FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2014
Reference: Pyxie Castillo, Chairperson, LFS-SFSU, firstname.lastname@example.org
FIL AM STUDENT ALLIANCE REMEMBERS TYPHOON HAIYAN
The League of Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SFSU) with Mula Sa Ugat, the alliance of Filipina/o American student organizations at San Francisco State University, held a candlelight vigil on the evening of November 6th, 2014 to commemorate the one year anniversary of super typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines.
Member organizations of Mula Sa Ugat, including LFS-SFSU, Alpha Kappa Omicron (AKO), Chi Rho Omicron (XPO), Intervarsity Kapwa, Kappa Psi Epsilon (KΨE), and Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) all had representatives give words of solidarity for the victims and survivors of the typhoon.
Mula Sa Ugat organizations recognized their contributions in the collection of donations and the direct organizing efforts of Task Force Haiyan, a part of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), in support of grassroots, people-to-people, relief and rehabilitation efforts.
Student representatives shared personal stories of their families affected by the typhoon, how the devastation included the loss of loved ones. They also shared about how in the midst of tragedy they found solace in the community created through the Filipino student organizations at SF State.
LFS-SFSU sent delegates on two separate relief and rehabilitation missions to the city of Tacloban, as well as to less visible communities in the Visayas. “…When we got there to give relief goods they said, ‘Thank-you, you’re the first relief that we’ve been given. This was eight months after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) had hit them,” Ana-Louise Trinidad, Education Development Officer of LFS-SFSU and delegate of the North-American Philippines Solidarity Affair (NAPSA) 2014 with Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network, “We should also remember that the survivors and the rest of the people in the Philippines continue to suffer from storms of poverty, storms of corruption, and storms of injustice.”
“We arrived in Tacloban, and it looked like the typhoon had just hit a few days before,” Jordan Ilagan, Secretary General of LFS-SFSU and delegate of the Pastoral & Solidarity Visit 2014 with Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force, “…At one of the mass graves we visited there was a statue of Jesus in the middle, but the statue had one arm missing…they left it like that because we are supposed to be that missing arm, the missing hand. We must reach out our hands and link arms together to continue helping those who need our help and to continue serving the people…”
Students also highlighted the revolutionary heritage of youth and students and to continue extending our help to the Philippines. Not only to highlight a year after typhoon Haiyan, but to reveal the injustices the people face and will continue to face because of the corrupt and broken system that is in place. Students were also encouraged to write individual messages of solidarity under a banner that read simply “Remember Haiyan.”
This event was held in a national coordinated effort by member organizations of Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (Youth Link Arms). Other events to commemorate the one year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan will happen nationally across the U.S. as well as internationally on November 8th.
Justice For Victims Of Typhoon Haiyan!