Help Save Manila Bay

Is Manila Bay clean?

Yes. It’s twenty-four carat immaculate — last century.

You can lend a hand in saving this gem of the Philippines without leaving your seat. Simply “Like” the photo over here. The image, through the Germany-Philippines Chamber of Commerce Inc,. wishes to send a message to the city government, to the chiefdom himself, to the home rule, or to the vox populi, to do what they have failed to do for a long long time now.

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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

Monday. Aimless.

I came upon this junker sitting on the bicycle lane so I tried to make a pass. But a red Honda — meters behind me — gave me a strong honk. Wouldn’t allow me. Not for a single second.

Bike lane no moreIt’s every cyclist’s woe here at the CCP Complex: motorists treat bikers like fungi and the bicycle lanes like jokes.

Anyway, what is not normal is, what am I doing riding around on the first working day of the week? We are enjoying a long holiday here in Manila right now.

Look around.

Crossing Roxas Boulevard.Crossing Roxas Boulevard.

All quiet on the waterfrontAll quiet on the waterfront

I think that I shall never see,  a poem lovely as a treeI think that I shall never see,  a poem lovely as a tree

Bataan, from the other side of Manila bayBataan, from the other side of Manila bay

DuskEvening in Baywalk

Bizarre

In a strange turn of events at the height of last Tuesday’s perfect storm, the worst to hit Manila in three years, rescuers found themselves at the laughing end of the very people they expected to look up to them as their heroes and lifesavers. The flooded citizenry, laid out in perilous situations, most of them clinging on their roofs, not only refused to be rescued, but also jeered and made cracks at their saviors who were made up of local police, Coast Guards and volunteers.

The WHY: the folks just couldn’t leave their homes and valuables unattended. Come hell or high water.

Phot REUTERS/Erik De CastroIf it was The Great Flood and Noah were to build his ark last Tuesday in Manila, he would have the same frustrations he got ten thousand years ago.

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

J

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!