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Typhoon SendongIn the wake of the devastation and loss of lives, homes and property caused by Typhoon Sendong in the provinces located in Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas in the Philippines, the Filipinos in Xiamen joined hands with government instrumentalities and Non-Governmental Organizations in contributing to the relief operations for the typhoon victims.

The Filipino Association in Xiamen showed their solidarity and spirit of bayanihan with our fellow Filipinos in dire need through their donation of PhP100,000.00 cash.

The donation was handed over by former FAX president, Mr. Ramil Collera and his spouse, also incumbent FAX treasurer, Ms, Lalaine Collera, to the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. on 20 December 2011.

The money was sourced from the proceeds of the organization's annual activities like the Bingo Social, which is held at the premises of the Philippine Consulate General every Easter and All Soul's Day, as well as the Dice Game or Bobing, held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Xiamen. To raise more funds, FAX, through the leadership of Mr. Angelo Austria, also organized a Christmas Caroling to Filipinos, local Chinese and expatriate households during the Yuletide Season.

It may be noted that the funds generated from FAX's activities in 2009, were also donated by then FAX President Mr. Nicasio Bonavente, to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, through the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. and ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

In another development, Northpole (China) Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of camping tents and related outdoor gear whose manufacturing headquarters are in Xiamen, also contributed to the relief efforts of the Philippine government by donating 13 (thirteen) big tents for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

The donation was facilitated by Mr. Louis Marquez, Northpole's Quality Assurance Manager and former president and active member of FAX.

The Philippine Consulate General will facilitate the shipment of said tent donations to the Philippines to be handed over to the concerned government agencies for distribution to the typhoon victims. END.