This is my friend, Elan (with me in the background), during our annual office Christmas party last Friday, December 16, 2011. In this picture, she is seen getting cracked up at her new title as “Elan, The Little Princess” (“Elan, Ang Munting Prinsesa”). In my introduction of her award, I referred to her hometown as the “City of Waterfalls.” We would only realize the irony of that phrase after a few hours.
Elan had every right to wear an ear to ear grin that evening. Her team won the Christmas party group games. She was honored as the “Star of The Night” for 2011. And she stuffed herself with fine food and drinks. As much as she wanted the feeling of contentment to remain, she had to return to the apartment she rented with her twin sisters in Pasig and face some heartbreaking news. The excitement to fly back to her real home for the holidays was replaced by distress as she discovered that the bungalow she reared childhood and teenage memories in, “the house that her parents painstakingly built together for years,” now consists of nothing but muddy waters and wrecked belongings.
Elan and her family are part of the thousands whose homes got destroyed by the recent Typhoon Sendong (Washi) in Mindanao. She is lucky enough to have food, water, and most especially, her loved ones still with her. But for many other victims, it’s an entirely different story.
* Click here to go to the Red Cross’ official donation page for Sendong victims.
COME TO MANILA ALREADY!
(image via ellobofilipino)
The November 23 Massacre — also known as the Maguindanao or Ampatuan Massacre — has become an emblem for a country’s culture of impunity, where powerful people think they can literally get away with murdering dozens of innocent people in a single premeditated act.
It has been a year since that infamous day. There have been no convictions. A trial continues, hidden from public view by a Supreme Court ruling prohibiting live coverage and cameras inside the courtroom.
—Howie Severino, GMANews.TV
Awesome (adj):Inspiring awe. Ex:How’s not playing Laser tag because playing laser tag isawesome!
Battleship (Noun): 1. A guessing game involving ships. 2. A game used as a metaphor for sex.
Baskiceball (Sport): A game with a combination of Basketball, Tennis and Hockey.
BTW (Abbr): A shortened version of By The Way.(Pronounced Bee Tee Dubs)
Cheerleader Effect (Noun): When a group of girls/women look gorgeous simply by being in close proximity to one another, but are actually average or even hideous when examined separately. Also known as Bridesmaid Paradox and Spice Girls Conspiracy.
Dibs (Noun): A claim expressing priority over an object.
Eating a sandwich (Verb): When one is smoking pot.
Grinch (Noun): A word used when talking to Children too young to hear the C-word.
Have you met Ted? (Phrase): A popular phrase used to break the ice and start conversing.
Legendary (Adj): 1. Something that is very good, or very high Quality. 2. An expression yelled or shouted when one experiences a pleasant surprise.
Lemon law (Verb): To leave a date withing the first five minutes if one is not entirely satisfied with their date.
Paratrooping (Verb): v. You go out of town, but instead of getting a hotel room, you go straight to a bar with the sole intention of hooking up with a girl just so you have a place to stay. Also known as “banging for roof.”
Reading a magazine (Verb): When one goes to the bathroom for a large period of time.
Revertigo (Noun): When one reverts back to how they were when they were younger.
Shotgun (Verb): The first person to call shotgun has dibs (See above) on the front seat of a car.
Slap bet (Noun): A bet where no money or property is involved, and the prize for losing is getting to slap the loser across the face.
Suit up (Verb): To get changed from one’s present attire into a suit. Variations include Snowsuit Up, Flight Suit Up and Birthday Suit Up.
Ted out (Verb): To overthink. Also see Ted up.
Ted up (Verb): To overthink with disastrous results.
Wait for it (Phrase): A sentence-enhancing phrase, used to illustrate the epicness of an object/situation/event.
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals in their shelters.
It takes less than a minute (only about 15 seconds actually) to go to their site and click on the purple box titled, ‘Click Here to Give - it’s FREE!’. Every click gives about .6 bowls of food to sheltered dogs. You can also click daily!
Keep in mind that this does not cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. [via.]
Go to the website here.
If you can’t even do this once, you have no heart.
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