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Fundraiser for Tubigon, Bohol

On January 8, the Quezon Province Association of MB (QPAM), Philippine Canadian Centre of MB (PCCM) and Winnipeg’s Aristocrat Restaurant held a fundraising event at the PCCM to help the victims of Typhoon Odette in Tubigon, Bohol.

Super Typhoon Rai (known as “Odette” in the Philippines) was the strongest storm of 2021 to hit the Philippines last December particularly causing catastrophic damage to the Filipinos in southeastern Philippines. As of Dec. 31, 2021, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, more than 300,000 people from more than 10,000 villages were left homeless, 405 died, and thousands were injured.

Maggie Chan-Urbano, QPAM president, reported that Winnipeggers dropped off used clothes, canned goods, and cash donations (total cash received on Jan. 8 was $951.00).

Juanito ‘Dong’ Calunia of Aristocrat Restaurant, who hails from Bohol, said that generous people have also been going to the restaurant to donate cash and dry goods. The cash raised will be used to buy hundreds of sacks of rice and will be sent to Tubigon’s typhoon victims together with the donations in-kind.

The organizers would like to thank the generous support from the Filipino Seniors Group of Winnipeg (FSGW), Association of Ilocanos in MB (AIM), PCCM and QPAM members, and the many donors on Jan. 8 and those who continue to donate at the Aristocrat Restaurant location.

A raffle draw was also conducted to thank the donors. Congratulations to the raffle draw winners: Jasmin Gagarin and Alde Zurc Jopay.

Donations for Odette typhoon victims in Tubigon, Bohol are still being accepted at the Aristocrat Restaurant, 210 Tyndall Avenue in Winnipeg.

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The organizing committee, l-r: Nolasco Merluza, Maggie Chan Urbano, Juanito Calunia, Virgie Gayot, Chris Santos and Rodge Lopez
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Jasmin Gagarin
Jophie dela Cruz