Manigong Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat! Happy New Year to all!
For some, especially Filipinos and their loved ones, 2013 closed with a fresh challenge and new test: Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a super storm that hopped at least six islands in the Visayas, central Philippines, on Nov. 8, 2013. Yolanda pummeled the islands with 196 mph winds and raised storm surges over 13 feet high. She was dubbed as the strongest typhoon to have ever formed in recorded history. She had claimed over 6,000 lives to date – 4,000 of them in coastal Tacloban alone, a city ranked fifth largest in the Philippines, on the island of Leyte.
After searching, locating, and at times, mourning loved ones lost, Philippine communities worldwide swiftly organized responses and relief drives to aid organizations, agencies and relatives in affected areas. Please join our Saturday, Jan. 25 fundraiser at the beautiful Copernicus Theater Annex, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60630. Details on performers and activities to follow.