SoCal FilAms still worry over missing families

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 13, 2013

PANORAMA CITY, Calif. – As days go by it’s been more difficult for Filipinos with ties to the typhoon ravaged Visayas to cope with not only lost properties but also lost lives.

Jane Cruz, whose family hails from Tacloban, Samar, and Maripipi has yet to hear from all sides of the family.

“I don’t know if my family on my father’s side is still alive,” Cruz said. “I’ve only heard from my mother’s side on Maripipi Island.”

The few updates she does get, only bare bad news.

“Our entire house was washed out,” she said. “They don’t have food or clothing. They’ve been wearing the same clothes all week.”

Lisa Smith, who’s been gathering donations to give to her religious contacts in Cebu says she gets emotional when she thinks about her friends and family in the area, some of whom are still missing.

Beautician Monet Lu who is holding his “Beauiful Life” celebration honoring community members will now raise money for typhoon victims with the help of celebrity guest and honoree Ruffa Gutierrez.

The TFC Tambayan and Island Pacific Supermarket will also hold Yolanda Fundraisers this weekend benefiting ABS-CBN Foundation International.

“We want to extend our help to support the suffering Filipinos with the help of Ruffa Gutierrez coming,”Lu said. “She will be able to grace the occasion and with the help of photographers.”

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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