By Carol Tanjutco
In a ceremony held at the Philippine Consulate General of New York, various Filipino and American groups celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday by a symbolic turn-over of $22,194 funds raised for Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) victims. The funds were received by Fr. Vic Salanga, SJ, in his capacity as Director of the Philippine Jesuit Foundation, a 501c3 corporation based at Upper East Manhattan.
By Harvey I. Barkin
“Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) is not only recorded as the strongest typhoon in history. It may also provide an opportunity for numbers of stranded and other Filipinos to remain in the US indefinitely – for the first time in history.
By Harvey I. Barkin
Rep. Mike Honda (D — Silicon Valley) reiterated his pledge to help Filipinos recently in the aftermath of Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines). His words brought comfort even to Filipinos who were devastated not by the super-typhoon but by the obstacles to immigration reform and the inability of Filipino veterans to get justice.
By Alex Drechsler
More than 700 supporters of Philippine International Aid (PIA) flocked to the organization’s 27th annual benefit fashion show at the Grand Ballroom in the Hyatt Embarcadero on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Delle Sering-Fojas, CEO of Seven Seven Softwares, was recently named one of the “100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the World” by Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) in San Francisco.
By Boying Pimentel
Beyond the post-super typhoon media spotlight, one medical team uncovered a bleak reality: In many small coastal towns, Yolanda battered people who were already struggling.
Entries are being accepted for state Senator Jerry Hill’s sixth annual “Oughta Be A Law…Or Not” contest for bill ideas from constituents.
As millions of people head home and travel across the United States for Thanksgiving, many Filipinos see it more as an economic opportunity, taking advantage of special compensation that employers give for those working during the four-day holiday weekend.
The Philippine government thanked the Boeing Company for its generous of $250,000 and to the Boeing Employees Association, which has so far raised $460,000 (the donation period is still ongoing and will be closing on December 12) for the Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.
World Vision announced that it opened its first dedicated “safe spaces” for 400 children affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) in Tabugon, a remote town in northern Cebu, where homes and schools were flattened by the 200 mph winds.
The final “Friday Nights @ OMCA” in 2013 will be on Dec. 20, and following a two-week hiatus, the popular weekly event will resume Jan. 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A check of $3,000 for the Philippine Red Cross was presented by the Federation of Korean Associations, USA, as their contribution to the relief operations for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).