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It was last December 17, 2011 that the city of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan was devastated by typhoon Sendong. Many households in the flood-ravaged cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan are grieving. There will be no fireworks, not even firecrackers there. Instead, candles will be lit in houses where power has yet to be restored, and in funeral wakes.

According to the news that the death toll of Sendong reaches 3,000 people already.

 

Let us all pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.

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http://www.redcross.org.ph/ 

http://www.sendongrelief.org/

Sagik Kapamilya ABS-CBN

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Sagip Kapamilya accepts donations in cash or in-kind.For donations in kind, you can drop them off at:

ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse #137 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City

WarehouseFor cash or cheque donations, you may go to:

ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc.

Mother Ignacia Avenue corner E. Lopez St. Brgy. South Triangle, QC

Office tel. no: +632-411-4995 or +632-415-2272 loc 3765or deposit to:

Peso Account:

Bank Name: Banco De Oro

Bank Account No.: 393-011-4199

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

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Bank Account No.: 393-008-1622

Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya

Branch: Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

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Kapuso Foundation

Material donations may be delivered to the GMA Kapuso Foundation office Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Aside from old clothes, food items and medicines, we also accept hygiene products, mats, blankets, medical equipments, toys as well as other things that are helpful to our beneficiaries.

For monetary donations, the Foundation accepts cash or checks. Our finance officer can personally accept these in our office, from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or you may course your donations through the following:

METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST COMPANY (METROBANK)

Peso Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:3-098-51034-7

Dollar Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:2-098-00244-2

Code:MBTC PH MM

UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK (UCPB)

Peso Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:115-184777-2

:160-111277-7

Dollar Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:01-115-301177-9

:01-160-300427-6

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Donation are also accepted in the following banks:

BANCO DE ORO (BDO)

Peso Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:469-0022189

Dollar Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:469-0072135

Code: BNORPHMM

PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK (PNB)

Peso Savings

Account Name :GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Numbe:121-003200017

Dollar Savings

Account Name:GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Account Number:121-003200025

Code:PNB MPH MM

If you are abroad, you can also give help by sending a donation through Paypal or credit card, just a dollar will do, send it to my Paypal account, and let me send the amount to the above foundation. Please help them…. They really…really need help. Its Christmas and New Year… please have a time to share your blessings.

Read more: Please Help Typhoon Sendong Victims Need Help Pls..

To all the Donors, we would like to thank you for your benevolent hearts. We hope that the Almighty Father will bless you more.

Japan’s latest bullet train, the thin-nosed “Hayabusa” or Falcon, made its 300 kilometre per hour (186 mph) debut, boasting a luxury carriage modelled on airline business class.

Japan has built up a network of cutting-edge Shinkansen train lines since the 1960s that criss-cross the island nation and now hopes to sell the infrastructure technology abroad, including to the United States.

The latest ultra-fast tech-marvel will make two trips a day from Tokyo to Aomori, a scenic rural backwater on the northern tip of the main Honshu island that has until now been off Japan’s bullet train map. It will also make one more trip a day to Sendai, located between Tokyo and Aomori.

Mutsutake Otsuka, chairman of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East), stressed the engineering sophistication of the new ride.

“To the best of our ability, we will strive to improve Hayabusa’s passenger comfort, safety and environmental friendliness, not just its speed,” he told hundreds of people who came to Tokyo station to see the futuristic train.

The mood at the launch was dampened slightly by a seven minute delay to the first service after a passenger fell from the platform at Tokyo station, where more than 1,000 train hobbyists rushed to take pictures.

The train was not moving at the time, and the man climbed back up to the platform unaided.

The green-and-silver E5 series Hayabusa travels at up to 300 kilometres per hour to make the 675 kilometre trip to Aomori in three hours and 10 minutes. From next year, it will push its top speed to 320 kilometres per hour to become Japan’s fastest train.

Passengers will glide quietly along the straight stretches and tunnels that cut through Japan’s mountainous countryside, said JR East, which has heavily promoted the launch of the new service.

Those willing to pay 26,360 yen ($320) for a one-way trip can enjoy the comfort of a ‘GranClass’ car, where a cabin attendant will serve them drinks and food in their deeply reclining leather seats on thick woollen carpets.

To promote the service, the train company has also heavily advertised Aomori as a tourist destination, praising its landscape, seafood and winter snow.

Japan’s ultra-fast, frequent and punctual bullet trains have made them the preferred choice for many travellers, rather than flying or road travel, ever since the first Shinkansen was launched in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

But as Japan, and its railway companies, struggle with a fast-greying and shrinking population and falling domestic demand, the government and industry are aggressively seeking to promote the bullet trains abroad.

Japan has in the past sold Shinkansen technology to Taiwan and hopes to capture other overseas markets, such as Brazil and Vietnam, but faces stiff competition from train manufacturers in China, France and Germany.

The biggest prize is a future high-speed US rail network that President Barack Obama has promoted, to be backed by 13 billion dollars in public funding.

California’s then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was treated to an early test ride on the Hayabusa when he visited Japan in September.

Japan says its trains boast a strong safety record: despite running in an earthquake-prone country, no passenger has ever died due to a Shinkansen derailment or collision — although people have committed suicide by jumping in front of the trains.

Japan has also been developing a magnetic levitation or maglev train that, its operator says, reached a world record speed of 581 kilometres per hour in 2003 on a test track near Mount Fuji in Tsuru, west of Tokyo.

The plan is to launch maglev services between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya by 2027. By 2045 they are expected to link Tokyo with the main western city of Osaka in just one hour and seven minutes, compared with the current two hours 25.

SM at Consolacion, Cebu

Posted: November 25, 2010 in NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

 

 

(SUNDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2010 09:55 WILFREDO RODOLFO III / REPORTER)

SM Prime Holdings said it is looking at building a fourth mall in Cebu shortfly after unveiling plans for its second and third complexes in the central Philippine island.
Hans Sy, president of SM Prime, unveiled on Friday in Cebu the plans for its second mall—a two-floor, 50,000-square-meter complex in Consolacion just north of the city. The facility is set for completion in 2011.
The company also committed to show plans for a much bigger mall, this time at the South Road Properties (SRP) by November. The company eyes to finish the complex by 2012.
“We feel Cebu is long overdue for these. We do not want to be limited to just expanding [the SM City Cebu]. We need to build a couple more,” Sy told reporters on Friday. “It will be good to open one [mall] every year.”
The Consolacion mall will be developed from an existing structure sitting on a 5-hectare property just north of the town central. It will have 40,000 sq m of leasable space, 600 parking slots, a department store, a supermarket and four cinemas.
SM Prime has allocated P800 million for the development.
Sy said the Consolacion mall will incorporate the new look of the company’s malls which will feature more sky-lighting, a newer design and an “upscale open market look.” “I feel we should have done this much, much earlier,” Sy said. The SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. just opened two weeks ago its Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, a 300-room upper upscale business hotel located just beside the SM City Cebu—and the first of the Blu brand of the Carlson hotel group in Asia Pacific.
SM is planning a P20-billion development over a 30-hectare section of the 240-hectare SRP. The group purchased the property from the Cebu City government for P3.027 billion.
Sy earlier said construction work of the 250,000-sq-m mall should start first, followed by several medium-rise buildings. He earlier said they are planning to build a high-rise condominium and at least two hotel towers.
Completed in 2001, the SRP has been built through a loan obtained by the city government with the Japan Bank of International Cooperation. The loan amortizations run up to 2020.

 

 

 

It is almost one year that the family victims of this cruel massacre is searching for peace and justice. Innocent civilians are silent mesmerizing the fact but sad events that was part of the country’s history. Where is justice now? Where is the what they called “democracy”?

When that massacre happens people in Maguindanao and other part of the country was alarmed, shock, angry and some are scared. It was a scary incident where media man, politicians, and innocent civilians are the victims of that unscrupulous massacre. After that massacre photos of the victims were exploit in the Internet and was mailed through my email and found out how brutal people were slain at that time.

I know that the victim’s family has a mournful Christmas after the incident. I know they are in trauma and tried to fight the pain that they are suffering but still the scar remains. If that would be happen to the suspects family what they will do? Another rido? What if all of the victims are their relatives can they put smile in every hour or they will put grudge in their heart?

This is another shameful story that embarks the history of our country. Still the word massacre lingers into my mind and was tag in the name of Maguindanao. Innocent civilians are still mute, blind, and deaf of what had happen in there area but I know that they wanted to reach out. This is not the first massacre that had happen in Maguindanao this is one in a hundreds of massacre in Mindanao.

It is really ridiculous still the justice is slow in progress. The evidence is there, the suspect was arrested, and the entire witnesses are there but still the massacre was full of mystery. Justice in this country will walk like a turtle. Let us just close our eyes that we hope one day all of the victims will rest in peace and the authorities who hold the case may enlighten their mind and be guided of what they are doing. This is another lesson to learn.