Tuesday, September 29, 2009


After Ondoy, there is still a lot of Filipinos who are devastated, frustrated and incredibly depressed because they lost everything. But when you see them, you still see them smiling albeit the ugly truth and reality that they already have nothing.

In this hour of darkness and in the worst situation, Filipinos continue to show the world the true essence of being a Filipino. Pinoy can smile through all those troubles however daunting they may be. Filipinos always find humor even in the worst circumstances and we always turn every sad situation into something positive. Ganyan ang PINOY! Sa gitna ng TRAHEDYA, may NGITI pa rin tayo! BUO ANG LOOB at PUNO NG PAGASA!

here's some interview of Julius Babao with some survivors,

JB: "Paano niyo naggawang ngumiti at tumawa?"
Survivor : "wala nman mangyayari kung malulungkot kami . Lahat naman po may katapusan."

I strongly agree.

" Di bale na po mawala lahat ng ari-arian, basta kumpleto ang pamilya, ayos lang po," survivor from Montalban Rizal.

Again, I strongly agree. One thing that is quite admirable with Filipinos is that, in the face of tragedy, we never turn our backs on our family. Family comes first. Period.

I thought I was one of those unfortunate ones but realized that you will never know how lucky you are until you see their situation and hear their stories...there is no rich and poor and these people lost almost everything.. some won't even have a place to come home to anymore and some of them even lost lives. But still, I'm proud to say that Filipinos are great people who not only help each other and find strength amidst every storm but can smile through our troubles however daunting they may be.

Caught on TV - Man rescued in a rubberboat asked, "28 na ba ngayon?" Cameraman: "Opo, 28." Man somberly replied, "Bday ko na pala." Rescuers who were paddling hard turned to him in surprise before slowly singing, ..."happy birthday to you..." Even in the midst of devastation the Filipino spirit never ceases to acknowledge and celebrate the gift of life.

I think that's what gives us hope, we value each other's lives and that we're still able to smile and laugh through tough times...tough times that makes us tougher and a wee bit stronger than we think. That makes us a winner...so who's losing now? :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another TYPHOON in 3 DAYS! (from Julius & Christine Babao) please reblog & please be informed (reblogged from pinoytumblr)

The RAINFALL we experienced in 6 hrs was equivalent to 30 days of rainfall. This broke the record rainfall dated 1967 .

Thousands of people homeless. Helpless, Desperate, Angry, In denial. Shocked.

People could not be saved all at the same time for lack of govt resources , manpower and sheer danger in the rescue efforts. Hence, the delay in the rescue.

This is nature’s wrath and man’s folly put together.

Now dat Peping is 3 days away & we dont know and cant tell for sure just how strong it will be this time, if u live in low lying areas or know pipol who do, some tips for disaster & calamity preparedness for the whole family :

1) LGUs & homeowners associations must quickly invest in rubber/motor boats- for quick response & immediate evacuation of residents in subdivisions. Unless we can all afford AGAIN to wait for help.

2) If possible, have presence of mind: DO NOT panic. EACH able membr of d family mst have his/her own bag with the essentials: H20. food. Clothes.blanket, raincoat, medicines, first –aid kit, flashlight, a whistle, milk, diaper etc. according to one’s most urgent needs. The backpack must contain emergency goods, good for at least 48hrs. MAKE SURE BAGS ARE WATERPROOF or - items wrapped in thick plastic bags for added protection.

3) Bring fully charged phones and extra batteries if possible- you need these when you have to climb on top of your roof again.

4) Bring a small radio with extra batteries to be informed. Bring a list of all important telephone numbers to call in times of emergency or store these numbers in ur celphone.

5) Wag magpakasiguro – use your instinct – lumikas na agad kaysa maiipit at matrap ulit.

Because – ONDOY will happen again … and u will never know when help & rescue will come. Self preservation is a must !

Pls feel free to add to this list of must haves and must -dos for typhoon preparedness.

Pls spread the word.

May God help and protect us all and our loved ones from the next typhoon.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Typhoon ONDOY: what a disaster!

Typhoon Ondoy batters Manila.

Death toll hits 50. (as of 09-27-09)
UPDATE: as of 09-28-09 climbed up to 106 dead and missing

It was a major flood because places (like ours in Makati) that are not flood-prone experienced massive flooding and had our share of flood water that was neck-deep yesterday. Now, it's knee-deep outside and we obviously can't still go out.

flood outside our house as of 2:00 pm

Location: Brgy. Olympia Makati near Shopwise pasong tamo and PRC

poor Vios submerged in water and this guy trying to rob something inside tsk tsk

Location: just in front of our house in Makati

flood outside our house as of 9:00 pm

floodwater had risen above chest level

waist-deep floodwater inside our house and it's our first time to experience this .. argh!!

and this has got to be the
wake me up when September ends...

majority of the streets in makati and nearby areas are currently flooded... and that includes this underpass in Ayala


Thousands of people were stranded

Over 1,800 people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers due to rising waters.

Heavy rains brought by tropical storm "Ondoy"
results to major flood

-->cars fully submerged, ravaged and probably need major repairs when things subside

Location: Buendia, Cash & Carry

Cristine Reyes and other stars like Jennica Garcia, Carmina Villaruel, Gladys Reyes, Camille Pratts,etc.. not spared by Ondoy.

Even some celebrities felt the wrath of tropical storm 'Ondoy' as rising flood waters entered and ravaged their plush homes. Cristine was stranded along with her mother and younger brother on top of their two-storey home in Provident Village in Marikina City for almost nine hours..

She was rescued by her sister's bf using his jetski.

even posh and high-end places like The Fort... not spared

It is indeed overwhelming and this has been called an epic flood.. tragic and this has been the worst so far.

Ondoy brought havoc...

Marikina submerged, literally.

Pagasa said that a month's worth of rain fell in six hours.... thousands of people needed to be rescued and trapped in their houses, these people were waiting to be rescued on their rooftops...

-->car submerged in water

Location, Araneta Avenue, QC

massive flooding all over Quezon City

Location: Katipunan

-->big waves of floodwaters at katipunan, flooded streets due to heavy downpour

Typhoon Ondoy, has been the worst Metro Manila has ever seen since 1968.

Ortigas Extension, Pasig


Insurance companies must be fuming mad and they should seriously have to deal with this weather and I mean whether they like it or not..

Ayala underpass=underwater

-->some bunch of losers.. ugh!!

shame on you! you should get your lazy a** helping out other people instead of sitting there and getting drunk..

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Filipinos suffering of this massive climate catastrophe and all victims of Typhoon Ondoy. All I could do is to say a prayer that they will all be safe and well. Please give time for prayers and special thoughts for the victims of flood wrought by Typhoon Ondoy.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

please vote for Maia =) Pampers hugmamahal photo contest ;p


Please join me as I celebrate the joy of a mother's hug with Pampers Comfort by voting for Maia Chanelle Estranero's photo entry!

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Please join me as I celebrate the joy of a mother's hug with Pampers Comfort by voting for Maia Chanelle Estranero's photo entry!

Just click on the button below to vote or text VOTE 06856 and send to 2910.