FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 26, 2011
Contact: Freedom Siyam
free.bayan@gmail.com | 206.659.1130

Bayanihan Relief
Community Organizations Coming Together for Benefit Concert &

Vigil for Typhoon Victims in Southern Philippines
When: Thursday, December 29th
Where: Filipino Community Center
(5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle 98118)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Refreshments will be provided

Local grassroots network Bayan-NW, the Filipino Community of Seattle, and Ihaw Ihaw Band are organizing a vigil & benefit concert to raise funds to help those hit hardest by Typhoon Washi. We extend this invitation to Filipinos & Filipino Americans as well as our greater Seattle community who wish to support and join us in this community effort to provide relief to our kababayans (fellow countrymen) in the Philippines.

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On December 17, tropical storm Sendong (aka Typhoon Washi) struck the Philippines deeply impacting the Southern Islands of Mindanao. The cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were amongst the worst hit by flash floods and landslides leaving 1,080 people confirmed dead. More fatalities are expected, and more than 100,000 survivors are left homeless.

 “It has been a difficult Christmas for the local Filipino community,” according to BAYAN-USA Regional Coordinator Rachel Cendana. “First, the brutal murder of our beloved Danny Vega. Now, Typhoon Sendong displacing so many of our overseas friends and loved ones.”  Despite the recent calamities, Cendana and other benefit organizers remain inspired. “The Seattle community always comes together to help one another in such adverse times.” People interested to find out more information, can email: bayanusa.pnw@gmail.com or contact the Filipino Community Center at (206) 722-9372.

All proceeds raised at the event will help the destroyed areas within the Cagayan de Oro region. Individuals can contribute tax deductible monetary donations at the event.
If you are not able to make the event and still want to contribute, you have options:

(1) You can make checks payable to the “Filipino Community of Seattle” with Pinay sa Seattle – Sendong and your email address if you would like updates on the status of the relief process. Checks can be mailed to:

Filipino Community of Seattle
5740 MLK Jr Way
Seattle, WA 98118

(2) Donate to the relief efforts ONLINE HERE.

(3)  You can also wire money directly to the “BALSA Mindanao” or Bulig Alang Sa Mindanao/Help Mindanao:  Panday Bulig, Inc., RCBC Velez Branch, Cagayan de Oro City. You will need to tell them the account number is 1095029776 and the swift code is RCBCPHMM. Please make these payments out to “BALSA Mindanao.”