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13/10/2009: Unity Mass for Victims of Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng Draws Together Filipino Communities from DC, VA and MD

13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – A special mass for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng drew in the Filipino community from the States of Virginia and Maryland and the District of Columbia.  The Mass offered prayers for the full and swift recovery of all victims of recent calamities in the Asia-Pacific, particularly those who suffered the floods and landslides after typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.  Tony award-honored Lea Salonga made a special appearance and sang the “The Lord’s Prayer” to an estimated 400 attendees that included leaders of Filipino organizations based in the metro DC area, Central Virginia and Baltimore.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa said the Mass was “a demonstration anew of the deep and abiding ties that bind the Filipino and the Philippines wherever his destiny takes him.”

Ambassador Gaa, speaking after the mass thanked Ms. Salonga and the Filipino community for the demonstration of solidarity with communities affected by the typhoons.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Evelio Menjivar and concelebrated by Fr. Angel Quitalig. END.


13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ambassador Willy C. Gaa addresses the Filipino community and friends of the Philippines after the Special Mass, thanking everyone for the demonstration of unity and solidarity with Filipinos affected and displaced by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. END

13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and friends of the Philippines kneel in prayer for the “swift and full recovery” of communities affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. The special mass drew in members of the Filipino community throughout in the greater Metro DC area, Central Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland. END


13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ambassador Willy C. Gaa and officers of the Embassy join Ms. Lea Salonga, the Filipino community and friends of the Philippines in praying for “swift and full recovery for those affected by floods and landslides that followed typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines.” END


13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tony award-honored Lea Salonga listens intently to the homily during a special mass held for victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in the Philippines. Ms. Salonga took time off her scheduled concert tour of North America to join the special mass and address the attendees. Held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the mass drew in members of the Filipino community throughout the greater Metro DC area, Central Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of DJ Manalo) END


13 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tony award-honored Lea Salonga addresses the congregation and makes a personal appeal to help the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng as officiating priest Fr. Evelio Menjivar looks on. Ms. Salonga, who also sang “:The Lord’s Prayer during the Mass, took time off her scheduled concert tour of North America to join the special mass held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. The mass drew in members of the Filipino community throughout the greater Metro DC area, Central Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of DJ Manalo) END