Posts Tagged ‘Typhoon


Donate to the victims of Yolanda (Haiyan)

Images of the recent devastation of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has just been heartbreaking.  But watching the news won’t do anything, we need to act.   There are many ways we can help: we can donate our time, share our blessings, or both.

Your support brings HOPE
(Credit: Philippine Red Cross)

Since we may not know exactly what is needed, the best donation we could give is cash.  But with all the “foundations” you’ve never heard of suddenly sprawling, we have to be wary on which one to entrust our money.  Personally, I prefer giving donations to the Philippine Red Cross, which over and over again helped the country through countless catastrophes.

For those who have extra load in their mobile accounts, donating to the Philippine Red Cross is very easy.  You send RED <Amount> to 2899 for Globe and 4143 for Smart subscribers.  You may donate the following denominations:

  • Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500, or 1000
  • Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500, or 1000

For example, to donate ₱50, send RED 50.

You know your donations got through when you receive a prompt similar to this, and you know that donation will go a long way

Even a small amount goes a long way if we all contribute.

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You may also donate your time by volunteering to help pack the relief goods for distribution.  These organizations are spread all throughout the country, just make sure to contact them for schedule before dropping by their warehouses as some of them don’t accept “walk-ins.”  For those in and around Metro Manila, you can check this consolidated list of repacking sites.

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Lastly, if you neither have the physical capabilities to help in packing nor have extra money to spare, you may still help.  Prayers.  Sometimes we just don’t realize the power of prayers.

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Everyone in their own way can help.  It’s better that we be on the side that’s giving help rather than the one receiving it.  With calamities reaching unexpected places, we can only hope that one day we don’t end up on the other side of the news.  Let us help however we can, whenever we can.


FILA and Athletes in Action Run for School Rooms

Many of us may have already forgotten Typhoon Sendong but long after it’s gone, its devastation remains in some places in the country, particularly in Iligan City, where entire classrooms were wiped out.  To help raise funds to rehabilitate and rebuild these classrooms, Athletes In Action (AIA) in partnership with Fila is holding Schools Run for School Rooms (SRSR).

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*Gulp!* (“Pedring” and I)

Gulp—that’s my first reaction when I opened our door to leave for the office.  Had I known all the troubles I’d encounter I may have never left home!

The culprit

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Goodbye Summer?

Talk about Mother Nature changing her mind so abruptly—from sweltering heat to flooded streets literally overnight!  Wasn’t it just a few days ago when most of us were complaining with the record highs for the year, and yet yesterday many got stranded with flash floods that swept some of the roads in the Metro?  Does this mean that summer (or the dry season to be exact) is officially over?

PAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 2PM, 09 May 2011 (courtesy

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Darkness Falls

The rainy season’s full onset officially begins in the Philippines as typhoon Basyang (Conson) entered the country’s area of responsibility and had a landfall, and last night Metro Manila was just hammered by very, very strong gusts of winds (maximum of 120kph according to weather reports) as it traverses the island of Luzon.  The result—darkness!  A few minutes short of midnight last night, power was cut and not as isolated as I had initially thought.  As of the time of writing the typhoon is already out into the South China Sea, there’s still no power throughout the island of Luzon, and the operations of electric-powered LRT and MRT were suspended.  It’s a good thing that classes were suspended too as it alleviated traffic.

As I finish my late candlelit dinner last night I can’t help but think how far we have come.  In this age of internet, mobile devices, wireless broadband, and timing chips we sometimes fail to acknowledge our over-reliance to technology, electricity in particular, that we always rush things and forget to slow down to savor those precious moments of life.  Isn’t it nice to take it easy every once in a while?

Last night I felt like I was transported back to the 19th century colonial times and how difficult life was.  You can’t even walk fast as your candle’s light might be put out, not to mention the fire hazards it brings.  I also remembered the phrase “nagsusunog ng kilay” (literally, burning eyebrows, connoting studying) with a scene of a student reading his book in front of a lamp (which reminds me of those rare childhood moments when there’s a blackout and you had to study for the exams the following day).  Then all that experience was broken the moment I opened the tap and there’s running water. 🙂


Ketsana’s PR (Phenomenal Rain)

Typhoon Ketsana, also known as “Ondoy” in the Philippines, was one of the most devastating typhoons in recent history particularly in Metro Manila where all-time-high rainfall was recorded.  Places that never experienced flooding saw unimaginable levels of water, and elsewhere were just nothing short of a disaster.

As for running, the extremely bad weather unsurprisingly caused races to be postponed, including the much anticipated New Balance Power Run.  And announcing its deferment was just timely—the weather was turning from bad to worse and after several hours people were stranded on their roofs.  Although a lot of runners were disappointed, looking back it was a good call by the organizers.

Seeing all the damages and the misery Ketsana has brought was really disheartening.  Suddenly all motivations to run was just carried away.  How can anyone run when at the back of your mind someone you knew was stranded atop their flooded home?

If there were things that this ordeal brought out were the best and the worst in us.  The worst was the act of selfishness—people were just thinking of how to save themselves resulting in more hardships for others and delays in distribution of aide.  It was back to basic instincts—self-preservation, every man for himself.  But then later on the best in us was revived—the act of selflessness.  Suddenly the Tagalog word “Bayanihan” was in use and exhibited.  People themselves started reaching out to help one another because in a way all of us are affected by this calamity.  I myself had a chance to see firsthand some of these genuine acts of kindness and to my surprise even those whom I know were affected by the flooding are even lending a hand.

Angel Brigade (in coordination with Harvest Foundation, Isdanco Foundation, Mased Association) drop off center for Calamity Relief Goods

Angel Brigade (in coordination with Harvest Foundation, Isdanco Foundation, Mased Association) Drop Off Center for Calamity Relief Goods

There’s still a lot of work to be done, and it would be done faster if all of us lend a hand, and most of us can help in our own way.  Even runners are doing their share for the community:

  • Team Hardcore and the TKO.250
    Hardcore runners will be running for the victims of typhoon “Ondoy.”  They will be running four marathons, two half-marathons and a 200 kilometer marathon relay.  For every kilometer they will run, the donor will give Php1. They will run a total of 250 kilometers making the total donation amount of Php250.  You are welcome to give more.  Read More
  • Rio dela Cruz and Timex
    All 2009 Timex Run registration sites will be accepting your generous donations.  I am also opening my home at 46 D. Macapagal St. Vista Valley Subdivision, Sto. Niño, Marikina City if you wish to send it in bulk.  All participants, including friends and family, are invited to the distribution of relief goods on November 15, 2009, 1PM, at the different barangay halls and evacuation centers in the hardest hit areas in Marikina.  Read More
  • The Rescue Run
    It isn’t a race.  There are no race bibs, no souvenir t-shirts, no swag bags, no finishers medals, no prize money.  In lieu of registration fees, we will ask for donations, depending on the distance you intend to cover: Php300 for 3K, Php400 for 5K, and Php500 for 10K.  All proceeds will be donated to the Philippine National Red Cross for typhoon Ketsana victims.  Read More

Even races were not spared of Ketsana’s havoc.  Here’s the list of races that were affected by this typhoon (courtesy

Original Date New Date
New Balance Power Run September 27 November 29
Run For Child October 03 TBA
iRun for Teachers October 03 TBA
Takbong Lasalyano October 03 TBA
Takbo Breast Friends October 04 October 11
Race for LIFE October 10 October 24

Ketsana may be out of the country but the country is still not out of the woods yet.  As of press time another typhoon, Parma (“Pepeng” locally), is slowly making its way into Northern Luzon.  Everyone is hoping that it would pass through peacefully so that we can all start the recovery process and claim back our lives.

As of 02 Oct 2009 15:29 GMT

As of 02 Oct 2009 15:29 GMT

Agencies and Numbers

National Disaster Coordinating Council
(02) 734-2118, (02) 734-2120

Department of Social Welfare and Development
(02) 931-8101 to 05 loc 506, (02) 951-7119

Philippine Coast Guard
(02) 527-3877, (02) 527-8481, (02) 527-6136

Philippine Air Force
0927 964 5098, (02) 853 5023

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

Philippine National Red Cross (for donations)
143, (02) 527 0000

Citizens’ Disaster Response Center
(02) 924 0386, (02) 928 7860

GMA Kapuso Foundation
(02) 982 7777 loc 9901 & 9905

Sagip Kapamilya – ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.
(02) 411-4995, (02) 415-2272 loc 3765

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