Caritas docu film fest proceeds to aid ‘Lawin’ survivors

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MANILA, Dec. 6, 2016— Caritas Philippines will hold a documentary film festival in Cebu City to benefit those affected by the recent typhoon Lawin in Northern Luzon.

In partnership with the Archdiocese of Cebu – Relief and Rehabilitation Unit, the film festival will showcase nine documentaries about the heroism of typhoon Yolanda survivors from areas devastated by the typhoon.

Each film features a Yolanda survivor who displayed heroism at the height of the storm and the course of the Church’s relief and rehabilitation program.

“This fundraising activity is a good way for the nine dioceses under the Yolanda rehabilitation program to give back and help those affected by Super Typhoon Lawin in Luzon,” Caritas Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez said.

The Church agency has launched an emergency appeal to the global Caritas Internationalis confederation last November to seek assistance for families affected by Super Typhoon Lawin.

Gariguez, however, said that aid assistance for the early recovery of families affected by Lawin remains dismal with at least 60-percent funding at this time.

Lawin wreaked havoc in the country in October, damaging 90,035 houses across four regions in Northern Luzon.

“This is the reason why we are mobilizing our local resources to help those affected by Typhoon Lawin who are in dire need of assistance and continuously live in makeshift shelters,” he added.

The 1st Caritas film festival was first held during the 3rd year commemoration of Yolanda in Tacloban last month.

This time, the Caritas film festival will be shown in SM Seaside City Center Stage from December 7 to 9 at 9:30 AM -12:00 PM. Tickets are sold at P100 and P50 for students at the cinema entrance. (CBCPNews)

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