It’s better to give than to receive. Although Mama would rather put it this way: Mas mabuting ikaw ang tumutulong, kaysa ikaw ang tinutulungan. (It is better to help than to be on the other side receiving help.) Indeed. As such, it is such a blessing to know that many establishments, organizations and individuals offer their goods and services to help Yolanda (Haiyan) victims.

Enough with criticizing the media, bashing the government leaders and sulking in your room while watching the news. Here are some ways to express that you share the country’s sentiments without wearing such a long face.

1. Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata is holding a folk dance performance on Saturday (November 16, 10am) and arts and crafts activities on Sunday (November 17, 2:30pm). While you’re at it, donate toys, school supplies, and other necessities for the children in Zamboanga and victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

museo pambata

museo pambata 2

“Our partner, Synergeia Foundation, will distribute the items dropped off in Museo Pambata in the following areas: Iloilo (Concepcion, Batad, Estancia, Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Carles, Balasan); Capiz (Dao, Ivisan, Mambusao and Sapian); Bohol (Maribojoc, Alqurquerque).”


2. Komikon

The 9th Annual Philippine Komiks Convention will be held on Saturday (November 16, 10am to 7pm) at Bayanihan Center, Pasig City. Comics Creator Elbert Or will be selling comics, including Manosaur and Manosaur: Things That Go The Way of the Dinosaur, whose profits will be donated to Typhoon Yolanda victims. In his Komiks Relief project, you can also ask him to draw dinosaurs (for P100), whose profit will also be given to the victims.

elbert or komiks relief


Local superhero, Kuting Magiting, also wishes to help victims. Buy a copy at Komikon and proceeds will go to the typhoon victims.

Kuting Magiting

Source: Polyhedron Comics Facebook page

There will also be a charity auction featuring artworks from Manix Abrera (creator of Kikomachine comics), Gerry Alanguilan (Hey Baby YouTube sensation and creator of Elmer) and Kajo Baldisimo (Trese comics artist) to name a few. The auction is held for the benefit of Vergil Espinosa, local comics artist who is battling kidney failure, and the earthquake victims of Bohol.

Komikon for bohol victims


3. Para kay Agit, isang pagtatanghal

In the same vein of saving local artists…

Para kay Agit

Agit Sustento was bassist of Kadangyan and guardian of ancient Bisayan tattooing (Kanapuy Neo Tribal Tattooing). The lives of his wife, kid, other relatives and his own were taken by the recent super typhoon.

Sources and Further Readings:

4. Otaku Expo Reload 2013

For otaku, cosplayers, and anime enthusiasts alike, you can also help Typhoon Yolanda victims. Donate a generous amount and receive a trophy of your choice from Onegai Onii-chan.

Otaku Expo 1

Do not feel guilty of sitting for hours anymore. You can also play your heart out and help Yolanda victims.

Otaku Expo 2


5. Ball Jointed Dolls by Trisha Descallar

Copied from Trisha Descallar Facebook Page:


I am hosting a ball-jointed doll raffle in order to raise funds for Typhoon Yolanda relief operations. For a minimum donation of PHP 250 or USD 10 to the Philippine Red Cross, you can get the chance to win either a Mystic Kids 1/4 or a Luts Tiny Delf of your choice.

The mechanic for users in the Philippines can be found here:

The mechanics for users based abroad can be found here:

Balljointed Dolls


6. Open Call for Story Submissions

Dean Francis Alfar, writer and editor of Philippine Speculative Fiction, posts on Facebook:

Open Call for Submissions: Yolanda (Haiyan) Relief Anthology

How can writers help?

Writer friends in the Philippines and around the world – I’m putting up a English-language digital anthology to help those devastated by the recent super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). You do not have to be a Filipino to submit a story, only a writer who wants to help out the Philippines.

As a charity anthology, all proceeds will go directly toward one or more relief organizations. My chief concern is the timing (as these anthos do take time to put together) but a friend told me that it is important to have continued awareness and relief even after some time has passed, so let’s go for it.

So send in a short story to (please put “Yolanda Relief Anthology” in the subject line). Reprints welcome, originals more than welcome. No payment except for my thanks and the knowledge that your words will help others in some way. Deadline is December 1, 2013. Theme is open and free (to be honest, I wanted a themed antho on storms and hope but I’d rather get wonderful stories of a varied sort and get to helping as soon as we can).

I’d also like to crowdsource for a title – so let me know.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon! Please help spread the word.


7. Up Physics Association Project Lightline

You can donate unused or broken cellphone chargers to the National Institute of Physics (NIP) who will turn your trash into treasures. Drop by University of the Philippines Diliman NIP F105.


8. Dine for a Cause

If you are not into the geekery that I am in, you can still help victims through the food establishments listed here:

9. 50, 000 Liters of Hope

Nick Sotelo posts of Facebook:

Para sa mga taga QUEZON CITY, please share and make viral – If you have food grade PET bottles (mineral water, soda, etc) kindly bring it to 115 Malakas St., Teachers Village, Diliman, QC. Look for Paulene or Paula.

They will clean and refill it with mineral water, and ship out to Tacloban.

Please share.

50,000 liters of Hope. Please help us make this happen for the Yolanda victims. Any size of bottles. We will clean,fill, and pack them.



Now, get out there and have fun. When all else fails, spare a coin to a stranger.