Filipinos raise money for typhoon survivors selling lunch plates in Laie

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Rebecca Sabalones ~ Multimedia Journalist

Students in the BYU-Hawaii Philippines Chapter sold plate lunches on Nov. 23 as a fundraiser to aid the victims of the recent typhoon. They made about $2,000 selling food, said organizers, working with Filipinos in the community as well.

They sold Filipino plate lunches at the Shumway home, 55-451 Naniloa Loop (across BYUH Admin building) starting at 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Filipino students volunteered to pre-sell tickets, helped prepare the food, and even sold them door to door.

Emil Amante, a senior in accounting from the Philippines, helped out with the fundraiser. He expressed his feelings for the people who lived through the typhoon. “Even though we’re not related to them, we feel for them and know their culture and their values. For a lot of the people that are there, their only hope is God because they don’t have any material possessions,” he said.

Since typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines, students have been anxious to help aid those affected by the storm. Several students have already collected food and clothing in hopes to contribute to their aid.

The plate lunch fundraising event was a great way for students to help out even more, as well as sink their teeth into some delicious Filipino food.

“I know you guys have a kind heart and you want to help, so this is a great opportunity for you to help the Filipinos out there,” said Newel Ray, a senior in information systems from the Philippines.

Students from the Philippines said they have lived through natural disasters that occur in the country every year. Warren Trinidad, a sophomore in human resources from the Philippines, remembered going through a similar situation when he was a child. Having to evacuate from his hometown, Trinidad found himself in an evacuation center.

He said, “I remember my grandma giving me rice and salt to eat. It was hard. I know that a lot of people are trying to help nowadays, but if we can help as a school, then we can do something about it. People need help - really. It’s a big deal. I know that people are lacking food and water because I experienced it myself.”