Setting up was a bit stressful as we had to wait in line in order to bring our items out safely. Luckily, at exactly 11AM our booth was ready to open. Little by little, Candy girls arrived but unlike last year, they came in trickles. Still we kept our optimism up and still put on a huge grin on our faces as we welcomed them to our booth.
At around 12 noon, my mom has received an SMS from our friend who lives a couple of houses away from ours. He was looking for someone with a tug boat because water is starting to rise inside his home and it has already filled up their basement. I felt a huge lump on my throat, the only person left at home was our dad, Scottie and a helper and almost every road leading towards home was flooded.
We were told that the San Juan creek has overflowed causing the great flood along Wilson street and in most parts of the city. This is actually a first for San Juan as we have survived two major typhoons (Rosing and Milenyo) in the past.
Here are some photos taken by my dad which actually was during the tail-end of the flood nightmare that hit San Juan City:
A lot of homes beside those in San Juan City were greatly damaged. At present, there are 50 casualties and a lot more missing and thousands homeless. According to the news, a big portion of Cainta, Rizal and Manila are still under water.
Thanks to the power of technology, we can now keep ourselves updated on how we can reach out to the victims of this devastating calamity. Here's a moving list created by my fellow blogger and neighbor Jane, with her permission, I would like to share the list to everyone as well:
MALLS AND COMMERCIAL OUTLETS
Aranaz Stores (Rockwell & Greenbelt) – accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (all branches) – canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies (no cash)
LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shangri-la, Eastwood, or GA Towers) - Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls)
Mail & More, FedEx & Air21 outlets – now accepting donations. For locations, pls call +6328794789 or log to www.mailandmore.com.ph
McDonald’s (all branches in MM) – accepting donations as of Sept. 28, 12NN
MOONSHINE boutique (Rockwell) - accepting relief goods to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
Papemelroti stores (91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall) – accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
PowerPlant Mall – accepting donations for ABS-CBN Foundation. Drop-off at Admin Office, P1 level.
7-Eleven (all branches) – serve as drop-off points for relief supplies such as ready-to-eat goods, mats, mosquito nets and water jugs.
Starbucks – accepting blankets, rice, instant noodles and bottled water. These items will be delivered to Ateneo de Manila University.
Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
GOVERNMENT/RELIEF AGENCIES/ OTHERS
AKBAYAN - taking donations, call 433-69-33/433-68-31 to donate or volunteer.
BAYAN MUNA – bring donations to 45 K-7th St.. Bgy. West Kamias, QC. Tel 921-3473
Move for Chiz – asking for volunteers at Bay Park Tent, along Roxas Blvd., beside Max Restaurant and Diamond Hotel in Manila, or at Gilas Minipark at Unang Hakbang St., Gilas Q.C.
Worldvision Foundation – accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $ donations, BPI: USD acct #4254-0050-08
Philippine National Red Cross – visit their site HERE for various ways to donate.
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is accepting donations @ AGS Bldg Annex, 446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo. Contact Vina Vargas at +632917-8081247
WITHIN METRO MANILA
NCST (Dasmarinas Cavite) – Volunteers/donations welcome. Call (046)416-6278 Ms. Angie
Assumption College (San Lorenzo Village) – Please drop donations off at the AC guardhouse.
Binalot (Greenbelt 1) – call Tetchie Bundalian at +632922-8573277
Whitespace (2314 Chino Roces Ave Ext) – Makati drop-off for relief goods
CFC Center Ortigas (right side, immediately after you come down EDSA flyover) – open for donations in cash or kind. Call +632-7270682 to 87 or text +632922-2542819
La Salle Greenhills – drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc) at Gate 2 on Monday, Sept. 28, or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
Xavier School – canned goods, bread, noodles. Please bring to Multipurpose Center (MPC). Accepted till Monday, Sept. 28.
ICA Greenhills - accepting donations and open to volunteers too
Caritas Manila Office (Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge) - call +632-5639298, +632-5639308
MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) – Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies
Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
Alabang Town Center Concierge – acts as drop-off point for donations
Operation Rainbow (Zac Faelnar Camara) at Ayala Alabang Village - needs Canned Goods, Ready-To-Eat Food, Bottled Water, Ready-To-Drink Milk/ Juice, Clothing, Blankets, contact (+632-4687991)
Playschool International (47 Ghana St., Better Living Subd., Paranaque) - open to receive donations (NO CASH, PLS) for relief goods. Please feel free to send your donations there. Teachers/staff will coordinate sending these to the centers.
Miriam Quiambao – drop off point: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message http://www.twitter.com/miriamq for more details.
Relief Efforts for Pasig at Valle Verde 1 Village Park – contact +632916-4945000, +632917-5273616
Donations and manpower needed at Megatent, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas beside Renaissance Towers. it will be open 24 hours til Friday
RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER (2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue) – Donations can be brought starting Monday, Sept. 28/9am – 7pm. Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
RFM Gym (Pioneer) – donations are being requested by GAWAD KALINGA. Call/text +63917-8888109 /+63917-8888304
ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111; account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation (NOTE: This account # needs verification because on the ABS-CBN Foundation website, the account # is 5630060113)
Ateneo de Manila University – cooked or ready-to-eat food, clothes, medicine, blankets, water. Donations may be dropped off at the MVP, University Dorm, or Cervini lobbies.
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health - accepting donations of medicines. A center in Pasig has more than 1,000 evacuees, mostly kids suffering from colds and fever. Call Louie Montalbo: (0918) 936-2095.
Bantayog ng mga Bayani, Quezon Ave. corner EDSA, QC - drop-off center for donations
Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC) – Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
CONTEND-UP, UP Diliman Faculty Center -drop-off point for donations
Erica Paredes (Katipunan), +63917-4741930 – they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
Kabataan Partylist, 118-B Scout Rallos, QC) – drop-off point for donations
KADAMAY (Urban Poor Group) – accepts donations of relief goods at 12-A Kasiyahan St, Bgy Holy Spirit, Commonwealth, QC Tel 427-4315
Manor Superclub (Eastwood City) – will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10 am.
National City United Church, Times St., Q.C. -drop-off pt for donations
NoyMar Relief Operations – contact Clare Amador (+63928 520 5508) or Jana Vicente (+63928 520 5499). Drop-off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao. 8am – 9pm throughout the week until further notice. Donate drinking water, old medicines, clothing, blankets, canned goods, noodles. Volunteer to man stations and repack food.
Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City) – call +632-4342397, +632-9290665
Philippine Army Gym (inside Fort Bonifacio) or GHQ Gym (Camp Aguinaldo) - now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
Radio Veritas (Veritas Tower West Ave. cor EDSA) – call +632-9257931 to 40
Tulong Bayan, Cubao – needs clothes, salt and cooking oil in sachets: 0908-6579998, 0939-3633436, 9137122
UP College of Arts and Letters (Diliman) – Hotline: 09296454102 (Prof. Roselle Pineda). Look for: Guard on Duty (in UP CAL). Operations: 24 hours until Wednesday, Sept. 30, tentatively. Donate medicines, clothes, blankets, food to be distributed by Citizens’ Disaster Response Center.
UP College of Law – Kindly drop off goods at Student Lounge or contact Dean’s Office
UPD- University Student Council, Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman, Q.C. -drop-off pt for donations
Enderun Colleges (The Fort) – needs volunteers to chop, cook and pack food. They are on 24-hour duty.
CAFE BREIZH – drop off center for donations. Text 09193651101 for details.
ONLINE DONATIONS OR VIA MOBILE
Ayala Foundation USA – click on their DONATION PAGE. Look for the link “partners’ profile and projects“, look for “Browse Organizations” dropdown menu and choose PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS.
MyAyala.com site for Jesuits (from Fr. Johnny Go) – You can use your CREDIT CARD and donate ONLINE. Go to www.myayala.com/sjph/. On the line “I would like to donate to:”, write “xs4ondoy“.
Red Cross Load Donations – Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. To donate, text RED
TxtPower – now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal.
Via www.philippineaid.com – some of the people behind this site are blogger friends. Donations are via Paypal or credit card. The ChipIn widget visible on the site tracks all donations.
Worldvision Foundation – For $ donations, BPI: USD acct #4254-0050-08
IN THE USA
Ondoy New York Disaster Relief drop off center - @ Pandayan Center, 406 W 40th St. Between 9th and 10th Aves.
For more updates, please click here.
Let us continue to pray for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.