Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A few days after the Ondoy Typhoon, Patricia tweeted me a picture of the kids talking excitedly about the upcoming party, as they were really looking forward to it more than ever. The picture touched me in so many ways i cannot even explain.
A few days before the party, Tita Annabelle kept asking me what she had to do, what she had to bring, what she could donate for these kids... Tita was as excited to bond with these orphans as they were. I was reminded later on that she, too, spent some time in her childhood in an orphanage,, so this party really meant something for her..
Come party day, the kids all arrived on time, full of energy... We were supposed to have an hour and a half of playtime, but thanks to Timezone's generosity, they let us play for more than 3 hours... The kids even had a special song number & violin playing for Tita Annabelle!!
At the end of the day, everyone was so exhausted, but with smiles in their faces... I couldnt wipe the smile off my face seeing the happiness in their faces...
So once again... thank you so much Ana Benitez and Raffy Prats of TIMEZONE for all the generosity -- for the unlimited playing cards & lootbags, to all the food from Texas Grilled Bbq House, Oliver's Super Sandwiches & Krispy Kreme who served really yummy treats, and to Everyday is Your birthday Foundation for setting me up with the House of Refuge... also thank you Lorenz Manalang for being the one who set up my meeting w Timezone :)
Thank you Jun Lalin, for helping out with the invites, and the coverage that made other people even more aware about the House of Refuge.. Thank you for those who went --all the Royale Era talents! i saw how much fun u guys were having with the kids... Thank you Doc Cielo Adajar of Adajar Dental Services for the dental packages you sent over for the kids... Chard & Tita Annabelle for the cheque donations and Ate Ruffa for the boxes of clothes and toys for the orphans...
And to the orphans, thank you so much for touching my heart in a way that no one else has ever done so....
Thursday, October 8, 2009
here's the feature:
MANILA, Philippines - A wise lady once told me that no matter how old we get, always remember that it all boils down to high school. Now, that should simplify the complications in our lives. But wait, what was once complicated is now simple and what was simple is now...
It all boils down to high school.
Okay, before we continue with any complex compounds, let’s proceed to a trendy theorem. Cute people plus artist types plus artistas plus cool kids equals a fresh, new scene.
Supreme gathered the new and the now and put them all together for this special shoot. You usually see them inside your favorite nocturnal hot spot or at the pages of your favorite magazine. Why, most of them you even see on TV. But gathering ALL 16 of them for a photo shoot is another thing!
This class photo has all the ingredients — comedy, drama, gloss, grit and a few foreign languages in between. It never lacked social studies, and the fashion sense alone can make you pass geometry. Their chemistry is one-of-a-kind and they’re not so bad with home economics, either.
This batch boasts of good moral standards, better manners and the best conduct. Supreme gives them an “A” for A Very Bright Future.
The Prom Queen
Most likely to: Live all over the world and make the Philippines proud.
Most likely to: Be an all around “It” girl
Most likely to: Win acting awards and live forever
Most likely to: Become a multi-awarded TV host and edit the society pages of a top fashion glossy at the same time
Most likely to: Fashionably get over from a breakup while setting new trends
The Good Student
Most likely to: Be a model and have a few heartaches in between before meeting “The One.”
The Foreign Exchange Student
Most likely to: Fall in love and settle in the Philippines
Most likely to: Be a top model in Asia and then shift careers to banking
Most likely to: Become everyone’s big sister and hands down favorite party partner
Most likely to: Shift to hotel and catering management and then travel the world in style
Most likely to: Become an artist’s muse while being an artist and designer herself; will have a string of magazine covers and weaken men’s knees
The Class Adviser
Most likely to: Enter the ballroom wearing the biggest gowns and out sing everyone in karaoke
The Teacher’s Pet
Most likely to: Live abroad and win in every single quiz night in your local pub
Most likely to: Join Star Magic and be the resident bad boy in teen movies
Most likely to: Study film in New York and win the Best Director plum in Cannes film festival
Most likely to: Have a blonde girlfriend named Kirja and then live the corporate life while enjoying weekends at his beach house.
The day before it's wrath, Sept 26, was a day full of birthday celebrations... from Venice's "fairy" 5th birthday to Ynna's "Grease" debut to Sen. Bong's birthday party.. it was a night filled with fun, who knew that the next day would be such an eye-opener that led volunteerism to new heights?
Anyway, these pictures are long overdue so i decided to post them already...
PARTY # 1
VENICE's 'FAIRY' BIRTHDAY
Only the kids were required to wear costumes, but i decided to wear something 'fairy inspired' for fun.. i mean, when else would i be able to have an excuse to wear a poofy pink skirt? :)
PARTY # 2
YNNA's "GREASE"-themed DEBUT
it wasn't a very formal affair so guests were required to wear something a bit retro... i decided to wear this cute peplum dress and pink shoes to go with the theme :)
Sen Bong's Bday in Whitespace
we dropped by after the debut and stayed for a few minutes....
Friday, October 2, 2009
Last Wednesday, I, together with some friends & colleagues joined the Kapuso Foundation's Operation:Bayanihan distribution of relief goods in San Isidro Parish in Greenland, Marikina...
Since Mond, Lorenz, Nik & I were running late to our 2:30pm meeting time in GMA, we then went straight to the location and made the rest of the group go ahead..
On the way, i saw how the once cleanest city has become full of filth. It was incredoulous. I could only imagine what went on when the typhoon was happening... The areas we passed seemed so devastating,, and you would see how the people from there were trying to rise up after that.. they were all busy cleaning their shops, houses, etc... It made me realize even more how lucky i was. yes, my house also got affected by Ondoy, water on the first floor was till my thighs, but it was nothing compared to what these people went through.
As we reached the church and got briefed, we watched as the truck filled with goods open.. and everyone in the crowd cheered. We then proceeded to the frontline and started giving out the relief goods by pairs.. it felt so good distributing those bags.. i wasnt even able to take pics anymore when we got to the frontline -- i wanted to give out as much bags as possible.. (i was only able to take one shot when i was waiting for the bag i was gonna give)
Ondoy may be over, but the threat of Pepeng is alive... people havent even recovered yet. It is a sad, sad reality.. but right now, all we can do is pray... then when the rain stops falling, it's time to put my rubber boots back on and start helping..