Wednesday, September 30, 2009

facebook status

"here on facebook, it's heartbreaking to see all the devastation caused by ondoy through pictures and stories... but it's also heartwarming to see how people have banded (and bonded) together to help fellow filipinos! (and without expecting anything in return!)"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

typhoon ondoy rescue operations

caring and proactive facebook friends have gathered all the pertinent information for people needing help and who want to give help. please pass!!

1. National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) (+632-9125668+632-9111406+632-9115061+632-9122665) Help hotlines: (+65 734-2118734-2120)
2. Philippine Coast Guard (+632-5276136)
3. Air Force (+63908-1126976+632-8535023)
4. Metro Manila Development Authority (136)
5. Marikina City Rescue (+632-6462436+632-6462423, +632920-9072902)
6. Pasig Rescue Emergency Number (+632-6310099)
7. Quezon City Rescue (161)
8. San Juan City Hall Command Post (+632-4681697)
9. Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (+63245-9634376)
10. Senator Dick Gordon (+639178997898, +63938-444BOYS, +632-9342118+632-4338528)
11. Senator Manny Villar (+639174226800.+639172414864+639276751981)

Civil Society/ Media

1. Philippine National Red Cross (143, +632-5270000)
2. Philippine National Red Cross Rizal Chapter operations center hotline: (+632-6350922,+632-6347824)
3. Go to GMA Facebook page & post complete addresses and names of people in need of immediate help.
4. ABS-CBN Typhoon Ondoy Hotline: (+632-4163641)
5. Jam 88.3: (+632- 6318803) or SMS at JAM (space) 883 (space) your message to 2968


All calls for help, please help us by filling out information here at the Rescue InfoHub Center.


Rubber Boat Requests, 4×4 Trucks

1. NCRPO (+632-8383203+632-8383354)
2. Private citizens who would like to lend their motor boats for rescue
please call emergency nos: +632-9125668,+632-9111406+632-9122665+632-9115061)
3. You can also text (+632917-4226800 or +632927-6751981) for rescue dump trucks.
4. For those who are able to lend 4×4 trucks for rescue: Please send truck to Greenhills Shoppng Center Unimart Grocery to await deployment, Tel No. (+632920-9072902).

Power Supply

* Meralco (+63917-5592824, 16211, +63920-9292824) If you want service cut off to your area to prevent fires and electrocution.

Relief Aid and Donations

1. Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT.
2. NoyMar relief Operations: Clare Amador (+639285205508) or Jana Vicente at+639285205499). Drop off for relief donations is at Balay Expo Center across Farmers Market Cubao.
3. Miriam Quiambao drop off points: One Orchard Road Building in Eastwood, or message for more details.
4. Philippine Army Gym inside Fort Bonifacio or GHQ Gym in Camp Aguinaldo are now distributing donations for Ondoy Victims.
5. Team Manila stores in Trinoma, Mall of Asia, Jupiter Bel-Air and Rockwell shall be accepting relief goods (Canned Goods, Ready-to-drink Milk,Bottled Water and Clothes) for distribution by Veritas.
6. Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandacan Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (+632-5639298,+632-5639308)
7. Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Cor EDSA (+632-9257931-40)
8. Aranaz Stores in Rockwell & Greenbelt is accepting donations of any kind for Payatas communities affected by Ondoy
9. Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan Task Force Noah, a disaster response arm of the Jesuits, is accepting donations. Please drop it off sa Ateneo Cervini Dorm.
10. Philippine National Red Cross' different ways to Donate.
11. Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
12. Ateneo de Manila University is now accepting donations for the victims of Ondoy. Donations can be dropped at MVP Lobby. For those stranded/those who need help: To all students who need help or know of people who need help. Please text the name, location, and contact number to (+6329088877166). ATENEO, which is now an open shelter, accepts refugees. Call (+632917-8952792)
13. Papemelroti stores in 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall are accepting relief goods (canned goods / milk / bottled water / clothes – NO CASH pls.)
14. TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash09179751092 and Paypal
15. Our Lady of Pentecost Parish (+632-4342397+632-9290665) per Gabe Mercado, donations are very much welcome. The Parish is located at 12 F. Dela Rosa corner C. Salvador Sts., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
16. Hillsborough Village Chapel – Water, blankets, shoes, and clothes may be sent to Hillsborough Village Chapel in Muntinlupa City. These will go to families whose houses were washed out in the nearby sitios.
17. Greenhills/Mandaluyong/San Juan Area, if you want to help out with the rescue and relief operations, you can drop off your donations (clothes, food, etc..) at La Salle Greenhills Gate 2 tomorrow or volunteer from 9am to receive, sort, repack the donations.
18. Petron: You may bring your relief goods to all Petron branches.
19. LUCA stores (Rockwell, Shang-rila, Eastwood, or GA towers): Send your old clothes & donations (no cash pls).
20. "LUZON RELIEF: Volunteer / Donate / Pray": Donations can be brought to RENAISSANCE FITNESS CENTER, 2nd Floor, Bramante Building, Renaissance Towers Ortigas, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City starting MONDAY (Sept.28) / 9am – 7pm Contact Person: Warren Habaluyas (+632929-8713488) or email at
21. MOONSHINE boutique in Rockwell also accepting relief good to help Ondoy victims in Marikina and Cainta.
22. Katipunan Avenue. Contact Erica Paredes at (+632917-4741930) — they need bread, packed juice, sandwich filling (tuna, chicken, anything) You can help her make them, deliver the sandwiches to her house, or help her distribute! Call for more details.
23. Manor Superclub, Eastwood City will accept goods and other emergency items starting Sunday at 10 am.
24. Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC): Relief goods for typhoon victims being accepted at 72-A Times St., West Triangle, QC. Tel (+632-9299820/22)
25. MINISTOP IBARRA (Espana cor. Blumentritt, Sampaloc Manila) is also accepting relief goods, Food (non-perishable goods only) Clothing, Medicines, Beds, Pillows, Blankets, Emergency Supplies to help Typhoon Ondoy victims.

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

* FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text "wis " to 386.
* FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text "find to 7000.

*MRT and LRT are open 24 hours today.

I got this map from Help "Ondoy" Victims in the Philippines. I can't help but be amazed at this map made by a private citizen based on news from TV, radio, internet, etc. If he can do it, it makes me think and ask if the government uses these kinds of technology. GIS? I hope they do.
Email the map-maker at if you know Google Maps and want to help update this map.

Email the map-maker at or tweet @flipmozart if you know Google Maps and want to help update this map with the latest information available. Click this photo to view the situation map of Marikina, and nearby places.

NDCC Situation Reports (Click to Download PDF):

* Sept 26, 2009, 6pm: ndcc sitrep no 3 on the effects of ts ondoy as of 26 sept 2009, 6pm
* Sept 27, 2009, 1am: ndcc sitrep no 4 on the effects of ts ondoy as of sept. 27, 2009, 1am

UP Diliman Chancellor Cao to All Dean

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

for a while

excuse the fash pack for not posting anything new for the past few days. but it's not for lack of fash-packy things to write about. it's our brain—it's on hold right now... must be mercury in retrograde. malapit na matapos... in the meantime, rest muna.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

iora vs raoul

last week was the battle of the singapore brands. to be honest, we aren't that familiar with fashion brands that are originally from singapore. so when these two brands opened shop in manila, we had no idea what they were or where they were from. but they are quite similar—they both sell women's ready-to-wear separates for everyday casual and for the office, a few dressy pieces for cocktails and formal affairs, and seasonal items just to keep them on track trend-wise.

in this corner: iora, which has actually been around for a few years now, just quietly opening here and there (and closing—it was one of the casualties of glorietta 2's notorious explosion two years ago). they had a lunchtime launch at the peninsula manila's rigodon ballroom. guests were mostly press, friends and family of the owners, the "landlords" (i.e., mall owners or execs), and the "iora stylephiles".
the collection:

in the other corner: raoul, which just opened its first branch in greenbelt 5 this year. they had a big launch at the mall's's fashion walk, where anyone who walks by can see (and crash) the party. owned by SSI, you can guarantee the presence of the A-list crowd at the event. (and take note, raoul has menswear too.)
the collection:

so who do you vote for? who is the winner??

Saturday, September 19, 2009

jazz club

one of the things we miss most from our fashion-editor days is going on press junkets for louis vuitton. they would have at least one every season when they would present the new collection to the regional press in hong kong or singapore or some other asian country. sometimes they would fly us to wherever a new louis vuitton store was having an opening party. it was during one of those trips that we actually had the privilege (more like a fantasy fulfilled) of meeting, interviewing, and partying (!) with marc jacobs! sigh, we miss those days...

and now, maybe because of the recession or cost-cutting or the philippines is not such an important market, louis vuitton events in manila are few and far between. they only hold small "shopping parties" where they invite a select few to the store after hours, lubricate them with moët, and hope they'll drop a lot of coin. so we were excited to receive an invite to their "jazz club" night. the invite had an actual vinyl record with some charlie parker tune—don't know what it is, though, we still have to find a turntable on which to play it! (45 or 33 1/3 RPM kaya?) now we get the current window display: it looks like storage for vinyl records back in the day!
so last thurday night, louis vuitton in greenbelt 4 was transformed into a "jazz club" for a few hours. they had an actual three-piece jazz band that played cool jazz standards...
and an actual bar that served hennessy cocktails (and lots of moët champagne, of course :-)...
on display were several "mobile bars," which are special orders from louis vuitton (we like the one for wine)...
and blow-ups of classic jazz records...

they even brought out the hot-stamping machine for anyone who wanted their initials on their luggage tags, etc (this service is free in case you didn't know, but only for louis vuitton products, of course)...
-> ->

and since tonight was a special tribute to the mens collections, there were little tableaux of bags, shoes, and accessories on display throughout the store (somebody whispered they pulled out the kanye west collection, hee-hee)...
looks like john coltrane is jonesing for the punchy high-tops..
so did people shop? and how!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

sale! sale! sale!

before we forget and before friday rolls around, get your wallets ready for the weekend sales! (which start tomorrow!) (check back for updates!)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

maja salvador for jellybean

ohemjee we've had these photos posted for a couple days and didn't realize we didn't publish them! ano yan, senior moment?? anyhoo we remembered because while watching telly tonight (the routine: 10:30 sex and the city, 11:00 SNN, 11:30 bandila), when we saw some news item on maja salvador on SNN, about doing the remake of "nagsimula sa puso" and wondered if she was the same gal we saw at jellybean because she looked so different. so we went to check the fash pack and found the post wasn't there—eek! so here it is, way delayed...

last week in the middle of a rainy day, we went all the way to the new eastwood mall for the launch of actress maja salvador as the new face of jellybean, a youthful clothing brand by the same group that owns folded & hung. the launch was held at coffee bean & tea leaf located outside the mall, so we had to go inside to see the store. here's the store, you can't miss the bright red door:
and here's maja—isn't she a doll?? tee-hee!
check out the rest of the collection. the outfits are styled really young with colored tights and bright accessories, but you can take the pieces apart and incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe...

Monday, September 14, 2009

travelife: sep/oct 2009

model alex escat strolls through the streets of madrid, spain. photographed by peps naval. styling by liza ilarde. production assistant: lara naval. dress and coat by frederick peralta, sunglasses by charles & keith

Sunday, September 13, 2009

scenes from the malls

it was that time of the, er, every two months when we get to go trawl the malls. here are some random things we spotted this past week:

1. we actually went all the way to mall of asia and saw that this formerly unoccupied space is now a team manila lifestyle area: isn't it ironic that a guy with a union jack emblazoned on his T-shirt walks by just as we clicked the cam? hee-hee... and right across from that is a funky-filipino-themed tarpaulin. wow, are all of these spots theirs?? they've really come a long way!
2. we reported a month ago about collezione C2 opening in greenbelt 5. well, they're really blanketing the city of makati because they've also just opened in glorietta 3 and will open in power plant mall by october 8. (we're digging the cory-yellow tribute. anything with yellow is sold out at the stores!)
3. and speaking of power plant mall, pick up a copy of the mall's "newsletter" (actually a mini-mag) called plant. it's free! the mag is available at entrances of the mall and at select mall tenants' stores. the first cover gal is chuvaness! (who also happens to own the top-selling food outlet, pepper lunch.)
4. remember in the early days how mango used to give away free "mango" candies at the counter? well, they're back and this time in smints form. we grabbed a handful of these and stuffed them into our purse, sshhh...
5. and look at these adorable flip-flops! called hotflops, they're adorned with plastic charms of every persuasion. aside from sporty basketballs, baseballs, footballs, volleyballs, and golfballs, check these out!

their kiosk is located at greenbelt 5, near bleach catastrophe.

6. ayala malls is on this "green" kick and is in fact going to have a "greenology" event on september 17. there are stations throughout greenbelt where you can drop off your used plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and assorted paper, which are made into art installations like this one by the university of santo tomas's college of fine arts & design (looks like a giant apple!):
7. meanwhile, while walking through GB3, we were surprised to see that max studio had closed and in its place, we saw this: XOXO to open soon. at sino po si miranda kerr? (we just checked wikipedia and found out that she is one of victoria's secret's angels and is dating orlando bloom. we hate her already!!)

8. and on our way out of greenbelt 3, lookie lookie at what we spotted in the space formerly occupied by max brenner: a new store being built and boarded up in hermès orange! could it be...???