Just a day ago in the Philippines: 73 dead, more than 300,000 displaced by typhoon Ondoy. The numbers keep increasing, and there are still a lot of unconfirmed casualties. The killer typhoon dumped more rains than hurricane Katrina. *UPDATED with status of FT ISLAND in the Philippines news & VJ ISAK coming to the Phil-Korea festival*
It’s time for us to show support! I may be far away but this is the least I can do. I’d like to call EVERYONE, especially KPOP fans (mainly because of the extent/readers of this blog) to lend a helping hand.
HOTTESTs have already made a tremendous effort to help, and express their support to 2PM’s Jay at the same time. This is a very noble effort to direct our energies in a more meaningful and substantial way. They are donating cash and relief goods in the name of Jay, which I’m sure will make him proud. They are even organizing for projects and a flash mob. For more details, please log on to 2ONEDAY (or register if you haven’t yet) and click this link: 2PMPH
Email 2PMPH’s Head admin. Vanessa at email@example.com
This is a screencap of her donation receipt.
For international readers, you can help through one of the Philippines’ biggest TV stations, ABS-CBN Foundation (Dara’s home station) with these telephone and bank details:
ABS-CBN Bank Acct
BANCO DE ORO
ABS-CBN FOUNDATION, INC
ABS-CBN TFC HOTLINE:
Ye Eun of the Wonder Girls has also expressed her support via Twitter: “Praying for Filipinos who suffer from the storm…. hope everything will get better soon…”
As the saying goes, it’s better to give, than to receive. With that, I’d like to send this song as a reminder to everyone.
Everything always happens to me
Stuck here in this traffic jam
Accident on the side of the road
It’s making me late again
No spaces in the parking lot
Had to leave it in the safety red zone
Couldn’t of been more than a minute or 2
Came back and the car was towed
Everytime I go crazy
When I found little things get me mad
I then stop and look around and realize
My life ain’t so bad
Had no new shoes can’t complain
Until I met a man with no feet
Thought I had nobody to make my house a home
Until I saw a family living on the street
I was shattered when you broke my heart
But at least i got a heart to beat
Now I finally realize
It’s not all about me
Got a call about an old girlfriend
Who kissed her kids and waved goodbye
She had a real bad habit of taking a sip
Before she put the car in drive
Now Shes Gone And Wound Up D.O.A,
Nothing left to say but why
I had no idea it was her wreck i was
impatiently trying to get by
The world won’t stop revolving
If I’m having a real bad day
Sick of feeling sorry
Join the rain on my parade
Cause no matter how hard it gets
Someone’s always got it worst
I can’t forget I’m only one of five billion stories living on this earth
* Such a meaningful song. I listen to this when I feel like the world is against me, then I realize I’m just a spec in this vast world, “I can’t forget I’m only one of five billion stories living on this earth…” Post your e-mail ads so I can send the song to you*
Major thanks to: 2ONEDAY, 2PMPH Official website/forums, one of my Filipino readers for the news tip!
*UPDATES: This just in!*
Meanwhile, FT ISLAND is in the Philippines at the time of the storm to film for their new mv in Cebu.
“Idol band, FT Island, was isolated in the Philippines due to a storm.
FT Island left for Cebu, Philippines on 25th September for the filming of their new music video. On their way there, they met with a massive storm and were isolated in a critical situation.
FT Island’s management company, F&C Music, tried contacting FT Island and their staff who are in Philippines to check on their safety but their local lines were unreachable.
The storm caused communication system to be cut off. Their management company got worried and impatient for the past two days trying to get in touch with them. Luckily, both sides managed to get in contact with each other late on 27th. Upon knowing that they are safe, their management heaved a sigh of relief.
Fortunately, it was also known that the area where FT Island is staying is not greatly affected by the storm. They plan to return on 28th after the filming.”
P.S. On a lighter note, KPOP JUST MIGHT COME TO THE PHILIPPINES SOON!
VJ Isak just tweeted: “off 2 record pops in seoul!!! btw~ the festival I’ll be attending in the Philippines is on Nov. 27~more details when I get informed!<3”
Isak is a resident VJ of Pops in Seoul of Arirang, a Korean channel that caters to international KPOP fans. Her real name is Ida Dene Simmons, of German and Korean descent. She debuted with the group Isak n’ Jiyeon (who later joined CSJH) under SM Entertainment, and has participated in SM Town seasonal concerts.
It has been reported that “to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Philippines-Republic of Korea Diplomatic Relations, the Korean embassy is holding a cultural festival November this year.”
“The festival will also cap year 2009 as the “Philippines-Republic of Korea Friendship Year,” as stated by Proclamation No. 14298 signed by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last May 2008. Kim [Counselor for Korean Embassy] said, the cultural festival will be borne out of “gratitude” felt by the Koreans to the Filipinos, who helped them achieve democracy and freedom in their country 54 years ago. Kim explained that similarities between the two cultures paved way for Koreans to migrate to the Philippines. This is why Pinoys enjoy Korean pop culture, he added.”
The condition to bring KPOP artists to the Philippines is if the Filipinos themselves demand for it—whether it be via polls, radio requests or petitions! Go for it!
Meanwhile, Filipino fans, follow Isak via Twitter to get more details! To my Filipino readers, kindly give me a heads up so we can collaborate on a post together if you’d like! Thanks!
credits: Isak’s Twitter & K Bites (Sookyeong@WP), Kpopwiki,
Credits: Newsen + ying1005 @ primanoona (translation)
Together, we can do this! To the Filipinos, Fighting!
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