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November 24, 2013

TulongPH Shirt: Gifts for a Cause from ABS CBN

Emoticon"Tabang" is the Visayan word for help.

It is also for the Bikol language. In this great time of need from our Pinoy brethrens in the Central Visayas provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, our countrymen are doing a lot of things to contribute to the relief. One simple way is to buy the Tulong Na Tabang Na Tayo Na shirts being sold by ABS CBN (http://abscbnstore.shopinas.com/product/view/7930).  100% of these items will go the relief efforts for the victim of the Category 5 typhoon through Sagip Kapamilya.

The TulongPH shirts have been selling very briskly. The support has been overwhelming. Given the astonishing increase in orders, deliveries are taking some time but no matter, people continue to order online or buy directly from the ABS CBN store and authorized dealers.  Luckily for us in First Balfour, our Human Resources group has managed the orders from the employees to enable a bulk delivery by the 1st week of December. Just perfect timing to share these gifts for a cause  with family and  friends.

The effort to be of help continues and it must. We are reminded of the wise and gentle words of St. Ignatius of Loyola in his   "Prayer For Generosity." 

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as I should,
To give and not to count the cost, 
To fight and not to heed the wounds, 
To toil and not to seek for rest, 
To labor and ask not for rewards, 
Save that of knowing 
That I do Your most holy will.

Also, in the words of another man from Spain, the Lakers All-Star Pau Gasol who pledged before the game against the Golden State Warriors today (http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/37866/gasol-scores-big-for-the-philippines)) to donate US$ 1,000 for every point he scored to support UNICEF’s fundraising efforts for the Philippines (Pau scored 24 points, meaning he is donating US$ 24,000) :

"When something like this happens, a tragedy of this magnitude, I always try to contribute and get involved somehow and again, attract people to join me in the mission.Thousands of people have died from this catastrophe. Millions have been affected. Their lives have been taken away from them and now they need people that have the means to help them rebuild, to give them hope and that's what we try to do."

Muchas gracias senor.Emoticon

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