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herman
2009.09.29, 03:15 AM
On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) brought a month's worth of rainfall to Metro Manila and nearby areas in just a few hours, causing severe flooding resulting in destruction and damage to property not to mention the loss of many lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people.

click on cnn reports:
scores killed in philippine floods (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/09/28/philippines.floods/index.html)
philippine flood survivors counts blessings (http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/09/28/philippines.floods.eyewitness/index.html)
cnn video - manila flooding (http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2009/09/27/lunt.manila.flooding.cnn)

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pictures from here (http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?method=GET&sorting=Interestingness&photo_type=250&page=1&noform=t&search_domain=Tags&photo_number=50&sort=Interestingness&tag_mode=all&textinput=ondoy&search_type=Tags)

if you are moved by the pictures to help please do... through prayers (i believe in prayers... and they do work)

or if you or anybody you know wants to donate to the philippine national red cross (pnrc)... no amount is too little

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2443/3960792856_3947abc5eb_o.jpg

click on the following sites...
philippine national red cross (http://www.redcross.org.ph/)
phiilppine national red cross - ways to donate (http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx)
ondoy relief (http://www.ondoyrelief.org/)


although some flood water has receded there are still other areas that are under water...

thanks for your time...

herman
2009.09.29, 04:23 AM
the following from the following link... typhoon ondoy (http://www.google.com/landing/typhoon-ondoy.html)

US based drop-off points

1. New York

NAFCON (Nat'l Alliance for Filipino Concerns)/SANDIWA Nat'l Alliance of Fil-Am Youth are now receiving relief donations (clothes, blankets, medical supplies, monetary). NY drop-off @ BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377. Call (516)901-1832 or email sandiwa.national@gmail.com if you would like to help.


2. New Jersey

Drop-Off Points: 1) Sinugba Cafe – 561 Westside Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304 2) Casa Victoria – 691 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803 You can send CASH through Metro Bank acct. 3 189 14540 1 For BAYAN's "BALSA" (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan)

For donations in New Jersey please contact:
(201)621-3156-Yves Nibungco
(917)476-7855- Nick Cordero


3. Los Angeles

In Los Angeles area please contact Kuu Hilo (818)395-9207. You can send CASH through Metro Bank acct. 3 189 14540 1 For BAYAN's "BALSA" (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan)


4. San Francisco/Bay Area

For donations in San Francisco/Bay Area, please contact Ryan Leano (626)534-4971. Monetary donations can also be dropped off at these sites. Checks can be made out to "Lakasdiwa," a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers' organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put "Typhoon Ondoy Relief" on the check's note.

Filipino Community Center
4681 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

Liwanag Kultural Center
Hillside Park Clubhouse 222 Lausanne Ave.
Daly City‎, CA‎ 94014
Mondays 3:30-6:00
Tuesdays 3:30-6:00
Wednesdays 3:30-8:00
Thursdays 3:30-6:00

Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership
Attn: Armael Malinis, AnakBayan-East Bay
310 8th Street, Suite 215
Oakland, CA 94710

Stanford's Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) is also collecting donations to be sent to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana). If you would like to make a donation, please contact AV David at avhdavid@stanford.edu or (650) 491-4561.

thanks once again...

JeremyC
2009.09.29, 07:43 AM
Herman,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and I hope that things will be back to normal soon.

Jeremy

herman
2009.09.29, 10:50 PM
thanks... my wife and i are grateful that we are safe... we live in a condo on the second floor... my mom's house was in about 2 inches of water, my uncle's house was about waist deep (luckily most of their stuff was on the second floor)... my aunt's house was in chest deep water...

our office was in 6-12 inches of water...

in spite of all, i still feel very blessed...

some parts are still submerged...

hobbycar
2009.09.30, 08:26 AM
My families thoughts and prayers are with my relatives and all others affected by this typhoon.

We will be donating to the Red Cross to help out.

Herman it is good to hear you are well. Thanks for posting this.

God Bless,
Norman (hobbycar)

herman
2009.09.30, 11:59 PM
thanks hobbycar...

herman
2013.11.17, 11:03 PM
as you probably know, last Nov 8, the philippines was hit by typhoon haiyan, labeled to be one of the worst typhoons to reach land...

thank God my family and i are safe and didn't feel the real effects of the super typhoon haiyan (locally known as yolanda)...

as my family and i were on vacation in the us, i've received news and heard reports that a super typhoon would pass through the philippines...

i knew it was big... and as it hit our country, my heart grew heavy and i prayed as i saw video's and read reports over the internet...

as we touched down and landed in manila (nov 11, a couple of days after the typhoon passed)... i felt relieved that we were safe...

even though we live in makati some 580km away from the center of the storm (reports say that yolanda's reach was approx 600km in diameter), i really felt for my countrymen who live down south, where most of the damage was felt... they are in dire need of food, water, medicine and clothing...

i spoke to one of my friends who lives in tacloban (one of the towns that were really hit hard)... i was glad to hear his voice, as some of our friends were wondering if he was all right...

he is now safe, and has moved his family to cebu... he mentioned that the devastation was immense and absolute... his town was leveled, it was almost like a war zone... people were turning desperate and there wasn't any sense of peace and order... no food, no water, no electricity, and looting was abound...

so he decided to leave... and on his exodus to cebu, he mentioned seeing dead bodies around... it was truly heart wrenching...

on the other hand, it is also heart warming, as some stories begin to surface, it shows the true spirit of the filipino people, and general concern for humanity as other countries continue pledge support and aid... i'm sure that we, as a nation, can't say thank you enough...

as i type this... i am humbly asking to help out if you can, i believe that there is no amount that is too small... here is a list of sites that you might want to consider

philippine red cross (http://www.redcross.org.ph/donatenow.php)

world food programme (https://www.wfp.org/donate/typhoon)

unicef (http://donate.unicef.ph/campaign/24/typhoon-yolanda)

save the children (https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.8855857/k.E53D/Donate_to_the_Typhoon_Haiyan_Childrens_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp)

habitat for humanity (http://www.give2habitat.org/philippines/ReBuildPhilippines)

God bless you all, and God bless the philippines... and once again thank you...

herman
2013.11.18, 05:27 AM
would appreciate if you can support this cause... as a fellow rotarian, i'm sure this will definitely have a great impact and help people with little access to clean water... please click on link below

lifestraw water filters for typhoon haiyan victims (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lifestraw-water-filters-for-typhoon-haiyan-victims/x/5438171)

(from the above link)

The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale is raising funds to donate LifeStraw® Personal, LifeStraw® Family, and LifeStraw® Community water filters & purifiers to emergency family shelters in the most disaster affected areas.

By distributing LifeStraw® water filters & purifiers to shelters and aid stations, we can rapidly provide people with safe, clean water.

We will match your donations up to $23,000, and use the total funds raised of at least $46,000 to purchase LifeStraw® water purifiers for immediate distribution.

With this matching program, the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale is hoping to provide more than 250 community shelters and safe spaces for children with safe, clean water. The filters will be delivered directly to our international humanitarian partners who are currently engaged in on-the-ground disaster relief in the Philippines: ShelterBox, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), and Child Fund International.

The timing is urgent. We need to deliver these purifiers within the next two weeks, so please donate whatever you can.

color01
2013.11.18, 11:48 PM
That LifeStraw donation is on-point. Clean water is one of the hardest things to obtain in the aftermath of a disaster and I'll gladly chip in. When are you going back Herman? :eek:

imxlr8ed
2013.11.19, 12:54 AM
Herman... I know you're busy but if you do get time, clear your inbox on here!

Have a question for you!

herman
2013.11.20, 09:57 PM
Thanks Brian for the support. Out trip to the US came and went like a breeze. Unfortunately due to time constraints I couldn't go to any hobby shops. And so once again maybe next time... My family had a blast... It was just quite unfortunate coming home to see the aftermath of Yolanda... Thank God we were spared... Trying to help out with relief anyway I can on the net...

herman
2013.11.20, 10:06 PM
imxl8ed... Cleared some messages. Go ahead and shoot... Email would be best...