Just a quick post to update any of you who are curious, have been following this blog for over a year and want to know what actual action was taken on the issues raised. Last Christmas, I did a post to wish everyone well and promised that for every comment left on that post I would donate a book to a school or orphanage. Folks must have been away for the holidays then because only 70 folks left comments. But RM, a friend of ours, doubled the offer, so essentially we were supposed to donate 140 books. Well, in February 2006, Marketmanila donated roughly 400 books (or 3x the promised amount) to a school in Tondo, Manila. Hopefully, thousands of kids will benefit from those books over the years. A few months ago, after the oil spill from the Petron tanker off the coast of Guimaras, I received a plea from Unicef for some help. I have donated to other Unicef causes before and I wanted to do so again. In my post, I promised to give 2 bubud kabogs worth (at cost) for every comment received from readers. I received a near record 279 comments on that post, short of the 500 I was hoping for (possibly affected by four days of lights out following Milenyo, the storm). But well over 50 lurkers came out of the woodwork for Guimaras, and I thank them. A few weeks later, Marketmanila donated 500 comments worth and quickly received a thank you from the Unicef folksâ€¦they are so organized with their fundraising efforts. Also, in a somewhat related move, since so many trees were felled by the recent typhoon Milenyo, Marketmanila has donated 50 live mahogany trees to a school in Batangas, hoping in some small way to make up for the shortfall in oxygen as a result of fewer trees on Luzon (actually a fallacy as most of the earthâ€™s oxygen is produced in the sea, I think). And finally, on the advertisement(s) regarding the shittybank episode, I am still working on that and will let all of the readers know when I finally get the ads outâ€¦ Again, many thanks to the readers of Marketmanila!