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

PRESS RELEASE
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.

MABUHAY ANG MGA PILIPINO SA U.S.!
MABUHAY ANG SAMBAYANANG LUMALABAN AT NAGKAKAISA!

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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

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THANK YOU: Bayanihan For Typhoon Disaster Relief Volunteers in NY

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped us in the Bayanihan for Typhoon Disaster Relief efforts:

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Abigail L. Santos
Albert Cansino
Albert Villaroman
Alice Malabanan
Amerito Gerodus
Amy Ignacio
Angelika Padunan
Avic Veridiano
Bernadette Ellorin
Bernard Perez
Bianca Robles
Blair Ortega
Bonnie Batac
Brandon Walker
C. Baxter
Cailey Cambell
Carlo Joaquin
Carlos Garcia
Chris Jazmin
Christian (XL) or (Vendetta)
Cortes
Diana Diruy
Don Gutierrez
E Galano
Eddie Veridiano
Elmer Arroza
Eric Cayanan
Erika Calamanan
Felix Ortiz
Francis Leo Bronola
Frank Apol Inario
Gayle Bathan
Geraldine Recaido
Grace Park
Gwen Cato
Ian Nickson Junio
Isaiah Niko Junio
J. Gibbs
J. Morales
Jacklyn Nemenzo
James Austria
Jason Chin Fatt
Jennifer Armas
Joana Pangilinan
Jobeth Arceo
Joey Alex
Johann Zinamon
John Joshua Rosario
Jonathan Do
Joseph Ongsohu
Joyce Pena
Jun Rose Mantalia
Karen Borja
Kate Begonia
Kaycee Trabado
Kenneth Camara
Kevin Zhou
Kim Tansiongco
Kristene Enriquez
Liaa Marquez
Loreto Gaddi
Lorie
Marc Bucauto
Marc Cruz
Marco Countryman
Maria Cruz
Marie Denoga
Marlon Cruz
Mary Santiago
May-May Parcon
Melanie Dulfo
Michael Padunan
Michelle Cruz
Michelle Saulon
Munir Arbison Jr.
Nancy Labares
Nancy Zemana
Norman Yu
Normin Edora
Paul Gallas
Paulo Villaroman
Pewee Recaido
R. L. Macasinag
Ramel Racelis
Ramon Mappala
Reina
Rene Bersamin
Roberto Meneses
Rocelyn Edora
Rolando Katigbak
Rudy Pasion
Rusty Fabunan
Salcedo Reyes Jr.
Santos
Sol Dela Cruz
Sylvia Jocson
Tatiana Paula Laude
Tejaswi Khadka
Teresita Sapio
TJ Cruz
Tonette Eliazo
Yancy Gandionco
Yanie
Yoko Liriano
Zeno Enriquez

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For those who would still want to help and offer their support to our kababayans who had been victims of typhoons in the Philippines, we invite you to spend your free time with us at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center (40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY, 11377). Let us continue to spread the spirit of Bayanihan. 🙂

If interested to volunteer please call 718-565-8862.

MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT PO!!!

DONATIONS: List of Donors for Material Support

1. Andrelie Suarez (NY)
2. Paz Tanjuaqio (NY)
3. Cinia Rosete (NY)
4. Yoko Liriano (NY)
5. Paul Baluyot (NY)
6. Keiko Akashi (NY)
7. Charet Condinato (NY)
8. Wilfred Tan (NY)
9. Monique Maralit (NY)
10. Napoleon Serrano (NY)
11. Estela Mappala Gutierrez (NY)
12. Julius Cometa (NY)
13. Fiona Teoxon (NY)
14. Kate Malilay (NY)
15. William Pero (NY)
16. Grace Peralta (NY)
17. Shirley Murillo (NY)
18. Mely Sarmiento (NY)
19. Seanpatrick Walsh (NY)
20. Jun Rose Montalla (NY)
21. Jennifer Joaquin (NY)
22. John Michael Queyquep (NY)
23. Mae Argos (NY)
24. Carol Evangelista (NY)
25. Theresa Estanislao (NY)
26. Jennifer Armas (NY)
27. Salcedo Reyes Jr. (NY)
28. Jong Wong (NY)
29. Mohan Kanungo (NY)
30. Shawn Erika Padua (NY)
31. Michael Ching (NY)
32. Jackie R. Chan (NY)
33. Wilhelmina Reburiano (NY)
34. Justina Simondac (NY)
35. Janette Padua Rada (NY)
36. Kate Begonia (NY)
37. Orlando Begonia (NY)
38. Simondac Family (NY)
39. Alma Cacayuran (NY)
40. Luis Salazar (NY)
41. Kaycee Cabildo (NY)
42. Yves & Kehly Murad (NY)
43. Kristine Reyes (NY)
44. Marie Marte (NY)
45. Ampy Meoemlua (NY)
46. Christine Michele Castro (NY)
47. Aira Herrera (NY)
48. Celina Ciria Cruz (NY)
49. Wendy Misa (NY)
50. Murielle Faye Dulfo (NY)
51. Teodoro Maurillo (NY)
52. Kathleen Dy (NJ)
53. Francine Delgado (NJ)
54. Gemma Araneta (NJ)
55. Lynette Evans (NJ)
56. Airalyn Bonifacio (NJ)
57. Jennifer Armas (NY)
58. Aristotle Iringan (NY)
59. Paul de Guzman (NY)
60. Idjan de Guzman (NY)
61. Santi Khairassame (NY)
62. Annavi & Daniel Marchese (NY)
63. Ofelia Dumagat (NY)
64. Johanna Tuballes (NY)
65. April Grace Suelan (NY)
66. Maria Luisa Cailles Peralta (NY)
67. Juanpaolo R. Surla (NY)
68. Rona Lei R. Silmonet (NY)
69. Rhea Mary Sormillon (NY)
70. Dulce Leveque (NY)
71. Lilibeth Albano (NY)
72. Ofelia Vargas (NY)
73. Michelle Valenton (NY)
74. Shirley Manlolo (NY)
75. Arvin Concepcion (NY)
76. Christian Pecache (NY)
77. Kathy Sio (CT)
78. Ma. Eden Mendoza (NY)
79. Anna Sabino (NY)
80. Hazel Concepcion (NY)
81. Irene Barcelon (NY)
82. Beth Gamboa (NY)
83. Rose Galinato (NY)
84. Ralph Reyes (NY)
85. Kim Ansaldo (NY)
86. Lawrence E. Pastor (NY)
87. Maria V. Herrera (NY)
88. Nova Ginete (NY)
89. Helois Sy (NY)
90. Aldo Potencio (NJ)
91. ALmira Valdez (NJ)
92. Regina Villaluz (NJ)
93. Ed Ventura (NJ)
94. Melissa Carlos (NJ)
95. Ryan Romero (NJ)
96. Jacklyn Carino (NJ)
97. Ramon Lopez (NJ)
98. Nelda Festejo (NJ)
99. Janet Salazar (NJ)
100. Roney Bergantinos (NY)
101. Vernice D. Borleo (NY)
102. Remy Tan (NY)
103. Eleanor Dy (NY)
104. Megan Cruz (NY)
105. Marie Denoga (NY)
106. Joey Velasco (NY)
107. Jason Velasco (NY)
108. Anita Chan (NY)
109. Lisa Sacchi (NY)
110. Gus Noel Ganaden (NY)
111. Maricar Sayat (NY)
112. Antonia U. Usita (NY)
113. Teresita Armas (NY)
114. Roy A. Liboro (NY)
115. Fritz Flores (NY)
116. PS 255 @ 151 Staff c/o Vernice Borleo (NY)
117. Joanna Bayle (NY)
118. Joseph B. Abelinde (NY)
119. Michelle Natividad Lopez (NY)
120. Mario Brizuela (NJ)
121. Fe Arroyo (NJ)
122. Julia Harris (NJ)
123. Tess Guerrero (NJ)
124. Quennie Arone (NJ)
125. Floren Aterrado (NJ)
126. Kris Alcantara (NJ)
127. Sunshine Holganza (NJ)
128. Karina Villanueva (NJ)
129. Louie GOnzales (NJ)
130. Moises Cruz (NJ)
131. Kathleen M. Bonifacio (NY)
132. Shirleen Velasquez (NY)
133. Rosita baculio Clarin (NY)
134. Orsenciana Bandiola (NY)
135. Joel Inocencio (NY)
136. Marlyn Vinuya (NY)
137. John Troncoso (NY)
138. Kirk Troncoso (NY)
139. Victor Ibarra Bisa (NY)
140. Lalaine Edano (NY)
141. Zenaida S. Portillo (NY)
142. Carol Evangelista (NY)
143. Teresa Reyes (NY)
144. Chodon Tenzin (NY)
145. Namdor Tenzin (NY)
146. Ligaya C. Vasquez (NY)
147. Jimbo (NY)
148. Rodyn Chesler Blair Ortega (NY)
149. Albert Guerzon (NY)
150. Lucena T. Frades (NY)
151. Lourdes Rosa (NY)
152. Reynaldo Morales (NY)
153. Maureen Reyes (NY)
154. Elvira Gonzales R. (NY)
155. Marisol Pelaez-Leong (NY)
156. Maria Sayat (NY)
157. Ritchie/Gemma Tumulak (NY)
158. Reina Devora (NY)
159. Sandy Alonzo (NY)
160. Rosanna Poblador (NY)
161. Elmer Arroza (NY)
162. TJ Cruz (NY)
163. Albert Villaroman (NY)
164. Gigi Wong (NY)
165. Yen Canonicato (NY)
166. Billy Choi (NY)
167. Joseph Ong So Hu (NY)
168. Dinah V. Ong So Hu (NY)
169. Danielle V. Ong So Hu (NY)
170. Charissa Ramirez (NY)
171. Reggie Schmitt (NY)
172. Brownies Troop (2nd Grade) c/o Reggie Schmitt (NY)
173. Isabel Belen (NY)
174. Jay Abrenica (NY)
175. Luz Gorzal (NY)
176. Conde Gustavo (NY)
177. Jose Ferdinand Ihada (NY)
178. Erika Calamanan (NY)
179. Rene Bersamin (NY)
180. Beatriz Dayrit (NY)
181. Em Maderazo and Family (NJ)
182. Shirley Macundo (NJ)
183. Regina Cacdac (NJ)
184. Jeff Goodkin (NY)
185. Fernview Robles (NY)
186. Jennifer La Marche (NY)
187. Rose Marie Constantino (NY)
188. Thomas Rodriguez (NY)
189. Patricia Dayleg (NY)
190. Brir Eley (NY)
191. Mabel Lualhati (NY)
192. Jose Ihuda (NY)
193. Karen Joy B. Digo (NY)
194. Maria A. Bautista (NY)
195. Brian Edejer (NY)
196. Geraldine Ceniza (NY)
197. Rosela Baliong (NY)
198. Jayvee Gutierrez (NY)
199. Helen L. Crea (NY)
200. Alex Gilmifarb (NY)
201. Isagani A Rendal Jr. (NY)
202. Renee Ricafrente Grageda (NY)
203. Corazon Bartolome (NY)
204. Roderick Santos (NY)
205. Adelaida Santos (NY)
206. Robin Stein (NY)
207. Angelica Javier (NY)
208. Faith Reyes (NY)
209. Consuelo I Quiacos (NY)
210. Warlito P. Abamonga & Family (NY)

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All donations will be channeled through Migrante International. Head office is at #63 Narra St., Brgy.Claro, Project 3, QC. You may call at 4210768 and hotline no: 09212709079. Or may email your inquiries at migrantecampaign@gmail.com.

DONATIONS: List of Donors for Monetary Support

001. Dobi Veloso (NY)
002. Jose Jay B. Cruz (NY)
003. Adele Inez (NY)
004. Hilda Mantalaba (NY)
005. Kate Malilay (NY)
006. Raphael Bartholomew (NY)
007. Grace Peralta (NY)
008. Roland Abalajon (NY)
009. Noel Gamboa (NY)
010. Marichu Beltran (NY)
011. Nick Arugay (NY)
012. Dorothy D’Amato (NY)
013. Salcedo Reyes Jr. & Jong Wong (NY)
014. Alma Cacayuran (NY)
015. Steven Anreder (NY)
016. Maria Santiago (NY)
017. Lolita Dimarucut (NY)
018. Shawn Erika Padua (NY)
019. St. John’s University (Physician Assistant Program) c/o Richard Avolanti (NY)
020. Silvestre Jose (NJ)
021. Antonio Vergara (NJ)
022. Tess Urbano (NJ)
023. A.P.O.Y. ng Hudson (NJ)
024. Jacquelyn Herda (NJ)
025. Janille Herda (NJ)
026. Deney Milan (NJ)
027. Bea Sabino (NJ)
028. John Miranda (NJ)
029. Joyce Pena (NY)
030. Collection from Pulong Bayan (NJ)
031. Lourdes V. Cangayda (NJ)
032. Fely V. Camagong (NY)
033. Joely Reala (NY)
034. Justin Perez (NY)
035. Wilfredo Garcia (NY)
036. Consuelo Quiacos (NY)
037. Fritzgerald & Dorothy Flores (NY)
038. JB Paolo A. Quemado (NY)
039. Fatima Turbulencia (VA)
040. Jeanne O’ Sullivan (NY)
041. Voltaire & Rosana Zemana (NY)
042. Fritz Flores (NY)
043. Lagrimas G. Parisi (NY)
044. Nestor & Gina De Leon (NJ)
045. Saturnina V. Manuel (NJ)
046. Allan M. Cacdac (NJ)
047. Chodon Tenzin (NY)
048. Namdor Tenzin (NY)
049. Maysie Houlihan (NY)
050. HALO-HALO Cabaret Performers (NY)
051. Lucena T. Frades (CT)
052. Lourdes Rosa (NY)
053. Rosanna Nancy Zemana (NY)
054. Glenn Jakobsen / Yen Canonicato (NY)
055. Charissa Ramirez (NY)
056. Evelyn L. Vallecera (NY)
057. Florencio Pepito (NJ)
058. Connie Reyes Rosete (NJ)
059. Leonell Lascano (NJ)
060. Rochelle De los Santos (NJ)
061. Lagrimas Parisi (NJ)
062. Joanne De Laat (NJ)
063. Sarah Lim (NJ)
064. Rey Beralo (NY)
065. Calixto & Marcelina (NJ)
066. Ed & Wrechelle Nantes (NY)
067. Liz Ramos Ganuiro (NJ)
068. Dulce Bausa (NJ)
069. Lenie Valdez (NJ)
070. Ceilo Abad (NJ)
071. Reginald Ramirez (NJ)
072. Theresa Adriano (NJ)
073. Em Maderazo and Family (NJ)
074. Joyce Dang (NJ)
075. Mercy Evia (NJ)
076. Clemencia Montenegro (NJ)
077. Joyce Elpa (NJ)
078. Stephanie Laygo (NJ)
079. Dyna Agawin (NJ)
080. Matilda Rosario (NJ)
081. Ester Ramos (NJ)
082. Lisa Mendoza (NJ)
083. Keller Franklin (NJ)
084. Shirley Macundo (NJ)
085. Dr. Antonia Ty-Semar (NJ)
086. D. Del Rosario (NJ)
087. Monett Faraon (NJ)
088. Jasmin Rosello (NJ)
089. Gary & Lita Carreon (NJ)
090. Christopher Dela Victoria (NJ)
091. Rolando I. Nuguid (NJ)
092. Angelique Maclang (NJ)
093. Jojo Basa (NJ)
094. Fernando M. Dullavin (NJ)
095. Cheryll Bautista- Schultz (NJ)
096. Rita Mae Alicante (NJ)
097. Josephina Lacsa (NJ)
098. Jeric Mape (NJ)
099. Rosario & Baltazar Pinguel (PA)
100. Mabel Lualhati (NY)
101. Paz Tanjuaqio (NY)
102. Ma. Corina Carasig (NJ)
103. Marie Marte (NY)
104. Christine Michele Castro (NY)
105. Kristine Reyes (NY)
106. Janette Padua Rada (NY)
107. Shirley Manlolo (NY)
108. Robin Stein (NY)
109. Ampy Meoemlua (NY)

As of October 29
110. Susan W. Taylor (NY)
111. Kenneth & Marcy Hohorst (NY)
112. Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (NY)
113. Felipa Sajulga (NY)
114. Lila Ramos Shahani (NY)
115. Benjamin Proctor Gerdes & Jennifer Mie Margarita Hayashida (NY)
116. PUSO StonyBrook c/o Cj Cancino (NY)
117. St. Mary’s Church Fundraising Event c/o Joel Inocencio (Rahway, NJ)

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All donations will be channeled through Migrante International. Head office is at #63 Narra St., Brgy.Claro, Project 3, QC. You may call at 4210768 and hotline no: 09212709079. Or may email your inquiries at migrantecampaign@gmail.com.