We Can’t All Be Heroes. Somebody Has To Applaud When They Go By

This is to express our most genuine thankfulness to the men and women, locals and foreigners of different nations who have VOLUNTEERED  to plunge their lives in a dangerous and pressing search and rescue operation in the Secretary Robredo plane tragedy. This land has never witnessed such astounding heroism, helping hand and harmony in a very long long while.

Though we mourn for the passing of a one great son, amid all these, we have seen something to celebrate about in the human spirit. We have seen it in Masbate. Without species like you, humanity cannot survive.

Thank you all.

Heroism. Helping hand. Harmony. The world has a good chance after all

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Manila In The Eye Of The Storm

We are currently in the middle of the worst storm in three years. So far as of this writing awful news continue to pile up: a landslide in Quezon City with countless fatalities; North Luzon Expressway impassable; thousands of stranded citizens everywhere; Metro Manila and nearby provinces under water, large areas in DEEPER waters. Universities and Colleges have suspended their classes as well as government and private offices. And this is not even a typhoon! They call it torrential rains and this has been going on for nearly 40 hours now and no end in sight.

I have compiled some images I have witnessed today (and surely there’s a lot more coming) from various social media networks with their corresponding photographer and I hope I made it right in naming them.

DZMM TELERADYO

YUAN BASA

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AUDI PANIDZARES

UNKNOWN

REA ANGELINE YU

DEXTER AUSTRIA

SHARAH REYES

ABET GALANG

YIING SANTIAGO

Oh I Love You Roxas Boulevard, Please Don’t Go Away

Earlier in the middle of a Manila moonsoon surge yesterday, a photo by Mark Zambrano  of @gmanews created a not-so-short exchange of interesting tweets. You see, his appalling image of Roxas Boulevard being deluged by the waters of Manila Bay was re-posted by another newscaster without his permission, consent, or worse, without a credit.

Well,  actually, we can live with some people making off with some of our things sometimes. But in this case, let me tell you why — if I were in Mr. Zambrano’s shoes– there will be no allowing people to get away with this photo. Number one, this is a classic one. The occurrence, the angle. None has captured this unusual phenomenon (from an unlikely angle) as awesome as this. The guy from the other network must’ve been so awed and couldn’t resist keeping her hands off of it. Never mind the crisp, Instagram enhancements, the vehicles can rightfully give the look and feel of Mother Nature’s wrath.

Roxas Boulevard moonsoon surge. Photo by Mark Zambrano GMANews

Secondly, it’s simply not right to allow the fruit of one’s labor to be enjoyed by another especially if the latter is coming from, get this, a rival network station.

So much for the newsmen, now for the news. And I tell you, this is news! The sea is reclaiming back Roxas Boulevard!