How to Help Philippines Typhoon Victims


You can send your donations through any of these organizations:


International Committee of the Red Cross

Philippine Red Cross                                        

World Food Program   or   PAYPAL


Catholic Relief Services                     

Caritas Manila   or via   WIRE TRANSFERS


Save the Children

Doctors Without Borders

Action Against Hunger


Mercy Corps

Plan International

Habitat for Humanity International

Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development

Gawad Kalinga
is also accepting nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets.

The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund
To help from US, text AID to 80108 to give $10 donation.

The International Rescue Committee
To help from US, text REBUILD to 25383 to donate $10.

World Food Program

World Vision


Finding a Loved One

If you are looking for information about a specific person in an area affected by the typhoon, Google has set up a PERSON FINDER PAGE, which can also be accessed by mobile device or text message. If you have information about a specific person affected by the typhoon, you can also use the PERSON FINDER PAGE to share it.

A Green Adventure with Dad

My father loves taking public transportation. When he and mom still lived in the Philippines, he insisted during my annual visits that we use the LRT in Manila to go to the big city from our home in provincial Bulacan. Of course, my mother and relatives did not approve. Dad and I went anyway, going to places of his childhood – Divisoria, Ongpin – when Manila was still, well, beautiful.

Light Railway Transit

  View from the station

Dad & I waiting for the LRT, 2.26.2010

Exploring Divisoria



Now, because of Dad’s daily need for dialysis, my parents live very close to me. Dad has not lost his desire for adventures using public transportation. He has a senior bus pass and regularly rides, even though he is still able to drive safely at age 81.
Yesterday, he and I decided to take public transportation to see the space shuttle, “Endeavor,” at the California Science Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Dad, armed with his iPad, Time magazine and senior bus pass, and me with my iPhone and Tap Card began our adventure. We walked from home to Sunset and La Brea to catch the 212 bus.
The Expo LineView of the Hollywood Sign

This ride took about 30 min. We stopped at Exposition and La Brea to ride the Expo Line.

I found the Expo Line station impressive. It’s clean, open and inviting. The train arrives every 15 minutes and has a nice view of Hollywood and the famous Hollywood sign.

Walking along The Rose GardenThe Endeavor

The Expo Line stops right in front of Exposition Park where California Science Center is located. Dad and I explored, discovered, learned, took photos, and lunched beside the Rose Garden.

After lunch we walked with our frozen desserts back to the Expo Line to head home. The whole trip one way took about an hour. We got home safely and in time for dinner with the family, featuring Mom’s menudo.

It’s inspiring how an 81 year-old contributes in his own little way to a greener Los Angeles. Making a small difference is possible and, in fact, quite delightful.



People Power

Feb 25, 1986, was one of the proudest moments of my life as a Filipino. This was the day that the People Power revolution ended the Marcos dictatorship. The nonviolent movement was led by the late President Corazon Aquino.  Last night, on February 26, 2011, almost exactly 25 years later, I had the rare honor of singing for her son, our current President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, at the Malacanang Palace. Invited guests included United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Senator Mar Roxas, and other officials of the Philippine government and the U.S. Philippine Embassy. This performance was the highlight (so far!) of my singing career. It was an honor to sing for a President who holds the promise of change for a better Philippines.



This letter will guide you on what to give to the Philippine typhoon victims

 Overseas Filipino Council International (OFCI) is an organization I joined a year ago. I am sharing this letter from our President to give you guidance on what to donate to the victims of typhoon Ondoy & Pepeng. Thank you for your time & continued support of our kababayans. – Charmaine 


OFCI distributed relief goods in Marikina, using some of your monetary donations and donations in kind. I personally went to the site and looked at the devastated place with the help of some friends and leaders of PPP and OFCI  in Marikina. 

Let me tell you that this reaching out will never happen if we did not get help from some of you.  Through the initiative of our OFCI Treasurer, Carlos Caramanzana from NY,who provided the seed money of $300.00, I was able to buy laundry soap, toothpaste, canned foods (not sardines), from Lou Arsenio’s friends and workers, they donated Soap for Alipunga (what is Alipunga in English? Fungus? Athlete’s Foot, Virus?  and lots of used clothings, that were washed and ironed.  We went out of our way, to use some household money for laundry.  Down the first floor of this Cityland Tower there are 3 laundrymats that accomodated the laundering of those clothes.  OFCI wants to restore the dignity of those people, if we give, we want to give wholeheartedly, we gave them clean clothings.  I learned from my husband that giving should not mean giving rejects, which according to him ” I WILL NOT EVEN GIVE THOSE TO MY WORST ENEMY".  If you have read my posting to all, I criticised those outfits that gave 2 cans of sardines, one kilo of rice to the people of Marikina. Why give them canned foods and rice when they can not even cook?  No electricity!  Buy all the foods from the food courts and distribute them to each households, that would relieve hunger and frustrations. 

Anyway, we are not even done yet, there are people waiting for help in the provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, Baguio, Pampanga.  An appeal is going on, I will be going to Pangasinan, La Union,  possibly not Baguio,(Our Rotarian friends , Tom Panis, Joanne Tan and the rest are helping, I am scared of the Landslide), if there are some goods to  be delivered. How I wished we are as big as the ROTARIANS. 


We have members monitoring my well beings, I looked stressed out, my gray hair is showing (no money to buy Revlon Hair Coloring, expensive in the Philippines, Chuchi, forget the strawberry shampoo, can you include Revlon hair coloring? A little on the lavender side please), but not to worry, it is just showing my age, the health is still very good. Help me keep up my dream, I need another 30 years, and another ROYAL KISS from the KING OF BRUNEI.


Here are the places where you can send your donations – Bank of America, OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL , and FRANCISCO AGUILAR’S OFCI Philippine account… I will send you the account number upon requests please.


The pictures I am sharing with you were just taken for documentation for OFCI, We did not request photoshoots or publicity, it is enough for us to be able to show our donors some pictures.  We were actually in the site of the disaster and will continue to do so.  No paid staffs, we dig into our pockets to be able to help. I will be back to Marikina on Sunday and Jun Aguilar I hope can join me to make a survey and distribute merienda.

And as a closing, I would like to invite you, to join OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL an organization that is action oriented. a YEAR’s membership fee is $10.00, Lifetime is $100.00.

Anita Sese-Schon


Members are from around the world.

Lyndale Beng Causing, President, OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL, Philippine Chapter.,