Filipino community in California fundraises for victims of Taal volcano eruption

LONG BEACH, CA — The past month has been stressful for award-winning chocolatier Romeo Garcia. His father who hails from San Nicolas, Batangas went home to attend his grandmother’s funeral when the Taal Volcano started spewing ash, forcing him and other family members to evacuate.
“We were doing a lot of coordination via text and thank God for facebook, too so our cousins in the Philippines were marking themselves safe, and so those things matter just to know if they’re doing ok so through that communication we’re able to work out evacuation details too.”
According to Philippine authorities, Taal volcano’s unrest last month impacted more than 483,000 people.
About 21,000 are still in 129 evacuation centers while 205,000 people are staying with their friends or relatives.
Back in California, Garcia took action. He held a Cacao and Karaoke night fundraiser, to help rebuild his devastated hometown.
“It’s fantastic that folks are organizing and rallying to get resources, and awareness, out on this issue, What would be great is to see something that’s long term structurally.”
“It’s not just eating and singing but It’s all for a good cause. From our revelry tonite from our celebration a portion of the proceeds will go to distater relief through NAFCON Bayanihan for Relief and Rehabilitation program so it will give immediate disaster relief to those who are affected in the Philippines,” said Alex Montances, NAFCON.
And as Fil-Ams with Batangas roots continue finding ways to build long term relief, other community organizations are continuing to help, the Filipino American Press Club of Southern California, along with local politicians and other community members showed their big hearts with this big check for ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Taal program.
While they appreciate the disaster reliefs, Filipinos with Batangas ties believe what the need most are prayers, as seismic activity continues in the region.


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