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A dinner gathering to raise funds for
the victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
was a big success as a big group of most
influential Filipino-Americans came to
extend their generosity last Saturday (June
1) at the former Hollywood legendary
Mary Pickford Estate to rebuild a school
in Tacloban, Leyte.
Led by Filipino-Americans Edwin
and Lani Raquel, who own the beautiful
mansion, were generous enough to offer
their home as the venue to raise funds for
the Missionary of Benedictine Sisters of
Tacloban, who have been helping the sur-
vivors of the typhoon that wrought havoc
in Tacloban and surrounding cities and
municipalities.
Hope After Haiyan committee and
FilAm Arts chairperson Rocio Nuyda
expressed his gratitude and appreciation
to all the guests, including the Benedici-
tine Alumni (Agnesians, Scholasticans,
Bedans), generous donors and entertainers
whose musical virtuosity was apparent
Live auction at the benet dinner of Hope after Haiyan from left to right: Sr. Lydia Villegas, Rocio Nuyda,
Loida Nicolas Lewis, Gloria Caoile, Cecile Mandanas Enrile, Nymia Mandanas Cucueco, Mila Magno.
Some of the prominent guests at the benefit dinner of Hope after Haiyan on June
1st are (from left) Adam Collick; Chairperson of Hope after Haiyan and FilAm ARTS
Rocio Nuyda; Cris Comerford; Loida Nicolas Lewis; Lani Raquel and Edwin Raquel.
Hope after Haiyan beneft
dinner a huge success
throughout their performances, the media,
vendors and many volunteers.
Nuyda also thanked honorary co-chairs
Edwin and Lani Raquel, honorary guest Sr.
Lydia Villegas, OSB, Ambassador Harry
Thomas and Mrs. Mithi Thomas, White
House Chief Executive Chef Cristeta
Comerford, Fil-Am Community Leader
and Businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis,
Consul General Leo Herrera Lim, Peter
Huh and Jihee Kim Hun.
Officials have previously said it will
take many years and billions of dollars to
fully rehabilitate the typhoon-hit areas,
made up mostly of farming and fishing
communities that were already among the
poorest in the Philippines.
Hundreds of thousands of people con-
tinue to live in makeshift shelters, while
many damaged or destroyed hospitals are
still not functioning properly.
Tens of thousands of survivors also face
long-term problems finding permanent
homes and jobs, the Red Cross said.
Consulate General of LA Leo Herrera Lim and his wife, Business woman Loida Nicolas Lewis
and Rocio Nuyda, Chairperson Hope After Haiyan and FilAm Arts. Photos: Marc Pijuan