Coverage in ONE Philippines

Maraming salamat to ONE Philippines for their coverage of Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser! They printed pictures of Tacloban Rise from our Flickr page. Follow them on Facebook and pick up your copy now!


ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!

ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!

ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!

ONE Philippines posted pictures from Tacloban Rise! Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Maraming salamat!


Postcards to Tacloban in action!

Postcards to Tacloban

Postcards to Tacloban in Action: Another set of POSTCARDS TO TACLOBAN came in the mail today for us to hand deliver to survivors of haiyan. Thank you RaeJoyce Anloague Baguilat and thank you to your students!

Photo posted on Facebook by Louella Cabalona and the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations.
Another wave of the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations is flying off to the Philippines today! Please wish the team a safe flight home! Mabuhay!

Paluan mission leader needs emergency surgery

One of our medical mission leaders, Dr. Ariel Tolentino, is currently admitted to the hospital for emergency open heart surgery. Please view the video here for a message from him.

Dr. Tolentino is the mission leader for the Paluan, Mindoro Occidental medical mission scheduled to begin March 2. That mission has been postponed to a later date.

The Feb. 25 medical mission headed by Baron Cabalona to Tacloban City is still scheduled as before. Dr. Tolentino will still support the Feb. 25 mission via Skype.

Please wish Dr. Tolentino a speedy recovery! You can leave a comment here, or on the message’s public Facebook page.

Bangon, Visayas!


ILPRO Newsletter, Feb. 20, 2014: Bangon Visayas!

We take pains to write a newsletter that could be e-mailed out because more than once we’ve had donations come in after someone sent their contacts an e-mail about the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations.

Whether the e-mail contained our current newsletter, it’s still heartening to know that we can reach people even without social media. Most fundraisers and groups rely on social media to spread the word, and if a key contact opts out of Facebook, for example, it’s great to know we have a fallback.

We hope you take a moment to read and pass along the word about our latest issue, “Bangon, Visayas!

Past newsletter issues are also still online.

Maraming salamat for reading!

ILPRO Newsletters, Jan-Feb 2014

The four newsletter issues of the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations. Click on the graphic above to subscribe, or e-mail us at ilphrecoveryops (at) gmail (dot) com. Maraming salamat!

We’re in the news! And pictures!


While coverage is modest, at least our stories are everything you expect of volunteers supporting a good cause.

Louella Cabalona reports for Via Times News Magazine, and Yvonne T. Hortillo for The Filipino American Community Builder.

Maraming salamat for reading!


Bless Peterson, surprise guest Andrew Salgado, and Priane Gunabe pose for pictures at TACLOBAN RISE: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Priane Gunabe.

And if you haven’t yet, here are some pictures from Tacloban Rise: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser.

Maraming salamat for your support! Hope to see you again soon.

The next phase

The next several weeks will be crucial for the volunteers of the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations who are scheduled on flights to the Philippines.

Tacloban and the many other cities affected by Typhoon Haiyan face a long road to recovery. ILPRO hopes to help make that road a little easier to traverse.

The first phase are medical and dental missions to Tacloban on Feb. 25 and Paluan, Mindoro Occidental on March 2. The missions are modelled after previous expeditions lead by Ariel Tolentino, MD, RN; details can be found in this concise video and in the following schedule below, provided by Dr. Tolentino. Please click on each of the images to enlarge:

Dr. Tolentino is currently very busy ironing out details on the medical missions, which he had been either assisting with or conducting for 30 years. But here are some pictures of his progress:


Fairmont Care Center staff model the ILPRO medical and dental mission vests. Ariel Tolentino, MD, RN (first row, second from left) leads the mission to Paluan, Mindoro Occidental while Baron Cabalona (first row, first from right) leads the mission to Tacloban. Fairmont Care Center was a table sponsor at the Jan. 25 Haiyan Fundraiser Music + Arts Fair. Photo courtesy of Ariel Tolentino.


Sample certificate of appreciation for medical mission volunteers. Photo courtesy of Ariel Tolentino.


Medical mission tarp as of Feb. 4, 2014. Graphic courtesy of Ariel Tolentino.

Some of the ILPRO team had already flown to the Visayas (using their own funds) to begin preparations for the medical and rebuilding missions. Some are currently in contact with potential recipients for further evaluation. Some are still gearing up for the long trip ahead. They’ll bring receipts, cameras, computers and other recording equipment to document their progress. We look forward to hearing from them very soon.

Donations update

As we had gleefully posted in our last newsletter issuethe Jan. 25 fair had raised $10,030 at night’s end. This is before collectibles, Filipino Night Out with the Chicago Bulls ticket sales, online donations, and other donations. 

We are now up to $10,607!

Maraming salamat for all your support!  

ILPRO is still accepting donations online through the two accounts set up during the two recently-concluded fundraisers. Please click on the appropriate link below:

Monetary donations can also be sent through the mail to:

PACF IL PRO (Philippine American Cultural Foundation – Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations)
c/o Ruben Salazar
1705 Clemens Road
Darien, IL 60561

We received an e-mail not too long ago asking us if we also took in donations in-kind. We currently don’t have the capacity to take in donations of clothing, food, supplies and medicine. But please take a moment to visit the Philippine Embassy’s Web site for leads and tips on how to help in-kind.

We face a long road ahead of us to recovery, but no help is too small. Maraming salamat for keeping typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.

TACLOBAN RISE! At the end of the night. …

Tacloban Rise check

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! Photo courtesy of Ruben Salazar.

Despite a mean snowstorm that turned a 45-minute drive to suburban Naperville into an adventurous road trip, YOU were able to raise $1,536 at TACLOBAN RISE: Haiyan Naperville Fundraiser!

Tacloban Rise!

Organizers and visitors to TACLOBAN RISE! fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Ruben Salazar.

Funds raised at TACLOBAN RISE! benefit rebuilding efforts in the city of Tacloban only.

We are grateful to the following for their generous support and donations to the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations’ second fundraiser of the year:

Special thanks to Frank Torilio for providing the sounds system.

We are also still taking online donations. Among our generous donors, we would like to thank the following for trusting the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations by donating online:

  • Dan & Linda Gordon from Mooresville, NC
  • Herbert Sadcopen from Bolingbrook, IL
  • Robert Horace Boyer from De Pere, WI
  • Wilma Lilly from Morris, IL

Donations can also be sent through the mail to:

PACF IL PRO (Philippine American Cultural Foundation – Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations)
c/o Ruben Salazar
1705 Clemens Rd
Darien, IL 60561

We are profoundly grateful to all of you who had taken the time to peruse our Web site, donate online, donate in-kind, attend an event, liked a social media post, made a phone call, passed along the word, forwarded an e-mail, gave an encouraging word. Events and groups like the Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations could not have been possible without you.

Our grateful thanks. Maraming salamat for allowing us to lend a helping hand to survivors of one of the worst calamities that had hit the Philippines – our birth land, home land, the eye of our thoughts and prayers these past several weeks. Hanggang sa uulitin. We hope to see you again next time.

Haiyan Fundraiser Music + Arts Fair PRESENTS: The Souvenir Program

Something Amazing, Jan. 25, 2014

Something amazing happened last Jan 25 and it is all because of you. Photo courtesy of Samasama Project.


Better late than never they said… but here’s the souvenir program for our Haiyan Fundraiser Music + Arts Fair last Jan. 25 that raised an amazing $10,030 at the end of the night. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat!