Category Archives: Philippines News

Ikea Donates More Than China to the Philippines

ikea philippinesYes, you read that right. The Swedish furniture company Ikea has officially donated more money and aid to the Philippines than the entire country of China. To date, Ikea, through it’s charity, has donated about $2.7 million. China, the worlds second-largest economy, has donated a dismal $2.0 million.

As a society, we have to make a serious decision and put our differences aside at a time like this. I mean, come on, it was a storm far stronger than hurricane Katrina; far stronger than a Category 5 hurricane. And it smashed and obliterated the tiny country of the Philippines, leaving scores of people dead, injured, and homeless.

For awhile now, China has had their differences with the Philippines, most recently fighting over claims of which country owns and controls islands in the South China Sea. But this is not a time to hold back. We are all humans and these people need help from every corner of the Earth, and especially from a powerful economy like China.

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Verizon & AT&T Waive Phone Fees to Contact Philippines

free-calls-philippinesMany Filipinos living in America have not yet made contact with their loved ones since Typhoon Haiyan struct the Philippines. Cell phone service in many areas of the Philippines is down, making communication difficult. For days, families are not sure if their loved ones are alive or not. Some families were able to evacuate in time, but unfortunately, many were not.

Money, food, and supplies are not the only things being sent to the Philippines in this time of need. Two cell phone giants have stepped up to the plate, providing charity during this crucial time.

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The UK & Australia Pledge Donations to the Philippines

help the philippinesAustralia and the UK are the latest countries to follow suit with donations towards helping the disaster-stricken country of the Philippines. David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK, has upped his country’s donation from £6m to £10m and will be sending a Royal Navy warship and an RAF C-17 transporter plane to help deal with the current calamity that is affecting millions in the Philippines.

Australia has pledged to donate $10m, joining in the international aid effort in the wake of this devastating typhoon. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the $10m will include $390,500 of emergency supplies, greatly adding to the humanitarian assistance effort in the Philippines. An Australian medical assistance team will be deployed, as well as numerous food and other items greatly in need, such as mosquito nets, tarps, water, and donations to the Red Cross to help in the effort.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, The Storm of the Century [Video]

philippines-typhoon-haiyanThe storm of the century, super typhoon Haiyan, (locally called Yolanda in the Philippines) has finally made landfall in the country of the Philippines. At this time, there have already been three deaths related to the storm, but many more will sadly come. This storm has already gone down in history as one of the strongest storms ever observed, and it has yet to reach it’s peak, making it very scary.

The Philippines did their best to prepare for the storm, evacuating and relocating thousands of citizens that were living in harm’s way. One of the worst things about this storm is that there are still many homeless people from the recent earthquake in Bohol, making them extremely vulnerable.

Winds are coming in as strong as 195 mph and gusts at an insane 235 mph. Imagine driving that fast in your car; now imagine that wind and rain (and other dangerous objects) hitting your face at such an intense speed. If we compare it to a hurricane, this typhoon would easily be a Category 5, the most powerful of all ratings.

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10-Year Old Filipina ‘Sweetie’ Lures Online Pedophiles [Video]

In what appears to be somewhat of a breakthrough in the fight against online pedophiles, a group from the Netherlands has come up with an interesting way to capture the identify of online predators who target young children. Utilizing the latest technology, they have developed ‘Sweetie’, a 10-year old computer-generated Filipina girl. No, she isn’t real, but she sure looks real.

The amount of men that swarm to ‘Sweetie’ as soon as she enters a chat room is disturbing. The perverts ask for naked camera shows for money, not realizing they are talking to this undercover group the entire time. Click ahead to watch this impressive video and let’s hope for a big crackdown on this type of illegal activity.

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Gunmen Ambush Mayor, Kill 10 Supporters in the Philippines


Gunmen opened fire on a local mayor and his supporters as they campaigned in southern Philippines, killing 10 people and wounding nine others, authorities said Friday.

The ambush late Thursday targeted a truck carrying Mayor Abdul Malik Manamparan and about 50 supporters, said Diosdado Alarcon, a senior police officer from Lanao del Norte province.

It left the mayor and his supporters wounded, and killed his daughter, police said.

Authorities have no suspects or motive in the attack, and an investigation is underway.

The attack in Nunungan town is the latest in a string of violence leading up to the local and legislative elections on May 13.

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The Future is Here: Add Your Own Avatar

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I’ve been receiving phone calls day and night from you guys. Emails flooding my inbox. Knocks on my door here in Cavite. I’ve ignored your calls. I’ve deleted your emails. I’ve hid in my bedroom. No more will I run. Your request has been granted. You can now upload your own custom avatar – finally we will have a little more creative independence on this site.

All you gotta do is go to the account menu above and then click on “My Avatar”

If you’re too lazy to do that just click here.

It’s pretty self-explanatory from there. Click the blue button that says Update Picture and you can upload your very own avatar and be represented across the site.

If you already had a custom avatar, sorry buddy, it’s gone. You need to re-upload. It shouldn’t take more than 45 seconds so I don’t want to hear too much complaining :-)

Party Alert: Norcal SYKo Meetup #5 Saturday July 21st, 2012 Redwood City, Ca

Well, it’s that time again. Our quarterly SYKo meetup. You’re welcome to join us. This time we’re going to be doing something a little different. We’re going to do some Grand Prix racing. Yay. SYKo with the fastest time wins a six-pack San Miguel Lite Beer. Haha. Who’s joining us?

Feel the adrenaline as you race for the checkered flag. Strap yourself into our high-powered, custom-built, 3/4 scale Indy style race car and hurtle around a serpentine half-mile track at blistering speeds.

After Malibu Grand Prix, we’ll be going out for a few beers and food at a local restaurant.

Event: SYKo Meetup #5 – Race After Dark
Race Saturday night, all night long, from 7:00 p.m. to closing
Only $ 20.99 Single Seat Grand Prix and Turbo go-karts.
When: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 6PM to Whenever (Park closes at 11pm)
Where: Malibu Grand Prix
340 Blomquist St.
Redwood City, CA 94063
Tel: (650) 366-6463

Visit Mofu and friends at http://www.sykoplayground.com/.

When Are You Arriving To The Philippines?


If you haven’t noticed, a new section above has been added titled “Events/Meetups.” This is similar to the old thing I had that got lost during the site restructuring. So if you’re planning a trip to the Promised Land, make sure to leave a comment in the month‘s page of your trip.

Let’s all meetup and have a good old SYKo time in the Philippines ;-)

I’ve also added a translation toolbar above if you somehow haven’t noticed. It’s so yummy kaya to be internationally friendly.