Thousands of people are dead in the Philippines, and many thousands more are suffering in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda), which struck the Central Philippines on November 7 as one of the strongest tropical storms to make landfall on record. Aid relief to the country has been slow, especially to the devastated city of Tacloban, where it's estimated that 10,000 people have perished. Thousands of Filipinos in need of shelter have sought refuge in Tacloban's sports arena, known as the Astrodome. But the Astrodome isn't the only connection Tacloban has to Houston.
Two local events are hoping to collect money and other aid to send to typhoon victims in the Philippines. The first, this Friday, will take place at the newly reopened Dean's Downtown. The Love & Light Adobo Hoedown starts at 8 p.m. Friday evening, featuring bites from tapas restaurant Batanga and Filipino restaruant Best of Filipiniana. The event immediately follows a prayer vigil scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall.
The suggested donation for entry to the Love & Light Adobo Hoedown is $10; all of the money collected at the door will go to Typhoon Haiyan relief. In addition to plenty of food on offer, drinks will be sold at the bar and music will be provided until 2 a.m. by DJ Baby Jae. The organizers are asking that anyone wanting to provide clothing, medical supplies, or other relief aid drop off their donations at one of several area Filipino businesses.
On Sunday, November 24, My Food Park HTX is teaming up with Filipino food truck Flip 'n Patties to host a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the food truck park. Fellow food trucks Happy Endings, Kurbside Eats, Phamily Bites, Musubi, and Muishii Makiritos will also be on hand, and each food truck is donating a portion of its proceeds to relief efforts. Complimentary brews from No Label Beer will be available all day long.
In addition, My Food Park HTX will be collecting clothing and other donations for UNICEF. A list of suggested donations can be found at Adobo Hoedown's website. And stay tuned to Adobo Hoedown if you want to keep helping out; the Love & Light event on Friday is only a "warm-up" for a full-scale benefit still to come.