Call to Crisis: Thank you, Twitter

When it comes to crisis and your family, you will do everything you can in order to save them and take good care of them. On my birthday, 7 August 2012, a strong mansoon poured and caused floods all over the metro. When I found a window to head out, while the network was still working pretty strong, the social media specifically twitter was my best friend in updating my whereabouts and the tool on updating myself about the weather signals.

Knowing the nation has been crying for help and calling all the Red Cross hotlines, the chances of being paid attention to statistically in reality got me with a percent hope but still, I tried and tried, all avenues just to seek help and have the chances to call for help while the condition was still controllable and within our reach.

Thank you to GMA7 Network for sharing my testimonial how twitter saved lives. You may watch the video clip through this link: GMA 7 Twitter Followers ng GMA News

Twitpic courtesy of Wendell Tan

Dates: 21-22 August 2012
Programs: 24 oras, Saksi and State of the Nation.

Birthday Monsoon

Everything happens for a reason and I really do think that my supposed birthday trip which was postponed was meant for me to realize what is more important – my family.

It was a cold, breezy, rainy day before Aug 7 when I was stranded and left without no choice but to spend the night at my boyfriend’s house until the weather calms down and the rain settles; the road was a parking lot, blocked by cars, flood starting to build and zero visibility.

Come morning after, the rain started to settle. Early crack of dawn, I drove my way home and rested but the day was welcomed with much rain.

The garage was flooded albeit it has already drained and dry; worrying was part of the reflex. Instead of taking a nap, I rose up and decided to head out to Check on my mom and grandma who lives in Cavite.

Thanking the accessibility of technology and the network was still working strongly well; I was told by mom that my grandmother was already lying on her inflatable bed and the flood is almost waist deep.

What can I do? Albeit I was told the roads aren’t passable and my small car won’t make it, as a daughter, I’ve got to do, what a daughter gotta do

Almost left stranded. So near yet so far, I sought for help by asking if there are boats that I can rent nearby or perhaps if there’s any alternative route I can take to get me to my Mom and Grandmother; the pedicab drivers said its impossible as the flood along that area is impassable.

Drove my car to as far as it could and parked it for my safety; I had to stay calm and think of ways to get to them.

I can’t get stranded, something should be done.

I figured, asking wont hurt and seeking for help. The people seemed to be used to managing themselves; one of those men whom I sought for few questions about who their leaders are told me not to expect any attention from the mayor.

The network died out just when I needed it; a nearby parlor gave me access to her Internet.

The road to feeling helpless is unacceptable. I figured, twitter. If there’s a will? There’s a way. Ask.

Adding the hashtag #rescueph, sent in the information and sought for help. Meanwhile as I surveyed around the areA from those men and women I was stranded together with; I was told who the district congresswoman is. Ah, the daughter happened to be a schoolmate back in my alma matter and she’s on twitter!

Grateful that she was online, the immediate response was coursed through and her mother, The congresswoman took action on the rescue without fail.


You may hear the story how twitter saved my loved ones through BBC World News and CBC Radio during The Wednesday Editon, As It Happens with Peter Armstrong.

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Twestival Manila 2011

Manila, Philippines – The largest Tweet-up for a cause, Pinoy twitter users got together in real time to tweet, meet and eat.

On March 24, 2011 at Le Bistro Vert, simultaneously with the rest of the 166 cities in the world celebrated aiming to help fund an organization for educational development and awareness. A get-together offline to make a difference and to meet fellow twitter users in flesh.

Amanda Rose, founder organizer of Twestival in London teamed up with fellow Public Relations Practitioners and volunteers to raise money and awareness to fund Charity water back in February 2009. From what seemed to be a simple “Event for a cause” it has explored and teamed up with the rest of the world.

The twitter and facebook era has truly helped foundations and organizations reach the awareness they aim to educate people. Social media has touched networking in a different light. changing the world for the better, one cause at a time, one twestival at a time.

The cause which Twestival Manila chose to support is JeepneED, a foundation aiming to make roving science and computer laboratories out of jeepneys that run purely on vegetable oil. An educational tool to supplement all the abundant english proficiency programs available.

Php 50,000 were raised in a span of hours during the twestival to kick-start JeepneED. Donations and help are still well appreciated.

The twestival hosted by twitterholic ANC Sportscaster/host TJ Manotoc and Reebok Running Brand Ambassador/ Runner for a cause Kassy Pajarillo graced the internationally recognized celebration with a lot of gifts and raffles given away.

It is by far the largest tweet-up ever organized and twestival will keep on getting better says @TWESTIVALMNL organizers. This is the start of giving where all proceeds goes to the beneficiary. change happens now.

Twestival: 24 March 2011

Twestival is a movement that uses social media for social good by connecting communities offline on a single day to highlight a great cause. Ideas start as a tweet and as it spreads, becomes a movement that has the power to make things happen.

This year, Twestival is going ‘local’ in cities around the world on Thursday, 24 March 2011. All local events are organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go directly to local non-profits that organizers have identified for having an incredible impact within their own community. The goal is to raise funds and awareness by doing a local meet-up with various activities.

Twestival is the brainchild of Amanda Rose, who believes that if cities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but work from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact. Since 2009, over 200 international cities all over the world have joined the movement.

Be a part of the Global Movement!

1) Grab a Ticket. Find your city on the official events list and attend your local event on March 24th.

2) Volunteer. Local events are run 100% by volunteers and teams are always looking for more help.

3) Donate. Each Twestival is supporting a amazing local cause with 100% of donations going direct to projects happening in their own community. Give what you can and help them reach their goal.

4) Sponsor or contribute in-kind. Are you a company or organization looking to connect with the digital set? Twestival Local has great sponsorship opportunities and cities are always happy to receive great prizes.

5) Tweet, Blog, Promote. Please spread the word about Twestival and our local charities.

To learn more, you can check out Twestival’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Source: Francis Tan of The Next Web