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- FAAP Day proclaimed in Pittsburgh on November 19, 2013
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Message from the FAAP President
Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. These two cheerful events are also celebrated in the Philippines this time of the year, not to mention the various festivals such as the Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Dinagyang in ilo-ilo and Sinulog in Cebu. But these days, in parts of the country affected by Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda), festivals and celebrations have to take a backseat due to the immense task of recovering from the devastations and efforts at rebuilding the lives and livelihood of Haiyan's victims.
While we all know of the extensive damage in Tacloban City, many other areas in the Visayan region were equally distressed. My wife, Evelyn and I, visited one such place when we met one of the victims' family whom the FAAP helped financially/sent money to from our typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) funds. This was on the island of Panay, on the western edge of the typhoon's path of destruction. We witnessed homes completely destroyed as if giant bulldozers came through. Coconut trees looked like they had been put through the wringer and their palms were brown and hang loosely like arms wrenched from the shoulder.
We were in awe by the destruction that we've seen, but more so by what we were told and heard from the recipient of our funds. While thanking us for helping them through FAAP funds to rebuild her and her son's house, she also told us, that she shared some of the funds with forty other families in her barangay (village). Indeed the Filipino trait of bayanihan is alive and well in this small enclave of people touched by this unfortunate calamitous event.
It is clear that the recovery will be a long-term project. With the funds raised through various fundraising projects, the FAAP intends to partner with organization(s) in the Philippines to help one or more of these small pockets of survivors strongly clinging to the belief that they will overcome the damage wrought by the typhoon. Please continue to offer your prayers for the victims and their families. Please continue to support the FAAP in its efforts to raise funds to help even but one little corner of this vast area of Haiyan's devastation.Jaime Abola
FAAP President, 2013-2014
Your help for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines is needed
The FAAP extends its sympathy and prayers to the victims of typhoon Yolanda, which devastated the Tacloban City and wreaked havoc all across the Visayan Islands. While the FAAP has a Calamity Fund, it is far from adequate to meet a disaster like typhoon Yolanda.
We are now soliciting donations, and planning to sponsor events including our annual Christmas party on December 14 in order to raise the much needed funds. More information about these planned events will be posted on Facebook , this website, and our community email bulletin, BALITA( to subscribe to BALITA, send an email to frontdesk@theFAAP.org).
Please, won’t you help?
You may send a check payable to FAAP ‘Typhoon Yolanda’ to:
The FAAP Charity Committee c/o Cora Bakth 5460 Northumberland Street Pittbsurgh, PA 15217
Donations may also be made with a check online using Intuit's secure Payment network.
Credit Card donations may also be made through PayPal
Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization; your gift may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor. The official registration and financial information of the FAAP may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
City of Pittsburgh Proclaims November 19, 2013 to be FAAP day
Recognizing the tragic human devastation brought to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and the efforts of the FAAP to encourage the City and region to give aid, the Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed November 19,2013 to be Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Day and a Day of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Awareness in the City of Pittsburgh.
The proclamation was sponsored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, co-sponsored by Council President Darlene M. Harris and by Councilmemebrs Rev. Ricky V. Burgess, Theresa Kail-Smith, Bruce Kraus, R. Daniel Lavelle, Corey O'Connor and William Peduto.
Officers, members of the board and FAAP members numbering about thirty attended the proclamation. President Jaime Abola, Charity Committee Chair Cora Bakth and YFAP Presdient Kristin Cobbs all gave brief comments thanking the council for their support in our efforts to raise funds for the typhoon victims.
Click here to view the proclamation