Friday, February 29, 2008
As of February 25, 2008, the following areas were declared under state of calamity: Eastern Samar, Albay province, Sigma, Capiz and Magallanes, Sorsogon.
According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), 124,500 families or 597,077 individuals have been displaced from 1,297 barangays (villages) of 123 municipalities in 10 cities. The incessant rain caused the lives of 35 persons, while 27 were injured and 10 are still missing.
The estimated cost of damage to properties has now reached almost $26.6 million or Php 1.089 billion: $6.4 million on agriculture and $ 20 million on infrastructure.
The government's Department of Social Welfare and Development, Office of Civil Defense and other agencies have already initiated relief operations and extended other types of assistance in the affected areas. The provincial governments together with local non-government organizations are also working together to mobilize the needed resources.
Ayala Foundation USA (AF-USA) would like to appeal for your immediate assistance as our fellow Filipinos suffer from the destruction that this severe weather condition has caused.
Please send your donations to:
Ayala Foundation USA
255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428
Redwood City, CA 94065 USA
Tel. no. (650) 598-3126
Fax no. (650) 508-8988
Contact person: Marivic Padilla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here's an opening if you're in the L.A. area.
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Monday, February 25, 2008
One of my favorite I-can't-believe-I'm living-in-America moments was covering a pre-Oscars show in 2005 and actually walking the red carpet a couple of hours before the ceremony, thanks to my past Philippine News editor Lara Climaco who gave me that assignment.
In 2006, I also did an exclusive interview with Pia Clemente, the first Pinay Oscar nominee, in her limo ride to the event. You can watch that report here.
My favorite Oscar moments this year were seeing Once collect the Best Song honors, and catching a glimpse of Pinoy actor Dante Basco of Hook in a montage (that's him on the left in an old still photo).
If you haven't seen Once, see it now: It's my favorite 2007 movie, such a simple but hopeful movie with an amazing real-life backstory. I know that other Oscar fares such as No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are excellent movies showing compelling stories about men, but Once has a heart and soul that you'd like to remember long after the credits rolled. Its stars Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard turn in naturalistic performances. At the Oscars, Marketa's acceptance speech about keeping your dream no matter the odds says it all.
Speaking of movies, before the Oscar telecast, I caught one on DVD called Fierce People, which featured Tagalog dialogue. It's an indie movie starring Diane Lane. It starts out charming then makes a dark and disturbing turn towards the end. The Tagalog dialogue came via a native tribe shaman. If you watch it, when you hear the familiar Tagalog words, tell me if you're elated that the language is featured in a Hollywood movie, or disappointed because it portrays Tagalog-speaking people as savages.
[photo: Dante Basco, USCU Colorado]
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Michael left behind a 9-year-old son, the reason why he joined the Army in the first place. Described as a happy-go-lucky young man, Michael wanted to stay on the right path and provide a good future to his son by becoming a soldier.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My most embarrassing moment has to be when I was singing for an event and right at the beginning of the song I slipped because of my heels.
I pray & hold onto the guardian angel coin with my birthstone on it that my mom gave me.
My personal goals in life are to become a better daughter/sister, finish school, have a better relationship in the love department...just continue to be happy.
If I don't make it on American Idol, I'm still going to continue to sing and go to school for nursing.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Like many Pinoys raised in the Philippines before the computer age and the OFW boom, Johanna started getting a strong work ethic as soon as she entered elementary school. It's not at all forced child labor, she says, but just her own desire to help her family even in a small way and also to spend time with her like-minded friends. During summers, like many girls and boys her age, she raised money to buy school supplies for the coming schoolyear by sewing pawid leaves, materials that were used to build nipa huts. She treasures this experience because it taught her the value of hard work.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Individual taxpayers could receive at least $300 and up to $600.
Married taxpayers who file joint returns will get a maximum rebate of $1,200, depending on your tax liability. Kahit yung asawa lang ninyo ang nagtrabaho, you will still get the maximum amount, just make sure to file jointly.
No. Ang qualified lang sa rebate ang yung mga anak na younger than 17.
What do I need to do to get the check?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Before May 12, you can save some money by buying Forever stamps.
Last year, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issued the Forever stamp, which will always be valid as First-Class postage on standard envelopes weighing one ounce or less, regardless of any subsequent increases in the First-Class rate.
“The Postal Service developed the Forever Stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes,” said Postmaster General John Potter of the USPS. “We encourage Americans to buy Forever Stamps now for 41 cents, because like the name suggests, they are good forever.”
When the price goes up to 42 cents on May 12, all Forever stamps bought at 41 cents will still (and forever, naks) be valid.