Helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda: donate, eat, read

Reading or watching the news for the past few days has just been so heartbreaking. When super typhoon Haiyan (local name, Yolanda) slammed into central Philippines last Friday, I don’t think many of Filipinos ever imagined the scale of the devastation it would cause when it made landfall.

We Filipinos are used to typhoons. Almost every year, there’s a big one. But this one was the biggest so far (it made world record as the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land in world history) and while Metro Manila and many parts of the country were spared, the images coming out of the hard-hit areas like the provinces of Leyte and Samar are just harrowing to watch. You can’t not be moved.

There are now many relief efforts being conducted; there are many ways to help. Here’s a list from Yahoo Philippines and The Happy Lab.

Below is a list of how to help if you’re overseas. UNICEF even lists how the cash donation will be used, which certainly provides perspective on how much your donation can affect more than one person or child.


A few restaurants here in Metro Manila, like Yabu: House of Katsu, have also extended their help by pledging to give 100% of their profits for a day to the victims affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

reliefPH_yabuThe restaurants of Chef Ed Bugia will also be donating 100% of their profits today, November 13, Wednesday. This was posted in their Facebook account yesterday:

“Our restos Brgr Burger-Project, Pino Filipino Comfort Food, Pipino Vegetarian, Brgy Bagnet, and Pi Breakfast & Pies will be donating 100% of our profits tomorrow, Nov 13, Wednesday to the Red Cross for the relief operations.

“We promise you kickass food and awesome service in exchange for your generosity See you and God bless you always!”

BRGR The Burger Project
38 Jupiter, Bel-Air Makati 550-1781, 11am-12mn
The Grand Towers, Vito Cruz, Manila 654-2479, 11am-9pm
122 Maginhawa, Teachers Vill, QC 351-7474, 11am-12mn

Pino Resto Bar & Pipino Vegetarian
38 Jupiter, Bel-Air Makati 550-1781, 11am-2pm, 5pm-12mn
39 Malingap, Teachers Vill, QC 44-11-773, 11am-12mn

Pi: Breakfast & Pies
39 Malingap, Teachers Vill, QC 44-11-773, 7am-10pm

Brgy. Bagnet
SM Megamall Foodcourt, 11am-10pm

Ate in all of the above mentioned restos except for Pi: Breakfast & Pies and you can definitely get great food there. Or nourish your soul by getting hold of some new poetry books. My sister’s group is organizing a book sale to raise funds for Yolanda relief efforts this Nov. 15 and 16. All sales will be donated and donation details will be posted once finalized.



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