This is just heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring. This is what people faced in the Philippines. And this is what millions who have family members in flimsy seaside homes had going through their mind for three days last weekend as we waited to hear from missing relatives.
Filipino culture prides itself on the spirit of “tulong tulong tayo” and “bayanihan” — references to helping one another in times of need. And so it is particularly painful to hear reports of looting in that culture — yet as a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer reveals, the “mobs” in Guiuan on Monday morning […]
Anyone who thinks that the worst is over in the Philippines just isn’t paying attention. Ten days in, there are dozes if not hundreds of communities that have received no aid. For others, a trickle of food aid is starting to get in, initially from private donations. Rommel Llevado, a resident of Guinob-an, a coastal […]
There were a number of maps attempting to show Typhoon Haiyan overlaid on the United States. But this one goes a step further and overlays the Phiiippines and Typhoon Haiyan. So …. America — hello! Do you now begin to get a sense for how the size of the Philippines?
Honestly, most Americans I talk […]
Visit Bangonph.com for more of these. Meawhile we will post them here and share. This is an effort to share urgent needs of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims so that those who may be able to do something will now the needs, and how to contact those requesting. We will update this periodically and coordinate with […]
Reuters has published a report that includes a captioned slideshow showing delivery of AID by US Military to Balangiga, Eastern Samar. There is no mention of delivery to any of the adjoining coastal towns of Eastern Samar. No reports yet of US military delivering aid to Lawaan, which is adjacent to Balangiga (and is our […]
Google has put out an interactive map of aid and recovery efforts in the Philippines. This is an excellent tool for understanding where the aid is going, and what the scope of the problem is.
Here it is, embedded — so all interactive features are live.
Now … sad news for us … here […]
Gary Neely is my cousin-in-law — the husband of Rena’s cousin, Rose Sagales. He and I both share a similar affliction, which is great affection and respect for the Philippines and Filipinos — based in no small part on our superwives, who like all overseas Filipinos are a major provider for the whole family […]
NBC News in the US is reporting this story like it is extraordinary. My take on it is that it is very ordinary — and all the more meaningful because of that. It’s the story of a woman from Luzon who, after not hearing anything for three days, took a van and drove it through […]
Satire Via the Adobo Chronicles (think “Borowitz Report”, Pinoy style)
ANDERSON COOPER APPOINTED U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE PHILIPPINES
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama has nominated CNN’s Anderson Cooper to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. The White House announcement on the nomination came on the heels of Cooper’s live reporting […]
Here’s a very cool pic being circulated on Facebook. It’s been shared 15,225 times so far. You know — America doesn’t get too many pats on the back these days. Can’t really remember the last one. Throughout this whole ordeal my “Filipino side” has had the helm of my little boat, but for a moment, […]
Our friends at Ocean Adventure Marine Park and Camayan Beach Resort in Subic Bay Freeport have just launched a relief effort directed at Maslog, one of the coastal barangays of Lawaan, Eastern Samar. (Maslog is one coastal barangay — Guinob-an, our hometown, is another of the coastal barangays of Lawaan.) We’re hoping […]
The AFP Central Command has posted the following letter from Central Command Commander Lt. Gen Roy Deveraturda to his foreign military counterparts from the US and elsewhere. Nice of the AFP to do this — a well meant and well-taken acknoweldgment of the international effort.
The Philippine government has published a relief route map designed to provide information to those attempting to get relief goods to the areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Aside from being useful information for those attempting to get aid in — this also helps those outside the Philppines get a sense of the huge […]
The following story is making the rounds on Facebook and I wanted to share it here. Usually when someone introduces something by saying “this will make you cry” — it’s a surefire recipe for it to not make that happen. Perhaps I become self-conscious, or overthink it. But this one got introduced that way, and […]
From CNN iReport:
CNN PRODUCER NOTE KA1AAA has been a ham radio operator for 35 years and works with GEM, an organization of amateur radio operators who provide emergency communications during disasters. If you are looking for someone in the Philippines, you can provide your information for broadcast through GEM as well as sharing […]
Former US Foreign Service Officer Curt Perry, who is now retired and living in the Philippines where he pilots a vintage 1958 AC 500, flew down from Subic, Zambales to Guiuan, Eastern Samar today on a multi-purpose mission, a by-product of which is that he got good first-hand impressions of the situation on the Guiuan […]
We are supporting micro-relief projects initiated by our kababayans and friends. One Heart, One Aid by Benj Tiapson Montes will raise $2,850 if successful. Here is Benj’s description:
One Heart, One Aid: How I Was Compelled To Start This Campaign
Before midnight of the 11th of October, Typhoon Santi brought its wrath down […]
Just posted — a “We are the World” type song by written by Armand TJ and performed by Filipino teens from the devastated areas of the Visayas. Only 6,000 views now as I post it. I truly hope that we can all get together and make it go viral. It’s beautiful …..and a tiny bit […]
FYI for anyone not aware — Eastern Samar is our province. MDS
MANILA, Philippines – Tacloban and other parts of Leyte were not the only places severely hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
“Eastern Samar is gone,” Rep. Ben Evardone of the province lamented yesterday as he sought emergency assistance for his […]
by Geraldine Uy-Wong via PhilHeadlines
Anderson Cooper, I also saw what you saw.
Mr. Anderson Cooper, I want to thank you for reporting on the miserable conditions that you saw when you covered the Tacloban calamity scene five days after the typhoon. Your report came out on Tuesday, the same day that I was herding […]
I came across this post on Facebook and couldn’t stop looking at the picture. The elements are just somehow connected in such a way as to say it all … the mother, the daughter being held so close, the statue, the faces covered to protect from the stench of death, the dog . . .the […]
This video remix of We Are the World for the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is gaining soe viral traction — closing in on a million views. Thank you to Kevin Ayson for doing this …. a great idea and a great way of sharing the need and motivating people. And by […]
As a member of a mixed American-Filipino family with family members in the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster zone, I was thrilled and relieved to learn on Tuesday that Andersoon Cooper had gone to the Philippines. His excellent record as a disaster reporter after Katrina, Haiti, and the Japanese Tsunami gave me hope that his presence […]
via Samar Update on Facebook
Update from Immaculate conception clinic and hospital (3:59pm/ 11/15/13)
1. Back-up generator with diesel
2. Syringe 1cc, 5cc, 3cc
3. abbocath gauze 22, 24
4. Foley catheter
5. Pick-up gloves – size 6 1/2 and 7
7. BP apparatus
We just interviewed Rommel Llevado who is on the road from Catbalogan to Basey and came out on the same route yesterday. He reports that there is a substantial military present in Basey and other towns along the coast in both directions, and some patrols. This is his second trip back and forth on the […]
Yesterday –or was it the day before — I woke up to President PNoy saying noooo, all those estimates of 10k dead are exaggerated, it’s really around 2,300 to 2,500. And I thought — why is he saying that? How does he know? And what possible good does it do to minimize the death toll?
For those who may have missed it, my wife Lorena Llevado Sellers is from Guinoban in the municipality of Lawaan, Eastern Samar. Her town was devastated, like all the other coastal towns of Eastern Samar and much of the Visayas. She has managed to get a shipment of rice and medicine through to her family […]
First, the highlight’s from Anderson Cooper’s report today from Tacloban:
With help from US Marines, Tacloban Airport is up and runing on a 24 hour basis and last night for the first time airplanes were able to land during the night and offload aid. We have seen an uptick in Aid along the side of […]
The National Union of Journalists (NUJP) is reporting that 11 journalists are either confirmed dead or missing in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Four of the confirmed fatalities are:
Archia Globio – DyBR-Tacloban reporter
Malou Realino – DyBR-Tacloban reporter
Allan Medina – dyVL Aksyon Radyo Tacloban
Ronald Vinas – dyVL […]
Year of the Spy Book Trailer
Above is the Year of the Spy Book Trailer — for my upcoming non-fiction book about espionage upheavals on the streets of Moscow in 1985.
Below is a “trailer” showcasing the writing and video services I provide to clients.
Michael Sellers — Writing and Video Services
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