Hawaii State Representative John M. Mizuno, who serves as the Vice Speaker of the House, is concerned as family members remain missing in Leyte, the province of the epicenter where super Typhoon Haiyan crossed over, leaving destruction, devastation and death of thousands.
"My sister-in-law Maria Lyn's family, the Paltingca's, who reside in Leyte, her daughter Sophia, dad Jacinto, brother Elbuin, sisters, nephews and nieces are still missing and we have received no word from our family," said Mizuno. "My wife is working in concert with the Philippine Consulate General, the Filipino Community Center, and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii on relief efforts to help our people in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan."
May Besario Mizuno, wife of the Vice Speaker, said, "My heart goes out to my family members still missing in Leyte. Please pray for them, pray for all victims of typhoon Haiyan, and pray for the fortitude to assist in relief efforts for not only my family but all the victims."
Hernando Tan, President of Local 5 and the Executive Director of the Congress of Visayan Organizations said, "This is a time we need to unite after such a calamity in the Central Philippines, I respectfully ask for your kind support as we work to help the victims of the typhoon."
May Mizuno and COVO in collaboration with the Filipino Community Center, Kokua Philippines and the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will be holding a fundraiser dubbed "Kokua for Philippines: A Night of Hope Concert" on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the McKinley High School Auditorium. The show will headline Kristian Lei, an internationally-acclaimed singer, and Augie T., well-known stand-up comedian. It will also feature Norman Arancon, and other talents.
The concert is being held to benefit the victims of the recent catastrophic typhoon HAIYAN/YOLANDA that devastated Central Visayas as well as the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the central Philippines, particularly the island of Bohol, on Oct. 15. These disasters killed thousands of people, destroyed houses, buildings, churches, roads and bridges, and displaced tens of thousands of people. It also devastated surrounding islands such as Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros and northern Mindanao.
"We are seeking donations from corporate sponsors for donations and sponsorships," said May Mizuno. "Proceeds from the concert will go to reputable non-governmental organizations and agencies that are already involved in the disaster relief operations in the affected areas."