Aquino to overseas Filipino achievers: Help


President Benigno Aquino with Allan “” Pineda of the Black Eyed Peas. LYN RILLON PHOTO

President Aquino Wednesday night expressed concern over reports of the high death toll and heavy damage wrought by Typhoon “Pablo” and exhorted successful Filipino professionals abroad to extend help to the hundreds of families grappling with its aftermath.

“I really had so much bad news today from the effects of Typhoon Pablo,” Mr. Aquino began his speech during the awarding of the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas at Rizal Hall in Malacañang, adding that “the numbers seemed to be alarming.”

“Hopefully, they were erroneous numbers which will be corrected soon,” he added.

The President praised awardee Allan “” Pineda of the Black Eyed Peas for performing “Bebot” that “lifted us up.”

With the typhoon taking its toll despite the preparations and preemptive evacuation, the President aired this appeal to the awardees: “Lend a helping hand.”

“I’m happy to say that we have made progress in how we anticipate and respond to natural disasters. Just as the government has become proactive, I’ve seen a greater spirit  of cooperation among Filipino citizens,” he said.

Pineda, Hollywood fashion designer Dianne Monique Lhuillier and Miami Heat coach Fil-American Erik Spoelstra led the 29 recipients of the biennial awards.

Of the three, only Pineda turned up. They were recipients of the Pamana ng Pilipino Awards, which recognizes Filipinos who have brought honor and recognition to the country through their profession.

Their fellow awardees were Mary Jane Al-Mahdi, CEO of the biggest testing laboratory in the Middle East; Dr. Delia Amaya, food technology expert in Brazil; Dr. Samuel Bernal,  cancer specialist and lawyer who pioneered in stem cell research; Dr. Antonio Fernando III, an expert in the field of sleep medicine in New Zealand; Almira Astudillo Gilles, award-winning writer of children’s books; Dr. Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, professor of Filipino language and culture in Hawaii; Jorge Ortoll, executive director of Ma-Yi Theater that showcases Asian-American talent; and Dr. Francisca Tolete-Velcek, a pediatric surgeon in New York.

Filipinos or associations who contributed to the promotion and advancement of interests of Filipino communities received the Banaag Awards.

The awardees included engineer Carlito Alpay, lawyer Imelda Argel, Tomas Avendaño Sr., Rafael Castaños, the Filipiniana-Europa V.Z.W., the Filipino Community of Seattle; the Filipino Digerati Association; Luzviminda Micabalo; Al Perez Jr., Lt. Eric Michael Quema, Robert Santos, the Stichting Bayanihan, and Ma. Luzviminda Tsai.

Two foreigners—Israeli medical specialist Dr. Gonen Haba and German reconstructive surgeon Dr. Christian Loehlein—received the Kaanib ng Bayan Award for their significant contribution to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Manuel Cacdac, Dr. Christopher Guerrero and the Aguman Kapampangan UK received the Lingkod sa Kapwa Filipino Awards for their exceptional contribution to the progress and development in the country.

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  • Joey

    ah sus, alisin muna ang mga kurakot! let’s help ourselves first before asking for help from others!

  • T4Man

    Once again, millions of dollars will flow in but the people will get only crackers and water. 

  • superpilipinas


    You want our help?????

    Yet you are wasting resources and time prioritizing RH and urging fellow government officials to do the same!!!!

    There are more problems that are killing Pinoys….Dengue and calamities…..yet you are putting RH in the top agenda……..WHY?????

    Typhoons are natural. It is government negligence which are killing Pinoys.

    • vinzerx

      Dengue can be easily fought if only Filipinos are clean with their environment. While I appreciate the sentiment of your post, note that Filipinos themselves have third-world habits which would keep us down, even if we had a good government.

    • omangat

      Achievers daw. Hindi ikaw! hahaha!

    • Diepor

      People have died, help is needed and this is your responce. Why you cant accept what is natural for the hole world and move on. Try not to be just another religious hater. I will pray for your soul to open up for the problems of our women. 

  • simplewatcher

    Start by asking from our local millionaires.gma,former cj,enrile,marcoses,senators,congressmen etc. and the rest will hopefully follow.

    • Olibo

      While asking for help from the Pinoy achievers and professional workers abroad, convince   
      Filipino businessmen or corporation like Ayala, Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Cojuangco to give their shares. Ask our politicians to slash their pork barrel for donation. Don’t depend too much on overseas workers, it’s hard to earn money in a foreign land, Taxman and other necessities are their burden.   

  • kevin

    While you ,The President asking us for help..while some politician are busy enjoying their corrupt practices……

  • Joboni 96

    mabuhay kayo

  • valsore

    Tama na and walang preparasyon.  Flash floods always come many times a year.  Let’s make permaennt preparaton for it.  Every town must build a shelter with foundation 1 story high, built on rock mountains, must be multi-purpose center, can accommodate whole town.

  • kabaliktaran

    Sometimes, people you ask help for from abroad, Filipinos and aliens alike, get wary because they know that what they will give will not be received entirely by those in need.

    Siguro dapat pati mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas mismo hingian na natin ng tulong. Ang mga politiko at kurakot na government officials, HELP. Tigilan nyo na ang pangungurakot para naman ang mga pangangailangan ng mga mamamayan ay matugunan.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Let’s help our fellowmen.. why don’t we give a chance to PNOY– he already proves to himself that his gov’t is working for a transparent governance.

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas

    • justice_league03

       the only way to really prove that is if he certifies the FOI bill as urgent and not do any delays or blocking for the passage of the bill. that will somehow legitimize his claims of transparency and good governance. otherwise, anomalies that the naked eyes cant see will continue

  • justice_league03

    so Aquino chose to personally hand awards to these successful Filipinos than to attend to the poor victims of the typhoon in Mindanao???

    the poor to Aquino: where is the love?

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