Filipinos Rally to Aid Typhoon Sendong Victims

Jamie Rivera singing at the Operation Sendong for Sagip Kapamilya

In the wake of the devastation caused by typhoon Sendong, international name Washi, Filipinos from all over the country and the world came together to extend assistance to affected areas in Mindanao, particularly Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City.

Social networks have become particularly effective in spreading messages of support, sympathy and call to action from artists to politicians and Juan Dela Cruz. Volunteers flew from various points to help in relief operations in Mindanao. Some will be spending their Christmas there.

TV host and businesswoman Daphne Ose±a-Paez (@DaphneOP) took to Twitter to find a way to send clean water to CDO. Her commendable efforts paid off. Through networking and knocking on proper channels, she was able to get Philippine Airlines (PAL) to fly Global Medic from Canada!

1-DaphneOP.jpgTwitter thread of Daphne Ose±a-Paez thanking PAL for agreeing to fly Global Medic from Canada to the Philippines

Kapamilya stars flew to affected areas to help with the relief operations while others manned the phones for the Operation Sendong telethon. Among them were John Prats, Pooh, Jason Gainza, Ryan Bang, Boy Abunda and Diether Ocampo. (Watch the video here)

VJ K-La (@K_LaRivera), who participated in Operation Sendong, yesterday tweeted: "We shouldnt take this time to only mourn and feel sorrow for what has happened, we should do what we can to help. Being of service or giving,is the most satisfying feeling at the end of the day."

Operation Sendong is ongoing and continues to accept donations for victims of the typhoon. In the spirit of giving, let's give where it counts. We can all help out in our little ways.


For other ways to help, check out the links below:

Via the Philippine Red Cross

Rock Ed Philippines (where you can volunteer and send in donations)

World Food Programme

As of 6:00 PM yesterday, 1,010 people have been reported dead, 1,603 injured, and 43 missing according to theNational Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).