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PRworks list of CDO journalists affected by Sendong

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Houses totally washed out:

1. Cong Corrales – Mindanews, Gold Star Daily, TV 5, and Reuters

2. Joe Felicilda – Mindanao Daily Balita

3. John Paul Barsopia – Newsline Mindanao

4. Henry Lasola – GMA 7 CDO

5. Aping Bergacio – Reuters

First floor of houses totally inundated:

1. Erwin Mascariñas – Associated Press

2. Jigger J. Jerusalem – Gold Star Daily, Phil Star

3. Mike Baños – Business Week Mindanao

4. Joe Palabao – Business Week Mindanao

5. Joe Pantoja – Business Week Mindanao

6. Gerry Gorit – Business Week Mindanao

7. Bingo Alcordo – Gold Star Daily

8. Nicole Managbanag – Sun.Star CDO

9. John Michael Bustamante – dxJR Radyo Higala

10. Ditas Gualberto – dxIM Radyo ng Bayan

11. Andrew Jularbal – dxIM Radyo ng Bayan

Houses filled from knee to waist with water:

1. Terry Betonio – Sun.Star CDO

2. Stefanie Berganio – Sun.Star CDO

3. Annabelle Ricalde – Sun.Star CDO

4. Jennifer Besere – Sun.Star CDO

5. Lynde Salgados – Sun.Star CDO

6. Butch Enerio – Business Mirror

7. Candy Macabale – Newsline Mindanao

8. Abigail Malalis – Newsline Mindanao

9. Ronald Jagonal – dxIM Radyo ng Bayan

10. Ric Occiones – dxCO, Oro Gazette


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Sendong survivors refuse to become ‘victims’

Relief goods gathered at Balay Mindanaw

THE brief trip to Cagayan de Oro City turned out to be more than just the distribution of relief goods to what we in Cebu City and the rest of the country refer as victims of typhoon Sendong (Washi).

Doris Mongaya, managing director PRworks Inc., and Karlo Mikhail Mongaya, Panay coordinator for the Kabataan Party List, met people who though struck by the destructive typhoon too were in the thick of helping others.

Balay Mindanao was buzzing with activity being one of the NGO relief hub in Cagayan de Oro or CDO when Doris and Karlo arrived last December 27, 2011.

In his Balay Mindanaw Relief Operations Report No. 11 December 29, 2011 posted in Facebook, Kaloy Manlupig said: “We refuse to be victims. We are resources. We continue our modest efforts to respond to the needs identified in the community centers which have shifted to non-food items since there is already enough supply of food items that will last until the end of the year. Yesterday, we were able to serve a total of 366 families (or 1,830 individual) in two community centers (Canitoan and Bonbon).”

Only much later did Doris and Karlo learned that a number of Balay Mindanao staff members were also hit  by the flood that wrought Sendong’s wrath. These staff members were among the 1,500 people whose houses were either damaged or washed away by the huge flood.

Doris and Karlo, nevertheless, primarily went to CDO to distribute assistance of another set of courageous and selfless souls who refused to become victims — members of the CDO media that included an editor-in-chief of a local daily, correspondents of Manila-based newspapers and wire agencies, radio and television reporters. In fact, Doris said, six of them saw their houses totally washed away at the height of typhoon Sendong while another found two siblings dead after successfully saving their mother.

(For the complete PRworks list of affect CDO journalists, click this link)

Nevertheless, they refused to be tied up as victims. They continued going about their duty of reporting while at the same time networking with benefactors for assistance, not for themselves, but for all members of media who were affected by the flood.

Thanks to Kaloy who is a long-time friend, Doris set up her base for coordinating with CDO media leaders in distributing assistance (some cash, clothing, and gallons of bottled water from GT Cosmetics, San Remigio Beach Club, family and friends) she brought from Cebu for some 27 CDO journalists who were also flood survivors.

Many thanks too to Charo Logarta-Lagamon of Globe Telecom who selflessly provided Doris and Karlo not only with her own vehicle but also her time driving them around as they reached out to these journalists who refused to become victims. Charo, who took charge of the Globe Telecom team helping Sendong survivors without much fanfare, added several dozens of t-shirts and blankets for the CDO media survivors.

Aside from assistance in cash and in kind, noteworthy is Globe Telecom’s Libreng Tawag program that afforded free calls to all networks and free Internet. The thousands hit by the flood definitely needed free means of communicating with family, relatives, and friends.

More than the assistance however, the attitude shown by local folk in standing up to help each other rise up makes us optimistic that Cagayan de Oro will rise up in no time.

Photos taken by Karlo Mikhail:

Television News Footage of the Globe Telecom Libreng Tawag ug Internet Service:

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Helping Sendong survivors this Christmas

Celebrating Christmas means sharing our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers not just for our loved ones and friends. Celebrating Christmas is giving to those who need our love, the blessings we received this year, and our prayers most.

This Christmas season, those who need these most are not only our poor neighbors. They include the thousands affected and who survived the wrath of typhoon Sendong (Washi) in southern Philippines.

It is heartwarming to know that Filipinos have responded overwhelmingly to calls for help and prayers. The tragedy that killed over a thousand and rendered homeless thousands more has brought out the best in us as a people.

Here in Cebu, reporters belonging to the Cebu Federation of Beat Reporters (CFBJ) used Christmas parties to raise funds for Sendong victims. CFBJ President Elias Baquero said two Cebu reporters — who will cover Gov. Gwen Garcia’s trip to Cagayan de Oro next week — plan to personally turnover the funds to their media counterparts.

PRworks Inc., in our little way to help, is now gathering aid from friends and clients to address the particular needs of journalists and bloggers affected by typhoon Sendong. (Please read related story)

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Mediamen, bloggers among Sendong victims

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TWENTY-FIVE media practitioners and bloggers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities were among the victims of flash floods wrought by Typhoon ‘Sendong’ over the weekend.

Two of them, unfortunately, lost their lives as the violent flood swept their homes in Iligan. They were Michel Kundiman of dxRJ and Leonisid Alsonado of dxIC-RMN.

The media people affected by the tropical storm are:

 English: Political map of Northern Mindanao Re...Bloggers who were likewise victimized by the flash flood in Cagayan de Oro are Michael Abonitalla, BabyJane Lacaba, Eleanor Aguilar, Rob Bana, and Vic Madriaga.
PRWorks Vis-Min is calling on fellow media practitioners and charitable individuals and corporations for donations to help these affected journalists and their families get back on their feet and start living afresh.
Donations will be received at the PRWorks office right across the USC Main gym along Sanciangko st. until Monday, Dec. 26. Please coordinate with Doris (09167369463) or Mafe (09173829016) at 416-7159; or email or

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250 bloggers joined the Visayas Blogging Summit 2011

Cebu City Mike Rama and Ms. GT Cosmetics Charlyn Noble Macaraeg pose with Miss Earth candidates Miss England, Estonia, Guatemala, and Guam.


The Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. (CBSi) successfully conducted 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011, the biggest social media gathering of some 250 bloggers across the Visayas region last November 26 at SM City Cebu.

CBSi has clinched partnerships with SM City CebuRamon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.PR Works, and GeiserMaclang in staging the summit.

CBSi has also secured support of VirtualStaffFinder.comWatsons,International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (IPI),, Bluewater ResortsTibiao Fish SpaCrimson Resort and SpaHero Hungarian Sausage,Coffee DreamBos CoffeeHarolds,HoneyCombFC.comNokiaGlobe, GT CosmeticsCebu Daily NewsThe FreemanSunstar Cebu, Panay NewsABS-CBNGMATV 5,GeohMediaBrennAlmario.comJunixBlog.comHome Radio,Monster Radio and Y101, for the event.

CBSi also gathered the support of various blogging groups and professional organizations to the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit, including Cagayan de Oro Bloggers Inc., Davao Bloggers, Iligan Bloggers Society, Iloilo Bloggers, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Manila Bloggers Network, Mindanao Bloggers, and Negros Bloggers.

With the theme, “Blogging and Beyond”, the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit featured reputable speakers in the field of social media.

The event’s keynote speaker was Chris Ducker, founder of Live2Sell Group, a business process outsourcing firm working with clients around the world. He talked about a professional blogging titled From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!

Other speakers included Janette Toral, author of several books and research reports on social media and the Internet, who talked about social media responsibility; Joanne Apat, director of Online Marketing & eBusiness Consulting at Gwion Limited Hong Kong  Tim Bennet of Argon Management, Brad Geiser of GeiserMaclang, and Max Limpag of Sun Star Cebu and bloggers Vernon Joseph Go and Evanjohnn Mendoza talked about personal blogging.

Kabataan Party List Rep. Raymond Palatino, a blogger since 2004 and the South Asia editor of Global Voices, broadened the discussion to a global advocacy perspective while Gina Lopez of the ABS-CBN Foundation pushed the advocacy against mining in Palawan.

The Visayas Blogging Summit, which was first organized by the Iloilo Bloggers in Iloilo City, is a gathering of bloggers in the Visayas to talk on issues and concerns related to blogging and discuss how to further make blogging an effective tool for community development.

This year, the Visayas Blogging Summit highlighted the value of blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging community participation.

For more information on the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit, or to register, please visit

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Blogger-congressman to grace Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 in Cebu

KABATAAN Party List Congressman Raymond V. Palatino has accepted the invitation to speak during the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit billed as the biggest gathering of bloggers in the Visayas on November 26, 2011 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall in Cebu City.

Palatino, who describes himself as a Filipino activist and a blogger since 2004, has been instrumental in passing pro-youth legislation at the House of Representatives like the bill against the “No Permit, No Exam” school policy.

Aside from his blog mongpalatino and his work as a member of the Philippine Congress, Palatino is also the regional editor for Southeast Asia of Global Voices.

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Global Voices is a community of more than 500 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

As Global Voices regional editor, he is thus an authority on citizen media and advocacy blogging not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia.

Hosted and organized by Cebu Bloggers Society, the summit theme is: “Quality Online Publishing For Personal, Business, Government“
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will open the summit that also features the following speakers:
Vernon Joseph ‘Iggy’ Go ( on “Getting steady with blogging”;
Chris C. Ducker on ( “From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!”;
Ms. Joanne Apat ( “Basic Tips in Using Social Media for Business!”; and
Janette Toral ( “Social Media Responsibility: A Perspective”
Coy  Caballes ( of Globe Telecom

PRworks has joined SM City Cebu and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) in co-organizing the summit with main organizer Cebu Bloggers Society.  Check out the poster below for a list of sponsors. Suffice to say that PRworks has brought on board as sponsors some clients like Globe Telecom, Nokia Philippines, and GT Cosmetics.

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Cebu Ateneans to raise P500T to provide poor Talisay kids with school supplies

The 'Bags of Dreams' team: Christine Mae Sia, Blonx Tirol, Shobe Pamela Ymas, John Rey Guadalquiver, Marie Tone Ynoc, Paolo Diaz, and Samsam Gullas.

In a bid to donate thousands of school bags and educational supplies to public school students, the Business Communication class of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Cebu campus will raise half a million pesos through their “A Bag of Dreams” charity campaign class project.

The 2,407 students of San Roque Elementary School in Talisay City, Cebu were chosen to benefit from the campaign, which was launched last month in partnership with the Cebu Arts Foundation Incorporated.

“A Bag of Dreams campaign supports every child’s right to proper education. We aim to raise money in order to provide these public school students in need the necessary tools for education. It is in this light that we will ask for everyone’s support in this charitable advocacy,” said class project co-leader Samsam Gullas.

The chosen school was cited to have the most number of students from kindergarten to Grade 6 who belong to low-income families in the city. It was also reported that the lack of proper school supplies pushes most of these children to drop out from school.

As part of their awareness and fundraising campaign, the group is selling “Dream” rubber wristbands online for P180 at their “A Bag of Dream Campaign” page in Facebook.

“Buying one band means giving a child one bag to fulfill his dreams and a chance to a better life,” said Gullas.

John Rey Guadalquiver, also co-leader of the class project, said that the half-million-peso target charity fund will not come from the sale of the wristbands alone and generous donors. He said that each class member will try to tap their network to encourage sponsors and corporations to share the same advocacy on its respective Corporate Social Responsibility programs.

“Our subject is about effectively communicating to various groups, organizations, private companies, and corporations. We’re happy to come up with a project that would not only allow us to apply what we’ve learned inside the class but also give us the opportunity to help the community in need,” said Guadalquiver.

The group initially aims to provide school bags and basic educational supplies such as pencils, ballpens, notebooks, pad papers, and boxes of crayons among others. However, the group is also looking at providing proper school desks if the campaign manages to raise more funds.

“Your donations will go a long way in shaping these kids’ future one bag at a time,” said Gullas.

For donations, please write a check to Cebu Arts Foundation Inc. You can also deposit cash to Unionbank Checking Account number 002750000380, account name Gerald Anthony Gullas. You may contact these numbers 09173253573; 09173250051; 09334486371 or visit their Facebook page for more



Doris I. Mongaya
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Vis-Min seafarers urged to join 1st Int’l confab

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SEAFARING individuals and their families based in the Visayas and Mindanao are enjoined to take part in the 1st International Seafarers Family Convention (ISFC) and Exhibition on August 4 and 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

“To help them strengthen their ties with their families and deal with the problems related to their maritime careers, we are inviting our seafaring brothers and sisters in the Visayas and Mindanao to participate in this first-ever international conference along with their families and relatives,” said Marissa F. Oca, chief organizer of the two-day convention.

“Families have many ways of coping with the absence of their seafarer parents or kids,” Oca said. “And through the years, many issues have cropped up in relation to this. But we should all be aware that not only the family, but also the government, ship owners, employers, NGOs, and many others have a stake in keeping the families of seafarers together.”

The convention, with the theme: “The Bonds of Families, the Success of the World,” is also aimed at heralding the contribution of the maritime industry to the Philippine economy as well.

Topics to be discussed in the convention are Maritime Piracy (A Humanitarian Response Program), HIV/AIDS, and Coping Styles to Loneliness and Separation, among numerous others.

Roy Paul and Dr. Asif Altaf of the ITF Seafarers Trust in the United Kingdom will be on deck to speak on Maritime Piracy and HIV/AIDS, respectively, while Dr. Romel T. Papa, Neuro-Psychiatric Section chief of the National Bureau of Investigation, will discuss about Coping Styles to Loneliness and Separation.

Also tapped as resource speakers in the convention are Sen. Pia Cayetano on “Youth and Freedom” and former Department of Transportation and Communication secretary Arturo Valdez on “Life is an Expedition.”

Meanwhile, over 100 companies, associations, organizations, manning agencies, shipping lines, housing and real estate, banking and finance sector, health, car companies, appliances, and maritime schools will be exhibiting their services and products to the seafaring families in the convention. The exhibition is open to all non-convention participants and to the public.

Slated to exhibit their products and services include Asia United Bank, Associated Marine Officers & Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), Bank of the Philippine Islands, Chinabank, Cocolife, Duty Free Phils., East West Bank, Ford Motor Corp., Fortune Life, GMA Network Inc., Insular Life, Int’l Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW), Maersk Filipinas Crewing, and Maritime Academy of Asia & the Pacific (MAAP).

Registration fee for the two-day convention is pegged at only P2,000 per person, which includes two lunch buffet, four snacks (all food catered by Via Mare), certificate of participation, farewell concert, raffle draws, games, and conference kit.

For more information and details, interested parties may contact the International Seafarers Family Convention (ISFC) secretariat at (02) 832 5422, (02) 832 5401, and (02) 832 9303, or email at

Sponsors of the event are Smart Link, AMOSUP, ICSW, ITF Seafarers Trust, Magsaysay Group of Companies, Medicard, Philippine Transmarine Carrier, MAAP, Real Bank, Union Bank, Haier, GMA 7, OSM Maritime Services, and Enclavesmart.

The 1st International Seafarers Family Convention is under the able event management of the Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corporation (PETCO).

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