Thursday, December 18, 2008

Recycling through Crafts

Cecile Cinco makes amazing crafts using recycled products, like this
Multipurpose Woven Basket Made Out Of Glossy Paper
. Check out more of her stuff at her blog.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Greenpeace delivers a solar powered Parol to Philippine Senate

(picture courtesy of Greenpeace)

Manila, PHILIPPINES — Greenpeace today delivered a solar-powered traditional parol (Filipino Christmas lantern) to light up the Philippine Senate this Christmas ahead of the official Global Day of Action for the Climate.

The giant solar powered parol was received by Senator Miguel Zubiri from Greenpeace volunteers, supporters and other pro-renewable energy groups who arrived in red shirts proclaiming 'Make it Happen – Energy Revolution now!'. As part of the activity, the environmental group also delivered miniature lanterns with the messages "No Nukes, No Coal, Energy Revolution Now!" and "I support Renewable Energy" to each Senator. The miniature lanterns are from Albay, among the provinces in the country that is most vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Read more here...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Gray Water Recycling Systems, LLC Signs Brand License Agreement with "Living With Ed"

Got this from my Living with Ed newsletter! GREAT NEWS INDEED!

Gray Water Recycling Systems, LLC Signs Brand License Agreement with "Living With Ed"

Manufacturer of Revolutionary Gray and Rainwater Recycling Systems will team up with Ed Begley, Jr., Hollywood's 'greenest' actor and star of the hit TV series Living With Ed to promote water recycling.

REDONDO BEACH, CA -- Gray Water Recycling Systems, LLC (GWRS) has signed a long-term exclusive brand license and endorsement agreement with the producers of the hit TV series Living With Ed and it's co-stars Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachelle Carson-Begley. Under the terms of the agreement, GWRS will use the trademark of the show and the endorsement of the Begley's to highlight the urgent need to reuse gray and rainwater as well as expand the marketing of its line of revolutionary recycling systems throughout North America.

GWRS product information will also be featured on the hit TV shows website, As well as the Begley's new environmental site and blog, "...a simple to use one-stop resource for those interested in learning about sustainable living."

GWRS designs and manufacturers gray and rainwater recycling units for single and multi family homes, commercial properties, hotels and resorts. Units capture and purify exhaust water from shower, bath, laundry and downspout. The purified, bacteria free water is then re-used for landscape irrigation and toilet tanks.

"We are extremely excited to be working with the Begley's, their television show and all the professionals at Brentwood Communications International", stated Buzz Boettcher, GWRS Managing Member. "Ed realized the need to conserve long ago and became an avid environmentalist and advocate before it was the popular thing to be. Not only does he talk conservation, he lives it; no dispute, he is the gold standard for green living in the entertainment community."

"Proper water management and conservation is mandatory living in this semi-arid desert," stated Begley. "We simply cannot continue to poach water from other parts of the Western United States. Conservation and reuse will have a positive impact on our overall water supply, this recycling system is a huge step in making that happen. I've been searching for the right gray and rainwater recycling system for years and I've finally found it. Rachelle will soon be able to take those twenty minute showers without my blood coming to a boil by knowing the water she's using today will be irrigating our garden tomorrow".

The marketing relationship is being launched with this press release, followed shortly by a series of print, video and on line materials featuring Living With Ed branding and Ed Begley, Jr. endorsements. In addition, the Begley's will make a number of public and industry appearances on behalf of GWRS, speaking on a number of environmental topics including water conservation and reuse. Begley will also provide valuable assistance to help bring local and state building codes in concert with the rapid advancement of gray and rain water recycling technology.

For More Information, Please Contact: Buzz Boettcher Managing Member Gray Water Recycling Systems, LLC

Greg Glass Vice President BCII 818-333-3681

Freebie Friday!

Spread the joy and give the gift of giving! I recently got my carbon neutrality certificate from the folks at Brighter Planet and to pass it on, i'm giving the first 25 people to click on this link a chance to spread the lurv.

One Day from Brighter Planet

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas WishList: Living Like Ed

"Ed Begley Jr. got off of his electric hybrid bicycle long enough to write a book. Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life offers the Hollywood actor's tips to adding a little bit (or a lot) of green to your life.

The book strives to provide advice for simple changes such as stench-free composing all the way to more significant, longer-term environmental commitments like your first purchase of an electric car. Ed's wife even pitches in her ideas of how to stay eco-conscious without sacrificing style.

And for all of those fans residing in the Los Angeles area that just can't get enough of Ed and his green ways, he'll be appearing tomorrow night, February 26 at Book Soup in West Hollywood. Maybe you can even convince him to let you sit on the handle bars while he takes you for a spin around the block on that bike.
" -

Now that's a book worth reading! :-D

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

CNN: ‘Himala’ best Asian film in history

MANILA, Philippines— (UPDATE 4) A spellbinding victory for Philippine cinema.

Visitors to the Cable News Network entertainment website voted Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala,” which starred Nora Aunor as a simple provincial girl turned faith healer, as the best movie of all time in the Asia-Pacific region, outclassing such greats as Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Read More here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sinking Island Nation Seek new Home

MALE, Maldives (CNN) -- The new president of the Maldives wants to relocate -- his entire country.

Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed, a former political prisoner, was sworn in Tuesday after he unseated Asia's longest-serving leader in the country's first multi-party elections two weeks ago. He inherits an island nation with several problems.

Foremost among them: The very likely possibility that the Maldives will sink under water if the current pace of climate change keeps raising sea levels.

Read more here...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eco-Horror Films Shocking Us into Action

"Unlike most horror films these movies aren't fiction, they are serious documentaries tackling the big issues of our time. But the message is still: Be afraid.

The most recent addition to the scene is French director Irena Salina's, "Flow", which shows how the effects of climate change coupled with widespread privatization of the world's fresh water supply has created a world water cartel with grim consequences for us all.

Wired magazine called it "the scariest movie at the Sundance Film Festival".

The film is a call to arms to resist the quiet corporate takeover of the stuff of life, and as such it taps into a widespread uncertainty about the way the world seems to be heading."

Read more here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What's the Math on Going Green?

one of the most frightening studies I've read recently had nothing to do with icebergs or megadroughts. In a paper that came out Oct. 23 in Science, John Sterman — a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan School of Management — wrote about asking 212 MIT grad students to give a rough idea how much governments need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to eventually stop the increase in the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere. These students had training in science, technology, mathematics and economics at one of the best schools in the world — they are probably a lot smarter than you or me. Yet 84% of Sterman's subjects got his problem wrong, greatly underestimating the degree to which greenhouse gas emissions need to fall. When the MIT kids can't figure out climate change, what are the odds that the broader public will?

read more here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Living Green, one at a time

revisiting ED Begley Jr.'s efforts through his show Living with Ed inspires me to do at least one thing to help out Mother Nature. (insert image is him with Jay Leno in one of his show's episodes). If this guy can wholly devote his life to cleaning and greening mother nature, surely we can do at least ONE thing to help out (like recycling, cleaning up, not wasting water, turning off lights, etc.)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Keeping Your Cool

"Buzz up!

With global temperatures continuing to climb, more and more people are suffering under scorching, and sometimes lethal, heat waves. You don't have to shut yourself indoors with a wet towel around your neck and the air conditioner on full blast in order to get through summer, however.

Close Your Curtains. Many people seem to think that curtains and blinds were invented just for privacy or to make rooms look pretty. But consider their alternative name: "shades." In the summer, put up light-colored window coverings, and close them when the sun is shining through. When the window frame is shaded, open them up.

Ventilate Smart. When the air is cool in mornings or evenings, open up your windows. Prop them open on opposite sides of rooms to promote cross ventilation, and use fans to alternately push or pull air from outside in.

Given the fact that we come from a tropical country, we're no strangers to heat. But we use a lot of electricity combating that and make it cooler in our homes. We can, but we can definitely do that with a greener perspective. More Tips here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thank You donors (update on donation drive)

For those who may have forgotten, Western Visayas was hit a few months back by Bagyo Frank, which resulted to a ravaged and devastated land. While the storm may have come and gone, many families and their livelihood were ruined, and given the slow progress of help, most villages, especially those far-flung form the cities, rarely or never got the help they so needed.

A few days after that happened, my friend Jason and I organized a care package of old clothes and food stock to send out to Iloilo, and we asked you guys to donate, through clothes or food stock. The response, however short the notice, was very positive, and we sincerely thank you all. We came up with a whopping 11 boxes' worth of donated clothes and other items, which was divided among the baranggays.

Our donations were sent out to families in the far-flung baranggays of Lantangan and Gabi, Carles, through a joint outreach program by the WVSU (through the efforts of the College of Arts&Sciences Graduate Studies - Public Governance), TESDA, Philippine National Red Cross, PCSO, NMYL (Iloilo Chapter) and PAMET (Iloilo Chapter). It is congruence to their program which not only gave families clothing and food supplies, but also provided a free medical checkup, and seminars on alternative livelihood programs, First Aid and Basic Life Support, et al.

It is with great honor and pleasure to have NGOs, schools and valiant individuals help in the cause of helping out these people --- i would like to thank everybody who lent a helping hand, through cash or kind, or even through prayer to those who were affected.

For more pictures, please check it here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

How Green Are you? Test your Eco-Knowledge.

True or False? The Earth receives more energy from the sun in one day than the world uses in a year.

Test your KNowledge and separate Eco-fact from Fiction and start saving the planet Now.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Scarier and Scarier

Latest Phil. Kidnapping syndicate: victim's internal organs
Note: forwarded message attached.

Pakikalat na lang. Napakahalaga po ng e-mail na ito I didn't believe this
story until last weekend, when I went home to Pampanga, my mom told me this news. One of our neighbors witnessed the funeral. There is a grade 6 student near our barangay, who was missing for 2 days. There are posters of his picture everywhere.. . after how many days, the body was found with missing eyes and kidney... a Php20,000 was inserted on his body with a note 'PAKI LIBING NA LANG...'

Hindi lang white van ang gamit nila ngayon may green, black at maroon. Me look-out nakamotor pag me nakitang bata tinatawag doon sa kasama na nasa Van, take note may kasama na silang doktor na nag-aalis ng organ.

Even sa mga subdivision nakapasok na rin sila kaya inform nyo sa Guard nyo. Sa amin sa Dasma kahapon grabe dami ng Pulis at Barangay sa Gate Red Alert kasi may 3 batang nakuha around Dasmarinas, Cavite . May 1 nakaburol sa AREA-H2 walang mata at Internal Organ with 70,000 na pera. Even yung Elem. School sa tapat ng subd. namin di na muna pinapasok yung mga bata kahapon grabe nakakatakot po. Sa Manggahan Trece Cavite, mag-ina magkasama pilit na kinuha yung bata, lumaban yung nanay, ayun binugbog tapos nadala yung bata last week nakita yung bata sa Paliparan patay na din wala ng organ at mata. Meron ngang skecth nuong isang kasama nakapost na din duon sa Gate ng subd namin.
This morning in Kawit Cavite 2 bata, nawawla at sa Quezon 3 year old na
batang babae nakita patay walang heart at kidney.
News: World
Kidnapping in Southern Luzon , Victim's Internal Organs Missing by Jean Stuart March 09, 2008

Kidnapping is rampant nowadays. Kidnappers usually asked ransom money from the parents of their victims. But lately, I was disturbed of the
news about the kidnap victims whose internal organs were missing after
they were found.
In Ibaan, Batangas four children were abducted. One of them was found
with the pair of eyes missing and with Php 30,000 pesos on his/her
mouth. Three were found with missing internal organs. There was also
report in Tanauan, Batangas with a missing heart and Php 8,000 pesos on the hole of the victim's chest. It's really creepy.
Lately, there have been reports that the kidnappings is not only happening in Batangas. There were also similar incidents in Cavite and Laguna. Last Wednesday, March 5, my friend told me that there was a third year high school student (from a school in San Pedro, Laguna) was abducted on her way home. I still haven't heard about what happened to the victim.
I heard that a syndicate is behind this kidnapping and they are selling the organs to the black market. Text messages and email messages has been circulating saying that a white van with plate no. VMM 507 is said to
be the kidnappers van. In our place the cartographic sketch of the kidnapper and the plate no. of the vehicle used by the kidnapper were
posted everywhere.
Residents in our area in Laguna were already afraid. Students going to
school were now accompanied by their parents and yayas. It has been
reported that the kidnappers where luring children going to and from
Our school management even released a letter to parents to watch for their children when going to school and while playing.
Kindly include them in your prayer. Thanks a lot!

Archdiocese of San Francisco
Pakikalat na lang. Napakahalaga po ng e-mail na ito.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Taxing Commutes

T*nginang mga taxi drivers na yan talaga.

Today i was able to meet the bad and the worst of taxi drivers in a day filled to the brim with commute madness. Suffice to say that i have had very little sleep before this, thus not enough patience to deal with people at this point --- and yes, this was further fueled by the insipid and annoying drivers who "charmed" me with their witless antics on the road.

Take driver number one: I took a cab to visit my friend at the hospital in Mandaluyong. Mamang driver maneuvers his way through Makati traffic with ease, confidently telling me he knew where that hospital in Mandaluyong is. It's partly my fault --- i wasn't familiar with the area --- so i took his word. We travelled quite a distance when he dropped me oh so quickly by a side of the building telling me this was it. I paused and asked him to wait while i talk to the security guard, but feeling nice since he was nice, gave him the payment (plus tip!). It wasn't even 10 seconds when he zipped away from the curb, leaving me stranded in godknowswhere, Mandaluyong (it turned out ot be a different hospital).

Driver number two was only too happy to pick me up, then fuming out loud at the audacity of driver #1. He asked for directions and i, equipped with broken text messages from my friend, told him to take the underpass and make a left to get back to EDSA. Not only did he take this opportunity to jam us right into a traffic packed area (which stalled us for 20 mins or so), he decided to take the "long scenic route" going through the malls and telling me "bawal kasi dumaan dyan" when we both knew that it wasn't so. F*ckin' 45 mins it took for us to cross EDSA. 45mins!

Driver number Three, whose plate number TWH 944 is forever embedded in my head now is a scum of the earth manloloko who forces his passengers to pay his "flat rate" or else get knocked out of the cab. His meter was working but what did he care? He just wanted his money. He nearly cut my hand off swerving away from the curb after i got out---i barely had enought time to close the door before he sped away! PEOPLE, if you see this cab, DO NOT take it --- he will not only leave you stranded if you don't agree to his demands, he may take your hand or limbs with him!

As much as i would like to be sympathetic to taxi drivers (driving through the streets of Manila isn't easy, i know), having experiencing such bad treatment from these drivers make me less so. How can you complain about people trampling on you and your profession when you can't even be courteous or nice enough to deliver honest services?!??

Take action! Text or call the LTFRB (tel. No. 9257191, cellphone 09214487777) with your bad driver's plate number and/or cab name and why they suck!

Spread the Word!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Jack Johnson's makes green music

Under his company's tutelage,Jack Johnson and Brushfire records makes a green difference! A recent article explores how the Hawaiian based musician has evolved the nature and business of creating music, and influencing music minds to make green oriented decisions in producing music.

"Entertainment industry giant Universal Music Group -- the largest family of record labels in the recording industry -- has taken notice. Under Brushfire's direction, UMG uses recycled stock on all of the packaging for its releases, including movies, ensuring that the paper is as environmentally friendly as possible. Some is even made using wind power."

Read more of the article here.

It's great to know that people can use their influence and creativity for the better good--- in this case, helping out in our fight to save planet Earth! Kudos to you, Jack Johnson! NOt only is your music pure and catchy, your green ideas are too!

Friday, July 25, 2008

It Ain't Easy being Green

Greenwash : the ignoble art of misleading consumers about a product's true green worth.

CNN's article on Greenwashing is a bit alarming, considering that it's now "more prevalent when public interest in environmental issues is greater, and that there's been a gradual increase in claims over time".

As hard as one might think to be an eco warrior or a green girl/boy, it's hard to determine what's truly eco-friendly as companies now resort to (at their worst) outright lying so that their products may be perceived as "eco-friendly".

Watch out for the Six Sins Of Greenwashing, your products may be doing this! I was definitely a victim when it came to this but thank goodness there are people on the watch! Let's do our share and read labels carefully, check out what's in them and if possible, confirm how truly eco-friendly they are.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mukha kang Plastic! (Plastic Face!)

Plastic is everywhere, but even my plastic-annoyed self didn't see it coming in an exfoliant. The Product Fiend blogger on Shine pointed out that some facial scrubs use teeny beads of polyethylene plastic to help clean out your pores.

By Trystan L. Bass

She cites a Slate article with further details. One Australian researcher found that plastic fragments smaller than 1 millimeter are increasingly common in our oceans. In one British estuary, 85 percent of the plastic garbage was this "microplastic" debris. Sewage treatment systems can't filter it out, so this tiny plastic junk pollutes the watershed and can be ingested by marine life.

Those little beads may feel nice on your skin, but in the long run, they're not doing the planet any good. Besides, you can find plenty of cleansers that use natural stuff to scrub the dirt off your face.

Some of the eco-friendly brands have been around for ages, they don't cost any more than the plasticized versions, yet they won't clog up poor little fishy bodies when we're done with them.

Here are a few exfoliating products I found that contain plastic -- you should avoid:

* Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
* Clean & Clear's line of scrubs
* Dove Gentle Exfoliating Foaming Facial Cleanser
* Neutrogena's line of scrubs
* Noxzema's line of scrubs
* Olay's line of scrubs
* Phisoderm Nurturing Facial Polish

Look for "polyethylene" in the label's ingredient list. You can double-check on a site like, where it's often easier to read the full ingredient list. You might also question terms like "microbeads" or "microcrystals" that aren't explained.

natural options: loofah, st.ives apricot scrub, etc

rest of the article:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thank You Donors!

Thank You Donors!
Thank you to the following who gave their generous donations for a good cause! We filled out not 5, but 11 boxes!!! :-D

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Juan Paolo Santos
Vida Morales
Paul Gadi
Dexter Belvis
Ajo and Raymund Bermudez
Ana and Chelu Marquez
Stephen Matti
Johanna Clavecilla
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JR Urbi
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* We will have another shipment come end of the month for those who still want to give, so please msg me. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Engineer: We can use food waste to generate electricity

..while our leaders wrangle over quotas for greenhouse emissions over banquets at lavish summits, there are remarkable individuals who are doing their small bit to prevent our planet from peril.

Take Nigerian civil engineer, Dr Joseph Adelegan for instance.

He firmly believes that the world's future fuel demands can be met through renewable energy.

And he is using increasingly innovative methods to achieve these results.

Three years ago Adelegan won plaudits for his "Cows to Kilowatts" project, which used effluents and waste products from abattoirs to produce cooking gas.

Read more here>>

Saturday, July 12, 2008

like we need another mall in this country.

"Our government officials are not focusing on agriculture; they are more interested in projects where they can make money with which to buy votes during elections. They know that the majority of Filipino voters can be bought and pick their candidates not because of their qualifications but because of their money. So we now have the government we deserve.

For as long as we don’t change our attitude toward agriculture, we will be hungry ants on a covered sugar bowl."
-LUIS J. ALMACEN, municipal garden coordinator, Medellin, Cebu

I rant, so please, bear with me.

A recent talk with a friend gave me a weird feeling about today's Philippines --- increasing hunger and poverty apparently isn't slowing down the construction of malls everywhere. Even in the provinces, where retail isn't much of a demand, the malls are proliferating everywhere.

Should we just succumb and become a nation of consumers?

With increasing prices of oil, food and other goods are sure to follow. While i applaud those who brave the streets and fight the government (or whoever that is they claim to be responsible for all this), i cannot help but ask: Can't WE, as individuals, do something about it, aside from just blaming other people?

We are a people of development, yet in our vain effort to be "developed" we focus on what is least needed --- consumer items which we ourselves do not produce. No wonder nobody stays here anymore. What we need are jobs, work that is structured on what our country has best, and that is land and natural resources. Instead, we burn and pillage these resources to put up malls which only serve (mostly imported) retails items most of us can only afford on paydays. How strange is that? We don't even grow our own supplies anymore---everything is imported in from everywhere else. How sad indeed.

Doesn't that make you think?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

A Simpler Lifestyle

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:56:00 07/08/2008

THE SHARP increase in the prices of oil, food and other basic commodities and services is placing millions of Filipinos near, if not below, the poverty level. That is the bad effect of high prices. But in a stroke of serendipity, high prices are also producing something good: they are forcing people to be thrifty; to lead simple, frugal lives; to recycle and reuse things; and to save and conserve natural resources and reduce pollution.

Read more here.

+ + +

E-jeepneys take over 2 Makati villages’ routes

July 05, 2008 22:07:00
DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer

SLEEK, COLORFUL and environment-friendly, the electric powered or “e-jeepney” finally made its commercial debut at the Makati central business district early this month, drawing plaudits from Earth lovers everywhere.

A year after the pilot test of the project on Ayala Avenue, environmentalists and city officials rolled out the first batch of 14-seater e-jeepneys that were assigned separate routes around Legaspi and Salcedo Villages in the financial district.

Read more here.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Snapshots of Iloilo

In lieu of 3 snapshots, i bring you a collection i took of my home province, Iloilo. I went home over the weekend to assess our home's damage as well as attend my lola's funeral (my brother and dad saved her from drowning during the flood, but sadly she died a day later --- it was not because of the flood, perhaps, it was just time for her to finally rest. She was 89.
We thank the people who helped us and supported us throughout lola's proceedings, as well as those who have generously helped us in the wake of the typhoon.

We brought my grandmother's remains to my dad's hometown, an hour's ride from Carles, where we also have a home. Along the way we saw the damage typhoon Frank dealt on the Ilonggos and it was heart breaking. Many wait along the road, hoping that rice, canned goods and other relief items will come their way.

Though many have already helped , there are still many who take advantage of the situation, either by becoming lazy victims who do not help themselves, or greedy people who either raise prices and/or hoard the goods freely donated to the community--- SHAME on YOU!!!!

Much kudos goes out to the NGOS, the AFP, volunteers and selfless politicians who took it upon themselves to be responsible in times like these!

Many still need help. In the wake of Pacquiao's fantastic win, we revel in the shared joy & kinship every filipino felt. I hope that in helping others, we will also have the same unified spirit. It has been an overwhelming experience for everybody, but the humanitarian spirit prevails, shown in the generosity of people, sometimes even strangers to help someone in need.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

SOS Children's Villages in the Philippines to distribute food to typhoon victims in Iloilo

24/06/2008 - SOS Children's Village Iloilo is taking immediate action and helping typhoon victims with shelter and nourishment.

A family taking shelter in the SOS Children's Village Iloilo - Photo: SOS Archives
SOS Children's Village Iloilo is providing rice, canned food-items and noodles to the 300 families in the vicinity whose houses are still under water after the typhoon Fengshen lashed the Philippines. The affected areas are still not accessible and co-workers are trying hard to reach them. The water-level in many areas are still remaining at waist-high.

About 60 families have taken shelter at the SOS Social Centre Iloilo where they are provided with the food and essential items. These families come from the communities around the SOS Children's Village Iloilo where family strengthening programmes are being implemented.

Many areas are still not accessible as the water level is too high - Photo: SOS Archives

Electricity and telephone services are still not restored in many parts of Iloilo city. Generators are pressed into service to provide power in the SOS Children's Village Iloilo.

According to the Red Cross, Iloilo is worst-hit by the fury of the typhoon and hundreds of thousands of people had to be evacuated.

Typhoon Fengshen caused devastation across much of the central Philippines. About 160 people died in flooding and landslides, while homes, bridges and roads were washed away. The typhoon has now weakened to a tropical storm and is heading north into the South China Sea.

If you would like to donate, please click here for details.

Western Visayas Hit the Hardest by Frank

Frank’ wreaks P1.65B damage to property

By Joel Guinto, Katherine Evangelista
First Posted 18:07:00 06/23/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon "Frank" (international codename: Fengshen) wrought an estimated P1.65 billion in damage to property, officials said Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco T .Duque III, who flew with Vice-President Noli de Castro to Iloilo asses the health situation and determine the scope of damages in affected provinces, said the Western Visayas region was the hardest hit by the storm.

According to a report from the National Disaster Coordinating Council, "Frank" caused P888.55 million in damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Leyte province, and P52 million in damage to schoolbuildings in Samar Island, and Tacloban and Calbayog cities in Leyte.

In Iloilo province, 165,000 sacks of rice were destroyed after floodwaters entered a warehouse of the National Food Authority (NFA), Agriculture undersecretary Bernie Fondevilla said at an NDCC news briefing.

Duque said that, also in Iloilo, barangay (villages) Simon, San Roque, and Iping were flooded, and a dam in the municipality of San Miguel and bridges in Cabanatuan and Maasin were “heavily damaged.” Likewise, Kamandag Elementary School in the municipality of Leon was damaged after a landslide.

In Antique province, a flashflood hit Sibalom municipality and the Antique-to-Iloilo road was closed. Most evacuees in the province were staying in churches, Duque said.

Two still unidentified persons are missing in Guimaras province. The Aniway District Hospital and Federico Roman Tirador Hospital were flooded, requiring the transfer of patients to the Labunan District Hospital.

Floodwaters destroyed roads and bridges, costing P710 million, in Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), and in Western and Eastern Visayas, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported during the NDCC briefing.

In Marinduque province, 50 percent of rice lands were damaged, while 100 percent of lands planted to corn and bananas were destroyed. Another 40 percent of coconut trees were also destroyed, Fondevilla said.

But Fondevilla said the storm did not damage farm lands in Central Luzon, where the rain was even beneficial to newly-planted crops.

Duque said the Department of Health (DoH) has sent nearly P500,000 worth of drugs, medicines and other supplies to Western Visayas to augment the region’s supply.

DoH-Western Visayas is continuously monitoring the situation through a 24-hour operations center, with regular updates reported to the DoH central office and NDCC.

Meanwhile, a rapid health assessment and surveillance was conducted in Metro Manila where some 2,603 families were sheltered in 22 evacuation centers because of flooding. The DoH has also activated a regional disaster and response plan.

On the other hand, the DoH Center for Health Development in Metro Manila has prepared and distributed health advisories on communicable diseases to affected areas.

Please pray for safety and well-being of the affected families of Iloilo.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

PADYAK your way to a Greener Future!

The UP Padyak Project aims to contribute to the University on its centennial celebration by responding to the threat of global warming and the environmental crisis. Started by members and alumni of the UP Mountaineers, the project is a non-profit advocacy that promotes bicycling as means of transportation and lessens dependence on fossil fuel-driven vehicles. It also aims to promote health and fitness in the campus community.

The project makes bicycles available to students at a highly affordable rate (P500/semester) which will cover rent of an easy-rider bicycle, training clinics, access to bicycle racks and cable locks.

Enrolled students in UP Diliman are eligible to join the UP Padyak Project provided they pass all the requirements of the Health Checklist and comply with the safety guidelines. Applicants must submit a photocopy of their ID, form 5 (upon completion of UP registration), and a completed application form and waiver.

The biking membership period is on a per semester basis starting on the first day of school registration to the last day of the final exams period. Please verify with the current academic calendar for the exact dates.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Rainbow Warrior Tour in Iloilo!

Iloilo, all aboard!
If you would like to visit the Rainbow Warrior, please email your name and the names of your companions to by tomorrow, Friday, June 6, 2008.

The meeting point for the Open Boat Day shall be at the Climate Defenders Camp, Jaro Cathedral Grounds, Iloilo. Once there, you can look for Judy.
Reminder-- please wear closed shoes! Please see our list of activities below!

Open Boat Days:
June 7 and 8 at the Iloilo Commercial Port If you'd like to join any of the activities below, please send an email to Judy at .

Saturday, June 7 1pm to 5pm Tour of the Climate Defenders Camp Tour of the Rainbow Warrior
Sunday, June 8 8am to 12pm Tour of the Climate Defenders Camp & 1pm to 5pm

Tour of the Rainbow Warrior Side activities: 10am to 11am Greenpeace kids Kids can listen to a short talk about the environment. Kids will be given coloring sheets (RW, Simple Lang Kids, nature) After coloring, kids will be given a tour of the Rainbow Warrior 2pm to 4pm Green Café Climate Campaigner Jasper Inventor lets us in on Greenpeace's fight for clean & renewable energy. This will be followed by a tour of the Rainbow Warrior.

Thank you to everyone!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Open Boat Day 2008

Open Boat Day 2008 will be next Sunday, June 1, 2008, from 10:30am until 5pm.

Check out our day's activities below.

It will be held at the Manila South Harbor. To those who confirm, map and meeting area will be emailed by Friday.

To reserve, please send an email to together with your name, your companions names, and your vehicle's plate number. You may also indicate which activity you would like to join so that we can save you a seat.

Open Boat Day 2008 is dedicated to all Greenpeace members, your family, and your friends!

Before touring the Rainbow Warrior, why not get environmentally engaged at the Clean Energy Exhibit while taking a sip of Greenpeace solar coffee.

You can also attend the activies below:

9am to 11am Green Café: Clean Energy & The Rainbow Warrior

Early birds get the worm! Start the day with solar coffee

while Climate Campaigner Jasper Inventor lets us in on

Greenpeace's fight for clean & renewable energy.

This will be followed by a special tour of the ship

by Captain Mike Fincken.

Only 50 seats are available! So email us to confirm

a slot for you and one companion.

10:30am onwards Official start of Open Boat Day

11am to 12 noon Simple Lang talk

Learn how conserving electricity can

help save the planet! Discover how simple acts,

when done collectively, can save the climate.

Only 50 seats are available! Email us to confirm

a slot for you and one companion.

12 noon to 1pm Open Boat Day takes a lunch break!

Film showing of various Greenpeace videos

2:30pm to 4pm Color me Green: Kids Activity

20 kids will be getting a short & fun talk about

our planet! This will be followed by a coloring

session and a special tour of the Warrior.

Participants can have their photos taken beside

Dave the dolphin while displaying their artwork.

Each child may have 1 adult companion during the Rainbow Warrior tour. 20 seat available!

the Rainbow Warrior tour. Please email us

to confirm a slot for your child. 20 seats available

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Click to be Counted

This is a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community. Join the 1,068,539 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Greenpeace dumps coal at DENR: calls for cancellation of IloIlo Coal plant

Greenpeace activists dumped half a ton of coal at the entrance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today and unfurled a banner with the message “Atienza, don’t be a climate criminal.” The activists are demanding that Secretary Lito Atienza immediately reject all plans to construct a dangerous coal-fired power plant in Iloilo City.

Read more here.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Sign Up and let your voice be heard!

Make your voice heard.
Sign the petition opposing the construction of the
165 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Iloilo City, Philippines

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Learn a word, donate some rice

Learn Free Vocabulary & Give Free Rice!

For each word you get right, FreeRice donates 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

Check out FREERICE

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