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.

Events In Southern California For Typhoon Haiyan Victims


4:00PM – 7:00PM
The Carson Community “TOGETHER WE CARE!: Bayanihan (UNITY) Vigil
Carson International Sculpture Garden, Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson CA

4:00PM – 7:00PM
In The Spirit of Helping Each Other For A Common Goal!
City of Carson Civic Center Rizal Monument, Carson CA
(wear something red, blue, or yellow for the vigil. Also, if you can please bring canned foods, clothing, shoes, blankets & general hygiene products for general relief goods to be sent to those in need in the Philippines! )

5:30PM – 8:00PM
Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Show
Mabuhay Collective/ Pilipino Community at UCLA
UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Covel Grand Horizon Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
(will also be collecting clothes, blankets, and shoes.)

6:00PM – 2:00 AM
Bayanihan in Concert: The Music Festival for a Cause
Beyond the Stars Palace
417 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale CA

Event for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon
Contact: Remy
(323) 828-4693
St. Bernard Church
2500 W. Avenue 33, Los Angeles CA 90065

OperationPhilippines Benefit Show
Bruddahs Bar and Grill
1430 W. Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena CA

8:00PM -2:00AM
Bayanihan in Concert
Contact: DJ Catalyst (
Beyond the Stars Place
417 N Brand Blvd. Glendale CA



8:00AM -10:00AM
Emergency Relief Zumbathon
SouthBay Pavilion
20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson CA

10:00AM – 6:00PM
The 1st Fil-Am Gospel Music Festival & Fair
Torrance Cultural Art Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance CA

Help Across the Pacific
Lem Amit (
(323) 793 5141
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90012-2707

7:30PM – 2:00AM
Deca Dance with Boyet Almazan
Gawad Kalinga
310 N. Madison Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90004



7:00AM – 5:00PM
Typhoon Donation Drop-Off Points at Goldilocks Restaurant and Bakery
(562) 924-5990
Goldilocks CERRITOS
11489 South Street, Cerritos CA 90703

(323) 543-2676
Goldilocks EAGLE ROCK
2700 Colorado Blvd, Ste 110, Los Angeles CA 90041

(213) 382-2351
Goldilocks LOS ANGELES
207 S Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90004

(818) 891-5253
8340 Van Nuys Boulevard, Panorama City CA 91402

(626) 964-1811
Goldilocks WEST COVINA
2429 S Azusa Avenue, West Covina CA 91792

9:00AM – 2:00PM
Drive-through donation drop-off events
City Hall
701 East Carson Street, Carson CA



9:00AM – 2:00PM
PUMA Run/Walk for Philippine Relief
Santa Monica Beach
2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica CA

1:00PM – 2:00AM
HOPE for Typhoon Haiyan
Contact: DJ Wrex (
Spirit House
123 S Lincoln Ave, Monterey Park CA 91755

1:00PM – 6:00PM
Bridge of Hope
Contact: Vic Perez
Carson Community Center
801 E Carson St, Carson CA 90745

3:00PM- 5:00PM
Giving Thanks” Recital at SIPA!
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
3200 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90026



NOON – 8:00PM
Fundraiser and Rafflle
Bob’s Big Boy
8876 Corbin Ave (Corner Corbin and Nordhoff), Northridge CA 91234



5:00AM. – 7:00PM
Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Donation Drive
Rose Bowl
Main Gate A, Pasadena, CA

6:00PM – 9:00PM
Supremo: Bonifacio’s 150th Birthday, KmB’s 14th Anniversary, and Disaster Relief Fundraiser
UUCLB – The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
5450 Atherton St, Long Beach CA

6:30PM -11:00PM
CATWALK: A Benefit Show for the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Victims
9461 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City CA



9:00PM – 2:00AM
Blu Monkey Bar & Lounge
5521 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA



6:00PM – 8:30PM
Christmas Musical and Philippines Fundraiser- Benefit Concert for Typhoon Haiyan Victims
(949) 552-1101
Woodbridge Community Church
5000 Barranca Parkway, Irvine CA 92604



RISE ABOVE II: Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Concert
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura CA



JAZZPHIL-USA’s 9th Annual Jazz & World Music Festival  

This festival is dedicated to the victims of typhoon Haiyan. We will have a donation box in which 100 % goes to UNICEF-Philippines for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.

Catalina Bar & Grill RSVP: 323-466-2210

6725 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA


Finally, after three years…

Finally! I’m thrilled to announce that I have two different recording projects this month! The first is as a guest vocalist with the awesome Dharma Gypsys. Their debut, pictured below, is my favorite album to meditate to and practice yoga with.



Then, I go into the studio for my 5th North American album, with my Killin’ Sweethearts trio, Andy Langham (piano), Dominic Thiroux (bass) & Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums).



The great Laurence Hobgood will be producing the album and will provide arrangements and accompaniment.



We will also have a special appearance by the incomparableErnie Watts! Look for it in 2014!



The last recording project I did was more than three years ago. My hope is that this album will reflect where I’m at in my life’s journey and who I’ve become as a human being and an artist. The repertoire is leading us all to a higher vibe…and a potential title! More news soon…

November is a great time to reflect and give gratitude. So,thank you for your love, your continued support and your friendship. I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you of Love, of Wisdom, and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends, and Namaste.


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.