Stanford students stand in support of typhoon victims in the Philippines


Members of Stanford’s Pilipino American Student Union were on White Plaza yesterday raising awareness about the super typhoon that hit the Philippines last week. (Photo: Aaron Kehoe)

When people ask JOMAR SEVILLA if he has family members in the Philippines, his response is, “They are all our family, and your family as well.”

The Stanford senior, who is majoring in electrical engineering, was part of a contingent on White Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 13, talking to passersby about Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda.

Sevilla, who hails from Los Angeles, is co-chair of the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU). In the aftermath of the violent storm that hit the Philippines Nov. 8, the group has been raising awareness about the situation there and encouraging  donations to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a grassroots organization.

While members of PASU were on White Plaza Wednesday as part of an International Day of Solidarity for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan, their efforts will be ongoing. Sophomore hum-bio major ED SALONGA, who is from Guam, noted that typhoons are commonplace. “The Philippines is struck by typhoons at least six times a year. The conditions don’t change, even though the media doesn’t cover it.”

All agree that the devastation of this most recent storm is, as Sevilla put it, “heartbreaking.”

To find out about other activities PASU will be involved in, Salonga urges people to visit the group’s Facebook page.

Also, during University Public Worship on Sunday, Nov. 17, the Office for Religious Life will designate its weekly offering to the American Red Cross for relief aid to victims of the typhoon.