An Open Letter to CNN (just sharing)

I’m not feeling good and need to go home. Was going to shut down this laptop until I read the letter. So I decided to share it before I head for home.

A Filipino executive sent a letter to CNN. He says, “Last night, I listened to a CNN reporter wondering about the absence of night flights in Tacloban, in the context of the government not doing enough to bring in relief goods. It was like listening to newbie executives from Tokyo, London or the USA with no real international experience, yet assuming that their country’s rules and circumstances applied equally to the rest of the world. That was the proverbial last straw: I knew I had to react and call your attention to a few things.”

This is the FILIPINO EXECUTIVE’S LETTER TO CNN’s ANDERSON COOPER.

Komikon for a Cause

komikon-2013-ticket I went to last Saturday’s Komikon again. I felt that there seemed to be less exhibitors and it really should have not come as a surprise, given the recent events in the country. Then again, it was also just probably because there was a considerably noticeable decrease in the number of fans in the morning. The good thing was they swarmed the place yet again by early afternoon. Ah, my faith in my fellow comics fans is restored.

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If this seems crowded enough to you, it doesn’t really do much justice as there were much more people

I really do get where they were in the morning. Due to Super Typhoon Yolanda, many well-meaning groups have put it upon themselves to come up with events ASAP for the benefit of the victims. Last weekend alone, there were several events happening all at the same time, three of which were for fun runs alone. Ergo, people had to see where best or first to go. Personally, whatever they chose would sound just as fine. The real priority were our fellowmen needing our help. Most of the artists whom my friend Sherwin and I got to approach and even talk to were to donate the proceeds to the victims. More or less two weeks before, too, Johnny Danganan and friends already began a fundraising, allowing artists a chance to help more by donating works that were to be auctioned for the benefit of Yolanda victims. It was definitely a big success! Per his report, they were able to raise PhP54,000 in cash then and, as of this writing, PhP44,500 more to collect plus $200. Include as well stuff that people donated in kind. I say, JOB WELL DONE!!!! Well, if you guys missed last Saturday’s Komikon, you have another chance this coming Saturday at The Fort. Meet artists, purchase their comics, and maybe even have a go at bidding for chosen artworks at  “ART WITH A HEART” –  FUND RAISING EVENT AT THE FORT.

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Relief for Super Typhoon Yolanda. For more info, kindly click HERE.

That said, kindly allow me to share some photos in my next post later. And before you get any ideas or react violently, no, this is not a case of being insensitive. This kind of issue I will have to tackle some other day.

Zombie-fied!!!

News are too sad lately so I thought I’d share something fun, just to lighten up the mood a bit.

Well, our company had a Halloween contest. In the past, people who wanted to participate could wear their costumes and the judge, The Big Boss, would decide on who won based on the criteria for that year. This year, things changed. This time, it would be a group effort, a branch vs. branch contest. The requirement was for each branch to come up with a theme and create a three-minute video based on the criteria. Naturally, all branches exceeded the maximum allowed time. Yeah, we are very disciplined and follow rules 😉

Check out our costumes:

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Obviously, we were too few to feature as many plants and zombies, but I still think it worked out well, win or lose 🙂

To state the obvious, our team decided to do a Plants vs. Zombies thing. The girls outnumbered the guys so we (girls) were assigned the zombie roles. Some girls were really just too shy that they declined to participate (it’s not compulsary, but just for fun), and the numbers became even.

Anyway, we each had chosen our zombie and plant. I chose to be DJ Zom-B ’cause he sounded fun to do, I also like hats, he’s got a high toughness rate, and he has nine degrades, kind of like nine lives. Also, I wanted to challenge myself with the costume a bit. I honestly have never in my life played the game yet but I knew about it.

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DJ Zom-B adds a Jake the Adventurer hat to his collection, striking a pose with the requisite peace sign…Sheesh.

For the zombie heads, we got our general idea from a post from the Glamorous Gamer Girls blog. We got empty carton boxes that had been stocked until then, got a general head circumference measurement, drew the mouths, cut out the “insides” of the mouths to leave some teeth, and then paper mached the head masks. We didn’t include the eyes yet so we could paint easier.  The guys were really so nice to help out the girls.

From there, we worked on our own in-between breaks, although sometimes we helped others out. Every girl worked on the eyes the way she wanted to, with some girls simply gluing the balls on the head masks while others cut holes instead to push the eyes in a bit. One thought of putting tissue and painting it around the eyes to cover the gaps. I followed her example and even added eyelids. Why DJ Zom-B’s eyes are kind of misplaced was due to a mistake I made, but I am happy it actually added character (LOL!!!). Why not? Zombies are supposed to be decaying!

I could have done better with the hats but I had to make do with the resources and we were pressed for time. I only made three hats or I would have not been able to move. They were light enough but not so much if you’re wearing a big head mask as well. Have to admit, the top one looked different because I didn’t want to rid of my drawn image of Griever  (the winged lion image from Final Fantasy, found stenciled on Squall Leonhart‘s gunblade) from the cosplay two Christmases ago.

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The DJ Zom-B model

Meanwhile, I did what I could with the whole costume. Did not realize sooner that DJ Zom-B was supposed to be wearing a sleeveless top but I didn’t want to do a lot of body painting (the other girls weren’t going to paint themselves either, I found out later) so I wore a green long-sleeved thing to serve as “bare” arms and painted my white gloves green to serve as hands. I did what I could, too, for the bling-blings.

The guys did well with their totally bad*** plant costumes. They did their own paper maches. Everyone agrees that the Bonk Choy costume was da bonk! I mean, the bomb! Next on my bests list would be the Jalapeno, so cool!

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DJ Zom-B and Swashbuckler Zombie corner Bonk Choy…Uh-oh

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Meet my boyfriend ;D

The plan for the video was a fake trailer for the supposed film version of the game. We had such a hilarious time doing the shoots, then taking “selfies” and photo-bombings in-between takes, as you can see above. That was in the evening. Earlier at lunch, some zombies and plants walked the streets to find brains…er, food.

And now, here is our cute video with something extra at the end. With apologies to Universal Pictures; no copyright infringement intended as the idea was to present a fake movie trailer and there was a need to be authentic-looking enough…ENJOY!!!

THESE CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP

On October 8, 2011, I posted an article about this non-government organization and shared the article I wrote for them. I am saying this to let you know that SOS Children’s Villages Philippines is NOT a bogus NGO, in case anyone doubts immediately. I know they are real and I can vouch for them because I used to work for them. Anyway, I am really posting because this is the best way I can think of to be able to really help them in this time of need. Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) has devastated the SOS Tacloban Village and traumatized the kids.

Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike, kindly send donations either in cash or in kind. The children especially need help. The Village is their family. They have gone through a lot in their young lives already and this is already too much! SOS Children’s Villages Philippines has been giving underprivileged kids homes they can call their own for more than 40 years. I know you might be helping Tacloban already, but I am still appealing for more hearts to send help as well to this Village.

This is their most recent update in Facebook, as of this writing:

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Kindly send donations for the sake of the kids living in the SOS Tacloban Village