Sunday, December 03, 2006


Although Typhoon Reming changed its course and veered away from Metro Manila, the southern provinces, especially Bicol was once again severely hit. Undoubtedly, it must have been another horrific and devastating experience for its residents; worse of all, to the children.

Cathy’s post today is about her concern for these children which prompted her to raise at least
a thousand bears to send to Bicol in time for Christmas. She believes play and toys are effective tools for children to heal from shock and trauma. She claims that "stuffed toys have been known to be effective comfort givers in times of extreme stress and fear. To children, stuffed animals are more than toys, they're imaginary friends who are always ready to give comfort or play. They provide a certain amount of security in a sometimes scary world.”

Won’t you please help Cathy raise a thousand bears for Bicol by December 15 so that she can send them out in time for Christmas. She is making arrangements with an NGO in the Albay province to distribute the bears on Christmas day.

You may send the bears to:

A Thousand Bears for Bicol
41 Milkyway Drive
Blue Ridge, Quezon City

If you belong to an organization with a box of at least 30 bears or more to donate to this cause, just send an email to to arrange for a pick-up.

Thank you and God bless!

posted by Señor Enrique at 6:45 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bicol is my mom's province they do need all the help that they can especially this coming christmas. I hope she raises that 1000 bears.

December 03, 2006 7:31 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Ferdz! My mom's from Albay :)

December 03, 2006 7:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that everything will be back to normal soon for the people in Bicol.

December 03, 2006 9:50 PM  

Blogger christine said...

We're starting a fund drive in the office for the victims. It's so sad what's happened, the pictures are so hard to look at. Will continue to offer up prayer for the people of Bicol. Thank you to you and Cathy for your efforts.

December 04, 2006 12:17 AM  

Blogger Cathy B said...

Thanks for this post Eric! EVen a fraction of the target number would already mean so much to the hurting children in Bicol. And God works in mysterious ways - imagine, I dodn't even know your mom is from Albay! God bless :)

December 04, 2006 5:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope so, too, Kyels, but it may much longer for those whose livelihood and dwellings have been disrpted and devastated.

That is wonderful, Christine. You exemplify the good that is within most Filipinos. Yes, Cathy's initiative and the ensuing help from others will make a lot of Bicol children feel much better during this holiday season. Thanks, Christine!

Yes she is Cathy. And I still have an aunt and uncle living there with their families.

I have also posted similar announcements in my other online forums to spread the word. Hopefully, our other blog friends will also do the same.

December 04, 2006 7:22 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hmmm ... that anonymous is me?

Must be Blogger's subtle twist of my arm to switch to beta. Hehehe!

December 04, 2006 7:23 AM  

Blogger Sidney said...

What happened in Albay is terrible. Ther people there can use any possible help. Those bears are a good initiative.

December 04, 2006 9:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is another terrible tragedy. I've seen the pictures on So devastating.

December 04, 2006 1:48 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Sidney ... another calamity in Bicol within a span of only a few months.

This succession of super typhoons in the are is definitely economically crippling, not to mention traumatic for everyone also.

December 04, 2006 2:24 PM  

Blogger Wil said...

My question is: are these landslides avoidable? Is there deforestation in those areas? Also, if those areas are just naturally susceptible to landslides, why are houses allowed to be built there? Maybe I missed the reports on that b/c I didn't see anything in the news about that.

December 06, 2006 2:39 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Haven't really explored the various factors invloved, Wil. Only thing I know is that the howling wind and immense rainfall were the the main culprits.

My uncle's house in Albay was blown into smitheerens and their livestock totally perished. He and my aunt are living in some shelter as of this moment.

December 06, 2006 7:19 PM  

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