OHANA PROJECT: OPERATION LIFT CULION


“God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers.”

Please send money through PAYPAL.COM to: “paypal.swords@gmail.com”
Please go to SEND MONEY TAB and then go to PERSONAL GIFT to FAMILY/FRIEND to avoid paypal fees. We want to make sure 100% of donations goes to Culion.

Please put on note section “OPERATION LIFT CULION”
* send as a personal gift to family/friends so all proceeds can go to Ohana Project and we dont get charged by Paypal fees.

Or please visit this link to donate: OPERATION LIFT CULION

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As you guys know my birth place, Culion Palawan was hit by one of the most devastating typhoons in history. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Southern parts of Philippines last Friday and has left millions homeless and searching for refuge. MANILA — Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a huge relief effort Monday as bodies lay in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine.

Police guarded stores to prevent people from taking TVs and treadmills in Tacloban, the worst-hit city.

Philippines officials said that Friday’s typhoon may have killed 10,000 or more people but with the slow pace of recovery the official death toll remained well below that.

A weakened Typhon Haiyan made it way across the border from northern Vietnam into China’s Guanxi province late Monday morning with sustained winds of 75 mph, the equivalent of a Category One hurricane. While the system produced heavy rainfall of up to 12 inches in some areas and strong winds, damage was relatively limited.

The Philippine military confirmed nearly 1,000 dead but broken communications and transportation links meant that no one was able to assess damage in many villages in need of food, water and medical help.

Tacloban resembled a garbage dump from the air and only by a few concrete buildings that remained standing.

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where two Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies.

Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon. It’s one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land and likely the deadliest natural disaster to hit the Philippines. Entire villages were destroyed and cities devastated by huge waves and winds of nearly 150 mph.

Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time. The U.S. military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission.

“This area has been totally ravaged,” said Sebastien Sujobert, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Tacloban. “Many lives were lost, a huge number of people are missing, and basic services such as drinking water and electricity have been cut off,” he said.

A weakened but still powerful Haiyan was churning through the South China Sea and made landfall in northern Vietnam, which evacuated tens of thousands of people.

At the White House, President Obama said he and his wife Michelle said they are “deeply saddened” by the death and damage in the Philippines and said the United States is assisting relief and recovery efforts. He praised the country’s people for “incredible resiliency.”
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Philippines suffered another big hit but more so the small island where I grew up. Both my fathers parents settled there along time ago to help with the leprosy colony and my dad help continue this project there. My mothers family also had a home in the inland area and also grew up in this island. Culion is beautiful. The community is very tight knit and everyone looks out for one another. There has been no word on how bad the damages are to my island but neighboring islands show complete devastation by the water line. I am using the Ohana Project (a fundraiser movement to help my mom after she loss her home). Also working now with Johannes Bley (kitesurfer) who now lives in Coron with his efforts to help out all the islands around Coron. Check out his story:

Ohana means family; No one is left behind or forgotten. The city is unreachable and is in a blackout. I want to help start raising funds and use 10% of my daily earnings to save up money to send over to a legit group. My mom has work tirelessly with a lot of the groups in Culion. Rest assured they will get their money. For now we need your prayers for strength for my people. As stated by CNN – Filipinos are resilient, courageous, and tough. We will overcome this. The Filipino spirit is STRONGER than any typhoon. You can start donating money to the paypal address below or purchase some fund relief items. All money will go to the Ohana Project. Remember no one is LEFT BEHIND or FORGOTTEN. STAND STRONG CULION!

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I am selling these shirts to start raising funds.
PRICE: $20.00

Please send paypal to: “paypal.swords@gmail.com”
Please put on note section “OPERATION LIFT CULION”
* send as a personal gift to family/friends so all proceeds can go to Ohana Project and we dont get charged by Paypal fees.

Also you can donate to the same email above and follow the same rules.

Here is a direct way to transfer money:
BPi Sucat Branch
ac. # 1539-1476-64
Account name:
Guillermo Capa Marquez, Jr.

(please just use my BPI account
then mention their name specifically so we can acknowledge their donations
c|o Guillermo Capa Marquez BPI account no. 1539 1476 64)

For more details:

Or paypal me the money and I will send bulk amounts every two weeks.
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ANY PHIL-AM groups who wants to help with the efforts please contact me.

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UPDATE: 11/13/2013
My sister just got a hold of me and she said my dad is ok! He is leading the hospital team to help the injured and homeless. Culion is in bad condition and now they are facing another tropical storm. A lot of people are homeless and have been hungry for 3 days now. My father has can foods and dried fish as his back up to help feed a whole town. Other towns are making their way to my island for help. Medicine is low as well as food. My dad’s farm has food and vegetables and they are trying to get there but there are flooding issues and some areas have to be covered by foot. It’s literally miles and miles of land. I will post pics of the farm. The main concern now is transporting can foods and clothing to all the people. A lot of people are creating private donation sites to help the island directly. If you want to help me please send money to one of my links in my blog. Unicef and Red Cross are only helping the hardest hit area and other islands and towns are going to be the last resort. We also found out that the communication towers are down and the process of fixing it will take air transport, land and then ship so it may take a few months. Another sad info is that the power won’t be back up in my island until 2014 possibly in January. This is if other things goes according to plan. The biggest concern are people starving and sick. Now with more tropical storms with dangerous rain and lightning people have to find shelter. Many are homeless. There are hardly any shelters left. Please pray for my dad to continue his task to help with recovery. You got this Paul Evangelista and Culionners! We were born strong. Forged through toughness and resilience.

Municipality Culion:
as of 10:00 am nov. 15, 2013
no. of families affected-4259
no. of individuals affected-17,817
missing-2
injured-20
dead-5
house partially damage-2,215
totally damage-1,638
crops-1,358
livestock-66
Banca/boat-268
no of families inside the evacuation center-995
no. families outside the evacuation center/ temporary shelter to relatives or friends-1,119

Here are updated photos of Culion:

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UPDATE: 11/19/2013
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This past weekend represented Philippines and Palawan and my island Culion to bring awareness to our cause and fundraiser. I ran in the Spartan Sprint in Fenway park in Boston. Please help me by passing on this link or just talking about it.
Any help is help and my island and people need the support.

First delivery of food/goods arrive to Culion this week. Also, first transfer of money to buy more goods are on it’s way. Thank to you all who donated (cash/paypal). We appreciate it. The people are happy but there are more issues now with not enough supplies. So please keep giving to uplift their spirits.
STAND STRONG CULION!
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11/24/2013
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Today I ran in Brooklyn New York during a 20degree day with 30mph winds by the water. I held the Philippine flag up high despite the winds. It was cold and for 13miles I endured. It was 2hrs of high winds and cold water hitting me. The weather was cold and miserable. I can only imagine what the people in Philippines are going through. Whatever you are feeling just remember it can always be worst. Do not take things for granted in life. Thank you to all the people who cheered me on. It was a humbling race for awareness. STAND STRONG PHILIPPINES.

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11/27/2013
More of your money in action. More money is on it’s way through people donating from Get Tough Fitness. As promised all donations will be matched. Please help me LIFT my island up!

Thank you Uncle Totz for taking control of the situation and resources. God Bless

11/30/2013
ZF CRASH 003 “LIFT CULION” event was a great success. We had 12 people who showed up and collected $350 total. It was a brutal 4hr+ event with a quick history lesson on Culion and some missions. The people participating were regular hard working men and women branching from police officers to house wife. They all formed one team to accomplish mission after mission. Each one purposeful to achieve the ZF 4 elements: Survive, Unite, Communicate, and Kill. As promised all money raised will go towards the OHANA PROJECT. My father has requested for help to rebuild the town and some buildings so some of the earnings will go towards these projects. The island right now is self-sufficient and getting some help. Thank you Jubei for his wonderful pictures. Please visit his webpage if you want to hire him for any photo projects or events.

Photographed by Jubei Raziel
http://www.jubeiraziel.com

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12/17/2013:
(Photo of a child drying his notebook that he was able to salvage.)
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New updates – the volunteers are pouring in and more of your donations into action. School supplies, food, clothing are getting distributed. My father is doing missions to go to town to town to help even more people. I included photos of the supply distribution as well as damages to my farm in Philippines. Once again thank you for all the help.
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12/18/2013:
Photos of my father and others giving back to the rural locations in Culion. Helping them get back up. LIFT CULION is in full effect!
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2/16/2014:
Our beloved Dr. Paul Evangelista has left us. We will miss him and will not let his legacy die. Thank you for your efforts to help your island and the surrounding islands.  Your vision to help Culion become an eco friendly and booming community will not die with you.  The many who loved you still remain and I will help remind them to always LIVE the LIFE they LOVE.  They will remember you and I will help uncover the rubles left in Cabulihan and help renew it’s beauty.

We will continue to take care of the island and nurture the people. God Bless you dad. I will miss you, until we meet again.

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Also for more relief. We are selling these moral patches for $10.00. All proceeds goes towards OHANA PROJECT. You can stitch on your hat/bag anything you want. Remind people you support the victims or should I say STRONG SURVIVORS of Typhoon Haiyan
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My dad’s name is Dr Paul Evangelista.  Please google it, my family to see who he is so you can see what is he doing there to save his island.  He grew up in Culion and he will not let his Ohana suffer alone.

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GOD BLESS CULION AND THE PHILIPPINES!

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About Mickel

Husband, Father, fitness enthusiast. GTfit founder. We often settle and find that moving, even at a slow pace hard. I am here to show you that no matter how slow - PROGRESS IS STILL PROGRESS. #evolve

Posted on 11/11/2013, in OHANA PROJECT and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. can you provide us with pictures of the houses along the shoreline which were said to be heavily damage, washed out or roofles… thank you very much.

  2. bro pls help find n sitio camanga christian tico, jonathan batuigas & a resident of panlaitan name not given they. last location sitio camaga bay. they missing. tnx

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