Picture - Courtesy of Associated Press
 
 An Appeal from
 Gina Lopez 
Founder, ABS CBN Foundation  

 December 19, 2011 

Dear Friends of ABS CBN Foundation in the U.S., 

I know you are probably in the midst of making final arrangements for the holidays.  It is with a heavy heart that I have to send this message at this time. 

Today, Filipinos woke up with unbelievable and shocking news:  in the early hours of the morning Typhoon Sendong hit Mindanao, specifically the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.  Massive floods drowned people in their sleep—specifically, 927 Filipinos from some of our poorest families in the area.  With more people reported as missing we are afraid that the toll is even greater.   

Most of the dead are women and children.   

        I am especially devastated because this tragedy happened only a few days before Christmas.   
Cagayan de Oro is like a mass grave with bodies everywhere; some floating in the rivers.  Those who made it through the night are now asking for immediate help to bury their dead and for their own survival. Food, water, medicine, blankets, kerosene lamps, etc. are urgently needed in evacuation centers. 

If at all possible, please consider giving one more time this year for the people affected by Typhoon Sendong.  Any amount will go a long way. As always, the folks at ABS CBN Foundation International have given their pledge that 100% of donations to Sagip Kapamilya—Typhoon Sendong will be sent to Manila.  Donations will be remitted to us within 24 hours of their receipt. 

Donations are now accepted through our website at www.abscbnfoundation.org  Or  checks can be sent to ABS CBN Foundation International, 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065. 

                                                                Sincerely, 
                                                                Gina 


For inquiries on donations directly to Sagip accounts, here are account details sent by ABS-CBN Foundation Manila: 

        Account Name:                ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
        Bank:                        BDO 
        Branch:                        Sct Albano 
        Account Number:        Peso 0039301-14199  Dollar   1039300-81622 
        Swift Code:                BNORPHMM 


        Account Name:                ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
        Bank:                        BPI 
        Branch:                        West Triangle 
        Account Number:        Peso 3051-1127-75  Dollar   3054-0270-35 
        Swift Code:                BOPIPHMM 

        Account Name:                ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
        Bank:                        PNB 
        Branch:                        Timog 
        Account Number:        Peso 419-539-5000-13  Dollar   419-539-5000-21 
        Swift Code:                PNBMPHMM