Woke up today at 4 AM coz I am having difficulty breathing... I've been sick since Friday. It became worse when I went to school (PNU) on Saturday. I was really going to attend my Philo class coz I have a report to submit and present.
When I got there, the rain wasn't really that hard, but 15 minutes into my report, all hell broke loose. PNU was submerged in an inch of water already. Our professor wasn't aware of the situation, and my classmates and I were chicken to tell him so.
When class was over, I decided to act fast and start to walk home so I won't get stranded. When I saw the scene outside, I was shocked. There was water everywhere. I didn't hesitate, I waded through the knee-deep murky waters. All the time I was thinking and praying that I don't get sicker and get diseases that are far worse than cough and colds. Being a transplant patient, I can't get sick, coz it might cause a rejection.
When big trucks drove by, waves just hit us and there was this one time that I hit the wall coz of the strong wave. I was worried about manholes, so I just follow the people before me.
I walked from PNU to SM Manila, I bought a muffin from French Baker, ate it while walking towards the exit, and then I saw that the water outside SM was deeper. People began riding pedicabs, so I took one. Bad move! It made no difference coz the water was so deep. I also got my clothes wet, unlike when I was walking with my umbrella, only my pants got wet. And I had to pay 40 bucks for the short ride.
Anyway, when I got to the LRT, I was relieved to see that it was not full. When I alighted and saw Libertad, I was dumbfounded. I have never seen our place like this. The water was not that deep like in Manila, but it was flowing! It was going to the Baclaran side. I walked home, and was sickened of the things I saw floating on the water. I hate to say this but PNU area flood water, I just saw bottles and leaves. Here in Libertad.... grabe! Major clean-up, Mayor Peewee!
Our street, which have never experienced flood, is ankle deep in water. As soon as I got inside the house, I took off my clothes and bathe. Of course, cough and colds got worse, but as of now, I don't feel anything that will indicate a far worse disease. Thank Heavens for that.
It's good that we don't have classes until tomorrow, coz I have a lot of things to do and I haven't had the energy to do it since the flood. I made an attempt to do it (computing grades) but cough and colds (and the lack of electricity) won, and I jumped back on my bed to rest.
Today, I will be cleaning the house of all the things that we don't need so we can donate them to the flood victims. I have finished with shoes and slippers, and I think I've gathered about 20 pairs in all. As soon as my Mom and the kids wake up, we will gather clothes and stuff.
I am also going to text my donations to the Red Cross today as soon as I get myself off this chair. Here are helpful information on how to help:
Things you may want to donate:
1) Bottled Water
2) Instant Noodles (preferably in bowl packaging like Nissin or Lucky Me)
3) Canned Goods w/ pull tab cover (no can opener available in relief centers)
4) Bread or Biscuits
5) Coffee or Juice
6) Multivitamins (preferably Vitamin C)
7) Medicines (Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Loperamide, Betadine)
9) Old but wearable clothes
10) Slippers/ Flip flops
12) Some organizations will accept cash donations.
13) Anti-mosquito Lotion
15) Milk/ Infant Formula
For USA Residents:
1) Help in the typhoon relief effort by calling ABS-CBN Foundation USA toll-free 1-800-527-2820
2) American Red Cross call 1-800-435-7669
For those near ABS-CBN:
Help pack relief goods at Sagip Kapamilya at #13 Examiner St. They are also looking for people willing to go to provinces and distribute the goods.
For those near The Philippine Daily Inquirer Office or a McDonald’s Branch:
Go to: 1098 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City or to any of its classified ads branches and to any Mcdonald’s Branch within Metro Manila
Hotline: 8978808 loc.260 and look for Megi Garcia
For the Cebuanos who want to help:
Please click on the link>> Living For A Cause
For those near a La Salle School:
(OPLAN: Sagip Metro) DLSZ (Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa) and LSGH (Greenhills) are now accepting relief goods and looking for volunteers from 8am to 6pm. DLSU- Manila (Taft Avenue) will accept relief goods as early as 8:00 A.M. at South Gate
For those near Ateneo De Manila:
Go To: Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights , Quezon City
Manuel V. Pangilinan Building Center for Student Leadership Lobby
University Dorm Cervini Hall
Hotlines: 09089977166, 09178952792, 4266001 local 5050
Operations: 24-hours operations for the entire week.
For those near a Petron Station or 2Go Branches:
Visit any Petron or 2GO Branches to drop off your donations.
Other Ways You Can Help:
1) Visit a branch of the Philippine National Red Cross and volunteer. You can also send donations using your mobile phone: text RED <space> AMOUNT and send to 2899 (GLOBE/TM) and 4483 (SMART/ TNT). Globe is accepting P300 txt donation.
2) Visit Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC)
Go To: 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes , QC
Hotlines: 9299820, 9299822
Operations: 8 a.m. onwards.
Go To: Veritas Tower , West Ave. cor EDSA
Look For: Karla Turingan
Hotlines: 9257931 to 39, 0918VERITAS
Operations: 24-hours, tentatively until Tuesday.
4) Victory Fellowship- Fort Bonifacio
Go to: Victory Fellowship, Every Nation Building , across from Market-Market, Fort Bonifacio
Look for: Pastor Bernard Marquez
Hotlines: 813-FORT, 8171212
Operations: Tentatively until 5pm may may extend hours. Entire week until Friday.
5) Tulong Bayan
Go to: Balay Expo Center, EDSA (northbound) cor. Gen McArthur, Araneta Center (right across Samson College) or visit WhiteSpace 2314 Pasong Tamo Ext. beside Faith Christian School
Hotline: 09175273906/ 09086579998/ 9137122/ 9136254/ 9133306
Operations: Come as early as 8:00 a.m.
Open to volunteers/ cash and goods donation
6) World Vision Philippines
Go to: Quezon Avenue (near Delta Theatre)
Open to volunteers/ cash and goods donation
7) Corporate Network for Disaster Response
How to: Donate cash through BPI Ayala-Paseo Branch with account number 0031 0654 02
8) Luzon Relief
Go to: Renaissance Fitness Center, 2F, Bramante Bldg., Renaissance Towers, Ortigas, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
Operations: 9am to 7pm Daily
Open to volunteers/goods donation
9) Brainbeam Events
Go to: 2F MB Aguirre Cornerhouse Bldg 15, President Ave. cor Elizalde St. BF Pque. Across old Caltex
Let's hope and pray that this crisis will soon be over and that we Filipinos get over this. Let's not dwell on irrational and heartless people (posters and account hackers, alike) who can make a joke out of people's sufferings and instead, focus all our rage in helping our countrymen.
Let's say a prayer for strength, unity, and blessings above.
Let's thank all Filipinos and Foreigners who helped us in this time of need. Kudos to Kris Aquino coz I really admired her yesterday because her being outspoken have gathered more than 20M in relief as I watched the marathon. To foreign artists on my Twitter account, I saw them making pledges and asking for more help for us.... Demi Moore and husband Ashton was among the first to do so.
To end this post, I would like to share what our Italian priest said during yesterday's Mass... when asked how to translate "Come to my house" in Filipino.... we Filipinos always say "Punta ka sa AMIN." showing our brotherhood and bayanihan spirit.
United we stand.