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Local Filipino Community Mobilizes In Wake Of Typhoon Haiyan

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As recovery and relief efforts continue for the millions impacted by Friday's typhoon in the Philippines, one local community with ties to that nation is doing what it can to help.

The area around West Springfield, Va., just south of the 495/95 split is home to one of the area's largest Filipino communities. When news broke late last week that a typhoon was headed for that island nation, some here thought it wasn't a terribly unusual event for an area familiar with such weather.

Christy Zarudo, co-owner of the Manila Oriental Market, says the storm's impact took her by surprise.

"Right after the typhoon hit, I heard there were four deaths and I thought, 'That's not too strong,' then right after that the news changed and entire towns were wiped out," Zarudo says.

Zarudo's store, a combination Filipino food mart and lunch counter, is an important center of activity in the neighborhood and a kind of home away from home for many who now live here, but were born and raised in the Philippines. Zarudo says the market has joined an effort with the local church to help those in need.

"Our pastor made a request for some more donations, because the convoy of hope is already there but there are some more funds needed," she says. "The damage was so extensive there has to be some more help"

Published reports claim at least 2 million people in 41 provinces in the Philippines were displaced by the typhoon.


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