Wednesday, September 30, 2009

UNICEF Assist Children Affected by Typhoon Ondoy

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UNICEF has provided about Php 6,908,330 million in supplies to address the urgent needs of affected children and their families in the wake of tropical storm Ondoy. Early on, UNICEF supplied food and non-food items,and temporary shelter to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to flood-stricken communities.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

No Classes in NCR and Nearby Provinces

After further evaluating the devastation caused by typhoon Ondoy (Kestana), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced earlier that classes in areas under the state of calamity will remain suspended until Saturday (Oct 03).

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Monday, September 28, 2009

More of Typhoon Ondoy's Wrath (Photo Set)

I visited a relative's house this afternoon in Masambong, Quezon City to bring some food. Their family is a victim of the typhoon Ondoy. Their 2-storey house's first floor was submerged in water last Sept. 26.

Although it was raining since the night before, water did not rise significantly until 9 in the morning since they are on an elevated area in their community. They begun to be alarmed when water started to reach their gate and eventually their apartment unit.

They began moving some appliances to the second floor with priority on the electronics. But the increase in water level was very sudden that it reached knee level by 3pm INSIDE their house!. It's good that there were two men in the household.
They can't do anything about their car parked in the garage but watch it slowly go under the flood.
The rain was not stopping and the water reached it's peak by 10pm almost reaching the first floor's ceiling. The rest of the story will be told through the pictures they managed to take and share:
Thank God, it did not reach second floor where they were already planning to move to the neighbor's rooftop just in case. They were able to bring up some emergency food as well.

The water has subsided the next day but left a total mess of the house. Cabinets and some electronics like stereos and cellphones they were not able to bring up were destroyed. Some wallet, watches, and jewelries were gone with the flood.
They have been cleaning the house of mud and dirt since Sunday and our other relatives bring them food food daily as well since their stove and kitchen appliances were rendered useless. The repair is another headache.

It would certainly take a while before everything goes back to normal and the destroyed appliances replaced.

Related Stories:

- "A Day After the Storm Ondoy"
Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations
- Emergency Food in Times of Calamities

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tropical Storm Ondoy (Kestana) Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations

Philippine capital Metro Manila and nearby provinces have been hit hard by tropical storm Ondoy (Kestana) yesterday. It has endured rains in less than 24hrs equivalent to more than a month's.

With government efforts for relief oprations, here are key numbers to contact for information, rescue operations, relief services, and donations for your guidance

Rescue Operations

  1. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) - (+632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9115061, +632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118, 734-2120)
  2. Philippine Coast Guard --(+632-5276136)
  3. Air Force - (+63908-1126976, +632-8535023)
  4. Metro Manila Development Authority - (136)
  5. Marikina City Rescue -(+632-6462436, +632-6462423, +632920-9072902)
  6. Pasig Rescue Emergency Number -(+632-6310099)
  7. Quezon City Rescue - (161)
  8. San Juan City Hall Command Post - (+632-4681697)
  9. Bureau of Fire Protection Region III - (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
  10. Senator Dick Gordon - (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118, +632-4338528)
  11. Senator Manny Villar - (+639174226800. +639172414864, +639276751981)

Civil Society/ Media

  1. Philippine National Red Cross - (143, +632-5270000)
  2. Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: - (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)
  3. Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.
  4. ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: - (+632-4163641)
  5. Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968


All calls for help, please help us by filling out information here at the Rescue InfoHub Center.


Rubber Boat Requests, 4×4 Trucks

  1. NCRPO - (+632-8383203, +632-8383354)
  2. Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue
    please call emergency nos: +632-9125668, +632-9111406, +632-9122665, +632-9115061)
  3. You can also text - (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.
  4. For those who are able to lend 4×4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902).

Power Supply

  • Meralco - (+63917-5592824, 16211, +63920-9292824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Relief Aid and Donations

  1. Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
  2. NoyMar relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
  3. Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message for more details.
  4. Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
  5. 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.
  6. Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
  7. Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)
  8. Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy
  9. Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
  10. Philippine National Red Crossdifferent ways to Donate.
  11. 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. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  12. Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)
  13. Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  14. TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal
  15. Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397, +632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
  16. Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
  17. Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at La Salle Greenhills Gate 2 tomorrow or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
  18. Petron: You may bring your relief goods to all Petron branches.
  19. LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).
  20. “LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray”: Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at
  21. MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
  22. Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) — 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.
  23. Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.
  24. Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
  25. MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.
  26. Whitespace 2314 Chino Roces Ave Ext as a Mkt drop-off for relief goods.
  27. Sagip Kapamilya at 4132667 and 4160387
  28. Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila or Radio Veritas, Veritas Tower
  29. Tulong Kabataan relief drop-off center: Kabataan Partylist Headquarters, 118-B Scout Rallos, Kamuning, QC
  30. NY-based folks can send donations to: Bayanihan Filipino Community Center, 40-21 69th St, Woodside NY 1137
  31. Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayan relief drive accepts donations at Erythrina Bldg., Maaralin cor Matatag Streets, Bgy. Central, Quezon City
  32. Victory Pioneer is located at 3F Forum Robinsons, EDSA cor Pioneer St, Mandaluyong

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

  • FINDERSERVICE. - For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
  • FINDERSERVICE. - For Globe, text “find to 7000.

This map from Help “Ondoy” Victims in the Philippines.

Email the map-maker at if you know Google Maps and want to help update this map.

You may email the map-maker at or tweet @flipmozart if you know Google Maps and want to help update this map with the latest information available. Click this photo to view the situation map of Marikina, and nearby places.

NDCC Situation Reports (Click to Download PDF):

Contact info from

On a related article: Prepare emergency food in your homes in times of calamities.

This update as of 10am Sept 27, 2009

In the spirit of care and sharing, let us help one another.
Let this also be a reminder to all of nature's power and the consequences of pollution and irresponsibility in taking care of our environment.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

AOC Launches the Green Monitor AOC 36 Series

The first monitor I bought with my own money back in college was an AOC monitor. I hand-picked the brand to be part of a PC package. I have handed it down to a relative and until now, it's still working fine!

Ten years later, Admiral Overseas Corporation (AOC) once again launches a special LCD monitor series that endorses green technology through power-saving features - the AOC 36 series.
Biggest screen AOC 2436VW can save the owner up to 50% of the energy used - hence they also call it the Green Monitor. It is a wall mountable 24" LCD Widescreen HD Monitor. It has both analog D-sub and DVI-D inputs. It claims to have a super-fast response time as well.

• 23.6” Widescreen
• 1920 x 1080 maximum resolution
• Response Time: 5ms (GTG)
• High Brightness 300cd/m²
• Dynamic Contrast Ratio 60000:1
• Analogue and Digital inputs
• Shell Texture

Ula Landrillo, Product Manager of Glee Electronics

"When switched to Power Saving mode, the monitor only uses 50% of the power, this without affecting image quality and saving up to 104,000W per year. Up to 75% of the energy used in a typical LCD monitor can be saved while using the 936Sw compared to CRT monitors. Meanwhile, AOC’s market leading i-Bright technology reduces backlight CCFL for lower power consumption and less mercury substance"
It also has a USB port (sounds like Mac) and touch keys on the right hand side of the panel(not as touch screen though). I am excited to try a product test of my first monitor love. :)
Other models of the AOC Green monitor 36 series are 936Sw and 2236Vw, at 19" and 22" screen sizes, respectively.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

WordCamp PH 2009 Day 0

The second WordCamp in the Philippines is happpening tomorrow, Sept 19, 2009 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City, Philippines. More than a hundred participants are expected to the attend.

WordCamp PH is the annual conference of Wordpress content management system (CMS) users. Held for the second year in the Philippines, one of its objectives is to encourage more usage and deployment of WordPress.

"Apart from the fact that it is feature-packed, highly customizable and flexible, WordPress is open source, and therefore has a large community dedicated to advancing its development."
This event would be a good venue for WP enthusiasts to come together and share insights. Let me share with you some of the preparations held arlier in the day for tomorrow's WordCamp 2009 Philippines.
FYI: The writer of this blog has his two other blogs and hosted in Wordpress. :)

Event Program is as follows:
8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
Backgrounder: Mindanao Bloggers Community
Blogie Robillo
9:30 AM Meet the WordPress Family Beau Lebens
10:30 AM WordPress in the Wild Markku Seguerra
11:15 AM Citizen Journalism in the Context of the 2010 Elections Danilo Arao
11:45 AM A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization Seth Bindernagel
12:25 PM Lunch
1:30 PM The Editorial Voice and Taste in Writing Tech Jeff Villafranca
2:30 PM Vlogging Mythbusters Coy Caballes
3:15 PM Advanced WP: Portfolio & Directory Sites Gail Villanueva
4:15 PM WP: The Ultimate Content Management System Karla Redor
5:15 PM Q&A with WP Experts

For more details and the event program, pls check main site See you in tomorrow's WordCamp PH 2009. Pls use #wordcampph for your tweets and plurks. :)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SM Mall of Asia Sale

The Christmas season is really around the corner! You would observe shopping malls' sale left and right. It seems that they are getting rid of their old stocks to refurbish for the Christmas season.

On of which is the upcoming SM Mall of Asia sale on September 18 to 20 and extended to Sept 21. Up to 70% off with a chance to win any one of the (6) Devant 37" Deluxe Seires LCD TV for every P500 purchase.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Whiteout, Wiped Out

Get positively wiped out watching Whiteout (or White Out for SEO purposes) :) - an action-thriller suspense movie situated in Antartica.

Aside from a shooting spree at the very start, the film developed albeit slowly giving the viewers enough tour of the majestic ice land in the southern part of our globe. It also established major characters of the film especially Kate Bekinsale who starred as US Marshall Carrie Stetko.

The most isolated landmass on Earth
90° S. latitude, zero E. longitude
Six million square miles of ice
Six months of darkness
Temperatures at minus-120 degrees
Winds at 100 miles per hour
It all begun when Stetko and Dr. John Fury (Tom Skerritt) found a deadman on ice to which the cause of death posed a lot of question. It was also Antartica's first homicide.

And in the quest to answer this question, they found unexpected answers which led to more mystery, discoveries and eventually, betrayal.

All this amidst, Stetko's haunting past and a seemingly developing relationship with Gabriel Macht (Robert Pryce).

It was a refreshing action-thriller movie set in Antartica. Something different for a change. It also tried to show how it is to live life surrounded by ice as paralleled to US Marchall Stetko's personal sentiments.


I believe the Kate Beckinsale hot shower scene (and the moments before it) was a good 5 minutes for the male audience, but I think was not necessary for the movie nor the story. It was an obvious attempt to leverage on Kate Bekinsale's physical attributes to boost ticket sales.


Based from a book, I believe nonetheless that Whiteout was able to maintain a fairly good balance of story, thrill, and action all throughout the movie.

I give Whiteout 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend you to watch it for the above-mentioned reasons. Just watch out for some bloody and finger-amputating scenes you might have to bear with (and of course, the bonus shower scene for the guys).
A Dominic Sena film, Whiteout is presented by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Dark Castle Entertainment.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Globe and Modu Introduces World's Lightest Phone, Soon!

Globe and Modu is ready to locally launch Modu's flagship product, the customizable and modular modu phone never before seen in the Philippines and soon to be available only from Globe through its exclusive local distributor Lynk Communications.

Globe Telecom has sealed its partnership with Modu Ltd., with the shared mission of introducing breakthrough mobile products to the Philippine market.

Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest L. Cu welcomes the partnership as marketing coup, as well as a key strategic move.

“Modu for its part has shown an astute understanding of what makes our customers tick; the modu™ phone, with its unique approach to personalization, is proof positive. ”
The modu phone is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records™ as the lightest fully-functional phone in the world, weighing in at only 1.5 oz., yet fully loaded with a music player, mass storage device and 2 GB internal memory. Being among the first countries to launch this novel phone, the big news behind the modu™ phone is its incredible potential for personalization through interchangeable modu™ jackets.

Modu was founded in 2007 by Dov Moran, inventor of the USB Flash Drive (DiskonKey™) and other groundbreaking personal storage solutions. The company is headquartered in Israel with offices in Croatia and South Korea.

*In photo, Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest L. Cu and modu founder and CEO Dov Moran show off the world’s lightest phone, exclusively available from Globe. *Most parts of this article is from the press release

Gadget aficionados can look forward to exciting new offers from Globe and Modu.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for President

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III announced early this morning his presidential bid for Philippine elections come 2010.

Using the sign "Laban" (fight) which symbolizes his political party's main thrust and the hand-gesture popularized by his late parents Ninoy Aquino and Corazon Aquino, Noynoy Aquino stood tall as he officially declared his candidacy.

A date chosen carefully, 09-09-09 is also the 40th day after Cory Aquino's death.

In his speech, Noynoy acknowledged and accepted the public clamor and challenge raised to him by the people. He is accepting the legacy left to him by his parents and the responsibility to continue their [parents] fight. This was held at around 8am at Club Filipino in Greenhills where Cory Aquino took oath for the highest political position in the land back in 1986.

News Source: Photos from and Noynoy Aquino Facebook

It was not confirmed however, if Mar Roxas would be his running mate as vice-president. Rumors are going around that other aspirants are also possible like Jejomar Binay, current Makati City mayor.

Noynoy is expected to be largely supported by those tired of the current government and his sisters especially celebrity Kris Aquino. Questions about Noynoy Aquino's girlfriend is also floating around as a prospective future first lady.

Aquino is also expected to face other possible presidential aspirants including Estrada, Escudero, De Castro, and Villar.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Bound & Gagged on Oct 23!

Kel and company hit it big at last year’s Laughs And Gasps as they combined magic, comedy and awesomeness. And now, once again, the “Penn and Teller of the Philippines,” Kel and Jay, are back with “Bound And Gagged.”

It happens on Friday, October 23, 7:30 PM, in PETA Theater along Eymard Drive and E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City.

Serving as the sequel to last year's show,

"you can expect nothing but top-notch magic and mentalism from your heroes of Mind and Magic, Kel and Jay, as well as an unprecedented showdown featuring two of the country’s top ventriloquists, the Philippine’s Premiere Ventriloquist, Ony Carcamo and the Ventrillusionist, Wanlu." -

Also performing are top comedians Richie Fernandez and Mike Unson. Special performances include the Route 196 favorite Project 2, and the Grin Department.

Behold and get amazed as they feature amazing acts combining Kel and Jay’s style paying homages to their greatest influences Penn and Teller, Houdini, Copperfield, and Osterlind,among others.

Take a peek on one of thier acts on national TV last November in “Unang Hirit”!

Tickets are available at P200 (balcony) and P300 (orchestra) each on the venue itself. Proceeds of the show will be given to the Real Life Foundation.

This event is made possible by Outcomm and Sheero Media. For inquiries and ticket reservations, call or text 09175126883.

Remember, Bound & Gagged on Oct 23!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Globe, A Tatoo, The Youniverse, and A Dare

Not too long ago, Globe Tatoo is equivalent to Globe Broadband branded as 'hip.' Now, Globe Telecoms rebranded it to cover a myriad of services central to the new Globe Tattoo sim.

In a recent bloggers' launch at M Cafe and Handle Bar in Makati, Globe introduced the Globe Tattoo Sims, Youniverse, ImmortalTXT, and Surf All Day services.

Globe Tattoo Sims

It brought the modern, hip, and rebellious designs of the Globe Tatoo broadband to the Globe Tatoo sim cards. It also promised the fusion of 1 SIM for the mobile phone and internet, aside from fututre new services, and access pass to exclusive discounts and invites. All this at P40. Check details here.


The new ImmortalTxt boasts of the 'no expiry' text.

Finally, the major telecoms heeded the 'no expiry' cry of the public. For P10, both postpaid and prepaid sunscribers could have 50 texts to Globe/TM and 10 texts to other networks that never expire*.

You still have to register though, text IMMORTAL10 to 8888. There's a minor catch as well, you'd have to maintain a P1 balance. Chekc details here.

*Subject to SIM validity.
*Promo period from August 30 - October 30, 2009. Per DTI-NCR Permit No. 4462, Series of 2009.

Surf All Day (For Mobile Social Networks)

For P20, one can surf different social networking sites the while day with the Surf All Day plan. Get unlimited access to Friendster, Facebook, Wikipedia, Plurk!,

Upon going to the following sites:
* Friendster:
* Facebook:
* Plurk:
* Wikipedia:

User will be directed to a page where you will be given the option to choose between the regular browsing rate of P0.15 per kb or P5 for 15 minutes or the Globe Surf All Day Plan. To choose the latter, simply click on the Surf All Day P20 link to register and wait for the SMS confirmation of your subscription. Check details here.

** I wonder why there's no links for Twitter and Multiply though; perhaps in the near future.

Youniverse Mashboard
One could visit the mashboard-looking Globe website at This is where information about all the abovementuoned services can be found as well. It looks to target netizens and social network addicts over its mashboard interface.

However, as its waiver says, it's still in its alpha version, hence not all features are functioning as I've observed the 'Youniverse' to be rather too slow even for my broadband connection. It surely has a lot of room to improve upon, function-wise.

Above is the TVC of the Globe Youniverse and Immortal TXT campaign recently launched on national television. Good for them, the two naked bodies kissing passed the censorship for public TV broadcast. :)

The Dare

And finally, the 'dare'. Globe organizers dared teh crowd to get a real tatoo on the spot and get a chance to take home an HP Mini laptop.

I surely badly needed one but my kelloid-prone skin certainly can't have one. Anyhow, I'll just get that HP mini through other means besides a Globe Tatoo Youniverse gathering :)

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