[News] 131111 OCA General Assembly in Philippines Postponed Due To Devastation Caused by Typhoon Haiyan

November 11 – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced its 32nd General Assembly and the Asian Games Centennial Festival Celebrations due to be held in Boracay later this month have been postponed after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The category five typhoon, with ground winds of up to 235 miles per hour hit the Philippines over the weekend and there are fears that over 10,000 people have been killed while around four million people have been affected.

Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, is now bearing down on Vietnam and southern China with millions of people being evacuated from their homes across the south east of Asia.

Boracay, an island situated approximately 320 kilometres south of the Philippines capital Manila, was due to host the OCA General Assembly and the Asian Games Centennial Festival Celebrations from November 27 to 29.

But in a letter to its Executive Board Members and the Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs), OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah announced the event has been cancelled.

Among those who had been due to attend the event was newly-elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.


OCA President Sheikh Ahmad has written to Executive Board Members and all Asian NOCs confirming the postponement of the OCA General Assembly in Boracay

Sheikh Ahmad pledged that the OCA will support the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in any way it can.

“The OCA stands behind its brothers and sisters in Philippines and will do its utmost to ease the sufferings of those who have been affected by this great tragedy,” Sheikh Ahmad wrote in the letter.

“Considering the scale of the tragedy, the OCA has decided to postpone the 32nd OCA General Assembly and the Asian Games Centennial Festival Celebrations to be held in Boracay from 27th to 29th of November 2013.”

The letter went on to say that new dates for the General Assembly are being discussed with mid-January 2014 a “tentative” date and the final decision will be announced in due course.

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‘Massive Destruction’ as Typhoon Kills at least 1,200 in Philippines, says Red Cross

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TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – One of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Saturday, as reports of high casualties began to emerge.

A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.

The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam.

Among the hardest hit was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province, where preliminary estimates suggest more than 1,000 people were killed, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, as water surges rushed through the city.

“An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams,” she told Reuters. “In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing.”

She expected a more exact number to emerge after a more precise counting of bodies on the ground in those regions.

Witnesses said bodies covered in plastic were lying on the streets. Television footage shows cars piled atop each other.

“The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami,” said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the U.N. Disaster Assessment Coordination Team sent to Tacloban, referring to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami.

“This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris.”

The category 5 “super typhoon” weakened to a category 4 on Saturday, though forecasters said it could strengthen again over the South China Sea en route to Vietnam.

Authorities in 15 provinces in Vietnam have started to call back boats and prepare for possible landslides. Nearly 300,000 people were moved to safer areas in two provinces alone – Da Nang and Quang Nam – according to the government’s website

The Philippines has yet to restore communications with officials in Tacloban, a city of about 220,000. A government official estimated at least 100 were killed and more than 100 wounded, but conceded the toll would likely rise sharply.

The national disaster agency has yet to confirm the toll but broken power poles, trees, bent tin roofs and splintered houses littered the streets of the city about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila.


The airport was nearly destroyed as raging seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of the airport tower, leveling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles.

“Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged. Only a few are left standing,” said Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency.

Local television network ABS-CBN showed images of looting in one of the city’s biggest malls, with residents carting away everything from appliances to suitcases and grocery items.

Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, said water levels rose up to four meters (13 ft) in the airport.

“It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport. Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided.”

Across the country, about a million people took shelter in 37 provinces after President Benigno Aquino appealed to those in the typhoon’s path to leave vulnerable areas.

“For casualties, we think it will be substantially more,” Aquino told reporters.

Officials started evacuating residents from low-lying areas, coastlines and hilly villages as early as three days before the typhoon struck on Friday, officials said. But not all heeded the call to evacuate.

“I saw those big waves and immediately told my neighbors to flee,” said Floremil Mazo, a villager in southeastern Davao Oriental province.

Meteorologists said the impact may not be as strong as feared because the storm was moving so quickly, reducing the risk of flooding and landslides from torrential rain, the biggest causes of typhoon casualties in the Philippines.

Ferry services and airports in the central Philippines remained closed, hampering aid deliveries to Tacloban, although the military said three C-130 transport planes managed to land at its airport on Saturday.

At least two people were killed on the tourist destination island of Cebu, three in Iloilo province and another three in Coron town in southwestern Palawan province, radio reports said.

“I never thought the winds would be that strong that they could destroy my house,” LynLyn Golfan of Cebu said in a television interview while sifting through the debris.

By Saturday afternoon, the typhoon was hovering 765 km west of San Jose in southwestern Occidental Mindoro province, packing winds of a maximum 185 kph, with gusts of up to 220 kph.

The storm lashed the islands of Leyte and Samar with 275-kph wind gusts and 5-6 meter (15-19 ft) waves on Friday before scouring the northern tip of Cebu province. It weakened slightly as it moved west-northwest near the tourist island of Boracay, later hitting Mindoro island.

Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to hit the Philippines this year after Typhoon Usagi in September. An average of 20 typhoons strike every year, and Haiyan was the 24th so far this year.

Last year, Typhoon Bopha flattened three towns in southern Mindanao, killing 1,100 people and causing damage of more than $1 billion.

(Additional reporting by Rosemarie Francisco, Manuel Mogato and Karen Lema in Manila and Nguyen Phuong Linh in Hanoi; Editing by Jason Szep and Nick Macfie)

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[TRANS] 130213 Kim Jaejoong’s Solo Mini Album ‘I’ Sells Out In The Philippines

[TRANS] 130213 Kim Jaejoong’s Solo Mini Album ‘I’ Sells Out In The Philippines

Hallyu group JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong (27) has proved his popularity in the Philippines.

According to his management agency C-JeS Entertainment, “All copies of Kim Jaejoong’s first solo mini album ‘I’ were sold out offline in the Philippines.”

Ahead of this, all 120,000 copies that were initially printed were sold out as well. The album also topped album sales charts in Taiwan and Japan, and ranked second on the Billboard World Album Charts.

Kim Jaejoong is planning to release his repackage album ‘Y’ on the 26th. It will include two new tracks including ‘Only Love’, as well as a special photobook. Pre-orders will be taken from the 13th to the 19th of this month.

Kim Jaejoong is currently preparing for his Thailand performance on the 17th and is also planning fansign events in March.

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[NEWS] 120818 JYJ Fans Donate For Flood Victims In The Philippines

[NEWS] 120818 JYJ Fans Donate For Flood Victims In The Philippines

The admins of JYJ Philippines donated goods to the Philippine Red Cross in honor of their idol, boy band JYJ. (Photos courtesy of JYJ PH)

MANILA, Philippines – Being a fangirl is not just about supporting your idol; it’s also about helping people in times of need. This is what fans from different countries of Korean boy band JYJ aimed to show when they responded to a call to help victims of severe flooding in the Philippines, which left 109 people dead and affected 4.1 million people.

JYJ Philippines, the local fan club of boy band, launched and organized the “JYJ Reach: JYJ Philippines Flood Relief Charity Project” to help Filipinos.

“The project’s purpose is to help our brothers and sisters who were affected by the flood in the Philippines,” said JYJ Philippines.

The heavy rains in the Philippines started last August 6 brought about by the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”

As of August 16, the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 924,948 families in 36 cities in 17 provinces including the National Capital Region were affected by the flooding.

JYJ, composed of Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu, is one of the most popular Korean groups.

When JYJ Philippines called out for people to donate to the worthy project, fans from different countries responded.

As of August 17, the “JYJ Reach: JYJ Philippines Flood Relief Charity Project” has collected P55,198.58.

“The response of the fans to project is overwhelming. We didn’t expect that even the International fans would give their support. But then it’s not surprising anymore because JYJ Families around the world are always supportive of each other’s fan projects,” JYJ Philippines told Bulletin Entertainment.

The donations came from fans in the US, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Turkey, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

“Honestly, we didn’t set any target as far as the total amount of donations is concerned. When we launched the project, we thought, any amount would do just as long as we’re able to help our brothers and sisters in need. The turnout really surprised us because in three days time we were able to collect more or less P27,000. And the tentative total we have now is PhP 55,000. So, it was beyond our expectation,” JYJ Philippines added.

In the first phase of JYJ Reach, JYJ Philippines brought ready-to-eat food and medicine. Last August 12, the admins of JYJ Philippines went to the Philippine Red Cross to donate the goods.

Next week, JYJ Philippines will donate to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and World Vision for the second phase of JYJ Reach.

“We are inspired by our idols Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu and we will continue to do charity projects in the future,” JYJ Philippines said.

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111223 Phillipines Reels From Typhoon Destruction and A Death Toll of 927

Once again, especially during this Christmas season, prayers go out to those affected by the Typhoon.

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Philippines Reels From Typhoon’s Destruction and a Death Toll of 927 (Photos)

Typhoon Washi swept across the southern Philippines this weekend, washing away whole villages and killing 927 people, according to the latest estimates.

A resident stands next to a vehicle swept away at the height of the devastating floods. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

In a statement Monday, President Obama expressed condolences for “the tremendous loss of life and devastation” caused by flooding from the typhoon and said the United States stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance and recovery help.

Just last week, my colleague Elizabeth Flock asked whether 2011 was the year of natural disasters, with 12 disasters causing $1 billion or more in damage each in the United States alone, plus the Japanese earthquake, the Thailand flooding and the drought in Africa, among others.

The typhoon in the Philippines looks to enter the inauspicious list after the northern coast of the southern island of Mindanao was pounded for 12 hours with nonstop rainfall Friday. Of the 580 people who died in one city, Cagayan de Oro, the majority were women and children. The Associated Press reports: “About 143,000 people were affected in 13 southern and central provinces, including 45,000 who fled to evacuation centers. About 7,000 houses were swept away, destroyed or damaged, the Office of Civil Defense said.”

“The suffering here is unspeakable,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard J. Gordon told Bloomberg News from Iligan City, where he is helping oversee relief operations. “The government should act here very fast. The people have already suffered, and they’re making them suffer more.”

A resident grabs a television swept away by flash floods (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

 This aerial photo shows the damage caused by devastating floods. (Richel Umel/AP

 Residents, affected by flash flooding, return to their devastated community (Bullit Marquez/AP)

 Water and mud clog village streets (Bullit Marquez/AP)

 With funeral parlors overwhelmed, authorities in a flood-stricken southern Phillipines organized the first mass burial of unidentified victims. (Bullit Marquez/AP)

 A man distributes relief goods to victims of Typhoon Washi. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

 Affected residents clean up their homes which were damaged by Friday’s flash floods (Bullit Marquez/AP)

 Affected residents survey the devastation brought about by Friday’s flash floods in Illigan City (Bullit Marquez/AP)

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Cassies are rejoicing right now! Why? After the Phiippine release of JYJ last year, Universal Records and Cassiopeia Philippines, together with Astroplus and Odyssey, bring you the EXCLUSIVE ALBUM LAUNCH of TOHOSHINKI “COMPLETE SINGLE A-SIDE COLLECTION” AND “SINGLE B-SIDE COLLECTION” CDs on MAY 7 (SATURDAY) during 8G: CASSIOPEIA PHILIPPINES’ 8TH GATHERING at TRADE HALL, STARMALL EDSA.


Tohoshinki may have stopped activities as a group, but the music and memories remain. After the chart-topping success of “Best Selection 2010″ (it charted #1 in BOTH ASTROPLUS and ODYSSEY in May 2010) comes two more Japanese compilation albums, “Complete Single A-Side Collection” and “Single B-Side Collection”, that together cover all of Tohoshinki ‘s A-side singles and best B-side coupling tracks.

“Complete Single A-Side Collection” collects all 45 Tohoshinki J-pop singles, from their debut “Stay With Me Tonight” right up to their most recent “Toki Wo Tomete”. Many of the songs on this compilation were not included in “Best Selection 2010″. Of special note is the inclusion of the ten group and solo songs from the double A-side “Trick” singles, which were not included on any of their albums.

“Complete Single A-Side Collection” includes THREE full color Photobooks. Photobook #1 has 110 pages, Photobook #2 has 48 pages and Photobook #3 has 92 pages.

“Single B-Side Collection” contains 12 popular side tracks that can be rightly considered hidden Tohoshinki J-pop classics including “Proud”, “Try My Love”, “Take Your Hands” and “No Pain No Gain”.



“COMPLETE SINGLE A-SIDE COLLECTION” includes THREE full color Photobooks:

  • Photobook #1 has 110 pages
  • Photobook #2 has 48 pages
  • Photobook #3 has 92 page


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