Pacquiao raises $100k for Yolanda survivors  

April 17, 2014 7:43am


After emerging as champion inside the ring last weekend, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao showed his championship mettle outside the ring – with an auction for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Pacquiao auctioned off several of his personal items for the benefit of the Yolanda survivors, raising more than $100,000 in the process, according to GMA News’ Connie Sison.

In a post on her Instagram account, Sison said the items auctioned off included Pacquiao’s bloodied boxing shorts and gloves from his fight with Bradley.”

Just for one night, he raised more than a $100,000,” she said.In a separate Facebook post, Connie Sison said Pacquiao also auctioned off a 5-x-6 painting depicting the champ in the eye of the storm.

Good-hearted people of Beverly Hills also participated in the auction, she added.

It was not the first time Pacquiao showed his support for Yolanda’s survivors.

Last November, he dedicated his victory over Brandon Rios to them, and then spent a night in a tent at the Eastern Samar State University in Guiuan, Eastern Samar before giving aid to the victims.  — Joel Locsin /LBG, GMA News

Tribute To Deceased Public Servant Heroes

Honor Awards Program

The Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) Executive Committee has initially selected 11 beneficiaries of the PLBi program, four of whom were public servants who died in the line of service in the midst of Yolanda storm surge in Tacloban City.

CSC Resolution No. 1302553, promulgated on November 29, 2013, provides for the guidelines on the giving of tribute to government officials and employees who were killed in the line of duty or those who died while in the performance of their official duties. Each beneficiary family will receive a citation, cash reward and scholarships in state universities and colleges.

The PLBi special recognition for the four deceased public servants brought about by typhoon Yolanda is set on April 11, 2014 in Tacloban City and will be done by the PLBi Executive Committee.


The PLBi Executive Committee is chaired by Commissioner Nieves L. Osorio (second from the left) together with Assistant Commissioner…

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100 Days After Yolanda (Haiyan)

I Work Therefore I'm Not

_DSC4556 Boy looks on as planes come and go at the Tacloban Airport in Leyte

They said to pack light, bring extra batteries, a power bank for our phones, a flashlight, and even a sleeping bag because we might not have anywhere to sleep on some nights. Having had some experience as a mountaineer, I also brought along a first aid kit, a portable water filter, and some emergency food. They told us to be ready for anything.

We were not.

What we failed to prepare for was to be greeted with a distinctly recognizable display of Filipino hospitality, and the resilience of the human spirit.

_DSC4510 Little girl does her part to clean up the streets in Tacloban, Leyte

At a glance, Yolanda-hit areas were still evidently devastated. Roads were passable, yes. But for the most part, Tacloban and Ormoc still looked war-torn. Piles upon piles of garbage still littered the…

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Isang Kuwento ng Katatagan (tungkol pa rin sa bagyong yolanda)


Isang Kuwento Tungkol sa Lakas ng Kalooban

(tungkol pa rin sa bagyong Yolanda)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Isang umaga, nang ako’y bumisita sa mga kaibigan ko sa Baseco (Tondo), nagdala ako ng pandesal na binili ko sa isang maliit na panaderya malapit sa bukana ng compound. Dahil medyo malaki ang ekstrang pera na dala ko, bumili ako ng 100pesos na halagang pandesal dahil dumami na sila gawa ng mga nagdatingang mga bisita (mga evacuees) galing sa Tacloban. Pagdating ko sa bahay na tinitirhan ng dalawang pamilyang dayo, sumigaw ang pinakabunso sa mga bata, “Lola, may pa-bertdey na kayo, maraming pandesal dala ni Tito …..”(ibang pangalan ang pakilala ko sa kanila, hindi ko pwedeng sabihin). Tinawag ng isa pang bata ang ibang mga dayo sa likod lang ng tinitirhan nila upang maki-bertdey ng pandesal. Sila yong mga taga-Tacloban na pansamantalang nakikitira sa mga kamag-anak nila sa Tondo. Upang kumita, namumulot sila…

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Anno Yolanda


ok go

Joe lives in Palo and I arrange to meet him there so I find a bus. The road to Palo runs south along the coast. It was the communities along this road which took the greatest impact of the storm. Having seen pictures of the worst of the damage, the severity of the damage is not now what strikes me. It’s the extent of it. The road to Palo is an unbroken line of all types of buildings: houses, shops, offices, factories and municipal buildings. Barely a single building along the ten-mile journey is in one piece. Many are simply completely wrecked. The larger buildings obviously stand out. One is the Convention Centre. It’s right on the seafront. Because of its size, many people evacuated here during Yolanda. Because of its position, it was completely overcome by the 50ft waves which battered everything on the coastline. Everyone who sheltered there…

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OKF Philippines

OKF RedCross 2

It’s never too late.

That is how Oxford Distributions, Incorporated, exclusive Philippine distributor of OKF Premium Health Beverages such as Aloe Vera King, Milky Be Happy, CoCo Drink, to name a few, perceived the idea in launching its initial Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project for the survivors of the typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Rizal Chapter, a total of P800,000 worth of OKF products were donated. The CSR project aims to give the much-needed sustaining aid for the affected survivors since the devastation.

Last February 24, 2014, Philippine Red Cross as represented by Ms. Pleshette Wee (Council Member and Fund Generation Chair), Mr. Paul Bryan Castillo (Administrator) and Ms. Mirasol Nano (Staff) trooped to Oxford/ OKF Philippines Head Office in Paranaque City to meet the team headed by Mr. Mario Jurilla (General Manager), Mr. Randy Bayona (National Sales Manager) and Ms. John Marie Ledesma…

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Hey Joe! We love Tacloban!

Mellan diarre och eufori

Tyfonen Haiynan aka Yolanda drabbade Filippinerna den 8 November och media har sedan länge packat ihop sina saker och lämnat Tacloban. Nu, fyra månader senare, bor många fortfarande i tält utan rinnande vatten eller elektricitet.

Vi mötte en amerikan i Loboc som berättade att han hjälpt till direkt efter tyfonen och att han fick se saker han aldrig kommer glömma. Han minns speciellt den tomma svarta blicken på en man som kom bärandes på sin döda 6åriga dotter. Han frågade oss hur Tacloban mår idag och vi berättade att leendet börjat komma tillbaka.

Vi åkte till Tacloban med spända förväntningar, utan större erfarenhet av katastrofområden, och det är det bästa vi någonsin gjort! Det är ett underbart vackert land och i Tacoban möts du av miljoner leenden, alla välkomnar dig och tackar dig för din hjälp.


Dessa människor har förlorat allt från sina hus, familjer, ja ända ner till sina…

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Journey’s Arnel Pineda helps Typhoon Haiyan victims – Anderson Cooper

Journey and vocalist Arnel Pineda come to the aid of Filipino countrymen with Haiyan relief

Arnel Pineda write song for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Prudence Foundation Teams up with Rock Singer Arnel Pineda for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts


Journey Vocalist Gives a Charitable Boost to Typhoon Haiyan Recovery


By Josephine Cuneta

MANILA, the Philippines—Arnel Pineda, the Filipino lead singer for American rock band Journey, is on a new mission – giving his voice to an animated music video to drum up support for Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts.

The three-minute video segment titled “Charity” is part of the first season of Cha-Ching, a project aimed at broadening awareness about what’s needed following a disaster like the one that devastated the central Philippines last November.

Along with animated scenes that depict the relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, an animated version of Mr. Pineda appears in the music video asking people to give their money, time and goods to help others. He sings a duet along with Anna Jomeo from the Philippine band Mulatto.“We all need to be reminded of our social obligation to share with those who have less than we do,” said the 46 –year-old rocker, who partnered with Prudence Foundation, the charitable arm of insurance giant Prudential Corporation Asia, to produce the video.“I am glad to play a part,” he added.

Mr. Pineda grew up in a poor neighborhood in Manila and has long been involved with charity projects, which he sees as his way to give back to his community. An organization he founded in March 2010, the Arnel Pineda Foundation Inc., provides underprivileged children quality education, health and services and medical attention.

Following Typhoon Haiyan, Mr. Pineda and several other well-known Filipino musicians recorded a tribute song called “Listen With Your Heart” as a gesture of thanks for the aid extended by more than 50 countries in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Together with Journey, Mr. Pineda has also helped donate more than two million meals to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

His personal commitments and those made by the band following the typhoon made the decision to collaborate a natural one, said Sean Rach, Prudential’s regional director and the co-creator of Cha-Ching.


“His voice is incredible and we are very glad that he agreed to donate his time and talent,” said Mr. Rach.

Before Mr. Pineda shot to fame after joining Journey in 2007, he sang with small bands in the Philippines and did covers of American songs that he posted on YouTube. One of those videos – a rendition of Journey’s hit “Don’t Stop Believin” in which Mr. Pineda sounds strikingly similar to former Journey front man Steve Perry – eventually caught the eye of the band’s guitarist Neal Schon.

This year the band is touring the United States and Canada and Mr. Pineda says the group is contemplating another album later in the year.

Despite his busy schedule, his manager, television director Bert de Leon, convinced Mr. Pineda that the Charity video fit well with his advocacy efforts.

The Cha-Ching series is meant to educate kids about the value of donating, said Marc Fancy, Prudence Foundation’s executive director.

“What we do in our disaster preparedness and relief programs is encapsulated in the song – we help people in need make a fresh start,” he said.

The Cartoon Network began airing the new Cha-Ching Charity music video across Asia on Saturday. It will also air on Channel V for one month.Together, the channels broadcast to an audience of 15.7 million households. Proceeds from downloads of the song, which is available on iTunes, will got to support the Prudence Foundation’s Typhoon Haiyan recovery effort.