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Friday, December 09, 2005

children of payatas

Got this e-mail from Pam Pastor (, editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer's 2bU! section. It's also posted on her blog, so it's really from her.

I don't want to sound paranoid, but with e-mail hoaxes and people spoofing other people, you have to check.

OK, I admit it, I also texted Pam to make sure it was her :)

Here's Pam's message:

Hello :)

I've never had the desire to spam your inboxes but I believe this is for a good cause.

I am writing to ask for your help.

Recently, I received a letter from Lorenzo Veneracion, a retired judge who has spent the past fifteen years helping the children of Payatas in Quezon City. Aside from assisting them with their education and teaching their families to become more productive, they also put up soup kitchens and have been feeding 1000 children a meal of rice and vegetables every day. They have two centers in Quezon City - the Soup Kitchen and the Lighthouse Center for Children. This NGO (Foundation For Soup Kitchen, Food Bank and Training, Center Inc. and Lighthouse Center for Children Foundation, Inc.) is licensed by the DSWD and is accredited by the Quezon City Government.

They have been reliant on donations from Rustan's Supermarkets - Rustan's has been providing second harvest vegetables, beef bones and baked products. The rice is also donated.

Mr. Veneracion said that he and the other people from his NGO have been trying to get partners and sponsors but they've been unsuccessful so far. They have written to different politicians too but have been ignored.

We at 2bU! want to help the children of Payatas too. We will be releasing a story on the soup kitchens on December 21 in the desire to encourage young readers to do what they can to help these children too. We will be visiting them next week. Before our visit, we would like to collect donations that we could bring with us when we go there.

Several companies have expressed interest in becoming sponsors but I thought you might want to help too.

Believe it or not, the cost of feeding one child per day is only P2.75.

Your donation of P27.50 will be enough to feed 10 children.

Your donation of 275 will be enough to feed 100 children.

Any amount will definitely be appreciated.

Donations in kind will also be a big help. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail sent by Mr. Veneracion.

"We are open to donations in kind, like rice -- if you can solicit rice, and also mongo beans, dried dilis, dried alamang, soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, sayote, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and all kinds of veggies in season, fruits like pineapple, or powdered milk, food flavorings like ginisa mix, chicken cubes, meat cubes and others."

If you'd like to help in any way, please e-mail me or text me at 09179056173.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to other people you think might like to help.

Thanks so much.

Hoping for your favorable response :)

Sincerely Yours,
Pam Pastor

Hope you can also help. Please e-mail or text Pam. It's for a good cause.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

trade chief hails growth of online gaming in RP

Who says gaming is just a fad?

Here's an excerpt from my INQ7 Infotech story on the launch:

STRESSING that online gaming is an important and fast-growing business sector in the Philippines, the head of the country's Department of Trade and Industry welcomed the entry of the first localized massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the free-to-play model.

"Some of our officials in Congress are taking a close look at online gaming, because some of these might be forms of online gambling. But this is not the case here. It is good that IPVG is bringing in this new content and new form of entertainment," Trade Secretary Peter B. Favila said in a brief speech at the official launch of the online game portal on Dec. 6 in Makati City.

Read the full story.

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wireless streams

Here's my INQ7 Infotech @Play column piece for this week:

ONE OF THE great things about managing a gaming news site like hackenslash is that I’m partly earning my living out of playing games. Well, partly because I also edit other sites for, but you know what I mean.

Which is why setting up my gaming network at home is not just for fun, but a serious matter. It also helps you get away with telling your wife that you’re upgrading your PC, purchasing a game console, or buying games because it’s part of your job. Ahem, it also helps to have a wonderful, understanding soul mate like my wife Ellen -- really, honey, I need this stuff for work.

Read the full story.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

making history in mumbai

I killed a lot of birds with one stone while I was in Mumbai from Nov. 24-27.

Here's an excerpt from my hackenslash article that talks about India's first gaming summit and the formal launch of the Indian chapter of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association:

"Last year, when we held the first R.A.G.E. Gaming Awards, it was basically just an exercise to gauge the gaming market," Mihir Shah, managing partner of R.A.G.E., told hackenslash as he recounted why they decided to hold this event. "The reaction to the gaming awards was very positive, so we decided to hold the first gaming expo this year."

This year’s R.A.G.E. Gaming Awards, which was held in the evening of Nov. 25 at the Rang Sharda Auditorium, was a far cry from last year’s humble affair, as it drew hundreds of attendees and luminaries from the Indian gaming industry.

Read the full article.

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