Unite for a Stronger Philippines

Last November 8, super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, hit the Philippines, destroyed homes, flooded provinces, and left thousands of people displaced and dead. Filipinos did not expect the adverse effect of storm surge brought by Yolanda, so a lot were caught unaware by the sudden rush of seawater from the coast of Leyte.

Weather officials said ‘Yolanda’ had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. By those measurements, ‘Yolanda’ would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5, quoted from Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Power and communications were totally cut off for days so it was impossible for the government to know the extent of casualties and damages the typhoon has made. When the typhoon left last Saturday, November 11, the Philippines and the entire world were shocked when the picture of the actual effect of Yolanda was slowly being unveiled.

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damaged airport

Airport in Tacloban, a city in Leyte which mostly received the wrath of Yolanda, was destroyed. Later, another airport in Ormoc city was found to have a similar condition.

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Help was not quickly sent away and people were getting desperate to receive aid. Some were caught looting from closed supermarket and department stores just to feed their family. Food and water, the top necessities, are scarce until now.

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Locals are vying to have a free transport to Manila and be with their relatives there.

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Confirmed death remains below 2000, but thousands are still feared to be dead or missing. Thousands of bodies are yet to be collected which give fear harming the health of those living.

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U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said, “I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house.” Even evacuation centers proved to be not enough to stand the strong wind and stormed surged brought by the super typhoon.

Yolanda, the 25th typhoon which hit the Philippines this year, surprised a lot of Filipinos who were busy moving on from the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the islands of Bohol and Cebu less than a month ago. However, Filipinos are known to be a resilient lot, able to smile and quickly move on from adversities coming their way. I definitely agree to this comment posted in CNN:

CNN comment

To my dear readers and followers of this blog, kindly join the Philippines in praying for and helping with the rescue and relief operations of our brothers and sisters affected by the super typhoon. No amount of help is small. In our own way, may it be through prayers, donations, volunteer works, or social media rallies, we are creating ripples of help and hope to be extended to my countrymen. With this, I am calling each and every one of my fellow Filipinos to act now and do our part in giving aid to others.

Helping Yolanda Survivors:



I personally invite my blogger and social media enthusiast friends to join me in this endeavor. Let’s stop writing about our latest makeup hauls, fashion finds, and/or foreign travels for now and instead share social awareness at least. Better, let’s go out, act, and help.

Department of Social Welfare and Development

  • DSWD is accepting donations: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (at the back of CAAP)
    • Roel Montesa – 09263469927, roelmontesa@gmail.com
      Elma Pille – ecpille@dswd.gov.ph
      Cash deposits accepted – DSWD Bank Acct. at Landbank of the Philippines Nos. 3122-1011-84 (current) and 3124-0055-81 (savings) Fe Catalina Ea – 09186281897
    • Repacking of relief goods ongoing at DSWD-NROC, Pasay City. Interested volunteers can call 8512681 to schedule.
    • DSWD Region 7 Field Office, MJ Cuenco Avenue Cor Gen Maxillom Ave, Brgy. Carreta, Cebu City is conducting ongoing relief operations. Contact Rico Algarme at (32) 232 9509 for inquiries.

World Vision

  • World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian, development and relief organization is accepting donations for Typhoon Yolanda survivors. Donor hotline 372-7777 or visit their website

Gawad Kalinga

World Food Programme

  • World Food Programme Philippines is accepting donations through their website


  • ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya pledge lines (02) 411-0183, 411-0182, 411-0115
    Accepting relief goods and cash donations, with other drop-off points nationwide: Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Davao

Philippine Red Cross

  • The Philippine Red Cross provides many ways to donate. Hotline: 143 Trunkline: 5270000
    • You may also SMS donations by texting RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899(Globe) or 4143(Smart)

FREE SEATS for Yolanda Volunteers
Volunteers will be flown to the affected areas for free from 11 – 24 November 2013. Interested parties may avail this offer by:
– Contacting Cecille Flores, HR Department of AirAsia Zest at cecilleflores@airasia.com
– Emailing the complete contact details of the counterpart NGO or agency
– For more information, please call +632-851-1801/632-851-1803 and look for Cecille Flores or proceed to AirAsia Zest Office in Domestic Road, Andrews Avenue, Pasay City.

For my international friends, you can also share your blessings to my people by:

relief outside the Philippines

For a complete list of organizations that accept donations and volunteers, kindly click here: Help Yolanda Victims

the filipino spirit is stronger than any typhoon

Let’s all join hands in helping Philippines remain strong despite of everything. The Philippines is indeed stronger than any typhoon!

35 thoughts on “Unite for a Stronger Philippines

  1. So glad to know you and your family are okay. I didn’t know where in the PI you lived, but I’ve been praying for everyone there. My mom is originally from Leyte, and I’m so glad she isn’t there anymore. Pero hindi ko alam kong mayroon ko pang relatives doon. Estranged siya from her family.

    1. Hi, yes. As mentioned in my post, it was a comment posted in CNN, not from the network itself. Anyhow, I love helping out and volunteering. You can also join us in Gawad Kalinga and DSWD.

  2. Omg! Those pictures are devastating…Im really sorry…I havent seen many pictures about it…and this was really shocking!
    xoxo! giglove ^^

    novelstyle 🙂

  3. Sweetie, thanks for sharing this , I have seen all the photos, watch videos and read the news, it truly is heartbreaking. Although my family is safe and sound, I cannot imagine the ones who went through this tragedy and loved ones left behind. What I just don’t understand is the fact that this storm is not something the government was not fully aware of, they knew and could have taken better actions to safeguard the community. I’m overwhelmed to see all the support other countries are providing the Philippines and I hope the Phil. govt would do the same for its people.

  4. This was really heart breaking.. I can’t even get myself to see the photos of the after effect.. let alone imaging what the people residing there must have felt like.. My prayers are with them.. I wish them a speedy recovery..

  5. It was so devastating to see this. I’ve done my part on donated some clothes and slippers over. But what makes me more sad it that some of them still couldn’t get help from the government.

  6. I feel so sad when I read the news on the Philippines. Such a terrible tragedy, but I’m sure that you all will definitely get through this, and I’m glad to see so much support pouring in from all over the world!

  7. It’s incredible what Nature can do to Human World. We should always pray and thanks God for what we have. Hope your Country can go over this situation soon with the help pf the rest of the World.

  8. I just donated my old clothes and other items to a shelter dedicated to sending it to the Philippines. Thanks for this post! I felt really bad not being able to help much, so I hope that my clothes would at least help to shelter a victim

  9. It really hurts seeing that, our country is being like this. To think our government really sucks at the moment. And I can’t help but to pray for everyone.

  10. I’ve seen this news about Philippines the other day and it broke my heart. That indeed was so heart-breaking and nerve wrecking but on the other hand I’m glad countries are supporting each other in this tough time and situation. I just hope and pray that we all will be safe and sound from natural disasters xx

  11. Seeing the after effects of the typhoon is heartbreaking. I will be finding ways that I can help those there that are in need. Thank you for bringing awareness to this. gig

  12. We had a community yard sale to raise money through World Vision, and I was so happy so many people here in Canada were so supportive! Our prayers and thoughts are with the Philippines through this unimaginable time.

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