Comfort and Hopefully Joy – Please Help

Christmas day is just around the corner and yet many Filipinos in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Mindanao island are wallowing in grief because of the recent flood. I sometimes wonder why these events happen, why people who are already impoverished can’t get a break. Such a disaster would have been devastating at any time but is especially gut-wrenching when it comes at a season of revelry.

For most of us, Christmas parties are over. Most working people have gotten their 13th month pay or performance bonuses. Family members and friends from abroad have arrived and commenced their annual get-together with loved ones. The streets are lit with dazzling, twinkling lights and adorned with Christmas regalia. Many say that the Philippines is the best place to be in at Christmas time. We do take this time of year to heart. We eat and party like no other country on earth. It’s only here that Christmas season starts in September and ends in mid-January –that’s almost four months of excitement and joy. Filipinos – rich, poor and in-between – all unite in celebration when Christmas time rolls around. Misa de gallo, puto bumbong, lanterns, freshly baked pan de sal in the cool early mornings after hearing mass, noche buena… All of these are part of the festivities that make this the most-awaited season.

Grief, whether personal or collective, threatens to dampen the Christmas spirit. I can’t offer anything else except help and I’m asking you, dear reader, to do the same. I believe it is only by doing something to ease the pain of another can we all rise above this new misfortune that both humans and nature have brought upon us.

Please donate whatever you can. Bring hope and healing to someone and, in the process, yourself. Here’s how:

(Many thanks to for publishing this information)

1. By SMS through SMART

Smart Money: Donors to Typhoon Sendong may help through Smart Money acct. no. 5577-5130-6822-1104 at any BDO, Hapinoy or Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.

Text: Smart subscribers may donate to Sendong victims via text. Send RED <amount> to 4143. Valid donation amounts 10, 25, 50, 100

2. By SMS through GLOBE

Gcash: For GCASH, donate through Red Cross by texting DONATE <amount> MPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.

Text: Text RED <amount> and send it to 2899. You may donate in these denominations: 5, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000.


Through bank deposit:

Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account:

# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account

# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills

Swift code: BOPIPHMM

4. LBC Express is now accepting donations for typhoon Sendong victims. You may drop off your donations in any LBC Express branch. To all Filipinos in Singapore, you can drop your donations at LBC AirCargo #04-077 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd.


Emergency/Relief goods and equipment bound for Cagayan de Oro/Iligan- we have ships ready to transport them ASAP. For bulk items, bring directly to Abotiz/Negros Navigation, Pier 2, Manila. Call +63 2 211 5484 for more information.

6. Department of Social Welfare and Development

Donations can be sent to: National Resource Operations Center (NROC) 852-8081(24 hours), Chapel Road, Pasay City (back of Air Transportation Office). Donations can also be brought at all DSWD Field Offices. For DSWD NCR: San Rafael St., Legarda, Manila

Those living near the South: DSWD FO IV-A: Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City 1770 Tel. No: (02) 807-4140Fax No: (02) 807-1518.


I.  In-Kind Donation


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


1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PRC.

2. A letter of acceptance from PRC 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 Philippine Red Cross – National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 1018, Philippines.

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

II. Through Cebuana Lhuillier

We can now accept donations in any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide. For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

III. Bank accounts for donations

Banco de Oro

Peso: 00-453-0018647

US$: 10-453-0039482

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Peso: 4991-0036-52

US$: 004994-0103-15


Peso: 151-3-041631228

US$: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank

Peso: 3752 8350 0034

US$: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines

Peso: 1015 4000 0201

US$: 1315 4000 0090

All check/cash for the Philippine Red Cross account (swift codes)

Banco de Oro


Bank of the Philippine Islands




Philippine National Bank


Unionbank of the Philippines


IV. For online donations:

Please fill up the form at —

About Louie-An

Hello. My name is Louie-An and this is a record of my thoughts and observations on my own yoga practice. I am not a yoga teacher, so please view these as musings of an ardent yogini who wants to monitor her progress as a practitioner. These entries are not meant to be instructional in any way. If I do offer a few tips, please work with a certified and experienced yoga teacher before trying them out. Also, feel free to share your own experiences with me so we can learn from each other. I hope you enjoy reading the posts as much as I do writing them. Namaste.
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One Response to Comfort and Hopefully Joy – Please Help

  1. Very interesting details you have remarked, thank you for posting.

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