Typhoon Ruby is what life is like

We’re almost there. Almost done with Typhoon “Ruby” (international name, “Hagupit”). As I contemplate on what happened in the past 3 days, I realized that typhoon Ruby, or any other storms are just like life:

In life, you will experience storms. It’s not a matter IF, it’s a matter of WHEN.

In life, sometimes, the hardships seem endless. But really, it’s not. Its just passing through and sunlight is soon to dawn.

In life, there really is no reason for us to not be prepared for an up coming problem and storm. Our parents and/or friends sometimes knew when a storm is about to hit. Sometimes because they’ve been there, or it’s just pure wisdom. Are you going listen? Or pride will sink you out? Our survival depends on how we respond to early warning from the people that love us.

In a typhoon, the “eye” is calm. In life, even if we’re in the very “eye of the storm”, we can still be calm if we know that there’s someone stronger than our problems control the storm. For most people, including myself, that person is Jesus. Even in the midst of a painful situation, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is an assurance that there is so much bigger than my pains in life. And that gives me assurance and peace.

In life, storms can make you stronger to face bigger storms.

In life, picking up the pieces and starting all over again is probably the hardest but most fulfilling task. There is always hope for a new beginning.

How authentic can you get on the internet, part 2

Months ago, I had a long post about the subject of authenticity on the internet. This topic has once again become relevant.

– an OFW allegedly posted an insensitive post on Facebook in the midst of the Ondoy tragedy. Out of anger, “she” was mugged virtually. It was just alright, I guess, if Jacqueline Bermejo is not a real person. But she is. And the issue tainted her dignity. Here’s her official statement.

– this one is on the other side of the spectrum. Mickey Arroyo, son of the president, was allegedly “caught on cam” to have been buying alcohol in the middle of the typhoon. Very insensitive they said. But he denied that that that picture was taken during that time. So, the “poor guy”, being feasted on Facebook, wants to censor the use of these social networks altogether as if we’re China or Afganistan. I’d like to see him head the censorship group and see how he accomplishes that.

– because of the tragedy, a lot has reportedly using fake “donation centers” and asking for Paypal donations. Will you believe these right away out of your genuine compassion?

The internet can either make you or break you. Be wise. Be useful.


DON’T believe everything you see on the internet. Rule no. 1.

Compilation: How to donate

Here’s how you can join and help Ondoy’s flood victims: (Disclaimer: most of these information came from my Twitter contacts as I follow those that retweet information. Please don’t take this as my personal endorsement, rather do make your own initial confirmation when giving, especially if it’s financial)

1. RED CROSS – The best and easiest way (in my opinion, since this is the most accessible) is via text donations to Red Cross. You can load up your number then send your donations either 25, 50, 100 or 300.

text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)


(images grabbed from Jannette Toral)

It is also confirmed that they have a Paypal account that you can send funds to: give@redcross.org.ph

2. Victory Christian Fellowship – I heard that they are turning their Ortigas center as a hub for accepting donations. It’s on the 4th floor of Robinson’s Galleria

3. ABS-CBN –  BANCO de Oro account number 56300-20111 account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation

4. GMA – GMA Kapuso Foundation accepting donations of food, clothes & water pls call 9317013, 9284299 9289351. Website here

5. Gawad Kalinga – Donations for Gawad Kalinga may be brought 2 Cervini Ateneo or GK CENTER profriends

6. World Vision – Worldvision Foundation is accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC.For donations, BPI:USD acct #4254-0050-08.

7. Ateneo – Ateneo now accepting donations at Cervini Hall. contact 09176312423 and 09177035357

8. Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas – Tulong Bayan hot lines for donations and volunteers are 09086579998, 9137122, 9136254, and 9133306. Drop-off points are at Expo Centro in Cubao in Quezon City and White Space at 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati,” according to a text of a staff from Aquino’s office.