Support Sendong Survivors’ PagBAG-o Project

Nearly three years ago (December 16, 2011), Cagayan de Oro was put in a state of emergency due to the devastation typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) brought to the city. Thousands of families lost their homes and loved ones. Now 3 years after, a lot of survivors (families) now live in relocation areas trying to start over again.

Xavier Ecoville is among those resettlement communities where survivors are working hard to have their lives back by making a living through various livelihood projects supported by Ateneo de Cagayan University, donors and valued partners. This self-sustaining designed community is located in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.

Cutting of Ribbon officially launching the PagBAG-o Project

Recently, PagBAG-o Project (Pagbag-o is a Visayan word that means Change) is launched aiming to give everyone a chance to change the lives of the Sendong survivors in Xavier Ecoville. PagBAG-o Project is a livelihood initiative of the Xavier Ecoville Multipurpose Cooperative’s sewing enterprise. It is a creative collaboration between the housewives who produce the bags and the Xavier University students and alumni who make the designs. It features customizable prints allowing groups and individuals to express their thoughts through the PagBAG-o Project’s sturdy and stylish products.




Buy these bags to support the Typhoon Sendong Survivors in rebuilding their lives. You can buy their bags for as low as P125 and they also accept bulk orders. If you are looking for Christmas giveaways/gifts, a personalized bag by them is a great idea! You may visit them at H-3B Miranda Building, Chaves St. Cagayan de Oro City. You may also contact them via email ( or call them at 09353709448.

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How to Help Sendong Survivors

Since Typhoon Sendong, Filipinos have ones again proven their generosity and passion for those in dire need. Every Kagay-anon and Iliganon are very much grateful for all the support financially and emotionally. It’s been a month since Sendong unwelcomely visited and ravaged both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan yet the needs of those who have survived the typhoon especially those who have lost their homes, properties and loved ones still needs much help.

Thankfully private individuals initiated activities in the effort to continue helping the survivors. I am posting all these and appeal to your kind hearts to please continue to help.

Toys for Typhoon Sendong Survivor Kids

This project is called Joy in Every Toy. If you have unused toys make them happily useful again through donating them to at least bring some smile on those innocent faces after that horrendous experience.

Where to drop your toy donation: Maria Reyna – Xavier University Hospital, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City. You may also drop them at 52nd Business Center, 52 Justo Gaerlan St., Cagayan de Oro City.

If you are feeling more generous and wants to donate more, say a bulk of toys, please email

To mail your donations, send to Camiguin Island Resort Inc. (Attn: Yummy Paras) Ground floor, 52nd Business Center, 52 Justo Gaerlan St., 9000 Cagayan de Oro City.

Help CDO and One CDO Shirts

A single purchase will help feed 10 Sendong survivors. Some of the proceeds will also go to a charity organization. We are encouraging everyone to buy 1.

The HELP CDO and ONE FOR ILIGAN shirts only costs Php 180.00 (white) and Php 220.00 (black) with sizes available.

Where to Buy: Missy Bonbon and Bigby’s Cafe at Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center. Good news to our friends in Manila! The shirts will be available at the Charity Concert in Flying V Arena in San Juan this 19th of January. The HELP CDO and ONE FOR ILIGAN t-shirts will also be available for sale during the Philippine Azkals versus South Korea game on January 21, 2012 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The t-shirt project leaders also say that these shirts will be available at Sandra Sports Fitness, 3rd Floor, Robinson’s Galleria.

As for Cebu, it will be available in Bigbys Cebu (please ask probably any staff there to check for its availability).

Learning Kit Distribution Drive

This initiative aims to provide survivor children with learning kit. Your $2 or 86.00 pesos will definitely go a long way. The kit shall contain 1 eco-bag, envelope, face towel, notebook, pad paper, pieces of art paper, pair of scissors, ruler, crayon, pencil or pen. Refer to the poster below for more information.

Credit to Mindanaoan for the information.

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