Dubai school holds fund raiser for Typhoon Haiyan victims


DUBAI // Pupils, teachers and staff at The Philippine School are spearheading a nine-day drive to raise funds to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The school has appealed for donations in cash or in kind to help provide relief after the storm wrecked havoc in the country on November 8. More than 4,000 people were killed and millions left homeless.

“We want to help in our own little ways as pupils,” said Daynee Roque, 16. “Even if we are far away from our country, we want to be able to help them,” said the Grade 10 pupil.

Alovette Rellon, 16, said: “We, as pupils, are united in this tragedy and are eager to help our countrymen.

”Pupils spent yesterday sorting through hundreds of blankets, clothes, medicines, cans of food, biscuits, packets of rice, flour and noodles that had been donated by parents.

The school has also requested the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai’s education regulator, to appeal to other schools in the emirate to help before the fund-raising drive ends on December 5.

Pupils from the Deira International School handed over a cheque for a Dh27,000 while The Philippine School raised Dh11,300 from its pupils. It is hoped that more than Dh100,000 can be collected by the end of the campaign“There is a campaign for the students in the school and for outside the school,” said Richard Zulueta, the pupil activities coordinator.

“We ask the parents and students to donate in cash or kind. The cash donated will be used to pay the cargo company that will take the relief items to the Philippines.

”The school has also printed T-shirts, which are selling for Dh25.

Mr Zulueta said money raised by other schools would be handed over to Red Crescent authorities. He said the school preferred cash donations.“If we have goods, we have to pay for the delivery. Besides, it will take 30 to 35 days to reach the Philippines. If we have cash, a team will go to Philippines and buy goods and deliver the items directly.

”Pupils hoped more schools would respond positively to the campaign.“It is great if many students can come,” said Joven Dolorito, 14. “The more the donations, the more the help. The money will be used to rebuild the lives of victims.

”A five-member team from the school will visit areas of the Philippines hit hard by the typhoon to deliver the aid next month.

“We will go to the Philippines during the Christmas holiday,” said Jocelyn Sollano, the school’s principal. “We want to hand the goods to the victims directly. We want to make sure the boxes reach the right people.

”She hoped that the money from the campaigns would be used to build schools and classrooms.“Our suggestion to Red Crescent is to build schools. We are teachers, and as an educational institute we hope children can go back to school.

”The Philippine School is hoping that a cargo company will step in and offer to take the goods at reduced rates from Dubai to Tacloban, one of the worst-hit cities.Government charities and aid agencies in the UAE have already offered assistance.

The International Humanitarian City in Dubai said more than 1,500 tonnes of relief had been sent from its warehouses. An aircraft has delivered relief items to Cebu, Manila, Leyte and Tacloban, where operational hubs have been set up to arrange distribution.


‘Spider-Man’ has message for Filipinos


By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
Posted at 11/28/2013 7:11 PM | Updated as of 11/28/2013 7:11 PM

HOLLYWOOD, California — Since news of typhoon “Yolanda” broke out, Hollywood stars have been actively giving and promoting relief aid, encouraging their fans and supporters to answer the call for help.

At a recent “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” press event, its stars gave special messages for Filipinos who are suffering from the typhoon’s devastation.

Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, became emotional when talking about the plight of the survivors, many of whom continue to face huge challenges to this day.

“The world is thinking of you, and I hope that you get the support and the restructuring and rebuilding and the help that you need,” he said.

“And I hope that America and England and the rest of the world are able to give you that. It’s our duty to, so our thoughts are with you and our love is with you.

“Actor Jamie Foxx added: “[We are] giving our condolences and our prayers to you and your people, everybody over there. It breaks everyone’s hearts to see that. But just to let you know, everyone is sending prayers and all the help that they can.”

In “Spider-Man 2,” Garfield and Emma Stone are joined by Foxx and other new actors.

The much-awaited release of the trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is set in December.Fans of the superhero will see his new adventures when the movie hits theaters in April 2014.


Bangladesh navy sends aid to Yolanda victims


Posted at 11/28/2013 4:12 PM | Updated as of 11/28/2013 4:12 PM

MANILA – The Bangladesh Navy is sending assorted relief goods to the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Navy said Thursday.

Lieutenant Commander Gregory Geral Fabic, Naval Public Affairs Office director, said the Bangladesh Navy ship “BNS Somudra Joy” is set to dock Friday at Pier 15 of Manila’s South Harbor carrying about 40 tons of assorted relief goods.

Fabic said the Bangladeshi ship will be in the Philippines from November 29 to December 1 for a goodwill visit.

“The visit is expected to enhance the bilateral relations between the Philippine Navy and Bangladesh Navy especially in providing mutual assistance during time of disasters like the recent typhoon that devastated the Eastern Visayas,” Fabic said.

The ambassador of Bangladesh to the Philippines will be hosting a dinner reception aboard the ship wherein he will be formally handing over relief goods to the Philippine government.

Likewise, Commodore Mohammad Nazmul Karim Kislu, the commanding officer of BNS Somudra Joy, will also have a courtesy call on Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano.Bangladesh has pledged $1 million for the typhoon victims, according to the government’s Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH).

Japan ship in Yolanda aid


We are knocking at your heart’s door. BANGON SUGBO, BANGON BISAYA. Photoshoot for a cause. Please help CEBU.


Yolanda (Haiyan) one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded wreaked havoc on the provinces of Tacloban, Samar, Ormoc, Leyte, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines on November 8, 2013.

7688_10151973218788118_2026058672_n The lives claimed by this super typhoon surge are just too much for the nation to bear. Towns and provinces are flattened by the tsunami like waves leaving almost 10,000 of casualties and thousands of families without food, water, medicines and a house to go back to.

















photos credit to Raj Belleza


bangon sugbo, bangon bisaya
The photographers Club of Cebu will hold a photoshoot for a cause – Bangon Sugbo, Bangon Bisaya to help the typhoon victims in Bogo, Cebu, one of the hardest hit provinces in the Philippines.

Photoshoot for a cause proceeds will be for the benefit of the Yolanda typhoon victims in Bogo, Cebu.

Moreover, the Photographers Club of Cebu is accepting donations…

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Bangon Ormoc | A 24 Hour Relief Operation for Yolanda Victims


After Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) struck our Country, The Philippines, I tried my very best on how to help those victims in a small way.

Using my social networking accounts, I was able to contact my best Buddies (Merlyn del Rosario & Rose Benitez) and they informed me that their friend, Miss Maria C Lyons, together with Reliv Pilipinas as one of the major contributors,  was planning to go to Ormoc for Relief Operation.

Right away, I posted on my account to solicit from my friends and luckily, I got responses from Lyn Stephens, Sanya Terence and her friend, and Appolle Dulangaon.

Since we were aware that to go to Ormoc was very challenging, so we bought a round trip ticket two days before our Operation at 2Go in Ayala.


At Pier 4 in Cebu City


Checking in Guidelines

I was so overwhlelmed because Ms. Lyons brought boxes…

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Alwaleed Foundation donates $1M to Philippine typhoon victims


Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, has said it is donating US$1 million to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

In a press statement dated Nov. 26, 2013, the foundation said it was making the donation in collaboration with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and The World Food Program WFP.

 “The aid supports the victims of the tragedy in all affected areas in an aim to help rebuild their homes and lives,” the statement said.Typhoon Haiyan, code-named Yolanda in the Philippines, slammed into the central Philippines on Nov. 8 with maximum winds of nearly 300 kilometers per hour, destroying entire towns, farmlands and infrastructure.

The confirmed death toll has exceeded 6,000, thousands more people are still unaccounted for, and about 11 million people either lost their homes entirely or suffered damage.

Alwaleed Foundation’s donation is not the first for the Philippines. In 2009, it supported the Philippines through a donation for medical aid for the victims of Typhoon Ketsana.

It also supported the Muslim Mindanao Integrated Higher Development Center (CHED-ARMM), Philippines for capacity building, research and scholarships.

The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations are involved in a wide spectrum of humanitarian and philanthropic activities in more than 80 countries.

Their main focus areas have been established around strategic initiatives, ranging from disaster relief and community development, to women and youth empowerment, as well as promoting intercultural understanding.


Norwegian artists waive talent fees to raise P180M for Yolanda victims

November 28, 2013 7:30pm

Volunteers from the Norwegian Red Cross and four other humanitarian organizations in Norway successfully raised at least P180 million (25 million kroner) for the victims of typhoon Yolanda through a charity concert featuring several prominent Norwegian artists who agreed to perform for free.

The concert, held Sunday at Norway’s National Theater, was viewed by over 623,000 people over the state-run television network Norwegian Public Broadcasting (NRK). Among the artists who waived their talent fees for the concert were Anne Grete Preus, Ole Paus, Eva and The Heartmaker, and Morten Abel.

The event was organized by the Norwegian Red Cross in partnership with UNICEF Norway, Save the Children Norway, Norwegian Church Aid and the childcare organization Streetlight.

Throughout the hour and a half long concert, viewers were encouraged to donate 200 kroner (P1,400) to the relief efforts in the Philippines by texting the word “Dugnad” to a specific number on their mobile phones.

Their contribution will simply be added to their phone bill.The word “Dugnad” means unpaid, voluntary work in Norwegian language.Kai Holmbergs, who helped mount the concert, said she was overwhelmed at the amount of support Norwegians gave to the fundraiser.

“I don’t think an impulsive fundraiser has ever received this amount of donations before,” she said in a statement released by the Norwegian embassy in Manila.

According to the Norwegian daily Norway Post, an orphanage owned by Streetlight in Tacloban City was among the structures completely destroyed by the typhoon.

Erlend Johannesen, the volunteer who manages the orphanage, was able to save 70 children from the storm with the the help of his colleagues.

Johannesen has appealed for aid from his countrymen to help the organization rebuild the orphanage.

Aside from the concert, nearly 2,000 volunteers from the five Norway-based humanitarian organizations participated in a torchlight procession in Oslo and collected donations on foot. — Xianne Arcangel/BM, GMA News