Supertyphoon Reming: We Need Your Help!

(picture taken by Edwin Bacasmas published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Typhoon Reming (Category 5) left death and destruction in its wake. Many of us will have already received the 13th month bonus. In the spirit of generosity and compassion, let us open our hearts and wallets to those left without homes and in most cases, without family members. Below please find a list of NGOs with solid track records in disaster relief operations. Let us help them help our brothers and sisters.

FOR THOSE BASED IN THE PHILIPPINES

(I) Philippine National Red Cross

A. Metrobank Port Area Branch

1) Peso Account
Account name: The Philippine National Red Cross
Account number: 151 – 3 – 041 – 63122 – 8 – MBTC

2) Dollar Account
Account name: The Philippine National Red Cross
Account number: 151 – 2 – 151 – 00218 – 2
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

B. Globe G-Cash
Just text: DONATE RED CROSS then send to 2882

C. Globe Donate-A-Load
Just text RED then send to 2899

(II) CARITAS

A. Donations of food, medicines, clothing, and potable drinking water may be sent to Lanie Cabral, Public Service Coordinator, Radyo Veritas 846 at Veritas Tower, 162 West Ave., corner EDSA, Quezon City, Telephone Numbers 9257931 to 40 or Ms. Gina Santos, Administrative Officer, Caritas Manila, 2002 Jesus St., Pandacan, Manila, Telephone numbers 5639298 and 5639308.

B. Cash Donations may be deposited at
BPI – Savings Account – 3063-5357-01
Metrobank – Savings Account – 175-3-175069543
Fax copy of your deposit slip with name, address, tel. no and indicate “Typhoon Reming Victims” to (632) 563-9306, 563-4340 or email donate@caritasmanila.org.

C. G-Cash – Text DONATE amount CARITAS and send to 2882

D. For US based donors who want tax incentives, you may course your donations through Ayala Foundation USA.

(II) GAWAD KALINGA: Bicol Express

GK will be conducting two relief missions of December 13 to 15 and December 20 to 22.

A. Relief Goods Needed: Rice, Water, Canned Goods, Noodles, Candles, Matches, Clothes Drop off points for Relief Donations: Cervini Hall, Ateneo de Manila campus, Loyola Heights, Quezon City; Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse at 13 Examiner St., Quezon City.

B. Cash Donations may be deposited at
BPI, Greenhills branch.
Account Name: Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation.
Bank Account CA # 3101-0976-75.

C. To volunteer and join the Bicol Express trip: Please sign-up at the Gawad Kalinga Office at 349 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City (beside La Salle Greenhills) or call telephone number (02) 726-7261.

FOR THOSE BASED OVERSEAS

(I) UNICEF
For those based in the United States, make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, supporting UNICEF’s Emergency Relief Programs in the Philippines. Just click on this link.

(II) Save the Children
Donate now to the Typhoon Durian (Reming’s international name) and support the critical needs of children and their families in the areas of child protection, education and shelter. Just click on this link.

(III) Operation Blessing International
Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation (OBI) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) humanitarian organization based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Over 99.3 percent of all financial support received goes to aid men, women and children in need. Operation Blessing is currently focusing relief efforts on the two hardest hit areas, Albay and Cantanduanes Provinces. Please click on this link to make an online donation.

(IV) Ayala Foundation USA
Ayala Foundation USA is a registered 501c(3) organization that provides tax deductibility incentives to its donors. It is currently working closely with partner organizations in the Philippines that are directly involved in the relief operations. Among the partner non-profit organizations that have ongoing relief operations are Caritas Manila (www.caritasmanila.org.ph), the Philippine National Red Cross (www.redcross.org.ph), Ateneo de Manila University (www.admu.edu.ph) and the Alternative System for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (ASCODE, INC.) Please send your donations to:

Ayala Foundation USA
255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428
Redwood City, CA 94065 USA
Tel. no. (650) 598-3126
Fax no. (650) 508-8988
E-mail: info@af-usa.org
Contact: Maya Ong Escudero
Executive Director (maya@af-usa.org)

For more information on how you can donate, please visit www.af-usa.org or go the Donate Now page.

Philippine High School for the Arts needs YOUR help!

PHSA is similar to Philippine Science High School, except that it focuses on the arts. It is located at the National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna and has served as a haven for aspiring young artists who would be future leaders in the socio-cultural transformation of our country.

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In
September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure
of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories
and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding
for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already
asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also
sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the
Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still
suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have
their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only
returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center
still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on
a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the
evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so
they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their
classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers
and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the
government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising
activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on
01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank
Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE
TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will
also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at
the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based
pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and
“,1] ); //–>PHSA is a dormitory school. This means that all the students and its academic faculty live in the National Arts Center. They only get to visit their families every other weekend.

In September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on 01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

<!– D([“mb”,”Italy-based pianist Jourdann Petalver.Violinist-conductor Jeffrey
Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria
player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel
Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia
Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica
Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene
Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the
assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be
performing. (I\’m the production and stage manager.)

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA
Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of
PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your
deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)

“,0] ); //–>Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and Italy-based pianist Jourdann Petalver.Violinist-conductor Jeffrey Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be performing.

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

[from Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)]