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8 August 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C.— “After the Storm,” the benefit concert held at the Kennedy Center for victims of Typhoon Yolanda, succeeded in raising more than P15 million that is now being poured into various rebuilding projects in typhoon-affected areas in the Philippines.

The concert, which was presented by the Philippine Embassy, the US-Philippines Society and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition,  netted more than $350,000 to support post-typhoon recovery in the central Philippines, according to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.

“The concert succeeded in drawing attention to rebuilding needs and served as a thank-you to the many people and organizations that have donated time and resources to aid victims of the most powerful storm ever to make landfall,” said Ambassador Cuisia, who together with his wife, Maria Victoria, spearheaded the project.

The concert, which was staged on June 15, drew more than two thousand patrons who were treated to a brilliant musical evening combining show tunes, pop, jazz, ballet, classical music and opera from an array of top Filipino and American talent led by Lea Salonga, Lou Diamond Phillips, apl.de.ap, and Darren Criss.

“Revenues raised from the concert exceeded projections and are being provided for recovery efforts,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “All this was made possible through the generosity of more than 50 individual and private sector sponsors, performers who freely donated their time, PHC volunteers who assisted with ticket sales, the production staff, Kennedy Center management and many others.”

Ambassador John Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society, said that project proposals were solicited from partner relief organizations with on-the-ground operations in the Philippines immediately after the concert.

“Criteria included the need for assurance that all funds provided would be well managed and accounted for, be targeted on priority projects with sustainable impact in areas of health, education, livelihood, and shelter, and reach communities throughout the geographically diverse areas struck by the typhoon,” Ambassador Maisto added.

According to Hank Henridckson, Executive Director of the US-Philippines Society, project proposals from four relief and recovery organizations (based on their budgeted needs for each project) have already been approved for funding. These are:

  • The Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) for managing an elementary school rebuilding and feeding program in Tacloban and repairing a rural health unit in Julita, Leyte.
  • The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) for constructing two to three maternal health facilities in Western and Eastern Samar.
  • The International Relief and Development (IRD) for supporting livelihood assistance, including training of 150 out-of-school youth in salvaging coco lumber for shelter in the western Visayas.
  • Habitat for Humanity for providing 50 shelter repair kits for damaged housing in the eastern Visayas.
  • Hendrickson said the US-Philippines Society continues to receive contributions from donors interested in supporting typhoon recovery. The Society, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, applies no administrative fees and all funds go directly to partner relief organizations working in the Philippines.
  • Dr. Abraham Rasul and Victoria Navarro, Co-Chairs of the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition said his group is currently reviewing project proposals from members and concert benefactors and expects to have recommendations for use of all remaining funds ready for consideration by August 30. ###