New York City — Filipinos abroad are still at it…relentlessly doing what they can to extend help for the relief and rehabilitation of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
In Florida, the Space Coast Pinoys (SCP) held a charity ball on December 15, 2013 at the Tides Restaurant in the Patrick Air Force Base to be able to raise the much needed funds through social activities and sports. SCP is a Fil-Am sports organization in Brevard County. The SCP has planned to undertake social events like caroling and charity ball, as well as sports activities as 5k runs, cycling, and golf tournaments as fund raisers.
SCP president Jane Hernando-Catacutan turned over a check to Sanlahi, Inc. for disbursements of funds. The group will donate to Habitat Humanity and local NGOs in the areas affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
During the charity ball, the Athlete of the Year was also awarded to four categories: Dwight Catacutan, – Youth Category (Male), Ariana Casingal (Female), Mark Quintos (Adult Male), and Gracielle Gan (Adult Female).
Guest speaker Jan Dy, Co-founder and editor for Asian Bodi Fitness magazine encouraged Fil-Ams to join and be active in the sports group. Janice is also an officer for Philippines League of Bodybuilding and Fitness and elite athlete for Infinite Labs.
In New York City, an international parade of costumes was created in honor of peace and of the countries which helped the Philippines in the wake of recovering from the devastation of Yolanda.
At the Philippine Hearts and Hopes Society’s grand Poinsettia Ball on December 5, women community leaders and professionals wore different national costumes to highlight the event at the Astoria World Manor in Queens. Proceeds of the event will also be sent to Yolanda survivors through PHHOSO’s various charity projects early next year.
OSM! features some ladies whose costumes were a fashion statement.
Early December, the Fil-Am Press Club of New York issued a statement urging individuals and organizations to be cautious in sending well-meaning and hard-earned financial and logistical support to groups in the Philippines.
We have to make sure that the support we are sending directly benefits the victims of the super typhoon. Receiving groups must be credible and with proven track record of delivery system, the press club press release said.