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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!



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!

RIP Cafe Adriatico

Posted: December 16, 2010 in mission
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One of the attractions in Malate, perished into ashes 2 nights ago.  Cafe Adriatico caught fire due to some faulty electrical wirings.  I don’t frequent it that much.  I’ve been there probably 4 or 5 times so far but it still is sad to lose one of the landmarks in Remedios.

Cafe Adriatico is just two block away from my place but I haven’t seen the ruins yet.  I’m not sure how extensive the damage was but hopefully, something may still be done to restore the place.  The firemen were responsive and were at the scene almost immediately.  A lot of volunteer fire fighters also showed up.

Fire is the one of the most devastating disaster but I do not know how conscious we all are of this or if we do care at all.  How many take the time to locate fire exits when they enter a building?  How many make sure that their offices have sprinkler systems or fire safety plans?  How many have fire extinguishers at home?  Is it paranoia to be thinking about all these?  Prevention, they say is better than cure.  And it is better to be safe than sorry.

Mayhem –, 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.

Lotto Jackpot Winner

Posted: November 29, 2010 in news, quotes
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Twitter story:

Majority have experienced hunger for one reason or another.  A doctor could be in a surgery for 10 hours straight without food.  A taxi driver could skip a meal to save money.  An admin assistant may delay lunch for a few hours because his/her boss demands that the 100-page manuscript be photocopied and delivered to the client without delay.  A beauty pageant candidate may choose to skip meals to maintain her small waist hours before the swimsuit competition.  A patient due for surgery the following morning may be ordered on ‘non per orem’ (NPO) or no food/water intake hours prior to a medical procedure.

The hunger we experience (or those in the above situations) has either been a personal decision or imposed by someone else.  But the hunger could be relieved at anytime, at our own choosing.

Well, this is not the case for some of our fellow Filipinos.  Statistics show that “every 7 seconds, 1 hungry child dies.”  These children did not choose to be hungry.  They are not hungry because they want to save money.  No, 4 million Filipino families live on a meager P42 every day.  They are not hungry because they are on a diet.  They are not hungry because they are due for a medical procedure.  They definitely are not hungry because their bosses want something done ASAP.

In an effort to raise more awareness on the extent of famine in the country, World Vision , an international child-focused organization, led the “Famine” program, “a global youth movement against hunger that gathers young people from across the world to go without food for a given number of hours as a sign of their radical fight against hunger.”

In the Philippines, the 12-hour famine was more than a success.  More than 2,500 youth signed up and over 1,000 actually joined the rally along with  some of Philippines’ biggest stars.

Renowned broadcaster and World Vision Goodwill Ambassador Karen Davila - "If the students are involved, then you have a movement of young people that want to change the world and feed younger people. Raising funds can happen as long as you have a group of students who are serious about feeding children and stopping hunger."

Singer, actress, TV host and World Vision ambassador for the Youth Nikki Gil - “What‟s 12 hours to go without food if it can help save a child‟s life...What we‟re doing now is not in vain!”