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   PRESS RELEASE:


   Students use Social Media to help Victims of
   Earthquake in Philippines
   Thu, 17 Oct 2013, 13:34:45 EDT


   CEBU CITY, Philippines, Oct. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS
   NEWSWIRE) -- In efforts spearheaded by the World Mind
   Network, Friends Beyond Borders, and Batangas Varsitarian,
   young people from around the world used Facebook, Twitter,
   Google+, Skype, Friendster, and SMS tracking sites to help
   rescuers locate and aid victims of the recent earthquake in the
   central Philippines. The 7.2 magnitude quake struck the region of
   Bohol Island and Cebu just after 8 a.m. local time on October 15,
   2013.

   So far 161 have been confirmed dead, with hundreds injured,
   19,000 homes severely damaged, and major losses to roads and
   infrastructure. According to Sarah Mendel and John Toomey of
   the World Mind Network, students from Stanford, Harvard,
   Emory, Utah, the University of Batangas, Santo Tomas,
   University of the Philippines, and several others participated.

   "It's becoming more and more obvious that the power people possess in the palm of their hand, namely their Smart phone or
   tablet, has enormous power to help people instantly," said Toomey. "Disasters like this are the most self-evident example, but
   the same principle applies to every kind of humanitarian, public health, and educational assistance."

   Every month the Adelina Award is presented by BatangasVarsitarian.net to someone who has performed heroically on behalf
   of Batangas or the Philippines in the fields of Humanitarian aid, Education, Public Health, Disaster Relief, or Economic
   Improvement.

   This week five Adelina Awards are being announced, all for people and organizations who have rendered service far beyond
   the call of duty in helping the victims of the Bohol earthquake:

   Robert Michael Poole: Mr. Poole traveled all over Bohol on the day of the quake, taking photos which documented the
   destruction. Many were useful in helping rescuers locate and save victims. You can see his photos here:
   http://twitchy.com/2013/10/15/major-earthquake-strikes-the-philippines-photos/ .

   Mae of Natura Vista resort in Bohol, who is offering free lodging packages to those who donate to earthquake relief:
   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
   fbid=481326218631357&set=a.150384555058860.30245.137800462983936&type=1&theater .

   Bangon Bohol, a group of Boholanos from throughout the Philippines who have devoted thousands of hours to helping victims:
   https://www.facebook.com/OplanBangonBohol .

   Narcisa Barbanida has been awarded the honor posthumously. She died saving her daughter. See:
   http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/regions/10/17/13/mom-dies-saving-daughter-during-bohol-quake .

   Philippine Airlines (PAL), which has activated its Humanitarian Cargo Grant program. PAL will accept donations to be
   transported for free to Tagbiliran City in Bohol and Cebu. Certified volunteer doctors and medical specialists who will be




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   participating in the ongoing relief efforts may also receive free air transportation via PAL.

   Help is still needed, and resources and information on how to assist are listed on the group's site at
   http://philippineearthquakerelief.org/ as well as at batangasvarsitarian.net. For more information, or to make suggestions
   contact theworldmindnetwork@gmail.com.


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