5 years after…

today marks the 5th year of Itay’s passing away. during that time, i was still with HTMT or HGS. i thought i can go to Batangas and visit him for the last time before he is buried. i was told he will be buried June 22, 2007 at 12 nn. he is in the military. but unfortunately, it was also my final interview at Dell.

i left Dell at 11:30pm. upon arriving at Cubao, i was not sure if i am to go forward or just go home. i was crying in the middle of the street with my bag. and since i did not pushed through in going to Batangas, i reaped the hate and irritation of my relatives. why did i not come, why did i not show up, etc…

if only they knew of the pain and misery it caused me.









Christmas is just around the corner as they say. But then, Christmas will not be celebrated in 2 towns in my province, Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were both stricken by flashfloods. Imagine a month’s worth of rain pouring in 10 hours or so, in the middle of the night. Where will someone go?

That is exactly what happened to my kababayans down there. In the middle of the night, while most are already asleep. They were never prepared for what is to come. While I was with my family, relaxing, sleeping, I never knew they were already struggling for their dear lives. And as of the moment, roughly 1000 people were already dead. Worse than typhoons Ondoy and Kiel. Sendong brought in rains that caused flashfloods that killed several hundred people. They need help right now.

I am urging people to donate, to help, to reach out, to pray.

There are several ways to help.

Kapuso Foundation

For monetary donations, the Foundation accepts cash or checks. Our finance officer can personally accept these in our office, from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or you may course your donations through the following:


Peso Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:3-098-51034-7

Dollar Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:2-098-00244-2


Peso Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:115-184777-2

Dollar Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:01-115-301177-9

CEBUANA LHUILLIER (all branches nationwide)


Donation are also accepted in the following banks:


Peso Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:469-0022189

Dollar Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:469-0072135


Peso Savings
Account Name :GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Numbe:121-003200017

Dollar Savings
Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:121-003200025

 Sagip Kapamilya Foundation

(02) 411-4995
(02) 394-9272


ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St.
Diliman, Quezon City

*You may send rice, canned gods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, clothes, blankets, mats, medicines


ABS-CBN CAGAYAN DE ORO and ABS-CBN DAVAO also accepting donations for relief operations

ABS-CBN Cagayan De Oro
Barangay Bulua, Cagayan De Oro City

Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City



BDO Peso Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39301-14199
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BDO Dollar Account

Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39300-81622
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

BPI Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3051-1127-75
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

BPI Dollar Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3054-0270-35
Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

 TV5 Kapatid Foundation

Cash donations may be sent through the following accounts:

TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164 and
Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2

Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.

Red Cross

to help, send RED to 4143 (Smart) and RED to 2899 (Globe).

* Smart subscribers may send financial help to the Philippine Red Cross through text. To donate, cellphone users should send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50 and 100 and will be charged to the subscriber’s prepaid load or postpaid bill.

* Globe subscribers may send help to Red Cross. Just text RED and send to 2899. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50, 100 (For ex, RED 10).

SMART Subscribers

* Smart subscribers all over the country may send help to those affected by typhoon Sendong. Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

* SMARTCares: Subscribers may donate to #Sendong victims via text. Just send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100.”

Globe Subscribers

Through GCASH, text DONATE and send to 2882.

Iligan Bloggers Society

through One For Iligan allows you to donate $1 for the Iligan flood victims of typhoon Sendong.

* One for Iligan is a Google doc that tells you how you can donate at least US$1 via PayPal
* Contact points

http//:iliganbloggers.com EMAIL: iliganbloggers@gmail.com FB Fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/iliganbloggers

* How to else to help? The group Iligan Bloggers Society says that aside from paypal donations, they are also asking for canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings and slippers.


FB Fanpage:

Xavier University, Tabang Sendong

* Any help — food, clothes, books, bottled water, others — can be sent to Fr. Eric Garcia Velandria SJ, coordinator of Sendong Operation, KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, 9000, Corrales Ave. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

According to XU-CSG President, GemGem Tero, food and clothes donations are more needed.

Account Name: Xavier University
Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands, CDO Divisoria Branch
Account Number: 9331-0133-63

Armed Forces of the Philippines

The Civil Relations Service AFP at Camp Aguinaldo is accepting donations. It will fly donations/relief goods via C130.

Contact details: Situation Awareness Center (SAC), CRS AFP, Camp Aguinaldo, QC
Landline: 912-6615
CP Nr. (0917)2471252
Focal Person: Lt. Col. Rolando Rodil, Operations Officer

Department of Social Welfare and Development

Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Road, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Call 09066150095 @DSWDserve

The Oblate Missionary Foundation (OMF)

Email us: oblate.missionaryfoundation@gmail.com
Call or text us 0644212652/09177204604/09228366422

You can send food items, drinking water, used clothing, blankets, medicines, cash and what you have to the following dropping centers.

Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitation Center

Tabang Mindanao Center
12th-22nd streets, Nazareth 9000 Cagayan de Oro City
T/F: +63 (88) 856 6413
E: pandaybulig@gmail.com(look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines

Northern Mindanao Sub-Region
Room 01, Kalinaw Lanao Center
0016 Bougainvilla Puti,
Villaverde 9200 Iligan City
T/F: +63 223 5179
E: rmpnmr@gmail.com
W: http://www.rmp-nmr.org(look for Ms. Ida Melody Bucog)

10A Alabama st New Manila Quezon City
Mobile:+63926 7112450

For cash donations, please send to this account:

Bank Name and Address:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Quezon Avenue branch,
9200 Iligan City, Philippines

Account number: 009359-1348-08
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Account Name and Address: RMP-NMR Inc.

LBC is also shipping donations and they'll ship it for FREE!

[ to the fallen 19 soldiers of the AFP ]

First, I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the victims of this ambush. It never eases the pain but hopefully, God will mend the broken hearts of the families.

I came from a line of military men. My father, a retired Army. My tito, also from the Army, my tito Alfred, God rest him, a CAFGU member, another tito Alfred from Army and my lolo, God rest his soul, a retired Army too. I had plans of going to PMA to be a military officer but something happened along the way and it did not happened. But still, my respect and admiration for the AFP never ceased.

As of the moment, there are controversies in the AFP organization that is being investigated. But that is not why I am writing this blog.

41 members of the Army’s Special Forces vs 200 Abu Sayyaf and MILF engaged in a losing battle for the Army. The soldiers were overwhelmed. “We were only 40. There were more of them,” Balili, who was among the 11 wounded soldiers, said from a hospital bed in Zamboanga City. The attacked happened while the Army is trying to capture a suspect who is hiding in the Al-Barka town in MY province, Basilan.

When the smoke cleared, 12 soldiers lay dead, among them, three junior officers. Twelve other soldiers were wounded, one of whom would later die in a hospital, and 10 more were initially declared missing but an MILF official said six of the missing soldiers were found dead yesterday. I checked the news and there are a total of 19 Army Special Forces whose specialty is said to be in the water and underwater jobs. The rebels executed six of the eight elite Army soldiers they captured following Tuesday’s encounter.

In major military camps all over the country, flags flew at half-mast as the Armed Forces of the Philippines mourned the death of the 13 soldiers.


In an entry on its Facebook account, the AFP relayed its condolences to the families of the 13, saying their death “will not be in vain.”

Team AFP extends its sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones left by 13 brave men who died in the Basilan encounter. Their death will not be in vain, as they have honorably served the country and the Filipinos. The AFP mourns with the family members with Flags in all major AFP camps in half-mast,” it said.

PNoy's reaction

The President declared that he will use KAMAY NA BAKAL, or Iron Fist, but as it turned out, it will be used against the AFP?!

This is what it says on GMANews online, “On the other hand, the President expressed dissatisfaction with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) over the incident and vowed to implement drastic reforms in the military.

Ako hindi talaga natutuwa at gusto kong malaman ang puno’t dulo ng buong operasyon na ‘to… dapat talaga masiyasat kung ano ang dahilan na ganito ang naging resulta sa ating Sandatahang Lakas at iwasto natin,” he said.

He reiterated that he will meet with military and defense officials to discuss the matter.

Magkakaroon kami ng command conference bukas [Friday] sa [Camp] Aguinaldo nang hapon para nga mag-report sila [tungkol] sa buong operations: ano ba ang pakay ng operasyon? Ano ba ‘yung plano? Maraming detalye na gusto kong talakayin sa kanila,” he said.

At hihingan ko ng detalye ng pagwawasto na kanilang dapat ginawa na noon pa lang panahon na may trahedya sa Sulu sa mga Marines… ang laki ng pagbabagong dapat mangyari,” Aquino added.

The President also extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

Nakikiramay tayo sa lahat ng mga pamilya na nawalan ng kanilang mga miyembro,” he said.

At least 19 soldiers, including four officers, were killed in the clash in Basilan last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, GMA News’ Raffy Tima reported on News To Go that all the 49 soldiers involved in the clash, including the fatalities, have been accounted for.

The MILF claimed that government troops strayed into rebel-held territory but the military denied the allegation”

GOODNESS!  MILF is blaming the AFP while the AFP was just trying to do their job and EVEN THE PRESIDENT BLAMES THEM?! I can’t believe it.

What kind of government do we have?!


i have also checked YouTube and found this video. i would like to use this as tribute to the soldiers who died.

One By One

Alter Bridge

Underneath the desert sun
They bid my brother’s blood to run
Many miles away
Hell has come today

Fire raining from the sky
See the face of fear
Asking one last time
Let me get home safe
Before it’s too late


Deep within the castle walls
So many grievous
Few with souls
Echo endlessly
Ode to memories

This sacrifice of flesh and blood
For a promised land that may not be won
Let us not forget the hero laid to rest

And they gave it all
A price we can’t ignore
Is there hope in what they’re dying for?
For every hero born
From every family torn
We will honor you forever more