Victims of Typhoon Sendong (Washi) from Mindanao Needs our Help

I had a very busy weekend. I performed in the choir during our Church’s Year-end Thanksgiving Worship Services. I accompanied my daughter in her school. While I was waiting for my her, I overheard some mommies talking about the damage that Typhoon Sendong (international code name Washi) has brought to Mindanao. They mentioned about the Ondoy-like flash floods. I confirmed the news when I tuned in to TV Patrol Weekend on Saturday night. There were more than 600 dead bodies and almost a thousand missing.  As of the latest news, death toll is more than 900. Many of our kababayans lost their homes and properties, and their loved ones. In times like this, they really need our help, whether in cash or in kind. 
Our blogger community called Pinay Mommies Community is rallying for donations to help the victims and their families. We also have fellow bloggers from Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City who were affected with the devastating flash flood. This morning, I sent a small amount via PayPal.
If you want to share some of your blessing to the victims, your can send your cash donations to a legitimate charity which was created by Pinay Mommies Community through Paypal email You can also send your donations to any of the following: 
  1. Circle Productions, Inc. – is accepting donations in cash or in kind for the flood victims of Cagayan de Oro City. The drop off point is at Max’s Restaurant in Limketkai Mall. Lood for Francis. 
  2. Xavier University Relief Center Relief Operation – Asks and accepts donations in Cash, Food, Bottled Waters, Clean Clothes and other useful items. You can drop it at: Xavier University – Kristohanang Katilingban sa Pagkabana Social Involvement Office (XU-KKP-SIO).  For Cash and Cheque Donations: Xavier University – BPI Divisoria Branch Account Number: 9331-0133-63. 
  3. Donate Via SMS – Text Red Amount to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
  4. Any Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop (Nationwide) also accepts Cash Donations
  5. Manila Donation Center:  NN-SuperFerry corporate tickets outlets in Robinsons Ermita, Araneta Center Cubao, Victory Mall Caloocan, Peir 15, Pier 2, NN-ATS Center at Pier 2
  6. Other Donations Centers/Account:

          Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:

           – Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (Account Name/Payee)
           – Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
           – BPI Peso Checking Account Number -3081-1111-61
           – BPI Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12
   7. Thru Caggan De Oro (CDO) Bloggers: Paypal donations are now accepted Paypal email: Proceeds will be donated to XU- Cagayan de Oro where member of CDO Bloggers is planning to volunteer. 
     8. SMART Libre Tawag, Internet and Cellphone Charging at the PhilCom Office, Max Suniel St., Carmen (right besid ACSAT Gym), CDO
       9. In Cagayan de Oro: City Central School. DSWD – Cagayan de Oro needs volunteers to re-pack and deliver relief goods. Contact 0906-6150095. Xavier University has also set up a central command for relief at the Aggie Satellite Canteen, next to XU Gymnasium. Donations – food, clothing, beddings, water and other useful items. 
     10. In Iligan: MSU-IIT Iligan City National High School. More info for Iligan help: One for Iligan
Rainsoft in NHA highway (beside Mazda) is giving free Nawasa water. 

The Pinay Mommies Community (PMC) Grand Eyeball 2

Pinay Mommies Community (PMC) is a continuously growing community of Filipina moms who share one passion which is blogging. PMC started last January 21, 2008 as a blog post by its founder Ruby aka Pinay Mommy Online, then a domain and directory of its members were setup.A forum was also created but rendered obsolete with the advent of social networking sites, such as Facebook. 
PMC hold its first ever grand eyeball (GEB) last April. Some of the moms I know were present at the event. When I saw there photos on Facebook I told them that I really want to be part of the community. That was the time when Mommy Ruby added me to the PMC Group Page. Since then I became more active in the members interaction via Facebook. I am truly grateful to be part of PMC  because  of the many tips on blogging and online money-making opportunities from the members. PMC inspired me to take my blogging career to a higher level, that’s why for the longest time of dreaming of having my own domain, I finally bought one last May 2011. The blog entitled About Makati City is a travel and info blog which I considered as my gift to myself during my birthday last May. 🙂 
After months of planning and organizing, the 2nd Grand EB of PMC was successfully conducted last November 22, 2011 at Aling Tonya’s Seafood Restaurant, D. Macapagal Avenue Pasay City.

The invitation

A total of 48 mommies participated. Some came together with their husbands and kids. Some endured long hours of travel from North and South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Three moms came all the way from US, Canda and Germany. The function room was filled with endless fun and laughter throughout the program.

The event was hosted by the wacky duo, Ning (Shygirlsown) and Cielo (Brownpinay)

Our lunch buffet…lots of sea foods, yay!

The opening prayer was led by Arlene while the welcome remarks was delivered by Divine. After that, Mommy Ruby shared the short history of the Pinay Mommies Community. The event sponsors also gave short messages.

During the second part of the program, our founder Ruby Ricafrente talked about PMC and its Vision. She introduced the future endeavors of the community which include charity works as well as the launching of PR Moms Network. 

The room was transformed into the a Mini-Divisoria during the raffle and exchange of tokens. Every mom has more than two bags of goodies containing loot bags, raffle prizes and of course, tokens. Here’s what I got!

I also got a Php500 discount courtesy of KrazyPix Photobooth. owned by Iris of Pinayads.

Group Picture!

I’d like to thank Ruby and Pehpot together with the committees for all their efforts in making this event a sure success. Likewise, thumbs up to all our sponsors, too!

Major Sponsors:

Minor Sponsors:

Being a mom with two kids (5 and 1 y.o) makes me more conscious about the safety of products I am buying Smart Steps  is a new brand that offers affordable and safe baby products. I got this loot bag which contains Baby Fabric Conditioner, Bottle Cleanser, Disposable Toilet Seat Cover and Toilet Sanitizer Spray.

I am a fan of Unilab Products that why I am so thankful for this big, 500ml Ascorbic Acid Ceelin for my daughter. Plus… she’s so happy with the Tumbler, pencil and pencil case, too. The bag also contains Dolan, which I also use when fever and body pains attacks my little girl.   Aside from that there were about 10 capsules of Multivitamins Enervon (for me), Rashfree for diaper rash and Loperamide Diatabs.

T-shirt and Krispy Creme Donuts from Geiser Maclang, Cleaning essentials from Scotch Brite, P&G products, Ajinomoto products also filled my ecobag.

Again, thanks to all who made PMC 2nd GEB as one of the most treasured event in my entire blogging career!

Thanks Mauie and Eidhra for the photos.