Tuesday, September 29, 2009

donate ONLINE for victims of typhoon ondoy (ketsana)

since philippine national red cross' online donation system did not work well as tweeted by writer paulo coehlo:
"Filipinos talk to Red Cross: donations online! Fil Red Cross does not have a link to donate online, ppl cannot act on impulse. I had to send a bank order. Can't u talk to them?"
i have compiled here the different ways to send donations online through trusted organizations via credit cards , paypal , etc. click on the logo's and you will be directed to their online donation page:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

to help to typhoon ondoy victims

if you need to report missing loved ones or areas in need of help, call the
SAGIP KAPAMILYA HOTLINES at 4110011, 4110012, 4110013.

for a database of ondoy victims and evacuation centers, click this: ateneotaskforceondoy website.


QUEZON CITY.- go to ateneo de manila university, katipunan avenue, and
proceed to the college covered courts to volunteer. shifts are in three hour
cycles. you can go as early as 6AM but it goes on the whole day.- please bring
packed/cooked food to 12 Denmark, Loyola Grand Villas, QC, and help
@patriciahizon whose group was the only one helping the victims in tumana

@jiggycruz is mobilizing the youth who want to help, to volunteer, just go
to Balay Expo Center in Cubao, Edsa cor McArthur, 8AM onwards.

for those who want to volunteer for sagip kapamilya: call 4132667/4160387,
or go to #13 examiner st., west triangle

QC.MANILA:- DLSU along taft avenue will be accepting any and all kinds of
donations starting 830AM.

PASIG:- according to @margaga, poveda school (beside galleria) opens 9AM
tomorrow and is open to all volunteers and any kind of donations.

according to @angel21kawaii, CFC Center in Ortigas is receiving donations in cash or in kind. Call (02)7270682-87 or 09195359036.

MAKATI :- you can drop of your donations at Assumption College, San Lorenzo

you can drop off your donations at the following stores in rockwell powerplant mall: aranaz, luca, greyone social.

TAGUIG or FORT area:- you can drop off your donations in embassy superclub
in the fort.

PASAY :- @elizabacud shares that Manila Doctors College will also be
accepting donations.

Bring anything that can help at Speech Lab., Macapagal Blvd, PasayCity

SAN JUAN :- according to @dakilangkulot, you can drop off your goods at
Xavier school, volunteers will sort and bring to ateneo. this is till12nn.

FAIRVIEW area:- Help needed in Fairview and Novaliches. Please send
clothes, food, water, meds & blankets to the Divine Savior Parish in North

SOUTH (alabang, las pinas, paranaque) :- drop donations or volunteer at DE
LA SALLE ZOBEL. Contact Ms. Angie Brazan at the Social Action Office

you can drop donations at the ATC concierge, call 8422782 or 7721860

san beda alabang in alabang hills village is also accepting donations

you can help pack donations 10AM at st. james church, ayala alabang village

you may volunteer at Red Cross Alabang - ATC along Zapote Road fronting National Bookstore call 8097131 for info

CAVITE :- DLSU-Dasmarinas is also accepting donations, pls proceed to the
2nd floor of SBC Building

BATANGAS :- DE LA SALLE LIPA is now accepting your donations, drop off point
is at the college lobby.CEBU:- details on how you can donate are on noelle's blog or the living for a cause blog.

BACOLOD :- For your donations, drop off center is at the Coliseum in the
University of St. La Salle. 435-3857- CAFE BREIZH wil be a drop off center for
donations. text 09193651101 for details.

DAVAO :- ATENEO DE DAVAO is accepting in kind donations for ondoy. drop off
at the samahan office in jacinto campus.

for PETS in need of aid:- @kimmydeleon is announcing that PARC is open for
animals. Click this site for info of PAWS for
helping from the flood. for the official website of paws, click here

for those in SINGAPORE:- pinoys are mobilizing and gathering donations,
visit this forum for more details.

for anyone ABROAD who wants to donate:- you can donate through the paypal account link on this site.

you can also call 1-800-5272820 or visit the abs-cbn foundation website.

credits to Bianca Gonzales

in pictures: typhoon ondoy (ketsana) hits manila

we never knew that our night swimming, dvd marathon and hanging out in my new place in township central, taguig city would last for 2 days and 2 nights that is after we got stranded inside the area with nothing but shelter. the ways out our condominium where impassable due to flooding caused by the non-stop raining of typhoon ondoy (ketsana), uselessly spending our weekend waiting for water to subside.

it all started when we asked for jollibee delivery that we waited for 3 hours due to traffic; until then we decided to get out of the place and look for something for our breakfast-turned-lunch. outside the gate we saw water at a height of around half of a foot, continued driving until we saw security officers talking to passing vehicles - impossible to go out of the area now. we went to another condominium and begged to be admitted just to buy something to eat. we went back to the our place, ate and waited for hours for flood to go away; yet, rain is still pouring. we knew we would stay there for another night with no food and battery-drained phones. we ranted, we whined and we cursed; because that time we have never knew the situation outside would be like this:

photos from BBC News UK:

photos from Savann Oeurm's facebook album:

when power was restored at 4 pm today, only then i realized how typhoon ondoy impacted our country. i am still shocked, and thankful that getting stranded for 2 days is the worst that happened to me and my friends.

i am calling for everyone to help those who are still stuck on their roof, to give what we can do to those who need relief and to pray for the safety of those who have been affected by the calamity. let us all be one in helping each other in lifting ourselves from this calamity.

to help:

  • Please text RED amount to 2899 (Globe) and 4483 (SMART). Amounts: P10, P25, P50 and P100. Please donate to Red Cross..
  • SAGIP KAPAMILYA Hotline : 413-2667 / 416-0387
  • from outside philippines: RT: typhoon victims in Philippines in dire need of food/clothng. Call theAmerican Red Cross to help. 18004357669
  • from outside philippines: ABS-CBN Foundation USA toll-free 1-800-527-2820

Thursday, September 24, 2009

caramoan islands and beaches

it was a huge surprise for me that i would be going to a known remote area somewhere in bicol region in 7 days. with no money and no permission, i was shocked and hesitant that very moment when the facts were laid down to me. basically, it has never been a surprised since i know my friends booked a flight to some dreamland and that we are going out of town to celebrate a friend's birthday. it's just i, expecting that the trip would be in november, did not really know when the trip will happen.

but hey, i survived. i survived a trip with limited budget. i survived the virgin beach of caramoan. i survived swimming with a snake. i survived 5 hours of wakeboarding at cam sur. and we were there on the setting of survivor.

Survivor setting up for one of their immunity challenge. Island will be closed in the afternoon for the shooting.

caramoan islands rose to fame when survivor france shoot their 8th season on the islands. with it's natural and virgin beauty, more survivor franchises used caramoan as their setting.

Residents of Port Sabang, Camarines Sur rush to arriving boat to carry luggages and the people themselves for 20 pesos

Private island where President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stayed when she visited Caramoan Islands


starring the 14-year-old-mom Dionisia
jusk kidding :))

Saturday, September 5, 2009

stop motion with olympus e-p1

this motion stop video is amusing and amazing. took them 60,000 shots, 10,000+ prints using the small but very powerful olympus ep-1 (picture below).

this e-p1 is, if i have not mistaken, the first camera to use the micro four-thirds technology. that is right, this camera is like an SLR that can fir in your pocket. it has 12 megapixel live mos sensor, can shoot up to 720p HD video, built-in image stabilization (IS), and a lot more features you can find on most digital SLR now. that you can own for about $ 800 or P 38,000 with zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 and 17mm f2.8 pancake lenses included in the package.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

bohol beach and side trip (long overdue pics)

this overly planned (sarcasm included) bohol-cebu getaway was the first time my friends and i had to fly on an airplane and that is worth mentioning. i am having difficulty on what to write on this post since it has been months ago, but the experience was amazing (and that is still understatement to describe how the trip was).

i was disappointed with my shots. pictires could either be rated underexposed or overexposed. i think i was too overwhelmed with the excitement of touring bohol, and i got no time to evaluate the pictures i took. but i learned one great lesson from that - "you are just wasting money and reputation if you can't get your pictures right". i know i am just single gram to greatness but i was in manual mode that time and i really dunno what i was thinking. btw, pictures are posted below:

list if the places we've been to:

  1. bohol beach club
  2. tarsier zoo (that is not what they call it"
  3. hanging bridge
  4. man-made forest (feast to my eyes)
  5. butterfly farm
  6. loboc river cruise
  7. that old church that i do not know (cause i did not went outside the van when we get there)
  8. that huge snake (i let it pass and decided to sleep in the van)
  9. bohol bee farm (where i had my first experience of eating flowers)