Fundraising at the Philippine Center

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THE Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue in New York City is the favorite venue of fundraising events for the victims of the killer earthquake and the supertyphoon in the Philippines.


Victor Cruz, Philippine Center Events Coordinator said: "We are giving 25% discount on the rental rates for fundraising events as a gesture of support from the Philippine Consulate-New York." This explains why most of the fundraising activities are done here.

When the 7.2 magnitude earthquake displaced millions of residents from two of the country's tourist destinations -Bohol and Cebu, the Filipino-American leaders in New York held the first benefit show on November 1, 2013, 8:00 PM at the Philippine Center featuring Lani Misalucha. Donation was  $45.00 per person.

The recent super typhoon Haiyan that stormed Luzon,  Visayas and Mindanao  shocked the nation as it was the worst typhoon in our Philippine history. Death toll was recorded with more than 5,000 while millions injured and homeless. The whole world saw the devastation on television. World leaders sent their prayers, sympathy and financial aid to help rebuild a crushed nation.

In New York and New Jersey, the Filipino communities have been offering money, clothing and canned goods to credible organizations to be sent to the depressed areas.       

Ambassador Mario de Leon, Philippine Consul General-NY, led some leaders from PIDCI, Fiesta in America, Miss World 2013, TOFA-NY, GMA TV and other charitable organizations in responding immediately to the needs of the survivors in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Megan Young, Miss World 2013. in cooperation with the PIDCI graced the benefit show on November 20 at 7:00PM at the Double Tree by Hilton, Newark, NJ with a donation of $65.00 per person. Fans and friends of Megan who came to meet and greet her that evening gave generously to support her fundraising effort.

Last November 22, 2013, the Fiesta in America and TOFA-NY presented a fusion of music and comedy featuring Air Tabigue, Rich Kiamco, Tony Gado, Kay Habana and the Broadway Barkada. All seats were taken and donation was at $35.00 each. All the artists donated their talent fees for the event.

It is amazing how people from all walks of life and even the busiest of friends came to support our events. Seen at the concerts were Jason Morin, Chair of Jobsy Wobsy, Inc., Gale Vernell, President of  the Vernell New York; Grace Giron, Chair of Sharing Grace Foundation and David Gibson of Jersey City.

Fanny Crosby wrote one song that I can memorize with all my heart and soul, "Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave." Let us unite to help our people. Lift them up in our own little way. Let us show the world that despite our troubles, angst and pain, the 'bayanihan spirit' is alive.