Hold Fast: Dancing for the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan



In early November 2013, typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines as one of the most devastating storms ever recorded. Four Filipinos within the Yale-NUS community–Jocelyn Lim (Elm ’17), Joan Danielle Ongchoco (Cendana ’17), Carmen Denia (Saga ’17), and Christian Go (Saga ’17)–came together with their other friends in the college to organize Hawak Kamay (or Hold Fast), a fundraising project that included performances from the acapella groups of the school as well as the Society of Yale-NUS College Dancers.

“Hawak kamay is a beautiful statement, and through sYNCD and Yale-NUS College, I was able to hold fast with my fellow Filipinos but also with people from all over the world in solidarity with what people back home were going through. Through dance, we told not only a story, but also closed the 1,463 miles distance that separate Singapore from the Philippines.” — Joan Danielle Ongchoco (Cendana ’17)


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