Georgetown University Club Filipino is working to raise awareness and relief money to aid those suffering from the effects of the Typhoons Ketsana and Parma – known as Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines, respectively.

The typhoons, which raged over the South China Sea and the western Pacific in late September, led to unexpected levels of flooding and devastating landslides that left hundreds dead. Infrastructure and agricultural lands were heavily damaged, leaving homes and cities submerged in water.

While international relief aid has increased since the catastrophes, members of the Georgetown community are joining the effort.

“On Sept. 28, Filipinos from all over the DC. Maryland and Virginia area . met up at a Starbucks to discuss the relief efforts,” GU Club Filipino President Jacqueline Julio (COL ’10) said. “That week, Club Filipino raised approximately $300 in a span of three days.”

The club raised the $300 through donations as it sold tickets for its event, Barrio Fiesta – an annual dinner featuring a selection of Filipino food.

“We had a donation vase on our table as we were selling our tickets for Barrio Fiesta in Red Square,” Julio said. “When people would come up to the table to ask about the event, we would also update them on what had happened with the typhoon in the Philippines.”

Club Filipino then sent a check through the Philippine Jesuit Foundation to fund relief efforts in the aftermath of the typhoons. In addition to raising money, Club Filipino is collecting canned goods, blankets and clothes.

“We are also planning on having an impromptu cultural and talent showcase in Riverside Lounge this Friday,” Julio said.

The event coincides with the celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month, which began in 1988 to honor the 225th anniversary of the permanent settlement of Filipinos in the continental United States and to mark the integration of Filipino culture and history in the United States.

Club Filipino is tying its relief efforts into multiple events it has planned for October. Its donations to the Philippine Jesuit Foundation coincided with ticket sales for its kick-off event, Barrio Fiesta.

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Georgetown University Club Filipino is working to raise awareness and relief money to aid those suffering from the effects of the Typhoons Ketsana and Parma – known as Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines, respectively.

The typhoons, which raged over the South China Sea and the western Pacific in late September, led to unexpected levels of flooding and devastating landslides that left hundreds dead. Infrastructure and agricultural lands were heavily damaged, leaving homes and cities submerged in water.

While international relief aid has increased since the catastrophes, members of the Georgetown community are joining the effort.

“On Sept. 28, Filipinos from all over the DC. Maryland and Virginia area . met up at a Starbucks to discuss the relief efforts,” GU Club Filipino President Jacqueline Julio (COL ’10) said. “That week, Club Filipino raised approximately $300 in a span of three days.”

The club raised the $300 through donations as it sold tickets for its event, Barrio Fiesta – an annual dinner featuring a selection of Filipino food.

“We had a donation vase on our table as we were selling our tickets for Barrio Fiesta in Red Square,” Julio said. “When people would come up to the table to ask about the event, we would also update them on what had happened with the typhoon in the Philippines.”

Club Filipino then sent a check through the Philippine Jesuit Foundation to fund relief efforts in the aftermath of the typhoons. In addition to raising money, Club Filipino is collecting canned goods, blankets and clothes.

“We are also planning on having an impromptu cultural and talent showcase in Riverside Lounge this Friday,” Julio said.

The event coincides with the celebration of Filipino American Heritage Month, which began in 1988 to honor the 225th anniversary of the permanent settlement of Filipinos in the continental United States and to mark the integration of Filipino culture and history in the United States.

Club Filipino is tying its relief efforts into multiple events it has planned for October. Its donations to the Philippine Jesuit Foundation coincided with ticket sales for its kick-off event, Barrio Fiesta.

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