Best Miss Universe reaction: Bed Manila
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Remember when Venus Raj made it as a Miss Universe finalist in 2010, and this reaction video of the gay designers’ sleepover became viral?

This year, the pageant was held in Russia at 2 AM Manila time. Our cable was down and the hubby was sleeping anyway (can’t make noise). Luckily I found a very clear livestream in Lithuanian.
For the last couple of days, Manila felt heavy and gloomy, even though we didn’t feel the full effect of Typhoon Yolanda. It was generally a depressing day. So at 2 AM many of us stayed up to watch the pageant, in hope that a Philippine victory would lift our morale.
As I watched in bed under the sheets, with only a laptop and headphones, many other Filipinos got together for a Miss Universe viewing party.
Now watch as the audience at BED—Manila’s premiere gay club, known for their Madonnathons, Kylie and Britney nights—made a collective sigh when Ariella Arida was announced the last finalist in Miss Universe 2013.

Beauty pageants. More fun in the Philippines!
Miss Philippines won 3rd runner up and that’s not a bad thing. Had she won the crown, you can imagine an earthquake of 7.7 with BED as epicenter. And that would take the focus off two more important things: Yolanda victims and their rehab, and the trial of Public Enemy Number One: Ms. Napoles.

What happened in Tacloban: the aftermath
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My driver’s daughter was in Tacloban yesterday during Typhoon Yolanda. He hasn’t heard from his son yet and I don’t know what to say or how to help him, since lines are down and physically going there now isn’t such a great idea.
Our cable TV is down and I’ve been able to watch snippets of news online.
Times like these, I find it hard to function normally.
Ted Failon tells how bad it really was.

Google has a Person Finder for Yolanda. I hope people with Internet get to use it to help others find loved ones.
Here’s the link.


UPDATE: They found my driver’s daughter and she’s OK! And thank God the cable is back on!

How to donate to the Red Cross
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The Philippine Red Cross Fund Generation Department is now accepting donations in cash and in kind for relief of Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte

You can give cash or check to donations through the following:

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Philippines: Red Cross provides aid for 280,000 typhoon survivors

For local in-kind donations, please send to Philippine Red Cross—National Headquarters in Manila.
The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods, especially those that are expiring within 6 months.
Though we appreciate your generosity, the PRC also discourages donations of clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

For SMS donations, text REDAMOUNT to 4143 (Smart) or 2899 (Globe)
You can donate the following denominations:
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

You can also make a donation at any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.
Go to Philippine Red Cross Tower, 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Or donate your time and volunteer at the National Headquarters at Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila.

Tawaran portion
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I may have saved a family of seven from super typhoon Yolanda.
My former yaya lives in Romblon with her husband and five children. They were the first thing I remembered when I turned on the TV yesterday and saw that Romblon was being hit by the typhoon.
I texted and hoped for a response.

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Sometimes you just need to convince them to leave their worldly possessions.

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Later that evening

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This morning

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This yaya, when we were both single, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. She was the sweetest, kindest yaya to me. I’ll never forget that, so I still help her more than 13 years later.

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But then I have my limits too, hehe.

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I’m not the best Catholic out there so I try to make up for my sins by helping others.
Besides, I feel safer helping directly someone I know, rather than giving to an organization.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. — Mother Teresa

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