Archive for November, 2013

Aid for Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Victims

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left a devastating mark in the Philippines. It has been estimated that 9.5 million people have been affected and around 600,000 have been displaced. It is also feared that deaths might reach 10,000. Aside from the government, countries all over the world are extending their very best to help in the relief efforts and in the restoration of life and living in the devastated areas of the country. So wait no more and don’t hesitate to extend your helping hand. Here are ways on how you can help:

Donations can be coursed through:

1000 Bearhugs – Join their toy drive campaign and bring huggable toys to the children via this link:

Ayala Foundation, Inc. – Online donations accepted at Feed the Hungry website.

Citizen’s Disaster Response Center – Appeal for donations and volunteers at 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes, Quezon City. Call 929-9820 for inquiries.

Department of Health – You can donate, volunteer or extend any form of assistance. Please call the DOH Health Emergency Management Staff in the Central Office through the following numbers:
Hotline: 711-1001, 711-1002
Trunkline: 743-83-01 local 2206, 101
MobileHotline: (0920) 949- 8419

DSWD – NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP). Cash deposits accepted through DSWD Bank Account at Landbank of the Philippines No. 3122-1011-84 (current). Volunteers also needed for repacking of relief goods. Interested volunteers may call 9318101.

Gawad Kalinga’s Operation Walang Iwanan: Typhoon Yolanda – Donate cash or in kind or be a volunteer. For more information, visit this link:

LBC Express – All their branches are open for donations until November 30. Click here to know more.

mGive Foundation – Be a part of their response and recovery efforts. Click this link now.

Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development – They are accepting donations and seeking for volunteers. For more information, visit this link.

Philippine Red Cross – Donate online through:

Ronald McDonald House of Charities Philippines – Accepts donations in cash or in kind. Visit their website for more information.

UNICEF – Send help to the children through their website.

Unionbank’s Ushare – Partnered with Aboitiz, Philippine Red Cross, De La Salle University, Caritas Manila and American Chamber Foundation, this portal is dedicated for donations to Typhoon Yolanda victims. Visit the site now at

World Food Programme – Join their fight against hunger. Donate now.

World VisionDonate online through their site.

Also, here are other useful sites and links related to Typhoon Yolanda:

If you want to locate a missing person, here’s Google’s Person Finder. For information on relief and evacuation, go to Typhoon Yolanda Crisis Map.

Low Key Christmas Celebration Ideas

The whole country is mourning for the tragedy that struck our fellowmen in the Visayas region. We cannot comprehend why this is happening but as they say, things always happen for a reason. We only have trust God and hope for the better. This Christmas, let us think of all the victims of the Typhoon Yolanda. Let us sympathize by offering prayers and the Christmas masses to them. Most importantly, let us celebrate Christmas without the glitz and glamour. Let us keep it to the bare minimum and instead share our blessings to our kababayans who are at a loss right now.

Here are some ideas on how to transform your Christmas parties and celebrate Christmas meaningfully and conservatively. All funds that will be saved or generated out of these activities can be donated to Typhoon Yolanda victims:

• Instead of holding your party in a hotel or a posh restaurant, have it in your office if it’s a corporate party or have it in a friend or relative’s home if it’s a family gathering. Opt for a simple catering or have a pot luck.

• Companies can sponsor a concert for a cause. Proceeds from ticket sales can be donated.

• Organize a food stall. You can bake cakes and pastries or sell hotdogs or whatever you think will be a hit to the community. Sales from the food stall can again be sent to charity.

• Within your families and friends, agree that instead of giving gifts to each other, pool your funds together and donate it.

• Instead of holding a party, agree on a day, go together and become volunteers in packing relief goods. There are a lot of agencies right now looking for volunteers for their various aid missions.

• Organize a charity bazaar. Sell your second-hand items and donate the proceeds.

These are just some ideas that can help you tone down your Christmas celebrations. We are sure that you can think of more ways to celebrate simply. However you want to do it, just always think of our fellowmen who badly needs your help. Let us try to erase their tears and put a smile on their faces. Let us give them hope and let them feel that they are loved.