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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I am honestly overwhelmed, even until now. They come. They keep coming. Bloggers (and non-bloggers) from almost all corners of the world unite with one single purpose – to make a difference to a young mother struggling to come home and be reunited with her kids. It started in Dubai and Saudi Arabia - it reaches France and Germany and the UK, and probably the other major cities in Europe. It reaches Japan, Korea, Australia, and the big cities of USA and Canada. Its story and the call for support have been circulated in emails and post and reposted by the OFW bloggers in the Gulf countries of the Middle East.

There was one time that the prayer rally for Yanah, initiated by LordCM, a System Analyst/OFW Blogger from Palau spread like a virus as prayer for support posted by bloggers abroad and in the Philippines that prompts CM to comment, referring to the picture of Candle and Prayer for Yanah photo snippets dotting his sidebar. “Puro kandila, ang init dito!”  That was truly moving, inspiring and touching. After all, prayer is the most powerful tool here on earth.

Since the Project Twitch has been launched, I have gathered several phone numbers and email addresses, a couple of dozen or more. Me and my serving-as-treasurer-of the project Mrs. Thoughtskoto gained new friends, renewed our spirit and have full of hope.

I heard the voices of the men and women that I highly esteemed in the blogosphere. I honestly felt overjoyed by the outpouring of support for Miss Twitch, but I am honestly humbled hearing the voices of the bloggers. Reading their thoughts and musings and funny and sad stories are entertaining to me. But hearing their voices left an impression to me that the people I greatly admired are real people and reachable! Kakatawa di ba? But that’s what I feel. Really.

KABLOGS is truly wonderful. It gather people together, it unites OFW blogger from all walks of life. I never thought about that before.

The Project Twitch realized its goal, to help Ms. Twitch buy her plane ticket. Thanks to a very selfless man out there who willingly offered his generous ways. He didn’t only provide an ordinary plane ticket; he even booked her a business class ticket!

There are others too, who come out of their way and gave P1000, P2000, that I was able to gather more than P11,000 for Ms. Twitch pocket money. May tatlong donating point po actually, one is through the effort of Prof. Pa-Jay, and the other is Jen, Ms. Twitch closest friend in Dubai. On Saturday, March 21, Mrs. Thoughtskoto will deposit how much amount we gathered to Ms. Twitch prior to her flight on the 24th to the Philippines.

The story is truly inspiring. We don’t take credit for anything we did. We do what we are supposed to do. To help those in need. To comfort those in need of comfort. And to share one another’s burden that they maybe light and easy. This story prompted a film maker of GMA 7, to ask to feature the story in one of the episodes of OFW DIARIES that is shown on local TV and the international Pinoy TV, and online

OFW Bloggers unite to help a fellow OFW!

I like the idea. What an exposure! She could be an instant celebrity, suddenly put in a limelight.

But it is not my life story to be featured. It is not just about the OFW Bloggers or Kablogs that unites. It is the life of a young mother and her kids who felt like she has nothing left, except her privacy, and her little pride.

She declined. And I feel a tremendous respect and admiration to her for what she did.

Perhaps, one day, if she is strong enough. Call the GMA 7! Yalah! Sino kayang gaganap na Ms. Twitch? Or Kosa? Or BBW? Or RJ, Pogi, or Jen? Hmmn, pwede ba, if kasali ako sa part ko si hmmn, sino ba, pwede na si Piolo? haha!



RJ said...

Once again it was proven that blogging has it's extraordinary power!

The powerful Spiderman once said that, "With great power comes great responsibility..."

However, the heroes that have been responding to Project Twitch are not the famous fictitious characters that can be seen in the movies or television screens, they are the real men and women having a big heart to accept that 'great responsibility'. They are the humble Filipino bloggers around the globe that have shown the world the real meaning of 'empathy'!

Ken said...

Very True Doc Rj. I like that part then ng Spiderman.

True also that the people na tumutulong are simple and selfless people na di na kelangan pang banggitin ang names.

I know them all. And I am so humbled that people help on condition of anonymity and without expecting anything in return.

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Hi Mr. Thoughtskoto,
Thanks once again for including me on your list. Your initiative to bind Filipino people all over the world through this site is really touching. More power to you and Mrs. Thoughtskoto..
Ate Loida

mightydacz said...



i love to blog now!!!


Kosa said...

oi Mr.Thoughts
Hindi yun maalaala mo kaya
o magpakailanman..lols
walang pagsasadula na mangyayarin dun!
bakit kasali ako?
huhh? ha?

seryoso parekoy
seryoso na ako..
hindi ko na bibiruin ang mga bagay bagay na ganun..

NJ Abad said...

Hi Kenj,

I am overwhelmed too with the tremendous and awe-inspiring support to help and the unity forged by the bloggers all over the globe. It crossed continents, broke barriers, and brought us all together for a cause.

This is a landmark story of Pinoy blogging and the Pinoy OFW bloggers' world. If you would solicit my thoughts on the proposed inclusion of YaNah's experience as one of the episodes in the OFW Diaries, I would go for it.

Yes, it can be done in a way where the identity of YanaH, her inakays, the big bad wolf, the kontrabidas, and the bloggers can be shielded and protected. YaNaH's story will spice-up and showcase the unexpected "virtue" of the Pinoy bloggers. It's a story of faith, hope, resilience of the OFW. And this "not so common" story of victory should not be withheld and denied from others to serve as an inspiration to all not just for Pinoys...

A very good title would be "Blog-YaNaHan.." anong say mo Dok RJ?

Lastly, Kenj, my personal thanks to you and the rest who initiated this project that resulted to a beyond-belief success! As I earlier quoted in Nebz' blog on heroic deeds, that the world's battlefields have been fought and won chiefly in the hearts... the benefits and blessings to the people who responded will be beyond measure.


poging (ilo)CANO said...

palakpak para sa ating lahat...mabuhay ang mga filipino bloggers...

sa lahat po ng mga tumulong sa Project Twitch...SALAMAT PO!

MR. THOUGHTS...keep on inspiring people...

Ken said...

Ate Loida, Salamat po.It's an honor to have a blogger from China to join our Kablogs list. You have wonderful post in your blog, truly China.

Mighty dacz, wink wink!!!? hehe Kelan mo kukunin ang movies mo dito?

Kosa, seryoso ka na? Seryosohin mo na? Aling mga bagay na bagay na yun? Naguluhan ako ah...hehe
kita kits!

NJ, natutuwa ako, ang haba ng comment mo at sensible lahat! Salamat sa pagbisita, salamat sa pagsuporta!

Anonymous said...

hay...nakakatuwa talaga...

Anonymous said...

and wow! sinong film maker iyon? naunahan pa ako magsabi kay yanah... hehehehe. inspiring kasi yung story (yung angle na nagtulungan ang mga bloggers to help yanah.)

Honie Kwon said...

kudos to all filipios all over the world who did a tremendous job for their kababayan..

Truly, anything is possible if we are united.:)

God bless us all..!

Ken said...

poging James, parekoy salamat sa pagbisita! salamat din sa pagsuporta niyo kay yanah. Buti naman at makakauwi na sia.

JoshMarie, i think kayo ang attorney na connected sa GMA para kay Yanah na case? Salamat din sa pagblog ninyo about her kids and the dswd thing.

gelene, thanks for dropping by and commenting sa post ko. Been to your Honie's Confession site and and the WikiGadget. I confess, I like the gadget blog!!!

2ngaw said...

Aba!!!Muntik na pala maging artista si yanah ah!!! lolzzz

Kung ano man naging desisyon nya, sigurado makakabuti hindi lang para sa kanya, kundi sa laht ng nakapaligid...Tama na ung alam nating mga blogero na may aasahan tayo sa panahong nangangailangan tayo...

Good Job!!!

Kosa said...

magulo ba?
pasensya na...
basta yun na yun!

Ken said...

Lord CM, hehehe, buti na nga lang hindi siya pumayag, mahihirapan pang mag-iisip sino sino sa casting. haha


okay na yun, basta yun na yun parekoy!

Sardonyx said...

huli man ako eh di pa rin ako pagpupugay sa'yo at sa mga katropa mong bloggers. Mabuhay kayong lahat! Ang galing ninyo, hanga talaga ako sa inyo, bagama't bago palang ako dito sa mundo ng pagba blog ay nakita ko na kung paano kayo tumulong sa mga nangangailangan. More power to your blogsssss.

Anonymous said...

Wow that was one touching story, can't believe that the essence of bayanihan is still present up to now.

i have read some previous blogs of Yanah, but i never thought it has became this serious...

but i am glad and proud of what your team has come up with to help our kabayan. truly touching.

mavs said...

kakainspire naman yung kwento ni ms yaNah...
pero mas nakakainspire yung pagtutulungan among the bloggers para sa project twitch...
sana magkaroon ng happy ending ang lahat...
GodBless all the bloggers!

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