450 Relief Boxes from U.S. East Coast: SENT! (NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign Continues)

27 January 2010

REFERENCE: Jonna Baldres, Migrante International Coordinator for US East Coast, filipinocenter@gmail.com, (718)5658862

450 Relief Boxes from U.S. East Coast: SENT!
NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign Continues

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY – On January 19, just as news were received that the relief boxes from the US West Coast arrived on the doorstep of Migrante International in the Philippines, US East Coast — New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and its youth arm, Sandiwa National Alliance of Filipino-American Youth — sent off some 450 relief boxes to be shipped to the Philippines on the same day!

“After nearly four months of struggling, and eventually, claiming victories, against the restrictions and repressive policies of the Philippine government on relief donations, NAFCON has once again proven that with collective action, the Filipino community will triumph,” said Nicholas Cordero of Philippine Forum-New Jersey, a member organization of NAFCON in the East Coast.

In September 2009, upon learning that typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines, NAFCON and SanDiwa immediately gathered to launch its Bayanihan for Typhoon Ondoy Disaster Relief Campaign nationwide. Migrante International was identified to become the recipient of NAFCON and SanDiwa’s continued relief efforts, as it has proven to genuinely address the issues of Filipino migrants and, more importantly, their families in the Philippines. With the banding together of the whole Filipino community and friends from all over the United States, fundraising activities and collection of donations began right away, gathering about $15,000 in monetary relief, and more than 500 relief boxes in the East Coast — including food, clothes, medicines, blankets and other material donations.

“Three more typhoons hit the Philippines since Ondoy and the Mayon volcano just erupted in December. In light of all these calamities, the Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign continues as long as the relief has not reached disaster victims, and we, the youth from SanDiwa, together with our mother alliance, NAFCON, will keep close watch and make sure that these donations will not go to corrupted hands,” said Anne Beryl Corotan, SanDiwa chairperson based in New York.

In the course of the relief campaign, NAFCON, SanDiwa and their member organizations all over the US have also led in fighting for the lifting of the ban on used clothing and dropping of taxes on relief by the Philippine government, and lastly, for Migrante International to receive and distribute the donations to affected communities. The campaign did not only focus on collection of donations and creatively fundraising for shipping but also took up the responsibility of challenging the policies of the Philippine government and exposing its inefficiency that caused the loss and displacement of thousands of its people in these tragedies. Community meetings and actions were also held to educate, gather and express the sentiments of the members of the community.

“As long as natural and man-made disasters keep coming to our beloved country and the Philippine government does not take steps to address these, and instead, imposes unreasonable policies preventing our overseas kababayans from sending help to our loved ones back home, we will continue to fight,” said Yves Nibungco, chairperson of the youth group Anakbayan New York/New Jersey and member organization of SanDiwa.

Out of the 530+ relief boxes, ninety-five more were left (New York and New Jersey combined) as the container could not fit any more boxes. NAFCON East Coast will be calling for a community forum within the next few days for the community to decide on what to do with the rest of the boxes. The boxes sent are expected to arrive in Manila by mid to end of February.

On March 7, a victory celebration for the relief campaign will be held as the Filipino community in New York also celebrates the second anniversary of the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Queens. Member organizations, volunteers and everyone who helped in the relief efforts are all invited to join in the celebration of the Filipino’s insurmountable strength, resilience and collective action amidst great battle and tragedy, leading to successes of the whole community.

For more information and for continuous coverage of the Bayanihan for Disaster Relief Campaign, please visit www.bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com.



More photos from this link: http://s382.photobucket.com/albums/oo261/jonnabaldres/NAFCON_Bayanihan_relief_sendoff_19Jan2010/

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Storage in New York being emptied of ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes

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Loading ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes into the container truck from New York storage

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Volunteers done loading 230+ New York
‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes!

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New Jersey ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes lined up for loading

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Volunteers load New Jersey ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’
boxes into container truck

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Volunteers practice true “Bayanihan” spirit
as they load relief boxes into container truck

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Around 450 ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes sent off to the Philippines!

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Container truck on the way to ship ‘Bayanihan for Disaster Relief’ boxes to the Philippines!

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Packing list ready as early as December 2009


PRESS RELEASES: Filipino-American Youth Unite Against Natural and Man-Made Disasters!

19 November 2009

Anne Beryl Corotan, SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth, sandiwa.national@gmail.com
Josh Rosario, Bayanihan Filipino Community Center, (718) 5658862

Filipino-American Youth Unite Against Natural and Man-Made Disasters!

NEW YORK — This coming Saturday, November 21st, the fifth annual Sumisigaw Fil-Am Youth Cultural Festival, with the theme “Youth Unite Against Natural & Man Made Disasters!” will be held at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park from 12 noon to 4pm. This production organized by SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth seeks to showcase the best talents of local Filipino-American youth and to provide awareness on several important issues affecting the Filipino migrant community in the US.

The event will feature a series of performances by young Fil-Am artists and musicians drawn from New York and New Jersey, such as John Flor Sisante, Hanalei Ramos, Paul the Magician, Bayanihan Kultural Kolektib, Kappa Pi Band, Donny Manuel, Kayumanggi and many more. Song, dance, spoken word, film and even stunning demonstrations of martial arts skills will be presented to all. It will also play host to the public premier of Roberto Ang’s short film “The Brothers of Kappa Pi“, a documentary on the community-based fraternity of young Filipino men in New York.

Intended not only as a celebration of Filipino culture and its integration within the veneers of our society, the event also serves as a vehicle for several important messages addressed to both the youth and the greater community around us. Among the concerns to be tackled by the performances will include how to deal with issues confronting our youth of today, such as drugs, gangs and teenage pregnancy.

Aside from those mentioned, this cultural festival will also serve as a venue to thank and acknowledge all the donors and volunteers of the Bayanihan for Typhoon Disaster Relief of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and SanDiwa, an ongoing effort in response to the damage caused by the the series of powerful typhoons that struck the Philippines during the last quarter of the year, leaving many families homeless and in need of help. Performances will be preceded by a press conference to give updates and to present to the community more of NAFCON and SanDiwa’s upcoming plans of action with regards to the relief campaign.

The theme binding all these presentations aims to unite the Filipino-American youth — beyond sociocultural boundaries — against these problems currently confronting both American and Philippine society.

Admission to the festival will be free of charge. For more information, please visit https://bayanihan4ondoy.wordpress.com. ###

EVENTS: Sumisigaw Fil-Am Youth Cultural Festival 2009

Sumisigaw Flyer_2009SUMISIGAW 2009! Youth Unite Against Natural & Man Made Disasters!
Hosted by SanDiwa, the National Alliance of Filipino-American Youth

● Enjoy a FREE CULTURAL PROGRAM that showcases young Filipino talent and celebrates our rich Filipino culture.
● Learn about the updates on the NAFCON/SanDiwa’s Bayanihan for typhoon disaster relief and how we, the youth, are making an impact in fighting against the natural & man made disasters.
● Explore ISSUES THAT AFFECT YOUTH TODAY in our community, and find out what SANDIWA is doing to develop creative solutions.

Kappa Pi Band
F2 Dance Troupe
Paul, the Magician
Bayanihan Kultural Kolektib
Donny Manuel
Kali Martial Arts
and many more!

Saturday, November 21, 2009
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens NY 11368
(718) 565-8862


How to get to Queens Museum of Art:


Via #7 Flushing IRT. Exit Willets Point/Shea Stadium.

NOTE: Shuttle to venue will be provided upon exit from Willets Point/Shea Stadium Station.


48 to Roosevelt Ave and 111th Street.
Walk south through park (toward Unisphere)

Q23, Q58 to Corona Ave and 51st Ave.
Walk east through park.


From West and midtown Manhattan: Take the Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway. Use Exit 22B, Grand Central Parkway West toward the Triboro Bridge. Exit the Grand Central at the first exit, Tennis Center (9P), turn right and follow signs to Museum.

From Brooklyn: via Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) to LIE Eastbound, to exit 22B exit 22B (Grand Central Parkway/Triboro Bridge), then exit GCP at Tennis Center (9P) and turn right to the Museum.

From North and Triboro Bridge: via Grand Central Parkway, exit at 9E or 9W and follow signs to Museum.

From East and Long Island: via LIE to GCP West, exit GCP at Tennis Center (9P) and follow signs to Museum. Free parking.

EVENTS: Save the Date: 11/6 – THE AFTERMATH: Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

American Pinoy Organization of the Youth (APOY-HCCC)

Save the Date: 11/6 7pm @ Our Lady of Victories School

What: A benefit concert organized by American Pinoy Organization of the Youth-HCCC (APOY), a new and vibrant Filipino student club at Hudson County Community College, to raise funds for the victims of two of the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines.

When: November 6, 2009 7:00pm – 12:00am
Where: Our Lady of Victories School 240 Ege Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304

Why: Last Sept.26, Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) hit the Philippines delivering a historic amount of rainfall never before seen in 42 years. Typhoon Ondoy delivered 410mm of rainfall (Katrina 350mm), submerging 85% of Metro Manila and 25 sorrounding provinces. Sept.28, Super Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) hit the northern part of the Philippines causing flash floods and landslides.

Caught off guard, the government under the Arroyo regime was exposed to be incapable of rescuing and protecting our countrymen. $800M of the Philippines’ emergency funds was put to waste on lavish dinners and massive junkets. Now the Filipino people is left on their own to save themselves.

That is why, we the Filipino youth has decided to come together and get our acts together to help our brothers and sisters back home. Because there is no one else left to help the people but the people themselves.

• Kapsula (band)
• Salamanka (band)
• Gessica Pecana (solo)
• Taospuso (solo)
• Donny Manuel (solo)
• Inspired (dance)
• Shaka (Hip hop)
• Deep Foundation (Hip hop)

100% proceeds will go to Tulong Kabataan- a youth and student led relief operations in the Philippines.



Endorsed by:

Anakbayan New York/ New Jersey
Philippine Forum-NJ
Sandiwa National Alliance of Filipino American Youth

*For more info please call Yves Nibungco (201)6213156 or Jennis Belen (201)2707150 or email us at hcccfilipinoclub@gmail.com

EVENTS: Sounds, Sights, Move for the victims of the Philipines Typhoon

Flyer Nov. 12th

Please join San Francisco Committee for Human Rights (SF-CHRP) in the Philippines for a benefit event with live performances/ art auction / dancing for the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines.

Sliding scale donations at the door: $7 – $1000

Your donations will be going through the Filipino Community Center and San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP), under “Bayanihan for the Victims of Ondoy,” a larger community-based effort which comprises numerous grassroots organizations, church groups, non-profit organizations and concerned individuals, is coordinating actions to facilitate the distribution of aid to the victims of the calamity. We are undertaking a relief drive to raise money and collect supplies to send to the Philippines. We humbly ask for your participation with our efforts to help these affected communities to rebuild their lives. Any form of assistance would be much appreciated.

All Donations will go to:
Migrante International is an alliance of progressive organizations composed of overseas Filipinos and their families. We uphold and advance the rights and welfare of overseas Filipinos within the framework of the Filipino people’s national democratic struggle.

c/o BAYAN USA (oversea chapter)
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) was formed in May 1985, bringing together more than a thousand mass organizations composed of more than a million members. Represented were different classes and sectors committed to the people’s struggle for national freedom and democracy.

c/o GABRIELA USA (oversea chapter)
GABRIELA -Philippines which has a membership of 200 women’s organizations throughout the country, work with mothers and families in many urban poor communities.

GABRIELA will make sure that those who need it most, especially women and children get the relief (unfortunately, some disbursement efforts are not that organized leaving only the strong to get the goods and the most needy, still without relief. GABRIELA has the social networks and the knowing who has lost loved ones and homes and the commitment and working relationships to reach those most in need.

They are not only doing relief work, but more importantly, rehabilitation of homes and communities.

If you are not able to attend the event but would like to make an online donation, please logon to BAYAN-USA’s PayPal account at http://bayanusa.org. If you make an online donation, please let us know how much you donated at info@gabusa.org, so that we are able to track our fundraising efforts. Thank you.


EVENTS: Candle Vigil for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Join Us in a Candle Vigil for all Typhoon Victims back home in the Philippines @ Bayanihan Center 40-21 69th Street in Roosevelt Woodside, New York 6PM—October 16, 2009.

There will be updates on relief goods being donated and a slideshow showing the devastation the typhoons left. Let’s never forget the victims and continue helping those that were traumatized by the typhoons.

Thank you and God bless.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 10/14 – Pulong Bayan (Community Meeting) in New York for typhoon victims

Last September 26, it was Ondoy (international name Ketsena). Barely a month later, typhoon Pepeng (international name Parma) hit the Northern part of the Philippines and has already been reported to claim the lives of 247 people as of October 11.

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth invite the Filipino community and supporters in New York and its surrounding areas to take part in a discussion on how we can further help our kababayans back home and how we can respond and help out as a community though we are miles away.

The Philippine government’s directives on relief efforts from abroad and how they affect the goodwill of Filipinos, supporters, and people’s organizations who only wanted to help the typhoon victims will also be discussed further.

The community meeting in New York will be held at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center (40-21 69th Street, Woodside, NY 11377) on Wednesday, October 14, 630pm. See you there!

For more information, please contact Jonna @ (646)5787390 or Anne Beryl @ (516)9011832 or email at sandiwa.national@gmail.com.

Thank you and God bless!

For the Filipino people,
Bayanihan Typhoon Disaster Relief Team
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and
SanDiwa National Alliance of Fil-Am Youth