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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.

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Hands down a holy sh*t moment

29 Sep

…if this were true.

In case you haven’t heard yet, there were rumors that a number of crocodiles housed in the Pasig Nature Park went missing when floodwaters rose due to Typhoon Ondoy.  The rumor had been going around for days until DZMM finally confirmed that the zoo had lost some of its crocodiles.

Then this morning, from Michael Lambert’s FB, the erswhile missing crocodile surfaced.

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Michael writes:

September 29, 2009
1:20 a.m.

Walked the muddy, murky, spooky, flooded waters of Cainta Greenpark to visit Jo-e and bring her some stuff. Despite the damage, it was good to see that her whole family was okay. This was definitely a first for everyone.

Hand down, the highlight of the night was coming face to face with a crocodile a block away from Jo-e’s house. I still can’t get over it! For a few seconds, my mind went completely blank. We’re still really thankful for not being attacked at all.

What a night!

So whatchathink? True? Or another Nessie?

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.

Manny Villar reminds me of Jamby Madrigal

28 Sep

WTF?!  So tasteless!!!

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Found this on Ms GR Rodis’s FB.  Hindi ba? Parang Jamby Madrigal lang?

Shell shocked (updated)

27 Sep

Right after uploading my post yesterday, we lost electricity.  At first I thought yesterday was just one of those days marred by typhoons, the Philippines being a typhoon-prone country.  But the heavy rains didn’t stop for hours.  And getting cut off from the rest of the world when the electricity went down didn’t help.

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Then my cousin, who was in a panic, told me that my uncle, who’s still recuperating from cancer, was stranded in their Araneta village home in Malabon since floodwaters had almost reached their second floor.  Seriously?  I thought she was just exaggerating.  About an hour later, we were told that they hoisted him up an inflatable bed which they used as a floater to bring him out of the house.  OMG!  That’s crazy!  All of their things on the first floor — the lovely couch, their old piano, photos, everything — were destroyed.  But that doesn’t matter now, they can always replace all the material things they’ve lost.  I’m just thankful that my Tito and his fam have survived this typhoon.

Now that electricity’s back and I’m connected again to the world, I was just shocked to see the extent of the damages brought by Typhoon Ondoy (International name Ketsana).  This has NEVER happened before in the metro, as in!

Enhanced image of the Typhoon Ketsana

Enhanced image of the Typhoon Ketsana

Ketsana/Ondoy hovering over the Philippines

Ketsana/Ondoy hovering over the Philippines

This is the BBC report on Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy.  It is so heartwrenching to see all those people getting swept by the ravaging river.

Sunday morning, two dead bodies were found under San Mateo bridge, the bridge shown in this footage taken by ABS-CBN.

Meanwhile, this is the ABS-CBN report.

And this, an amateur video taken by students stranded inside a hospital/campus.

Now, I’m just thankful that all of my loved ones are safe here with me.  I don’t mind that we temporarily lost the comforts of electricity and water.  I cannot complain, we were the least affected by Ondoy/Ketsana.  But many are still needing our help.

If you know of people who are still stranded on top of their roofs or wherever, CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF EMERGENCY NUMBERS, drop off points for donations, and organizations that badly need our help.

And if you’d like to send money, you may send your donations to the Philippine Red Cross.  For those in the Philippines, we may actually donate without leaving our seats by typing RED<space>AMOUNT (ex. RED 100) on our cellphones and send to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart).  Any amount, even P25 will go a long way.  On second thought, if you can afford to buy, say an LV or a Balenciaga bag, then maybe you could donate more. 🙂

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Because it’s not just noodles or canned sardines Ondoy’s victims need.  They’ll be needing all the help they can get to rebuild their lives.

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FOR INFO:  ‘GMA used P800-million emergency fund for foreign trips’

I know this story is beyond disappointing, but please don’t get discouraged to donate or help out in any way.  Because really, this disaster has shown how in the saddest, darkest hours, we Filipinos have the capacity to unite and help one another.  Besides, there are still many who believe that the Filipinos are worth dying or risking their lives for.