EVENTS: Metro Honda Ondoy Relief Event (24 October 2009)


On the last week of September 2009, Typhoon Ondoy hit the Northern Philippines leaving most of the country’s capital and surrounding regions submerged in water. Severe flooding resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives that continues to increase daily, causing displacement of thousands of people. Typhoon Ondoy recorded the highest amount of rainfall ever to hit the Philippines since the country started recording rainfall levels in 1967. It even exceeded the rainfall level of Hurricane Katrina.

Metro Honda of Jersey City extended its helping hand to the Filipino community in sponsoring a relief event last October 24th, 2009, 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Metro teamed up with local drop off sites associated with NAFCON (National Alliance for Filipino Concerns) to demonstrate its empathy with the Filipino community. Donations (clothes, blankets, medical supplies, can foods, monetary) were received at the event and free food and drinks were offered to those who came down to support the cause. The event was held in the front lot of Metro Honda: 540 Rt. 440 N Jersey City, NJ 07305.

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US Drop-off Centers


NAFCON (Nat’l Alliance for Filipino Concerns)/SANDIWA Nat’l Alliance of Fil-Am Youth are now receiving relief donations (clothes, blankets, medical supplies, monetary). For general questions please call Anne Beryl (516)9011832.

Official Webpage:

New York

NY drop-off @ BAYANIHAN Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377. Open Hours: Monday –Friday 11 AM – 8 PM and Saturday & Sunday 12-6 PM. Please Contact; Yancy Mark (347)8670330 or Jonna (646)5787390 or email if you would like to help.

Stony Brook University, please contact Jun Rose (646)7503489.

FIND District III college organizations: Please Contact Patricia Dayleg ( and Isabel Marie Gomez (

BKPNewYork are also specifically collecting children’s books to the Philippines: Please contact Frederick (646)6417183 or email

New Jersey

For donations in New Jersey please contact: (201)621-3156-Yves Nibungco or (917)476-7855- Nick Cordero

Sinugba Cafe: 561 Westside Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07304
Casa Victoria: 691 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306-2803.
Kalusugan Coalition: Call 2016534600 for office hours. 591 Summit Avenue Suite 412 Jersey City, 07306. Corner Summit & Newark Ave.

NAFCON Midwest

Fellowship for Filipino Migrants-FFM
PO Box 901 Glenview, IL 60025-9998 Nerissa (224)3816888

Los Angeles

Los Angeles BALSA Relief Coordinators:


Phone: Fernando Fernando 323-854-4478 (Central LA)
Kuusela Hilo 818-395-9207 (LA)
Daya Mortel 206-355-0256 (West LA)
Victor Romero 424-225-0322 (South Bay)

Checks can be made out to Tulong Sa Bayan. (Tax-deductible) Online donations via paypal can be made at

Money, clothes, blankets, non-perishable food, medicines, toiletries and other basic necessities can be dropped off at designated BALSA locations in Southern California.

Drop-Off Location: 519 S. Spring (between 5th and 6th) LA, CA 90013. (323-854-4478, Fernando Fernando)

More drop-off locations will be volunteered in the coming days.

San Diego

BALSA efforts in SD – Eugene Gambol –

General information on typhoon relief efforts in SD: Patricia Guevarra: 858 692 0785,

San Francisco/Bay Area

For donations in San Francisco/Bay Area, Please contact Ryan Leano (626)534-4971. Monetary donations can also be dropped off at these sites. Checks can be made out to “Lakasdiwa,” a non-profit organization that will send the funds directly to MIGRANTE International in the Philippines, a workers’ organization directly helping the victims in the disaster relief efforts. Please put “Typhoon Ondoy Relief” on the check’s note.

Filipino Community Center
4681 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

Liwanag Kultural Center
Hillside Park Clubhouse
222 Lausanne Ave. Daly City‎, CA‎ 94014
Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-6:00 and Wednesdays 3:30-8:00

Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership
Attn: Armael Malinis, AnakBayan-East Bay
310 8th Street, Suite 215
Oakland, CA 94710
Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm

Stanford’s Pilipino American Student Union (PASU) is also collecting donations to be sent to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana). If you would like to make a donation, please contact AV David at or (650) 491-4561.


Contact: 707 342 7352 (for both)

Creative Events
1111 Maple Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94591

Andrea’s Restaurant
1109 Maple Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94591

San Jose/South Bay

For donations in San Jose/South Bay, please contact Melissa Nievera of Filipino Community Support (FOCUS) at

Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC) & Filipino Community Support (FOCUS) drop-off sites:

Welch Park Community Building
Located at corner of Kenesta Way and Clarice Dr
San Jose, CA 95122
(open everyday from 2pm to 5pm to receive donations)

Valley Faith United Methodist Church
1251 Sandia Avenue
Sunnyvale, California 94089

De Anza College
Beginning October 8, 2009, ISANG PUSO will have donation bins set up on campus for donations drop off.
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

San Jose State University
Akbayan Filipino Student Club Table – In front of Student Union
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA 95192
Hours are: M-Th 11-3:30pm


Please contact Jeff Rice at 2062918078 or email to donate to BAYAN’s “BALSA” (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan).

Portland, Oregon

Contact Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines through Claire Oliveros You can send CASH through Metro Bank acct. 3 189 14540 1 For BAYAN’s “BALSA” (Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan).

Please contact Consuelo Rivera at or call at (503)7299449.

Solicitation Letter for the victims of typhoon ONDOY

September 26, 2009***

Anne Beryl Corotan

National Chairperson

SANDIWA, the National Alliance of Filipino American Youth

40-21 69th St. Woodside, NY 11377

Dear Kababayan;

Our motherland, the Philippines was struck by a typhoon of unprecedented magnitude last September 26, 2009 putting over 26 provinces under a state of calamity. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) released that the 85 kph typhoon “Ondoy” surpassed the highest 24-hour rainfall recorded in June 1967 in Metro Manila. The 15th tropical cyclone of the year made landfall on eastern Luzon Island from the Pacific Ocean Saturday afternoon and was expected to leave at 230 km to the northwest in Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning towards the South China Sea.

Continuous rains and flash floods measuring stories in height, forcing people to take shelter on rooftops left 280,000 people affected and exposed to the elements. These Filipinos were evacuated but many are still stranded and displaced with the number of casualties ever growing to proportions unheard of in Metro Manila with whole shantytowns engulfed by the floodwaters in mere hours. The onrushing water spared none. Automobiles and other heavy objects were carried along by the mighty current, with both affluent and poor families displaced leaving whole communities in chaos and untold amounts of property damage.  Migrant families expressed their concerns and worries towards their families and friends devastated by the calamity.

The National Alliance of Filipino American Youth, SanDiwa is the youth arm of a bigger alliance, NAFCON, the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns with member organizations in over 13 major states in the United States. These two alliances in collaboration with all its member organizations, individuals, allies and related coalitions are currently nationally coordinating relief actions to facilitate support and aid to the victims of the calamity.

We request for your kind support in making sure that we provide immediate relief to the victims by donating relief goods, most importantly medical supplies, clothes, blankets and other basic necessities to be sent back to the Philippines. The drop off center in North East will be at the Bayanihan Community center, the national office of NAFCON and SANDIWA at 40-21 69th St. Woodside, New York 11377.

If you would like to participate in NAFCON’s “typhoon ONDOY”-BAYANihan disaster relief and rehabilitation program please reach out to us by calling the center at 7185658862, Anne Beryl at 5169011632 in east coast or Ryan 6265344971in west coast. You can also email us at

Thank you very much for all your support and let us once again relive the spirit of Bayanihan and together let us put forth all our efforts to ensure that not only our families and friends but all the people affected get the support they direly need from our kababayan right now. Maraming Salamat po!


Anne Beryl Corotan

National Chairperson

SANDIWA, The National Alliance of Filipino Youth