It's been raining for the last two weeks now and it's crazy, but here's my number.. so call me maybe? Lol. Seriously it's crazy and it scares me. I've observed also that the rain has been pouring on schedule, like around 6AM, 9AM, 12NN, 3PM, 6PM, 9PM and 12MN! I know that's pretty weird but you know I am really weird. Haha. But just a few days ago, we were really able to feel the wrath of nature and it's so tragic!
Watching the news, seeing the people suffer and asking for help's really devastating. I myself has experienced it last Monday, as I was on my way home and would you believe that the supposed to be less than two hour travel from Makati to our house lasted for 6 hours! Arrived in Cavite at 2AM (of Tuesday) already! And not only that it was traffic, it was flooded everywhere!
I'm normally taking EDSA, Macapagal Boulevard, Coastal Road and finally Molino upon going home, but the driver that day decided to take Paranaque because it was already traffic. But despite this strategy, we still got caught up, braved the knee/waist deep floods along Sucat and Las Pinas roads and boom, not good enough. When we were in the Las Pinas-Coastal Road boundary already, I was disgusted when a traffic enforcer tried to get the license of the driver and was telling us that we were not allowed to pass because it was not the correct route. We were like, "Really??? You're really doing this right now???" We got stuck there for about thirty minutes and we were just pleading because it was flooded already! *shaking my head*
My mom was waiting for me and my sister and did not slept until we're both home. The rain didn't stop pouring, and I was so thankful that we were still able to get home safe and sound despite all the misadventures.
Come Tuesday morning, the weather became worse that it had been so impossible to get out of the house! A lot of roads (even national and main ones) weren't passable, and as I was reading all the tweets, I felt so incapable because I could do nothing. I mean, I am young and stronger than others (physically) but I couldn't extend any form of help. It felt so tragic because we've had this kind of situation before, same places were affected, same homes, same people, but it was too strong. On Wednesday, the rain was still pouring heavily and it was not yet safe to go out. I was really itching to go to relief operations but the weather won't allow me.
Finally, the sun showed up yesterday! I went out to go back to work. I was observing the roads and it was such a sad, sad, morning. The sun up the sky was a sigh of relief. As I was on my way, something struck me and made me thought that since we can file for an emergency leave for that day, I just made up my mind and did it.
Went to the University of Asia & the Pacific to drop off donations. I was supposed to go to my alma mater but I was told that the Manila City Hall area was still flooded, and UA&P was nearer too.
It was so nice to see all these kids helping out! It's really heartwarming and inspiring, because truly, where I came from, everyone's a hero. I'm so proud that I was born a Filipino. I don't think there could be another nation who can still manage to smile and pose for the camera (with teeth out) despite waist-deep flooded/evacuation center backgrounds.
Just like the other disasters we've experienced, I am certain that our nation we'll get through this and we'll stand up back again.
I've gathered some information as to where you can drop and send your donations if you want to help out:
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Intramuros, Manila
Lyceum of the Philippines Intramuros, Manila
San Beda College Mendiola, Manila
De La Salle University Taft Avenue, Manila
University of the Philippines Padre Faura, Manila
Colegio San Agustin Dasmarinas Village, Makati City
Victory Church Makati, Ortigas
La Salle Greenhills San Juan
University of Asia & the Pacific Ortigas, Pasig City
Ateneo de Manila University Katipunan, Quezon City
Moonleaf Tea Shop Katipunan, Quezon City
Chao Dao Tea Place Katipunan, Maginhawa, Don Antonio, Kapitolyo & Paranaque Branches
FOR CASH DONATIONS:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI):
- (PHP) Account: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya --- Account No.: 3051-1127-7 | Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City --- Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
- (USD): ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya --- Account Number: 3054-0270-35 | Branch: West Triangle, Quezon City --- Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
- (PHP) Account: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya --- Account Number: 39301-14199 --- Swift Code: BNORPHMM
- (USD) Account: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya --- Account Number: 39300-81622 --- Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Philippine National Bank (PNB):
- (PHP) Account: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya --- Account Number: 419-539-5000-13 --- Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
To donate via SMS, text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 for Globe or 4143 for Smart subscribers. To donate via G-Cash, text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882.
You can donate the following denominations (In PHP):