Fans of BLACKPINK and Bang Ye-dam of TREASURE recently turned over to the Office of the Vice President (OVP) their donations for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

In her social media posts, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo thanked Yedam Star International and Filo Blinks PH for their generosity.

“Super touching that these K-Pop fans are doing their share in the relief drive for typhoon victims,” Robredo wrote.

Members of Yedam Star International turned over sacks of rice and other goods to Robredo’s office. The group thanked Blackswans and Teumes for trusting them with their hard-earned money.

Blackswans are fans of Ye-dam. Teumes are fans of Treasure, of which Yedam is a member.

For their part, Filo Blinks reported that they have donated 1,250 kilograms of rice, 1,008 packs of noodles, 700 canned goods, and 788 diapers to the OVP.

Describing the K-pop fans who sent donations for the typhoon victims, Robredo said, “These young people are such an inspiration.”

Hallyu Fans’ Bayanihan for Typhoon Victims

Meanwhile, the BLINKS AS ONE PH campaign said Blinks have already distributed relief goods in Marikina, Rizal, Cagayan, and Isabela.

BTS fan groups have also initiated their own various projects for typhoon survivors. These include Army’s Disaster Relief, Hold Me Tight (Kapit Cagayan, Kapit Pilipinas), and Project YNWA for typhoon and flood survivors.

Earlier this month, the Korean Artists Organization of Philippine Fan Clubs organized a donation drive with their affiliated fan clubs. The Philippine K-Pop Convention with more than 40 affiliated K-pop fan clubs also called for donations.

Typhoon Ulysses left over P13 billion in damage, at least 73 people dead, and dozens injured and missing. It also triggered floods in Metro Manila, Cagayan, Isabela, and other parts of Luzon.

Before Ulysses, Super Typhoon Rolly, considered as the world’s strongest typhoon this year, also hit the country. It left 25 dead, 399 injured, and almost P18 billion in damage.

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He lives on the web.

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