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UNIQLO to Donate 3 Million Yen to Flood Victims of Philippine Monsoon Relief

The FAST RETAILING Group today announces that it will donate, thru its brand UNIQLO Philippines, 3 million yen (1.5M Pesos) to aid flood victims in Metro Manila and the surrounding areas where heavy monsoon rains have recently caused serious flooding damage.
The donation will be made to the SM Foundation, the socio civic arm of the SM Group of Companies, which is the parent company of SM Retail, Fast Retailing’s joint venture partner in the Philippines.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Katsumi Kubota, Chief Operating Officer of Fast Retailing Philippines, Inc., said, “UNIQLO is saddened by the current natural occurrences in the Philippines, and we would like to express our deep sympathy to all Filipinos who were affected by this calamity. We stand together with our Filipino friends in providing a helping hand.”



A Dutch artist in Sta. Cruz

Dutch artist Tinkebell has been holed up in her hotel in Manila during this rainy season.
Earlier today she ventured out to Sta. Cruz to brave the flood and take these photos.

Rain in Sta. Cruz

“Yesterday I walked around myself and today I took a tricycle so I could take photos while it was raining,” she writes. “While I sat in the taxi taking pictures, someone tried to grab my camera. But I always wear it with a cord on my arm, (and I can do karate) so he failed and I still have my camera.”

Rain in Sta. Cruz

“Yesterday the water came up to my hips in one street (Tinkebell is tall by the way) and today it was a bit lower. What I didn’t expect is that the water was quite warm!”

Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz

“What I saw is that most people here try to keep on going with their everyday lives.”

Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz

“Some are even making fun in the water. I saw some children swimming and playing.”

Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz

“But overall it’s a terrible mess. I really feel sorry for all the people who are in trouble now and I’m so worried about the girls! I hope they can swim.”

Rain in Sta. Cruz
Rain in Sta. Cruz

“My friends and my mom in the Netherlands were really worried about me, because these floods are also in the news there. The last big flood we had was in 1953 and people are still talking about that.
Nowadays we have http://www.deltawerken.com/ in the Netherlands, so we have no floods anymore, even though the Netherlands lays below sea level!”

Rain in Sta. Cruz

In 2010, Tinkebell traveled to Guinea-Bissau with the intention of helping a poor couple furnish their home with IKEA.

This year, she finds herself in Manila with a goal to save two young prostitutes from poverty.
I nearly fell off my chair when she told me her plan.
To know more about her project, click HERE.
Your thoughts—good or bad—are welcome in the comments below.

Yes, I know


Thanks to everyone who checked up on me and my family.
We are OK. We had some water enter the house through windows and leaks coming from the roof garden but we are OK. We had no brownout. We were lucky to have done our groceries last Sunday.
It’s been 3 years since Ondoy, which was a difficult time for our home, and I thank God for sparing our village this year.
I hope you’re doing OK.
I don’t know what God’s plan is, if it will get worse as they say we are living in biblical times.
But as Ayala Museum tweeted earlier

God be with us during these times. And as Teddyboy Locsin would say, keep well.

15 Years of Cibo to benefit flood victims

This August 22, 2012, CIBO celebrates 15 years of serving real, modern Italian cuisine by donating 15% of its sales to flood victims.
Cibo logo
All branches are also accepting donations in kind at the following CIBO outlets:
• Glorietta 4 (729-2426)
• EDSA Shangri-La Plaza (633-2426)
• Alabang Town Center (842-7285)
• Powerplant Rockwell (898-2426)
• Promenade Greenhills (727-2426)
• Gateway Araneta Center (913-2426)
• Greenbelt 5 (758-2426)
• Eastwood Mall (470-2426)
• Whitespace, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati City
• The Commissary at Space No. 6 AB, 2nd Floor Super Center, Gen. Roxas Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City (911-3101)

To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/ciboPH

Time for a giveaway!

This giveaway is so yesterday! I am so backlogged. If you are a busy blogger, you’d understand.
Last month I put together a back-to-school package and then got busy.
Now Globe Tattoo wants you to experience their Lifestyle sticks, powered by Tattoo’s 4G Network.
With Tattoo Player, Tattoo Explorer, and Tattoo Stylista, you can surf at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps.

Tattoo lifestyle sticks

I had six of these to give away, but Mich Dulce got confined at the hospital with no wifi, and I sent her one.
So I’m giving away five of these. Special thanks to Vangie Gaw who sent these lovely see-through cases.

Giveaway 2012

Inside: head-to-toe swag from Goody, Burlington and Biofresh, a miniature harmonica from Levi Celerio x Freeway, and a Tattoo Lifestyle stick.


You’ll also get a Belle du Jour Campus planner designed for the academic year

Giveaway 2012

1) Open to anyone with a Philippine address and Twitter account.
2) Follow @chooseTATTOO on Twitter.
3) Register in this electronic raffle.

4) Promo runs from August 6 to August 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM.
5) Five winners will be chosen via electronic raffle on and will be contacted via email.
6) Depending on their location, winners will receive their prizes either by courier or asked to claim their prizes at Pepper Lunch Greenbelt 5, Rockwell, Shangri-La Plaza, or Megamall.

To know more about Globe Lifestyle sticks, click HERE.

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