You will remember that last month a massive 7.2 earthquake hit the Bohol Province of the Philippines, where AMIGO was filmed. Many of the cast and crew members of AMIGO were affected by this catastrophic event. The Amigo Para Sa Bohol (“Amigo for Bohol”) effort was created to use benefit screenings of the film to collect monetary and physical donations for victims of the national disaster.
As you have no doubt heard, this region is once again in the news due to Super Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines when it hit only weeks after the earthquake. Communications are down and roads are blocked everywhere, and citizens are having a very hard time getting basic supplies like food, water, and medicine, as well as struggling to bury the dead.
Because of this additional tragedy, the November 15th benefit screenings of AMIGO in the Philippines dedicated a large portion of donations collected to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Click below to read a description of the Amigo for Bohol screenings, written by Cooper Resabal, our Second Second Assistant Director and John’s Assistant on the AMIGO set.
For instance, we know of two this week in Abingdon, Virginia at the local Cinemall (see poster at left).
If you are able to host a benefit screening in your town, please contact PR@AnarchistsConvention.com to learn how you can help.
If you are unable to host a screening and would still like to send help to the victims of the earthquake and super typhoon, we have information on a few secure and trusted ways to give.
Donate through the Philippine Red Cross (where you can select which cause your donation helps) by clicking here.
Donate to help victims through the US-Philippines Society by clicking here.
Donate to Negrense Volunteers for Change, a home-grown food-distribution volunteer organization. We were alerted to the work of this organization through Mario Ontal, who was a co-producer on AMIGO and has worked on many of John and Maggie’s other films. According to Mario: “The foundation makes these food packets locally, volunteers pack and distribute them, and local shipping & trucking companies run them for free to other, more desperate islands in the region. ” Click here to learn more.
Donate directly to the Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban (currently without water, power, or a roof) using the information below. Read about the work of the Benedictine Sisters who run the hospital, in the wake of the disasters, by clicking here.
St. Scholastica’s College Banco de Oro Taft / Vito Cruz Branch US $ a/c 458 010 8364 Bank account: BDO ACCOUNT NO. 4580000210 Swift Code BNORPHMM
Contact name: Sr. Celine Saplala
Please scan and email your deposit slip to Sister Celine Saplala at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to her attention at 632.559.7593 so the hospital can keep a donations record. Official receipts can be issued.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out, chimed in, and asked for information on donating to the people in the Philippines. Our friends there tell us “Things are picking up, but there is a long way to go.”
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