P4, HBSA, and BWIB #Act4thePhilippines: Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath

Updated on November 18, 2013 to provide accurate casualty statistics.

As you all may know, the Philippines was recently struck by the powerful typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda). Tacloban, specifically, a city in the province of Leyte in the Visayan region, suffered the most devastation.

Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipin@s
Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipin@s

The Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipin@s (P4) is an undergraduate Haas organization dedicated to the advancement of Pilipinos in law and business.


The Haas Business School Association (HBSA) is the undergraduate student government of the Haas School of Business.


Berkeley Women in Business is a Haas student organization that aims to provide professional development, create career-networking opportunities, and educate women about contemporary issues in the business world. 

As of this writing, the death toll has reached almost 4,000 people; more than half a million of Filipinos have been left homeless across the region; and over 2 million survivors are desperate for food, water, and other basic necessities.

Before & After. Source: Washington Post
Before & After. Source: Washington Post

P4, BWIB, & HBSA are currently collaborating with the Filipino-American community at UC Berkeley to engage interested organizations both on and off campus to #Act4thePhilippines. #Act4thePhilippines is an urgent call for mobilizing support towards the havoc in the Philippines. It is a fundraising campaign aimed at raising $10,000 in monetary donations to help fund National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON’s) immediate relief efforts for national grassroots and rehabilitation organizations on duty in the affected areas.

NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.


The campaign is spearheaded by Filipino-American groups at Cal which consist of Gawad Kalinga at Berkeley; P4; Kapwa; {m}aganda magazine; Pilipino Academic Student Services (PASS); Pilipino American Alliance (PAA); Pilipino Association for Health Careers (PAHC); and Pilipino Association of Scientists, Architects, & Engineers (PASAE) among others. Stanford University and San Francisco State University are key partners to this project as well, in addition to the growing involvement of the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

The #Act4thePhilippines Initiative has clearly outlined its events schedule into three distinct phases, namely: The Message, The Moment, and the Movement.

Phase 1: The Message

Hand-painted ribbons. Source: #Act4thePhillipines
Hand-painted ribbons. Source: #Act4thePhillipines

From November 12th to the 26th, the Pilipino student organizations will be tabling at Sproul to the right of Sather Gate from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. #Act4thePhilippines is selling hand-painted ribbons for $2 to create awareness for the tragic event, in addition to collecting donations for their fundraising goal.


BWIB Ribbon Making Social for #Act4thePhilippines
BWIB Ribbon Making Social for #Act4thePhilippines

Phase 2: The Moment

Recognizing the loss of myriad Filipinos, #Act4thePhilippines is hosting a moment of silence for victims of Haiyan. On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:00AM to 11:15AM at Upper Sproul, the Filipino student groups are inviting everyone to join them as they offer a quiet ten minutes for the individuals who have lost their lives and those who have been displaced and are still struggling to survive.

Phase 3: The Movement

Finally, #Act4thePhilippines are planning to create a movement for the Cal campus to stand in solidarity in honoring the Filipino victims and recognizing their suffering and resiliences at their Candlelit Night of Solidarity event on November 21st, Thursday, from 4:30PM to 6:00PM. They will be gathering together at Upper Sproul and are requesting other student organizations and individuals to get involved in raising hope and empowerment in light of the sad, natural disaster. Donations will continue to be accepted upon the reception of the candles. The campus community is asked to wear white shirts during the event.

"Haas stands in solidarity with the Philippines! Donate and receive a ribbon - help support the relief efforts!" Source: Rosemary Hua
“Haas stands in solidarity with the Philippines! Donate and receive a ribbon – help support the relief efforts!” Source: Rosemary Hua

Additionally, #Act4thePhilippines would like to enlist the participation of all concerned organizations to go beyond themselves and take leadership roles in the campaign. More details are available on the information sheet here: Act for the Philippines Info Sheet.

P4, along with all of the #Act4thePhilippines committees, is also engaging in an ongoing conversation on creating awareness about the reality and consequences of climate change. Refer to the initiative’s Facebook events page to start a dialogue about this topic or to stay updated on Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and the campaign’s fundraising progress.

As an international student from the Philippines, I am genuinely appreciative and grateful for all the passion, time,  and dedication that the Pilipin@ organizations have put into #Act4thePhilippines. If you are interested in helping make a difference, please reach out to Vincent Canlas at vincentcanlas@berkeley.edu or connect with the groups on Facebook.

If you are not on campus, but would like to support our cause, please go to https://www.youcaring.com/Act4thePhilippines to donate.

Aside from P4, BWIB, HBSA and #Act4thePhilippines, Haas MBA ’13 alum Minnie Fong is raising money for the victims of the #Haiyan Typhoon in the Philippines as well. So far she has raised $1200 and is sending the money to a distant relative who is the vice-mayor of Tacloban. Contact: Minnie_fong@mba.berkeley.edu. She is requesting that large, non-cash donations be sent to worldvision.org.

Class of 2014
Denice Sy

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