Friday, October 30, 2009

Canigao Island: A Revisit

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I have to post my 2009 summer experience in Canigao Island now before these photos become totally stale (I know, the long overdue is never forgivable!) . I already have 2 posts about the island but I take the liberty to blog about it again so you may know about it or to just keep you refreshed.

My early posts:
Canigao Island (Matalom, Leyte)



Lechon (roasted pig) should be enough for the day.


At the terminal. Where's Joemill? :)


Souvenirs.

Approaching. Views from afar.

Feeling the island!

So you wouldn't get lost, here's the map but don't wander to the protected area. The lighthouse.


Everything that breathes the island life.


Way back home. Arrived safely. Soaking in the sun all day long was surely fun.


The sun set perfectly.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

To Be Aware is To Live

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While many paid attention to the call, still more turned a deaf ear.


This day, the 15th of October is Blog Action Day where bloggers all around the world unite in attacking one issue that is relevant to the global status quo. The world's most pressing concern at least today is climate change.

Everyone should be reminded that the worst is gradually showing its might. What happened to the greater part of Luzon, the Philippines recently is a true testament to nature's wrath. Floods, landslides, abnormal average weather, increasing global temperature, glaciers melting, etc. - these are but aftermaths of an environment deteriorating if not giving up. I am a non-expert on this matter to be honest. Scientists are debating on the real cause/s of climate change.

The simplest I can do perhaps is to accept the fact that the world is changing and that climate change is a serious problem. Everyone should care for the world. It just needs some loving. Some can still probably laugh at the thought of human annihilation, the next Atlantis, the next Great Flood or a typical chaos in a movie but shrugging the possibility is just insanely a gesture of ignoramuses.

In any way we can, we should help find its cause/s and take radical and immediate action on the environment before the worst nears in our midst. That way, we control climate change and we choose to live better.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thank You

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people behind the Philippine Blog Awards for the recognition as a national finalist for Best Personal Blog! Being a finalist is more than reason enough why blogging should be part of my lifestyle.

I have been blogging before "blogging" was really even called as such. It was in 2000 (hmm, 4th year high school makes me a bit old). Then officially a Blogspot writer in 2003. Blogging however was an on and off activity. Then in early 2009, came Brief Stories because of a friend's encouragement (I say thanks to you). I'm enjoying it now and I promise to squeeze blogging in between work (I know) and my affairs with the outside world.

Also, to my readers and to those who voted on Flippish for the Viewer's Choice Award, I have to manage thank-you letters sent to you.

So, this is definitely a good start!
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Cebu Bloggers Society up for Bloggers' Choice Special Award on the Philippine Blog Awards

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This is your Brief Stories once again amigos.

Point-blank. I am here to proudly cast my vote for Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) for the Bloggers' Choice Special Award on the Philippine Blog Awards (PBA Visayas). The event will be held on October 18, 2009 (7 PM) at the Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City. This is a first in the Visayas region, should be exciting!

Reason. CBS is undeniably instrumental in putting Cebu in the forefront. The group is doing a great job in promoting Cebu. Kudos to the minds behind CBS! I myself have the chance to meet a few of them (I am a newbie), they're definitely a pack with different personalities that makes up an excellent CBS.


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cebu Donation Centers for Ondoy Victims

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Let's all help the victims of typhoon Ondoy. To all Cebuanos, you can drop off your donations at any of the following locations:

1. CEBU MUSICIANS AND OUTPOST RESTOBAR will help Ondoy victims! Joseph Castillo, husband of musician Lia Luisa A. Castillo will send a 20ft Container to the stricken areas especially Marikina and Cainta. Details to follow. Drop in some love while you listen to some music. Get in touch with him through 09082368999 or 09322117111.

(Ondoy-Live-Aid at the Outpost, 7pm on Wednesday, September 30. Bring your donations. Let’s fill up Joseph Castillo’s container!)

2. CALTEX BANILAD is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.

3. CALTEX SERVITEK CABANCALAN, Mandaue City is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.

4. CALTEX PANAGDAIT is officially a drop-off point for the Joseph Castillo container van.

5. FORMO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE at Banilad Town Center is also a drop off center for the container van of Jospeh Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID. For more details: Facebook.com/FORMO.lounge

6. TOYS@WORK – Banilad Town Center is also a drop off center for the container van of Jospeh Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID. For more details: Facebook.com/FORMO.lounge

7. VUDU is also a drop off center for the container van of Jospeh Castillo from Monday until Thursday, 5pm onwards. This is inline with the ONDOY LIVE AID.

8. Donations drop off at BANILAD CHURCH OF CHRIST (building in front of Bright Academy near Sto. Nino Village), Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

9. SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN – Tabunok, Talisay Branch accepting donations from 10am to 9:30pm. Tabang Para sa mga Biktima ni Ondoy…Istorya.net asks you to donate to the victims of Storm Ondoy. Our brothers and sisters in Luzon need our help.

10. AUNT GENIE’S BREADHOUSE. 1279 Talamban, Cebu City (In front of the Talamban Sports Complex). call 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area.

11. BIZROUTE SOLUTIONS (Mon – Sat 11PM to 4PM) Unit 302 Keppel Bldg, Ayala Center Cebu. call 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area.

12. BIZROUTE SOLUTIONS – Lahug Office (Mon – Sat 11PM to 2PM) Unit 201 MIT Bldg. Gorordo Ave., Lahug (near JY Square). call 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area.

13. CUE CAFE – Crossroads Mall accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief operations.

14. CITIGYM accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops.

15. Y101 Station accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief operations.

16. CEBU WORLD VISION SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS can help. Cash donations to BPI: 4251-0024-15 or BDO: 2700-4341-1

17. HOLIDAY GYM & SPA – Banilad Cebu set up a relief operations Drop-Off center beginning today 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 27.

18. ABS-CBN CEBU is now accepting relief goods…

19. VERY MARY (shop of designer Mary Melody Ty) is accepting goods. 2nd Floor, Myra’s Pensoionne, Escario Street. Beside Golden Peak Hotel.

20. VICTORY CEBU is also accepting donations for typhoon victims: 3/F Dacay Bldg. Escario St. (across BPI Escario) near Capitol. #(032)254-7023

21. JULIE’s BAKESHOPS used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, please message me or leave a comment.)

22. ANDORRA TILES OFFICE used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, please message me or leave a comment.)

23. WADE SM located at the 2nd floor of the Northwing (beside Mint and Filippo) will serve as a drop off point until Wednesday 5pm. Goods will be forwarded to Outpost afterwards.

24. ORANGE BRUTUS P. Del Rosario (across USC Main) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

25. ORANGE BRUTUS – Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

26. ORANGE BRUTUS – Centro Mandaue (near Mandaue City Hall) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

27. ORANGE BRUTUS – Maguikay Mandaue (near Mandaue Flyover) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

28. ORANGE BRUTUS – Mactan (Marina Mall MEZ1) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

29. ORANGE BRUTUS Southgate Plaza MEZ2 will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

30. ORANGE BRUTUS – Ayala Center Cebu will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

31. ORANGE BRUTUS – SM City Cebu will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

32. ORANGE BRUTUS – Colon (near University of the Visayas) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

33. ORANGE BRUTUS – Fuente branch will be accepting donations 24 hours from Monday to Thursday.

34. All SUNSTAR CEBU branches now accepting donations (cash or in kind). Please call 2546100 local 201 and look for Jed or Sheena for more info.

35. FRATELLI (Mon – Sat 1PM to 7pm) 173-A Maria Christina Extension, Brgy. Kamputhaw, Cebu City

36. PRG PHOTOSHOPPE – Baseline, Dona Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City

37. ALBERTO’S PIZZA – A.S. Fortuna (Daily 9AM-2AM), A.S. Fortuna, Banilad (Near Fly-over)

38. MS. CAROL BALLESTEROS/ABOITIZ has given the go-signal to inform ALL the the receiving centers/drop off points in Cebu that they may deliver all the relief goods directly to the Superferry Terminal at Pier 4. Carol requests that she be contacted when goods are being brought there so they can advise the person in charge at the terminal and loading can be monitored. Carol’s contact numbers are 032-4111750 (during office hours) and mobile 09176242678.

39. PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL) is volunteering free air fleight for donations in kind except liquids and rice. Just place the items in a box and send to PAL Cargo for transport.

40. UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – CEBU (UP-Cebu) is accepting donations. Head to the Malacañang tambayan, beside the guard house. It’s a small campus, it’s not hard to find. (Can someone from UP pls confirm exact drop off point? Thank you!)

41. CEBU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY is encouraging its member companies to donate! Donations in cash or in kind are accepted in the CCCI Center in North Reclamation Area.

42. ABOITIZ 2GO Cebu main office and branches accepting donations as well.

43. MOOON CAFE GUADALUPE is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for TJ.

44. GREEN BOOTH at the Banilad Town Centre is now accepting donations a for relief donations for Joseph Castillo Container Van.

45. KAONA GRILL at A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Ryan.

46. KUMON CENTER and RCTV at Ginza Compound is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Gerry.

47. SM CITY CEBU Operation Tulong Express. You may now send your donations at the lower ground floor hallway of SM City Cebu (between Casio and Curtains and Trims Haus). For those who are not so familiar with SM, it is directly below McDonald’s.

48. ILEARNERS INC. aids to Ondoy victims. Drop your donations from Oct. 1-3 8am-6pm at ABS-CBN Regional Studios, Jagobiao, Mandaue City and at Starbucks IT Park, Oct. 2-3 at 8pm-11pm.

49. Drop-off and sorting operations at Briones Residence at 1310 Horseshoe Drive, Banawa, Cebu City. Contact 09228880387 for more information. Accepting goods only.

50. MAIL AND MORE BUSINESS CENTER, 2nd Level of Ayala Center Cebu now accepting donations.

51. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT Office in MJ Cuenco Ave., Cebu City

52. ABOITIZ GROUP OF COMPANIES office beside Cebu Country Club, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City

53. UNIVERSITY OF CEBU Campuses – Main, Banilad, Lapulapu-Mandaue

54. GOOGLE Help for Typhoon Ondoy Victims

Kapamilya Relief Campaign for the Metro Manila Flood Victims Drop-Off Points:

* ABS-CBN Complex, Jagobiao
* UV Main Campus, Colon
* Fuente Osmena
* Mandaue City Hall Plaza
* Lapulapu City Hall
* Talisay City Hall & Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall
* Barangay Halls in Apas, Pardo, Tisa & Basak Pardo
* Wow Travel & More in Robinson’s, Gaisano Mactan & in front of Birhen sa Regla Parish
* Liloan KAI Complex
* ParkMall
* STI Mandaue
* Gothong Southern Shipping, Pier 4
* NGO’s: FORGE (4126328); CPAG (2543572); & Kaabag sa Sugbo (2541878)
* Julie’s Bakeshop outlets

For Cash Donations:

Please directly deposit to Sagip Kapamilya BDO Account number 5630020111, Name-ABS CBN Foundation, Inc. For those who insist to donate cash, we do not have an ABS-CBN Foundation Receipt, what we can give is a Petty Cash Voucher but we will crawl your names and amount of donations.

For Those Who Would Like to Volunteer:

You can go to the ABS-CBN Regional Broadcast Complex in Jagobiao, Mandaue City during office hours. Please bring your own provision. For group-volunteers, please coordinate with Mr. June Joseph Perez, at 4221950 or at Skype (dyab1512).

BREAKING NEWS as of 5:44pm, September 28, 2009: 1st 20-footer container van of Gothong Southern Shipping Lines now full with donations dropped off at ABS-CBN Cebu’s Kapamilya Relief Campaign. Cheers to all those who donated!

Other ways you can help:

- RED CROSS “DONATE-YOUR-LOAD”: 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: RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

- GLOBE G-CASH Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

- TXTPOWER now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN

For those of you in Cebu who have loved ones in Manila:

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

* FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
* FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find to 7000.

- If you need to REPORT MISSING LOVED ONES OR AREAS IN NEED OF HELP, call the SAGIP KAPAMILYA HOTLINES at (02)4110011, 4110012, 4110013. or call these HOTLINES FOR MISSING PERSONS: Marikina – 09209389914, Quezon City – 09216555262, Pasig – 09189356318, and Cainta – 09175606241.

For those who are in Metro Manila and wish to help the victims, you may proceed to Bianca Gonzalez’s blog for a comprehensive list of donation drop-off centers in your area.


Reposting from Dahonglaya, CrossRoads, IAmDownloader and Kiatan. Thank you.
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