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Banking Industry United in Helping Victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2013

Aloha For Philippines

As part of the statewide Aloha For Philippines relief effort, Hawaii’s banks are teaming up to accept donations for disaster victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Beginning Monday, November 18, members of the public will be able to donate money at any branch of every bank in the state, providing Hawaii residents hundreds of safe, convenient and trusted locations to make contributions. In a similar coordinated effort during the 2011 Aloha For Japan campaign, banks collected over $3 million for disaster victims.

Participating banks include American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Ohana Pacific Bank, Pacific Rim Bank and Territorial Savings Bank—all of whom make up the 11 member banks of the Hawaii Bankers Association.

“We are deeply concerned about the welfare of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” said Edward Pei, Executive Director of the Hawaii Bankers Association. “We are pleased to do our part by accepting donations from our generous and caring community members, and forwarding those donations to organizations that can provide direct assistance.”

The banks designated the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) as one of its 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. With the numerous natural calamities that have struck the Philippines in recent years, the FilCom Center has become accustomed to raising money for disaster victims. “While we are deeply saddened by yet another devastating storm, we are thankful for the leadership of Hawaii’s banks and the opportunity to partner with the Consuelo Foundation, who will accept donations from FilCom and match each dollar,” says Edmund Aczon, FilCom’s board chairman.

The Consuelo Foundation is currently responding to immediate recovery needs in the affected areas of the Visayas through their partners and affiliates. Their core long term strategy is to work to rebuild communities in ways that create safe and healthy environments for children and families.

“The Consuelo Foundation is deeply moved and saddened by the recent tragedy that has affected the lives of millions of Filipinos. Many of them are people we have worked with for decades. In response to this disaster we have pledged to match all monies donated to the FilCom Center up to $2 million. If, for example, you donate $100 to FilCom, you are really donating $200 to Philippine disaster victims,” stated Consuelo Foundation President & CEO Jon Matsuoka. “We are using donations to partner with trusted Philippine-based organizations to devise comprehensive approaches that include the restoration of housing, livelihoods, psychosocial and physical health, and the promotion of child and family welfare and safety.”

The banks’ other designated charity is the American Red Cross, which is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network. American Red Cross donations will be used to purchase and distribute relief items such as food, blankets, hygiene kits, and mosquito nets, repair and rebuild shelters, provide health care, ensure access to clean water and sanitation systems, and provide cash grants for use when markets begin functioning normally.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines at this time of great tragedy,” says Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of all banks in serving as a catalyst for their customers’ generosity. This act of compassion will give strength to our humanitarian efforts in the Philippines. We want to thank everyone involved in Aloha For Philippines for their wonderful contribution to the cause of humanity.”

Check donations can be made payable to “American Red Cross – Aloha For Philippines” or “Filipino Community Center – Aloha For Philippines” and deposited at all HBA-member banks across Hawaii.

For more information, contact:

A.J. Halagao
Aloha For Philippines Coordinator
HEI Director of Corporate & Community Advancement

(808) 543-5889


Artists and Boxing Champ Join Forces to Raise Money for Disaster Victims

For Immediate Release
November 17, 2013

Aloha For Philippines

Hawaii-born, Filipino boxer Brian Viloria is used to winning championships, having won the WBO and WBA Flyweight, WBC Light Flyweight, and IBF Junior Flyweight titles. Now he’s championing a new cause – saving the lives of Philippine disaster victims in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Viloria has teamed up with HiLife Clothing, Butigroove, In4mation, Barefoot League, and Lanai Tabura’s Aloha Plate to raise money for relief efforts by marketing the newly-launched Aloha For Philippines shirts and apparel.

This is the same group of artists and designers who created the iconic Aloha For Japan t-shirts following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. They raised more than $80,000 in t-shirt sales during that campaign.

“Many people are in desperate need for water, food, and medical supplies,” said Viloria. “They need our help. We need to do what we can to help save lives.”

Proceeds will be donated to the Filipino Community Center (“FilCom Center”) to go towards relief efforts in the Philippines. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events in the Philippines,” said Lanai Tabura, local celebrity and co-owner of Aloha Plate. “Let’s all do what we can to help our community, our friends, our ohana.”

Aloha For Philippines shirts and hats can be purchased at Butigroove/HiLife, IN4MATION, or the FilCom Center. To order Aloha For Philippines apparel online, visit www.AlohaPlate.com or www.AlohaForPhilippines.com.

For more information, please contact Lanai Tabura, Aloha Plate, (808) 721-5077 or lanai@me.com, or A.J. Halagao, Aloha For Philippines Coordinator, at (808) 543-5889 or alohaforphilippines@gmail.com.