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A porkless Christmas threatens us all!

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What?! No pork?!

(To the tune of Weezer) — Say it ain’t so!

What would become of our noche buena (and media noche) without our beloved jamón?!

No hamon or even pork adobo for many this Xmas

It may be a blue Christmas for many pork-loving Filipino families. Powerful storms and widespread flooding in recent weeks killed many pigs, creating a looming pork shortage that will be felt most during the holiday season.

Meanwhile, meat importers have been unable to secure adequate overseas supplies to make up for the shortfall. The result could be sky-high prices.

Even those families who save up for a hearty noche buena may be unable to buy pork. Click here for more.

And with global warming making things worse for us each passing year –this time destroying much of our livestock–, former matinee idol Richard Gómez thinks it is best to grab as much “pork” as he can.

HON. RICHARD FRANK GÓMEZ

This guy just won't stop.

We haven’t recovered yet, but there’s another typhoon coming!

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Barely three weeks since the back-to-back devastation caused by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng that claimed almost a thousand lives, now here comes another one:

RAMIL

Typhoon Ramil (international name: Lupit) is expected to hit land either tonight or tomorrow morning. This is very bad news considering what had happened recently in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces. This doesn’t even include the overflowing dams of Pangasinán.

Three strong typhoons in less than three weeks? No doubt about it — climate change is officially here.

Blog Action Day 2009 — Fight climate change NOW!

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Fighting climate change will save our descendants' earthly existence!

Fighting climate change will save our descendants' earthly existence!

“When you try to scientifically observe the data… we will find this year and last year as very strange years, and we can only presuppose that this is due to climate change” — Anthony Gólez (Civil defense chief), on Typhoon Ondoy

“We can’t just blame this on the rain. We know this is the worst deluge in 40 years. We know there is climate change happening, there is no debate about that. This is just a glimpse of what will happen. This is not even a super typhoon. We need to be prepared. This is just a taste of things to come. We need to have more preparations and we need to factor in climate change.” — Mark Día (Greenpeace campaigner), on the same typhoon which killed hundreds of people in less than nine hours.

And so I will make this blogpost as brief and as comprehensible as possible…

To those who are ignorant of the situation, the recent killer typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which incapacitated the capital of the Philippines and wreaked havoc in many parts of Luzón, are just that — natural calamities. It’s devastating, but it’s normal. Yes, Ondoy and Pepeng are indeed deadlier compared to other killer typhoons of the past. But it has never crossed the mind of the unitiated as to why the typhoons are getting stronger and stronger every year.

These typhoons may be natural calamities, yes. But their origins can be traced to manmade irresponsibilities. Throughout the centuries, man has innovated technology to suit himself to changes in his culture and behavior. Wittingly or unwittingly, this pursuit of “change for comfortability” has drastically altered the normal course of climatical phases throughout modern history (especially since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution).

OK. So the only thing that’s permanent is change. But climate change is one type of change that won’t be for the betterment of mankind. It’s called global warming.

Global warming has become a very familiar term during this decade. It was made even more popular by world-renowned environmentalist Al Gore in his bestselling documentary video entitled “An Inconvenient Truth”. It has made many people sit up and take notice — but only those who are educated enough to be interested in watching documentaries. That is never enough.

The educated should educate the masses because a great bulk of them are unfamiliar with the cause and effect of climate change and global warming. And besides, many of them use products that are harmful to the environment and which contribute to this abnormality that we’re experiencing with our weather. As US Vice President Joe Biden said: “I think it is manmade. I think it’s clearly manmade. If you don’t understand what the cause is, it’s virtually impossible to come up with a solution. We know what the cause is. The cause is manmade. That’s the cause. That’s why the polar icecap is melting.”

Speaking of melting icecaps, the Philippines is in grave danger since it has countless small islands that will easily disappear when the sea level eventually rises. Majestic coastlines and seaside villages and towns will be affected, displacing hundreds of thousands of Filipino families. And expect more destructive typhoons from the Pacific which will make Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng seem tame.

¡Kilos ná!

If you guys have genuine compassion for the young –our only planet’s next generation– then start acting now! By simply not littering at all outside the streets is already a BIG accomplishment, believe me. Love the environment. Love this planet. It’s the only planet we have. So…

Fight climate change! START RIGHT NOW!!!

Fight climate change!

Fight climate change!

This is FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES very brief take on BLOG ACTION DAY 2009.

After Typhoon Ondoy Comes Typhoon Pepeng. Drats — It’s Not Yet 2012, Is It?

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How I'd love to poke that eye.

How I'd love to poke that eye.

A weather forecast is a weather forecast. We’ll really never know what’s going to happen until we’re already in that situation. But it’s better to be always prepared.

According to weather pundits, Typhoon Pepeng (puta, halos capañgalan co pá) is just moments away from hitting Eastern Visayas (or is it within the archipelago already?). It has a maximum sustained winds of 135 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center — gustiness may even reach up to 160 kph! And worse, it might go northwest toward Metro Manila and Luzón, the very site which Typhoon Ondoy ravaged last Saturday. Much of Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces are still devastated from the damage wrought by Ondoy; many places are still underwater. And now comes Pepeng?

Typhoon Pepeng may land any minute from now. It’s already 1:20 PM here in San Pedro, La Laguna, but it looks as if it’s already 6:00 PM. However, it doesn’t feel humid although the sun’s blotted by threatening rain clouds. Nevertheless, we still have to be prepared. Who would’ve expected that Typhoon Ondoy will pour a month’s rainfall in just a few hours?

And aside from Typhoon Pepeng, I heard that there’s another weather disturbance occuring somewhere in the Pacific. Or was it two? Tsk.

So to all Filipinos in the country who read this, store in as much canned goods / groceries as you can, and fill up water containers to the brim. Power supplies usually follow during a heavy rain. Prepare your candles, but it’s advisable to use flashlights instead since they come in handy.

And speaking of electricity, always charge your cellphone batteries. Cristine Reyes cellphone did the trick for her. It helped her save her life, as well as her loved ones’, who were with her on top of their roof during the flash flood in Marikina City.

Remember to also keep telephone numbers of organizations concerned with emergeny situations.

Of course, it is wise to store enough medicine. Remember to put your first aid kit in a place where it’s easy for you to reach. Just keep them out of your kiddos’ reach.

Update the status of your liquefied petroleum gas. Bacá malapit na paláng maúbos.

DO NOT CLOG YOUR DRAINAGE, WHETHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE! These killer flash floods which wreaked havoc across the metropolis is mainly because of garbage which has clogged many esteros and other public waterways (I’ll try to write about this in the near future).

And last but not the least…

NEVER FORGET TO PRAY.

We’ll get through all of this murkiness. Trust me. The Filipino is a survivor. Nosotros sobreviviremos. =)

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