“It is better to give than to receive”.

Holiday is just around the corner. I can smell gifts which is  wrapped in a colorful piece of paper with ribbon. I am sure you have created your own wishlist too. It feels ultimately great when you receive gifts. Admittedly it is something that everyone truly enjoys.

Mindanao got struck very hard by Typhoon Sendong in December, 2011. And I am actually seeing similarities between this year and the Christmas of 2011. Last week, almost all of the structures in the Coastal towns of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and New Bataan were hit by typhoon Pablo.

In two decades, Typhoon Pablo is the strongest storm to hit the provinces of Mindanao. Typhoon Pablo death toll have reached more than a thousand and the others are still missing. Our brothers and sisters in this region lost their homes, livelihood and are starving.

It breaks my heart to see families who are begging for food. “Help us here” and “We need food”. These are just some of the signs held by a group of kids along the road begging for food.

We can still help in our own little way. People from Manila may give donations and drop it off at 141 Pinaglabanan Street, San Juan, Metro Manila C/O Charlie Fernandez.

For more details tweet @juanderfulpinoy, @filipinadiver, @tulogboy, @pinkspaces or you can email ourrestlessfeet@gmail.com

What you can donate are as follows:

Candles and matches ( there’s no electricity yet)
Instant food
Kitchen wares to cook donated raw food
Clothes and new underwear

For cash donations
UCPB San Pedro
Emboscado and Reyes
Cash donations will be given to the #HelpCateel drive lead by another Pinoy Travel Blogger Olan Emboscado.

The spirit of giving is powerful. Let us celebrate Christmas by helping those who desperately need our help. I bet you probably know how good it feels to do a good deed for someone. Let’s not talk about the Philippines boxing Icon Manny Pacman Pacquiao’s phenomenal loss to another boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez, Instead lets focus as to how we can help on another tragedy that lost thousand lives. I strongly encourage those generous individuals and companies to pitch in and help our less-fortunate countrymen and make a difference. Let’s help in whatever way we can to those who are seriously affected by this recent disaster.


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