DECEMBER 2013 EVENTS
Eat for a good cause, December 6, 2013
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.
UH Mānoa, QLC 208
More info: LGBT Student Services, 956-9250
Malama musical benefit, November 24, 2013
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
Concert on the Lawn, East West Center, November 16, 2013