PRICELESS ACTS OF HEROISM REMEMBERED (part 2)

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PRICELESS ACTS OF HEROISM REMEMBERED (part 1)

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PAU GASOL MESSAGE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

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UNICEF Ambassador and NBA superstar Pau Gasol congratulates the Philippines, UNICEF and humanitarian agencies for their efforts in helping children and families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda).However, much more needs to be done one year after the typhoon.

After a year of recovery of our countrymen, Pau Gasol continues to support the victim of the typhoon haiyan. Last year he donated $1,000 every scores he made, all in all he score 24 points the whole game equivalent to $24,000.

Here is a short video message from the UNICEF ambassador and NBA Superstar Pau Gasol.

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Real Men’ says goodbye to Leyte

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by Jonathan M. Hicap
July 22, 2014

The stars of the Korean TV show “Real Men” spent their last days in Leyte, Philippines, interacting and playing games with Filipinos.

As shown in the fourth episode of the TV show that aired on July 20, Super Junior M’s Henry Lau, ZE:A’s Hyungsik, actor Kim Soo Ro, singer K.Will, Park Gun-hyung, Chung Jung-myung, Seo Kyung-suk and Sam Hammington wrapped up their tour of duty in the region with the rehabilitation of the Naga-Naga Elementary School in Palo, Leyte.

Joint Philippine and South Korean forces, as with the show’s cast, helped rebuild the school, which was damaged by Typhoon “Yolanda” back in November.

A mini-program was staged as part of the celebration.

Henry Lau and Seo Kyung-suk, together with two Korean soldiers and four students, danced to Girls’ Generation’s “Gee.”

The audience, especially the “Real Men” cast, were surprised and delighted when K-pop girl group Rainbow appeared on stage.

Korean and Filipino soldiers, together with members of Rainbow participated in several games including tug-of-war (won by Filipino soldiers), a sack race and Korean wresting, or ssireum.Locals expressed gratefulness to the cast for their effort via a thank-you note written on a blackboard inside the newly refurbishedschool.

It read: “Dear Korean Angels, We are blessed to have you. This would not be possible without your help. You give us encouragement, love, and moral support. Soon you will be leaving us. You’ll be flying home but the legacy you leave shall be imprinted in every soul of the Naga-Naga Elem. pupils, teachers and parents. Thank you very much and more power! Kamsahamnida.”

http://www.mb.com.ph/real-men-says-goodbye-to-leyte/

Apl, Jessica Cox honored for helping Yolanda survivors

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at 06/18/2014 9:54 AM | Updated as of 06/18/2014 9:54 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Filipino-American armless pilot Jessica Cox and international entertainer Apl.de.Ap were recognized by the Philippine Embassy for donating their time and resources in helping in the recovery efforts in areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda.

Cox received a plaque of achievement for her excellence in motivational speaking and her advocacy for the disabled.

She has partnered with Handicap International to help those who were disabled during Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation.”They (Handicap International) are really the ones who should be honored and all that they have gone through and the fact that they are resilient and they inspire me,” Cox said.

Allan Pineda Lindo, more popularly known as Apl.de.Ap of the group Black Eyed Peas, was presented with a plaque of achievement for his contributions in raising the profile of Filipinos and the Philippines in the US.

His philanthropic work in the Eastern Visayas in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda was also recognized.

Apl is scheduled to conduct music and arts camp for children in the affected areas.”It gives me a great deal of motivation to keep doing what I’m doing–to give the youth of the Philippines a chance to compete against the world through education, music and technology. So very honored to be here and for the recognition,” he said

The event took place as the embassy also marked the Philippines’ 116th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. proposed a toast during Philippine Independence Day reception at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.”To the happiness and prosperity of the people of the Philippines and the people of the United States and enduring alliance and friendship between our two countries. The spirit of peace, independence, freedom and democracy. Mabuhay. Cheers,” he said.Cuisia said President Obama’s recent visit and show of support for the Philippines is a manifestation of this long standing friendship.”We will always remember President Obama’s reiterations of the US’ iron clad commitment in a statement that — and I quote — ‘Allies never stand alone,’” Cuisia told a crowd at the reception.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said that the oldest security alliance in Asia is now even stronger with the recently signed Defense Cooperation Agreement.“The bottom line is, as President Obama said: Friends are there for each other and the Philippines has many friends,” Russel said.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/06/18/14/apl-jessica-cox-honored-helping-yolanda-survivors

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Journey Vocalist Gives a Charitable Boost to Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

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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.

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“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. 

https://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/04/15/journey-vocalist-gives-a-charitable-boost-to-typhoon-haiyan-recovery/

vr I 46 Right There!

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Valentino Rossi will be here in the Philippines for the Yamaha’s “Champions Rebuild Lives” campaign. Yamaha Motors Philippines is currently selling limited edition Yamaha Racing apparel online to raise funds for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.
Click on the “Yamaha Lends a Hand” photo (above) to purchase directly to Yamaha Motors Philippines website.

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MotoGP 2014 season TEST Results in Sepang (February 6, 2014).  Reigning World Champ Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda setting a brutally fast lap of 1’59.533, Rossi is RIGHT THERE behind at 1’59.727 (and said that this is his first time below the 2’00 mark around Sepang) with Lorenzo 1’59.866 in third and Aleix Espargaro 1’59.998 4th, the rest are closely above 2 minutes.

“The Doctor” will be gracing the show at the Yamaha GP One Make Race opening leg that will be held at SM City Sta. Rosa, Laguna on February 23, 2014. This will be a…

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Netherlands’ Miss Saigon stars help raise funds for Tacloban

By Dheza Marie Aguilar, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau
Posted at 02/18/2014 9:21 AM | Updated as of 02/18/2014 9:21 AM

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THE NETHERLANDS – In a night filled with music, dance and lively performances, former stars of Miss Saigon Netherlands and Dutch celebrities gathered to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, particularly the children.

The benefit concert dubbed as “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” featured performances by Anouk Maas, Ferry Doedens, Tony Neef, Linda Wagenmakers, Joanne Telesford and many others.

The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Help Tacloban Foundation (HET), an organization that supports school children in Tacloban, by donating study materials and in the rehabilitation of Capoocan Elementary School.

The concert was organized by theater and film actor Arvin Quirante who was part of “Miss Saigon” in the Netherlands and Barcelona. Although not born or raised in Tacloban, Quirante knows the difficulties that the children are going through after their families lost everything during the typhoon. He himself struggled with poverty when he was a kid.“Many of these children have been orphaned by Typhoon Yolanda, many have lost their source of income. Probably many are single parents. I can relate to this because my mother was a single parent and I understand their needs,” said Quirante in an interview with Balitang Europe.

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Many of the performers were Quirante’s friends and colleagues from “Miss Saigon.” He said they were thankful to be given the opportunity to directly help Tacloban through their talents.

Linda Wagenmakers, who played the role of Kim in the Dutch version of Miss Saigon, said she used to work with a lot of Filipinos, some of which have become her friends, that’s why she feels connected to the Philippines.“There are people that lived through it. It is very important now, especially for the kids that they get to have a future. They have to go back and start their lives so I think that’s always a good reason to join [the concert],” she said.

Meanwhile the event’s hosts, theater actress Anouk Maas and Dutch actor Ferry Doedens, said they were at first nervous performing in the event but the crowd, particularly Filipinos, was a fun audience.

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“We think it’s really important to do this for the people [in Tacloban]. You would do it for your own mother, your own brother, so why not other people?” said Maas.“I think it’s terrible what happened there and every little bit helps,” Doedens added.

Most of the audience had already donated through the national fundraising campaign Giro 555 which generated a total donation of more than P2 billion, but many still believe that a lot more is needed to be done to rebuild the lives of the victims.

“I felt really sad when I saw the devastation there. I was taking action to encourage everyone to donate money. It’s a country that does not have enough means to develop itself again. If we make sure that the money gets to the right people then we will help,” said Dutch TV presenter Koen Frederik Smit.

At the end of the night, “A Future for the Children of Tacloban” charity concert was able to raise €4.750 (approximately P289,308).

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/02/18/14/netherlands-miss-saigon-stars-help-raise-funds-tacloban

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In this file photo, David Beckham of the LA Galaxy delivers a cross against the Philippines at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Dec 3, 2011. The game was part of LA Galaxy's 2011 Asia Pacific Tour where they trounced the Philippines, 6-1. David Beckham is in the Philippines the second time to visit the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, Leyte as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). In this file photo, David Beckham of the LA Galaxy delivers a cross against the Philippines at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Dec 3, 2011. The game was part of LA Galaxy’s 2011 Asia Pacific Tour where they trounced the Philippines, 6-1.
David Beckham is in the Philippines for the second time to visit the victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban, Leyte as a goodwill ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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