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In the Aftermath of the Typhoon…

A family in San Mateo, Rizal flees their flooded home (Photo for the Philippine Daily Inquirer by Romy Homilla)
A family in San Mateo, Rizal flees their flooded home (Photo for the Philippine Daily Inquirer by Romy Homilla)

SybDive is pausing a bit on food blogging to give way to this serious shout-out for assistance.

25% of Metropolitan Manila is still underwater as of now (7:11 PM, Manila time) due to the heaviest downpour we have experienced in nearly forty years.  Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) dumped about six months’ worth of rain on us within six hours, putting the country’s capital and 23 other provinces under a state of calamity.

According to the most recent bulletin on the Philippine Daily Inquirer website, over 300,000 people have been displaced by massive flooding in various areas of the city.  52 people have been confirmed dead, including five heroic servicemen who drowned whilst rescuing people in the province of Laguna.

Please help the families currently holed up in evacuation centers or, God forbid, are still awaiting rescue by sending donations in cash and kind.  Please get in touch with any of the following:

  1. Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
  2. Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922, +632-6347824)
  3. Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.
  4. ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)
  5. Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968
  6. GMA Kapuso Helpline: (+632-9811950-59)



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

2 thoughts on “In the Aftermath of the Typhoon…

  1. it was really depressing to see pictures of typhoon victims. we have donated old clothes and will give more next week. my family & i join everyone in praying for everybody’s safety.

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