Now you can text your donations through HelpPh
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Mobile phone users from over 40 countries can now directly donate to Yolanda relief via HelpPh.
Send airtime load through BayadLoad, a mobile money service of Smart Communications, Inc., approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Philippine Central Bank) for this purpose.

To contribute to HelpPh, mobile phone subscribers overseas must key-in +63-999-7-000-000 (12-digits) as the beneficiary mobile number and then send their donation using the airtime top-up procedure of their specific mobile network operator.
The maximum amount per day is US$10. This fund-raising program will continue until December 31, 2013.

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Smart, Sun, and Talk & Text subscribers can also donate by texting HelpPH to 5353

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Through its mobile money subsidiary, SMART has partnered with four leading global mobile airtime transfer companies that include Transfer To, Tranglo, ezetop, and Aryty—which all together cover more than 250 partner mobile network operators in 90 countries.

This mobile collection drive was launched by The Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF) to fund relief and reconstruction programs, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Caritas Manila, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Gawad Kalinga, the United States Agency for International Development and the GSMA, the global association of the mobile phone industry.
PDRF was organized in 2009 following the devastation caused by Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy and is made up of major private sector companies and leading NGOs.

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Haiyan/Yolanda photos we won’t forget
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P.Diddy’s kids pack their own clothes to send to the Philippines (Source: TMZ)

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Six-year-old Japanese boy Shoichi Kodoh donates contents of his piggy bank to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo

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American girls turn over $200 to UNICEF from lemonade stand

lemonade stand

Dutch-Filipino kids Kai and Danique De Wit raise 80 euros by selling “Philippine cupcakes” to neighbors

Dutch-Filipino kids selling cupcakes

Motherpackers unite for Yolanda

kapit beki

Anderson Cooper tells Korina Sanchez to maybe get a ride to Tacloban

Anderson Cooper Korina Sanchez Philippines Haiyan Yolanda

UK family collects for the British Red Cross at Tesco

tesco family

Scenes we’d like to see: US deploys USNS Mercy


Amazing view of the Royal Armed Forces UK’s C-17, which delivered a load of emergency specialist equipment to Cebu

RAF C-17 delivered earlier today first load of emergency specialist equipment to Cebu in Philippines

A US C17—one of 68 large military cargo aircraft from 30 countries assisting in the Philippines—airlifts typhoon victims

This US C17 is 1 of 68 large military cargo aircraft from 30 countries who are here now to assist in HADR

Some lucky b*tch

Nicole and Andy

Atom Araullo reporting

atom araullo reporting in tacloban

New York cares

Empire state

Houston cares

Houston City Hall

Linda Farrow cares

Linda Farrow sale

Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin raises Philippine flag (upside down) to ask for continued support for victims


Tourists stranded in Coron, Palawan help out instead


Best closeup of Yolanda before it made landfall in the Philippines

Best close-up shot of before it made landfall early this morning.

Haiyan is not a joke

Haiyan is no joke. Look at it compared to Hurricane

Haiyan na! Yolanda approaches Philippines


What would happen if Yolanda had hit Northern Europe instead


An eerie resemblance


Someone’s unfortunate idea of relief goods

Do not give

Anderson Cooper with the lead singer of Journey, Arnel Pineda

Anderson and arnel

Baby Israel with the kind doctors at the Israeli Defense Force mobile hospital, one hour after it opened


A ray of hope appears over Tacloban seven days after Yolanda


Plus two in Eastern Samar (Photo: Abdel Elecho)

double rainbow, eastern Samar

Proof of life: notes scribbled by survivors to let their families know they made it alive


Precious smiles: Filipino children receive biscuits after days of no food


Canned goods with scribbles of hope from one happy packer (Source: Bianca Gonzalez)


Richard Gordon briefs German and Spanish Red Cross

Richard Gordon

And to all the afams who came out to help, a huge SALAMAT from all of us!


Stock up at Watsons’ 3-day sale!
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It’s not too late to drop by Watsons to check out their sale!


Here’s what I found yesterday at Wastons, SM Aura.
All this Hello Kitty stuff makes me wish I had a girl

Watsons sale
Watsons sale
Watsons sale

I love deals, don’t you? I always check out the deal bins at Watsons.

Watsons sale
Watsons sale

Lots of things marked down, but only up to Sunday

Watsons sale
Watsons sale
Watsons sale

Plus lots of affordable gift packs and more!

Watsons sale
Watsons sale

It’s a good time to stock up on your favorite things and get a head start on Christmas shopping.
The sale is on at all Watsons branches in the Philippines!

Found: LuminAID renewable source of light
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Here’s one great invention I found while searching for solar lights online.
I’ve bought one for our courtyard, hung it on a tree to charge in the daytime, and found that it works very well even when leaving it out during rain.
These are great gifts for people living in the provinces or depressed areas, where electricity isn’t readily restored, or even for us city dwellers in case of emergency.
LuminaidThe LuminAID solar light was designed shortly after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
It is a renewable light that can be very useful, especially in post-natural disaster situations, like Yolanda.
LuminAID is the brainchild of Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, who met while studying architecture and design in graduate school. They shared an interest in solar lighting technology and a common belief that design and design thinking can be used to solve problems on a global scale, including improving access to basic resources such as lighting and power.


The product is easy to ship because it packs flat and inflates to diffuse the light like a lantern.
LuminAID’s goal is to make portable lighting a part of the supplies commonly sent as part of disaster relief aid.
In addition to food, water, and shelter, light can greatly add to the well-being of victims of a natural disaster or crisis. Renewable lighting can aid those in situations where batteries are scarce and the electricity grid is disabled both immediately after a disaster and over an extended period of time.
Over the past year, LuminAID has put lights on the ground in the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Isaac in Haiti and Hurricane Sandy.


It is a great product to buy, especially for those abroad who are thinking of what to send over to Yolanda victims.
For corporate givers, the inflatable material is also printable with patterns and logos.
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