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Help us build our humble abode

29 Dec

Dear friends, relatives, lovers (?), and strangers,

As you may have known, we’re in the middle of turning an old house into our new home.  Exciting and fun, I know.  We were initially targeting the first week of January for our move in.  Unfortunately, we’ve already run out of funds, but the house is only halfway done.  We don’t even have a stairway yet, proper ventilation for the ground floor and bathroom/CR, and so many other things.

Now, I don’t know how this will go but I’m asking you guys for a little help.  I’m listing here some of the things we need ASAP and their corresponding value in Philippine Peso/US dollar.  I’m saying we need these items ASAP because we’re trying not to stall on the construction/repair (because if it gets stalled, we won’t be able to move in or the cost of repairing would be much higher if done at a later time).  I’m also listing some of the services/deeds Mike and I are willing to do in exchange for your sponsorship of the items listed below. Here goes:

1. Ceramic sink/farm sink  – P1,800/$37.50

2. 10 pcs of 2″x10″x3ft wooden planks for the stairs – P3,500/$73

3. HCG or American Standard toilet bowl – P4,500/$93

4. Yale keyed lock + deadbolt for our front door – P1,500/$31.25

5. Apo Vinyl tiles for the second floor (P17 x 200) – P3,400/$71

6. La Germania Range Hood (the cheapest) – P4,092/$85.25

7. Labor (carpenters/tubero/electrician) – P15,000

8. Miscellaneous expenses – P10,000

Meanwhile, these are the deeds/work/services we’re offering in exchange for your sponsorship:

– Lend our Panasonic DVX100b + shotgun mic for 1 day (within Metro Manila)

– Write a story/PR for you

– Help you with your research (kung anuman ‘yon)

– Design your print ad/brochure

– Write your print/TV ad’s copy/script

– Edit your print/TV ad’s copy/script

– Edit your stories/articles

– Edit up to 3-minutes of video

– print layout

– Promote your company/work/business

– Others (as long as its legal)

You may also help us by referring us to people/companies that may be in need of the following services:

– Video production (writing/shooting/post-prod)

– graphic design (print ads, books, posters, T-shirts, other printed materials, etc.)

– copywriting/scriptwriting/PR (brochures, print and/or TV ads, AVPs, etc.)

– video production management

– Camera rental (Panasonic DVX100b)

– videography/photography

For questions/referrals/sponsorship, please send me a note at emailnirona@gmail.com. Thank you very much and I really hope to hear from you soon. 🙂

Rona

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Angel Locsin wants you to buy her Hermes Kelly in this time of need

16 Oct

Oh, bless her Angelina Joliesque heart.

Angel Locsin is auctioning off her Hermes Kelly and a few other luxury handbags to benefit Ondoy and Pepeng survivors.

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Aside from Angel Locsin, stars like Anne Curtis, Kris Aquino, Maxene Magalona, Pokwang, and many more also donated some of their precious handbags and accessories for the benefit auction.

Visit Shopandshare.ph if you’d like to own an item previously owned by your favorite stars.  Or you may also send your donations through their Paypal account.

*The site is still under development.

** IMPORTANT NOTE: Because I’ve been receiving inquiries about the price, etc., I’d like to clarify that I am not related to this auction and it would be best to visit shopandshare.ph for more info.  Thank you.

I’m scared

1 Oct

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Ondoy.

Though I was taking it very lightly Saturday afternoon, the moment I saw on TV the destruction it has caused got me thinking about our lifestyle.  And about life.

So, it’s climate change, they say.  And I believe it definitely is climate change.  But at the same time, I also believe that the flooding caused by Ondoy was ten times worse than many of the floods we’ve had before because we were reckless with our lifestyle.  Our cities are overpopulated.  Many of us — rich, middle-class, poor — still throw our trash on the street.  We cut our trees.  Our cars smoke-belch.  We don’t recycle.  And we still use plastic bags.  Our nation would be the perfect case study for National Geographic Channel’s “Supertyphoons.”

Last night, while Aya, Marl, and I were at the Megatent, a scary thought occured: What if all these plastic bags we use for relief become the cause for our next Ondoy?

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What should we do? I don’t know what can replace the use of plastic in giving out relief goods either.  Suggestions?

Lovely Quote

“Some are saying it’s an act of God. It’s not. It’s neglect on the part of the government,” architect Felino Palafox Jr. tells Businessworld.

You heard it Rep. Bienvenido Abante? It’s not an act of God. So stop acting like one by imposing your twisted values upon your constituents.

Now, who can do a study on the correlation of overpopulation and climate change?

Heroes

I take comfort, though, in the thought that the Ondoy tragedy has affirmed my belief that man is basically good.  The stories of heroism — of the 18-year old construction worker who, after saving more than 30 people, in exhaustion failed to save himself from the strong currents; the number of neighbors who, despite being stuck in the same predicament as others, extended a helping hand to the elderly, the sick, the little ones, and the many whose lives were in peril; and the thousands who, upon realizing that their brethren strongly need them now more than ever, came together to share their time, money, and other resources — is just overwhelming.  Everytime I hear them, my eyes well up with tears.

It makes me hope that many of us will come out of this tragedy more compasionate and more selfless.

I heart Gerard Anderson

28 Sep

Nakakatuwa lang na makita ito kasi hindi ko pa ito nababalitaan sa TV or dyaryo.  I think Gerard Anderson’s efforts to help his neighbors during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy were very sincere.

These photos were taken by Dra. Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao, a resident of Vista Real Classica I in Quezon City.  This was the scene in front of her house.

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And that guy wading in neck-deep floodwater?  Gerard Anderson a.k.a. JR Garcia.  The other guy on the right is his brother daw.

gerard1 by Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao

gerard2 by Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao

gerard3 by Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao

gerard4 by Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao

gerard5 by Divina Gracia Rosales-Murao

CLICK HERE to see more of Gerard in action.  It is said that they were asking the neighbors for plans.  Tapang, di ba?  Ano kayang masasabi ni Kim Chiu?

Now about the other “hero,” found this comment on Bryan Shane’s post.

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From a witness:

“My mom, brother and my sister were right there at the Provident Village entrance waiting for my relatives to be rescued as well as helping out and giving food to the rescue volunteers at the time the Gutierrezes where there. Annabelle Rama was screaming her head off because Richard stupidly tried to rescue Cristine while the Navy rescuers were waiting for the current to subside. The water was really deep with a fast flowing current, cars were zigzagging all over making rescue really dangerous, that even the seasoned Navy men didn’t want to risk it. With Richard blindly going off, he had to be rescued and was chastised by the Navymen and his mother for doing such an idiotic act.”

Though I do not agree with Bryan Shane’s condescending tone on artistas, I think it’s just appropriate that stars do not milk this disastrous event for publicity.

Gay rights = Human rights

21 Aug

After several days of werq, werq, werq and very little sleep, I find myself lying in bed beside Maru and still unable to sleep. Because, my gad, more werq needs to be done by tomorrow, erm, I mean later and my mind is racing to find great ideas for werq.  At wala, wala akong holiday.  Ihi lang talaga ang pahinga.

Anyway, came across Bryan Shane’s post on the new Glutamax billboard featuring DJ Mojo Jojo.

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For reals? I thought this ad was fake or something since it was the first openly gay ad I’ve seen.

Apparently, it’s real.  And according to a petition, it has been taken down after influential church groups pressured the site owner to remove the billboard.

But huway? It’s cute and it’s brave! Where was this put up, by the way?

So now the online petition is asking those who respect gay rights and do not think that the ad is immoral to sign their names on the petition so that the billboard could be restored to its rightful place.

The petition says:

The advocacies of gay and lesbian communities in the Philippines have always been about freedom from any form bigotry and discrimination. The fight has been taken to several arenas – media, legal, political, medical, and even religious.

Last week, a billboard that featured Mojo Jojo endorsing the GlutaMAX product lines, became a cause of celebration not only among the gay communities but to all those who value freedom and equality in this country. The tagline, “I Wake Up Whiter and Gay Each Day” is a proud declaration of DJ Mojo Jojo, the first openly gay DJ in the airwaves, not only about his skincare but about his lifestyle choices as well.

Last night, August 18, 2009, the billboard was taken down. We heard rumors that the site owner gave in to the pressure from influential church groups who said that the billboard promotes a sinful life and is against the cultural and moral sensibilities of the general public.

We beg to disagree. We take offense in the insinuation that a simple declaration of one’s chosen skincare and lifestyle destroys the moral fabric of our society. We strongly demand that the billboard be re-installed, if bigger and in a better location ASAP.

CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! Sign na if you believe that you’re not a bigot!

Buti na lang si Bro. Mike Velarde hindi bigot.  Look oh, he even built a gay-friendly church.

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SOURCE: PDI

Oh wait, so that’s not exactly a gay-friendly church? Because my co-worker Jon D. said that elsewhere, gay-friendly establishments are always shooting rainbows.

Like in Istanbul…

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Philadelphia

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Inside the Massachusettes Institute of Technology

MIT rainbow lounge

SOURCE

The Beaudry Metro Station in Montreal, Quebec

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SOURCE

And many, many more!

So would you like to see Mojo Jojo’s billboard up again and fight for gay rights? Sign na!

I’m crying over this

18 Aug

Although I still think he’s an ass, tama si Robin.  Minsan kailangan mo lang talaga ng break.

Kaya ngayon, kasama na si Jason McElwain dito.

With a solo spot dito.

They were all yellow

29 Jul

We hate to say it but the whole country is on deathwatch.

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Even I believe that miracles do happen.  But then again, as a nation, we should also start counting on ourselves to make real democracy happen.  True, Cory Aquino is a living reminder that tyranny can be overthrown by the will of the good.  But Cory is not the only icon of democracy.  Like Ninoy, hindi rin siya nag-iisa.

Every person, dead or alive, who fought against the oppressive governments today and those that went before us, who shed his or her blood to achieve the gains we have achieved today, who walked the streets in protest, who cried against greed and corruption is also a symbol of democracy.

Democracy seems to be dying along with Cory.  But it is not because of the former president’s deteriorating health.  It is because many of us have lost interest in getting our voices heard, in walking the streets in protest, in fighting against the oppressors, the corrupt, and the greedy.  We wait for leaders to emerge, yet believe that “‘pare-pareho lang naman ‘yan.”  We wait for the bishops to speak for us, but they remain in conflict with our need for reproductive health care.  We want to rid our country of corrupt officials, but we worm our way out of traffic violations or get business permits by feeding the greed of small fries.  We’re a country of contradictions, and each one of us a work in progress.

So as many hold vigils for Cory, let’s not forget to hold vigils for our own country.  Pray, not for serenity that lets us accept things we cannot change – we’ve had that far too long – but for courage, that we may change the things we badly need to change.

And pray for wisdom, to know the difference between Hacienda Luisita and the rest of the country’s agricultural land.

For a mighty cause

7 Jul

I owe this post to Ms. Babes Alejo.

BONFIRES

Bonfires for Peace: Music, Poetry and Arts for the Desaparecidos

The Traveling Bonfires, in cooperation with the Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society, Inc. present the Bonfires for Peace, a benefit concert for the families of the Desaparecidos and the Free Jonas Burgos Movement on July 9, 2009, 7 pm at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
This event is part of a series of Bonfires for Peace shows happening in California, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina and other states in the United States, where Traveling Bonfires founder and executive director Pasckie Pascua is based.
The event will feature a mix of young and seasoned performers and artists in the mainstream and alternative arts industry who bonded together for the noble cause of peace and justice. Performers for the event include Joey Ayala, Cooky Chua, Maryjane Alejo, Rannie Raymundo, Jess Santiago and Mae Paner aka Juana Change, to name a few.
The Travelling Bonfires is a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California, who aims to usher arts and music events to bring people together in celebration of peace and multicultural awareness. Traveling Bonfires is a brainchild of journalist-poet Pascua. The program initially functioned as the advocacy/fundraise subproject of the nonprofit The Philippine Independent Communication Inc, a community organization established in New York City and registered in Albany NY in 2000. The Bonfires relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 2002 and has since modified its organizational structure and target constituents, as well its mode of programming—by expanding its focus to other communities, apart from the Filipino-American community.
Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society is a group of motivated theater artists who adheres to the belief that culture must serve to reform and transform the society. Tag-Ani is committed to a nationalist and people-oriented art, and commits itself to safeguarding the welfare and protecting and enriching the rights of Filipino artists and cultural workers. The heart of the organization’s commitment is its adherence to freedom of expression and promotion of artists’ rights.
For this event, the two organizations joined hands to assist the families of the Desaparecidos in search of their missing loved ones. 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the families of the disappeared and the Jonas Burgos Movement. Jonas Burgos, an activist and son of late press freedom icon Jose Burgos, was missing since April 28, 2007. He was abducted by a group of four armed men and a woman while having lunch at the Hapag Kainan in Ever Gotesco. Witnesses said that Jonas was dragged into a maroon Toyota Revo van with a plate number TAB 194. Eralier investigations traced the plate number to an impounded vehicle at the 56th IB headquarters Philippine Army Camp in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Notably, the young Burgos was tagged as a member of the New People’s Army by the military.
The Desaparecidos is an organization founded in 2005 as a group of support for the families of the victims of enforced disappearances, rooting from the Marcos dictatorship up to the present administration.  Since then, they have pounded on the halls of power to surface the victims and stop disappearances, and serve justice to all victims of human rights violations.
Tickets for the Traveling Bonfires cost Php 100. For more information, contact Maryjane Alejo 09208818856; (02) 7945485; ganja_blues@yahoo.com. (by Angelica Carballo)

The Traveling Bonfires, in cooperation with the Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society, Inc., presents the Bonfires for Peace, a benefit concert for the families of the Desaparecidos and the Free Jonas Burgos Movement on July 9, 2009, 7 pm at the Conspiracy Garden Café in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

This event is part of a series of Bonfires for Peace shows happening in California, San Francisco, New York, North Carolina and other states in the U.S., where Traveling Bonfires founder and executive director Pasckie Pascua is based.

The event will feature a mix of young and seasoned performers and artists in the mainstream and alternative arts industry that bonded together for the noble cause of peace and justice. Performers for the event include Joey Ayala, Cooky Chua, Maryjane Alejo, Rannie Raymundo, Jess Santiago and Mae Paner aka Juana Change, to name a few.

The Traveling Bonfires is a non-profit organization based in Long Beach, California, that aims to usher arts and music events to bring people together in celebration of peace and multicultural awareness. Traveling Bonfires is a brainchild of journalist-poet Pascua. The program initially functioned as the advocacy/fundraising subproject of the nonprofit The Philippine Independent Communication, Inc., a community organization established in New York City and registered in Albany NY in 2000. The Bonfires relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 2002 and has since modified its organizational structure and target constituents, as well its mode of programming—by expanding its focus to other communities, apart from the Filipino American community.

Tag-Ani Performing Arts Society is a group of motivated theater artists that adheres to the belief that culture must serve to reform and transform the society. Tag-Ani is committed to a nationalist and people-oriented art, and commits itself to safeguarding the welfare and protecting and enriching the rights of Filipino artists and cultural workers. The heart of the organization’s commitment is its adherence to freedom of expression and promotion of artists’ rights.

For this event, the two organizations joined hands to assist the families of the Desaparecidos in search of their missing loved ones. 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the families of the disappeared and the Jonas Burgos Movement.

Jonas Burgos, an activist and son of late press freedom icon Jose Burgos, was missing since April 28, 2007. He was abducted by a group of four armed men and a woman while having lunch at the Hapag Kainan in Ever Gotesco in Commonwealth Avenue. Witnesses said that Jonas was dragged into a maroon Toyota Revo van with a plate number TAB 194. Earlier investigations traced the plate number to an impounded vehicle at the 56th IB headquarters Philippine Army Camp in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Notably, the young Burgos was tagged as a member of the New People’s Army by the military.

The Desaparecidos is an organization founded in 2005 as a group of support for the families of the victims of enforced disappearances, rooting from the Marcos dictatorship up to the present administration.  Since then, they have pounded on the halls of power to surface the victims and stop disappearances, and serve justice to all victims of human rights violations.

Tickets for the Traveling Bonfires cost Php 100. For more information, contact Maryjane Alejo 09208818856; (02) 7945485; ganja_blues@yahoo.com. (by Angelica Carballo)

Walk for a cause

7 Jun

This is starting in about 30 minutes and I feel bad I’m going to miss this.  At 6 a.m., people will convene at KM 0, better known as the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park, and at the PICC, for Walk the World, a World Food Programme event that will take place in about 80 other countries aside from the Philippines.

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From the assembly areas, participants will converge at the Rajah Sulayman Park in front of Malate Church where a program will be held.  UpDharma down and WFP Ambassador KC Concepcion are going to be there!

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The event aims to bring into people’s attention that hunger — not A/H1N1 — is still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world.  And hunger is something we can all help alleviate.

Participants who pre-registered and donated a minimum amount of P150 each get a Walk the World shirt, a bandana, and a certificate of donation.  Sayang ngayon ko lang nalaman ito.

By the way, Rain Baguio posted this hilarious invitation to friends in his Facebook:

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Join Walk the World

1. The chance to see Malate in the morning. Trust me, its different without the lights.

2. UpDharmaDown. No explanation necessary.

3. Its good for the heart, especially yours.

4. Being part of a global event that occurs in 80 countries is awesome.

5. Politicians are prohibited from talking.

6. Models. Sexy. Slim. Buff. Hunks. Are. There.

7. Good for your blog and facebook and twitter.

8. You will see me there hahahahhaa.

9. Well, you will know whether KC indeed has a sex video with he who must not be named.

10. Hungry children in Mindanao.

Though No. 10 is enough for anyone to go, I would have joined for Nos. 2, 6, and 9. Ha!