UPDATE IV: Splashpress Media is conducting a network-wide fund drive to help the Philippine National Red Cross. We have badges and banners which you can embed into your blogs.
UPDATE III: This video will help give perspective on how ‘Ondoy’ affected the Philippines. Thanks to Carlos Celdran. Here is some information on the International donation efforts.
UPDATE II: Google Philippines has joined the efforts by helping large TV networks contextualize the disaster areas. The link to the team and the maps can be found here. If there are others missing, please contribute to this page.
UPDATE: You can proceed to Philippine Aid for donations and more information about the Ondoy aftermath. So far, the site has raised USD $6,000.00 in donations from the International community. Thank you very much!
Hi, this is Jayvee Fernandez, chief editor of Splashpress Media. As you may have witnessed in mainstream media, the blogs, and Twitter (we are trending), the Philippines (where I’m from) has been hit by the worst flood in recent history because of typhoon ‘Ketsana’ / ‘Ondoy.’ The media has labeled this an epic flood since 1967. One month’s worth of rainfall in the span of 6 hours. It is so epic, it has its own Tumblr account.
As I write this entry from a safe refuge, I cannot say the same for many other citizens and blogger friends who have had their material possessions, including cars, washed away. A detailed account can be read here, courtesy of Manolo Quezon.
The local blogging community has been adamant and vigilant disseminating information about relief centers, hotline numbers, donations and other such efforts through Facebook, Twitter, and our other local social networks (we’re glad that most still have Internet, despite cellular networks conking out). it is during times like these when we realize how powerful social media can be in the absence of conventional networks.
Details on how to help after the jump.
How to help
If you are not from the Philippines and wish to send donations you can do so through the TXTPower PayPal address.
Donations are of course purely voluntary but I feel the need to post this here as it would be against my conscience to sit back and do nothing. Thank you. Your donations, big or small, will be greatly appreciated. If not for the blogs and social media, we would suffer bigger losses.
Jayvee Fernandez has done his rounds in blog postings. He served as Technology Channel Editor for b5Media Inc and has founded the leading blog advertising and word of mouth network called BlogBank in the Philippines. And now, he's gone full circle, landing back with The Blog Herald, the resource that gave him his first blogging job in 2005.