September 29, 2009

Appropriate light

The head office of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) is located along Roxas Boulevard in the City of Manila, right across Manila Bay and its beautiful sunsets. Their buildings (this is only one of several in the compound) are all unremarkable gray concrete blocks, but a golden sunset can make them look almost beautiful.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas


Relief operations for the victims of Ondoy are going on all over the metro. I've been to two already, one for a large poor community just down our street where the waters reached at least chest-high and a much larger operation in my own university for the hard-hit cities of Marikina and Cainta, Rizal and other areas. For those abroad who wish to help, the Fil-Am website Barrio Siete has started a "Barrio Bayanihan for Ondoy Victims" and is accepting donations through PayPal which will all be turned over to the Philippine National Red Cross.

Barrio Bayanihan

22 comments:

Don and Krise said...

Hilda, I don't know how we couldn't have heard about this. I guess being busy and being gone most of the weekend. We are so sorry. I've got to go check out the link you attached. Obviously we're very happy you're okay.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This building looks like it has all the ambiance of a government office building. It also looks sturdy enough to survive any storm.

Your link a few days ago to the website that you said was deserving of an award well worth it. What powerful scenes of the children scrapping for food in the junkyard.

Dina said...

Just down your street?!
Hundreds dead already--how terrible and sad. God help you all.

Vogon Poet said...

Sorry about these sad events, I'll check your link...

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

My sympathies and thoughts to the victims of the typhoon, Hilda. I hope everthing is fine with you and your family.

Btw, the building looks appropriate for a central bank: sturdy and rigid like the monetary sistem it has to guard and regulate.

lunarossa said...

So sorry to hear this terrible news! Hope you and your family are all in safe places and that the fury of nature will stop soon. Thanks for posting the link to the aid organization. I will pray for you all. Keep strong. All the best. Ciao. A.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I assume you and family are OK. We saw a lot of news about the area.

The Central Bank is huge. I have never seen such a large bank before.

Done and Krise wrote about you on their blog. I hope you get to see the diner they found for you.

http://olympia-daily-photo.blogspot.com/

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks God everything is okay with you and your family, but I'm so sorry about these people that are suffering a lot!
Thanks for the news and about the bank it's really massive! Great shot!
Take care sweet Hilda,
God bless you
Léia

hadv said...

I'm glad you're safe Hilda and there to help those in need. Unfortunately, I left Manila 3 days before the typhoon. Would have stayed longer if I'd known. Stay safe and prepared.. there's another typhoon coming your way in two days.

Lois said...

I have been thinking about you Hilda and watching the news. I am praying for the victims.

arabesque said...

your bsp shot was gr8! ^-^

would love to volunteer and personally go there, unfortunately, the flood has also damage our stocks here in the ofc and we're still trying to recover some of it.
but to share our part, we tried sharing some of our blessings to those victims via abs-cbn.

World Food said...

Hi,

We're reaching out to all the bloggers who talk about the Philippines in an urgent appeal for them to tell their readers about the disaster that transformed the country this weekend.

The torrential rains that pounded the Philippines, has resulted in more than 1.8 million people being immediately affected.

We, the UN World Food Programme, has identified at least 178 000 families in need of immediate food aid.

Please would you consider telling the readers of your blog about their situation, and encourage them to go to https://www.wfp.org/donate/ondoy to donate? Also if you're active on social networks, it would help to tell other about it there too.

Even the smallest amounts help: $18 can feed a family for 2 weeks!

Below are two banners that you're welcome to use:

Warmest regards,

Steffe said...

Looks like the tropical storm is heading towards Vietnam now. I have been following this story for the last couple of days. Stay safe!

ellievellie said...

Thank you for posting the link! We pray recovery is fast!

George said...

One of our cable news networks included information on how to help provide relief when reporting on the flooding. I hope it helps. Thanks, too, for your link.

Halcyon said...

I'm glad that you are okay. Yes, the sunset does almost make this building look nice.

Rob said...

Relieved that you are well! We are praying for you, your family, and the Philippines.

Jacob said...

From what I read this morning, the death toll continues to rise. Such a tragedy!

It's hard to put all that into perspective looking at this gorgeous photo. And it's hard to believe that building is made up of grey blocks...amazing what the right light can do!

D said...

Hilda, I'm relieved you and your family are okay. Thanks for the link.

b.c. said...

am glad all is well with you and your family, my prayers for everyone there

Ken Mac said...

thought it read 'Buffalo Scalding Populations' before I put on my glasses..

reyna elena said...

From all of us in Barrio Siete Dot Com, we would like to thank you for plugging our Bayanihan Fund Drive for Ondoy Victims.