On September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy brought a month’s worth of rainfall to Metro Manila and nearby areas in just a few hours, causing severe flooding which resulted in the loss of many lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. This site compiles relevant information about the disaster, including a volunteer-maintained map of persons needing rescue and a list of relief organizations accepting donations, so that more help can be provided where it is needed.
Seeing how everyone, rich and poor, is coming together to help and make differences in this time of calamity. Seeing Filipinos still try and smile, trying to be happy, amidst the sad situations. Seeing people in the market wiping out isles of canned goods, bread, noodles, crackers to donate for the relief operations. Hearing of Filipinos who risked their lives saving others (Muelmar Magallanes, RIP. You have made me so amazed and proud), and the other rescue teams and military people who lost their lives as well.
Although there’s so much tragic losses and ruined lives, we know we can make it through this because we have something called Bayanihan, we’re Filipinos, we’re survivors. Everything, although maybe not now, but soon, will be okay. We will always be okay. And then eventually, we will get better and then things will be great again.
Muelmar Magallanes braved rampaging floods to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl who was being swept away on a styrofoam box.
Family members and people who Magallenes saved hailed the 18-year-old construction worker on Monday a hero, as his body lay in a coffin at a makeshift evacuation centre near their destroyed Manila riverside village.
“I am going to be forever grateful to Muelmar. He gave his life for my baby. I will never forget his sacrifice,” said Menchie Penalosa, the mother of the six-month-old girl whom he carried to safety before being swept away himself.
Magallanes was at home on Saturday with his family when tropical storm Ketsana unleashed the heaviest rains in more than 40 years on the Philippine capital and surrounding areas.
At first the family, long used to heavy rains, paid little attention to the storm.
But Magallanes and his father quickly decided to evacuate the family once they realised the river 800 metres away had burst its banks.
With the help of an older brother, Magallanes tied a string around his waist and attached it one-by-one to his three younger siblings, whom he took to higher ground. Then he came back for his parents.
But Magallanes, a strong swimmer, decided to go back for neighbours trapped on rooftops.
He ended up making many trips, and eventually saved more than 30 people from drowning, witnesses and survivors said.
Tired and shivering, Magallanes was back on higher ground with his family when he heard Penalosa screaming as she and her baby were being swept away on the polystyrene box they were using in an attempt to cross the swift currents.
He dived back in after the mother and daughter, who were already a few metres away and bobbing precariously among the debris floating on the brown water.
“I didn’t know that the current was so strong. In an instant, I was under water. We were going to die,” said Penalosa, her eyes welling with tears and voice choking with emotion.
“Then this man came from nowhere and grabbed us. He took us to where the other neighbours were, and then he was gone,” Penalosa said.
Penalosa and other witnesses said an exhausted Magallanes was simply washed away amid the torrent of water.
Neighbours found his body on Sunday, along with 28 others who perished amid Manila’s epic flooding. The official death toll stands at 86 but that excludes those recovered in Magallanes’ village, called Bagong Silangan.
Standing next to his coffin, Magallanes’ parents paid tribute to their son.
“He always had a good heart,” said his father, Samuel.
“We had already been saved. But he decided to go back one last time for the girl.”
His mother, Maria Luz, wept as she described her son as incredibly brave.
“He saved so many people, but ended up not being able to save himself.”
Due to the terrible storm and the flooding in Manila, Philippines our show with Katy Perry which was scheduled for October 3rd at the Mall Of Asia has been canceled. We are not sure when we will be back but we will make it up to you all!
We really really hope that all of our fans, friends and everyone in the Philippines is safe and will have the strength make it through this tough time.
“You know what your problem is? You wake up every morning wondering what the world is going to do for you. Wonder who is going to bend over backwards, kiss your ass and make you happy, when you should just thank God for another day and leave it the fuck at that.”—Dead Like Me
“At the end of the day, there are some things you just can’t help but talk about. Some things we just don’t want to hear, and some things we say because we can’t be silent any longer. Some things are more than what you say, they’re what you do. Some things you say because there’s no other choice. Some things you keep to yourself. And not too often, but every now and then, some things simply speak for themselves.”—Grey’s Anatomy
“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”—Dirty Dancing
“Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”—Ida Scott Taylor
“The rest of your life is a long time and whether you know it or not, it’s being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices, or you can fight back! Things aren’t always gonna be fair in the real world, that’s just the way it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. Let me ask you one question. What’s worse? Not getting everything you wish for or getting it, but finding out it’s not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now, with the dreams you chase, the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time, and the rest of your life starts right now.”—One Tree Hill
Don’t hate me for this ;). AND don’t worry, this will not be a daily or even weekly thing. I haven’t responded to anyone, and I am sorry, but here you go…
My ex-boyfriend is gay, I still love him. He is my bestfriend <3
I’m glad you still consider him your best friend; that’s sweet. I’m sure you will be able to get over him and find someone who is for you… And… ya know, not gay :).
I’m sure you are!
i still love my bff Naru =] xD
Annnnd I am happy for you!
the guy i dated chose to date someone else, I think it is because I wouldnt hold hands or kiss him until we were official, and the other girl is a slut :) he then told me he thought of me as his “serious” girlfriend in a future, not now. he has stopped dating this girl and now is calling me and asking me out again! UGH!
why are men so complicated! :(
I don’t know why men are so complicated. I think women are complicated, too. I think humans, in general, are complicated! Haha. Umm, but I think you should give him a chance if you still have feelings for him. If he treats you the same the second time around, he’s definitely not worth it!
Who are you?
I am littlemiss, silly! =) No, but seriously… My name is Sheila and I live in California. If you want to know more, I suppose you can follow my personal blog or email me. Although, I gotta admit.. I hardly ever reply back to emails =X. Facebook me, instead! Xoxo
My secret: I was recovery from doing the drugs when I was 15-16 years old. Now I am 21 and I’m all health and better! :) No body knows this! :x
That’s wonderful! I’m really happy that you managed to get through all that!
I’m hopelessly in love with a boy who doesn’t love me back but thinks I’m the one who’ll never say “no” to him.
Oh my… I don’t know what to say except you deserve better :).
My friends got me a miniature Porsche car model for my birthday just because I told them that I was jealous that Nicole Scherzinger, who’s my idol, got a real Porsche from Lewis Hamilton for her birthday.
I love my friends :O)
How sweet! You’re lucky to have friends like that!
If you were stuck on an island with one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Probably Johnny Depp<3. Why? Because I find him very interesting and I think he is one of the most amazing actors of all time.
I absolutely LOVE your blog.
Thank you so much!
Does he love me?
I don’t know, but I hope he does =).
whats your name? i see your tumblr every single day .. thats my secret-
My name is Sheila. If you want my full name, check my Facebook!
I don’t think ANYONE will EVER love me.
I highly doubt that! Girl/Boy, do you know how many people there are in this world?! I’m sure someone already does :). Even if it may not be in the way that you want.
what do you do?
What do you mean? Haha.
i’d like to die. immediately.
Oh, no, don’t say that! If you are feeling suicidal, please get help!
im bored tell me anything:)
I should be studying but I’m doing this!
You’re on tumblr crush list thing haha. xD I love your tumblr. I want to like everything on it but I don’t want to seem obsessive lmao. You’re really nice and yeah that’s it you’re just fantastic. :)
Awww! Haha. It’s okay, I won’t think it’s obsessive :). And thank you, that means so much!
just wanted to say hi :P
Where did you get your theme?
A lot of people have asked me about this and here is the answer: Theme Garden.
I have a lot more but I need to study right now! If I don’t finish tonight, I’ll post up the second part some other day. Have a wonderful Sunday! Xoxo
“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.”—Brian Tracy
“This is how it works. I love the people in my life, and I do for my friends whatever they need me to do for them, again and again, as many times as is necessary. For example, in your case you always forgot who you are and how much you’re loved. So what I do for you as your friend is remind you who you are and tell you how much I love you. And this isn’t any kind of burden for me, because I love who you are very much. Every time I remind you, I get to remember with you, which is my pleasure.”—Absolute Brightness
When someone lies to you, it teaches you that things are not always what they seem. The truth is often far beneath the surface. Look beyond the masks people wear if you want to know what is in their hearts. Remove your own masks to let people know who you really are.
When someone steals from you it teaches you that nothing is forever. Always appreciate what you have. You never know when you might lose it. Never take your friends or family for granted, because today and sometimes only this very moment is the only guarantee you may have.
When someone inflicts injury upon you, it teaches you that the human state is a very fragile one. Protect and take care of your body as best as you can, it’s the one thing that you are sure to have forever.
When someone mocks you, it teaches you that no two people are alike. When you encounter people who are different from you, do not judge them by how they look or act, instead base it on the contents of what is in their hearts.
When someone breaks your heart, it teaches you that loving someone does not always mean that the person will love you back. But don’t turn your back on love, because when you find the right person, the joy that one person brings you will make up for all of your past hurts. Times a thousand fold.
When someone holds a grudge against you, it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes. When you are wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do is forgive the offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have hurt us is often the most difficult and painful of life’s experiences, but it is also the most courageous thing a person can do.
When a loved one is unfaithful to you, it teaches you that resisting temptation is man’s greatest challenge. Be vigilant in your resistance against all temptations. By doing so, you will be rewarded with an enduring sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary pleasure by which you were tempted.
When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil. Aspire to make your dreams come true, no matter how lofty they may be. Do not feel guilty about your success, but never let an obsession with achieving your goals lead you to engage in malevolent activities.
When someone ridicules you, it teaches you that nobody is perfect. Accept people for their merits and be tolerant of their flaws. Do not ever reject someone for imperfections over which they have no control.
When someone loves us, it teaches us love, kindness, charity, honesty, humility, forgiveness, acceptance, and all of these can counteract all the evil in the world. For every good deed, there is one evil deed. Man alone has the power to control the balance between good and evil, but because the lessons of love are not taught often enough, the power is too often abused.
When you enter someone’s life, whether by plan, chance or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality? When you die, will your life have resulted in more loving or more hurting? More comfort or more pain? More joy or more sadness? Each one of us has the power over the balance of the love in the world. Use it wisely!
“Communication. It’s the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.”—Grey’s Anatomy
Sometimes, other people’s problems stress me out. Do you think that’s weird? I mean, it hurts me when I see the ones I love hurt and/or struggle. Wouldn’t you feel the same way? I don’t know. I guess I feel helpless and it frustrates me. Sometimes I don’t know when to step in or interfere. Or I question myself if I should even interfere or even care so much in the first place. Is it any of my business? When is it my business? Never? Do I just turn the other cheek and let them continue their self destructive ways and bad behavior? Do I wait until something tragic happens? I mean, when is it okay to step in and say “hey, you’re not okay. don’t do this, don’t do that. you need help. talk to me. i am here for you. why are you doing this to yourself? why are you being this way?” Sometimes I don’t want to interfere at all. But then that makes me feel guilty because it’s as if I’m just standing there, watching them destroy themselves all the while I should be doing something. Or saying something. I do believe no one can save you but yourself. But I also know it doesn’t hurt having people there beside you, helping you along the way. Helping you find your way back to yourself, to what matters, to gaining control of your life, to being happy again. You can’t do it alone, I know that for sure. And I know, I know, I know, I knowwww- everything is easier said than done. I suppose it’s necessary to let people do their own thing. Sometimes people have to make big mistakes more than once before finally learning how wrong and bad that mistake is. It’s frustrating, but what can you do? I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- People will do whatever they want regardless of what you say and do. It is up to them, not you. It is their life, not yours. That’s kind of hard for me to grasp at times… But I’m slowly letting it sink in. I just hate watching people go down a bad road and feeling like I can’t do one stinkin’ thing about it. But, people make mistakes. We all make mistakes. All the time. Every day. It’s how we learn. It’s how we grow. But for some people, they have to make a lot of mistakes- big ones, to finally see clearly. When I see people I love struggle or hear of their problems, I always hope they find their way through it. I know that they can, even if it may take awhile… I still know that they can. They just have to believe and work hard at it. They also must remember that they are never alone, that their loved ones will always be there for them to help them, guide them, and just support them in any way that they can. Because, when you forget that you are loved, even for the slightest moment, your world will feel like hell on earth. It will be unbearable and you will get lost in a dark world. A world that may feel almost impossible to get out of. So, if ever, you feel weak, alone, stressed, frightened, always remember that you are loved and think positively. Because when you get to that point of always being negative, trust me, it will be harder for you to deal with things. And once that happens, all the stress seems to build up and it never seems to stop. I’m totally rambling and getting off topic… But basically, I just wanted to point out that I feel your pain. What hurts you, hurts me. I only hope that in your darkest times, you will be able to see your way out. And if you ever need a hand to help you out, I am always here.