For those affected by Taal


Chicago, IL – Following the eruption of Taal volcano, we, from CIRCA-Pintig, are making an appeal to once again to open our hearts to the victims of this tragedy. We are raising funds to support the “Serve the People Corps – Southern Tagalog” who is working tirelessly to provide support to the victims of the Taal volcano eruption. The funds that will be raised will be used to buy food, medicine, and other items needed at the evacuation centers. Donations may be made online through the Donate button below or by mailing a check payable to CIRCA-PINTIG to 2429 W. Jarvis, Chicago, IL 60645.

The recent Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines brought back lots of memory in the history of CIRCA-Pintig. It was Spring of 1991 when a group of Filipinx activists, artists, working professionals, and community organizers gathered in a small restaurant in the north side of Chicago, for a night of poetry and music echoing strains of old experiences and new-found dreams. In the months ahead came an art for peace festival and a fundraising event for the victims of the Mount Pinatubo eruption.

The same people who came together all driven by one motivation to celebrate culture and history as a means to create a critical voice for the community founded the Pintig Cultural Group in the same year. Pintig, a Tagalog word for pulse, produced its first theatrical play, “America is in the Heart”, based on the autobiographical novel of Carlos Bulosan, an immigrant from the Philippines who worked in California farms in the 1930s. Pintig and CIRCA (Center for Immigrant Resources & Community Arts), founded in 2001 joined forces in 2006. CIRCA, together with Pintig artists, provided opportunities for self-expression and art skills building for youth and children giving them a space to connect with their heritage and know its critical position within the diverse cultural landscape of the communities they come from.

Fast forward to 2020, 29 years after the historic founding of our organization, Circa-Pintig is reaching out to our community, friends, and supporters to help our kababayans, currently 41K people, from affected areas of the volcano eruption and living in different evacuation centers.

We hope that we can come together again in the true spirit of damayan to assist our kababayans who are experiencing the worsening effects of this eruption. We also encourage our kababayans in all parts of the world to contact their relatives in the Philippines to support these efforts. They can contact the Serve the People Corps – Southern Tagalog for more information about donation drop-off centers and other ways to support.

Drop off locations:

Serve the People Corps –Southern Tagalog

1. UPLB USC Office
3. Steward, Inc. Cabuyao Laguna
4. AMEN office, Brgy Market Area, Santa Rosa (aka Oval)
5. Aloysius Baez Educational Center (9039 Wheat St. Cor. Timothy St. Camella Homes, Banlic, Cabuyao
6. Brgy. San Juan Hall, Alaminos, Laguna Mark Louie T. Aquino (09482046129)
Security Bank- 0000021513160

7. CVSU (Cavite Campuses Student Council Offices)
8. Union of Theological Seminary, Dasmariñas Cavite

9. KLARA Cooperative Hall, Batangas Pier
10. Darasa Barangay Hall, Tanauan City
11. CIBAC Building, Poblacion 2
12. PUP Santo Tomas

Serve the People Corps – Southern Tagalog Contact Person:
Mark Louie T. Aquino: Cell 09482046129

Maraming Salamat,
CIRCA-Pintig Board of Directors
& Serve the People Corps

CIRCA-Pintig is a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID: 31-1815061. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.