On Youth and Social Media: A Deck of Practical LOLcats

Fresh Look: The Role of Youth in Nation Building
Public Relations Student Society of the Philippines
August 29, 2012, 1:00-4:00PM
NTTC-HP Auditorium
University of the Philippines Manila

[SLIDE 1] Members and officers of the Public Relations Student Society of the Philippines, fellow speakers, students, teachers, and friends, good afternoon.

I’m from The Pro Pinoy Project, and we run a commentary web site that we envision to be a kind of global community center for all things Pinoy. I’ve been asked to speak a bit about “how the youth is utilizing social media […] in nation-building and how it is used as a medium to promote nation-building in social youth”. As the title of my presentation indicates, I’ve decided to structure my talk today around a series of image macros that are called LOLcats, which ought to be familiar to you. For the benefit of those who might not be, a LOLcat [SLIDE 2] is a picture of a cat accompanied by text that is usually wrong in terms of grammar and spelling—at least in standard English. In kitty English, which has its own rules too, the caption is perfectly correct.

Lest you be tempted to not take any of this seriously, LOLcats have already become the subject of critical academic attention in the form of a dissertation submitted to the London School of Economics. Media planner Kate Miltner, who wrote the study as part of the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Media and Communications, says, “Even if LOLCats were just a collection of silly cat pictures, they would have value simply because they, as [one of my study participants] said, make life easier. [SLIDE 3] But, as this study has shown, LOLCats are much more than that. They are a venue through which people express their emotions, connect to their loved ones, and define group identity. This not only gives them value; it makes them important.”

According to Miltner, the LOLcat is widely considered to be the “archetypal Internet meme”, and its enduring appeal, if nothing else, makes it remarkable, considering how short-lived its siblings tend to be. The LOLcat has been around for nearly a decade, and its origin can be traced at least as far back to the 2005 tradition of “Caturday” that was propagated by users of the imageboard 4Chan, the source of numerous other Internet memes. The main idea that I would like to put across with my use of LOLcats today is that the Internet functions as both a condition and a limit for human ingenuity, especially when we consider the Philippine social media situation—an idea that I will build on over the course of this presentation by making six key points. I don’t imagine that any of them will be especially original or surprising, but there is value to be had in reminding ourselves from time to time about what we already know—even, perhaps especially, the patently obvious.

[Read the rest in The Pro Pinoy Project.]

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Mulling over “Kulô”

Art, all art, as the British writer Jeanette Winterson would remind us, is a foreign city, which is to say that it is fluent in tongues and steeped in traditions that inevitably require no small degree of adaptation and acclimatization on the part of those who seek a meaningful encounter with it. To behave as though art bore the onus of conforming to and confirming beliefs and expectations long held and cherished is to act like the boorish tourist who assumes, nay, demands that the locals speak his or her language, indicating a fatal combination of arrogance and ignorance that ought to be despaired at and deplored. And yet it is that very combination with which the past several days have been marked when one examines the clangorous—I hesitate to use the word “popular”—discourse that has erupted around the now-closed Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) exhibition “Kulô”, which, in addition to 31 other works of art intended to play off the convergence of the sesquicentennial of national hero Jose Rizal and the quadricentennial of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, features Poleteismo, an installation by Mideo Cruz that is both fulcrum and field for what been not so much a debate than a protracted shouting match, with terms yanked out of context for maximum incendiary effect: “blasphemy” and “terrorism” on the one hand, and “moralist hysteria” and “religious myopia” on the other.

[Read the rest in Interlineal.]

Helplines and hotlines for Typhoon Ondoy victims

Last major update: September 29, 2009, 3:01 AM. This post will no longer be updated. In the interest of promoting focused and efficient aid, I will contribute to this database instead.

For official situation reports on Ondoy, please refer to this page on the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) web site.

*

The effects of tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) have been devastating. Some photographs and/or videos of the havoc that Ondoy caused may be viewed here, here, and here. According to National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Situation Report No. 11 on Ondoy (PDF), dated September 28, 2009, 9PM, these are some of the latest figures:

  • Casualties: 141
  • Missing: 37
  • Injured: 5
  • Families affected: 90,223 (453,033 persons)
  • Evacuees in evacuation centers: 23,147 families (115,990 persons)
  • Evacuees outside evacuation centers: 7,791 families (36,421)
  • Damage to infrastructure: PhP1,440,710,000.00 (≈ U.S.$30,014,791.67 at an exchange rate of PhP48.00 = U.S.$1.00)
  • Damage to agriculture: PhP882,524,884.00 (≈ U.S.$18,385,935.08 at an exchange rate of PhP48.00 = U.S.$1.00)

Flood waters have not receded in several areas, and many people have yet to be rescued. The following areas in the Philippines have been declared as being in a state of national calamity:

  • The entire National Capital Region (NCR)
  • CAR: Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Benguet
  • Region I: Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur
  • Region II: Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya
  • Region III: Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, and Bataan
  • Region IV-A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Rizal
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Marinduque
  • Region V: Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur

Please refer and/or contribute to the following so that aid operations can be more efficient:

Sahana Disaster Management System is in need of IT volunteers. The system will be extremely helpful in case of future disasters. Send a message to sahana@kahelos.org.

Courtesy of ABS-CBN News Online, assorted updates and advisories may be found here, and a list of class suspensions and cancelled events may be found here.

The succeeding information has been compiled from various sources, and I am particularly indebted to Manolo Quezon, Charo Limaco, Bryan Ong, and Dementia, among many others on Twitter, Plurk, and the general blogosphere.

Unless otherwise specified, all landline numbers are for Metro Manila and therefore require no dialing prefix if you are in that area. If you are outside Metro Manila, add 02 before the number, e.g., 02 XXX XXXX. If you are outside the Philippines, add 632 before the number, e.g., 632 XXX XXXX.

For mobile numbers, callers outside the Philippines should add 63 and drop the 0, e.g., 63XXX XXX XXXX instead of 0XXX XXX XXXX.

Emergency/Rescue Operations

Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats, please call these numbers:

  • 912 5668
  • 911 1406
  • 912 2665
  • 911 5061

For those who can lend 4×4 trucks, please send them to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment. Call this number for more information:

  • 0920 9072902

Honda Cars and Nissan Pangasinan offer towing services anywhere within the Metro Manila area.

  • Hotline: 0922 850 4452
  • Maricel: 0922 445 2242
  • Arnold:  0922 899 7959

ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline

  • 416 3641

Bureau of Fire Protection

  • 729 5166
  • 410 6254
  • 413 8859
  • 407 1230
  • Region III (Central Luzon): (045) 963 4376

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

All numbers are 24-hour hotlines.

  • Disaster Relief Operations, Monitoring, and Information Center (DROMIC), DSWD-NCR: 488 3199
  • Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU), DSWD-NCR: 733 8635
  • Disaster Relief Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), DSWD-Central Office: 931 8101 to 05, local 506 or 951 7119

GMA Kapuso Hotline

  • 9811950 to 59

Jam 88.3

  • 631 8803
  • Text JAM<space>883<space>your message to 2968

Meralco

  • 16211
  • 0917 559 2824
  • 0920 929 2824

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

  • 136
  • 896 6000

National Capital Region Police Office (For rubber boat requests)

  • 838 3203
  • 838 3354

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)

Emergency Numbers

  • 912 5668
  • 911 1406
  • 912 2665

Help Hotlines

  • 911 5061
  • 734 2118
  • 734 2120

Office of Senator Dick Gordon

  • 0917 899 7898
  • 0938 444 BOYS (2697)

Office of Senator Manny Villar (For rescue dump trucks)

  • 0917 422 6800
  • 0917 241 4864
  • 0927 675 1981

Petron/San Miguel Corporation (For rescue helicopters)

  • Lydia Ragasa: 0917 814 0655

Philippine Coast Guard

  • 527 6136

Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)

  • 143
  • 527 0000

http://www.GMANews.tv on Facebook

Relief Operations

If you are looking for a relief operations site in your immediate area, you may also check here or here. A handy map of donation drop-off points is available here.

Government Agencies, Socio-civic Groups, and Media Outfits

AKBAYAN

To donate or volunteer, call:

  • 433 6933
  • 433 6831

Aquino-Roxas relief operations/Tulong Bayan

Jiggy Cruz sounded the call for relief goods collection and distribution on September 26 (Saturday) on Twitter.

Tulong Bayan hotlines for donations and volunteers are:

  • 913 7122
  • 913 6254
  • 913 3306
  • 0908 657 9998
  • 0939 363 3436

Donations can be brought to:

  • Balay, Expo Centro, EDSA corner Gen. MacArthur St., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
  • White Space, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati, City (care of Monique Villonco)

Ayala Foundation

Online donations may be coursed through the foundation.

Barangay San Antonio (Parañaque)

The barangay hall, which is located near Parañaque City Hall, will serve as a drop-off point. The address is Sta. Lucia St. corner San Pablo St., San Antonio Valley 1, Parañaque.

Caritas Manila

  • 563 9298
  • 563 9308

Relief goods can be sent to Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan, Manila (near Nagtahan Bridge).

Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF)–Ortigas

Please drop off donations at Room 402, St. Francis Square Bldg., Julia Vargas Ave., cor. Bank Drive, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Couples for Christ (CFC)

  • 727 0682 to 87
  • 0919 363 4036
  • 0922 866 7191
  • 0922 254 2819

The CFC Center along Ortigas Avenue is now accepting donations in cash or in kind.

For those who wish to donate through bank deposit, you may do so via the  Bank of the Philippines (BPI):

  • Account Name: Couples for Christ Global Missions Inc.
  • Account Number 3103-3055-85.

Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC)

  • 929 9820
  • 929 9822

Relief goods for typhoon victims may be delivered to 72-A Times St., West Triangle, Quezon City.

Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR)

Per Noynoy Aquino, cash donations may deposited with the CNDR. The bank details are as follows:

  • Account Number: 0031 0654 02
  • Branch: Bank of the Philippine Islands Ayala-Paseo

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Each drop-off point for donations has its own contact persons.

Drop-off point 1

National Resource Operations Center, Chapel Road, Pasay City

  • Francia Favian: 852 8081/0918 930 2356

Drop-off point 2

Disaster Resource Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC), DSWD Central Office, Quezon City

  • Rey Martija or Imee Rose Castillo: 951 7119/951 2435
  • Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera: 0918 9345625

Drop-off point 3

DSWD-NCR Office,  San Rafael corner Legarda Streets, Quiapo, Manila.

  • Director Thelsa P. Biolna or Director Delia Bauan: 734 8622/734 8642

Gawad Kalinga

A list of needed relief goods, as well as drop-off centers, is available here.

The guidelines for cash/check donations follow below:

Donations within the Philippines

  • Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account 3101 0977 56 – BPI EDSA Greenhills
  • Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account 3104 0162 34 (Swift code: BOPIPHMM) – BPI EDSA Greenhills

Should you need receipts, please fax your deposit slip to Delfin Mangona, Operation GK Walang Iwanan at 726 7405.  Kindly indicate name of donor and contact number.

Donations outside the Philippines

For donations outside the Philippines, you can choose from the following :

ANCOP USA

You can send your checks to ANCOP USA, PO Box 10095, Torrance, CA 90505. Or go to http://www.ancopusa.org if you prefer to do it online via credit card.

AYALA FOUNDATION USA

You can issue checks payable to Ayala Foundation USA with project noted (Gawad Kalinga Ondoy Relief) and send to :

Ayala Foundation USA
255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428
Redwood City, CA 94065
Tel. no. 1-650-598-3126
Fax No. 1-650-508-8898
Email info@af-usa.org

Or you can donate to Ayala Foundation USA via credit card by visiting this link.

In “choosing organization to receive the donation”, please choose “Gawad Kalinga-Community Infrastructure Program” for now.  By September 29, (Tuesday), you will be able to choose “Gawad Kalinga-Relief”.

DONATE ONLINE AT http://www.gk1world.com

Click on this link.  This facility can accept donations from all over the world.

GMA Kapuso Foundation

  • 981 1950 to 59
  • 982 7777, locals 9901/9904/9905

The foundation will accept cash/check, credit card, and in-kind donations. The office address is: 2/F GMA Kapuso Center, Samar St. cor. 11th Jamboree St. Diliman, Quezon City.

Hillsborough Village Chapel

Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.

Kabataan Partylist

  • 0926 667 7163
  • kabataanpartylist@gmail.com

Drop off donations or volunteer at 118-B Sct. Rallos St., Quezon City.

Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC)

  • 670 0666
  • 832 6117

MBC radio stations DZRH, 101.1 Yes! FM, and 90.7 Love Radio are accepting donations, such as bread, canned goods, clothes, and water. The drop-off point is at the MBC Building, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (beside Star City).

Marika Bouncers Cooperative

The c-op will accept donations starting September 28 (Monday), at 10 AM. Its office is located at 95 Malaya St., Malanday, Marikina.

Move for Chiz

Volunteers are asked to report to Bay Park Tent along Roxas Blvd in Manila. It is beside Max’s Restaurant and Diamond Hotel. They may also proceed to  Gilas Minipark on Unang Hakbang St., Gilas, Quezon City.

MusikLokal Luzon Relief

  • Warren Habaluyas: 0929 871 3488
  • luzonrelief@gmail.com

Starting September 28 (Monday), donations can be brought to Renaissance Fitness Center, 2/F, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, from 9AM to 7PM.

Office of Senator Kiko Pangilinan

  • Vina Vargas: 0917 808 1247

Donations may be sent to AGS Building Annex, 446 EDSA Guadalupe Viejo, Makati.

Office of the President

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has opened Malacañang to victims of Ondoy, according to this report. Heroes Hall will serve as the emergency center.

Operation Rainbow

  • Zac Faelnar Camara: 468 7991

Operation Rainbow in Ayala Alabang Village accepts canned goods, ready-to-eat food, bottled water, ready-to-drink milk and juice, clothing, and blankets.

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish

  • 434 2397
  • 929 0665

Per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Peace Retreat Movement

Please leave all donations at the Peace Retreat Movement (PRM) office: 2/F Room 72L, Christ the King (HS) Building on September 30 (Wednesday), by 12NN.

Relief Efforts for Pasig

  • 0916 494 5000
  • 0917 527 3616

Volunteers may proceed to Valle Verde 1 Village Park.

Relief Operations Center

  • Ares: 0917 855 4935
  • Rachel: 0918 924 1636

A relief operations center has been established at AGS Annex, #446 EDSA, Guadalupe Viejo (after PET Tower). Please call for more details.

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Rescued animals may be brought to the shelter located on Aurora Boulevard corner Katipunan Avenue.

Philippine Army Officers Ladies Club (PAOLC)

Relief items may be delivered to the GHQ gym at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, or to the Philippine Army Gym at Fort Bonifacio.

Philippine Daily Inquirer

  • Megi Garcia: 897 8808 local 260

Donations in kind, such as instant noodles, canned goods, formula milk, blankets and clothes, are urgently needed.

These may be brought to the Inquirer office at 1098 Chino Roces Ave. corner Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City, or to any of its classified ads branches, or to any McDonald’s branch within Metro Manila.

Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)

Contact the nearest chapter to find out how you can help.

To donate via SMS, please follow the instructions below:

  • SMS: Text RED<space>AMOUNT  to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
  • G-CASH (Globe subscribers only): Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882.

As of this update, Globe and Smart have waived transaction fees for donations.

For cash, check, or in-kind donations, the guidelines are below. Please note that LBC and i-Remit Singapore will be waiving transaction fees for donations.

Cash or check

Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

Bank Deposit

Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross

Metrobank

Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
Swift Code: MBTC PH MM

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Port Area Branch
Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
Type of Account: CURRENT

Bank of the Philippine Islands

UN Branch
Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
Type of Account: SAVINGS
Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip to +63 2 527 0575 or +63 2 404 0979 with your name, address, and contact number.

Credit Card

Please fax the following information to 632 404 09 79 or 632 527 0575:

  • Name of cardholder
  • Billing address
  • Contact numbers (landline and mobile)
  • Credit card number
  • Expiration date
  • CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits on the back of the credit card)
  • Amount to be donated

In-Kind Donations

Local

Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters in Manila.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

International

  1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
  2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
  3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation; (b) copy of packing list; and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to: The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Corazon Alma de Leon, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods.  Though we appreciate your generosity, the PNRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

Urgent needs

  • Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans, and potable water
  • Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins, and medications to treat diarrhea
  • Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, laundry soap, and shelter materials for house repair

For Mindanao-based donors without Paypal accounts, please get in touch with blogger Mindanaoan. Your donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross.

Radio Veritas

  • 925 7931 to 40

Relief goods can be brought to Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower, West Ave. corner EDSA, Quezon City.

Sagip Kapamilya

  • 413 2667
  • 416 0387

The address of Sagip Kapamilya is No. 13 Examiner Street, Quezon City. Please look for Ms. Girlie Aragon

Cash/check donations may be deposited in the Sagip Kapamilya account:

  • Bank: Banco de Oro, Mother Ignacia branch
  • Acct name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
  • Acct no.: 5630020111

Santuario de San Antonio Parish

Relief goods of all kinds are accepted. The parish is located along McKinley Road, in Forbes Park, Makati. Please contact JJ Yulo or Mike Yuson.

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah

Please drop off donations at Cervini Hall, Ateneo de Manila University.

TXTPower

TXTPower urges its members, supporters and friends abroad to make donations via Paypal.

One may also donate via SmartMoney (5577-5144-1866-7103) or G-Cash 0917-9751092.  All donations coursed through TXTPower will be sent to the Philippine National Red Cross.

Victory

Victory Fort was the first to open its doors to families affected by Typhoon Ondoy last weekend.

Other Victory centers are now engaged in relief operations as well. For a complete list, please see this page.

World Vision Philippines

The donor service hotlines are:

  • 372 7777
  • 0917 866 4824
  • Pam Millora: 0917 8623209

Donors and volunteers may go to World Vision Philippines headquarters at 389 Quezon Avenue corner West 6th St., Quezon City.

For cash and check donations, see the bank details as provided by Juan Miguel Lago on Twitter here and here.

Additional contact information:

  • 374 7618 to 28
  • 374 7660 (Fax)
  • wv_phil@wvi.org

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Assumption College San Lorenzo (Makati)

Please drop donations off at the guardhouse.

Assumption College Antipolo

Assumption Antipolo is also accepting donations. The school is located along Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, Rizal.

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)

The campus is now an open shelter and will take in refugees. Call 917 895 2792. Donations may also be dropped off at the MVP lobby.

Ateneo Grade School (AGS)

Rice, noodles, sardines, and drinking water are badly needed for Ondoy flood victims.

Please bring your donations to the AGS Social Involvement Office ASAP. Volunteers also needed to sort and pack food bags.

You may sign up at the GS Campus Ministry Office from 8am to 5pm on September 30 (Wednesday) and October 1 (Thursday).

Ateneo Law School

  • 899 7691 to 96

Donations and volunteers are needed. Ateneo Law School is located at 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

De La Salle Santiago Zóbel (DLSZ)

  • Angie Brazan: 09178597602

Starting September 28, 2009 (Monday), from 8AM to 6PM, DLSZ Typhoon Ondoy Relief Goods Collection Center will be accepting donations in kind. Monetary donations are also welcome. Please make cheques payable to De La Salle Zobel. Cash donations are discouraged.

Donors may pass through Gate 7 (Molave St.) to drop off donations at the Collection Center found at the Ground Floor of Gym 5 (Lower Grades area).

Teacher, staff, student, and parent volunteers to man the Collection Center are needed. Please text your contact details to Ms. Angie should you wish to volunteer.

De La Salle University Medical Center (DLSUMC)

  • 844 7832
  • (046) 416 4531

Donations of canned goods, blankets, clothes, and water will be accepted. DLSUMC is located at Congressional Avenue, Dasmariñas, Cavite.

La Salle Greenhills

Donations can be dropped off at Gate 2 of the LSGH campus starting 9AM on September 27, 2009 (Sunday).

Per ageofbrillig, LSGH also has a booth for donations at Unimart in Greenhills Shopping Center.

Playschool International

Relief goods may be dropped off at Playschool International, 46 Ghana Street, Better Living, Parañaque. No cash, please.

Saint Pedro Poveda College

  • Social Action Center: 631 8756 local 121

Poveda is now accepting donations of relief goods.

San Beda College of Arts and Sciences Student Council

The student council is accepting donations in cash or in kind. San Beda College is located at 638 Mendiola St., San Miguel, Manila.

Southville International School and Colleges

  • 825 6374
  • 820 8702
  • 820 8703
  • 829 1675

Southville is accepting donations of canned goods, packed noodles, clothes, drinking water, etc. at the Luxembourg Campus, which is located at Luxembourg St. corner Tropical Ave., BF Homes International, Las Piñas City.

University of Asia and the Pacific

UA&P is accepting donations. Donation booths are at Study Hall A.

You may also get in touch with Dae Lee, the Executive Vice President of the Student Exective Board at 0917 832 3533. Donations and volunteers are needed.

University of the Philippines Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority (Manila)

  • 0917 885 7188
  • 0917 665 9948

The sorority is collecting food, water and toiletries. You may drop them off at Unit 12-O One Adriatico Place, Ermita, Manila.

University of the Philippines Diliman College of Arts and Letters

  • 0929 6454102

CAL is accepting donations in cash and in kind.

University of the Philippines Diliman University Student Council

  • Titus: 0917 800 1909
  • Jose: 0927 305 6607
  • Tin: 0915 490 6106

The council is is collecting food, clothing, and/or cash.

University of the Philippines Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs

  • 928 2947

The office is accepting donations of relief goods.

Xavier School

Please bring donations to the Multipurpose Center (MPC), Xavier School, 64 Xavier Street, Greenhills, San Juan.

Commercial Establishments

7-11

All stores will serve as drop-off sites for donations.

Alabang Town Center

Please drop off donated goods with the concierge. For inquiries, please call 842 2782 or 772 1860.

ARANÁZ

Donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy will be accepted at ARANÁZ stores in Rockwell and Greenbelt.

Binalot (Greenbelt 1 branch)

  • Tetchie Bundalian:0922 857 3277

Brainbeam Events, Inc.

Relief goods may be dropped off at the Brainbeam office: 2/F MB Aguirre Cornerhouse Building, 15 Pres. Ave corner Elizalde St., BF Homes, Parañaque (across the old Caltex in BF).

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Canned goods, water, clothes, blankets, towels, medicine, and emergency supplies will be accepted in branches on behalf of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy starting September 28 (Monday) until Friday.

Fantastik! Manila

  • 729 0530
  • 501 7405

Please send donations to 5729 Calasanz St., Barangay Olympia, Makati City.

Jollibee

All stores will serve as drop-off sites for donations.

Luca

Donations can be sent via Luca branches in The Powerplant Mall, Shangri-La Mall, or Eastwood City.

Mail and More

Donations for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy are accepted at all Mail and More outlets. The complete list of all outlets nationwide is available here.

Manor Superclub

Relief items will be accepted starting September 27 (Sunday) at 10AM. Manor Superclub is located in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Ministop (Ibarra branch)

Food (non-perishable goods only), clothing, medicines, beds, pillows, blankets, and other emergency supplies can be dropped off at the Ministop store located on España cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc, Manila.

Moonshine

Donations for victims in Marikina and Cainta can be sent to Moonshine in The Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Myron’s Place

Myron’s Place in Greenbelt 5, Makati City, will accept relief goods.

Papemelroti

You may drop off relief goods, such as canned goods, milk, bottled water, and used clothes at any of the following Papemelroti branches:

  • 91 Roces Avenue
  • Ali Mall Cubao
  • SM City North EDSA
  • SM Fairview
  • SM Megamall
  • Glorietta 3
  • SM Centerpoint
  • SM Southmall

No cash will be accepted.

Petron

All Petron gas stations will serve as collection points for relief goods.

The Powerplant Mall

Donations will be forwarded to the ABS-CBN Foundation. Please drop them off at the adminstration office, P1 level.

Redkimono

Redkimono will accept canned goods, bottled water, clothing for all ages, basic household items. You may find the contact information for the branch nearest you here.

Recreational Outdoor eXchange

  • 856 4638 to 39
  • rox.cs@primergrp.com

ROX will accept relief goods for Typhoon Ondoy victims. The store address is B1 ROX Building, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Shell

All Shell gas stations will serve as collection points for relief goods.

SMART

Donations may be dropped off at the following SMART branches:

  • SM Fairview
  • SM North EDSA
  • Gateway Mall Cubao
  • Ali Mall Cubao
  • SM Megamall
  • SM Muntinlupa

Starbucks

All Starbucks stores are now accepting blankets, rice, bottled water, and instant noodles for the victims of Ondoy. These will be used to support The Ateneo Taskforce Ondoy.

TeamManila

TeamManila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods for distribution by Radio Veritas.

Total

All Total gas stations will serve as collection points for relief goods.

Unimart (Greenhills Shopping Center)

  • 721 0592
  • 721 1717

All cash and in-kind donations will be forwarded to La Salle Greenhills.

Vivere Suites

  • 771 7777
  • 771 0158

Vivere Suites will accept relief goods. The hotel is located at 5102 Bridgeway Ave., cor. Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Private Citizens

Karen Ang

  • 0920 952 0900

Donations may be dropped off at 3 Kagandahan corner Kabutihan Streets, Kawilihan Village, Pasig. They will be forwarded to the Philippine National Red Cross.

Anne

  • 0915 285 4240

Relief goods from donors in southern Metro Manila are accepted.

Bianca

  • 412 3861
  • 0927 8436002

She will pick up donations from Greenhills/San Juan area. Donate food, medicine, or clothing.

Joseph Castillo

  • 0908 236 8999
  • (032) 211 7111

He will send a 20-foot container to Manila and is looking for donations from Cebuanos. Please get in touch with him.

Kelly and Jodge

Relief goods will be accepted at Colonade Residences, Legaspi St. corner C. Palanca St., Makati City.

RJ Ledesma and friends

  • 0917-8131601

Please call to have your donations (relief goods only) picked up.

Gerald Lim and friends

  • 0918 979 1229
  • 0917 797 4098
  • 0932 699 1794

Donations on wheels! If you have donations to give, but no means of transport, please get in touch.

Colleen Manabat (Heartrio Prints)

She will accept donations of bottled water, canned goods, blankets, clothes, medicines from 9 AM to 6PM. Please drop them off at Stall 2, MGY Building, 2444 Sto. Entierro St., Sto. Cristo, Angeles City. She will forward the donations to Sagip Kapamilya (ABS-CBN Foundation).

Miriam Quiambao

Donations may be dropped off starting September 28 (Monday) at One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City. Send a message via Twitter for more details.

Erica Paredes

  • 0917 474 1930

Donate bread, packed juice, sandwich fillings, and the like. You can help her make them, deliver your own sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute. Call for more details.

Omel Santos

  • 501 7405
  • 729 0530

Drop off donations at 5729 Calasanz St., Barangay Olympia, Makati City or call for pick up.

An Xiao

Artist An Xiao has set up a Kickstarter account to make it easy for anyone with an Amazon account to make a donation. She hopes to raise U.S.$500 by September 30 (Wednesday), 8:49AM EDT.

Vivere Suites 5102 Ridgeway Avenue, Fil-Invest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Contact (+632-7717777) for inquiries or drop off at concierge area. Will accept relief goods.

An open letter to Estela V. Sales, Department of Finance undersecretary

I read with great interest the Business Mirror article in which you were reported to have bristled at how Representive Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. “unfairly” portrayed your department as a “voracious tax collector” in imposing duties on imported books, a move that is codified in Department of Finance (DOF) Department Order 17-09. You claimed to have “studied the matter thoroughly and consulted with certain people so as not to provoke adverse reaction”.

Despite the so-called thoroughness of your study and the presumed expertise of your consultants, you know all too well that you have, in fact, provoked adverse reactions, not only from Filipinos–such as the several thousand members of Filipinos Against the Taxation of Books by Customs–but also from book lovers around the world, among them prominent writers like Robin Hemley and Neil Gaiman. I would even go as far as to say that the DOF and its bureaus, especially the Bureau of Customs (BOC), to which the dubious honor of collecting the book duties falls, generally provoke adverse reactions due to corruption, incompetence, and disingenuousness–of which your published statements are truly wonderful specimens. (That you are in charge of the Revenue Integrity Protection Service, the anti-corruption arm of the DOF, is a fine example of irony.) I must say that I heartily agree with you: you did not “suddenly [find] enlightenment” regarding book duties, because enlightenment is not the same thing as “imagination bordering on delusion“, to use Locin’s pungent phrase.

If it is enlightenment you are after, I believe I can be of some assistance. Are you familiar with “The Monkey and the Cat” by the French poet Jean de la Fontaine? If you are not, I strongly suggest that you read it. (Please do not worry–it is not a novel. I would never think to recommend something decidedly non-educational.) It is a fable from which the phrase “cat’s paw” is derived–a phrase that, according to Merriam-Webster, means “one used as a tool by another”.

Has it occurred to you that you are a cat’s paw for your boss, Secretary Margarito B. Teves, and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at whose pleasure Teves serves? With the sole exception of BOC deputy commissioner Alex Arevalo, who is probably even more delusional than you are, all official statements regarding the book blockade have come from you, which has the effect of turning you into a target for public outrage. Granted, you may act as you wish with relative impunity because you do not hold an elective position. But you ought to ask yourself if it is fair that you bear the brunt of the growing protests against the taxation of books. Do you see yourself in the role of martyr, perhaps? If so, what reward have you been promised or are hoping for? And will such reward be ultimately worth it?

You see, the path to enlightenment is a path of constant questioning, a path where answers are always only provisional. I wonder what answers you will come up with. You will certainly not find them in a book, which is doubtless a relief to you.

Regardless, you may rest assured that your belligerent challenge to book lovers to sue the government will soon be taken up. University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Marvic Leonen has expressed interest in filing a case. And we book lovers have other resources at our disposal, not least of which is the Internet. Mind you, Ms. Sales, that a U.S. Embassy official stated that the power and reach of the Internet as an organizational tool in the Philippines has been “greatly underestimated“. You would do well not to commit that same mistake.