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2011 Filipino Of The Year — The Filipino People!

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For the second time, FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES and ALAS FILIPINAS have unanimously chosen the Filipino People to win the 2011 FILIPINO OF THE YEAR! The decision is very simple: because once again, the Filipino people has joined hands in helping out their fellow Filipinos in Northern Mindanáo (Cagayán de Oro and nearby towns such as Iligan) who were victimized by the flash floods caused by Typhoon Sendong (and deforestation) last December 16. Thousands of people lost their lives. Countless more lost their homes and properties. Northern Mindanáo was almost an apocalyptic scene right after the typhoon left. Hopelessness seemed to reign supreme.

But like what happened two years ago, almost the whole country immediately came to rescue their southern brothers through various donations online as well as online petitions and campaigns seeking for more assistance. This is a proud moment for the Filipino, known for its bayanihan spirit.

Nevertheless, more help is still needed. Northern Mindanáo is still reeling from the devastation of the flash floods. More help should pour in. Can we revive the region? Yes we can! And we are already working on it!

Please click here on how to help the typhoon/flash floods victims.

Congratulations to the Filipino people! May we all have a happy and prosperous new year!




Batangas City’s basilica was vandalized on Christmas Day!

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Last Sunday, Christmas Day, the parishioners of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Batangas City were shocked to find out that a seemingly crazed man, armed with a metal candlestick, attacked the altar and the image of the Santo Niño. Photos (with captions) of the carnage were immediately posted by Fr. Leonido C. Dolor, the basilica’s Director of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media, on his Facebook page and has since become viral on the said social networking site.

As of this writing, the album already has 103 shares.

The description on Fr. Dolor’s album reads:

At around three in the afternoon, Christmas day itself, a man for reason not yet assessed, took hold of one of those big candelabras at the altar of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Batangas City and laid waste the marble altar (see photos) and then took a swing at the altar of Sto. Nino, breaking the glass panel and deforming the crown of the Child Jesus! Is this his way of saying “Happy birthday, Jesus?” He later fought the “tambays” outside the Basilica who tried to apprehend him.

This crime is a concern not only for the Catholic faithful of Batangas City and elsewhere but for heritage advocates and travelers/tourists as well. Whenever me and my wife visit an old town, we make it a point to stop by the town proper’s old church. And although no religious services were held during the times that we get to visit these churches, we almost always gain easy access to their interiors, including the bell towers. Many of these churches’ caretakers are hospitable and accommodating whenever we request entry for photograph sessions. But this crime which happened in Batangas City’s basilica last Sunday is not just a case of vandalism but can also be considered a security breach, thus it might set a precedent: future church visits might become a pain in the neck for tourists. Many churches might even have their doors locked after a Mass.

And to make matters worse, it coincided with the gruesome bombings of about five churches in faraway Nigeria.

Via Facebook, I inquired for more details from Fr. Dolor. He replied immediately, saying that the vandal had a “brief psychotic reaction due to deprivation of food and sleep”. It was later learned that this man walked all the way from Macati City to Batangas for five days without food nor sleep! Further inquiries also revealed that this man was a Pentecostal, but that he was “angry at God”; Fr. Dolor did not elaborate further. What is sad here is that one of the “tambays” (bystanders) who tried to apprehend him was injured during the commotion (he was hospitalized; please pray for him).

On a positive note, we should still be thankful that this crazed man was in no way a terrorist, and that the damage he had wrought upon the basilica’s altar was minimal compared to what had happened to those churches in Nigeria. But as mentioned above, this might set a precedent regarding security measures. There is no problem to that. The Catholic Church as well as all the other religious denominations should really plan more about this (especially during these days when not even banks are in danger of being attacked by mindless scum). But hopefully not to the detriment of a social-networking-starved and a digital-camera-wielding public. Why, even Fr. Dolor himself has a Facebook account.

Help Cagayán de Oro (YouTube)

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More help is needed. Please.


Fifteen ways to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
More ways to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong.

Merry Christmas! (Urbi et Orbi 2011)

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My kids in front of Saint Peter the Apostle Church (taken about two hours ago). San Pedro Plaza is at the background.

¡Hola a todos! Please click here for Pope Benedict XVI’s Urbi et Orbi taken a few hours ago.

Merry Christmas everyone! And please don’t forget to share your blessings to our unfortunate brothers in Northern Mindanáo. Thanks!

More ways to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong

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Here’s more info (from my cousin Jam) on how to send your donations to the victims of Typhoon Sendong:

Want to help but don’t know where to drop off your donations?
Here’s a list of places. 🙂 ♥ Let’s all do our part this Christmas Season!
(If you know of more places, please don’t hesitate to comment.)

Places to Donate:
ORTIGAS: UA&P which is located at Pearl Drive, Ortigas and is accepting until today (Friday, 23rd).

KATIPUNAN/WHITE PLAINS/ VALLE VERDE Area: Corinthian Hills (North Hall) is accepting til the 27th.

MAKATI: Fiamma Fresh Fridays; “Clothing, canned goods, bottled water, or a suggested donation of P100 gets you in the door. 12/23/12 ”

-CBTL Alabang Town Center is accepting donations TODAY.
-DSWD @ Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupà City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140. Fax No: (02) 807-1518.

-SAGIP KAPAMILYA ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. @Mother Ignacia cor. Eugenio Lopez St., Dilimán, Quezon City
-GMA Kapuso Foundation located @ 2nd floor, Kapuso Center, GMA 7, EDSA Dilimán, Quezon City

PÁSAY: DSWD’s National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours),Chapel Road, Pásay City (back of Air Transportation Office).

MANILA: DSWD NCR @ San Rafaél St., Legarda, Manila

Fifteen ways to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong

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Once more, it is time for Filipino netizens to unite in this time of crisis.

A few nights ago, Typhoon Sendong wreaked havoc in Northern Mindanáo. It brought so much destruction particularly in Cagayán de Oro and Iligan. Aside from the typhoon, a deadly mix of gigantic timbers/driftwood (swept by the rainwater from the nearby mountains due to illegal logging), high tide, and darkness (the tempest occurred during the night) contributed to the catastrophe that destroyed so many lives around the Río de Cagayán and elsewhere. As of this writing, the death toll has risen above 1,000. And it is feared to rise even more. 😦 The chaos caused by Typhoon Sendong proved to be more terrifying than Typhoon Ondoy.

Now it’s time to clean up. No political bickerings for now. This is the time that we all help our fellow Filipinos down south. We should not allow ourselves to be mere spectators of this tragedy, especially since Christmas is just around the corner. We are all part of this…


Here are 15 Different ways you can help the Victims of Sendong:




Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayán de Oro ( located at Masterson Road, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods. Contact number: 09066150095.

B. DONATE (Old clothes, Blankets & Towels. Toiletries, Water, Canned Goods, Or Money)

2. Iligan City Government
Please address all monetary donations to:
Account Name: City Treasurer’s Office Iligan City
Trust Fund # 0820-016201-030
Bank Name: DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines), Iligan City

Running a soup kitchen in Iligan now. Donate any amount so they can continue to serve hot meals for homeless families in the neighborhood to BPI Loyola 3080.0073.44. Tweet @rockedradio for help

4. UA&P Student Executive Board-H.O.P.E.S. and Serve Life CDO, Inc.
Ready to accept donations for the flood victims of Cagayán de Oro / Misamis Oriental / Iligan. You may deposit thru Banco de Oro, CDO-Cogon Branch Acct#: 001918010567 (Acct Name: Serve Life CDO Inc). God bless you for your kindness! Please pass!


Emergency/Relief goods and equipment bound for Cagayán de Oro/Iligan- we have ships ready to transport them asap. For bulk items, bring directly to Abotiz/Negros Navigation, Pier 2, Manila. Call +63 2 211 5484 for more information.

6. Xavier University, Cagayán de Oro
Needs donations in CASH, FOOD (noodles, canned goods, etc.), BOTTLED WATER, and CLEAN CLOTHES. Details here:

7. Iligan Bloggers Society
Cash donations, canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings, slippers will be very much appreciated. Details here:

8. ABS-CBN SAGIP KAPAMILYA. Donations accepted in cash and in kind.

-> 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

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


You may go to GMA Kapuso Foundation, 2nd floor, Kapuso Center, GMA 7, EDSA Diliman, Quezon City or call 9284299/9289351.


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 or 160-111277-7

Dollar Savings

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

10. Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshops Nationwide.

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.

11. Globe G-Cash.

Text DONATE(space)AMOUNT(space)MPIN(space)SLB and send to 2882

Please address donations in kind to:

Corpus Christi School, Tomasaco Street, Cagayán de Oro
Contact Harvey Maraguinot : 0917-8888427

GK Missionville, Purok 3, Canaway, Tibanga, Iligan City
Contact Judi Bentoy : 09178888745

Contact Binsoi Rivera : 09175007092
Silliman University, Dumaguete City
St. Scholastica Academy Gym, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod

Donations Through Bank Deposit
Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account
# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account
# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Swift code: BOPIPHMM

13. LBC Express

Now accepts donations for typhoon Sendong victims. You may drop off your donations in any LBC Express branch. To All Pinoys in Singapore you can drop your donations at LBC AirCargo #04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd.

14. DSWD

Donations can be sent to: National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours),Chapel Road, Pásay City (back of Air Transportation Office).

Donations can also be brought at all DSWD Field Offices. For DSWD NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

Those living near the South: DSWD FO IV-A:Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupà City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518.

-> Through Mobile
-Globe. Text RED to 2899. You may transfer P5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500
-Smart. Text RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100

-> 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


Step 1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.

Step 2. A letter of acceptance from PRC shall be sent back to the donor.

Step 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.

->Through Cebuana Lhuillier

We can now accept donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.

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.

-> 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 – BNORPHMM
Bank of the Philippine Islands – BOPIPHMM
Metrobank – MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank – PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines – UNPHPHMM

-> For Online Donations:

Please fill up the form at
Payment method: Credit Card, Online Banking, Megalink
Accepts: GreenPeso, PayPal, Bancnet, and GCash


Special thanks to my cousin Jam Alas for the above info. I’m proud of you for doing this! 😀

Coca-Cola still deserves an applause (The OFW Project)

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Watch this tearjerker of a video which has become another viral sensation (100% guaranteed to make your hearts bleed with gut-wrenching joy):

If we did not allow the US WASPs to take hold of our patrimony (let alone our economy), we would never have experienced such a diaspora that has left millions of Filipino families in emotional anguish. Yes, our beloved OFWs, the so-called mga bagong bayani, did so much in saving our economy for the last few decades. But how many lives did this kind of setup “destroy”? Many parents have become strangers to their own children.

At any rate, Coca-Cola still deserves a huge round of applause for bringing back, even if for just the holiday season, these three OFWs (Joe Marie Ballón, Leonie Villanueva, and Joey Doble) who have been away from our country for so many years. It can be said that Coca-Cola is merely playing with our emotions in order for us to buy their products even more. However, it is good to see that they are putting their profits into good use. That is the correct way to use money/profits: to spread happiness.

In the meantime, what is our current president doing to spread joy to those who, for many years, have been tirelessly injecting fuel into the nation’s dried-up coffers even before he learned how to puff a nasty nicotine stick? Instead of prioritizing our beloved OFWs, his priorities are dead set on achieving “justice“, a classic case of misguided priorities. And I haven’t even mentioned his zeal for the speedy passing of the RH Bill into law.

¡Maraming salamat, Coca-Cola! Where will happiness strike next?

Maybe you guys better visit Malacañang and give those baróng-clad peeps over there some mean “Coke bath” a la Stone Cold Steve Austin. Now that would be a happy scene for all of us!


You may also want to see the happiness Coca-Cola shared to Mariquina residents:

Check your email everyday — you might get a big surprise

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Because of several online accounts that I have (not to mention Facebook eating up most of my online time), I hardly check my emails nowadays. That is why when I opened them up yesterday morning, I was in for a big surprise:

I didn’t even know I was nominated, LOL! Yeah. LOL. But this time around I didn’t get to have the last laugh.

Another LOL to that.

This blog, FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES, was nominated for “Society, Politics, and History” category.

My other blog ALAS FILIPINAS, on the other hand, was nominated for two categories: “Filipiniana” and “Bloggers’ Choice

I was elated and disappointed at the same time. My blogs made it to the finals, but lost. On a lighter note, being nominated in The Philippine Blog Awards is already a huge feat. What more if your blog is chosen as a Finalist? Truly, it’s a great honor. And I thank the organizers of this annual event for having given my blogs a chance to shine even for just a brief moment.

Too bad my wife and I weren’t able to attend the ceremonies. Lesson learned: always check your emails everyday because we’re now living on a fast-paced online world.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! More power to Filipino blogging, the new journalism!

The Filipino people and the Spanish language (according to Quezon)

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The Latin American people believed and feel that we Filipinos form past of that vast family, the children of Spain. Thus, although Spain ceased to govern those countries many years ago and although another nation is sovereign in the Philippines, those Latin-American peoples feel themselves as brothers to the people of the Philippines. It is the Spanish language that still binds us to those peoples, and the Spanish language will bind us to those peoples eternally if we have the wisdom and patriotism of preserving it.
—Manuel Quezon—

The abovementioned Quezon quote was culled from the book Chulalongkorn’s Elephants: The Philippines in Asian History (Looking Back 4) by renowned historian Ambeth Ocampo. The said book is available in popular bookstores nationwide for only ₱95.00. It would make a perfect Christmas gift for history buffs.

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