Super Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Get Help from Former ‘Survivor’ Castaways

Super Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Get Help from Former ‘Survivor’ Castaways

When in Manila there are so many things we can do to help survivors of super typhoon Haiyan: donate cash and goods, volunteer, and pray a lot. It’s amazing that there are so many people who are willing to help, like reality show celebrities from the United States.


Super Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Get Help from Former ‘Survivor’ Castaways

Survivor, the hit reality show that tests the characters of contestants by putting them in a situation where they have to survive the elements and each other for 39 days, is doing its share in helping real life survivors of super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda).

Led by host Jeff Probst, former Survivor players–John Cochran, Lisa Welchel, Malcolm Freberg, Jonathan Penner, and Philip Sheppard–will hold a Red Cross fundraiser at the CBS studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento on Wednesday, November 13 (Thursday, November 14 in Manila).

Survivor host Jeff Probst for super typhoon Haiyan victims‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst spearheads a fundraiser for survivors of super typhoon Haiyan in CBS studios in 3 different locations in the United States (Image courtesy of Monty Brion/CBS)

The Philippines was the show’s location for the last 4 seasons: Survivor: Philippines, Survivor: Caramoan Fans Vs. Favorites 2, Survivor: Blood Vs. Water (currently airing), and Season 28 which is to air in February. The show filmed in remote islands in Caramoan and Palaui Islands in Cagayan. Seasons 27 and 28 just wrapped up filming in Cagayan months ago.


survivors help real life survivors of super typhoon haiyanJohn Cochran, Jonathan Penner, Lisa Welchel, Malcolm Freberg, and Philip Sheppard all spent 39 days in remote islands in the Philippines. They’re now raising money to help survivors of super typhoon Haiyan with help from the American Red Cross.

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It’s no wonder these former players are participating in the fundraiser because they were included in the seasons filmed here in the Philippines and I’m sure they fell in love with the country and our people. 

It’s great to know that they’re going out of their way to use their celebrity status to get people in the United States to pitch in and help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan

At the Red Cross fundraiser, Jeff Probst and the castaways will answer phone calls to raise money for the country. Jeff will also have a public service announcement that will tell viewers how to donate to Red Cross. They’ll show the PSA right after the airing of episode 9 of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water tomorrow in the United States.

But they’re not the only Survivor players who are doing something to help. Jenny Guzon-Bae, one of only two Filipinos to ever play Survivor, is doing “Typhoon Relief for the Philippines Donation Yoga Class” at the North Shore Yoga and Integrated Healing Center on November 17. All proceeds will be given to the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, who will then use it to help survivors of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). They’ll also be receiving clothes, canned foods, shoes, and medication.

Jenny Guzon-Bae helps out survivors of super typhoon HaiyanJenny Guzon-Bae is one of only 2 Filipino-Americans who got to play Survivor in 2006. A yoga instructor, she’s doing a class that aims to raise money for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda. (Image courtesy of


It’s so touching to hear so many people coming up with ways to help our kababayans who were severely affected by super typhoon Haiyan. This just goes to show how much love other countries have for the Philippines. In a time when distress, destruction, and damages are all we see in the news, hearing about awesome people extending a helping hand can give us a reason to smile.

These Survivor players certainly proved that they don’t only have what it takes to outwit, outplay, and outlast; they also have huge hearts.


Super Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Get Help from Former ‘Survivor’ Castaways