Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life after typhoon Ondoy

Relief operations for all Ondoy victims are still going on.

In times like this, it’s amazing to see Pinoys from around the globe helping and reaching out to our fellowmen who are victims of the said tragedy. Such a commendable act and may God bless everyone who have extended their empathy and helped in their own ways.

I may not be directly affected by what have happened last weekend, but I once mourned for losing a friend due to a tragedy similar to this. It was during typhoon Feria’s wrath in 2001, killing hundreds of people including my very good friend, her mother, three of her siblings and her cousin. My friend and her mom’s bodies were never found. May they rest in peace.

These are the times when we wish we could do more. I just hope I was able to contribute something, even just a little, through my blogging.

As a side note, I was one of the Facebook members who saw Jacque Bermejo’s comments. Just like most of us, I was also enraged and after making some verifications, I posted this entry. Of course I also doubted if this is real as it could be a case of another (alleged) Facebook hacking like this (warning: explicit content!). Anyway, whether this comment came from the real Jacque or not, it is something that no one would want to hear at these times.

Moving on, I am happy to hear that my officemates, friends and fellow bloggers who are from Marikina, Pasig and Rizal are safe. Their numbers were also “cannot be reach” last weekend which has left me worrying for a few days.

I hope and pray that everyone’s doing fine now. It's difficult to move on, but as what
Mahalia said, "should misery come, it will not claim me".

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Belated happy happy birthday to my sister who happen to have celebrated her birthday last September 26th. Cheers!!!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Helping all typhoon Ondoy victims by any means we can.


Thank you for clicking! You did the right thing, let's pray for our country. Help or donate by any means we can!

How to help?


Sa lahat mga kababayan naten, lalo na ang mga nasa ibang bansa, you can click on the barriosiete logo below or donate HERE:

Barrio Bayanihan









(Thank you to all those who sent in their donations; click here for the the 1st. remittance report)


ALSO

Ways to donate to the Philippine National Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx

Manuel L. Quezon's blog: How to help (original on Quezon.ph | Tumblr.com mirror link)

Google Docs: Rescue InfoHub Central | Ondoy Places to Donate

Google Maps: Ondoy situation map for Metro Manila, by KaninLamig

***BEWARE of FAKE ABS-CBN BDO ACCOUNT***
You may also call ABS-CBN to make sure.

ABS-CBN HOTLINE
416-36-41

SAGIP KAPAMILYA
413-2667 / 416-0387
No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon

Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Acct no.: 5630020111

Routing code for international cash donations
BNORPHMM ABS-CBN Branch

ABS-CBN Foundation US Office Toll-Free 1-800-527-2820



"Typhoon victims in Philippines in dire need of food/clothng. Call the American Red Cross to help. 18004357669"
- Demi Moore

"My heart goes out to my friends in the Philippines http://edition.cnn.com/2009... "- Josh Groban

"Philippine storm leaves 75 dead and missing http://bit.ly/kSzCx" - Alyssa Milano



And lastly,



Hoping and praying that everyone, everywhere, especially my friends in Rizal, Marikina, Pasig, Laguna and Cavite are ok...
- Just Me

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Jacqueline Bermejo Facebook comments towards Ondoy victims

Jacqueline Bermejo - is she for real?!?


While a lot of our kababayans abroad are trying to reach out to their countrymen here in the Philippines, here's one OFW in Dubai who's up into something really really unbelievable.


"buti n lng am hir in dubai! maybe so many sinners bak der! so yeah deserving wat hapend!"-
Jacqueline Bermejo AKA Jacque Bermejo referring to what happened during Typhoon Ondoy's attack.

Seriously? I feel really sorry for this girl. Ganun na lang kaya kasama at kasakit ang pinagdaanan niya sa Pilipinas at ganito siya kung magsalita?





























Hundreds of netizens are flooding her Facebook and Multiply sites with comments (both already closed):

http://starfishbuang.multiply.com/

http://www.facebook.com/starfishbuang?ref=search&sid=670637327.3254476159..1

What a hater! What can I say? She is beyond maloufernandez!

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Who is Jacque Bermejo?

Jacqueline Bermejo - Marketing and PR Officer

Jacqueline is an experienced PR associate who has been active in the Middle East for over four years. Currently working with a number of luxury property developers. she has extensive knowledge of the market, media and what makes an excellent success story....

Tel: +971 4 4329633
Fax: +971 4 4329632
Mob: +971 50 3416640

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For those who are looking for the list of affected areas, click here or follow this link:

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/173283/new-map-of-most-urgent-cases-needing-rescue

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Ondoy missing or "found" persons helpful links:


Thanks to Barriosiete for the links. For more info you may visit www.GMAnews.tv

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And here's Jacque's statement forwarded to me by someone named betchay101:

"This is my real account please help disseminate.

I am issuing this statement to clear my name in the current controversy in which I allegedly posted a highly insensitive and offensive message on the social networking website, Facebook, in relation to the victims of typhoon Ondoy that recently struck parts of the Philippines.

About two years ago, an anonymous source created these accounts using my identity, posting my personal details, my real pictures captioned roughly and attacking other people. Because of these incidents, I reported such abuses and sent my credentials to the administrators of such sites, particularly Facebook. I have been abused and am still being abused online in social networking websites such as Facebook, Friendster, Multiply etc.

In the early stages, I was advised by close friends to ignore the situation, saying this would simply go away. Unfortunately, it has not stopped. Hence, I filed a complaint with the Dubai Police about eight months ago hoping they could help me with my problem. Should anyone wish to check my statement, my case is still under investigation with said authorities.

Time passed and these sites continued to generate malicious, obscene and cruel messages that are widely exposed and relayed to the public under my name.

Yesterday, September 27th 2009, I received phone calls from my close friends regarding very alarming posts in the above mentioned websites that directly offended flood victims as a result of typhoon Ondoy..

These malicious statement(s) which are posted under account names Jacque or Jackie are not of my doing. It is unfortunate that such statements were maliciously attributed to me and I do sympathize and understand the adverse and somehow verbally violent reaction that has been elicited by such insensitive statements or posts. Rest assured, I have taken every legal step that can be done in this regard.

I too, have become a victim as much as those who may have lost their lives and properties to such a devastating natural calamity. This recent controversy has greatly affected my reputation, my family, and my friends. I am devastated and shocked at the extent my character, my personal information and private space have been violated.

I have a deep respect and regard for my country. I am proud to be a Filipino and would never say or do anything to harm the interest of my country or countrymen. I have also had the privilege of participating in civic-oriented activities in Dubai, particularly in trying to help my fellow countrymen seek employment during the height of mass layoffs brought about by the ongoing global financial crisis, as well as those seeking employment for the first time. Making a mockery of any unfortunate incidents befalling any of my fellow Filipinos is simply contrary to my character. I condemn the person or persons behind these malicious acts to impute damage on my integrity and I hope that you can dig deep into your hearts and minds to truly find the truth in all these."

Real? You be the judge.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Prayers, donations and help for all the victims of Ondoy...


"Typhoon victims in Philippines in dire need of food/clothng. Call the American Red Cross to help. 18004357669"
- Demi Moore

"My heart goes out to my friends in the Philippines http://edition.cnn.com/2009... "- Josh Groban

"Philippine storm leaves 75 dead and missing http://bit.ly/kSzCx" - Alyssa Milano



Hoping and praying that everyone, especially my friends in Rizal, Marikina, Pasig, Laguna and Cavite are ok...

How to help


Ways to donate to the Philippine National Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx

Manuel L. Quezon's blog: How to help (original on Quezon.ph | Tumblr.com mirror link)

Google Docs: Rescue InfoHub Central | Ondoy Places to Donate

Google Maps: Ondoy situation map for Metro Manila, by KaninLamig

***BEWARE of FAKE ABS-CBN BDO ACCOUNT***
You may call ABS-CBN to make sure.

ABS-CBN HOTLINE
416-36-41

SAGIP KAPAMILYA
413-2667 / 416-0387
No 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City, Look for Ms Girlie Aragon

Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Acct no.: 5630020111

Routing code for international cash donations
BNORPHMM ABS-CBN Branch

ABS-CBN Foundation US Office Toll-Free 1-800-527-2820



Sa mga kababayan naten na nasa ibang bansa, you can also donate HERE:

Barrio Bayanihan









Thank you to all those who sent in their donations;

  • click here for the the 1st. remittance report. 09/29/09

  • 2nd. remittance report. 10/02/09

  • 3rd. and final remittance report. 10/04/09


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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Rediscovering San Juan and San Fernando La Union

    I was on the road for 16 hours last weekend. Tiring, but thankfully it was very rewarding. I got to see my good ol' college friends once again.

    Moreover, I was impressed at how La Union has changed. The place is very close to my heart as I've spent most of my teenage life here. I'm sharing some photos below...

    We rented a room at Normis resort in San Juan, La Union. This is about 3 kilometers away from the famous San Juan surf resort.









    If you're north bound, I'd recommend this place for an overnight stay. Nice place and friendly staff: Normi2's (as in Normi-Normis)!

    The next day, we planned to visit the Fiesta Casino located at Poro Point in San Fernando city. Pero dahil nakashorts at tsinelas lang kami, hindi kami siyempre puwedeng pumapasok.


    I only managed to take this single photo of the casino. Tanghaling tapat pero puno ang parking lot. Yung plaka nung isa dyan, nakasulat ang nagmumurang "MAYOR".

    Near the casino is Thunberbird hotel, which architectural design has impressed us.







    No we didn't get a room. Hindi na namin to afford. hehehe.


    Nostalgic.


    It's been three days and yet I'm still daydreaming about the trip.


    The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley

    (Thanks to Tine for the quote)

    Sunday, September 13, 2009

    Years gone so fast


    My late grandma use to recount the story. From her vivid description, it was a full moon. It was amazingly bright that night. In a bahay-kubo near the mountain ranges of Ilocos Sur, a mother’s 9-month long sacrifice has ended upon giving birth to a baby boy.

    And that was 20-freakin sumthin years ago!





    Now, where am I?




    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    Ayokong mabasa!!!


    09.09.09 pala. Post ko lang to:


    Ako ang batas!

    Ako'y isang heneral!

    Ako'y hindi pwedeng mabasa!

    Buhatin mo ako!




























    I ain't buying the explanation.

    Thanks to tunaynalalake for sharing this pic.



    Happy Birthday to my sis! Many more birthdays to come!
    Cheers!

    Sunday, September 6, 2009

    My friends and office mates hate me

    My friends are starting to hate me. And my office mates too.

    Bat ko pa daw sila tinanggap na friend, kung i-ignore ko lang din daw pala sila.



    Mga request nila, hindi ko man lang daw pinapansin.





    Mali na naman ba ako?





    Eh sumasama lang ako sa kainan pag libre...





    At sawang-sawa na rin ako sa buhay bukid... ba't ako pilit na ibinabalik?





    Reregaluhan ba naman ako ng mais?





    Nang kamote, sayote, kalabasa at kung ano pa. Eh napurga na din ako sa mga ganyan.









    Ayoko din ng nakikipag-away.












    Waaaaaaaahh!!! Ako na lang ba ang hindi interesado sa Facebook?