November 2013

‘Yolanda’ Fundraiser Updates


Gawad Kalinga Canada wishes to thank fundraiser organizers, their generous patrons, volunteers and everyone sympathetic to the plight of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims who lost loved ones and their homes.

Several businesses, professional associations and community organizations have partnered with GKC in their ‘Yolanda’ disaster fundraising campaigns. All eligible donations made until Dec. 9 through GKC, a registered charitable organization, will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government.

GKC is grateful for your time and resources, and the overwhelming compassion you have shown towards our ill-fated countrymen in the Philippines. With your benevolence we can help rebuild their lives, a significant step after immediate relief aid has been extended to them.

GKC also wishes to thank individual donors who have shared their blessings. Our fundraising campaign continues and we welcome donations online, through PayPal or e-mail transfer, and offline through cheques mailed to GKC. Please see details here

Amidst this crisis, we remain hopeful, inspired and motivated because of the solidarity and compassion the global community has shown our people. Maraming Salamat po! (Thank you very much).

TURNOVER OF FUNDRAISING PROCEEDS. Matt Black, Director of Marketing of One King West Hotel and Residence turns over $22,282.60 to GKC officers Jose Querubin, Jaime Nagallo and Francis Rementilla (l-r). The proceeds came from the recent fundraising dinner jointly held by One King West and Unite Here! Local 75 Union.  Of the amount, $10,282.60 was contributed by the union members and was matched up to $10,000 by the hotel. 

SALADMASTER DONATION. The Saladmaster team from AC Tristar Marketing Corp in Toronto turned over its donation of $22,600 to GKC during the recent AC Tristar 2013 Annual Awards Night at Novotel Toronto North York.  Saladmaster International has donated a total of $125,000 for the victims of typhoon Haiyan. 

Novotel Hotel Vaughan management and the Filipino-Canadian Real Estate Association recently turned over the $25,475 proceeds of their fundraising event to GKC. In photo are Willie Reodica, Bernie Bulaong, Jose Querubin, Rubi Talavera, Alfredo Pacis and the NHV and FILCREA officials.*

BODYBLISS DONATION. Pacifico, Mercy and Francis Rementilla of Bodybliss turn over their donation of $2000 to GKC. In photo are (from left) Pacifico Rementilla, GKC directors Elvie Tan and Agnes Manasan, GKC vice chairman Jose Querubin, Mercy Rementilla, Mateo Rementilla, GKC chairman Alfredo Pacis and Francis Rementilla, GKC director.*  

RELIABLE PESO REMIT INC. DONATION. Reliable Peso Remit Inc turned over their $2000 donation to GKC during GKC’s Kapit-Kamay sa Pagdamay fundraising event on Nov. 16, 2013 at the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure Parish Hall. 

Club Filipino of Oakville Fundraising Event. The Club Filipino of Oakville recently held a fundraising event for typhoon Haiyan victims. The entertainment featured performances by Jennifer Camacho, Little Miss Philippines Britney and a Christmas duet by Chyrell Samson and Rodney Ronquillo. GKC chairman Alfredo Pacis gave an inspiring message to those in attendance. GKC board of director Elvie Tan also attended the event. CFO is thanking all the donors and participants. The total amount of funds raised during the event will be announced soon.

PIDC Fundraising Dinner

The Filipino Renal Nurses Association of Ontario, Remax Community, T&T Supermarkets and the Philippine Independence Day Council turned over their donations to GKC during the PIDC & Canadian Multicultural Council fundraising dinner held on Dec. 13, 2013 at the Star Walk Buffet, in Scarborough, Ontario. 

Raymond Santos photos*

FRNAO DONATION. The Filipino Renal Nurses Association of Ontario turns over its donation of $2,235 to GKC during the Philippine Independence Day Council fundraising dinner with former association president Rory Elefano, Premier Kathleen Wynn (4th from left), PIDC president Norma Carpio, Toronto Consul-General Junever Mahilum-West and Sid Ikeda of the Canadian Multicultural Council and other FRNAO officers and members. 

PIDC DONATION. PIDC turns over its donation of $1,720 to GKC with (front row, holding the cheque from left) GKC chairman Alfredo Pacis, Norma Carpio, Consul General Junever Mahilum-West and Sid Ikeda with PIDC members, Philippine Consulate staff and GKC volunteers.

REMAX COMMUNITY DONATION. Remax Community turns over its donation of $5,100 to GKC with Premier Kathleen Wynn, Norma Carpio, Sid Ikeda, Consul General Junever Mahilum-West and Remax Community officers.

T&T SUPERMARKET DONATION. Paul Ho, T&T Supermarket marketing manager, Eastern Regional Office, turns over its donation of $46,211 to GKC with Premier Kathleen Wynn, Norma Carpio, Consul General Junever Mahilum-West and Sid Ikeda (l-r). 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING. Emma Sam (middle), president of Trent Southeast Asian Organization of Trent University turns over $884.20 to Gawad Kalinga Canada Vice Chairman and Treasurer Jose Querubin (left) and GKC Director Francis Rementilla (right). The student organization held a fundraising in their school for the benefit of typhoon Haiyan victims.*

GKC Team attends Novotel Hotel Vaughan & FILCREA Fundraising Dinner


(SPSYN photos)*

One King West and Unite Here Local 75 raise about $8000

(From left) Liz Pimentel, president of Unite Here Local ’75, Kosta Tomazos, president of CK Atlantis Hotel Management which manages One King West, and Jose Querubin, vice chairman and treasurer of Gawad Kalinga Canada. Not in photo are Francis Rementilla and Maripi Leynes, of GKC, who also attended the fundraiser.

The fundraiser jointly organized by One King West Hotel and Unite Here Local ’75 raised about $8000 for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims.

About 25 percent of the membership of Unite Here Local ’75, the union for hotel and hospitality workers in the GTA, is composed of Filipinos. In this manner, typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda has directly and indirectly affected the hotel industry in Toronto.

The fund raiser was held on Nov. 20, 2013 at One King West Hotel, 1 King St. W. in Toronto.

Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery Donates $1000

DONATION. Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery donated $1000 to GKC. (From left) Shanon Butcher, Cyrise Hall, Shelly Challenger (funeral home manager), Jose Querubin, Minnie Lucas and Joelle Anello.*

Action Honda and Bicol Canada Community Association donate $1000

DONATION. Action Honda and the Bicol Canada Community Association (BCCA) each donated $500 to GKC for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims. BCCA members coursed their donation through Rafael Nebres. In photo are Jose Querubin (second from left) flanked by the Action Honda team led by Rafael Nebres, Hank Tung and Jamir dela Paz (l-r).* 

Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay Emergency Fundraiser raises about $6000

GKC Team and performers. GK Canada raised about $6000 during its Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay (Together in Compassion) Emergency Fundraiser held on Nov. 16, 2013 at the St. Bonaventure Parish Hall, at 1300 Leslie St., Toronto. Please see post-event details here.

UK and Ireland Saladmaster teams pledge $32,000

GKC chairman Alfredo Pacis announced that the UK and Ireland Saladmaster teams have pledged $32,000 for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims during Saladmaster’s sales rally in Tenerife, Spain.  

Additionally, Saladmaster, in partnership with GK, has launched a campaign to help the typhoon victims. Please visit here for more information. 

GKC Solicitation Drive at Wychwood Barns Market raises $1200


GENEROUS TORONTONIANS. GKC Board members Dr. Francis Rementilla, Agnes Lopez Manasan and volunteers Rex Manasan, Evelyn Pagkalinawan and George solicited $1200 from patrons of the Wychwood Barns market on Nov. 16, 2013. 


Let’s Shop at T&T and help typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims

In the next seven (7) days, all 22 T&T Supermarkets across the country will donate the gross profits of their sales from Filipino products to Gawad Kalinga Canada to help rebuild, rehabilitate and relocate the homes of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims.
The T&T Supermarket campaign “Together WE Care!” will run from Nov. 22-Nov. 28 in Canada.  

GKC is urging everyone to shop at T&T for their Filipino food groceries during these dates. 

Kabayan, there is no better time to stock up on your Filipino food supplies than this week since you will be helping put a roof over families rendered homeless by typhoon ‘Yolanda.’ Gross profits (sales less the cost of goods sold) from Filipino products will help rebuild the lives of our storm-ravaged countrymen back home.

So here’s what GKC recommends you to do: prepare your grocery shopping list and go to your nearest T&T Supermarket in the next seven days. You can even have an early start on your Christmas and New Year’s grocery lists. This is all so exciting so please don’t forget to tell your acquaintances, family and friends about this opportunity to help our kababayans.

GK Canada is a registered Canadian charity with registration number 841583917RR0001. The Canadian government will match dollar for dollar all donations coursed through GKC until Dec. 9, 2013. Please check here for further details about the Canadian government matching fund. If you wish to donate now to GKC please use the PayPal donate button below.

Thank you for your support.

Fundraising events to support GKC projects


Businesses, professional associations and community organizations have reached out to Gawad Kalinga Canada in their initiatives to help the victims of typhoon ‘Yolanda.’ All donations received by GKC will go towards the rehabilitation, reconstruction and relocation of homes damaged and destroyed by super typhoon ‘Yolanda.

Additionally, all eligible donations received by GKC will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government under its Tyhoon Haiyan Relief Fund (THRF). GKC is a registered Canadian charity with registration number 841583917RR0001. More information on the Canadian matching program and GKC initiative are found here.

Please save the dates for any or all of these fundraising activities.

Brain Pickings: Trivia Night for Philippines Disaster Relief


November 26, 2013 (Tuesday)
8 p.m.
Pour Girl Pub
191 College St. Toronto, On, M5T 1P9

$5 to play with a team of least four (4) members. Event organizers will play matchmakers and find you a group if you don’t have anyone with you.

It’s a night of food, beverages and nerdy goodness, plus awesome raffle prizes donated by Steam Whistle, Starbucks and Lamesa Filipino Kitchen. The bar is also donating 10% of all sales on food and beverages to GKC.

Event organizer Justine Abigail Yu, of Operation Groundswell, is inviting everyone to join the fun evening. The event is open to the public – that means you and everyone else! More information is available at the event’s Facebook page and at Justine Abigail’s website.  

Fundraising Dinner/Dance

Nov. 29, 2013 (Friday)

7 p.m. Reception | 8 p.m. Dinner
Novotel Vaughan Hotel
200 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Vaughan, On L4K 0B9


70% of cost or $35 will be donated to typhoon Haiyan victims through GKC.

Event organizers are the Novotel Hotel Vaughan and the Filipino-Canadian Real Estate Association. 

Fundraising Dinner for Typhoon Haiyan

Dec. 13, 2013 (Friday)

7 p.m.
Star Walk Buffet
648 Silver Star Boulevard, Scarborough, On

Tickets are sold at $50/person or $100/person for sponsor tickets.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities contact Norma Carpio at 905.257.1059, or send her an e-mail at

Event organizers are the Philippine Independence Day Council, in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General and the Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario. 

Solidarity. During the Canadian Multicultural Council of Asians in Ontario Food and Cultural Festival on Nov. 23, at the Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Toronto. (From left) Bing Querubin, Norma Carpio, president of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Jose Querubin and Agnes Manasan. PIDC and the CMC, in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General and in partnership with GKC, are hosting a fundraising dinner for typhoon Yolanda victims. 


Fundraiser: In Support of Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts 

“A vast majority of hotel workers in the GTA have been affected by typhoon Haiyan, either directly or indirectly.”

*We wish to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser. Please see our fundraiser updates here.

Nov. 20, 2013 (Wednesday)

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
One King West Hotel
1King St. West, Toronto

The $20 cover charge at the door includes one drink and light snacks. Activities include cash bar and silent auction.  One King West Hotel will match donations up to $10,000.

RSVP 416.548.8102

Event organizers are One King West Hotel and Unity Here Local 75. 


Filipino-Canadians display generosity at GKC fundraising


Gawad Kalinga Canada witnessed an outpouring of compassion and benevolence from Filipino-Canadians during its Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay (Together in Compassion) Emergency Fundraising for typhoon ‘Yolanda’ victims last Nov. 16, 2013 at the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure Parish Hall at 1300 Leslie St., Toronto. Funds raised for the evening is estimated at $6000.

Donations raised from the event will be used towards the rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction of homes damaged and destroyed during the Nov. 8 super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record with sustained winds of 235 km/h and wind gusts of 275 km/h made at landfall. ‘Yolanda’ passed swiftly through the Visayas region, in the Philippines where it flattened most infrastructures, especially those in coastal towns. The death toll is expected to rise to 10,000. The initial death toll reported on Nov. 9 was 138 which climbed to 3,637 as of Nov. 17. On the ground rescue and relief operations are ongoing in the affected areas.

Video courtesy of the Filipino Web Channel*

All eligible donations received by GKC until Dec. 9, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government under its matching fund program launched on Nov. 10 in response to the Philippine crisis.

Members of the board of directors of GKC stressed the urgency of helping the typhoon victims rebuild their lives and rallied those in attendance to share their financial blessings.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by local artists Jakey “Jives”Franco, Chryrell Samson, Rodney Ronquillo, Scott Dion Brown, Jenna Mae, Uppercase, Aquarius, Edmund Arevalo, Amsky Ramos, Belinda Poolay and Michael Magali.

Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay fundraising activities included raffle draws, auction, food and beverages sale and donation box.

GKC is thanking all donors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the event. Raffle prizes and auction items were donated by Saladmaster, Sgt. Splatter’s Paintball, Body by Vi, Mayette’s Restaurant, Chef George, Gallery of Good, Blue Banana, Peak Taekwondo Academy, Benchmark Event Management, Mrs. Ophelia Valdez, Ms. Evelyn Pagkalinawan and Anonymous. Cusina Lounge donated food items. FV Foods also donated a portion of their sales for the evening.

GKC is also grateful to the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure which allowed the use of the venue for free. Additionally, GKC wishes to thank members of the media who supported the event.

Host was GKC executive director Viethmier Cuevas. Production crew was composed of Kim Jose, Marjorie Jose, Cheryl Cantonjos, John Policarpio and Wilfred Tangid. Event organizer was Benchmark Event Management.

Pidoy Pacis is chairman of the GKC board of directors with Jose Querubin, vice chairman; Jimmy Nagallo, secretary; and members Agnes Manasan, Francis Rementilla and Elvie Pena Tan. Administrative volunteers are Ester Toribio, bookkeeper and website administrator; Odette Montelibano, web content strategist; and Cantonjos, event coordinator. Coordinator for Quebec is Amir Billiones and coordinator for Alberta is Brian Morales.

GKC continues to accept donations online at Donations may be made through PayPal, cheque or e-mail transfer. Several organizations have also reached out to make GKC as the beneficiary of their fundraising events.*


GKC TEAM AND PERFORMERS. Gawad Kalinga Canada is thanking everyone for their love and compassion to the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.*

Yolanda Updates


Jan. 13, 2014 

Floods, landslides hit Mindanao; 13 dead
Artists perform rites of healing after tragedies 

Jan. 12, 2014 

Fundraising for Yolanda: A fashion site’s donations and an auction for Ormoc 

Jan. 11, 2014 

Philippine physics: Why political inertia rules and how to overcome it
NGCP welcomes 2014 with more lines restored

Jan. 10, 2014  

Proactive Reconstruction in Non-Disaster Areas: GK's work of relocating families from danger zones to safe communities.*( photo) 

The New Year: An Invitation to Mission 
DepEd to private sector: Adopt schools in Yolanda areas 
Aquino to diplomats: The PH remembers who our friends are 
DOLE still waiting for list of typhoon-hit WV areas   

Jan. 9, 2014

NDRRMC : Yolanda death toll rises to 6,190
'French Village' to be built in Yolanda-hit Cebu town
PHL typhoon rebuilding this year may cost 50% more, Abad says
440,000 farmers assured: All coconut trees destroyed by Yolanda will be replaced in 10 years

Jan. 8, 2014

Fil-Canadian who helped ‘Yolanda’ victims dies in Calgary car crash
DSWD to foster parents: Register Typhoon Yolanda orphans
Fake Pacquiao fools Vizcaya folk

Jan. 7, 2014 

Jan. 6, 2014 

Norway foreign minister to visit PH and Yolanda-hit areas
AFP raises P379K for typhoon victims
Public warned vs. 'Yolanda' scam using Palace official's name
Teachers, students welcome resumption of classes in Yolanda-hit areas  

Jan. 5, 2014 

Jan. 4, 2014

Jan. 3, 2014

DOH: No epidemic so far following Yolanda
'Yolanda' death toll climbs to 6,166
Over P377 million raised in US Northeast for 'Yolanda' victims
'Agaton' causes panic online
800 Yolanda victims still awaiting burial in Tacloban City
DSWD to foster families: Legalize 'adoption' of typhoon orphans

Jan. 2, 2014

China importing more bananas after Yolanda
XYIENCE Joins UFC Athlete in Fundraiser for Typhoon Survivors

Jan. 1, 2014 

Dec. 31, 2013 

Dec. 30, 2013

Dec. 29, 2013

Dec. 28, 2013

Dec. 27, 2013

Dec. 26, 2013

PNoy rejects Petilla's resignation
Pope Francis prays for Philippines anew
CPP marks 45th year, expresses solidarity with earthquake and Yolanda victims

Dec. 25, 2013

UK pledges P1 B more for Yolanda rehab


A giant Christmas lantern with the colors of the Philippine flag is seen in a devastated area in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. Mostly, Christmas is a celebration amid deprivation, in tents, makeshift homes and damaged churches in the city devastated by the Nov. 8 typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). AP/Achmad Ibrahim  

Dec. 24, 2012 

Petilla: Power restored in Yolanda-hit areas

Dec. 23, 2013 

PAGCOR gives P2-B for classrooms in Yolanda-hit areas
NDRRMC: Yolanda death count hits lull again

Dec. 22, 2013


Fil-Canadian soldiers deployed for Yolanda mission: Canadian Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer  Joseph Abando (left) and Canadian Army Major Jay Manimtim. (Michaela del Callar photo.*)

Yolanda devastation breaks heart of Fil-Canadian troops
UN chief Ban urges foreign donors to step up donations for Yolanda-hit PHL
SM Group to build 200 houses for Yolanda survivors 

Dec. 21, 2013

UN chief to Yolanda survivors: 'Never despair, world is behind you'
Ban Ki-moon to PH: ‘Don’t lose hope’

Dec. 20, 2013

Yolanda survivors find little comfort in new accommodation
UN chief Ban arrives in Manila en route to typhoon-ravaged Tacloban
Surviving Yolanda: The soldier and the boy reunited
UFC star Mark Munoz to donate MMA seminar proceeds to Yolanda victims

Dec. 19, 2013

LINE sticker campaign raises P24M for Yolanda victims
Philippines launches $8.2 billion typhoon recovery plan
DOE: 93 pct power restored in Yolanda-hit areas
Seoul-based Pinays give boats to Yolanda-hit fishermen

Dec. 18, 2013

Packages of instant cup noodles and canned sardines are part of the materials of this lantern entry at this year’s UP Lantern Parade in UP Diliman, December 18, 2013. The cup noodles were later collected by the school as part of its relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Yoldanda. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero,* 

Dec. 17, 2013

Filmmaker spends $25K marketing budget from Hollywood for 'Yolanda' victims
Lacson: Yolanda rehab budget not enough
UN supplies seeds for typhoon-hit PH farmers
Taiwanese students offer free hugs for 'Yolanda'

Dec. 16, 2013

OPM artists’ prayer for Yolanda victims
Aid agencies launch $791 million plan to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors
Survivors attend 'Simbang Gabi' in Yolanda-hit town
Mickey, Minnie Mouse to help 'Yolanda' survivors
12 Yolanda-hit towns still have no power

Dec. 15, 2013 

Dec. 14, 2013


Gift of Hope Holiday e-card*

Dec. 13, 2013 

Dec. 12, 2013

British relief worker: Typhoon victims 'incredibly resilient' people
53,000 bags of rice released distributed to 'Yolanda' victims
Truth and lies on Yolanda response

Dec. 11, 2013

DSWD:  Five countries left in Yolanda relief ops
Barbie Live! Meet-and-Greet fundraising affair for Yolanda survivors
More 'Yolanda' fundraisers from students, photogs

Dec. 10, 2013

Dec. 9, 2013

Dec. 8, 2013

New homes for 2,800 families by Christmas
Thank you, Lethbridge, for aiding typhoon victims
PH residents struggle to rebuild their lives after Yolanda
Government caravans and the post-Yolanda market divide
Inclusion of disaster management in school curriculum pushed
No place like home: Habitats from oceans deep to mountains high 

Dec. 7, 2013

PICKING UP PIECES. Residents of Hernani, Eastern Samar begin the long road of rebuilding their community after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler 

Yolanda survivors determined to hope
‘Roofless, not hopeless’: The resilience of Yolanda survivors
Experiencing Yolanda: An American traveler's thoughts  
Salceda urges world to remit if they emit 

Dec. 6, 2013

Dec. 5, 2013

NDRRMC : Yolanda deaths climb to 5,759
Asean youth summit delegates help in rehabilitation efforts
EDC loses 'billions' in Leyte devastation; Yolanda damage may wipe out 2013 profit
From Oplan Hatid to Oplan Trabaho, the ‘charity SWAT team’ keeps giving

Dec. 4, 2013

Blame Yolanda damage on lack of nat'l land use law
Nancy Binay: Probe slow Yolanda response
Kerry to tackle Haiyan in PH visit
Douthit pledges support for Yolanda victims in SEAG quest
David Pomeranz to hold concert for Yolanda victims

Dec. 3, 2013

PNoy: ‘No-nonsense’ Lacson will deliver on Yolanda rehab task
ILO: 100,000 jobs available for Yolanda victims
Faster insurance claims processing for Yolanda victims

PNoy chooses controversial Ping Lacson to head post-Yolanda reconstruction
Agri Dept. sees palay output growing slower at 4% post-Yolanda
Pacquiao brings momentary cheer to Yolanda survivors in Tacloban
Makati university to accept Yolanda-affected students
Gov't to replant trees in Yolanda-hit areas

Dec. 1, 2013

Goods, including those from looting, return in Tacloban
Actor Paul Walker tweeted about ‘Yolanda’ relief efforts days before death
Jersey City teacher seeks donations for typhoon victims
Knights of Rizal to stage run for Yolanda victims

Nov. 30, 2013

SLEEPING IN A TENT. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao will sleep in a tent on Saturday night, November 30, in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. File photo by Patricia

Pacquiao spends night in Guiuan
Yolanda death toll up at 5,632 – NDRRMC
DSWD winds down Yolanda relief repacking work in NCR, beefs up Visayas ops
‘Yolanda drove away China ships’Miss World 2013 meets Yolanda survivors in Leyte

Nov. 29, 2013

Government faces infrastructure hurdle post-Yolanda
Child trafficking feared in Yolanda-hit areas
Outbreaks of deadly children’s diseases feared in Yolanda-hit areas
Govt urged to prioritize rehabilitation of Yolanda-damaged schools
TESDA handbuilt solar nightlights to be distributed to Yolanda survivors

Nov. 28, 2013

Despite relief efforts, Yolanda survivors still not getting enough . Typhoon survivors rummage through muddied items being brought out from a damaged grocery store by workers on Wednesday, November 27, in Tacloban City, Leyte. Despite massive relief efforts by several countries and local government agencies , typhoon victims still struggle to survive amid the devastation by Yolanda, one of the most powerful storms on record. AP/Bullit Marquez 

Japan sends 3rd disaster relief medical team to Yolanda-hit areas
MCA artists unite for 'Yolanda' benefit concert
Norwegian artists waive talent fees to raise P180M for Yolanda victims

Nov. 27, 2013
PNoy ‘approves in principle’ Yolanda rehabilitation plan
Sereno honors Yolanda rescuers, relief ops, donors as heroes
Japan gives $500K for post-Yolanda livelihood recovery
Rico Blanco donates Sundown talent fee to 'Yolanda' victims

Rico Blanco of the Filipino band Rivermaya. (photo from

Nov. 26, 2013

Sandra Damota, a psychosocial support worker with the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit, helps train volunteers in the Philippines ( photo).* 

Canadian Red Cross provides ‘psychological first aid’ to Tyhoon Haiyan survivors
Partial, official 'Yolanda' death toll now at 5,240 - NDRRMC
DOJ to look into lapses on Yolanda preparedness
Post-Yolanda rehab to take up to five years – NDRRMC chief
Pacquiao feels 'harassed' over freeze order, borrows money for 'Yolanda' survivors
Bunkhouses for Yolanda survivors being built by govt in Leyte, Samar
OFWs provide crucial lifeline in post-Yolanda PHL 

Nov. 25, 2013

Mental trauma haunts typhoon Yolanda survivors
US, UK vow to support Philippine efforts to rehabilitate 44 provinces devastated by Yolanda
Families in 'Yolanda'-stricken Iloilo fishing town to sue Napocor for oil spill
Chopper carrying Yolanda relief supplies crashes in Bulacan
40 universities, colleges damaged by Yolanda

Nov. 24, 2013


Pacquiao win cheers up Tacloban fans. Filipinos at temporary shelters in typhoon-ravaged central Philippines erupted in jubilation after boxing hero Manny Pacquiao thumped American Brandon Rios to clinch the WBO welterweight crown in Macau on Sunday. Fans watched the Pacquiao-Rios fight at a free public screening at the RTR Plaza in Tacloban City. (Photo by Rem Zamora for*

Brain Pickings: Trivia Night for Philippines Disaster Relief set Nov. 26, 2013 
‘Yolanda’ Fundraiser Updates 
Yolanda survivors in Tacloban raise voices, flags as Pacquiao prevails over Rios
CPP extends 'Yolanda' truce to Christmas eve, Army welcomes longer respite
Tacloban folk continue recovery effort from Yolanda devastation

Nov. 23, 2013

UN: Prioritize power after Haiyan
Childhood a victim of killer typhoon Yolanda
In Tacloban, creating an oasis where children can be children, and safe
Death toll feared to hit 7,000 as over 1,600 remain missing 2 weeks after Yolanda (with video)

The Dutch raised about Euro 15 million during the recent national Dutch TV appeal for the Philippines.*(GK Europe update).

"Collaboration More Important Than Pity"
A Tale of Two Relief Operations

Nov. 22, 2013

Nov. 21, 2013

Official Yolanda death toll breaches 4k mark, with 1,602 missing
Haiyan (Yolanda) Update: New Zealand Newspaper Excludes Government Agencies in Donor Agencies List to Avoid Money Being Stolen by Corrupt Filipino Politicians
ILO team assesses Yolanda’s damage in Negros
Typhoon resistant evac centers eyed

Nov. 20, 2013

Basketball after typhoon Haiyan* AP photo

Typhoon Haiyan: Amid the ruins, a basketball game breaks out
Typhoon Haiyan: UK charity appeal raises £50m
UN gathers $193M for Typhoon Yolanda victims
Animal rights group comes to the rescue of typhoon Yolanda's furry survivors
Grisly race to identify Pinoys killed by Typhoon Yolanda
Fishermen adrift after Typhoon Yolanda takes livelihood
Mapping the Destruction of Typhoon Haiyan
Philippines counts the cost of Typhoon Yolanda

Nov. 19, 2013

Filipino-Canadians display generosity at GKC fundraising
Yolanda-hit Leyte geothermal plant key to restoring power in Visayas
‘Help us’ — Isolated typhoon Yolanda victims clamor for food
Fil-Dutch siblings sell cupcakes to help Yolanda victims
A 'Yolanda' victim becomes a hero
ARMM sends more aid to 'Yolanda' victims

GK Executive Director, Luis Oquiñena, Message for GK Friends & Partners.* 

Marcos defends Tacloban mayor on ‘Yolanda’ response, asks why DSWD ‘seized’ goods

Nov. 18, 2013

Team GK in Antique. A new GK village will rise in this upland barangay in San Remigio, Antique in partnership with the barangay, the mayor / municipality and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. GK’s Operation Walang Iwanan (No One Gets Left Behind) is in motion in this town (Photo posted by Sheila Abella).

Haiyan (Yolanda) Update: $700 Million Insurance Bill for Philippines; 5.1 Million Workers Lose Source of Livelihood (videos)
Yolanda survivor: Rich typhoon victims are prioritized in Tacloban(video)
Kids orphaned by Yolanda find stop-gap home in Tacloban 
For information about GK Canada’s initiatives to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda please click here.
‘Darkest night over’: Aid flowing into Yolanda typhoon zone
Airlift extends lifeline to remote ‘Yolanda’ survivors
Saudi King donates $10 million for Yolanda victims
Corruption magnifies effects of Typhoon Yolanda
Three Canadian military choppers to head to Philippines to help in relief effort

Nov. 17, 2013

Survivors hoist a Philippine flag on a fishing boat that was washed ashore and hit shanty houses at typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Kapit Kamay sa Pagdamay (Together in Compassion) Emergency Fundraising for ‘Yolanda’ Victims
ANC Lists: 5 inspiring stories in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda
Childless Tacloban man happy to save 4 children from ‘Yolanda’ surge
Video: Survivors of Typhoon Yolanda living on dirty drainwater before Goal aid arrives

Empire State Building dons PHL colors for Yolanda victims
UK, Canada step up aid to Yolanda victims; Japanese soldier's son donates P87k
Arnel Pineda, Journey to donate $350k to help Yolanda relief efforts
Thai musicians organize day-long event to help 'Yolanda' victims 
A tale of rescue and survival amid Yolanda's fury
'Yolanda' was like the 'angel of death,' says prelate of Palo
Damage from Yolanda now at P10.3 billion – NDRRMC 

Nov. 15, 2013

Japanese pre-schooler Shoichi Kondoh donated his childhood savings to the victims of typhoon Yolanda after seeing on TV the devastation of the super typhoon’s wrath (Photo courtesy of GMA News Online).

Pre-schooler Donates Piggybank Savings For Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ Victims
"In every report we have shown how strong the Filipino people are"  (with video)
Death toll jumps to 4,000 in Tacloban as US carrier unloads food, water
Typhoon Haiyan Philippines: Mass Burial Held for Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Victims in Tacloban
Drilon calls for unity amid Yolanda devastation
Task Group ‘Yolanda’ focuses on retrieval of bodies, road clearing in Tacloban 

Nov. 14, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Update: Mass Burials Begin in Tacloban, Philippines  (with video)
Dead remain unburied, survivors still struggling in aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (with video)
UN: $301M needed for Yolanda action plan; int'l aid total now at P2.585B
Yolanda Update from the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines
Local, foreign medical teams to help Yolanda victims
Why was Typhoon Yolanda so strong? Scientists chime in
Filipinos in Southern California unite for Typhoon Yolanda relief

Nov. 13, 2013

Gawad Kalinga Relief Efforts 

Live streaming is now up and running on GK Operation Walang Iwanan. The live feed from North and South Metro Manila will feature inspirational talks and sharing from GK volunteers. Updates on the relief efforts in the affected areas including Antique, Cebu, Iloilo and Negros Occidental are featured here.

How you can help 

Millions of lives have been impacted by what is said to be the strongest storm surge on record. Survivors are now looking for food and water among the rubble and the dead. Bodies have floated ashore, are hung on trees and litter the streets of Tacloban, the hardest hit in Leyte island. The city now resembles a garbage dump with most (if not all) of its buildings flattened. In smaller villages which relief operations are yet to reach, there are reports of small children dying from hunger. Here in Canada, we receive these updates with grave concern, with immense sadness and indescribable pain in our hearts.  But we can do more than being spectators. We can reach out and help. Gawad Kalinga Canada is accepting donations for typhoon ‘Yolanda.’ All eligible donations to GKC will be matched by the Canadian government dollar for dollar which will go the immediate needs of the victims.

Where your donations will go

Donations coursed through GKC will be used for the urgent rehabilitation, relocation and reconstruction of damaged homes regardless of location and beneficiary. This is consistent with GKC's mandate to help build permanent shelters for those in dire need.

  1. Rehabilitation of Damaged Homes. GKC will support initiatives to rehabilitate damaged homes in GK villages, including those in surrounding areas. Initial estimates show that 1000 units need to be rehabilitated in the affected areas. 
  2. Relocation and Reconstruction. GKC will support the building of new housing units to relocate displaced poor families. This will help free up space in crowded evacuation centres. Initial estimates show that 5000 units in Leyte need to be relocated and reconstructed. GK has the capability to undertake this project and is gearing up to build more units.

Donate TODAY!

Join our Emergency Fundraising for ‘Yolanda’ Victims
Nov. 16, 2013. 6:30 p.m.
The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure (Parish Hall)
1300 Leslie Street, Toronto
South of Lawrence and South of Edward Gardens

We will have vendors, food and entertainment. All proceeds will go to ‘Yolanda’ victims.

Your Donation Will Help Support The Work of GK Canada

(Credit cards will be accepted if you don't have a paypal account)


  1. Mail a cheque donation by downloading the donation form and mailing it to the address stated on the upper left hand side of the form.  Click here to download the form.
  2. Banking email transfer. Pre-advise before you set up the email transfer to the Gawad Kalinga Canada bank account. Please send us the security code you used for the e-mail transfer in a separate e-mail, along with the donor's information: name, address, email address and phone number.


  1. Provide basic amenities such as shelters, water and other necessities of life to persons in need.
  2. Rehabilitation of damaged homes caused by typhoons. 
  3. Relocation and reconstruction.
  4. Advance education by providing scholarships, after school support programs and other educational programs to children, youth and adults.

Charity receipts are available for donations $20 and more. GKC processes receipts once a year in January. Please ensure that you provide us with your complete mailing address to receive your tax receipts. Thank you for your help. We are grateful for your compassion and benevolence in helping our country and people! Maraming salamat po!