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15 January 2010

Metro Manila and the entire Philippines were caught off guard last September 26, 2009 when Typhoon Ondoy suddenly struck. It was recorded to be the Tropical Depression with the worst rainfall to hit Manila, leaving hundreds and thousands of people without shelter, food, and clothing.

Right after Ondoy & Pepeng, thousands of volunteers from all walks of life gathered together to aid and assist those in need. Women were first to respond. Evacuation centers, packing centers and soup kitchens quickly filled with women who were armed and ready to help in every which way they can. It was their love, care and kindness that inspired more people to come out and help too.

But despite this initial outpour of concern, 57,000 families are still living in evacuation centers scattered all throughout Luzon. More than 30,000 of the displaced are women. Christmas and New Year have come and gone, and life in the evacuation centers have worsened. Their health and well-being have suffered tremendously, having poor and limited access to water, shelter, health care and clothing.

Inspired by that first wave of women volunteers, Modess is taking up the challenge for continued care for our displaced sisters in need. 30,000 comfort kits – much needed packets of feminine care – will be distributed across the 220 evacuation centers still in operation.

Modess has set up a Facebook group where female volunteers can sign up for a comfort kit to be given in their name. Every sign up means one more comfort kit donated.

With only its first month in operation, the Modess Angels group page has already reached more than 30,000 Angels, and will continue to grow in the next days. The Facebook group has also become a hub for more information on the evacuation centers, a support system for women volunteers and an all-around community of of sisterhood, sharing, fun and love. After all, the need for female empowerment & volunteering never ends. The Modess Angels are women who make a difference, not only during these troubled times, but with her self, her family and her community as well.

It doesn’t take an army to rebuild a nation. It takes Angels.

Modess Angels Press Release


A vote for Earth

Earth Hour

It’s about 50 minutes until the Philippines officially participates in Earth Hour. You know, at first it didn’t strike me as anything big or anything that  I thought mattered to a lot of people. But as today came closer and closer, I was able to see the participation of many people as well as many tv shows. On cable, many of the shows I watch will not be airing anything in participation of this momentous event. At home as well, me and my family will be participating in Earth Hour by having a candlelit dinner and switching off all our lights. Many friends of mine on plurk as well will be participating in this event, with many of us (especially my friends who blog) who are blogging about this event.

It’s nice to see people around the world coming together to care about Mother Earth. Despite what many people say about this hardly making any effect, since an hour is only an hour out of 24 hours in a day, and out of 365 days (8760hours) in a year, making the effort to switch off one’s lights for an hour is surely a big thing. And even if we switch off our lights only for an hour out of 8760 hours in a year, I am sure Mother Earth will appreciate the effort we’re making. I am also sure that even an hour, will help Mother Earth stay clean and green a little longer~ 🙂

Quoting from the official Earth Hour website,

“In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.”

So Vote Earth now and help Mother Nature stay clean and green a little longer. Turn off your lights from 830pm-930pm (your local time).


E-commerce for Enterpreuners

One of the best things about the internet is that a person can look up just about anything. Google and other search engines have made it possible for people to look for topics they are interested in, without having to get off the chair. Online sites for shopping, banking, even learning have made it possible for people to do everything they want without having to get up and go out of their house, and drive through traffic to get to one specific destination. Web blogs (otherwise known as blogs) have made it possible for people to write about their inner most thoughts, and if they want, they can even get famous for it. Seriously, there is nothing that the internet cannot do for the average Joe/Jane. It’s the world at the tip of one’s fingers.

But there is one thing that we musn’t forget, and that is that with great power comes great responsibility…in other words, great access to all these things comes with a price and a responsibility to the user. Once, we thought that the internet was a safe place to roam. Because we have access to information and other such accessible things without having to get many things in person, we believe that we don’t have to risk anything of our own to get what we want. This is false. Even the internet isn’t safe, and some believe that the internet is even more dangerous than real life. Since more and more people have access to the internet, the possibility of danger is even greater. There are people out there who may abuse things that they gather from the internet. It could be a simple thing such as plagiarism for a paper, or posing as someone on some social networking site. It could lead to something more dangerous such as tricking other people into doing something because they believe the site or user to be someone else, like clicking on viruses or getting people to give you their personal information; and the possibility of identity thefts and other such thievery is more possible now than ever.

Which is why, I am very much interested in getting a copy of this book. As internet users, it is our responsibility to keep ourselves up-to-date with everything around us, including the internet. Ignorance does not give us the right to do as we please without fear of consequence. Be it for people who are interested in getting to know the workings of the internet for entrepreneurial purposes or not, this book has a cause, and its to educate people about some things we should and should not do. As internet users, it is our responsibility to know our rights when faced with “the world of the internet”. It is also our responsibility to make sure that what we do, does not go against any code or protocol on the internet. Honestly, they should teach these in schools, especially to young children who aren’t aware of what consequences their small actions may lead them to.

Me, I want a copy of this book because despite the fact that I have been using the internet for quite some time, I am not familiar with a lot of things I should know. In my countless years on the internet, I’ve usually stuck to personal things which don’t involve other people knowing a lot about what I do and whatnot. But in more recent years, I’ve been involved in more active blogging and other such aspects, which needs further knowledge on the matter. I believe that this book, will in some way help me and my friends (who are getting into using the internet for blogging and entrepreneurial purposes) to know the basic fundamentals to accessing the “world of internet”.

Being ignorant does not mean that we are free from the consequences of our actions. Educate yourself.

The author of the book, Ecommerce for Enterpreneurs, is Janette Torral. She is the same author for the book Blogging from Home, for which me and my mom have a personal copy. 🙂 Thanks again Tita Janette! I hope I get to attend the launching of this book.


ABS-CBN in Copyright Violation

Written by Noemi Lardizabal-Dado. Re-posted from here.

It is rare for me to rant in my blog unless of course, there is a positive resolution in the end. I also believe that when I have problems with services or products, I give the business owners or officers a way out. Ranting without doing anything about it is just not my cup of tea. In most cases, my bitch powers work and I often get satisfactory results. Being married to a lawyer, I often hear my husband say that one should try amicable settlement before filing a suit. Our courts are swamped with thousands and upon thousands of court cases that have yet to be resolved years later.

I also don’t believe in pulling strings to get my message across. I feel that one should start with the persons involved before bringing it to the highest officer or persons involved in my complaint.

As a blogger, I often encounter copyright infringement. We, of course, know that most of the blogs are hosted in servers based in the US where Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) is strictly enforced. A Friendster Blogger even stole my personal entries to make it come off as hers. Two bloggers copied off my recipes complete with photos hotlinked to my server. In cases, like these, one should get hold of the host and report the violation in a specified format. In 24 hours (except for because they want the complaint mailed), the entry is removed. Oh yeah, Friendster makes it hard to report copyright violations.

I also choose my battles.

Read the rest here.

My entry does not end with TJ Manotoc or ABS CBN.

Lesson learned: Always be aware of what you publish on the net. Also, if someone uses your art, takes credit for your work or does not credit your work, find the proper authorities to whom you can complain. Do not take it lying down because your work and your image is important. Of course, you must first contact the person/company who used your work without credit/permission. When that does not turn up anything useful, like the person/company refuses to acknowledge their mistake, then you take it to higher authorities.


Bloggers at 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: Give in to Giving


Wednesday evening of the 19th of November, various bloggers gathered together with 12 NGO’s at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) which launched 12 Cups with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf: Give in to Giving. Coffee Bean aims to help 12 different advocacies this Christmas, and hopes that you can too. With every drink that you purchase (which falls under the specific drink assignments listed on the card), you shall receive a stamp on your card. Once you’ve collected 12 stamps, you have the opportunity to donate to one of the 12 partner advocacies, and of course you will also receive 1 limited edition CBTL notebook together with your  card.

The event served to be a very educational and society-geared event, which led the awareness of many advocacies in the Philippines. Not only that, but the event gave each blogger the opportunity to get to know the partner advocacies one-by-one, by allotting each one a table which the bloggers could freely chose to sit in so that they themselves could converse with the representatives and ask questions about the organization.

I personally would like to congratulate CBTL for launching such an event. Not many people are aware of the different organizations in the Philippines and how they can help. In this way, this “program” will allow people to donate to organizations of their choice, while still enjoying one of many of CBTL’s delicious drinks and desserts. Hopefully, many people will decide to take their time to enjoy CBTL’s products, amidst this Christmas spirit.


The following advocacies are:

1. Kababaihan Gabay sa Bayan (KAGABAY) – Sponsor a child’s education through KGABAY and lend a hand in developing needed infrastructure, feeding programs and teacher’s honoraria.

2. Philippine Business for Social Congress (PBSP) – Help PBSP deliver basic health care through general check-ups for children of different communities.

3. Bahay Tuluyan – Make a difference with Bahay Tuluyan and give birthday gifts to children who need special attention from abuse.

4. The Philippine Animal and Welfare Society (PAWS) – Help the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center give abandoned or neglected dogs and cats a second chance in life with new loving homes.

5. Haribon – Adopt-a-seedling and help the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources conserve the Philippine biodiversity

6. Cartwheel Foundation – Help the Cartwheel Foundation bring education to indigenous children ages 2 and a half to 7, in preparation for elementary school.

7. Caritas Manila-Restorative Justice – Support the Restorative Justice Program of Caritas Program of Caritas Manila and help provide school supplies for the Value Formation classes for detainees.

8. Kythe – Support Kythe and help alleviate the anxiety of children with cancer and their families by providing a day of fun and games.

9. Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) – Bring awareness and education to the parents of autistic children by sponsoring valuable books for the library of the Autism Society.

10. Philippine Cerebral Palasy Inc. – Help Philippine Cerebral Palasy Inc in the prevention and care of cerebral palasy and give patients a month of continous rehabilitation and therapy.

11. Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM) – Help the Philippie Band of Mercy provide operations for children who were physically disfigured at birth and give them happier lives.

12. Resources for the Blind -Help Resources for the Blind provide grade 1 students with Braille textbooks to help integrate them into regular schools.


Notebook Design1


Notebook Design 2


Notebook Design 3

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is located at TriNoMa, SM The Block, Gateway, Ortigas Park, Paseo Center, Bonificacio High Street, Mall of Asia, Convergys Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Alabang Town Center, Rockwell, Robinson’s Ermita, Greenhills Promenade, Robinson’s Galleria, Eastwood, Tomas Moratio and 2 more branches in Cebu. Visit their homepage at

Another Geiser-Maclang event.


Bloggers at the Biggest Outdoor Gallery in Asia Opening at Top Shelf

October 16, 2008.

Top Shelf, on the 5th Floor of Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street, was venue to the opening of the Biggest Outdoor Gallery in Asia by 2nd Media. What began from 10 promising Filipino artists (namely Popo San Pascual, Riel Hilario, Eddie Boy Escudero, Jose Terrence Ruiz, Mario V. Fernandez, Gari Buenavista, MM Yu, Christina Quisumbing Ramilio, Loatsu Manes and Tina Fernandez) creating artworks that highlighted environmental awareness within the country, surged to 29 artists whose arts are featured in different billboards throughout the Metro.

One of the points highlighted in the event, was to promote environmental awareness by posting artworks in billboards which would temporarily take the viewer away from their everyday stress. Instead of merely seeing advertisements for so and so products, one can appreciate and give insight to the current environmental situation in the Philippines. 2nd Media and the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines aims to raise awareness that billboards are effective channels for communication, and not simply tools for advertising.

The event was a simple but delightful event attended by bloggers, the artists, and press people alike. Though catering to a small crowd, the event brought about a distinct awareness towards the presence of billboards, and the aim to present them as something more than an advertising media tool. Many of the artists were present to present their distinctive and creative artworks, ranging from photographs, to paintings, to graphic designs, to simple artwork, and even to recycled materials. Even MM Yu, who was an artist whose works we visited for our FA101 class at the Ateneo Art Gallery, was there with her beautiful photographic artwork.

I really liked the event. I agree with the companies’ aim to present billboard as something more than just an advertising tool. Mere advertising has tainted billboard art, and I’m glad that they’re starting something like this, especially since Manila is one of the Billboard Capitals of the World.

So far, I’ve only seen Mating Call by Popo San Pascual which can be seen along EDSA, on the freeway coming from SM into Greenhills. If you happen to see more of them, please leave a comment stating which one you’ve seen and where. This is where you can see the first 10 artworks that were presented, as well as some other pictures taken at the event.


End of the Beijing 2008 Olympics

The Beijing Olympics has ended, and with no surprise as to who is leading in the tally of medals. China wins more gold than the USA, though the US garners 10 medals more than China in the total tally count. The beginning of the Beijing Olympics gave way to much praise from various countries and organizations as to the exhibition presented by China. From amazing fireworks, to spectacular dances and visual presentations, and leaving little if no room for more applause. London has a lot to live up to if it wishes to out-perform Beijing in the upcoming London 2012 Olympics.

After the presentation of the Opening Ceremonies, a lot of news has turned up in regards to the “truth” behind the preparation. The footsteps fireworks presented at the Bird’s Nest has turned out to be a pre-recorded fireworks presentation. In this writer’s opinion, I don’t find any fault in China pre-recording such a presentation. It may seem unfair to some, but I believe that fireworks are something that cannot be fully controlled and as such, some pre-ceremony preparations were necessary. As well, it turns out that the cute little girl who was tasked to sing Ode to the Motherland (a favorite of mine as a little girl), was simply lip-synching the song. Lin MiaoKe, the girl on stage was simply mouthing the words to the song sung by Yang PeiYi, who was deemed unfit to represent China because she wasn’t as cute as Lin. I find this very disturbing, teaching kids as young as them that it’s okay to cheat such things if it is in the interest of greater society. I pity both girls who were dragged into such a problem.

Other problems have also arisen, such as the controversial under-age problem presented by China’s gymnasts who participated in the Olympic Games. Recently, I have also come across some other issues, an example of which was a budding dancer who fell off a malfunctioning platform during one of the rehearsals for the Games, and is now paralyzed from waist down. Such sad news for a performer still in her prime.

So as the Beijing 2008 Olympics has come to an end, it brings with it many things. Both good and bad points have emerged from China’s preparation for such an event. One can only hope that the Olympic Games brings about things which it aspires to uphold and create.

Click here for the official Final Medal Tally.


Citing Sources:

Singing Controversy

Dancer, Paralyzed.

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