“Smile For The Philippines” Will Warm Your Heart

It goes without saying that the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan has been disheartening and has emotionally affected people worldwide. We cannot possibly know what the typhoon victims are feeling and we can only hope that everyone is giving their full efforts to help the Philippines in their state of need.

With that said, people have tried various methods to raise funds and help the relief efforts in the Philippines. Our hearts are warmed by acts as big as million dollar donations to acts as small as children donating their piggy-bank savings to those in need (small, but equally appreciated).

This is why we can’t help but smile at the efforts of Alex and Roi who handle the YouTube channel Wassabi. The boys, both Filipino, felt that they needed to do something to help. Of course, they wanted to do things a little differently.

In this time of tears, worry and stress, the Wassabi boys thought it would be best to create a video of love and support.

They visited a mall and had random strangers dance and give words of hope for the Philippine typhoon victims. In exchange, the boys would give monetary donations depending on the actions/ words of the the strangers.

In addition to strangers, the Wassabi boys also got a few familiar faces to participate including Keanu Reeves, Ryan Higa and AJ Rafeal.

Watch “Smile For The Philippines” below and be prepared to catch yourself smiling along with them.


Jason Day Loses Family Members to Typhoon Haiyan

Australian professional golfer Jason Day has recently revealed that he lost eight of his family members to devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan striking the Philippines.

Day’s mother moved from the Philippines to Australia nearly 30 years ago. However, many of her relatives stayed in the Philippines in the city of Tacloban. Day is reported to have lost his grandmother, his uncle and six cousins during the typhoon which has claimed thousands of lives and left over 600,000 people displaced from their homes.

 Yahoo sports has described Day as “one of the nicest guys in all of professional golf.” Their description seems fitting as Day urges fans to focus their attention towards relief efforts in the Philippines.

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour Monday.

“My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.

“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”

 

Gold Coast Bulletin was able to speak to Jason Day’s mother, Dening Day, about the tragedy that affected her family. She claims that she has not yet spoken to her son about their loss.


“My daughter has been updating him but I don’t want to bother him because he has commitments,” she said. “There will be plenty of time to talk after [the World Cup]. He’s representing his country so I don’t want him worrying about anything apart from golf.”

 

Day will team with Adam Scott in the World Cup beginning at Royal Melbourne on Thursday.

 

NFL Player DOUG BALDWIN Shows Support To Philippine Typhoon Victims

Doug Baldwin, the wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, was personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan which plowed through the Philippines. Baldwin revealed that many of his family members were in the Philippines including his grandmother.

Baldwin’s family was primarily located in Tacloban, a city in the northern part of the province of Leyte. Unfortunately, Tacloban received the worst of the typhoon.

After finding out that his family members were okay, Baldwin confessed his fears to The Seattle Times.

It was (stressful) at first just because you didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said Thursday. “Most of them have been accounted for. One of my family member’s house is completely gone and the majority of my family members are staying in my grandmother’s sister’s house. The only thing is that it’s been difficult to get them food and water because it’s not been accessible to do so. But most of them we have heard from and they are doing okay.

 

Baldwin added that he is very seriously considering taking his off-season time to visit his relatives in the Philippines.

In support of the Philippine typhoon victims, the Seattle Seahawks had American Red Cross volunteers at all gates on Sunday for the 1:25 p.m. game against the Vikings. All donations went towards disaster relief in the Philippines.

Fans are also invited to donate online through the American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund at the following link: http://www.redcross.org/cm/seahawks-pub

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Girls At High-Risk For Rape: The New Fear of Typhoon Survivors

You would think that after surviving one of the world’s strongest typhoons, you’d have survived the worst. Unfortunately, conditions after such a destructive event prove to be quite dangerous as well.

Much of Philippines is left trying to cope with all the loss brought on by Typhoon Haiyan, otherwise known as Typhoon Yolanda. Days after the typhoon, residents are left in dire need of food, water and medical treatment.

Bodies line the streets in need of body bags. People wait in crowds at nearby airports for days just to receive some food. Tons of people are left without a home and must seek shelter in abandoned vehicles. Citizens cover their face in an effort to avoid the stench of rotting bodies. Looters have begun to take what they can simply because they want their family to survive. In desperation, some have dug into water pipes to keep from dehydration.

This nightmare has become a reality for some of the Filipino citizens who’s homeland was destroyed by the typhoon. While victims must go each day worrying about their survival, the British government points out another terror which haunts the victims.

According to The Telegraph, thousands of Filipino women and girls will face the very real risk of violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse, rape, forced marriage and trafficking.

“We are concerned about the safety of women and girls in the Philippines,” says Justine Greening, Britain’s international development secretary, who is helping to coordinate the UK’s response to the crisis. ”After previous emergencies in the Philippines, we have seen an increase in violence against women and girls and in particular the trafficking of girls.”

According to The Telegraph, this danger is common during natural disasters in developing countries because people turn to trafficking as a way to survive, the weakened environment creates more vulnerable situations for women, and these issues are simply not prioritized because they are not considered life-threatening.

“Currently, girls and women in crisis situations such as earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and conflict are more vulnerable to violence, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking, because of the lack of protection and provision for their needs.” says Justine Greening. ”The UK Government believes that the prevention and response to violence against girls and women in emergencies is a life-saving action and should be prioritised from the outset, alongside other life-saving interventions,” Ms Greening said.

Greening has already advocated for certain measures to be taken such as sending a women’s ‘protection specialist’ and solar lanterns because better lighting creates safer environments. Obviously, these are very quick tactics and UK hopes other countries will work in solidarity with them to create long-term strategies.

“It’s about giving girls a voice, participation matters,” Greening explains. “It’s also about choice over what women do post-crisis – what they do with their lives, what to do for a job, when to get married and what happens to their bodies. This matters.”

Anderson Cooper Reveals The True State of The Philippines

American journalist, reporter and television personality Anderson Cooper has been creating quite a buzz for himself for his live reports from the Philippines directly after Typhoon Haiyan.

The CNN reporter and host of is own daytime talk show Anderson Live, flew to Tacloban to report on the city most affected by the Typhoon.

His reports have gained quite a bit of attention because Cooper was not afraid to delve into the lack of aid and resources. He described the lack of government presence and the speed of aid.

Watch Anderson’s CNN segment below:

His report has caused a number of mixed reviews. Some were apparently upset over Cooper criticizing the Philippine government’s slow and inadequate efforts. Among those who disagreed with his sentiments was ABS-CBN newsreader Korina Sanchez.

During her morning radio show, Sanchez claimed that Cooper did not know what he was talking about. Philippine netizens, many of whom were facing the struggles that Cooper shed light on, were angered by Sanchez’s comment and pointed out that while he was out in the field gathering an actual account of the destruction, she was sitting sitting safely in a radio station saying that the state of things were not as bad as Cooper made it seem.

Others point out that her comment was for political reasons. After all, Sanchez is married to the  Interior Secretary who heads the rescue and relief operations in Tacloban CIty. Citizens said she simply did not want to make it seem as if her husband was not doing an adequate job.

Because of this, many more netizens seem to agree with Cooper’s report.

Additionally, Cooper has been using twitter to share his thoughts and reveal the true state of the Philippines after the Typhoon:

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Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan — Here’s How

While there are many relief efforts out there to help the Philippines recover from the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, Filipina American Ruby Verdiano of Glamourbaby Diaries shares her trusted platforms, spearheaded by people she personally knows. Check out the below links to help the people of the Philippines.

GAWAD KALINGA
Donate to GK and help fund a food pack consisting of bottled water, canned goods and rice for a family of 4. It will last them for 3 days when they need it most. GK’s relief teams are on the ground now clearing roads to get the food packs in the devastated areas. 98% of all donations we’ll go to the victims and their donations are 100% tax-deductible. DONATE HERE. 
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One “Bundle of Joy” for $10 provides water, food, light, and vitamins to Typhoon Haiyan survivors.
 DONATE HERE. 

Heartbreaking Images: The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

One of the world’s strongest recorded Typhoons recently plowed through the Philippines leaving catastrophic damage. More than 10,000 estimated people are dead and nearly 620,000 people have been displaced from their homes and communities.

Here are some ways you can offer your aid:

Philippine Red Cross is sending rescue teams to affected areas of the country.
UN humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) have set up hubs with equipment to affected areas.
The UN’s World Food Program is providing food assistance to families and children.
UNHCR is providing emergency resources to the affected areas.
Unicefs Philippine branch is trying to provide access to drinkable water, medical supplies, food and shelter.
Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty, is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets.
A shipping company is delivering to the Philippines for free.
Candlelight Vigils are being held in various communities to raise relief funds.
Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.
Operation USA will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.

 

Below are some of the heartbreaking images of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Warning: Some of the following images may be graphic.

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A survivor stands in the wreckage of Tacloban city

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A father looks over the body of his deceased daughter.

A father looks over the body of his deceased daughter.

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Bodies of the deceased wrapped in blankets in a damaged chapel.

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A damaged village hall in Janiuay, in Iloilo province.

A damaged village hall in Janiuay, in Iloilo province.

 

Homeless survivors take refuge in a damages jeepney.

Homeless survivors take refuge in a damages jeepney.

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Survivors wait to receive treatment and supplies.

Survivors wait to receive treatment and supplies.

 

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Resident’s cover their face to avoid the smell of rotting corpses.

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Residents try to rebuild their homes.

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7 Things You Should Know About Typhoon Haiyan, The World’s Strongest Typhoon That Hit The Philippines

By now, you’ve probably heard about the Super Typhoon Haiyan that plowed through the Philippines earlier this week. While many people know that the typhoon occurred, we’ve come across a number of individuals who seem unaware of the details.

Maybe there has been so much information that you’re overwhelmed. Maybe you haven’t had the time to keep up with it. Or maybe you simply don’t have the heart to read into it. Whatever the reason, we’ve decided to compile a list of information regarding this tragic disaster to give you a glimpse of the aftermath.

1. This is one of the strongest Typhoons in history.

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Hemispheric view of Haiyan (EUMETSAT Facebook page)

With sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph, Typhoon Haiyan is the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded and possibly the strongest recorded typhoon to have ever hit land. According to The Guardian, this is the third and strongest Category 5 typhoon in the Philippines.

Haiyan is the third Category 5 “super typhoon” to hit the Philippines since 2010. “In 2010 Megi peaked at 180mph winds but killed only 35 people, and did $276m in damage. But Bopha, which hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 3 December, 2012 , left 1,901 people dead and was the costliest natural disaster in Philippines history at the time,” said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at US-based Weather Underground in his daily blog.

 

2. There are more than 10,000 estimated deaths.
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An estimated 10,000 people have died in one city, Tacloban, alone. Adding on to the results of the Bohol earthquake of Oct. 15 2013, nearly 620,000 people have been displaced from their homes and communities.

3. Entire cities were destroyed.
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ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent Zoe Daniel described scenes of destruction in Tacloban.

Even to walk down the road is extremely difficult. You’re climbing over cars and buses that have been tossed by the wind and swept in by the storm surge.

“There are still bodies littering the sides of the roads that have not been collected. People are sheltering under whatever they can find. There’s a real sense of frustration among people because they don’t have enough food, they don’t have enough water.

4. Citizens call for immediate action.
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A climate negotiator from the Philippines makes a tearful speech at the UN climate talks in Warsaw asking the word to take immediate action.

5. Some people can be cruel.

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A teacher in Canada posted this cruel status in regards to the large death toll from the Typhoon. Her profile was deleted after quite a bit of angry backlash.

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CNN is also facing its share of angry comments for its remark that the Philippines was “privileged” to have experienced such a storm.

6. And another storm seems to be on its way.

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The earthquake in October left nearly 350,000 people homeless. Typhoon Haiyan increased that number to 620,000 and had more than 10,000 casualties. Now, another storm is headed towards the already weakened Philippines. The tropical depression named Zoraida is the 25th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

7. So here’s how you can help.

There are a number of organizations providing aid to the Philippines who are looking for help/donations .

Philippine Red Cross is sending rescue teams to affected areas of the country.

UN humanitarian response depot (UNHRD) have set up hubs with equipment to affected areas.

The UN’s World Food Program is providing food assistance to families and children.

UNHCR is providing emergency resources to the affected areas.

Unicefs Philippine branch is trying to provide access to drinkable water, medical supplies, food and shelter

Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty, is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets.

A shipping company is delivering to the Philippines for free.

Candlelight Vigils are being held in various communities to raise relief funds.

 

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