Yoyoy Villame & Typhoon Haiyan SPYROS PETER GOUDAS ARTICLE 2013
Typhoon Haiyan -The world's most deadliest Storm !!!!
The Filippino situation was not a local occurrence; it was an international issue similar to the Olympic Games.
I am very happy I took part in this game of life Spyros Peter Goudas.
The year 2013 was a very difficult year.
He responded, “Despite everything that went w+rong in 2013, I am very pleased that I was able to help, to the best of my ability, numerous organizations and people in need.
There were set backs and problems, one after the other.
According to Mr. Goudas, “It was one of those years that you keep on saying to yourself, let’s just finish up, in anticipation of a better year next year…” You know what I mean.
I am not going into the details of the many mishaps in the life of Mr. Goudas, as it will take too much time for you to read.
I will however, highlight a couple of them; For instance, a raccoon electrocuting himself on our high voltage transformer, which caused a shut down in the Corporation for some time.
Mr. Goudas thought to write a story about the Raccoon, which ended up being a good comedy, in fact, it’s a recipe.” Yes a recipe!
When he started writing this recipe, he said, “I didn’t imagine in my dreams that people ate raccoons but, nothing surprises me anymore.”
He is so happy about the outcome because, should you look up Raccoon BBQ on the Google search engine you will see it is number one.
In 2013, Mr. Goudas also lost his cat, Blackie, to whom he was very attached. I am uncertain if everyone understands how painful it feels to lose a pet.
He taught her Greek, and had great plans to teach her English, after he learned some himself, of course.
You can see her getting her first meal and her first bath.
Blackie was always with Mr. Goudas, walking between his feet or leading the way.
Much like the Queens Guards of England, she never left his side.
We can remember when he first got her, oh boy was she a wild cat, but he was able to successfully train her.
Blackie was smart, she even knew how to find his cigarette lighter.
Peter also recalls a train derailing in 2013 right behind our building.
He remains thankful to God that no one was hurt.
The large train was transporting over 200,000 pounds of rice when it derailed.
It was a remarkable sight and you can imagine that it was not an easy task to put it back on the tracks.
By the way, some trains over the year was subject to artists by night in our yard.
Creatively they spray painted graffiti on the sides.
We did not know what the words meant.
We took pictures of the graffiti on the train and asked Mr. Goudas to translate the words.
He immediately said, “The words mean, “Goudas rice is very nice”.
Unless somebody out there can prove that it means otherwise.”
So, if you see these trains somewhere in the U.S.A or Canada, you have the explanation.
We are not going to continue talking about the technicalities and difficulties year to year.
Thats too much to write so we will leave that for another chapter.
We are going to focus on one thing and that is the disaster in the Phillipines.
So we asked him: What do you have to do with the Phillipenes?
Why do you have to give support to these people in a foreign country?
What is there for you?
Then Mr. Goudas answered like this," I want you to take some time, do your homework, come back tomorrow and well talk about it"
We did our home work and realised that he was the first man in the world to produce coconut milk in the Phillipines.
You may read more about this in the book The Coconut Tree
After successfully creating this product he also made macapuno, nata de coco, sardine products, fruit nectars, etc. etc.
That means he knows hundreds of people, producers and farmers all over in the Phillipines and in any related food industry.
In fact he wrote many recipes within the largest recipe website in the world.
One of them is called Turon and or Torta Na Talong.
Do you know what he's talking about?
You're just a click away from experiencing something you have never known before.
On the other hand as we went through the website we also realised that Mr. Goudas support for feeding over three hundred children in Peru.
In essence, one section of the Goudas site lead us to another until we found Analyn Sarmiento, his personal assistant throughtout the difficult years of his paralysis.
She spent endless hours help him to cope with the difficulties of his situation.
Analyn also took the initiative to translate Mr. Goudas Biography -The Immigrant to Fillipino.
Now please remember that every word she translated was interupted by painful screams from him as a result of his accident. Let's pause now to let you know that Analyn Sarmiento is a native of the Phillipines.
Let's leave Analyn Sarmiento and talk about Belle Ganzon, who is very close to Mr. Goudas because she is responsible with his support for feeding the homeless and less fortunate.
Finally we have done some of our home work and realise that there is nothing there for him to gain but he is doing it all out of compassion, kindness and the desire to help.
On November 2013, an unexpected disaster occurred in the Philippines, which killed more than 10,000 people and left millions homeless and hungry.
Super Typhoon Haiyan-The world's most deadliest Storm !!!!
Various organizations and individuals within the community, approached Mr. Goudas for donations and support.
Mr. Goudas arranged for the immediate shipment of the much needed items to the Philippines, which were then to be distributed.
He knew they were legitimate and that the food would get to those in need.
Alex Pacis is the Director of Diaspora Ministries in the Americas at World Team Americas and also the Chairman and Acting Executive Director at Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation Philippines.
He is also the Executive Director of Church Planting Ministries Inc., a registered Charity in Canada. His past work also includes being a Missionary & Church Planter and also held the position of Canada Field Director at World Team.
He went to school at Central Baptist Seminary and the University of the East, Philippines.
He and his family live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Commencing on December 18th, Toronto experienced a severe ice storm.
We depend on the rails and transports over the road to get products from the US and Western Canada. Things were rough and so production was severely affected.
If you were to view the letters of appreciation, you would notice there isn’t one or two, three or four, or even five or six, but, an endless number of requests to Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas for food items.
Many of whom require the items to prepare meals for marginalized and homeless people, who would need food especially during the Canadian cold winter and the holiday season.
During the holiday season especially, Spyros Peter Goudas provides several shelters, food banks, churches and other organizations, with food items to make meals for the needy and less fortunate.
Incidents of donations by Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas to various humanitarian orgranizations is not limited to this occurence only.
If you watch the video, you will understand that he has been constant with his philanthropic duties since the early 1970's.
Even today, his generosity and caring never ends.
Read through the appreciation letters from the multitude of organizations that he has contributed to.
Here is another video made in 1997 almost 30 years later, with a speech from Willy Williams, (Big Willy), as you can see in the video, he is a very big and tall man.
Big Willy, describes more of the generosity and unselfish heart Spyros Peter Goudas has towards all those who are in need.
These simple acts of giving, do not define him, but in fact, it is his nature as a loving human being and sharing with those who are not as fortunate in this world.
Of course, as time passes, more help is needed to accomplish these acts of kindness.
Various people from all walks of life, share the same ideas Peter Spyros Goudas in helping the needy, and works tirelessly to accomplish such tasks.
Attached are some pictures of his volunteers and caring people.
They are consistently involved in providing for the needs of the less fortnate with his support.
Belle Ganzon, Sarah Dragon, Tom Giannou, Helen Spyridis, Celia Aphantitis, Elli Koutlemanis are just a few of the volunteers.
|Belle Ganzon||Sarah Dragon|
|Tom Giannou, Αθανάσιος Ιωάννου||Helen Spyridis, Ελένη Σπηρίδου|
|Celia Aphantitis||Elli Koutlemanis, Έλλη Κουτλεμάνη|
These acts of kindness are done, without the consideration the age, colour, race or religion of the people likely to benefit.
We must remind you at this point, that like some of them, Mr. Goudas was homeless when he arrived in Canada.
You may read his Biography, "The Immigrant", which shares a wealth of information.
The total number of requests escalates on a yearly basis.
Despite this, he still does the best he can under the circumstances, and donates as much as possible.
As Christmas approached, he organized everything within his power.
During this time of year is joyous and celebration for most.
Christmas is time of feasting, eating and festivities commemorates an awesome year.
For others it is a time of reflection and resolve, an opportunity to change or improve on things that did not necessarily go as planned in anticipation of the coming year- a time of new beginnings.
While others celebrated, Spyros Peter Goudas arranged and shipped several containers of food and relief items to the devasted areas.
Christmas day, Dec 25, 2013, found him in his office with Jannet Benigno overseeing the many support efforts and the most recent food donations to the Philippines.
Apparently, when he had finally finished his mission at the food banks, late on Christmas day he came across Yoyoy Villame…whose music lifted Mr. Goudas’ spirit.
While watching the video you will notice Mr. Goudas saying, “I just came back”. He has just come back, but, not from a vacation.
He was “away” making sure that all his outreach efforts for the holidays were going smoothly. What outreach efforts you ask?
Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, ravaged the Philippines, leaving over ten thousand dead and millions homeless, hungry and in need of medical attention.
On Christmas day, he monitored the distribution of the food in the Philippines, with the hope that many people affected, had an opportunity to access the much needed items.
The typhoon, opened the world’s eyes to the Philippines, a cluster of islands, and a population of over 98 million people.
Six islands were severely damaged and until today, are still in need of extensive relief efforts.
The Philippines was home to Roman Tesorio Villame, popularly known as Yoyoy Villame, who was a composer, comedian, lyricist, singer and songwriter.
However, despite his many talents he was not able to penetrate the international entertainment industry.
Yoyoy Villame was known within the political and educational sphere for songs such as Philippine Geography, which appears in Mr. Goudas’ video.
Jannet Begnino, who is a native of the Pangasino Island in the Philippines, is heard singing along to the song. Perhaps it was crucial to her moving to the next grade when she was in school, or perhaps her son.
Philippine Geography lists in order, the 77 provinces, towns, cities, villages within the country.
Unknowingly, Yoyoy Villame created a masterpiece, which in the Phillipines, became a benchmark for education.
Grade two students were expected to know the song, in its entirety, and successfully sing or recite the Islands in order to move on to the third grade.
According to Mr. Goudas, it should be mandatory that every country should have a song similar to Yoyoy Villame’s – Philippine Geography, that would educate the kids about the place they call home.
Mr. Goudas is passionate about education and because of the way Yoyoy used music to teach language, history, geography and life skills, that is perhaps why Mr. Goudas thinks that Yoyoy Villame is one of the greatest composers and singers ever.
In Photo Spyros Peter Goudas and Jannet Benigno
We hope that you enjoy, very much the video above.
As you go through youtube you will see hundreds of songs that Yoyoy developed and the numerous people who have tried to imitate him as well.
I would like to also let you know that in youtube when you search Yoyoy Villame you will notice that the video above is amongst the first one hundred links.
Apparently people like the way Mr. Goudas potrayed Yoyoy and so the video has escalated to within the first youtube pages.
You may have missed his video about ABC in which he teaches the children the alphabet or The Teacher and the Pupils another one of his songs.
According to Mr. Goudas, it is very difficult to engage children in order to teach them such a song, in perfect harmony and timing.
Yoyoy Villame - A B C and the Music
Mr. Goudas believes another of Yoyoy’s song that is educational is the song about the country's discovery by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Megellan, which gives important information about the Philippines’ history.
We suggests that you have a look at his book titled, "Coconut Tree".
I will tell you this though: Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas was the first person to see the value in coconuts, and so in the 1970’s he created, packaged and distributed the first coconut milk product available on the World market.
Even though Peter has never been to the Philippines whose products he creates, he has mastered them and so you know “Goudas on the label means good food on your table.”
Did you have a nice Christmas?
Did you have a lavish spread of good food items to choose from for your holiday meals?
Did you waste enough food?
Did you over eat with total neglect and disregard for those people without food for the holidays?
There were kids who were not worried about what gift they got, or did not get for Christmas but, instead, wondered where they would sleep or how they would survive after losing their homes, and in some cases parents, to the horrible disaster.
Mr. Goudas remembered the less fortunate among us and instead of eating and drinking; he worked, watched and provided for those who otherwise would have not had a meal.
In closing this subject, we asked Mr. Goudas how he felt about the year 2013.
He responded, “Despite everything that went wrong in 2013, I am very pleased that I was able to help, to the best of my ability, numerous organizations and people in need.
The Filippino situation was not a local occurrence; it was an international issue similar to the Olympic Games. I am very happy I took part in this game of life.
You can see Mr. Goudas on the video.
He looks very calm amidst everything, and intrigued by the creativity of YoYoy Villame’s composition.
He seems very happy, light hearted and worry free although, he has many issues to deal with on a daily basis.
On Behalf of all of us at the Goudas Foods organization in Canada and abroad, we wish him a Merry Christmas.
May God maintain his health and strength as he continues to help not only us, but, provides for others in need.
Recorded By Mickel Allen
PHILIPPINE GEOGRAPHY, By Yoyoy Villame/Bami
Composer / Publisher
Philippines has a great history, According to our Geography.
Manila is the Capital City, Docking Point from the other Country.
Metro Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, Makati.
Marikina, Pasig Zapote, Malabon Las Pinas, Paranaque.
From the North Batanes, Aparri, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte.
Isabela Cagayan Valley, Mountain Province, La Union Baguio City.
Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlak, Pangasinan, Pampanga,
Zambales, Bataan, Abra, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna
Now Let’s go to the Southern Luzon, Camarines Norte, Quezon.
Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes , Masbate, Sorsogon.
And we add three Islands more, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon.
Then down to Vizaya Shore, famous for Fish, sugar coconut and corn.
Aye yeye ye, yeye ye yeye ye, Cebu, Mactan, Mandaue.
Aye yeye ye yeye ye yeye ye, Bohol, Samar, Leyte.
Aye yeye ye yeye ye yeye ye, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique.
Palawan Negros Bacolod, Siquijor, Dumaquete
Now Let’s go to the Land of Promise, The Land of Mindanao,
Bukidnon, Zamboanga, Misamis,
Mambajao, Butuan, Agusan Surigao,
Cagayan De Oro, Iligan, Ozamis
And the three Provinces of Davao
Davao Del Sur, Oriental Del Norte, Cotabato, Lanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi
Aye yeye ye yeye ye, yeye ye, Philipines has a great History
Aye yeye ye yeye ye yeye ye, Manila is the Capital City
Aye yeye ye yeye ye yeye ye, all Tourist are invited to see,
According to our Geograpy,
Philippines is,,,, a Beautiful Country ………
A letter came from Mr. Don Felipe Afanador.
21 Feb 2014
Dear Mr. Goudas
Recently, I visited your web site and clicked on the link named “Experiencing Colombia” Where business and pleasure shake hands with passion by Spyros Peter Goudas.
After reading the book to the end and seeing all the pictures, I have to tell you that is one of the best books ever writen about Colombia by a non Columbian.
As a Colombian citizen I felt so proud about my country and the advice to men that you gave in the book made me laugh, aslo the way how you describe Colombia in you conclusion impressed me.
As I search on other sections of your web site I found an article that you wrote on Christmas 2013 about Yoyoy Villame, a famous Filipino singer and I followed the YouTube presentation that you had made.
Something trapped my curiosity and it was the credit that you have given to YoYo Villame for the song that he sings and compose about the Philippine Geography, and if it was possible to duplicate the same song in other countries.
Since I know the Maestro by the name of Jairo Varela who wrote a song in Spanish “Mi Valle del Cauca” I took the liberty to translate the Lyrics to English (I think that I did a good job) and incorporate it to my letter to you with the hope that you will post it in your website and maybe you can give a credit to another great man who is well known in Colombia.
My final note is related with another important part of your book that you describes the Colombian woman (who have been blessed from God with beauty) I didn’t know that Greeks have such a good taste….
Sincerely Don Felipe Afanador
Below you can view the translation in English by Don Felipe Afanador, including the the picture of Jairo Varela, and a video that Mr. Varela has made.
Grupo Niche by Jairo Varela, Colombian Compositor
My Valle del Cauca
This is my beautiful land my precious land my Valle del Cauca
The center Tulúa, Buga is honey , North Cartago and Obando Buenaventura at sea , near Palmira, Florida, Amaime, El Cerrito an Andalusian village , Pradera near Candelaria Ginebra, La Paila, El Dovio y Zarzal. Sevilla, Cachimba, Restrepo Versalles, El Cairo, Guachín de Ceila Roldanillo, Bugalagrande, Dagua, La Cumbre, Yotoco, El Salao
For one enters Yumbo and Vijes close to the mountain is Toro and La Union and how to forget La Victoria, Darien Caicedonia, Anserma y Guacarí And coming south by Jamundí: Valle del Lili dominating the valley oh my Cali .
This is my beautiful land that intoxicates my dreams with so many places and the unsuspecting horizon
at any time it becomes landscape.
This is my beautiful land garden that came from nature laughing between two ridges that jealous protect my precious land
And he was smelling coffee It was knowing guarapo richly flavored with cane the Cauca left the mountain
My Valle del Cauca My Valley eh! That opens your heart That song becomes today
Forgetting your pain Coplasmando its greenery Along with sunlight calling all attention
Motivates my inspiration That woman you give cinnamon skin maybe if Santa Ana My wife vallecaucana
And he was smelling coffee It was knowing guarapo richly flavored with cane Cauca left the mountain.
Although the video depicted is in spanish, it is our hope that everyone (both spanish and non spanish speaking) finds it entertaining. It's rhythm and melody is quite catching and the images present various sceneries in Columbia.
Only a short while after posting the article on Yoyoy Villame many respnses flooded out inbox with positive feedback. Thank you for taking the time to read and enjoy our numerous articles.
On behalf of Mr. Goudas we would epecially like to thank Don Felipe Afanador from Agrincol Canada for sharing this information with us about Columbia.
Photo of Don Felipe Afanador
It was most interesting and were it not for him we would never have heard of Jairo Varela or his beautiful composition Group Niche
Tell me the truth... Do you believe Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas' website is the most educational and entertaining website in the world?
Christina Libra - Scarborough Canada
To Spyros Peter Goudas
Dear Mr. Goudas, What an exciting time that I had, reading the appreciation letters.
Of course, there are too many to go through, however, I ended up on your most recent ones located at the bottom of the page, and I am referring to one about Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
I heard in the news briefly about the Typhoon incident, but I never really invested time to go into detail.
When I read the letter from Sofie Hui, I started to understand the severity of the situation.
I was surprised to read that Sofie Hui is not even from the Philippines, but is from Chinese origin. Following this, I read the letter from Pastor Alex and his efforts in conjunction with you to help the unfortunate in that area.
I must say that the videos of Mr Yoyoy Villame are very inspirational on the educational future of our youth.
I never knew anything about Mr. Yoyoy Villame, and now that I have seen what he has done, and why you gave him such credit, I am very happy that I visited the appreciation letters section of your website.
I also enjoyed listening to Ms. Jannet Benigno singing along with Mr. Yoyoy Villame in the Philippine Geography song .
Your Truly, A loyal customer for many years.
POSTED BY SPYROS PETER GOUDAS