IU and Bloomington respond to Philippines typhoon with 'Bayanihan for Haiyan'

Nov. 13, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In response to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands of Filipinos and left massive destruction and homelessness in its wake, members of the Filipino community in Bloomington and the Indiana University Asian Culture Center will be hosting a couple of events to express support for and solidarity with the victims of the typhoon, and to empower and inspire those willing to help support the relief efforts. The theme of the event is "Bayanihan for Haiyan"; "bayanihan" means "in a spirit of unity" in Filipino.
A benefit concert and auction are planned from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E. 17th St. Filipino students from the Jacobs School of Music and members of the community will be sharing their music of hope. The concert will be followed by a brief silent auction. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the "Haiyan Typhoon Teach In/Forum and Fundraiser" will begin at 7 p.m. in the Solarium of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. This event will provide multiple perspectives on understanding the disaster and its impact.

The speakers will include faculty members from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the departments of communication and culture, history and geological science in the College of Arts and Sciences, Purdue University and the Filipino Student Association. The forum will also address topics such as disaster recovery media coverage, history and ways the public can help.

Presenting will be:

  • Michael Hamburger, IU professor of geological sciences
  • Les Lenkowsky, IU professor of practice and clinical professor of philanthropic studies in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Nick Cullather, IU professor of history
  • Stephanie DeBoer, IU assistant professor of communications and culture
  • PJ Santos, president of the Filipino Student Association
  • Daniel Aldrich, Purdue University associate professor of political science

Donations can be made to American Red Cross. Please indicate “Haiyan Disaster Relief” in the memo. Items or gift certificates for the auction may be dropped off at the following Bloomington locations: 

  • IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th St.
  • Yarns Unlimited, 115 S. Walnut St.
  • Sweet Claire’s, 309 E. Third St.
  • Hartzell’s Ice Cream, 107 N. Dunn St.

For information about the concert and auction, contact Sandra Fuentes Bajamonde at sbfergus@indiana.edu or Cindy and Mike Berin at mpberin@yahoo.com or hartzellsicecream@yahoo.com.

For more information about the forum, contact Melanie Castillo-Cullather at  acc@indiana.edu