Pinoys in Andorra send help to ‘Yolanda’ victims

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By Daniel Infante Tuaño

ANDORRA – Approximately P70, 000 and 2,000 kilos of relief goods came all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Pyrenees.

Andorra, a small landlocked country in the eastern Pyrenees, is home to more than 700 Filipinos.

The Filipino population here may not be as numerous as the Filipino communities in neighboring countries France and Spain, but they have united to show their solidarity with the victims of the monster typhoon Haiyan.

Association of Filipinos in Andorra President Carlos Canlas expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of donations from Filipinos, various migrant associations and Andorrans.

“Hindi ko inaasahan lahat ng mga asosasyon doon ay maghahatid ng tulong, ang asosasyon ng Portugal, Peru, Ecuador, mga Andorrana, Española, lalung-lalo na ang komunidad nating Pilipino. Ang dami pang dumadating na tulong galing sa mga foreigners, sa television, sa school. Lahat sila nag-participate kaya maraming maraming salamat sa tulong nila,” Canlas said.

Melita Canlas, an Andorra-based Pinay, could not believe the overwhelming response and even got goose bumps upon receiving donations practically from everyone.

“Nagko-collect kami ng donasyon sa Andorra, may dumating na isang matanda, nakakaawa nga dahil may baston pa siya, may dala siyang supot. Tapos noong mga gabi na, siguro mga 11:30, biglang may dumating na pulis akala namin may nagreklamo sa amin sa ingay, yun pala mayroon din isang supot na donation para sa ating mga kababayan,” she said.

The tragedy left by the super typhoon has also touched the hearts of even the young ones according to another Pinay, Thelma Felipe.

Kagabi maraming mga bata, mga teenagers, nagbigay ng goods kasi naaawa daw sila. Marami sila, halos naiiyak sila sa mga tao sa Pilipinas. Kahit ang mga maliit na bata, naaawa sila, umiiyak sila,” Felipe said.

Carlos, Melita and Thelma, along with other Andorra-based Pinoys drove three hours to reach Barcelona, Spain where they coursed through the Philippines Club the truckloads of food and clothes and remitted the collected money to ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya account. ABS-CBNnews.com

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Filipinos from Andorra

 

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