Donations for “Ondoy” Victims

30 09 2009

It’s very heartwarming to know that many people, not only Filipinos, are into helping the victims of typhoon “Ondoy”.  Aside from the countless private citizens, local and multinational companies pledging sums of money and relief goods, Hollywood personalities like Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton, Alyssa Milano; musicians Michelle Branch, Josh Groban, Demi Lovato, Ricky Martin and Pete Wentz and writer Paulo Coelho, via their Twitter accounts, had spread the word to help thru Red Cross.   

For those who are planning to do their share, visit typhoonondoy.org or check out the following donation/assistance centers and relief operations: 

MALLS AND COMMERCIAL OUTLETS

Aranaz Stores (Rockwell & Greenbelt) – accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (all branches) – canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies (no cash) 

LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shangri-la, Eastwood, or GA Towers) – Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls) 

MOONSHINE boutique (Rockwell) –  accepting relief goods to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta. 

Papemelroti stores (91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall /

Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall) – accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.) 

PowerPlant Mall – accepting donations for ABS-CBN Foundation. Drop-off at Admin Office, P1 level. 

Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas. 

GOVERNMENT/RELIEF AGENCIES/ OTHERS

AKBAYAN – taking donations, call 433-69-33/433-68-31 to donate or volunteer.

BAYAN MUNA – bring donations to 45 K-7th St.. Bgy. West Kamias, QC. Tel 921-3473

Move for Chiz – asking for volunteers at Bay Park Tent, along Roxas Blvd., beside Max Restaurant and Diamond Hotel in Manila, or at Gilas Minipark at Unang Hakbang St., Gilas Q.C.

Worldvision Foundation – accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $ donations, BPI: USD acct #4254-0050-08

Philippine National Red Cross – visit their site HERE for various ways to donate.

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is accepting donations @ AGS Bldg Annex, 446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo. Contact Vina Vargas at +632917-8081247 

WITHIN METRO MANILA

Makati

Assumption College (San Lorenzo Village) – Please drop donations off at the AC guardhouse. 

Binalot (Greenbelt 1) – call Tetchie Bundalian at +632922-8573277 

Whitespace (2314 Chino Roces Ave Ext) – Makati drop-off for relief goods 

Mandaluyong/San Juan

CFC Center Ortigas (right side, immediately after you come down EDSA flyover) – open for donations in cash or kind. Call +632-7270682 to 87 or text +632922-2542819 

La Salle Greenhills – drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc) at Gate 2 on Monday, Sept. 28, or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations. 

Xavier School – canned goods, bread, noodles. Please bring to Multipurpose Center (MPC). Accepted till Monday, Sept. 28. 

Manila

Caritas Manila Office (Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge) – call +632-5639298, +632-5639308 

MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) – Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies 

Muntinlupa

Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios. 

Paranaque

Operation Rainbow (Zac Faelnar Camara) at Ayala Alabang Village – needs Canned Goods, Ready-To-Eat Food, Bottled Water, Ready-To-Drink Milk/ Juice, Clothing, Blankets, contact (+632-4687991) 

Playschool International (47 Ghana St., Better Living Subd., Paranaque) – open to receive donations (NO CASH, PLS) for relief goods. Please feel free to send your donations there. Teachers/staff will coordinate sending these to the centers. 

Pasig

Miriam Quiambao – drop off point: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details. 

Relief Efforts for Pasig at Valle Verde 1 Village Park – contact +632916-4945000, +632917-5273616  

Renaissance Fitness Center (2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue) – Donations can be brought starting Monday, Sept. 28/9am – 7pm. Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at luzonrelief@gmail.com 

Quezon City

ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111; account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation (NOTE: This account # needs verification because on the ABS-CBN Foundation website, the account # is 5630060113) 

Ateneo de Manila University – cooked or ready-to-eat food, clothes, medicine, blankets, water. Donations may be dropped off at the MVP, University Dorm, or Cervini lobbies. 

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health – accepting donations of medicines. A center in Pasig has more than 1,000 evacuees, mostly kids suffering from colds and fever. Call Louie Montalbo: (0918) 936-2095. 

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) – Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St.,  

West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22) 

Erica Paredes (Katipunan), +63917-4741930 – they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute!  Call for more details. 

Manor Superclub (Eastwood City) – will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 am. 

NoyMar Relief Operations – contact Clare Amador (+63928 520 5508) or Jana Vicente (+63928 520 5499). Drop-off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao. 

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City) – call +632-4342397, +632-9290665 

Philippine Army Gym (inside Fort Bonifacio) or GHQ Gym (Camp Aguinaldo) – now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims. 

Radio Veritas (Veritas Tower West Ave. cor EDSA) – call +632-9257931 to 40 

Tulong Bayan, Cubao – needs clothes, salt and cooking oil in sachets: 0908-6579998, 0939-3633436, 9137122 

WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES

MyAyala.com site for Jesuits (from Fr. Johnny Go) – You can use your CREDIT CARD and donate ONLINE.  On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“. 

Red Cross Load Donations – Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. To donate, text RED<space><amount> and send to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart). You can donate 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 300 pesos. 

TxtPower – now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal. 

OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES

Ayala Foundation USA – click on their DONATION PAGE. Look for the link “Partners’ profile and projects“, look for “Browse Organizations” dropdown menu and choose PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS. 

MyAyala.com site for Jesuits (from Fr. Johnny Go) – You can use your CREDIT CARD and donate ONLINE.  On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“. 

Worldvision Foundation – For $ donations, BPI:USD acct #4254-0050-08.

Above directory is based on Jane D. Chua postings.





Ondoy: The Worst in 40 Years

28 09 2009

My family and I are still lucky to be residing in the south of Metro Manila.  Only isolated areas suffered from flooding, mostly those areas near the creeks or the really low streets.  But I had my share of fearful experience last Saturday during the heaviest of rains.  After our visitation, a church activity, I was expecting a flood in front of Pilar Village, along the national road, where I would pass through due to the non-stop heavy downpour so I decided to have my car tires checked at Servitek first.  I was thinking that the waters would have gone down by the time I was done.  Unfortunately, the rains had not stopped.  At past 1:00 p.m., I was already starving so I decided to go and try my luck with the flood.  The traffic was already building.  At least there were many of us, I thought.  As I drew near the flooded area, I was really praying hard to make it.  I successfully crossed it but when I reached our village, I realized that it was above-knee-deep in one portion of the road.  I stopped my engine for about a minute then decided to take an alternate route using my “friendship pass” (car sticker to access subdivisions opened to the general public to ease traffic problems), however, another portion of the national road (along the bridge atop a creek before the Ever Supermarket) was flooded.  “Oh! Not again!”  Again, I hoped I would be able to cross it.  Then, just when I was nearing Southville Int’l School, I saw that the water was high, too.  “Come on!”  I was more than nervous that time co’z  I saw a car being pushed.  “God, please.  Let me cross safely”. 

During the night, we again had another church activity but didn’t try to leave the house.  I didn’t want to have the same experience as earlier, especially at nighttime. 

As of yesterday, Sunday, the flood waters in our area already subsided but not in the badly affected areas like Marikina, Rizal and Pasig.  A number of my co-workers were not able to report for work today co’z either their houses were still submerged in waters or their access roads are not passable yet.  

All I can say is that this is the worst.  “Ondoy” is almost a month’s worth of rains that fell in just six hours over Metro Manila last Saturday causing the worst floods in nearly 40 years.

ondoy news.bbc.co.uk

Photo courtesy of BBC News





September 28 is “Famealy Day”

24 09 2009
Monde Nissin's Lucky Me Famealy Day Poster

Monde Nissin's Lucky Me Famealy Day Poster

The nation is currently observing National Family Week from September 21-27, 2009 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 dated September 28, 1992 with the local theme “Si Nanay, Matatag sa Lahat ng Bagay”. 

To make this year’s observance more meaningful, September 28 has been declared as “Famealy Day” based on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Committee for Filipino Families (NCFF) .  Everyone is encouraged to go home in time for dinner with their families.  Many family members are spending less and lesser time to be together in dinner tables.  Let’s not overlook the importance of family togetherness for it promotes better communication, unity and stronger relationship. 

The cohesion of a society is only as strong as the stability of its basic unit – the family





Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

23 09 2009

Remember Me

Background:

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise.  Her teeth are perfect.  Her body is toned.  Her handbag is Vuitton.  Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.  Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen?  Will she ever remember?  And what will happen when she does?

Review:

Remember Me is another easy-read chick-lit novel.  While it is entertaining and fun, it covers morality issue (same with Giffin’s Something Borrowed) as well – cheating one’s partner – in the end, all in the name of love. 

Still worth reading… 





Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

21 09 2009

 Something Borrowed

I can never consider myself a fast reader.  On the average, I spend about a few weeks on a book.  It’s not all about my little free time but basically because I’m really slow in reading, actually slow in bookworms’ standards.

I don’t know if you would call it an improvement or was it because they were just easy-read and hard-to- put-down novels?  I’m talking about Remember Me by Kinsella and Something Borrowed by Giffin.  Around middle of last week, I started Remember Me and finished it Saturday night, then I proceeded with Something Borrowed after I got home from church yesterday (that was about after lunchtime) and unbelievably finished it a little before lunchtime today.  My reading performance with Giffin’s book really amazed me.

Synopsis:

It tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

Review:

This is an easy-read chick-lit book, very well-written with scenes well-described.  I found myself really involved in the different situations especially those breathtaking moments.  It’s definitely engrossing!  Can’t afford to put it down.

It’s a tale of a friendship with various conflicts and choices to be made.  Some questions of moral concerns arose in the process but can hardly make any judgment.  Maybe anyone is really capable of taking the risk of losing friendship to love… true love in this matter, especially when the supposed to be “victim” is of flawed character from the start.  So maybe Rachel’s action is justified??? Maybe….

I wish this would be made into a film… It could turn out to be a big grosser with the good casting.





Branded Fragrances and Cosmetics up to 70% Off

16 09 2009

A colleague just informed us that branded fragrances are being sold in a kiosk inside the Pacific Star.  So after I settled my bill, I checked it out.

So I’ve learned that it belongs to Luxasia, Inc. , which is owned and managed by socialite Mia Nolasco-Cuenca.  The company has been making  international brands of fragrances and cosmetics available in department stores such as Rustans.

Rumeur by Lanvin (100ml) at Php1,200

Rumeur by Lanvin (100ml) at Php1,200

So what did I get?  Guerlain Parure Compact (Php1,300), Shiseido Multi-Energizing Cream (Php800), Decleor Radiance Smoothing Cream (Php1,350), StriVectin-SD Eye Cream (Php1,000), Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser (Php800), Shiseido Pureness Anti-Shine Refreshing Lotion (Php600) and Rumeur by Lanvin (Php1,200).  A real steal….

So ladies and gentlemen, you can start your holiday shopping now.  The kiosk will stay until Friday, September 18.  By the way, payments can be made by cash or card.





James Patterson: New York Times Bestsellers List Record Holder

14 09 2009

JamesPatterson

I was about to leave Southmall last Saturday when I saw the signage at the National Bookstore (NBS).  I didn’t realize that the book sale is still on-going.  Tried to check out for some more items co’z I already got two (2) books at a discount the other week – The Secret and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  Unfortunately, the books in my list were already tagged as “marked down” in the NBS database.  That means no more deliveries are expected according to its customer service staff.  Among the books in my list are Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin, Tell No One by Harlan Coben, To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay, Handyman by Linda Nichols, Icing on the Cake by Laura Castoro, Trust Me by Rajashree, and a number more.  

I didn’t leave without a book in my hand and that time I decided to go for a James Patterson’s. I didn’t know that aside from mystery and detective series (which I’m not really fond of reading), Patterson also authors romantic novels. Sundays at Tiffany’s sounds very interesting.  I’m intrigued especially now that I just read that he is the only author to debut at No. 1 on five (5) different New York Times bestsellers lists – Fiction, Mass Market Fiction, Children’s Chapter Books, Children’s Series and Non-Fiction.  So let me check you out Mr. Patterson….