BBC Comes Out With a Long Article About the “AlDub Phenomenon”

More evidence that “AlDub” is making waves internationally — the venerable BBC has just published a lengthy article entitled: ‘AlDub’: A social media phenomenon about love and lip-synching Here’s what it says: It is a surreal and wildly popular show which has smashed global social media records. But few outside the Philippines have even heard

Warriors of Samar

Warriors of Samar is also available via Amazon at this link — but as with Daughters of Samar, we decided to make it available to read online so if you go to Warriors of Samar, you can read it there. It’s the story of the Balangiga Encounter, told exactly as it happened,  and it attempts

Fourth Installment of Frank Kresen’s Biography of John Stewart

Here is the next installment of Frank Kresen’s biography of John Stewart. John Stewart 4th Installment Ch 1 and previous installments if you missed them: Prelude: Flashback and Foreshadow Introduction: “On Becoming a Household Name” — or, “One Amp Short” Johnny They Hardly Knew Ye by Frank Kresen

Eviction Threat Looms For Homeless Haiyan Victims

by Ronald Reyes, Tacloban City, June 10:  Things are piling up, literally, inside the makeshift shelter of Jerico Dulosa, 44, a father of four children in Palo town, Leyte province. “Eighteen months have passed since Haiyan hit us, and we are still like this,” he told ucanews.com, referring to a powerful typhoon that struck the

Video Documentary on Typhoon Haiyan by Anthony Begonia

Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the destruction and relief struggles are no longer dominating headlines — but a filmmaker from Hawai’i is hoping to change that. “Bayanihan: The Spirit of Community” is a documentary film by Antony Begonia which is composed primarily of footage shot by the filmmaker when he went

Only 20% Of Cash Pledged to the Philippines After Yolanda Has Been Received — a Measly $12M

Can these numbers be real?  They don’t seem right.   If this is true it’s very, very disturbing. Rappler and other outlets are reporting that two months after Typhoon Yolanda (International Name Haiyan) ripped through the PHilippines, international promises of aid are failing to materialize, with only 21% of the cash that was promised actually

Eastern Samar Update From the Diocese of Borongan

UPDATE: DIOCESE OF BORONGAN & LAWAAN & nearby Parishes From Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia LAWAAN: For installation at Lawaan Parish Rectory: ONE SET of ICOM RADIO TRANSCEIVER to facilitate communication along the “appendix” towns. (this includes Balangiga) Donation from the Mary Help of Christians National Shrine in Paranaque City through Fr. Chito Dimaranan. DIOCESE OF

Video: A Typhoon Ravaged Family Still Celebrates Christmas

by World Vision Philippines The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world. As early as September 1, you can hear Christmas songs over the radio. People start to put decorations in their houses, commercial and business establishments.  Everyone looks forward to the holiday, but children are the most excited. In the communities where

Remembering Bob Reichenbach, The Friend of a Lifetime (1948-2013)

Yesterday the news came from Nicole Reichenbach that her father and my great and true friend Bob Reichenbach died on December 10th from complications from the stomach cancer he’d been fighting with incredible grace and courage for the last year.  I knew this was coming — but it has come too soon, and too unfairly.

Do the math: P238.6M Typhoon Fund Release will help only 47,000 of the 1,192,093 displaced families

There are times when you really have to pause, think, and DO THE MATH.  This is one such time. The Philippine government on December 11 announced the release of P238.6M ($5.6M) for housing aid for Typhoon Yolanda victims under the  Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) program, saying that this program will provide  P5,000 in housing materials  “for

P239-M in housing aid for Yolanda Victims released

Via Philippine Information Agency. MANILA, Dec. 11 — Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has released P238.6 million to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to support the Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA) to victims of Typhoon Yolanda under the agency’s Emergency Housing Assistance for Calamity Victims Program (EHACVP). The release—sourced from Budgetary

NDRRMC: Typhoon Yolanda destroyed 593,787 houses and damaged 598,306 others

In its situation update for December 10, 2013, the Phiilppine government’s National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) completely destroyed 593,787 houses and damaged another 598,306. The number of affected barangays is now reported as 12,122. Full statistics and information from NDRRMC: Effects *Casualties 5,936 dead 27,022 injured

Video: Romualdez Makes Tearful Accusations Against Roxas, PNoy — and Roxas says he’s “lying”.

The Philppines has been buzzing all day in reaction to testimony given Monday in the Philippine Senate by Tacloban City Mayer Alfredo Romualdez that included tearful accusations that DILG Minister Mars Roxas and President Benigno Aquino had withheld vital support for Tacloban during the worst of the disaster on political grounds — “You’re a Romualdez,