Because of Haiyan’s very recent devastation, please consider contributing to first-respondents efforts:
If you’re looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, Google.org has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder. A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.
Charities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world are responding to this disaster. Many are detailed below with how they’re providing aid and how you can help them make a difference.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to the Philippine Red Cross by selecting the Supertyphoon Yolanda campaign on their donation page. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Red Cross networks from around the world are supporting the Philippine Red Cross. Many have created specific funds for this disaster, including the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross and the British Red Cross.
The Salvation Army is on the ground serving storm survivors, primarily with food, water and shelter. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing help since the typhoon hit, but are challenged by the lack of accessible roads to transport goods and medical supplies. The non-profit has set up a designated fund for Haiyan relief efforts, which you can access here. You can also make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is working with local authorities, the Filipino Jewish community and their global partners to assist in providing for survivors’ immediate needs. You can support their efforts online or by phone at 1-212-687-6200.
CARE's emergency response teams are coordinating with local partners in the Philippines to provide food, water, shelter and health care for those in need. Their teams in Vietnam are preparing for the potential need there as Typhoon Haiyan continues its devastation. You can support CARE's efforts on their website, or by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S.
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is on the ground helping with water purification, shelter materials and essential living supplies. You can donate to the organization’s efforts online or you can call 1-877-435-7277. You can also type in your phone number on the website and a representative will call you back to take your donation.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team has shipping containers full of food and supplies on the way to the Philippines. The organization is preparing more supplies to be sent like canned goods, hygiene kits and water filtration units. You can visit Convoy of Hope's website to donate funds to their efforts or call 1-417-823-8998.
Mercy Corps is preparing to deliver food, water, temporary shelter and other basic supplies to devastated areas throughout the Philippines. You can support the organization by donating through their website, PayPal, or by calling 1-888-747-7440.
Oxfam America aid teams are on the ground in northern Cebu, northern and eastern Samar and Leyte, in the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. They’re working to provide immediate access to water and sanitation materials. You can support this effort by donating online to their Typhoon Haiyan Relief and Recovery Fund, or by phone at 1-800-776-9326.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency's (ADRA) emergency response team is working in Manila and in the province of Bohol to provide food, emergency relief and medical aid to those in need. They have launched an emergency appeal that you can support online or by phone at 1-800-424-2372.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal in order to ensure immediate needs like safe water, hygiene and sanitation are met. If you would like to contribute to their efforts, click here.
Operation Blessing International (OBI) has deployed disaster relief teams in multiple locations following the massive devastation from Typhoon Haiyan. The organization is providing clean water and food, emergency shelter materials and medical assistance. To help the charity’s mission, you can make a contribution on their website.
Food and water
The World Food Programme was already providing emergency food assistance in the Philippines following the October earthquake. With these emergency food stocks stretched thin, they’re now mobilizing additional supplies and are flying in 40 tons of fortified biscuits in the coming days. Additional food supplies are needed. You can help these efforts by donating online or by calling 1-202-747-0722 domestically or +39-06-65131 for international calls.
Samaritan’s Purse has sent disaster relief specialists, including water and nutrition experts, to the Philippines to deliver immediate aid. They have launched the Philippines Emergency Relief fund for this disaster, which you can support online or by phone at 1-828-262-1980.
World Vision is responding in the Philippines by first providing emergency food and clean water. They will also work to create child-friendly spaces and help families rebuild from this disaster. They have launched a Philippines Disaster Response Fund that you can support online or by calling 1-888-511-6443.
Action Against Hunger is on the ground providing drinking water and survival kits containing buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. They’re also working to distribute sanitation equipment to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases. They’re requesting assistance and you can help by donating online or by calling 1-877-777-1420.
ShelterBox was already in the Philippines providing shelter after the 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They are now expanding their operations to provide tents and essential equipment for families left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan. You can support their work in the Philippines either online or by calling 1-941-907-6036.
Habitat for Humanity is already providing help to 30,000 families with shelter repair kits to rebuild their damaged homes. You can support this work by donating from the Philippines to their Re-Build Philippines Fund or from the U.S. by contributing to their Disaster Response Fund. You can also make a donation by phone at 1-800-HABITAT.
Architecture for Humanity is mobilizing to assist with post-disaster reconstruction and the organization’s working with local architects to identify the most critical rebuilding needs. You can support their Super Typhoon Haiyan Response online, by calling 1-415-963-3511 or by texting REBUILD to 85944 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.
Americares has an emergency shipment on the way to the Philippines with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. You can support Americares with an online donation or by calling 1-800-486-4357.
International Medical Corps has pre-positioned medical supplies and their team is on the ground coordinating with their partners in the Philippines to distribute and provide medical aid. You can support their Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response fund online or by calling 1-800-481-4462.
More than 1.5 tons of emergency medicine and medical supplies are en route to the Philippines from Direct Relief. The supplies include antibiotics, pain relievers, nutritional supplements, antifungal medications, wound dressings and chronic disease medicines. You can call in your donation by dialing 1-805-964-4767 or you can go online to support the organization.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) have emergency teams in Cebu city with an additional 50 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the Philippines in the next few days. They’ll bring tents, supplies of drugs, medical equipment and material to purify water, as well as essential plastic sheeting, cooking items and hygiene kits. Teams will monitor possible outbreaks of infectious diseases. An additional cargo is being prepared due to leave later this week from Bordeaux with an inflatable hospital and medical material. You can make your donation by calling 1-212- 763-5779 or online.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is helping children and their families in the Philippines receive shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Their emergency response can be supported online or by calling 1-800-367-5437. You can also donate directly to UNICEF in the Philippines here.
Save the Children is offering disaster relief support for children in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam after Typhoon Haiyan. The charity has pre-positioned relief material kits for children and families, which will include toiletries, household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. You can support their Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund online. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-728-3843.
Emergency response teams from ChildFund International prepositioned supplies, including emergency kits and tents, and made arrangements with local suppliers to access food and non-food relief supplies. The organization is also preparing to setup child- centered spaces where kids can feel safe. Donate to ChildFund online to help children cope and recover confidence after this disaster.
Teams from Plan are also on the ground responding to the needs of children and their families. Their priorities are vulnerable youngsters and communities in rural locations. You can support their appeal on their website.
Click the link below to find-out the many ways you can help Malapascua. :)
The last few days have proven that the bigger the heartbreak, the greater the comfort. The support from the local and international community have been very overwhelming. We are very grateful for everyone’s support and are fully committed to rebuild Malapascua with a vengeance.
Floating on, floating on. Inhale. Exhale.
There are people in this world you wish you’ve never met. They’ve hurt you and made you feel a level of anger you never thought you’d feel. They’ve made you question - question the goodness you thought was within each person, question your judgement, heck, question yourself, period. And it sucks. Yup, the tears-were-shed kind of suck. But you’ll pull through. It’s not you that has to bear the problem of immaturity and cowardice. They have to deal with that shit and you don’t have to. You get to move on and grow. And the people who bring light and inspiration and none of that bullshit - they’re just around the corner or you’ve already met them. You just need to refocus. It’ll all come together, Tip. You’ll be fine. Now get some rest and pray for patience and positivity. :)
I’ve known it for awhile, but I guess these words have always just been running circles in my head. But yesterday, after a speedy walkthrough explaining why I am currently “exploring”, I was asked about what stood out in the many, many things that I have immersed myself in these past 7, 8 years and I said it. Out loud. With 3 other people in the room as witnesses and the universe finally hearing it without hesitation or anxiety. And it was one of the first days in a long time I’ve been really honest with myself.
Insert deep breath and long exhale of liberation here.
I realized that I really don’t like facing this… truth. Primarily because of, as much I’d hate to admit it, the fear of failure - failing my parents and my loved ones, failing myself, failing and falling and just not being enough. Dundunduuuun… Therein lies my undoing. It’s that fear that stops me from just starting. And while I write this, already, the excuses play like a worn-out record in my brain. #annoying #ijustusedahashtaginmyessay #suckitandgetwithit
It’s different when you say it out loud. It’s like there’s this feeling that I really need to do it now - like I’ve just made the universe a huge promise and I need to commit. But they say admitting is the first step, and I owe myself to commit to this truth. Or else, I think, I’m doing myself and my creator a huge injustice.
Now to muster-up the courage and followthrough.
Lest I forget, yesterday was a good day. My brother and UP Street got into the finals of the megacrew division. Gilas scored a spot to compete in Spain. And being in the same space with some of the most interesting people from my generation, meeting new people, being part of a wonderful project… So much positive energy. :) I am feeling very reenergized and… hopeful.
A few weeks ago at work, we were asked to take a personality test. It identified 5 key themes that described what kind of individuals we were, and a few things struck me. It was mentioned in the results that I had this hunger for knowledge, that new ideas excite me and that I “invest a lot of time, effort, and energy in overcoming (my) limitations”. When I started doing pole and aerial, these things became more evident.
My dance journey hasn’t been the smoothest ride. I was rarely first pick and I’ve always struggled with strength and my physical appearance. But when I started taking pole classes a year ago, things changed. I’ve gotten stronger. I’m getting back my flexibility. But more importantly, I’ve grown to love myself.
Pole (and eventually, aerial) challenged me, and I wanted to learn more. I wanted to grow stronger and do more tricks. I found myself wanting to invest my time and money in classes more than new clothes or gadgets. I found myself eating healthier and feeling more comfortable in my own skin.
Last Saturday, I was back on stage after a year and doing my first ever pole performance. It wasn’t the most en pointe performance, but it was a good first go nonetheless. I’m also quite thankful to the Polecats for providing such a great learning environment for people who are as passionate as I am about dancing, learning and empowerment.
I’ve been exploring, learning, playing, moving, and flying, and we’ve just entered the halfway mark of the year. I think I’m doing pretty good with my 10 verbs for 2013. High fives all around. :)
I’ve got a ways to go, but hey, if there’s a will, there’s a way.
The solace of an empty theater.
The peace and calm of being underwater.
The comfort of a sturdy corner.
The stillness of an empty field.
The freedom of a swing, the wind and the blue sky.
Steady. Steady. Steady.
It’s funny. I look back at the year that has passed and the first things that pop-up are snapshots of good things - things that put a smile on my face and give me a feeling of peace and pride. It’s funny because I thought I’d remember the setbacks first, but I guess 2012 was more a glass half full than empty. I was blessed with so many creative opportunities. I met the best teachers (and now friends) who challenged and pushed me because they believed I had it in me. Though fear took over many times, in my imaginary scoreboard, I led and won at the end of the year. I graduated from fashion school and settled on a full-time job before the year ended. And I’m still alive, which is always a good thing.
Blessed to see the new year unfold, we begin with a new set of goals - all in the name of growth and fulfilling the plans the big guy in the sky has for us. I’m not one for resolutions; I usually just see where the year takes me. But I’ve set some pretty concrete plans this year, and I think listing down action steps will definitely help. I thought that 10 would be a good number to start with, so, I listed down 10 “action words” to help me realize said goals. (And I’m promising myself that if the list should change, it should only be in terms of quantity - always to add on & never to decrease.)
These 10 verbs exist so that I can grow as a performer and as an artist, and be able to contribute significantly in the groups I am involved in. I want to be more financially stable (which, I think, is going to be my biggest challenge yet). I want to discover more seas and climb more mountains. I want to finally learn how to ride a bike. And in material goals, I want to invest in a new laptop by the end of the year. Maybe even a tablet if things go well. (Gosh, I also need to set-up my website before the end of the month. O.O)
I’m trying not to have a panic attack, because, let’s admit it, pressure sucks. But this is for my own good. I want to be my best self, and committing to take the necessary steps to do so is key. #thinkpositive
Phew. No pressure, no pressure. I’m coming for ya, 2013.
Here’s a bullet point breakdown of today’s good vibes.
I will sleep with a smile and a happy heart tonight. Looking forward to more good days.