Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020   •   448

After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

READ: Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

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Courtesy: Albert Rañada

As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.

According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.

“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC

LOOK: The last supermoon of 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2020

People across the globe witnessed the last supermoon of 2020.

The supermoon, which is also called as the flower moon, occurred on Thursday (May 7). According to PAGASA, the moon is at its nearest distance to the Earth.

Several netizens posted their own shots of the supermoon.

Baguio store owner initiates urban farming using recycled bottles amid ECQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2020

A minimart store owner in Barangay Asin Road, Baguio City has been helping his neighbors cope with the lockdown through urban farming.

Due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) residents are finding it difficult to live normal lives. Schools are suspended, several establishments are closed and everyone is worried about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bradley Robuza’s store is among the establishments in Baguio hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. He said only few customers are buying from their mini store since the ECQ.

The public market is also too far from their area so they have no choice but to settle with buying pricey raw foods in the nearest market.

But despite the struggles, Bradely and his sister Rizelle Hernandez found a way to share kindness with the whole neighborhood amid the crisis.

They began urban farming in front of their store using used plastic bottles. For two weeks they planted tomatoes, cauliflower, pineapple and more. They were able to collect over 200 seedlings which they give away for free to customers and other residents.

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Courtesy Bradley Robuza

“Since wala naman na pong gaanong bumibili po ngayon sa amin kaya may mga oras po kami mag-farm. Lugi negosyo pero okay lang po mai-share po namin ang biyaya ng Dios, (Since we only have a few customers we have time to farm. Our business is not doing good but it is okay because we can still share God’s blessing)

Rizelle said they are giving away the seedlings so they can also start planting raw foods in their homes. Urban farming can also be helpful in case the ECQ will be further extended.

“Libre naman po namin pinatubo kaya libre din po namin ipamimigay, (We farmed it for free so we will give it away for free),” she said.

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Courtesy Bradley Robuza

Rizelle also said using plastic bottles also help in keeping the environment clean.

“Kaysa naman itapon namin iyong mga plastic bottles naisipan namin na diyan na lang namin itatanim para makabawas ng basura, (Instead of throwing out the plastic bottles, we thought we could use them for farming to lessen the litter),” she said.

More than 10 individuals have already benefited from their urban farm. Nelia Matuyog, a resident, is grateful for the free seedlings and said this is the right time to plant.

“May binigay din ang barangay kaya lang hindi kami nakaabot kaya thank you at meron [dito], (The barangay is also giving away [seedlings] but we were not able to get some so thank you for this),” she said. AAC

Check what the Hubble telescope saw on your birthday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 17, 2020

As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) let’s individuals see what Hubble saw on their birthday.

By clicking this link: https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/what-did-hubble-see-on-your-birthday, website visitor only have to enter the month and day they were born.

On November 3 in 2006
Einstein Ring SDSS J0946+1006
Einstein rings like this form when two galaxies are almost perfectly aligned, one behind the other, and the gravitational field of the closer galaxy bends the light from the more distant galaxy into bright arcs around itself. Courtesy NASA

“Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday,” NASA said.

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