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Portland Community Organizers Reactivate PDX Relief as Typhoon Koppu (Lando) Devastated the Philippines

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2015

Reference: Christian Aniciete & Patrick Villaflores, Portland Emergency Relief Task Force for the Philippines (also known as PDX Relief), pdxrelief@gmail.com

Portland Community Organizers Reactivate PDX Relief as
Typhoon Koppu (Lando) Devastated the Philippines

Portland, OR — As another super typhoon advanced towards the Philippines, concerned Filipino community organizers in Portland came together to discuss ways to respond to the urgent call for help from communities directly affected in the Philippines. On October 18th, 2015, Typhoon Lando, also known as Typhoon Koppu, made landfall in the northern region of Luzon in the Philippines. With torrential downpours hitting the archipelago, flash floods and mudslides are expected to cause more damages to communities. An estimated 2.7 million people have been directly affected, 102,000 people have been displaced, and more than 66 people have lost their lives. It is reported that 15,289 houses and 249 schools were completely destroyed while 88,158 houses and 554 schools suffered partial damage.

“In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in December 2013, PDX Relief was immediately created and the task force quickly disseminated information and undertook numerous fundraisers, charity concerts, and projects to raise almost $10,000 to help typhoon victims. The immediate formation and action of PDX Relief was a testament to the need for solidarity during times of crisis and devastation,” Christian Aniciete, PDX Relief Organizer, stated. “As the Philippines experienced yet another devastating calamity, PDX Relief calls on our Portland community to come together to pull together our vast array of resources in preparation for supporting those who may be affected,” Aniciete added.

PDX Relief calls on the Filipino American community and concerned citizens in the Portland Metro area to rekindle the spirit of unity and support that brought us together two years ago by getting involved with PDX Relief. This task force was created to address the continual, long-term relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation stages of not only infrastructures but also communities in the wake of calamities in the Philippines. “The solidarity, collective grassroots organizing, information, and calendar of relief events and donation centers that PDX Relief can provide are invaluable for those looking for ways to help,” Aniciete further stated.

We encourage community members to course their donations through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations with direct contacts to pro-people groups and organizations on the ground who are equipped and experienced to provide relief and committed to serving the people by seeing the victims and survivors through relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation stages. “We all know the magnitude of devastation a super typhoon like Koppu (Lando) could bring. The urgency for relief monetary donations is not to be understated as this top-level category 4 super typhoon has already brought life-threatening winds, storm surges, and flash floods,” said Patrick Villaflores, another PDX Relief Organizer. PDX Relief calls on the Portland community to donate through NAFCON’s Bayanihan Program which has raised over $1 million through grassroots efforts to provide comprehensive support to over 200,000 Typhoon Haiyan victims and survivors in the past two years. NAFCON still has people on the ground who are just as committed to continue their volunteer work to help those who have been affected by Typhoon Koppu (Lando).

For those who are interested in donating locally, hosting a Typhoon Koppu (Lando) fundraiser, or joining PDX Relief, please contact the following PDX Relief Organizers:
Christian Aniciete, pdxrelief@gmail.com, 971-563-5758
Patrick Villaflores, pdxrelief@gmail.com, 503-927-9871

More information about PDX Relief is available here:
https://pdxrelief.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/PDXRelief

Donations can also be made directly to NAFCON online at http://nafconusa.org/typhoon-relief-info/. NAFCON’s one year financial report on donations received for Typhoon Haiyan is available here: http://nafconusa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NAFCON-Haiyan-Donations-One-Year-Report.pdf

Portland Emergency Task Force for the Philippines, also known as PDX Relief, is a task force of Filipino American organizations, city of Portland and Oregon state elected officials, multi-racial and inter-faith non-profit organizations, business leaders, colleges and universities, and city and county agencies in the Portland Metro area who have joined together in response to the severe damage of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. PDX Relief hopes to mobilize quickly in response to any disaster threatening to affect the Philippines.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Portland Filipinos Reactivate PDX Relief as the Philippines Brace for Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2014

Reference: Rossella De Leon, Portland Emergency Relief Task Force for the Philippines (also known as PDX Relief), pdxrelief@gmail.com, 503-915-7283

Portland Filipinos Reactivate PDX Relief as the Philippines Brace for Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby

Portland, OR — As another super typhoon advances towards the Philippines, concerned Filipinos in Portland came together to discuss ways to be proactive in providing support where it will be needed in the Philippines shortly. Typhoon Hagupit, also known as Typhoon Ruby, is expected to make landfall on Saturday evening. It is expected to hit the Samar provinces and the city of Tacloban, the very same areas in the Philippines where thousands were killed when Typhoon Haiyan hit one year ago. “In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan last year, PDX Relief was immediately created and the task force quickly disseminated information and undertook numerous fundraisers, charity concerts, and projects to raise almost $10,000 to help typhoon victims. The immediate formation and action of PDX Relief was a testament to the need for solidarity during times of crisis and devastation,” Christian Aniciete, PDX Relief Organizer, stated. “As the Philippines braces itself for another typhoon, PDX Relief calls on our Portland community to come together to pull together our vast array of resources in preparation for supporting those who may be affected,” Aniciete added.

PDX Relief calls on the Filipino American community and concerned citizens in the Portland Metro area to rekindle the spirit of unity and support that brought us together last year by getting involved with PDX Relief. This task force was created to address the continual, long-term relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation stages of not only infrastructures but also communities in the wake of calamities in the Philippines. “The solidarity, collective grassroots organizing, information, and calendar of relief events and donation centers that PDX Relief can provide are invaluable for those looking for ways to help,” Aniciete further stated.

We encourage community members to course their donations through the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations with direct contacts to pro-people groups and organizations on the ground who are equipped and experienced to provide relief and committed to serving the people by seeing the victims and survivors through relief, rebuilding, and rehabilitation stages. “We all know the magnitude of devastation a super typhoon like Hagupit could bring. The urgency for relief monetary donations is not to be understated as this top-level Category 5 cyclone could bring life-threatening winds, storm surges, and flash floods,” said Patrick Villaflores, another PDX Relief Organizer. PDX Relief calls on the Portland community to donate through NAFCON’s Bayanihan Program which has raised over $1 million through grassroots efforts to provide comprehensive support to over 200,000 Typhoon Haiyan victims and survivors last year. NAFCON still has people on the ground who are just as committed to continue their volunteer work to help those who will be affected by Typhoon Hagupit.

For those who are interested in donating locally, hosting a Typhoon Hagupit fundraiser, or joining PDX Relief, please contact the following PDX Relief Organizers:
Christian Aniciete, pdxrelief@gmail.com, 971-563-5758
Patrick Villaflores, pdxrelief@gmail.com, 503-927-9871
Rossella De Leon, pdxrelief@gmail.com, 503-915-7283

More information about PDX Relief is available here:
https://pdxrelief.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/PDXRelief

Donations can also be made directly to NAFCON online at http://nafconusa.org. NAFCON’s one year financial report on donations received for Typhoon Haiyan is available here: http://nafconusa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NAFCON-Haiyan-Donations-One-Year-Report.pdf

Portland Emergency Task Force for the Philippines, also known as PDX Relief, is a task force of Filipino American organizations, city of Portland and Oregon state elected officials, multi-racial and inter-faith non-profit organizations, business leaders, colleges and universities, and city and county agencies in the Portland Metro area who have joined together in response to the severe damage of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. PDX Relief hopes to mobilize quickly in response to any disaster threatening to affect the Philippines. 

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PDX 4 the Philippines in NW Portland, A Success!

PDX 4 the Philippines in NW Portland, A Success!

Portland 4 the Philippines’ second event in the NW Quadrant of Portland was a success! The Blue Olive on NW 21st was alive with families, friends and community members. Musicians and artists volunteered their time and energy to this great cause!

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Portland 4 the Philippines is a group of artists and musicians in Portland Oregon who are working on a 4 benefit series of fundraisers to raise funds to send to 2 separate non-profits located directly on the islands in the Philipines with whom our two founders are directly associated, Christian Faith Mission Network and Soft Power Philippines.

Organizers Djo, Nusheen, John and Rianna have done a great job! The next two quadrant events will be in 2014! Look out for more info!

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Brazilian Artists for Haiyan Relief

Brazilian Artists for Haiyan Relief

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Djo Fortunato

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Buzz Holland Duo

Last night, over 50 people came to see Brazilian musicians and bands play to raise donations for those affected by typhoon Haiyan! Organized by world-class Brazilian musician, Peter Fung, Portland-based bands like Bloco Alegria, POPgoji, and the Buzz Holland duo came to raise money and spirits at TaborSpace in SE Portland! Thank you for your solidarity!

Brazilian Music for Haiyan Relief

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On Thursday, December 12, world-class Brazilian music players and fans of Brazilian music will be gathering for a concert at Mt. Tabor Church to benefit the relief work in the areas of the Philippines most affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Joining a local task force, PDX Relief, this group of excellent musicians are lending their talents to a worthy cause.

The concert will feature: Bloco Alegria, Portland’s newest Rio style samba band, playing the heart-pumping rhythms of Rio’s carnaval parades is what gives this band its unique sound and vibrancy. Also featured are The Brazillionaires, this Portland trio plays the sultry, pyrotechnic early jazz of Brazil called ‘choro’. Noted artists Buzz Holland, POPgoji and Joe Fortunato will also perform.

$10-$20 sliding scale admissions. All proceeds go toward PDX Relief for NAFCON Bayanihan Relief and Rehabilitation in the Philippines http://www.nafconusa.org

 

Portland 4 the Philippines, NW Quadrant on Dec. 15

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Our second event! The first one was a great success, and we truly hope to continue the trend, and get as many people out as possible. Please share with your friends and family and your community. The more people we bring, the more money we can raise to send and feed families who have lost ALL resources on their islands.

Here are the organizations we are donating to, as well as the main Facebook page for our fundraiser!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-4-the-Philippines/546786728749642

http://www.cfm-network.org/

http://www.softpower.ph/

Take a look through their pages to see what amazing work they are doing in the islands.

There will be a raffle with many great gift certificates and items which were donated by local businesses, an art auction with several pieces from local talented artists, and great entertainment.

All proceeds will be going directly into the hands of 2 organizations on the ground in the Philippines who need it.

Door is $5-$20 sliding scale

Come, share, laugh, and love. We will send that love to those in need.

Musical acts!

6pm
Wil Kinky, Scott Deans, and Krista Herring will do a singers exchange

9pm
Acoustic Minds

10pm
Martin Zar Zar (of Pink Martini)

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4 Events in the 4 PDX Quadrants!

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Portland 4 the Philippines is arranging a 4 part, 4 venue, 4 date fundraiser to benefit relief efforts in the Philippines through direct contact with loved ones which know already living, surviving, and helping to assist with recovery already located in the Philippines. There will be 4 events over the course of Dec and Jan, along with online fundraising to help keep donation options available to those attending, and those who may not, but still want to help.

This is an attempt to get direct assistance to those who are already there to help without going through massive corporate offshore donation centers such as Red Cross, who prove time and time again to be unreliable, and never enough. There is no middle men in this fundraiser. All art is donated, all venues were offered freely, all volunteers are unpaid, all entertainment is volunteers. 100% of all funds raised will be going directly to the non-profits specified already located in the Phillipines.

For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/Portland4thePhillipines