A Letter For CebuPacific, PAL, & AirAsiaPH For Yolanda Victims Especially In Tacloban, Leyte

We all have ways to extend effort to help, so far the first thing I did is to send this kind of letter to the big airline companies here in the Philippines. Knowing how family worries whenever their loved ones were hit by calamities and their need to be with them during this times. This is just an proposal in case these corporate companies plan to also extend help to the Super Typhoon Yolanda victims. 
Tacloban Airport after hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda

Dear CebuPacific, PAL, & AirAsiaPH:

I am just one of your regular passengers in your domestic flights and I have no sort of business or professional affiliation to your company. But, as we all know, people grieve and cries for help after the devastation left by the Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Family members and relatives are the ones who long and worry the worst, possibly overwhelmed with dread about the condition of their loved ones. They must be urging themselves to go home at any way or at any cost just to be with them and to hug them with comfort.

Even myself have this strong feeling to volunteer to go there and contribute my presence and physical capabilities to offer help and hope. But the problem is the place is kilometers away and said to be cut off from any conventional transport or communication since the day after the calamity.

Knowing how your company cares about flying families to their loved ones faster with the privilege of low cost air transportation, I would like to knock on your corporate doors to extend your transport capability to help these people reach the currently isolated places. Maybe coordinating with the local authorities to fix immediately or at least set up a make-shift air traffic control tower or whatever you need to successfully fly an airbus to the Tacloban Airport. For this trying times, the fastest bridge from Manila to these places is through air transport whilst our government could not afford to provide as much as we need.

Also, as we remember the time when NCR experienced almost as worse catastrophe, volunteers from neighboring communities easily reached out their hands and efforts given that there’s no transport limitation. Leyte however need these volunteers and helping hands and the only means to connect them is through a safe air travel.

To be bold, I’m also asking if you could provide some of your airbus for free to transport the worrying family members, helping volunteers and the relief package donations that some independent charitable groups collected for these needy victims.

Thank you very much and we do look forward that you consider this bold request.

Sincerely yours,
Jay M. Baratilla
A Pinoy Volunteer

So far, AirAsiaPH already replied to me and promised to forward the request to their management. They showed a very promising interest about the idea. I hope that these companies could do thi or the same effort to uplift the life of the devastated victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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All About The Value Of Friendship

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. ― William Shakespeare

7 Ways To Improve Your Friendships So That They Last A Lifetime
good friends last a lifetime
There is nothing worse than sensing that you might be drifting away from your friends or doubting the true intentions of your relationships, without any clue on ways to improve your friendships. We’ve all been through it and it sucks! You feel lonely and depressed, and that’s not the way friendships should be! In order to prevent unnecessary depression and stress, I decided to share 7 ways to improve your friendships that should then last you a lifetime!
Often times the reason why some friendships crumble is because not enough effort is put into them. Friendships are not automatic; they should be nurtured and maintained from both sides. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your friendships and put more focus in the ones that mean the most to you. Sometimes it’s hard to balance you time between school or work, family, friendships and personal time, that’s why whenever there is time, it should be put in the most treasured friendships. Prioritizing may not be one of the most obvious ways to improve your friendships but it sure is the most important one!
Like I have said before, sometimes friendships require work but it’s not a bad thing. Every so often it’s hard to juggle everything in your life but you should always promise yourself some time with people. Although everyday contact is not necessary, it’s important to stay in touch and make sure that things haven’t changed. Friendships are well worth the investment of time and should always be towards the top of your to-do list!
It’s important to be trustworthy, supportive and compassionate toward your friends. Avoid doing the things you wouldn’t want to be done to you. For example if you are about to spill a secret or gossip about your friend, ask yourself: Do I want it to be done to me? The answer is most likely no, so stay true to your friends, reach out to them and stay reasonable!
Friends can’t be perfect and there will still be traits that you don’t exactly admire in them, but it is not your job to fix it. Not only can it cause massive arguments and offend your friends but it can ruin the friendship completely. Nobody wants a friend who constantly points out your flaws and judges you. Instead try to focus on things that you admire in your friend, your purpose is to provide companionship and not lower their self-esteem!
Some friendships don’t require constant contact with each other, but solid friendships usually pick up where they left off. For example, one of my friends and I rarely get to see each other, because we don’t share classes and we don’t get time to meet up outside of school due to our hectic schedules. But when we do meet, it is like nothing ever changed and we pick up where we left off! The foundation of friendships is trust and we should trust our friends to still be there for us despite time obstacles.
It’s completely normal to fight with your friends. Who doesn’t? No two people can get along perfectly; if they do that would be a little peculiar. What’s more important is overcoming the fights and strengthening your friendship along. That’s why next time you are in a fight with your best friend, don’t be stubborn, talk it out and learn from your mistakes. After all if you are a good long-term friend and you value the friendship, no differences should be more important than your friend.
How do you know your friendships are healthy, and worth the time and effort? Sometimes friendships can be toxic, draining the life and energy out of you and most of the time they are not worth it. If you feel like your friend always puts you down, gets jealous of you or makes you feel like you are less than what you actually are, it’s time to deliberate whether it’s really worth being friends with that person. If the cons outweigh the costs, the best decision would be to distance yourself from them and rid yourself of any negativity. As hard as it may be, you are doing what is best for you!
7 Useful Tips When Distancing Yourself From A Toxic Friend
Friendships exist to nourish and sustain us but after a while, some friendships become a source of negativity, which is why it’s important to end it and start distancing yourself from a toxic friend. You know you are in a toxic friendship when you feel drained and suffocated, and there is always a sense of jealousy and resentment. There is no need to start a huge argument, but it’s important to gradually cut the ties. Here are 7 tips for when distancing yourself from a toxic friend.
Before making any drastic decisions like completely cutting out a person out of your life, you have to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Weigh up the pros and cons of your relationship and decide whether your friendship is really important to you. Make sure you don’t make the wrong move in the heat of the moment. Give yourself time and make your final decision of distancing yourself from a toxic friend with a clear head.
If you are having conflicting emotions toward a toxic friend, chances are that choosing to end a friendship will be hard for you. You may feel like there is too much history and too many fun moments between you to completely give up on a friendship. However, if problems continue to arise even after several times of trying to mend the friendship, cutting the person off may be the best decision. It might be hard removing a constant in your life, but you won’t feel the tightness in your chest and constant pressure from your toxic friend.
Once you’ve decided that you would be better off without that person in your life, it’s time to abate the interaction between the two of you. It might be easy for some, but harder on those people who have to see that person every day. Try to converse with other friends and build relationships with other people and before you know it you will gradually remove yourself from a bad friendship situation.
If you are not one of those people who will directly tell that person that you can’t remain friends with them, it’s better to maintain casual ties so that your friend doesn’t get angry and start an argument. After maintaining your space from that person, it is completely okay to talk or go out with that friend as long as you act casual and don’t send the mixed signals that you would prefer to be close friends again.
One of the best things that you can do when distancing yourself from a toxic friend is getting involved in other activities and getting to meet new people. You will have an excuse for not seeing or talking to your toxic friend and will be able to fill your longing for a new friend that can be there for you.
If you are completely set to end a toxic friendship, you have to be prepared for a confrontation. Depending on what type of person your friend is, he or she might just get used to you being distant or they will approach you with questions. At this point you have two options; either you honestly tell them that distance is good for both of you, or you can say that you’ve been occupied with other things. Whatever you do it’s up to you but make sure that after that conversation, you don’t fall back into the trap of the toxic friendship again.
After succeeding in distancing yourself from a friend, it’s important to stay consistent. You want to make sure that the tight bond between the two of you has been completely broken. After putting so much effort into ending a toxic friendship, you don’t want to hit reverse and be stuck in negativity again.

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What Is The Worst Case Of Massacre In Human History

Reading this post might open your mind to something you never knew before. You might think that the facts are too evil or too unreal for you to believe that you’ll just ward it off and move on. But this piece of history is a vital truth that etched a deep scar to those who’ve been involved and been survivor especially to the unfolding of all key evidence connecting to the greatest horror of the century.

The Nanking Massacre, 1937

Aboard the U.S.S. Oahu at Shanghai, Dec. 17 [1937].

Through wholesale atrocities and vandalism at Nanking the Japanese Army has thrown away a rare opportunity to gain the respect and confidence of the Chinese inhabitants and of foreign opinion there….

The killing of civilians was widespread. Foreigners who traveled widely through the city Wednesday found civilian dead on every street. Some of the victims were aged men, women and children.
Policemen and firemen were special objects of attack. Many victims were bayoneted and some of the wounds were barbarously cruel.
Any person who ran because of fear or excitement was likely to be killed on the spot as was any one caught by roving patrols in streets or alleys after dark. Many slayings were witnessed by foreigners.
The Japanese looting amounted almost to plundering of the entire city. Nearly every building was entered by Japanese soldiers, often under the eyes of their officers, and the men took whatever they wanted. The Japanese soldiers often impressed Chinese to carry their loot….
The mass executions of war prisoners added to the horrors the Japanese brought to Nanking. After killing the Chinese soldiers who threw down their arms and surrendered, the Japanese combed the city for men in civilian garb who were suspected of being former soldiers.
In one building in the refugee zone 400 men were seized. They were marched off, tied in batches of fifty, between lines of riflemen and machine gunners, to the execution ground.
Just before boarding the ship for Shanghai the writer watched the execution of 200 men on the Bund [dike]. The killings took ten minutes. The men were lined against a wall and shot. Then a number of Japanese, armed with pistols, trod nonchalantly around the crumpled bodies, pumping bullets into any that were still kicking.
The army men performing the gruesome job had invited navy men from the warships anchored off the Bund to view the scene. A large group of military spectators apparently greatly enjoyed the spectacle.
When the first column of Japanese troops marched from the South Gate up Chungshan Road toward the city’s Big Circle, small knots of Chinese civilians broke into scattering cheers, so great was their relief that the siege was over and so high were their hopes that the Japanese would restore peace and order. There are no cheers in Nanking now for the Japanese.
By despoiling the city and population the Japanese have driven deeper into the Chinese a repressed hatred that will smolder through tears as forms of the anti­Japanism that Tokyo professes to be fighting to eradicate from China.
The capture of Nanking was the most overwhelming defeat suffered by the Chinese and one of the most tragic military debacles in the history of modern warfare. In attempting to defend Nanking the Chinese allowed themselves to be surrounded and then systematically slaughtered….
Japanese soldiers executing the captive men with a bayonet
The flight of the many Chinese soldiers was possible by only a few exits. Instead of sticking by their men to hold the invaders at bay with a few strategically placed units while the others withdrew, many army leaders deserted, causing panic among the rank and file.
Those who failed to escape through the gate leading to Hsiakwan and from there across the Yangtze were caught and executed….
When theJapanese captured Hsiakwan gate they cut off all exit from the city while at least a third of the Chinese Army still was within the walls.
Because of the disorganization of the Chinese a number of units continued fighting Tuesday noon, many of these not realizing the Japanese had surrounded them and that their cause was hopeless. Japanese tank patrols systematically eliminated these.
Tuesday morning, while attempting to motor to Hsiakwan, I encountered a desperate group of about twenty­five Chinese soldiers who were still holding the Ningpo Guild Building on Chungahan Road. They later surrendered.
Thousands of prisoners were executed by the Japanese. Most of the Chinese soldiers who had been interned in the safety zone were shot in masses. The city was combed in a systematic house­to­house search for men having knapsack marks on their shoulders or other signs of having been soldiers. They were herded together and executed.
Many were killed where they were found, including men innocent of any army connection and many wounded soldiers and civilians. I witnessed three mass executions of prisoners within a few hours Wednesday. In one slaughter a tank gun was turned on a group of more than 100 soldiers at a bomb shelter near the Ministry of Communications.
A favorite method of execution was to herd groups of a dozen men at entrances of dugout and to shoot them so the bodies toppled inside. Dirt then was shoveled in and the men buried.
Since the beginning of the Japanese assault on Nanking the city presented a frightful appearance. The Chinese facilities for the care of army wounded were tragically inadequate, so as early as a week ago injured men were seen often on the streets, some hobbling, others crawling along seeking treatment.
Civilian casualties also were heavy, amounting to thousands. The only hospital open was the American managed University Hospital and its facilities were inadequate for even a fraction of those hurt.
Nanking’s streets were littered with dead. Sometimes bodies had to be moved before automobiles could pass.
The capture of Hsiakwan Gate by the Japanese was accompanied by the mass killing of the defenders, who were piled up among the sandbags, forming a mound six feet high. Late Wednesday the Japanese had not removed the dead, and two days of heavy military traffic had been passing through, grinding over the remains of men, dogs and horses.
The Japanese appear to want the horrors to remain as long as possible, to impress on the Chinese the terrible results of resisting Japan.
Chungahan Road was a long avenue of filth and discarded uniforms, rifles, pistols, machine guns, fieldpieces, knives and knapsacks. In some places the Japanese had to hitch tanks to debris to clear the road.

From F. Tillman, “All Captives Slain,” The New York Times, December 18, 1937, pp. 1, 10.                     

source: fordham.edu – Modern History Book: Nanking

Rape of Nanking

The Nanking Massacre or Nanjing Massacre, also known as the Rape of Nanking, was a mass murder and war rape that occurred during the six-week period following the Japanese capture of the city of Nanjing (Nanking), the former capital of the Republic of China, on December 13, 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. During this period hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered and 20,000–80,000 women were raped by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army. 

The massacre remains a contentious political issue, as various aspects of it have been disputed by some historical revisionists and Japanese nationalists, who have claimed that the massacre has been either exaggerated or wholly fabricated for propaganda purposes. As a result of the nationalist efforts to deny or rationalize the war crimes, the controversy surrounding the massacre remains a stumbling block in Sino-Japanese relations, as well as Japanese relations with other Asia-Pacific nations such as South Korea and the Philippines.

Pile of dead babies, murdered by Japanese soldiers during the Nanking Massacre

An accurate estimation of the death toll in the massacre has not been achieved because most of the Japanese military records on the killings were deliberately destroyed or kept secret shortly after the surrender of Japan in 1945. The International Military Tribunal of the Far East estimates more than 200,000 casualties in the incident; China’s official estimate is about 300,000 casualties, based on the evaluation of the Nanjing War Crimes Tribunal. Estimates from Japanese historians vary widely, in the vicinity of 40,000–200,000. Some historical revisionists even deny that a widespread, systematic massacre occurred at all, claiming that any deaths were either justified militarily, accidental or isolated incidents of unauthorized atrocities. These negationists claim that the characterization of the incident as a large-scale, systematic massacre was fabricated for the purpose of political propaganda. 

Although the Japanese government has admitted the acts of killing of a large number of noncombatants, looting and other violence committed by the Imperial Japanese Army after the fall of Nanking, some Japanese officials have argued that the death toll was military in nature and that no such crimes ever occurred. Denial of the massacre (and a divergent array of revisionist accounts of the killings) has become a staple of Japanese nationalism. In Japan, public opinion of the massacres varies, and few deny the occurrence of the massacre outright. Nonetheless, recurring attempts by negationists to promote a revisionist history of the incident have created controversy that periodically reverberates in the international media, particularly in China, South Korea, and other East Asian nations.

source: wikipedia.orgNanking Massacre

The grim part is that only few people know or aware about this. At least only some of those who already knew about the holocaust.

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Top View Of The Majestic Mayon Volcano

Being born and grew up in a province, Albay, where the view of the cloud-puffing perfect cone volcano is a normal everyday blessing, becomes too common that we lose the excitement and wide-eye wonder felt by most tourists visiting our hometown. But hiking and venturing at most one kilometer before the top of the Volcano is a usual thrill when I was young and even when I visit home from Manila.

Luckily when I went back to the big city via plane after a short vacation in my hometown, the view of our beloved Mayon Volcano was too foreign that I felt like one of the tourists in the plane scurrying to take their camera out and capture the clear and almost perfect view of this nature’s wonder.

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That’s me, second from the right, and my cousins when we were young
hiking at foot of the Mayon Volcano
If you want to go hiking near the Mayon Volcano, you may contact me since I still know some nice spots to visit. I also have a bunch of relatives who have a farm at 3 to 4 kilometers radius near the volcano’s center.

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The Cute Reward Of Adopting Stray Pets

I’m always been fond of animals especially with pets. That’s why we have a bunch of cats and dogs in our house at the province. I train them myself when I used to have so much free time and it’s kind of a fulfillment to make a positive connection with our domesticated companions.

my girlfriend and her adopted cat named Justin
This one is my girlfriend’s adopted cat. He was found as a kitten at the street of Manila almost dying (as most stray kitten do here in the city). Now he’s as bubbly as her, cunningly hiding somewhere waiting for your helpless feet. As she quoted to me, Justin is like an alternative stress reliever for her, especially when we have some misunderstanding. 😛 Now, I love Justin too since he’s making her happy somehow.

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The Story Behind A Christian Book Cover Photo

There are a lot of irony in life that sometimes we think that God is actually playing with our fate and doing this to send a message. But what if it concerns a very critical issue of faith, belief and religious ideals, would you laugh or rather take it as a bad joke?

Here’s the actual copy of the said Christian Inspirational Book: 
Would you laugh at it if God’s making fun of your faith? Seriously?

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