Cagayan and Iligan

When I was very young, my uncle, who was single then, would always drop by our home every time his vessel docked, bringing several packs of Iligan peanuts. I never grew up loving peanuts, but those were simply divine. I could devour them for hours. They’re neither so salty nor too toasted–just perfect for any palate, even for young kids like me.

Cagayan de Oro is another story. In my last office work, a lot of my colleagues were from CDO. Mind you, they’re fun people to be with. When I was heartbroken, they were some of my best companions. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over it so easily if it weren’t for them.

CDO also reminds me of Chiq, one of the pioneers of Cagayan de Oro Bloggers. I met her around two years ago, along with Ria from Davao,  when we all participated in a journalism seminar sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. We only spent around two days together, but I guess you could never instantly forget someone who makes you feel so at ease.

These two beautiful places, with equally lovely people and heritage, however, are currently in a very serious condition. Sendong took away not only their livelihood, homes, cars, roads, electricity, and water, but also countless lives.  Many are getting sick, growing weaker for lack of proper food and water, and battling depression and trauma.

These two cities, their people, need us right now.

I hope you can all take the time to help in any way you can. You can follow the links below:

One for Iligan

Help CDO

Philippine Red Cross

Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan

From PEP:

Gawad Kalinga‘s “Operation Walang Iwanan in Mindanao” (cash donations)
Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account  # 3101 0977
56 BPI EDSA Greenhills at Gawad Kalinga

US$ Savings Account  # 3104 0162 34
BPI EDSA Greenhills

Swift code: BOPIPHMM

ABS-CBN Foundation Sagip Kapamilya (cash donation)

BDO Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 39301-14199
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

PNB Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 419-539-5000-13
Swift Code: PNBMPHMMBPI

Peso Account
Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya
Account Number: 3051-1127-75 (West Triangle, Quezon City)
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

GMA Kapuso Foundation

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

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

News5 Aksyon Center (cash donation)

BDO Peso Account
Account name: TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
Account No. 005310-410164

BPI Peso Account
Account name: TV5 Kapatid Foundation Inc.
Account No. 1443-05333-2

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