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Joy In Giving Campaign For 2014

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The Best And The Worst Of 2013

2013 is a year of many events. The worst, the best, the most tragic, the most inspiring, the most heroic, the saddest, the most joyful and triumphant of spirit. It is a year of giving and caring, of people uniting in moments of misery and devastation. It is a year of hope and hanging on to faith. To believe once more in everyday miracles and the capacity for human goodness.

ShelterBox Typhoo Haiyan

Joy In Giving Campaign For 2014

On her 45th Birthday, a friend made a wish. Her wish was to bring joy, comfort and sense of dignity for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. She created a community in ShelterBox called “Bangon Pilipinas” which translates to “Rise Philippines,” with a goal to raise $10,000. So far, with the help of generous family, friends and kind-hearted strangers, she raised $8,000 that became a gift of hope and…

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Filipino Night with the BULLS!

Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations 2014

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We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Bulls has sponsored a night to support relief efforts with the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations!

In partnership with the Filipino American Network and the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, we are excited to invite you to Filipino Night with the Bulls!

You have an opportunity to watch a Bulls v. Clippers home game on 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, at the United Center at a discount! Tickets regularly priced at $65 (300 Level, rows 8-17) are available for only $45. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ILPRO’s Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts.

Tickets are limited so be sure to act fast! To purchase, click here. Your special offer code is Bulls.

What a great way to spend a Fright night before the Saturday, Jan. 25 fundraiser fair! See you at the game!

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Bangon Estancia

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A month ago I had a dream…to collect at least One Million donation for our Oplan Banca. Today, we have collected Php1,099,968.05. Thank you to my family, relatives and friends for making this come true. Thank you for the trust.


Tina with fishermen who received new pump boats


Tina with local children

When typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, one of the worst affected towns was the fishing village of Estancia, Iloilo, my mother’s home town. Ninety percent of the town was destroyed, including fishing boats from which locals derive their livelihood. My mother’s cousin, Cristina Reyes, so touched by this tragedy, put out a call to family from all over the world to donate funds for the building of pump boats to help local fishermen recover from this loss. Through this opportunity to give, I was able to collect from friends here in the US enough funds…

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At the Embassy of the Philippines

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It continues to be such an honor to have been part of Team Rubicon’s “Operation Seabird” in the Philippines last November. Not only did I get to play a role in critical care for people in need alongside some of the finest professionals I’ve ever encountered–the work we did has led to an incredibly warm relationship with Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who have so warmly expressed their thanks to us for helping.

As part of this ongoing relationship, the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, D.C., invited some of us to a Talakayan sa Pasuguan Townhall Meeting last Thursday, a program recognizing the contributions of American organizations that were on the ground quickly after Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda struck: the U.S. Marine Corps, Mammoth Medical Missions, and Team Rubicon. My team member Lourdes Tiglao gave an excellent talk on the work of Team Rubicon in those first days, and…

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Buhay Makulay 004: Children’s Fair for Typhoon-Hit Capiz

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The Buhay Makulay Children’s Fair has made it from public hospital to government shelter in Metro Manila in the seven years since we started it. We step out tomorrow and bring the fair to the mountain area of Lawaan in Capiz, a region affected by typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Hosted at local school run by nuns, our head count has jumped quickly from 100 kids, to 115, to the latest count at 122.

Today we visited the site, not knowing what to expect. We met the sweet nuns and witnessed the school marching band at practice in the schoolyard. When we were led up to the hall on the third floor, we were quickly convinced that it would be the best place for the fair. There’s enough space to accommodate and manage a large crowd of kids; while the large windows and great view also give a wonderful sense of openness. It…

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Lifeline Partnership with Yes!Pinoy

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Lifeline’s Betty Romero, Raf Jamolangue and Judy Jamolangue met with Dingdong Dantes and Kayjay Laysa of Yes!Pinoy yesterday. A Marine reservist, Mr Dantes has been sponsoring scholarships for the children of Philippine soldiers since 2009, and the thrust of his foundation is education. In response to the great need after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Mr Danted held a fundraising activity to rebuild the Estancia Central Elementary School in Iloilo. Lifeline Foundation is partnering with Yes!Pinoy in raising funds to equip the new school building with 3000 chairs, in time for the opening of classes in June 2014, as education is one of our core advocacies as well.

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Yeb Saño, Haiyan/Yolanda

Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations 2014

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Warsaw, Poland: At the United Nations climate talks this passing November, the world saw a hero stand up. Naderev Yeb Saño, the Philippine delegate, declared that he would fast until “a meaningful outcome is in sight.”

Our representative did not eat for nine days.

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As the day our fundraiser nears, we can only hope to follow in his example. As he stood for the lives lost by typhoon Yolanda, we work to stand with him and raise money to continue to provide relief for our community.

With tropical depression Agaton making its way across the Philippines, we have to continue to stand strong with the Filipino community with the mission of relief. Relief is more than the check that we are sending; we are making a family across the Pacific. We are providing for the orphans of Yolanda; we are rebuilding homes; we are standing…

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Haiyan: stories from the first responders