When my first son was born, I couldn’t sleep properly because I thought that if I slept, he would die.
I woke up several times at night to check if he was breathing.
“Don’t worry,” our housekeeper told me. “He’ll be running around the house in no time.”
I can’t believe that boy I gave birth to is now 12 years old and taller than me!
He grew so fast, he is no longer interested in toys that are not gadgets.
A few months ago I was able to convince him and his brother (10) to give up toys they were no longer using.
We filled up six balikbayan boxes, which ended up in a garage sale.
In the Philippines, so many children don’t get to enjoy toys, that’s why Jollibee launched Maaga ang Pasko over 19 years ago. Watch how someone’s pre-loved toy can make a girl so happy.
Maaga ang Pasko is considered the country’s longest-running toy and book collection drive, with over two million toys collected since it started. It is committed to spreading smiles and Christmas cheer to thousands of Filipinos children all over.
Now, families here or abroad can donate a toy and/or book online through the Maaga ang Pasko microsite with the help of campaign partners Toy Kingdom and Goodwill Bookstore.
Global Filipino communities in the USA, Middle East, Hongkong and Singapore can also reach out via Maaga ang Pasko donation boxes at Jollibee branches in these markets.
Last Tuesday my dad sent a King Air plane to Guiuan (pronounced “gii-wan”), Eastern Samar to check the conditions there.
The 12-seater plane had Nickel Asia’s JB Baylon on board, who brought medicines and supplies to the devastated town.
On the way back they boarded victims to safety in Cebu and Manila, including some injured and the former Mayor of Guiuian, Analiz Kuan.
Following are photos taken by JB Baylon.
The offices of Senator Alan Cayetano and Taguig City Hall headed by Mayor Lani Cayetano will have a five-day Bayanihan RORO mission/relief operations to Visayas and is now accepting donations to fill up a RORO vessel that can carry 300 tons of goods.
Drop off points in Taguig:
• Enderun College
• Slice Cafe in Bonifacio High Street
• Taguig City University
• Taguig City Extension Office, 3rd floor, Market! Market!
From these drop off points, all donations will be transported to Batangas by lunchtime.
Ro-Ro vessel will leave Batangas Friday night to deliver goods to Isabel, Leyte and Guiuan, Eastern Samar
So far, goods we have now include food and water, generator sets, and water filtration units.
Taguig City will donate P5M-worth of goods and medicines.
They will also provide boats to ferry evacuees from Samar and Leyte to Cebu and even Batangas.
To help communities severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the country’s three mobile phone operators—SMART Communications, Globe Telecom, and Sun Cellular—have agreed to provide 25 free SMS per day for five days that may be used for local and international text messages.
The joint offer will be available to subscribers in Tacloban City and the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Leyte, northern Cebu and the Samar.
“This is a time for Filipinos to come together and help our countrymen in their hour of great need. This joint effort will help Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers in the typhoon-struck areas to communicate with their loved ones at home and abroad,” said Charles A. Lim, executive vice president of SMART and chief operating officer of Digital Mobile Philippines.
“This free service is open to all Globe Postpaid, Globe Prepaid, and TM subs in these Eastern Visayas provinces. This is the company’s way of giving assistance to our customers who are suffering from the typhoon’s onslaught and who need to reach out to their family and friends in the country and abroad,” said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor for Globe Consumer Business Group.
The free 25 daily SMS bundles are available from November 13 to 17, 2013 and can be used to send text messages across all networks. There is also an allocation for international SMS. It will be pushed automatically to subscribers at the start of each day. Subscribers will receive SMS notifications once the bundles are sent. No registration is required.
The three operators came to this unprecedented agreement in response to the extreme devastation caused by the super typhoon. They are also working to restore their respective services and assist emergency relief activities of the government and humanitarian agencies.
To augment the existing Libreng Tawag services in several typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas, Smart Communications, Inc. is providing free all-network and International SMS bundle to Smart, Sun and Talk ‘N Text subscribers.
The free SMS bundle, comprised of 25 all-net text and three international text messages will automatically be available daily for five days beginning midnight of November 13, 2013 for both postpaid and prepaid subscribers. The service does not require any registration.
The offer is initially available in hard-hit areas Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Leyte, Northern Cebu, Palawan and Samar, where an estimated five million subscriber base stands to benefit.
Restoration of network facilities in these areas commenced immediately in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in order to provide vital communication services to the various institutional partners and local government units involved in coordinating post-disaster response efforts. As of November 12, 82% of the network has been restored.
Libreng Tawag stations continue to operate in the following areas:
• PNP Headquarters, Tacloban City, Leyte
• PLDT Office, Jones St., Tacloban City, Leyte
• DSWD booth, Tacloban City Hall
• Smart cellsite near VNG Subdivision, Tacloban City, Leyte
• Municipal Hall, Palo, Leyte
• Smart Store, Ormoc City, Leyte (with free mobile phone charging)
• Ormoc City Plaza, Ormoc City, Leyte
• Ormoc Airport, Ormoc City, Leyte
• Municipal Hall, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu
• Cebu Cultural Center, Bantayan Island
• Smart cellsite in Sta.Fe, Bantayan Island (with free mobile phone charging)
• Madridejos Municipal Hall, Bantayan Island (with free mobile phone charging)
Charging of mobile handset batteries is also offered free at the Smart cell site facility in Roxas City, Capiz and in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.