Where to Send Donations for Victims of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana)

The scene in my neighborhood where flood waters pretty much remained on the roads only, so everyone was
lucky enough to have dodged the worst of the floods. It’s a different story in other parts of Metro Manila and Luzon Photo by Jr. Lo (via FB).

I’m re-posting this list of donations centers where you can send your donations (food, clothing, etc.) to the victims of tropical storm Ondoy from Miriam Quiambao’s blog (shobiz ever, yes).

Relief Aid and Donations

  • (UPDATE) NU 107 G/F. Suite 102, AIC Gold Tower, Emerald Ave, Ortigas Center Pasig City
  • (UPDATE) Spreadsheet of all donation centers/drop-off points with contact numbers.
  • Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
  • NoyMar relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at +639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
  • Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details.
  • Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
  • Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
  • Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298, +632-5639308)
  • Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)
  • Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy

Source: AP
  • Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
  • Philippine National Red Crossdifferent ways to Donate.
  • Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  • Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)
  • Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
  • TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN
  • Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397, +632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
  • Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
  • Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at La Salle Greenhills Gate 2 tomorrow or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
  • Petron: You may bring your relief goods to [SELECTED] Petron branches.
  • LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).

Actress Christine Reyes waiting for rescue from her house’s rooftop with her family.

  • “LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray”: Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at luzonrelief@gmail.com
  • MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
  • Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) — they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
  • Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.
  • Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
  • MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.

For relief donations through Philippine Red Cross:


text RED [space] AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

You can only send the following amounts: 5, 25, 50, 100, and 300. Texting donation is only P1/message.

text DONATE [space] AMOUNT [space] 4-digit M-PIN [space] REDCROSS to 2882


Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross. We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

Account Name: The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM


Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 4991-0010-99
Type of Account: CURRENT

UN Branch
Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
Type of Account: SAVINGS
Swift Code: BOPI PH MM


I’m pretty sure that the mothership and the stepmothership will also hold donation campaigns with their employees and consultants.

On NYTimes: Dozens Killed in Philippines Flooding.

Winnie Monsod Grills Mikey Arroyo

It’s a slow-news day, so here is a nice filler. Presidential spawn and talentless movie actor Pampanga Congressman Mikey Arroyo‘s reasoning about irregularities in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities doesn’t make sense, but his challenge for anyone to sue him does. Somebody please give it to him.

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Some take-aways:

  • Presidential spawn’s net worth grew from P5 million in 2002 to P76 million in 2008. The difference is hindi kalakihan anyway.
  • Contributions to his campaign funds made his life “nakagaan ng kaunti.” (“Tapos pag kampanya, siyempre kahit papaano marami ding tumutulong sa atin. Hindi naman sa nakaipon, pero siyempre nakakagaan ng kaunti… “). Still, from P5 million to P76 million in just 5 years???
  • He wouldn’t divulge on TV who the other investors in the company are, although their names are registered with the SEC and thus, are on public records. However, spawn wants to make it hard for Monsod and everyone watching the segment to find out who they are.
  • Presidential son/business entity flips houses in the US but doesn’t sell house, but flips house, have one house, then other house, and then…I’m confused.
  • Everybody in the government does it anyway. WoOt?
  • Winnie Monsod can put any spawn in his place, especially if spawn is not particularly bright.
  • Arnold Clavio saying ill-gotten wealth is major LOL.
  • Mikey Arroyo sounds like, and is as inarticulate as, Willie Revillame.
  • Spawn, take note, is a legislator. He signs documents he says he doesn’t understand, which makes one wonder if he read the bills he voted for. Does he even read?

Via Ellen Tordesillas

The house being questioned is located at 1655 Beachway Park Boulevard, San Mateo, California:

The Marketplace – Dibidi, Bags, and Mp3 Players All Under One Roof

In contrast to the nearly exaggerated emphasis on security at the mothership, one could bring just about anything at the stepmothership. Flash drives, smart phones, and mp3 players lying around are not a rare sight, and in fact, one could even purchase an mp3 player from the mothership intranet store. I should be glad for such small creature comforts as listening to my favorite tunes on my kikay pod and the ability to text, call or check my schedule on my trusty Moto. And I ruddy am.

I missed the DVD sale at the reception area the other day, though. In spite of my non-working dibidi player, I’m still acquiring new titles, particularly the ones that never made it to local cinemas and would not make it to video stores. So far, I have “blu-ray” copies of Love in the Time of Cholera and Cinema Paradiso. And if I so much as get a glimpse of the films that we used to review at film class back in college, I would trade in half of my weekly lunch budget. This is one convenience that I had stopped enjoying ever since I jumped ships from Ayala to Pasong Tamo, and having someone bring in contrabands all the way to the office premises is sort of…fun. Give me the classics, yo, and more of that dude who played the serial killer in that Cohen brothers movie.

From snacks to pirated media to…bags! There is an on-going sale of luxury bags (Chanel, LV, Prada, etc.) at the 5th floor. Everything sells for about half of the original price, but that is still a lot if you’re talking about parting with 50k in cash for a piece of fashion heaven. Apparently, I am neither label-crazy nor high net worth. But trust upon the enterprising among us to offer some pretty, authentic (I hope! How would I know?), price-friendly for the budget-friendly stuff. Receiving a catalog of purty things last night felt like a walk into the budget section of lower Manhattan’s best kept retail secret: Century 21.

I chose three items from the catalog…or zipped photos, but what the hey, digital is cheaper; cheaper overhead means less cost passed on to customers.

Ralph Lauren bag

Preppy. I like!

Nine West white bag White. Perfect if you are riding jeepneys through Makati’s smoggy
rush hour traffic. And when you’re in Makati, every hour is rush hour.
So sold.

tommy hilfiger sporty bag Sporty. I like the most! Sold 🙁
I also like that man-purse with shiny gold lame that Fed uses at this year’s Wimbledon, but I’m afraid that bag was made only for him, much like the Uncle Ho jacket.

UPDATE: This is what I ended up with. Tommy Hilfiger Med Iconic Tote.

Is This Federer’s Wimbledon ’09 Kit? Updated

From his practice session with Marat Safin last week. I hope Nike has the exact same jacket design for women, gold bands and all, and available in size-1.

Backside (pun intended 🙂 )

From Roger Federer’s teaser photo about his Wimby garb on Facebook. Nice marketing ploy, Nike, but can you please make these RF kits for women as well?

UPDATE 1: It looks like Roger is walking on to Centre Court with a suit reminiscent of Wimby ’06 and ’07, only with gold bands/piping and a military feel to it. Even fashion-wise, the British press keeps cooking up a Fed-Murray rivalry.

UPDATE 2: It’s official. This is Roger’s Wimby 2009 jacket as posted on his Facebook profile. I prefer the sporty jacket, but if there’s anybody who can rock a military-style top at a tennis event, it’s Federer. I can’t imagine Murray strutting in this kit without raising Ana Wintour’s brows.

UPDATE 3: I like the jacket, the shoes, and certainly the bag. I’m not sure about the pants, but I hope he wears it right when he gets 15th.

Roger Federer's Wimbledon 2009 outfit

Oh Roger, chuck the pants and the vest. The military jacket is fine as it is. You’re not supposed to look like you were serving actual food, just bagels and bread sticks, which you can serve pretty well wearing your usual outfit.

Quel Temps Fait-il?

I like rains in the afternoons, but not when I’m about to take my commute from work. I like rains in the evenings, but not when I have to compete with Manila’s 15 million other commuters to get a taxi. I like rains in general, but not when it causes horrible traffic jams or when it means getting my shoes soaked in grimy waters.

I guess people are just as fickle when it comes to liking and disliking the weather, and I can tell from their status updates on Facebook, but it has very little effect on people’s moods, according to a Humboldt University study. As CNN weather reports of more wet days to come, bring out your raincoats or umbrellas; stock up on “bed weather” food; find good books to read within the comforts of your room. For this weekend, I’m reading Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda.

One day to go before TGIF.

How You Hold Your Glass Reveals Your Personality

How do you hold your glass of drink or your beer bottle?

Just like pretty much of everything else in life, how you hold your glass says a lot about your personality or your character. According to British psychologist Glenn Wilson, there are eight personality types based on the way people hold their glasses. The study was made through observations of 500 people at a London bar. I’m Ice Queen, apparently, but that’s before the buzz kicks in.

How to Save New Brain Cells

It is possible to grow new brain cells in adulthood, but the challenge lies in keeping these cells, which are produced mostly in the hippocampus when people learn new cognitive or practical skills. However, not all new knowledge acquisitions are equal: as people (or in the case of laboratory experiments on the topic, dogs and mice) get accustomed or conditioned to their newly acquired knowledge or skills (i.e., things become routinary) new cells that were produced in the course of their learning die out. But the flip-side is that some cells actually stay around if the learning or the mental exercise involved is, remains, or becomes more challenging. It’s basically a case of learning begets more learning; new brain cells are produced when one learns more, but for them to stick around longer or permanently, one must challenge one’s cognitive capacity or aptitude continuously. So if you think that your intellect has taken a nosedive lately, this is the right time to maybe learn calculus, a new language, or enough economics to figure out why the world is in such a deep financial mess.

“If you watch TV, read magazines or surf the Web, you have probably encountered advertisements urging you to exercise your mind. Various brain fitness programs encourage people to stay mentally limber by giving their brain a daily workout—doing everything from memorizing lists and solving puzzles to estimating the number of trees in Central Park.

“It sounds a bit gimmicky, but such programs may have a real basis in neurobiology. Recent work, albeit mostly in rats, indicates that learning enhances the survival of new neurons in the adult brain. And the more engaging and challenging the problem, the greater the number of neurons that stick around. These neurons are then presumably available to aid in situations that tax the mind. It seems, then, that a mental workout can buff up the brain, much as physical exercise builds up the body.

“The findings may be particularly interesting to intellectual couch potatoes whose brains could benefit from a few cerebral sit-ups. More important, though, the results lend some support to the notion that people who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or who have other forms of dementia might slow their cog­nitive decline by keeping their minds actively engaged.”

Read the rest of the story on Scientific American.