26 Nov2013


Nearly PHP1,125,000 in total donations through BDO as of noon Tuesday…

Here is a list of what was received so far as of 26 November 2013:

1. 10,000.88
2. 99,999.00
3. 2,348.85
4. 4,443.75
5. 3,542.40
6. 8,088.05
7. 4,282.45
8. 1,003.00
9. 13,130.00
10. 116,500.00
11. 1,345.00
12. 4,444.20
13. 8,268.15
14. 3,943.25
15. 1,100.00
16. 1,898.93
17. 1,000.00
18. 15,000.00

19. 7,692.30
20. 20,888.00
21. 3,355.09
22. 4,765.00
23. 5,709.05
24. 20,000.00
25. 997.80
26. 4,118.12
27. 50,000.55
28. 3,220.00
29. 2020.00
30. 2,000.00
31. 4,900.00
32. 20,008.00
33. 21,907.90
34. 550.00

35. 42,638.00
36. 4,270.00
37. 4,483.60
38. 10,059.74
39. 12,000.00
40. 7,077.77
41. 20,000.00
42. 50,350.00
43. 2,501.00
44. 3,951.00
45. 3,000.00

46. 5,000.00
47. 2,150.00
48. 4,917.21
49. 4,050.00
50. 10,318.61
51. 23,520.09

52. 1,888.00
53. 1,200.00
54. 95,133.00
55. 9,898.99
56. 1,027.00
57. 12,307.46
58. 2,013.00
59. 2,000.00

60. 120,818.20
61. 9,237.55
62. 1,088.88
63. 120.00

64. 4,259.00
65. 5,005.50
66. 8,225.32
67. 5,000.00

68. 21,725.00
69. 2,999.00
70. 1,029.00
71. 45,376.10

72. 3,999.95
73. 8,000.00
74. 2,502.00
75. 2,000.00

76. 30,000.00
77. 6,999.00

Total Funds Received So Far : PHP 1,124,416.69

Thanks to M and friends for their PHP30,000 gift directed to logistics costs, the prickliest part of this aid operation. Thanks to the generous donor from Bali, the gifts collected by a high school classmate based in Maryland, and others who have given big and small, anonymously. Another high school classmate sent a hugely generous gift from Hong Kong and from family members around the globe.

It is not immediately clear to me which amounts are deposited in pesos and which amounts are already converted from remittances abroad. Any amount modest or extremely generous is utterly appreciated, and I am so grateful, but I just have to express utter shock at the PHP99,999 deposit from Greenhills (we checked, and if I recall correctly there was a very generous gift years ago for the feeding programs from Greenhills as well :) and I want the lady (and MM lurker at that!) from Vienna, Austria who sent PHP116,500 (or Euro 2,000) that your donation will fill half a truck with relief goods that will head North on Thursday. I appreciate and am humbled by your trust in having me and the crew take your funds to benefit thousands of people up North. A huge thanks to every single one of the donors, I can’t say that enough. I will update this list as often as I can.

A huge thank you to folks who have dropped off donations in kind at our Zubuchon branches. Some 200+ bags of goods and other donations have been coursed through our branches in the past few days for re-distribution. Also, nearly 1,000 pieces of baby clothes and blankets have been coursed through us.

Also, in a true display of the power of the internet, visit the Teen’s indiegogo site to see she has collected OVER $16,000 (roughly PHP700,000) worth of donations and that effort is now completed! Thanks to MM readers who chose that easy route instead of the bank transfers. In total, this fund-raising effort has raised more than 1.8 MILLION PESOS so far, and added to what MM & Family + Zubuchon has provided, we will be able to provide roughly PHP2.2 million in relief to Northern Cebu — Borbon, Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin, Daan Bantayan, Bantayan Island and outer islands, with a total population of roughly 350,000-400,000 residents, who are eternally grateful for your rapid and generous assistance!



  1. Teresa says:

    This made me tear up. Mabuhay everyone who quickly sent donations. If ordinary citizens like us can raise oddles of money to help our countrymen, how much more when the countries all over the world send thousands to the government. I hope and pray that the money coursed through our government officials will benefit the rightfully needed. MM, family and crew, we are all happy and proud to have you as our angel back home. Under your hands, we are assured our vastly devastated kabayan will be taken care of. God bless us all!

    Nov 12, 2013 | 10:04 pm


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  3. corrine says:

    This is really great, MM. However, I received first hand report that people in Tacloban and other parts of Leyte haven’t received any relief goods. They had to walk kilometers for food and water. What is scary is that with all the donations, they don’t get to the needy. It’s a good thing you are doing the logistics yourself (however difficult!).
    I just hope more people like you can do actual distribution… for our peace of mind.

    Nov 12, 2013 | 10:48 pm

  4. Marketman says:

    corrine, Tacloban was effectively “cut off” for days… hard to land ferries or boats, the airport wiped out, and roadways severely blocked. For Northern Cebu, they were able to clear many roads within two days and the ferries started operating to Bantayan in 2-2.5 days, and the area is just 2.5 hours by truck or bus from Metro Cebu which has enough stocks of rice and canned goods so that the relief HAS reached the North in bits and bobs within 3-4 days. But there are small islands off Northern Cebu that no one has visited or heard from since the Typhoon… aerial shots of the area last Saturday taken from light aircraft show really massive damage to property and crops, though FAR LESS deaths than the horrific ones we hear from Tacloban and whose bodies remain on the streets uncleared…

    Nov 13, 2013 | 6:00 am

  5. Rocel says:

    I hope I’m not too late…just sent my donation to the BDO account.
    Thanks MM, family and crew!

    Nov 13, 2013 | 8:40 am

  6. khrishyne says:

    daghang salamat marketman

    Nov 13, 2013 | 9:05 am

  7. besYS says:

    Thank you MM and family for everything. Please, please extend to them our LOVE and I am always thinking of them even if I’m out of the country.
    Please stay safe! :-)

    Nov 13, 2013 | 9:27 am

  8. gigiedlcruz says:

    thank you for helping us help in a very small way!

    Nov 13, 2013 | 10:03 am

  9. Laarnz says:

    * Hi MM! Sent my donation thru the teen. God Bless…..

    Nov 13, 2013 | 5:35 pm

  10. JSmith says:

    We are very fortunate that there are people like you and family and staff helping the victims. Kudos to all the donors too!!!

    Nov 13, 2013 | 11:48 pm

  11. Lee says:

    Thank you Marketman for using the influence of Marketmanila to raise funds for the victims of Yolanda. It is astonishing how the Marketmanila community of commenters, eyeball participants, eyeball participants turned food barkada, lurkers, etc. have grown and remained relevant, fun, and generous all these years. I have shared your blog posts in my Facebook account with the hopes that it reaches more generous hearts.

    On the other hand, the scale and extent of damage of Yolanda is just mind blowing. Allow me to share a recent Facebook post of a friend to give us all an idea of other islands, most possibly inhabited, that suffered Yolanda’s wrath but is not heard of from in mainstream and social media:

    “With all eyes on Tacloban and its nearby areas, I am wondering if help is coming to these islands too which are geographically away from their mainland or larger islands:

    Malapascua Is. (Cebu)
    Camotes Islands (Cebu)
    Bantayan Island (Cebu)
    Molocaboc Island (Negros Occ)
    Suyac Island (Negros Occ)
    Lakawon Is. (Negros Occ.)
    Tagubanhan Is. (Iloilo)
    North and South Gigante Islands (Iloilo)
    Calagnaan Is. (Iloilo)
    Sicogon Is. (Iloilo)
    Bayas Is. (Iloilo)
    Balbagon Is. (Iloilo)
    Olutayan is (Capiz)
    Batbatan Is. (Antique)
    Caluya and Semirara Islands (Antique)

    and a lot other islands around them”….

    Nov 14, 2013 | 1:39 am

  12. Theresa says:

    Sharing/spreading yours and your daughter’s links in my fb page. Maraming maraming salamat MM and crew!

    Nov 14, 2013 | 1:40 am

  13. Christina says:

    MM, thank you so much to your whole crew, especially your daughter, for doing this. It’s been a ray of hope.

    I’m blogging on a liberal US site, dailykos, and highlighted your effort and Telecom Without Borders in a post. They have a HUGE readership, who have been extremely supportive of relief efforts (they’ve been donating to Shelterbox, Gawad Kalinga and Red Cross, they always help out in disaster situations). I figured your story would inspire them. Hope it gets you some additional donors too.


    Nov 14, 2013 | 6:57 am

  14. britelite says:

    we sent because we trust you..thank you for your selflessness…

    Nov 14, 2013 | 9:11 pm

  15. MP says:

    I refrained from reading and watching yolanda-related news after day 5 because I felt like my tearducts have dried up but couldn’t resist reading this and the one about your visit up north and the tears flowed once again. Hay… How heartbreaking and draining to see the aftermath.. But i am ever so grateful for what you and your family and crew are doing. At least we know that our donations are reaching the survivors.

    Nov 14, 2013 | 11:13 pm

  16. Marixie says:

    Just sent in my donation via Teen. I saw a US CNN report on TV (here in the USA) that a Tacloban Airport warehouse is busting at the seams with donated goods AND YET they were not being distributed to the hungry throng of people standing outside!!! Dr. Nancy Snyderman (US CNN Medical Correspondent) was standing in fron of these undelivered goods!! All someone has to do is ask the people queud up outside to fall in line and start handing them the goods for Christ’s sake!!! If they need some people to sort out the goods I’m sure there will be many volunteers who can do the job!! I hope the population will remember all their representatives on election day who stood by doing nothing and vote them out of office!!!

    Nov 15, 2013 | 3:54 am

  17. Yazi_damien says:

    Hi MM, thank you for doing all of this. you are a god send to everybody. If you need extra hands to help you and your family to repack and distribute, I would be very much willing to help. I don’t have much money to donate but what i can contribute is my time. Im available to help this coming weekend. I’m from Cebu city.please email me if you need extra help. Thank you and god bless you and your family..

    Nov 15, 2013 | 4:09 am

  18. Marixie says:

    Additionally, I’m reading all the news I can about the Philippine gov’t. role in this whole rescue and search operation and all I see are the US government carrying the major responsibility of ensuring that help goes out to those in need. They have practically taken over…but they cal only do so much!! I did not read naywhere that Senators or Representatives (Congressmen) from Tacloban or Leyte or Samar or Cebu have mobilized their colleagues in Manila to step up the efforts of helping out their constituents!! Thank God for people like you MM but the people I mentioned should bear the brunt of the rescue efforts!!! The Phil gov’t under the command of the commander-in-chief should mobilize the Phil Army and navy and divide them into task units: 1 unit in charge of collecting bodies and putting them in body bags for burial, another unit to bulldoze (using American-supplied materiel) the debris, another to set up tents for shelter and for every 20 tents there should be a central tent where food is provided/distributed like a soup kitchen, another task force to distribute clothing,etc… The Japanese gov’t is sending in 1,000 soldiers and goods as well to help. They didn’t need to do this, but it appears our gov’t is lame. I also read that the owners of gasoline stations spared by the typhoon REFUSED to open so all the trucks provided by the foreign government wouldn’t be able to operate effectively to distribute goods and haul off debris!! What’s wrong with these people? On the other hand I rread that a grocery owner distributed free goods to anyone who came God bless him! This is not only a local disaster this is a NATIONAL disaster and all the pork barrells given out to Reps from these areas should be recalled and redistributed to be used for this disaster!!!

    Nov 15, 2013 | 4:33 am

  19. ricky gonzalez says:

    god bless and more power to your mr. marketmanila.

    Nov 15, 2013 | 8:05 am

  20. rosedmd says:

    Thank you MM and Teen. BAngon Pilipinas!

    Nov 15, 2013 | 10:02 am

  21. JB & Renee says:

    This post brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. The local and international response has been nothing short of tremendous. So heartwarming and humbling to see everyone pitch in. Thank you MM and family for all your efforts!

    Nov 15, 2013 | 3:34 pm

  22. marilen says:

    Thank you and God bless all your efforts.

    Nov 16, 2013 | 12:02 am

  23. Lojet says:

    Your tremendous effort is very much appreciated esp. To the Teen, let us all encourage her and be proud of her and her friends and also thank you for letting us be a part of it. God bless your family and the Philippines.

    Nov 16, 2013 | 1:33 pm

  24. general says:

    hi mm, my small donation is included in the second batch of your list. the deposit was made on november 13, 12:41 p.m. at a bdo branch in bonifacio global city. really wish i could do more but both sides of my family were also hit in northern iloilo and in antique. many, many thanks to you, your family and crew, and for allowing us this opportunity to help.

    Nov 18, 2013 | 2:16 pm

  25. Chinky says:

    This is heartwarming…..Thanks you, MM and family and crew, for doing this! It allows the MM community to share even in small ways.

    Nov 18, 2013 | 8:37 pm

  26. Betchay says:

    Ok, I see my donation on the list above. Thank you MM for doing this. Glad that you are concentrating your efforts on other locations badly beaten too by the typhoon but not as widely publicized as Tacloban. God bless you, your family and the crew.

    Nov 18, 2013 | 11:59 pm

  27. lookie says:

    Mm,just sent mine to the Teen’s site.God Bless you and your crew.

    Nov 19, 2013 | 12:16 am

  28. Faust says:

    We offer our prayers and sympathy to the Yolanda survivors.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 1:21 am

  29. Karr says:

    Mr.MM, just deposited a donation here in BDO Paranaque and they still have P50 surcharge.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 10:27 am

  30. Marketman says:

    Karr, hmmm, that hasn’t been a problem elsewhere. Did you deposit by cash or by cheque? I think some branches impose the bizarre charge on cash deposits, which seems illogical. My apologies for the inconvenience.

    Nov 20, 2013 | 11:20 am

  31. Connie C says:

    The politics of aid and post disaster rehabilitation:


    Nov 20, 2013 | 10:37 pm

  32. Connie C says:

    Nov 21, 2013 | 8:36 am

  33. mina says:

    I was going to deposit in BDO Global City but was informed by the teller they have a P50 surcharge to deposit to accounts in the provinces. The teller informed me that this surcharge applies whether you make the transfer through your ATM or deposit over the counter.

    I used indiegogo instead, as I’d rather pay extra for the service from indiegogo than pay for this this weird surcharge from BDO.

    Nov 21, 2013 | 9:36 am

  34. crabbychef says:

    Hi, MM. I made my tiny drop in the bucket through BDO Berkeley Katipunan and didn’t think anything of the Php 50 surcharge. I figured well, okay, I’d rather shoulder the fee than let my donation get caught in red tape or get lost. Thanks to you and your family and staff for your compassion. May you be blessed a thousandfold. Bangon Visayas!

    Nov 21, 2013 | 12:09 pm

  35. EJ says:

    Thank you, MM!

    Nov 22, 2013 | 6:48 am

  36. Bubut says:

    BDO is charging P50 for cash deposits to provincial branches and no charge if you do a Check deposit. i really cant figure out what’s the difference. I think its more logical to charge for those check deposits as this would need clearing.

    well, that’s BDO’s policy :-)

    Nov 22, 2013 | 12:22 pm

  37. M says:

    You’re most welcome! R used to work with a shipping company and knows that, even in the best of times, getting anything around the Philippines can be difficult and expensive. God bless you and the crew for the amazing work you do!

    Nov 26, 2013 | 8:20 pm


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