VIRGINIA BEACH -- The local Filipino community is preparing to help those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, which slammed into the Philippines Friday.
Doctor Faith Dajao said it hurts to see the destruction in her homeland.
“It’s difficult to see that kind of devastation and to have it happen to so many people," said Dajao.
Dajao has been monitoring Facebook pages and checking text messages from loved ones to stay informed. She said it’s troubling that some are just bouncing back from another disaster while dealing with Typhoon Haiyan.
“The people in Bohol had the earthquake happen to them. They were the epicenter of the earthquake, so many of the people are living outside in tents,” said Dajao.
At the Philippine Cultural Center in Virginia Beach the TV stays fixed on broadcasts in the Philippines. Venus Tomaneg, of the PCC, said they have not heard from family members affected by the super storm.
“It is very sad, you know, because I know the Philippines and they do need our help,” said Tomaneg.
But while many are waiting to hear from loved ones, they are also coming together to raise money and organize benefits to help with relief efforts.
A benefit concert is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Philippine Cultural Center on Baxter Road in Virginia Beach.
A fundraiser dinner/dance will also be held Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Philippine Cultural Center in Virginia Beach.