19 December, 2011



Typhoon Sendong Relief Efforts - Where To Volunteer and Donate Cash and Goods

Posted: 19 Dec 2011 08:34 AM PST

Less than a week before Christmas, tropical storm Sendong made landfall in the southern part of the Philippines, leaving unprecedented devastation in its trail with death toll at 927 as of writing.

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typhoon sendong

TP Friends, there's clearly no better time than now to remind ourselves that the true meaning of Christmas is giving. I hope that all of us can find it in our hearts to share whatever we can - time, energy, cash, goods, relief equipment - to our kababayans who are most in need in these trying times.

Here's a list of all relief centers and foundations where you can volunteer or send your donations:

1. Ateneo de Manila University: Donations of clothes, blankets, ready to eat food, toiletries, and bottled water for Typhoon Sendong victims will be accepted by the Ateneo School of Government and Kaya Natin! at the Fr. Ortiz Hall, Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 'till WEDNESDAY, 10AM to 10PM

2. Sagip Kapamilya will be accepting donations such as rice, canned gods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, clothes, blankets, mats and medicines.

Those who would want to help may send their in-kind donations to Sagip Kapamilya ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Diliman, Quezon City.

As for cash donations, it may be deposited to the following accounts:

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

3. Kapuso Foundation is still accepting donations for the victims but cash donations are preferred because the repacking of relief goods is being done in the affected areas.

Cash donations may be donated to any branch of UCPB, Metrobank, and Cebuana Lhuiller. Service fees will be waived if the cash proceeds are deposited to the foundation.


Peso Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number:115-184777-2 or 160-111277-7

Dollar Savings

Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 01-115-301177-9 or 01-160-300427-6


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 Code: MBTC PH MM

The foundation said it will still accept material donations, specifically rice, noodles, and canned goods.

Those interested to help or donate may may go to the GMA Kapuso Foundation office at the 2nd floor of the Kapuso Center, GMA Network, EDSA corner Timog Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

You may also call telephone numbers 928-4299 and 928-9351.

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

We now accept cash donations for the Philippine Red Cross at any 7-11 store or Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop nationwide.

Bank Deposit

Bank accounts for Donations
Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Peso: 4991-0036-52
Dollar: 004994-0103-15

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro

Bank of the Philippine Islands


Philippine National Bank

Unionbank of the Philippines

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

In-Kind Donation

Please send in-kind local donations to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters in Manila. We could also arrange for donation pick-up

1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.
2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.
3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.

The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods. Though we appreciate your generosity, PRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

SMS and G-Cash

Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)


You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Through your generosity, we can stand prepared for disasters. We appreciate your continuous and unwavering support. Thank you.

Email us: fundgeneration@redcross.org.ph

Call Hotline 143
or (+632) 527.0000

Bonifacio Drive, Port Area
Manila 1018, Philippines
Email: prc@redcross.org.ph

If you're abroad: You can send your cash donation via this link.

5. UNICEF: CALL us at (632) 758-1000 / 758-1442, Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 6pm.
DEPOSIT into our Metrobank account:
For local wire transfers:
UNICEF C/A No: 066-7-06631209-3
For international wire transfers:
UNICEF C/A no: 066-7-00141392-5
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
For SMART MONEY users, text UNICEFAMOUNT and send to 270 (ex. UNICEF 200 & &send to 270).
For G-CASH users, text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit PINUNICEF and send to 2882 (ex. DONATE 200 4-digit PIN UNICEF & send to 2882).

If you're abroad: You can send your donation to UNICEF via this link.

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President Noynoy Aquino Criticized Over Tweet by Valerie Concepcion During the Height of Typhoon Sendong?!

Posted: 18 Dec 2011 11:45 PM PST

Last Sunday, while Visayas and Mindanao were being heavily ravaged by what was eventually described as one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the Philippines in more than a decade, TV-Host Actress Valerie Concepcion casually posted this message on Twitter:

valerie concepcion
A fun tweet she eventually deleted.

Apparently, Valerie was talking about spending fun times with P-Noy and the rest of his staff during the Christmas Party at Malacanang Palace that - a lot are saying - incidentally happened at the same time as Typhoon Sendong's disastrous landfall in our country.

According to NDRRMC, the death toll from tropical storm Sendong with international name 'Washi' has breached the 600 mark by Monday noon. Sendong had affected 26,928 families or 142,961 people in 24 towns and eight cities in a total of 13 provinces. As of writing, there are 82 missing people -- and counting.

Perhaps thinking that our President was slacking off, partying and having fun with celebrities at a time when he should be busy mobilizing local agencies and officials and preparing for Typhoon Sendong relief efforts, a lot of Pinoy Tweeps posted messages on the popular short messaging site criticizing P-Noy:

As a response to a deluge of borderline-disparaging tweets directed to her and the President, Valerie posted this statement on her Twitter account a few hours ago:

I just want to clarify that I was invited to perform at MalacaƱang's Christmas Party for their employees with their husbands/wives and kids. Yes, the president attended the gathering. I do not see anything wrong with that since its his obligation and responsibility being the head of MalacaƱang to be present and show his support for his hardworking employees and their respective families. But I believe that it doesn't mean that the president is not thinking of ways to help our kababayan(s) in Mindanao. It doesn't mean that the president is disregarding the plight of our fellow Filipinos. Let's not be too quick to judge. But if I, in any way, offended you guys and sounded insensitive, I am very sorry. It wasn't my intention to do either. I can't imagine how difficult life is for the people affected in Mindanao and how difficult it is to be the president of the Philippines at this moment. Once again, I am very sorry for all those people I have offended. May God bless us all.

TP Thoughts:

1. This sounds so simple and gasgas. But I think that, celebrity or not, we have be aware of what's happening in our country -- not just in terms of politics or showbiz, but even in terms of the weather.

2. Having such knowledge empowers us to make the right decisions not just in our everyday lives but also in our online existence. It's what makes it possible for us to properly 'think before we click.'

3. Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes a big person to apologize for his or her shortcomings. I salute Valerie for releasing that statement.

4. Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt -- even the President. P-Noy may have laughed at Valerie's jokes but it doesn't necessarily mean that he's not doing anything for the victims of Sendong.

5. TP Friends, please donate to victims of Sendong via Red Cross, Sagip Kapamilya or Kapuso Foundation.

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How to Choose The Right Business Broadband Provider

Posted: 18 Dec 2011 09:54 PM PST

As more and more people start to build their business empires from their homes, the need for a fast, reliable and secure business broadband increases as well.

In this digital age, when business transactions and transfer of content and deliverables can be done online, a lot of SME business-owners who are working from home are slowly finding the need to transition from their slow home broadband to a full-fledged business broadband to take advantage of the big benefits of the latter, which include a faster and more reliable connection, improved security, and priority service, among many others.

But the big question in the mind of home-based entrepreneurs who are seriously considering to jump into this business broadband bandwagon is 'How does one choose the RIGHT provider?'

As an SME businessman in this internet age who's also thinking about subscribing to such connection, I've taken the liberty of listing down the five factors that - in my opinion - one should consider in choosing a business broadband:

1. Reliability of Provider - Perhaps the most important consideration you can make when choosing a business broadband provider is the reliability of the network. As everyone knows, fast business internet speeds is often negated by a choppy, unreliable and often-down broadband connection.

The most important thing to keep in mind here is that you can't go by a provider's reputation alone because a network that performs well in one area may not perform as well in others. So to make sure you're choosing the best network in your specific location, it would be best to ask business broadband subscribers near your house about the reliability of their providers and make your decision based on their answers.

2. Speeds and Contention Ratio - You need to look at both the download and upload speeds of business broadband packages by various providers and carefully compare them. Also, you should make a comparison of the contention ratio, which is shows the number of subscribers sharing the connection at the same time. Of course, the lower the contention ratio or the less users sharing the line, the better.

3. Networks - Ask providers if their packages allow networking. If so, how many computers can be part of the network? Will they help you set up the networks for free? Do they also allow wireless networking?

4. Promos and Freebies - Largely because of tight competition, business broadband providers are coming up with smart advertising campaigns that can help them get more clients than their competitors. Some of these campaigns or promotions give generous freebies to would-be subscribers like 'faster speeds for the same amount' and even free gadgets like tablets, smartphones, laptops, desktops and netbooks.

5. Price - I really think that, in terms of subscribing to something as important as a business broadband, price should be the last thing a businessman should look at. Because really, you wouldn't want to go with the cheapest provider and end up having a horrible connection that you can't even rely on. In my opinion, you should make price comparison after you've considered all other factors mentioned, like if you're already choosing between two top providers.

So there you go. I hope you find this useful in choosing your business broadband provider. If you have other suggestions, kindly leave them on our comments section.

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