SAN JOSE, Calif. – These Tolosanons celebrated their 47th annual fiesta in the U.S. but they did not forget about their hometown especially when Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines.
These kababayans held various fundraisers to gather relief funds for the people of Tolosa, Leyte.
“It is always a must that we share and it is a custom of Tolosanos to able to teach the younger generations in order to understand their roots and where we come from in the small town of Tolosa, Leyte,” said Kim Abeto Cuasito Malate Jr.
“Our treasure is residing in Tolosa and whatever money we raise it goes straight to the treasurer,” said Tolosa native Odette.
And while it has been two years since Typhoon Yolanda their advocacy is not over.
“We also have a mission on December to go to Leyte with our organization to see what we could do and promote so the people can be prepared in such catastrophe with emergency preparation training and all the support to see the trauma and if they have overcome the tragic experience,” said Malate.
In keeping with their religious traditions, there is another fundraiser to build the Station of the Cross on the top of Mount Inapusong with the hope to protect them from future calamities.