While there’s too much noise on how the government give relief to survivors of super typhoon Haiyan, there are many unsung heroes. These are individuals and groups who are doing what they know what should be done – to reach out and help the survivors.
For the past three weeks, PAREF Westbridge School for Boys has an outreach program which is the various relief operations in Capiz and in Northern Iloilo.
As early as November 10, two days after Yolanda’s landfall, parents received messages to extend our help and thus, the start of our relief operation.
Northern Iloilo with its coastal towns was badly hit by the super typhoon as well. First batch of relief goods was given to the residents of Sara, Iloilo.
We don’t viagra to sell have to feed everybody because we certainly can’t, but sharing and helping as much as we can…
Along with other parents, we gave donations from bread to cooking pots. Our own boys pack them in school and deliver them the next day by students, teachers and parents. This is what I really admire and the advantage of a small relief operation – right away, help was given fast and directly to Haiyan survivors.
A father from San Dionision, Iloilo bringing home relief pack for his family…
A mother from Concepcion, Iloilo..Yolanda’s /Haiyan’s fifth landfall.
As shared by one of the Westbridge teachers, this couple walked all the way from the mountains and thought they missed the giving of relief goods. They were ushered to the vehicle and given their pack to take home.
PAREF Westbridge School for Boys bring relief goods to hard-to-reach barangays. Even if it means walking and carrying the packs.
An Aeta settlement in San Enrique, Iloilo. It is more than just giving them food but letting them feel that they are not alone. We are in this together.
And teaching not just charity but experiencing gratitude from others like this carabao ride…
and sugarcane treats..
The list as of last week. A lovely reminder. A sweet sight telling me how small deeds can have great impact to others.
Kudos to our boys, teachers and fellow parents. I personally thank my friends and others who donated through me.
Madamo guid na salamat for giving them hope and letting them smile after the storm..
My November feature for Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine…Islas de Gigantes.
Islas de Gigantes is one of the island barangays of Carles in Iloilo. It is a viagra mexico place that even locals of Iloilo dream of going.
From Iloilo City, the scenery was so good that we opted to just enjoy the road trip, passing for the first time towns like Sara, Ajuy, Concepcion and Estancia. Not a single photo taken along the road. After Yolanda hit the northern towns of Iloilo, I there is a little remorse of not taking photos.
This is a bittersweet moment for me because Carles was badly hit by Yolanda. I know we can all recover and one of the best ways to help the locals in rebuilding their lives is by visiting Islas de Gigantes.
And why not?
Isla de Gigantes’ saltwater lagoon, known as “Tangke” or tank.
I was amazed that it felt like visiting a very different place but it is only 3 hours away from my home. It was easy to put down my camera because the views and the sceneray can only be best captured through my eyes.
Definitely coming back..
Rustic and a place to temporarily detach yourself. No phone signal and limited hours for power but the enjoyment are not just of the physical beauty of the islands but the warmth of the people. Islas de Gigantes is one of the most memorable travel writing assignments I had.
My deepest gratitude to Mayor Arnold Betita for providing us with boat ( transportation) and for Joel Decano ( +63 0918-468-5006), Carles Tourism Officer for the accommodation and the guide.
Devastating is an understatement to describe the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). With tsunami-like waves lashing out the city of Tacloban in Leyte, there are still other places badly hit by this super typhoon. One of them is Iloilo, specifically the northern part of the province.
Yolanda made her 5th land fall in Concepcion, a municipality with many island-barangays. And together with neighboring towns and the province of Capiz, they need OUR help. YOUR help.
After Yolanda passed, many towns were flooded and with debris, it was difficult for help to pass through.
Many areas in northern Iloilo are composed of islands. Beautiful and one of the local tourist spots but locals were cut-off from aid after the storm.
Houses were no match for the strong wind and waves..
No one is incapable of helping. You can help.
Here are some ways you can help Iloilo survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.
Volunteer for Iloilo Provincial Government
The Provincial Government of Iloilo needs more helping hands to repack relief goods from various donors. The more and faster they are repacked, the faster they will get to survivors in northern Iloilo. Invite your friends and follow the instructions of the organizers.
Donate to Gawad Kalinga-Iloilo
Gawad Kalinga is an non-Government, non-profit organization that aims to eradicate poverty by empowering local communities from building shelters to livelihood programs. Gawad Kalinga Iloilo’s villages were damaged by Typhoon Yolanda and they are currently doing relief operations.
The main reason why you should help Gawad Kalinga Iloilo is that they go beyond giving food packs. Your donations can go further from building new homes and hopes to move on from this calamity.
To donate cash for Gawad Kalinga – Iloilo
Bank: Bank of Philippine Islands ( BPI); La Paz Iloilo Branch
Account Name: Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation Inc.
C/A #: 1471000325
Contact: +63 0946-5945-313/ +63 0917-3230-824
Support Bloggers of Iloilo Group
Please help us as we give support and help organisations in their relief operations. All donations we gather will be forwarded to organizations like Red Cross. Use our PayPal account to send donations to Iloilo conveniently and remotely.
Drop posts for donations and packs
There are many centers and areas where you can give your in kind donations. From churches to malls, you can also ask any schoolchild for their school’s relief programs and give your aid.
We at PAREF Westbridge School for Boys have the Oplan Bulig Yolanda Victims. We repack what we have collected for the day and deliver them the next day. One of the beneficiaries is Sitio Buenavista, Barangay Alibayog in Sara, Iloilo. As of this writing our school will distribute viagra super active generic goods to Ajuy, San Dionisio and other northern towns of Iloilo. If you want to help, please leave a comment below for me to give you more information on how to help and donate.
Each University of the Philippines campus is also a relief center. I applaud this idea of ready-to-deliver family packs.
You can also drop your donations in SM City Iloilo for their Operation Tulong. They are stationed at the Lower Ground Floor, FoodCourt.
SM Iloilo delivered these relief packs in Ajuy and will continue to bring more aid in other towns.
Directly help one family
Do you know someone whose family survived Typhoon Yolanda? Give your aid to them. Assist them. A small amount to someone you know is already big for those who need even the most basic needs like clean water.
You can also give your donations to them to bring and share with their neighbours. Remember your survival kits you prepared for Yolanda? Those canned goods and candles? Give it to them.
You see, there is no reason why you can’t help. You don’t have to give cheques or big boxes. You don’t need to shell out cash even. Small act of kindness means a lot of those who need your help. Be a community helper!
While most people are panic buying or making last minute precautionary measures for super typhoon Haiyan ( local name, Yolanda), my day was quite productive. Short talk on social media for the ladies at Tawili Center and checking for cancellations from my kids’ classes to our flights.
If you are a soccer mom like me, your child might be participating for the Alaska Cup 2013. My son goes to a school where football is the main sport and we planned this trip months ago.
Photo from Alaska Milk Corporation www.alaskamilk.com
I booked our flights and hotel as early as September while our footballers trained almost everyday during the long weekend that served as a quick semestral break. Trained until they looked like toasted almonds.
My son and the rest of the group were very excited. Counting the days till the Alaska Cup 2013 while I was busy making our itinerary – food tour in Binondo and heritage walk around Intramuros. Only it was cancelled and moved to December 7-8. Thank you Yolanda!
Cancellation of the Alaska Cup 2013 was the news we didn’t want to hear. I was hoping that we can fly on Saturday and finish the activity and move on to the next. As much as we want to keep safe, I was concerned how my kid will feel that we will not be flying this weekend.
But it ended well when he said ” so we have one more month to practice? Yehey!”. Now that’s the spirit!
Lastly, there’s my duty as a travel writer. I was scheduled to work viagra 50 mg pfizer on my travel assignment for this Manila trip. And that will be postponed too.
Days Hotel Iloilo added more to diners’ culinary experience with their recently launched dessert buffet online prescription viagra called, TEMPTATIONS.
This is a new twist to their dessert buffet with most of the sweet treats made from chocolates. If you are chocolate lover, this is a dessert feast you shouldn’t miss.
Made from SCHOKO, a chocolate company from Indonesia and AVOSET, makers of non-diary pastry toppings, this is the place to go if you want to give in your sweet cravings in Iloilo or looking for the best dessert indulgence.
Pastry chef Day-an Tong and Ms. Melody Denate of Days Hotel Iloilo
The Promenade Restaurant
So what can you indulge in with TEMPTATIONS Chocolate and Dessert buffet? Here are some of them..
Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Sweets you don’t bother to know what they are called, you just eat them..guilty pleasure!
I have 2 servings of these Coconut Sago. White chocolate added to a Pinoy classic dessert.
Almond Cream puffs
Chocolate with dried fruits. Great for men or those who don’t have sweet tooth ( do they exist?)
Traveling is not just about visiting new places but trying out something new. Perhaps to go beyond your comfort zone? If you are up for this challenge, get a copy of View and Travel and Lifestyle Magazine. Their October 2013 issue is packed with adventure ideas that everyone can try.
Great for the upcoming short school break and the long holiday.Take a pick at trekking, paragliding, sky cycling and skimboarding.
Once again, I am honored to pen and shoot the Antique feature.
Antique is one of the Philippines’ unseen destinations. I traveled with my college friends, one of them is from Culasi, Antique. Your travel writer covered two destinations in Antique – Malalison Island and Tibiao.
Have you been to Malalison Island? It is one of those highland to island travel hot spots in the Philippines.
Have you been asking yourself , ” How can I become a freelance writer”?
I’ve been asked countless times and I’ve been meaning to share. It’s just that there are a lot of things to talk about from preparing your clips to securing payment methods.
And this month, I’m very happy to share one part on how to become a freelance writer –my first article for Entrepreneur Magazine, ” Make a Decent Living From Freelance Writing” for their Money section.
My article is not about step-by-step guide to become a writer but focused on money. For those who want to be full-time freelance writers, money and income are top issues to consider and this is just one of the things covered in this feature.
My article dealt with where and how to find good paying clients and market, setting your rate, working with clients and how to budget your income from freelance writing for you to survive.
I thank all my interviewees for sharing their personal experiences and how they made a living ( and enjoying the perks!) from freelance writing. Thank you Imee Morales of Freelance Writers’ Guild of the Philippines, Emmanuel Barrios, Celine Roque and most of all, Ms. Yvette Tan. My gratitude also goes to the editors of the magazine for viagra com accommodating my proposal.
Together with my article, more business ideas and tips from Entrepreneur Magazine for those who want to be their own boss. You can get your copies from bookstores and magazine stands.
Thank you Entrepreneur Magazine for this opportunity!
More tips on how to launch your freelance writing career!
I have a big fascination with cooking competitions on TV, specifically Cupcake Wars. Presentation is a big part of cooking and when it comes to cupcake, creativity along with artistry is a big part.
Your travel writer had a chance to see it for yourself when I got invited with other Iloilo bloggers to a cupcake decorating contest. mexico viagra The contest is one of the activities organized by Tinapayan Bakeshop, Iloilo’s trusted bakeshop for their Chocolate Festival.
It was held at Atrium Mall with shoppers watching these chefs in training doing their thing.
A total of 8 teams from different universities, colleges and culinary schools in Iloilo.
Tinapayan Bakeshop provided the cupcakes from banana to red velvet (yum!) and the teams will compete in terms of their choice of filling and of course, the cupcake decorations.
They were given 90 minutes to fill in and decorate the cakes..
When done, some cupcakes were whisked up to Promenade Restaurant while others were put on display at the bakeshop.
Want to see their work?
Here you go..
I love the geometric concept of this cupcake. The choco ball has chocolate mouse inside. How do they make it?
Showcasing different pastry techniques
Love the pistachio and their red velvet creation. Look at these chocolate balls.
Kids will go cupcake crazy with these..
I call these the Marie Antoinette collection
Tasting and judging the best cupcake. Tough job.
We were tasked to pick the Blogger’s Choice, tasting a total of 40 cupcakes. Pardon my plate.
Drank a pitcher of water but I gave up and asked for coffee. We were also assisted by the oily taste of fries. ;D
So who won?
The Blogger’s Choice. The fruity and dainty collection from St. Therese MTC Colleges.
The winning team hailed by the judges from Central Philippine University.
Thank you Tinapayan for having us. Kudos to the organizers!
Fat people like me obviously love food. We don’t care about food fads but cronut got me crazy. It started when I tasted one great doughnut, which is one of the rarest food that I don’t like. Doughnut is not a staple in this country. Pan de Sal yes, but not doughnut.
With that nice doughnut, I was curious about cronut. Cronut is the hybrid of croissant and doughnut invented by French chef, Dominique Ansel of Ansel Bakery in New York.
Of course, various versions were served around the world. Even Krispy Kreme has their own and because Chef Ansel patented the word “cronut”, these yummy treats come in different names.
Let’s go back to my craving…
I had it not in my home city of Iloilo but from our neighbor -Bacolod. An unplanned Sunday trip for my son’s football game in Negros and we stayed at Chalet L’Fisher. And lucky me, there was a big signage of its C’s Bakery for cronut!
Cronut in Bacolod! Finally!
C’s version is the “croinut”. Tried to apply my French lessons but the waitress can’t understand, so “CROO-nut”. haha.
Had my first taste of cronut by the rooftop pool of Chalet. Good thing, the rooftop restaurant of Chalet have to get it from the bakery below and served still warm while I was sipping my coffee.
First impression? Its smell reminded me of “shakoy“, which is twisted doughnut.
The taste? Worth the calories! haha.
I was not expecting that much, sorry. I thought it’s just another fancy creation but it was REALLY good. Yum yum yum. I can’t compare it to the New York’s but I judged it as a pastry. Smells and tastes fantastic. Crisp in the outside, a little flaky but moist especially when you start chewing.
Bacolod’s C Bakery offer many flavors, so aside from the original, I ordered the Chocolate glazed which was really bathing in chocolate. Haha.
My husband found it too sweet but this little guy really finished it all. Very unusual for this little kid.
Amazed and maybe I was a little guilty of expecting less from Bacolod’s version of cronut, it is not hard to believe. Bacolod is one food destination. They don’t just settle for local cuisine but they create other cuisines without being second-rated especially when it comes to sweets and pastries. After all, Bacolod is in a land of sugar.
Again, C’s pastries are prepared by a cheap viagra without rx French chef, Denis Laumône. I think that also explains everything. For me, cronut relies on how good your croissant dough is and French knows it best.
There are cronuts in Cebu and one of my high school friends said it was not nice…shakoy tastes way better. haha! But I love the ones in Bacolod. So happy it I don’t have to travel far.
There are many versions of cronuts in Metro Manila of course but if you are in Bacolod for MassKara or any reason, try cronuts in Bacolod. Something new from Calea’s ice cream cake and other cake shops in the city.
It was a lovely Sunday in Bacolod. Cronut and brewed coffee.
Last September 5, 2013, Megaworld Corporation announced that they will increase their investment for Iloilo Business Park from P25billion to P35billion in the next 10 years. The P10billion increase is set to cater to the recent acquisition of additional 18 hectares, expanding the Iloilo Business Park from 54 hectares to 72 hectares.
The country’s leading property developer revealed the big news that will not just change Iloilo’s landscape but will shape a cityscape for this booming city and to become the largest business and tourism district in Western Visayas.
Photo Source: www.megawordlfortbonificio.com
Known for their township projects, Megaworld has launched various developments in the business park like One Madison Place condominiums, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, Iloilo Convention Center and recently, the P1.5-billion Courtyard by Marriott. True to the “live-work-play-learn” concept, Iloilo Business Park will also feature a Megaworld Lifestyle Mall, open park and 1.1-kilometer Festive Walk commercial and retail strip as well as a bike trail, among others.
“We have exciting plans for the additional 18 hectares that we have acquired. A unique leisure, commercial and residential development concept will soon be introduced to the Ilonggo market,” revealed Jericho Go, Megaworld Corporation’s First Vice President.
Megaworld’s P35-billion project is the company’s largest single investment outside Metro Manila. With added investments, Megaworld as the country’s biggest BPO office developer will offer up to 1000, square meters of leasable floor area for BPO companies.
Megaworld officials Harold Geronimo and Jericho Go with Cuervo Far East, Inc.
During the announcement, research firm Cuerva Far East, Inc. also presented their study on the increase of land value for Iloilo Business Park. Cuerva Far East reported that land price for Megaworld township will increase from its current P45,000-P48,000 per square meter to P54,573-P58,212 per square meter in 2016.
Thus, Go encourages potential shareholders to invest now. ” We see great opportunities in Iloilo City, and our township will help realize the city’s vision to become a major driver of economic pfizer viagra cheap growth in this part of the country”.
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