U.S. Pinoys continue to help kababayans in need following Yolanda

By Steve Angeles and Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 3, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Help continues to come for Filipinos affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. In Glendale, California, The Voice season two finalist Cheesa Laureta and her music producer brother, Troy, put on a special benefit concert in Glendale, California.

Joining them was Jason Farol, a finalist from last year’s ABC show, Duets.

The tragedy hits close to home for the Lauretas. Their mother hails from Cebu, one of the affected areas, and her mother’s relative lost a house in Leyte.

“We have to come together to help the Philippines, ” Cheesa said.

Troy added, “The Philippines has such a big part in my heart so I wanted to help out right away.”

Meantime, in San Francisco, students of San Francisco State University staged a show at the Bindlestiff Studio, which features poetry, children’s literature, film, music and dance.

The show, which sheds light on the struggles of Filipinos in America, benefited the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Through the show, they hope to let the world know that Filipinos are resilient and will always be there for each other.

“Filipinos are strong, not just as a community, but as a whole. We’re not going to let some typhoon bring us down,” Joel Ugario, a cast member, stated.

“We have to actually do something. We can’t just say that we’re going to do something for our community. We can’t just complain about a lot of different things. We actually have to do things,” SFSU Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales concluded.

With a report from Marina Benzon.

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