Donate Wynne Arboleda salary to typhoon victims, online petition urges

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

An online petition is now circulating among Filipino Internet users, urging the management of the Philippine Basketball Association team Burger King to donate the lost income of its suspended player, Wynne Arboleda, to the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

Arboleda has been suspended for the rest of the season in the country’s premiere professional basketball league for attacking a fan who was heckling him. The suspension without pay means 2.73 million Philippine pesos (around 81,540 Singapore dollars) in lost income for the Burger King player.

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Add Filipinos Unite in #Ondoy Twibbon to your Twitter avatar

Twitter users are now displaying the Filipinos Unite in #Ondoy Twibbon created by Maki Eduardo on their avatars to show support for the Philippine flood victims of tropical storm Ondoy (international codename: Ketsana).

Here’s a look at the Twibbon and some recent supporters.

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Read my CNET Asia blog post for more examples of online support for the victims of Ondoy/Ketsana.

Filipinos turn to Twitter as storm Ondoy floods Metro Manila

Excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I’m blogging this using a prepaid HSDPA USB modem as our condominium still has no electricity after several hours, yet I’m luckier than many of my countrymen, some of whom are still stranded on the road or even on the rooftops of their houses.

Metro Manila and 23 provinces are now in a state of calamity in the wake of massive floods brought about by the heaviest rainfall in our country’s recorded history. Twitter and social networking sites such as Facebook have been the main means Filipino Internet users have kept pace with developments and shared information, such as the text numbers for disaster relief agencies and volunteer organizations now that voice networks are clogged.

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