Visayas Disaster Relief


Here is a Philippine disaster relief site, set up by our good friend and Team-Yellow supporter, Lani Evans:

My friends know how important the Philippines is to my heart. This is my other country…where most of my family lives, where I have dual citizenship, where every year I go back to give back to those less fortunate. 

When I first went to Cebu as a child, I realized that the only difference between me and my island counterparts is that they had the misfortune of being born into poverty on another part of the planet. They have Third World problems of necessity and survival and I have First World problems of luxury and excess. Right now they’re desperate for our excess. 

Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead, nearly a million displaced and countless others hungry for food and water in our region called the Visayas. In the wake of the strongest storm in recorded history and a 7.3 earthquake that hit just a month prior, millions are in need of basic necessities…food, water, shelter and medicine. 

Aid distribution has been hindered by unscrupulous government officials and corrupt organizations. For that reason, I’m focusing my efforts on going back to Cebu to personally get supplies for those desperately in need in the Visayas. Those who know me know that this part of my purpose and now we have an even greater need for help.  

When I return to the Visayas, I’ll focus on buying rice, medicine, basic supplies (toothbrushes, soap, etc.) and repairing homes in hard hit areas of northern Cebu (my home island), Bohol and Leyte. I’ll document everything in pictures as I’ve always done in the past to show where your donation goes. 

Whatever you can do towards this mission is so humbly appreciated. 

Daghang Salamat! 

Please help the cause!!!

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Visayas Disaster Relief


Typhoon Haiyan destruction in Philippines visible from space


Super Typhoon Haiyan is visible even from space. One of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Philippines, Super Typhoon Haiyan arrived on Nov. 8 with sustained winds of up 190 mph (305 km/h) in the hours before it made landfall. The aftermath of the storm can be seen in before and after false-color images captured by the ASTER sensor aboard NASA‘s Terra satellite.

The most dramatic change is in the hills above Tacloban, reports NASA’s Earth Observatory. Comparing ASTER images snapped in 2004 and in 2013, just days after the storm, reveals the hills were stripped bare of vegetation. (Plant-covered land is red; bare ground is tan.)

Along the coast, where a powerful storm surge flooded Tacloban, the ASTER image suggests mud and floodwaters still cover the ground. About 800,000 people were moved to storm shelters, but Haiyan’s deadly flooding reached a height of 20 feet (6 meters) in the central Philippines. Further inland, the blurry outline of the city’s neatly gridded streets could indicate debris blown down by the storm, the Earth Observatory said.

NASA scientists are using satellite imagery to produce damage maps that will help aid disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, NASA officials said in a Nov. 14 release.

Current estimates place the death toll at more than 2,000 people. Thousands remain missing and relief efforts have been hampered by the difficulty of reaching remote islands, according to news reports.

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Typhoon Haiyan destruction in Philippines visible from space


Linkin Park’s “Music For Relief” raises money for Philippines

Linkin Park is raising money through their charity organization Music for Relief to send aid to the Philippines in response to the devastation the country has suffered after the most destructive and powerful typhoon in history. It’s inspiring not only to see Asian American musicians make it big but to see them use their success to help others.

Donate $25 for a bracelet and donate $100 to be entered to win 2 tickets and 2 meet and greet opps in a special Las Vegas show next January.


Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin carries the Philippines flag in support of his family in the Philippines and the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Seattle Seahawks Doug Baldwin carries the Philippines flag in support of his family in the Philippines and the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, Jr. carries the Philippine flag upside down before the start of a match with the Minnesota Vikings. In Philippines, inverted flag means war, but Seattle Seahawks defended that “We are fighting the devastation of Haiyan which has been worse than many war-torn regions of the world.”

Baldwin has “too many family members to count” living in the Philippines, including his grandmother, The Seattle Times reported.

(Photo from Seahawks’ Twitter account)


Fashion industry focuses on relief efforts for Philippines


Threadless, known for its community-designed graphic tees, is selling a tee designed by Filipino Dan Elijah G. Fajardo to help raise relief funds. Titled “The Sun Will Rise Again,”100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design services firm that plans to help rebuild the area.

Meanwhile, native Filipino, designer and CFDA member Josie Natori is using her website to ask both partners and customers to donate to charities on the ground.

And, since fashion people love to shop, there will be a sample sale benefiting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from next Thursday, Nov. 21 through Nov. 23. The sale will feature pieces from Acne Studios, Bing Bang jewelry, Damir Doma Silent and more, hosted at the Archetype Showroom in New York City. More info can be found via Lucky EIC Eva Chen’s Twitter.

For more ways to help, check out the New York Times‘s list of groups already engaged in the Philippines.


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Fashion industry focuses on relief efforts for Philippines


Japan sending almost 1,200 soldiers to typhoon-hit Philippines


Japan will send almost 1,200 troops to join relief efforts in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines along with three warships, 10 planes and six helicopters, in the single largest aid deployment by the country’s military.

About 1,170 members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) will provide medical support and quarantine services, and transport relief goods, the ministry said in a statement posted on Friday.

Ten or so others will be based in Manila to coordinate relief operations with the Philippines and other countries.

The aircraft include seven C-130H transport planes, two KC-767 tanker planes, and one U-4 multi-purpose support plane.

Japan initially dispatched 50 SDF members on Tuesday to assist in medical support and transport operations and said on Wednesday it was readying as many as 1,000 troops to go to the Philippines. It is the first time Japanese troops have been active in Leyte since the island turned into one of the biggest battlegrounds of World War II, when US forces counter-invaded in 1944.

Many of the reinforcements were scheduled to leave Japan on Monday and arrive in the Philippines around Friday. The 1,180-strong contingent will be the largest single relief operation team ever sent abroad by Japan’s defense forces.

The previous record number was 925 sent in January 2005 to Sumatra after the Indonesian island was ravaged by a massive earthquake-triggered tsunami.

Previous overseas missions by the SDF, which adheres to the country’s post-war pacifist constitution, have usually numbered in the hundreds.

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Japan sending almost 1,200 soldiers to typhoon-hit Philippines



Pre-schooler donates piggybank savings for Typhoon Haiyan victims


Japanese six-year old Shoichi Kondoh did not think twice about giving away his childhood savings for the benefit of the victims of super Typhoon Haiyan (aka ‘Yolanda’) after watching the devastation on television.

Accompanied by his mother, Miho Kondoh, Shoichi visited the Philippine Embassy in Japan today to personally hand-over his donation of JPY 5,000 taken from his piggybank savings. Consul Bryan Dexter Lao expressed the embassy’s gratitude for this very sincere gesture of kindness and sympathy from the embassy’s youngest cash donor.

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Pre-schooler donates piggybank savings for Typhoon Haiyan victims