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DECEMBER 2013 EVENTS

Eat for a good cause, December 6, 2013
Typhoon Fundraiser (revised) 2 (v2.0)

NOVEMBER 2013 EVENTS

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services is holding a “Thanksgiving Coffee Hour” to collect funds to support communities impacted by super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.

Cash or checks payable to “Filipino Community Center”

Event includes turkey dinner donated by the UHM Baptist Campus Ministry.

Wed, 11/27/13

4:00pm-5:00pm

UH Mānoa, QLC 208 

More info:  LGBT Student Services, 956-9250

Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Governor Enlists ‘Rainbow Warrior’ Spirit in Support of the Philippines

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 22, 2013

Governor Enlists ‘Rainbow Warrior’ Spirit in Support of the Philippines

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is calling on Hawaii to show its Rainbow Warrior spirit in support of Philippines relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.

Today, the Governor joined representatives of the University of Hawaii and the local Filipino community to announce that every ticket sold for the UH vs. Army home game on Nov. 30 will be matched by a $5 donation to the “Filipino Community Center – Aloha for Philippines” fund, with a maximum donation of $20,000. The commitment applies to every ticket sold beginning today and up until game time, and is made possible by the generosity of UH supporters who asked to remain anonymous.

“We are encouraging UH fans to bring their friends and family to the Rainbow Warriors’ final football home game of the season to boost attendance in order to help those impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Hawaii and the Philippines share a special bond of friendship and partnership, and this event provides an opportunity to show our kokua.”

“We certainly appreciate this collaborative effort to provide support for the Philippines, while also helping boost attendance for our Military and Senior Night football game against Army,” said Ben Jay, UH athletics director. “In addition to receiving 50 percent off all available seats, fans can feel good about the fact that their ticket purchase will lead to a $5 donation to the ‘Aloha for the Philippines’ fund. Mahalo to everyone involved with making this wonderful initiative a reality.”

“At this time, the best way for people to help is through monetary donations to relief and charitable organizations working directly with affected populations; even very small cash donations make a significant difference to families rebuilding their lives,” said FilCom Center Chairman Edmund Aczon.

For more information about the game, including tickets, visit: hawaiiathletics.com

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Photo Caption:
(From left) UH Associate Athletics Director (External Affairs) John McNamara, Philippines Consul General in Honolulu Julius Torres, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, FilCom Center Chairman Edmund Aczon, and Consuelo Foundation President Jon Matsuoka gather in the Executive Office Ceremonial Room to rally Rainbow Spirit for the people of the Philippines.

Media Contact:
Christine Hirasa
Deputy Director of Communications
(808) 586-0805
Christine.M.Hirasa@hawaii.gov

Malama musical benefit, November 24, 2013

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FilCom Center Hosts a Roundtable Discussion on Philippine Disaster Response and Preparedness  

Consuelo Foundation will describe their efforts at responding to immediate recovery needs and long term strategies to rebuild communities 

HONOLULU, HAWAI’I — The Filipino Community Center (FilCom) will host a roundtable discussion, entitled “Philippine Disaster Response and Preparedness” onNovember 23, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the FilCom Center in Waipahu. As one of the designated recipients of the statewide fundraising efforts to help the typhoon victims, the FilCom has partnered with the Consuelo Foundation which has pledged to match all monies donated to FilCom up to $2 million. Consuelo Foundation President Jon Matsuoka will be one of the speakers at the forum and will describe their efforts at responding to immediate recovery needs and their long-term strategies to rebuild communities.

One of the questions asked by most donors is where and how the funds will be used. This forum will attempt to answer all these concerns, and how we can be better prepared for future disasters.

This event occurs at a time when the Philippines is reeling from this year’s back-to-back natural and man-made disasters. The most recent Super Typhoon Haiyan plowed through central Philippines and wreaked havoc to heavily populated cities in Tacloban and Leyte. About 4,400 people are believed to be dead, houses destroyed, and communication and power lines downed. According to newspaper accounts, Haiyan is one of the most intense typhoons ever recorded in history with winds up to 235 kilometers per hour.

Not long before Haiyan occurred, a powerful earthquake shook Bohol and Cebu in October. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed 161 people and destroyed many buildings, including centuries-old churches. 885 smaller aftershocks were recorded two days afterwards. Many victims who lost their homes in the quake were living in tents when Haiyan barreled through the Visayas.

Other disasters of the year include the torrential rains that flooded Metro Manila in

August and the Zamboanga City siege in September. In all these disasters, the country saw people killed and injured, their properties destroyed, and their well-being threatened.

The roundtable discussion aims to explore ways on how the Filipino community in Hawai’i can be better partners in the Philippines’ disaster preparedness. While it acknowledges the continued generosity and patriotism of the community, the Filipino Community Center believes that it can channel the efforts of the community from “knee jerk” response to raise funds each time there is a disaster towa

KATIPUNAN CLUB DONATION TABLE at the UHM Campus Center: 2nd Floor, November 19-20, 2013

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Concert on the Lawn, East West Center, November 16, 2013

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