#PrayForThePhilippines Year 2

It was the same month last year when I posted these blog entries (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Yes I always get teary eyed when I see homeless people especially the elderly and newborn facing the cold struggle. Looks like history has a way of repeating itself. As much as possible I do not want to watch/read the news because it upsets me. BUT these are the times I know I can help, the power of social media are very visible during these times. I am sending all my prayers to those who are in the evacuation center and have nothing to eat or to keep them dry.

For updates, check out the social media sites below.

MMDA Facebook Twitter

Taguig Area (because this is where I work) Facebook Twitter

Binangonan Area (where my family and I reside) Facebook Twitter

To those who need immediate assistance RescuePH Website Facebook and Twitter

DOST Facebook Twitter

HOW TO HELP?

Here is one good site where you can donate if you do not have time to buy/look for grocery and clothes that you want to share: ONLINE DONATION GAWAD KALINGA

RED CROSS NUMBERS are HOTLINE 143 TRUNKLINE 527-0000

Check out ABS-CBN Facebook page to know where you can donate cash or relief goods

On building houses with Habitat for Humanity

By now, many of you know that I love to volunteer in almost anything as long as it will fit my schedule. Last week, my office mates and I joined another sponsored event by our company, this time with Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Our sponsored area was Bistekville in  Payatas area. Though we only worked for around 3 hours maximum, it was such a great experience. My respect for carpenters and those people who really work to build houses raised up to 100%. It was not easy, with the scorching heat, dust everywhere, we have to reach our goal. There are people who depend on us and they believe we can help them build their lovely houses. A house that they will soon call home and create wonderful memories with. So we pushed ourselves and good thing, we survived! I have to admit, after 4 rounds of placing gravel to a sandbag… I was tired. What more if I do other stuff like carry cements, mix this and that? My body would surely give up. So to all carpenters, I salute you! 🙂
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The world needs some help… for every 5 1/2 minutes!

Habitat for Humanity (1)My ever-loving team mate and partner when it comes to volunteer work, Dredd 🙂

Habitat for Humanity (2)Our area

Habitat for Humanity (3) We look so fresh in here! From left to right, Llyod, Eldrige, I, Gem, Joey, Ami, Ampy, Anna, Gen, Melody and Jopet

Habitat for Humanity (4) Getting ready to fight! I, Ami, Gem, Jopet, Chris and Joey

Habitat for Humanity (5) Good works volunteers, always!

Habitat for Humanity (6)Oh the heat! But it won’t stop us!

Habitat for Humanity (7) While waiting for the sacks to arrive, we had a mini pictorial. Wacky me!!!

Habitat for Humanity (8)Here they come…

Habitat for Humanity (9) Back to work team! We can do it!

Habitat for Humanity (10) Then we ran out of sacks again, and this happened, lol!

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Smile!

Habitat for Humanity (13)The “pala” and I ♥

Habitat for Humanity (14)Making sure they were protected from the sun, they look so cute! Dredd, Ami and Gem.

Habitat for Humanity (15) Last round!

Habitat for Humanity (16)Ehem, sorry I ate two breads! 🙂 So hungry!

Habitat for Humanity (17)Now, it’s time for another work, mix and mix, pass and pass.

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Need some help? 🙂

Habitat for Humanity (19) After lunch, Lloyd and Glory

Habitat for Humanity (20) Fresh still? Thanks to wet wipes! 🙂

Habitat for Humanity (21) Kids!

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All people smile in the same language. – Proverb quotes

Habitat for Humanity (23)Mini rocky mountain

Habitat for Humanity (24)Unfinished row of houses beside a school.

Habitat for Humanity (25) Few more help for 2013 to finish this project! You! Yes you are needed! Volunteer here!

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A small plant that symbolizes hope for everyone.

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For more details, please check the following:

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Twitter

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Facebook Page

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Website

Servathon 2012 Hands On Manila: Save the Freedom Island

This was my third time joining our company’s Good Works Project. I am really proud to say that I am working with a company who desires to help out the Filipino community by all means. Coming from night shift, our bodies were physically tired but that would not stop our spirits from volunteering for this event. Hands on Manila Servathon has run since 2005 and all events had been successful. This year was quite special, why? We are saving the Freedom Island. Personally, I did not expect that a hidden paradise lies within the Metro.

“The 175 hectare haven stretches at the western side of the Cavite-Manila Coastal Road. It is a natural shield against typhoons and its lagoon functions as an outlet for major waterways in the two cities. Local fisherfolk families such as the magtatahong or mussels and shellfish gatherers also depend on it for their livelihood. Its rich ecosystem plays a vital role for men, birds and marine life.”Save Freedom Island Movement

Now, someone wants to build buildings and establishments in the area. That means no more Freedom Island. If the project will be approved I would really feel sad, sad for the community living around the area, the birds and marine life that will be destroyed in the process. I want to raise awareness to all my friends who will be able to read this, please sign up for this petition if you can: No To Reclamation, Save Freedom Island Movement.

Freedom Islands, it may not be perfect scene, but its beauty can still capture your soul.

The volunteers (Amie, myself, Alexa, Dredd, Hilda and Jude)

Amie is ready to clean up and plant trees! 🙂

Ready to serve for Servathon 2012

Having a bit of fun while waiting for the instructions on how to plant the seedlings properly.

Summer heat is on, good thing Amie wore her bandana.

Shovels up for Hilda, Jude and Dredd.

Happily picking up some garbage.

For I do not care about the sun at all or how hot it can be, a shovel can go a long way. 🙂

Alexa busy raking some plants, she worked it! Planted two coconut seedlings! Congrats girl!

Along the shoreline, what a sight to behold, everyone worked their way in cleaning up the area.

A boat passing by.

We were also given a go signal to plant coconut seedlings along the shoreline. I can imagine how wonderful they will be once they start to tower up, I am sure Mother Nature is so happy.

Seashells Seashells on the Sea Shore! Lovely!

Look at what I found, cute little plastic swan.

Meet COCO, he is our coconut seedling! He looks so cute!

Perfect!

The proud mothers of COCO. 🙂

Another boat that passed by.

Sorry if I can’t help it, these rocks were adorable.

“I SPEAK FOR THE TREES” – The Lorax

Every little thing is lovely.

After the tree planting and clean up drive, it’s time for the main program to start. So many volunteers!

Tired but we don’t care, we can still smile. It has been a fruitful day of volunteering.

“Volunteerism is like an energy booster that fuels our hopes and aspirations and the drive to do good. It helps us feel empowered that we can do something to fix situations that we do not like.”Sir Junie Del Mundo, Chair Servathon 2012

Hosted by Mr. Marc Nelson of course! He has been an active volunteer for the past few years. Couldn’t think of any other host that can do it better, he’s perfect for it.

Ms. Bayang Barrios also supported the cause. She is a very great singer, I love the way she sings and dances at the same time.

On the bus going back to the office, I realized how important it is to join causes like this. I am not an environmentalist but there are small ways that we can do to help our country, fellow countrymen and the Earth. BE BOLD and VOLUNTEER! Let us save Mother Earth.

DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN UP : No To Reclamation, Save Freedom Island Movement

Follow Hands On Manila via Twitter and add them of Facebook

Do not forget to check out their official website Hands On Manila Servathon