Congratulations to the Philippine/Asian Studies Program's JAPINO: Japanese-Filipino Friendship Initiative (In one with the Japan quake and tsunami victims). The three-day (March 14-16) initiative to raise humanitarian consciousness among our students, faculty and staff and draw support for the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami victims raised a total of $3,185.65, which was donated to the Hawaii Red Cross.
On the concluding day, a short, solemn and moving gathering was held. An uplifting song from Philippine Deputy Consul General Paul Cortes offered an optimistic message: "May bukas pa na naghihintay . . . Sisikat din ang iyong araw" (There is still tomorrow waiting . . . Your sun will again rise.) At our "circle of friendship," a student shared a comment from one Japanese lady who dropped by the donation table: "Thank you for caring." She did not say thank you for your donations, or thank you for collecting donations. She thanked the students and the donors "for caring."