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DONATE TO THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON FRANK by id4960993.sexyadj.website
June 26, 2008, 7:12 am
Filed under: Community Outreach

Please help the victims of the Typhoon Frank which has crippled countless lives in the Philippines.  DONATE NOW to the Red Cross in the Philippines and make sure you select Typhoon Frank Appeals under Project/Activity.

Link: Red Cross Philippines

‘Frank’ death toll nears 500, excluding ferry victims–NDCC


By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:48:00 06/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The number of casualties from floods caused by typhoon “Frank” (international codename: Fengshen) has risen to close to 500, following belated reports from hard-hit Western Visayas, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said.

This does not include victims of the capsized MV Princess of the Stars, the NDCC said.

Of the total dead, 416 are from the Western Visayas. Of the 498, 221 have been identified while 277 are unidentified, the NDCC said Thursday.

The storm also left 288 people injured and 263 missing, the NDCC said.

Office of Civil Defense Administrator Glen Rabonza said the death count rose from close to 300 Wednesday evening after reports from the field were consolidated and validated, he said.

The floods also affected 2,443,646 people, 293,438 of whom were housed in evacuation centers, the NDCC said.

In Western Visayas alone, 1,487,106 persons were affected, 184,991 of whom are in evacuation centers. Iloilo province had the most number of affected persons, 673,088, of whom 52,397 were sheltered in evacuation centers.

The last official casualty count from the ill-fated M/V Princes of the Stars was placed at 70, with 48 survivors. The ship was carrying 862 passengers and crew when it capsized off Sibuyan Island in Romblon Saturday.

Search and rescue operations inside the ship and in neighboring coastal provinces resumed on Thursday.

“We are still on rescue mode. We may still find some who may have floated in their life vests. We are not giving up,” Rabonza said.

The Coast Guard said there were 87 bodies adrift at sea off Camarines Sur, Masbate, and Quezon.

The Navy estimated the number of bodies that were found at sea or washed ashore at 50 while Transportation undersecretary Elena Bautista placed it at 115.


Congratulations to our 2008 Grads!!! by id4960993.sexyadj.website
June 26, 2008, 5:53 am
Filed under: PALS Updates

Our graduates from left to right and their respective PALS award:

Desiree Almendral – Best 101% Filipino Role Model for Balancing Work, Family and Community Service
Tamina Alon – I’d Rather Settle Than Face Her in Court Award
Christine Dacumos – Ultimate PALS Member
Lisl Duncan – Most Likely to Save The World, One Smile at a Time
Shayenne Gamboa – Most Likely to Become Donald Trump’s Apprentice
Jerico Lavarias – Most Stylish Future Litigator
Dia Montecillo – Funnest Future Public Defender to be Around
Norey Navarro – Most Likely to be Host of Citizen Pinay, HOLLA!

In my first day of law school, I was asked to introduce myself and say why I wanted to go to law school. I said because I can’t sing, dance, or act, and math is hard. That and to meet a wife. (I actually did say that, jokingly of course!) I brought this up because as Filipino’s we have a reputation for being great performers. Sometimes, though, I feel that this has overshadowed our other accomplishments as a people. That there are Filipinos out there who strive to be something more professionally or academically. Filipinos, who are aware of the injustices facing our country back home, and our country in America. Filipinos, who volunteer at veterans equity centers and provide legal services to countrymen who fought so valiantly for this country. Filipinos, who not only are aware of the social injustices in our community, but Filipinos, who advocate for the poor and homeless in the Tenderloin. Filipinos who realize that we are not alone as minorities, but that we must look out for other underrepresented people as a whole. Ladies and gentlemen, these are those people. These are the people who not only took on rigorous workloads, while trying to find jobs or working at jobs, helping out in the community, joining student organizations, and still spending time with their loved ones at home. I could not be more proud or more confident in each one of them for all they have accomplished. These, people are our hope. These are our future leaders of the community. Not only that, there pretty good singers, dancers, and actors (at least in the courtroom) as well. 🙂

-Paul Rivera

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Bush To Filipino President: “I Am Reminded Of The Great Talent Of The — Of Our Philippine-Americans When I Eat Dinner At The White House” by id4960993.sexyadj.website
June 26, 2008, 1:05 am
Filed under: News

Apparently after years and years of Filipino’s coming to this country, working hard to make a better living for themselves and their families, we are finally recognized by the most powerful person in the world…as being great cooks!  To quote Keith Olbermann,  “yesterday’s media availability with the President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo, a leader who’s country has recently suffered devastation caused by a typhoon, and now its been hit by something more like a buffoon.”  Couldn’t have said it better myself…
President Bush met with Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo today at the White House. Arroyo was in Washington while her country tries to recover from a typhoon that devastated coastal areas and flipped a ferry carrying over 800 passengers last week. Before discussing aide for the Philippines, Bush couldn’t resist beginning the sober meeting with a quip about a Filipino member of his kitchen staff. Read part of the transcript from the meeting and click here to read more about one of the “Philippine-Americans” Bush is referring to. See the excerpt below:

PRESIDENT BUSH: Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)


PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.


Philippines Typhoon Capsizes Boat, 700 Missing by id4960993.sexyadj.website
June 23, 2008, 5:07 am
Filed under: News

There was a huge typhoon in the Philippines last week causing a ferry to sink.  Of the more than 700 passengers, most are still missing.  The story from Yahoo is posted below.  Donation information will be provided soon.  Until then, lets keep our prayers with the passengers and their families.

By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MANILA, Philippines – A group of 28 ferry passengers and crew washed ashore after drifting at sea for more than a day from the site where a typhoon capsized their ship and left most of the hundreds aboard missing and presumed dead, officials said Monday.

Manila’s DZBB radio said the survivors, 20 male passengers, four women and four crewmen, drifted at sea for more than 24 hours wearing their lifejackets, reaching Mulanay township in eastern Quezon province late Sunday. Coast guard chief Vice Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo announced early Monday that they had been found, raising the total number of survivors to 38. All were discovered after making it to land.

Tamayo said rescuers may have to bore a hole in the ship to allow divers access to area where many aboard the ferry were believed to have been trapped.

Coast guard frogmen who managed to get to the stricken ship got no response when they rapped on the hull with metal instruments, then had to give up late Sunday due to the strong waves. The ship carried more than 740 passengers and crew.

“They’re scouring the area. They’re studying the direction of the waves to determine where survivors may have drifted,” coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Arman Balilo said.

Rescuers hoped to get inside with U.S. assistance requested by the Philippine Red Cross. Typhoon Fengshen has killed at least 163 people across the sprawling archipelago, setting off landslides and floods, and knocking out electricity.

Six bodies, including those of a man and woman who had bound themselves together, have washed ashore, along with children’s slippers and life jackets.

About two dozen relatives went to the Manila office of ferry owner Sulpicio Lines. Some wept as they waited for news.

“I’m very worried. I need to know what happened to my family,” said Felino Farionin, his voice cracking. His wife, son and four in-laws were on the ferry, which was going from Manila to Cebu.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talked to officials in a teleconference aired live on nationwide radio Sunday, scolding coast guard officials for allowing the ferry to leave Manila late Friday despite the bad weather.

Reynato Lanoria, a janitor on the ship, estimated about 100 people could have survived, “but the others were trapped inside.”

“I think they are all dead by now,” he told DZMM radio after making it to shore by jumping in the water and reaching a life raft.

Lanoria said he was on the top deck when a crew member ordered people to put on life vests around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. About 30 minutes later, the ship began tilting so fast that elderly people and children fell on the rain-slickened deck.

Passenger Jesus Gica also worried that many people were trapped below when the ship listed.

“There were many of us who jumped overboard, but we were separated because of the big waves,” he said. “The others were also able to board the life rafts, but it was useless because the strong winds flipped them over.”

The ferry initially ran aground a few miles off central Sibuyan island Saturday, then capsized, said Mayor Nanette Tansingco of Sibuyan’s San Fernando. With the upturned ferry visible from her town, she appealed for food, medicine and embalming fluid.

The nearly 24,000-ton ferry — with 626 passengers and 121 crew members on board — was “dead in the water” after its engine failed around noon Saturday, Tamayo said.

The storm stymied attempts to reach the ship and kept aircraft at bay on Saturday before shifting course Sunday to the northwest and battered Manila at dawn. Major streets were flooded, and numerous traffic lights were out.

In the central province of Iloilo, Gov. Neil Tupaz said 59 people drowned, with another 40 missing.

“Almost all the towns are covered by water. It’s like an ocean,” Tupaz said.

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he was praying for the victims of the ferry disaster, particularly the large number of children aboard. The Philippines is predominantly Catholic.

The typhoon-prone Philippines was the site of the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster when the ferry MV Dona Paz sank in 1987, killing more than 4,341 people.


Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Oliver Teves contributed to this report.