly Catholic country in Southeast Asia.

Here are several ways YOU CAN HELP through the various local and international organizations listed below. If there are any errors to the links, kindly report it to so the author and webmaster can fix the issue.



Philippine National Red Cross (
Hotline: 143
Telephone: 527-0000

text RED<space><amount-in-Pesos> to
2899 (Globe)
4483 (Smart)

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Gawad Kalinga Operation Operation Walang Iwanan (Typhoon Yolanda)

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya

Ayala Foundation’s Laging Handa Fund


Caritas Filipinas Foundation

Victory – Every Nation

St. Scholastica’s College
Cash/check donations pay to “St. Scholastica’s College Manila”
BDO account number 4580-000-210
E-mail your transaction receipts to for proper acknowledgment.

One La Salle Relief Drive (Yolanda)

Ateneo De Manila Disaster Response and Management Team



Check the credentials of any charitable organization

Canadian Red Cross

American Red Cross

British Red Cross

Australian Red Cross

U.N. World Food Programme
Text AID to 27722 to donate $10 in the USA


The Salvation Army USA

United Arab Emirates
LBC in UAE accepts in-kind donations but not “used clothes” a problem with Philippine customs policies. LBC will accept blankets, shoes or slippers, canned goods, and toiletries. All boxes of goods should be addressed to the LBC Foundation that will send the goods to the Red Cross. Drop them at the Karama and Abu Dhabi offices of LBC in UAE. Read more at source.

Oxfam – United Kingdom

Care International – United Kingdom

Care Australia

Médecins Sans Frontières – Australia

World Vision – Australia

International Rescue Committee (IRC) – USA and Canada

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps Emergency Response Fund

Save the Children

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Donate Now

United Nations’ Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) – Australia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – Australia

Mercy Corps

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada – Government of Canada
Canada launches matching fund to help those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan

Habitat for Humanity
Plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.

Operation USA

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – USA

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Plan – UK
Plan is a global children’s charity.

Child Fund – Australia

Caritas – Australia

Christian Aid – Australia

Catholic Relief Services

Convoy of Hope

Samaritan’s Purse International Rellief


Sources: USA Today | CBS News | In-a-gist Forum | NBC World News | SBS Australia | CNN International

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There’s a Filipino Park in Vancouver, BC

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The Filipino Plaza public park in Vancouver, BC

Somewhere in Vanness Avenue, west of Sky Train’s Nanaimo Station, Vancouver, BC, sits a park Filipino-Canadians call the Filipino Plaza. The open park, sometimes referred to as a linear park, located underneath the Sky Train Expo Line, was one of the dozens of open parks built in 1986 as part of BC Transit’s Parkway Program showcasing different cultural parks on the 26-kilometre path that parallels the Sky Train.

Fronting this park is the colorful Sarimanok logo and a 2,000-red brick wall donated by the Filipino-Canadians who started the endeavor in the park. Construction of the park was made possible with the bayanihan spirit of Filipino-Canadian members of the “Filipino Plaza Committee of 1985.”

This year, the Filipino Plaza will be the official site of the Flag Raising ceremony to kick off the various Philippine independence celebrations in the lower mainland of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Source: Wikipedia

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Philippine Catholic Online Site for the Dead

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has created a website designed to service Filipinos away from the country who would like to seek prayers and requests for masses for their departed loved ones. This is in line with the annual All Saints Day and All Souls Day ritual where Filipinos congregate at cemeteries and columbariums to honor their dead, the tradition known as “Undas.”

The site lists news and resources, prayers, requests for masses (the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls) and a FAQ page. When one sends a mass request for their departed loved one, the name of the person will be included in the masses that will be celebrated at the CBCP Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, from November 1 to 8, 2011, at 11:30 in the morning.

Sources: Undas Online | Manila Bulletin | Vancouver Sun

Image from Undas Online


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

Noynoy Aquino Wants To Be An Eliot Ness

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Noynoy Aquino as the Eliot Ness of the Philippines

…or a Kevin Costner? Too soon to tell. Bloomberg is reporting that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III wants his government to start acting like Eliot Ness by protecting those officials whose job is to catch the tax evaders in the Philippines in an aim to rid the country of corruption.

Eliot Ness, to those who never watched the movie “The Untouchables,” was an American prohibition agent of the United States Treasury in the roarin’ 20’s and was charged to bring down Al Capone’s breweries and supply routes during the prohibition era. The 1950s up to the 1960s brought a TV series of the same title that spawned a full-length movie starring Kevin Costner.

Will P’Noy live up to the name of the famous treasury agent that nabbed the famous Chicago gangster of tax evasion?

Read more at Bloomberg


Philippine Export Agency Expects 10 Percent Export Growth

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The Export Development Council (of the Philippines) was created by virtue of Republic Act 7844, otherwise known as the Export Development Act of 1994. It was created with the purpose of developing and overseeing the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) and coordinating the formulation and implementation of policy reforms to support the Plan.

Based on a plan recently presented to Philippine President Aquino, the EDC expects annual export growth to be within 10% in merchandise shipments until 2013. This target relies on exporting more to neighboring countries like China whose economy continues to expand, and Japan which many expect to recover fast despite the Tsunami catastrophe. The plan was approved by the President.

Sources: Export Hub & EDC Website

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Philippines Premier Fashion Photographer Raymund Isaac Now a Blogger

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Raymund Isaac, the Philippines’ foremost photography of the stars and celebrities, today informally announced through Facebook that he will post his first blog in his new blog site, As he described himself as a “People Photographer” his artistic touch transcends decades of work. He was particularly involved in many nudes before, his inclination to being “playful and sensuous” but his art has evolved through the years, and art, form and photography encompass what is Raymund Isaac today, beyond just tagged as a “Premier Fashion Photographer.”

Raymund was a Lasallian from primary school all the way to college where he took up film and television at the De La Salle University. In the many apprenticeship years and experience with luminaries in film and television, he has been cited and awarded numerous times, and have worked with prestiguous locally and internationally known people.

Watch out for his first blog on Monday!

Image of Raymund Issac’s Blog Site

Addendum: Raymund shoots Paris Hilton! Maybe he’ll post some photos, too.


Filipina-American Continues to Help Her Native Philippines

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Made in the Philippines

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At 75, Linda Hoops, the wife of H. Ray Hoops, the former president of the University of Southern Indiana, is constantly on the go. Last month she led a session at a panel discussion of chefs on emerging trends in Colorado and she recently helped arrange for an internship for a Philippine student to work at Zuki restaurant in Evansville.

When Hoops saw a successful program in her native Philippines, she felt compelled to find a way for the same program to make a difference in Evansville. The program was the brainchild of childhood friends in Manila. Lulu Trinidad-Ocampo adapted a technique of weaving folded newspaper sheets into bags and wallets. She realized the skill could be a source of livelihood for those in need and developed it into the “Bags for Life” program.

Hoops learned of the program on one of her yearly visits to the Philippines. She brought back a suitcase full of the bags to sell and use for not-for-profit auctions here. But she believes it could become a cottage industry here as well.

Read more at Evansville Courier & Press