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The Philippines on Ulitzer I have received so many visitors to my post about Ondoy. So I want to talk a little more about the calamities in the Philippines. First, here are places you can go to help: www.philippineaid.org - I mentioned this one before. www.inquirer.net - This is a newspaper website. They have a lot of information about the Ondoy Relief Drive. www.redcross.org.ph - Yes, they are very active here just like in the US and other places. I want to let everyone know again that this is not the only time that we have trouble in the Philippines. We have so many typhoons every year. Many people die each time we have a bad typhoon. Houses fall into the rivers. Children and old people drown. Little boats sink in the ocean. This happens so many times each year in the Philippines talaga. You can see in my blog here that I wrote a story about Typhoon Feria back in Ju... (more)

Wealth Disparity in the Philippines

I know people use the words "wealth disparity" to describe the difference beween rich and poor in the Philippines. This is something I know about. Back in the province, many people have no money at all, not even one peso. Now I live in Pampanga, close to Manila, and things are different. Life is not easy here, but some people do have work and there are many stores. There are trikes and jeeps for transportation, and there are shopping malls! Then the other day I went to visit a government agency in Makati. So I took a bus to the Araneta/Cubao station, then a taxi to Makati. The driv... (more)

Boang Kano at Matnog Ferry, Luzon, Philippines

I took the long bus trip of 20 hours back to Samar Province this week. I traveled with my sister so that I had someone to talk to. It's a long trip if you are alone. First we take a bus into Manila, then another bus for the long trip home. After many hours, we arrive the Matnog ferry terminal. This is at the end of Luzon Island. The ferry boat takes us over to Samar. I took the long bus trip of 20 hours back to Samar Province this week. I traveled with my sister so that I had someone to talk to. It's a long trip if you are alone. First we take a bus into Manila, then another bus... (more)

Fiesta of San Juan in Samar, Philippines

The Fiesta of San Juan is coming June 22 back in my province. I will be attending this year. This is a wild fiesta for three days and you will get very wet if you attend! The Fiesta of San Juan celebrates the man who was the first one to know that Jesus is the Son of God. He baptized Jesus you know, and baptized many other people. During the fiesta, people go in the ocean to get wet and they get water from the ocean to make everyone else wet. Many times I get napaka galit (very angry) when people spray water on me. But I can't fight them because it is my fault. Remember you will... (more)

Many Stories Here in Pampanga, Philippines

Helo everyone! I do not write as much as I should alam ko (I know). So today I will give you little pictures from things that happened to me recently, OK? * My kuya (older) bro Dik Dik and coz Dodong are going back to province today with my little bro. They all stayed with me for many weeks. But no work for big bro and coz and little bro must return to start school. They will take bus for 20 hours from Manila, so I will take bus with them to Manila so they can find the right terminal. Dodong is a funny guy, he has macho body build and my kano friend calls him Jorges because he thi... (more)