Filipinos in Singapore rush to fill aid vacuum in wake of Typhoon Vamco

As Typhoon Vamco, the deadliest storm of the year for the Philippines, battered the country’s main island of Luzon earlier this month, Jake Raven, a 24-year-old native of Cagayan province, in Luzon’s northern tip, was watching closely from Singapore. Raven moved to the city state as a high school student to live with his parents, who emigrated in 1993. Just two months ago, he lost his job in the food and beverage industry, one of the many casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite his…