Posted in Help Philippines

Remembering Meeting John Campbell Live!

John Campbell live
My wife, Jewel and John Campbell.

Last year, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the provinces of the Visayas, particularly Tacloban City and many towns of Leyte and Samar in the Philippines.

John Campbell, New Zealand journalist and TV personality campaigned for funds to help the typhoon-stricken Philippines.

Through his TV show “Campbell Live”, a total of NZ$750,000 was raised for the Philippines.

The donated amount was coursed through UNICEF.

Taking time to visit our friends in Auckland, we had the unexpected chance to meet John Campbell of Campbell Live on 27 December 2013.

Going around Aukland CBD, we took the ferry from Auckland port to Devonport, a 12-minute boat ride across the bay.

Jewel spotted and recognised him when his group embarked on the ferry.

As we were nearing Devonport, we took the opportunity to approach him and thank him for helping the Philippines.

For us, it was very rare opportunity to have met John and to personally thank him for what he has done. We are quite elated.

We approached him and introduce ourselves and told him how grateful we are for his support. John asked how was our family in the Philippines.

My wife shared that her town of Ajuy was badly hit but her family was okay.

I believe that nothing happens by accident. Everything is well-planned under God as Jeremiah assured the Israelites in Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

After that short encounter with John Campbell, I and my wife thank the Lord God for the many possibilities He is giving despite storms and trials. Last year’s calamity event was a great opportunity to help.

Within hours after Typhoon Haiyan hit our towns in the Philippines, I and Jewel helped provide information to relatives and friends around the world through Facebook and Twitter.

Using our internet marketing skills, we helped raise funds for food and relief via Facebook. Working with several young professionals town mates who received the money and buy food, we also helped in coordinating their delivery.

We helped raise funds and coordinate relief distribution right here in our living room in Timaru, New Zealand for over a week after the calamity. I also assisted a Filipino family in Clandeboye locate their missing family member through Google and social media.

We just can’t stand doing nothing while our calamity-stricken fellowmen are suffering so we spent hours getting in touch with friends from around the world.

Later, we requested the support of Hopevale Trust for our local fund-raising effort here in New Zealand. Please read more about these at our ministry blog “Multicultural Response“.

For us, meeting John Campbell in Auckland is a great respite and break from a month-long of helping our co-Filipinos and to ready us for a further fund-raising campaign. Working with Hopevale Trust, our fund-raising activities continue in the first quarter of 2014.

I wrote this recollection today after watching the news coverage of the onslaught of Super-typhoon Hagupit.

John presented the progress of the UNICEF’s work in Tacloban in last night’s Campbell Live episode.

See last night’s feature by clicking on the image below:

Campbell Live

PHOTO CREDIT: The image above was taken from the “Typhoon Hagupit: Philippines govt better prepared?” video.

Posted in Christmas, Help Philippines, Living in Timaru

Kindness of a House Owner in GigatownTimaru

In the spirit of Christmas, I would like to share the kindness that our landlady did for typhoon-stricken Filipinos.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Central Philippines on 8 November. I and my wife were very much concerned because of the destruction it brought to Northern Iloilo, particularly our town of Ajuy.

Sunday afternoon of 10 November, I got a call from the Timaru Herald. Their reporter asked about the situations back home and my plans for helping fellow Filipinos.

On 11 November 2013, the Timaru Herald published our desire to help the Philippines through fund-raising for relief goods.

Two days after, while we were busy contacting and soliciting help from friends abroad, I got a phone call from our land lady.

She told me that she read the article on the local paper and learned about what happened in the Philippines.

Then she said, “Instead of paying me for this week’s rent, I would like to donate it for your town’s relief effort.”

Her kindness surprised us. We’re so thankful for her generousity.

Our land lady’s contribution became part of early relief operations for Ajuy.

See some of the photos below:

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (2)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (1)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (4)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (5)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (8)

Giving relief to Ajuy folks  (3)

Thank you Lord for giving us generous neighbours.

The kindness of people at Gigatown Timaru is quite amazing.

Posted in Help Philippines, Love

Tim Cook, Apple Inc. and Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Apple Inc donates to typhoon victims

I read the article, “Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’” by Mark Gurman.

Reading through Tim Cook’s narrative of what to expect from Apple in 2014, the phrase below caught my attention:

[quote cite=”Tim Cook” url=””%5DThis year, Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines,… [/quote]

This is part of Tim Cook’s email to employees sharing the company’s big plans for 2014.

Isn’t it a blessing that prosperous companies such as Apple Inc. have this generous heart to those in need and for the betterment of humanity.

It is our prayer that charitable institutions that received Apple’s donations are able to accomplish the expected works of charity.

Below is a screenshot of Tim Cook’s letter to Apple employees that Mark Gurman published at 9to5Mac

Tim Cook tells employees Apple has ‘big plans’ for 2014 that ‘customers are going to love’   9to5Mac

Source: 9to5Mac

Posted in Help Philippines, Love

Winchester Rural School – Still Thinking of Philippines

Winchester Rural School still thinking of philippines

A friend who’s driving home yesterday took this photo and shared it with me.

Being a Filipino, this is very encouraging and heart-warming.

Winchester is a small town in the South Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island.

Thank you Winchester Rural School!

Thank you New Zealand!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Grant Holland


Posted in Help Philippines, Mission

Local NZ Paper Promotes Our Concern for Philippines

We thank The Timaru Herald for publishing about our concern for the Philippines.
Please CLICK on the image below to read the news article:

The Timaru Herald  tells about fund-raising drive


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Jonan Castillon