Filipina designer Lhuillier takes lead in ‘Yolanda’ benefit in LA

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Posted at 12/10/2013 3:45 PM | Updated as of 12/10/2013 3:45 PM

LOS ANGELES – They’re used to bringing out the beauty and style in people and fashion, on the runways, or on the screen. But Filipino fashion group Los Angeles Hearts Philippine Islands is on a mission to show the beauty in giving.

The group is organizing a grand event this Friday (December 13) to raise funds for Filipino typhoon victims.

“It’s friends getting together and really supporting and making a difference. The Philippines is a developing country and even a dollar goes such a long way over there,” Filipina fashion designer Monique Lhuillier said.Lhuillier, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated fashion designers with Cebu roots, says her friends and family were far away from the devastation but that’s not stopping her from helping.

“Just watching all the devastation that’s happened, in the last month has been heart-wrenching. It’s been hard to watch it from here and not be able to do something about it. So we decided, the fashion community here in Los Angeles, we’re also Filipino, to get together and make a difference,” she said.

LA hearts PI brings together many Filipinos in fashion and beauty in Hollywood, including former Philippine president Ramon Magsaysay’s granddaughter and fashion and beauty author Missy Magsaysay.

“We’ve been getting together the last few years, having lunch, doing food truck events, just having fun and so when then disaster happened in the Philippines it kind of just felt like, why don’t we all get together like we usually do and this time make it for a cause. I think we’re fortunate enough to have jobs and networks and resources,” Magsaysay said.

Even non-Filipinos such as fashion guru and TV personality Cameron Silver, founder of Decades, is helping in the effort.”We are all fashion lovers. We are all part of a community that wants to support our Filipino brothers and sisters and although I’m not Filipino by blood, I’m Filipino by friendship and by love. It’s wonderful that creative people can get together and make a difference,” Silver said.

The event will feature an auction and raffle of donations from the fashion world, as well as food trucks and musicians. It will be held on December 13 at Rivera 31 in Los Angeles’ Sofitel Hotel.

Proceeds from the event will go to Doctors without Borders.

Heal Our Land Benefit Concert



HEAL OUR LAND Benefit Concert 2014

Date: 31st January 2014Time: 8:00 PMWhere: Mall of Asia Arena, , Pasay City, Philippines

Event Details

Contact:Tel: -Website: HEAL OUR LAND Stars coming together for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda victims on January 31, 2014, 8pm at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.





MANILA, Philippines—International singer Justin Bieber arrived in Manila Tuesday aboard a US registered private plane to help in the relief operations for the victims of Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).The Canadian pop star will personally visit the victims and devastated areas in the Visayas.

The singer’s arrival is in relation to his fundraising activity through a “Give Back Philippines” campaign video through

His fundraising campaign launched December 5 accepts $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, $350 and $750 denominations.

Each donation will entitle the donor to a special prize and a chance to join the raffle which will determine who gets to have an exclusive hang out with the pop singer.

“In return for you giving back, I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’m bringing a winner to come with me in the studio next year,” Bieber said in a video message promoting online fundraising.

“I want you guys to help me in the studio, give me some ideas. But first, you guys have to give back,” he said.

As of posting time, the fundraising has collected $583,251.











Bieber launches #GiveBackPhilippines drive
Posted at 12/05/2013 7:33 PM | Updated as of 12/05/2013 9:09 PM

MANILA — Canadian superstar Justin Bieber has called on his fans to come together to help Filipinos who were badly affected by super typhoon “Yolanda,” one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit the Philippines.


The 19-year-old singer on Thursday (Manila time) announced that he has partnered with, an online platform for celebrities to raise money for a cause, to pool donations from his fans to benefit survivors of “Yolanda.”

Bieber, in an accompanying video on his Prizeo page, addressed his supporters and explained the mechanics of the fundraising campaign dubbed “#GiveBackPhilippines.”

“The typhoon has affected the lives of millions. Everyone knows I got the best fans in the world.

The moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back, I knew I could count on you guys to make a difference. So I’m looking for you guys to help me help them,” he said.

The “Baby” hitmaker said one lucky “Belieber” (the term used by his fans to refer to themselves), among those who will donate, will get the chance to “chill with me” as he works on his new album in a recording studio next year.

“I want you guys to help me in the studio, give me some ideas. But first you guys have to give back. So please, please, help me help them,” Bieber said.

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Pacquiao gives away cash, Bibles in Samar


‘Yolanda’ survivors mob hero

By Joey A. GabietaInquirer Visayas12:04 am | Monday, December 2nd, 2013Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Aside from what he described as the “usual stuff,” boxing star Manny Pacquiao gave away Bibles to evacuees who have taken temporary shelter in tents on the sprawling campus of Eastern Samar State University in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The usual stuff, in Pacquiao’s book, included a cash assistance of P1,000 to each of the 436 evacuees from Barangay 6.

To Pacquiao, however, giving away the Bibles was more important, urging each recipient to read the Holy Book. He went on to tell them in Filipino: “Please persevere. I also persevered. I did not stop asking help from God. I did not give up.

”He reminded them that at one point of his struggling life, he was homeless just like them.

“I slept [with a piece of] carton [as mat]. I did not lose hope and just continued in believing in myself and keep trusting God,” Pacquiao told the evacuees, as retold by Erlinda Sabarillo, 48, an evacuee.

Sabarillo said Pacquiao personally handed P1,000 to each of them. The cash-giving started from 11 p.m. on Saturday and ended around 3 a.m. Sunday, she said.

HappyLinda Alharano, 48, said she could not contain her happiness seeing Pacquiao in the flesh, but she was more happy when she received the cash and a food package containing rice, noodles and tinned meat from him.

“He made us all happy. Indeed, he is generous and cares for the poor like me,” Alharano said.Since Nov. 22, the evacuees, all residents of Barangay 6 of the town, where Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) made first landfall, have been staying at their tents donated by the International Organization for Migration.

The eight-division world champion spent the night on Saturday in the tent city.‘Budol fight’On the early morning of Sunday, Pacquiao decided to go around town, at some point joining residents to a “budol fight” (communal meal).

Pacquiao, who arrived here on a private plane on Saturday, toured the town in a coaster that was followed by several vehicles, including a police car.

Everywhere he went, Pacquiao was mobbed by the people who shouted out his name.

He checked on by the town’s relief distribution center on San Nicolas Street before he proceeded to Tanghay View Lodge, which is owned by his friend Susan Tan.

Guiuan, a major trading center with a population of 50,000, was among the hardest-hit areas in the province. Almost all of its structures and houses were destroyed.

Yolanda left nearly 7,400 people dead or missing, mostly in Eastern Visayas, with more than 4 million others displaced, according to an official tally. Its winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour and tsunami-like storm surges tore homes to pieces.

Mercedes, other townsFrom Guiuan, Pacquiao’s convoy proceeded to the next town, Mercedes, where he was met by Mayor Enrique Cabos. Pacquiao led a distribution of relief items to typhoon survivors at the municipal hall.

For Elmer Pagatpat, 29, of Barangay 1 in Mercedes, seeing Pacquiao was a “great experience.” He was ecstatic that he received goods personally from his “idol.”

From Mercedes, Pacquiao and his group proceeded to the towns of Salcedo, Quinapondan and Giporlos, all in Eastern Samar; and to Marabut and Basey in Samar where he also distributed relief items.TaclobanBy 5 p.m., Pacquiao was nearing the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban in Leyte province, where he was scheduled to hold another round of relief giving.

He was to lead the aid caravan to the island on Sunday night.A week ago, he lifted the country’s spirits with a comeback victory over American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau, following two straight defeats that had raised speculation the 34-year-old’s boxing career was over.

Borrowed moneyPacquiao, the only man to win world boxing titles in eight different weight divisions, made the trip to the typhoon-hit areas despite complaining on Tuesday that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) had frozen all his bank accounts, forcing him to borrow money to buy relief goods.

The BIR is threatening Pacquiao with a P2.2-billion bill for unpaid taxes in 2008 and 2009, saying it may otherwise seize his assets.

The boxer said he had paid the appropriate taxes in the United States, where the money was earned.Pacquiao, a former street kid, was listed last year by Forbes magazine as the 14th highest-paid athlete globally, with an estimated $34 million (P1.5 billion) in earnings. 

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