By Jared Bray, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Aug. 22, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – Pop rock icon Kitchie Nadal still enjoys singing and songwriting, but lately, she’s been giving her time to a new interest.
After Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Philippines late last year, Nadal has teamed up with a non-government organization – Young Pioneer Disaster Response or YPDR – to help survivors of the storm get back on their feet.
“My roots are from Tacloban,” Nadal said. “Marami akong mga relatives and family na nasa Tacloban. And of course, mahalaga talaga sa akin, important sa akin, yung itong cause na ito.”
Nadal discovered YPDR while serving a medical mission in Visayas. She said up to this point, the group has united with local carpenters to rebuild almost 900 houses and schools on Bantayan Island near Cebu.
“YPDR is a small organization, but they’ve done so much, maybe more than other bigger NGOs, which is such a miracle,” Nadal said.
The organization has also helped marine life recover from some of the underwater destruction that took place during the storm.
“Gumuwa sila ng fish – they call them ‘fish condos.’ So yung mga nasira na mga coral – pinapalitan na nila ng fish condos para dumami ulit yung mga isda sa dagat,” Nadal said.
Though it’s almost been a year since the typhoon tore into the Philippines, and much has been accomplished in that time, Nadal said there’s still much work to do. That’s why she’s been holding benefit shows for YPDR.
“I highly recommend that people learn more about YPDR and maybe someday be a volunteer,” she said.
As a volunteer herself, Nadal plans to keep helping Yolanda survivors in addition to entertaining fans.