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tsunami

Posted: August 14, 2013 in mission, news, personal
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Fear- and tear-inducing footage of the tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011.  You should watch the video to see how powerful Mother Nature can be.

The initial 3 minutes of the video shows the almost empty river, obviously the water has receded.  Sirens, announcements are blaring in the background.  I assume that people are being asked to move to a higher ground.

Then the water starts coming in and I think to myself, maybe this is town is very far from the places I saw on TV that were totally immersed in flood and debris.  But for 15 minutes, water kept on rushing.  The water in the river rose and rose until it overflowed into the streets and then into the nearby playground.  And then the water brought in small debris, and then cars and boats and finally houses!

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Rainy season has started and with the kind of maintenance the government is doing to the drainage system of the metro, waterproof boots seems like a very good investment.

Typhoon Falcon has just visited the Philippines and has brought with it massive volumes of rain.  And with the clogged drainage in all of the National Capital Region due to poor maintenance and blatant throwing of garbage everywhere and anywhere, waters not only in rivers and creeks rose but in the streets as well.  Actually, these boots, no matter how sturdy and durable are useless in some areas because waters tend to rise to more than 2 meters.  Scary, I know.  But with the kind of response the Philippines activates for preventing these things from happening, it is not shocking news.  In fact, it is expected.

The Philippines has already suffered the effects of massive floods, thanks to the record-breaking downpour brought by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.  The Filipinos as a nation rose and helped all those affected.  There were stories of heroic acts heard all over.  The senate and congress has questioned the experts to try and find solutions for the disaster.  But a few weeks after, when the media coverage has died down, all efforts of preventing another “Ondoy” from happening also fizzled.  And now, Typhoon Falcon, which has rains less than half the volume brought by Ondoy, was still able to inflict a lot of damage.  The damage was not as much as Ondoy’s but still much of the devastation are is preventable.  IF ONLY THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING ITS JOB.  IF ONLY YOU DO NOT THROW YOUR TRASH ANYWHERE.

Yes, though the government is much to blame, they are not the only ones to blame.  Each of you who did not take the time to find a trash can for that candy wrapper, you are responsible as well!  This is the nth time already!  Will we ever really learn?  Or will we just continue digging our graves?

Anyway, I will probably buy the waterproof boots next week from Timbaland.  That is, if I don’t see a better one beforehand.

Filipino talent

Posted: February 20, 2011 in music, news
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Nonito Donaire put the Philippines on the world map once again as he knocked out Mexican boxer Fernando Montiel.  Donaire is now the new World Boxing Council/World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion!

So from amazing fists to amazing voices, Maria Aragon did a cover for Lady Gaga’s new single ‘Born This Way” and posted it on youtube earning respect and a duet with the always outrageously-outfitted pop sensation.  If I may say so myself, I think Maria’s version is way better =)  Hear for yourself…

Here’s another cover she did, this time for Jessie J’s Price Tag and she did an awesome job as well!And she’s just 10!

Hooray for Filipino talent!

words to pass up as passwords

Posted: February 4, 2011 in mission, news, technology
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Some useful tips from zonealarm that I re-blogged from columnfivemedia:

2011 Philippine Holidays

Posted: January 7, 2011 in government, mission, news
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Hooray for holidays!  Although there seems to be a lot less fewer holidays for this year.  Bummer.  There are only 2 long weekends for the entire year!  What about all the vacations I am planning to do? =)

A. Regular Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)

Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)

Maundy Thursday – April 21

Good Friday – April 22

Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)

Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)

National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)

Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)

Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days

Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)

All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)

Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)

EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)

Quoted from Proclamation 84.

By the end of 2011, there will be 7 billion people here on earth!
Every second, 5 babies are born.
Every second, 2 people die.

  • 1800 = 1 billion
  • 1930 = 2 billion
  • 1960 = 3 billion
  • 1974 = 4 billion
  • 1987 = 5 billion
  • 1999 = 6 billion
  • 2011 = 7 billion

I am ONE in SEVEN billion!

*source: National Geographic – http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8694414/23705197

Mayhem – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos. (by Patricia Evangelista)

IN THE friendliest country in the world, where tarsiers grin under coconut suns, and waves sparkle blue against the whitest of white sands, the luckiest man west of the Pacific discovered his luck the same day the Department of Health discovered 136 bags of HIV positive blood.

Welcome to the friendliest country in the world, where tarsiers grin under coconut suns, and waves sparkle blue against the whitest of white sands. In the jeweled isles of this pearl of the east, Sharon Cuneta apologizes to Aga Muhlach, the West Tower’s fumes still seep into neighboring homes in spite of the management’s placing “a big piece of plywood” as barrier, and the President announces he will spend Christmas alone this year—the fault of an unsympathetic media whose exploitation drove away possible presidential consorts.

“If ordinary citizens are granted their right to privacy, how am I different?”

Pilipinas, kay ganda.