Smart emailed me and said that as one of Manila’s top digital influencer they are inviting me to the launching of their Satellite Phones.
I went without knowing what was in store for me.
I was met by one of Smart VP’s Tina Mariano. She signed me in and introduced me to everyone from Smart and to my fellow bloggers that were invited.
They sat us first in the lunch area and I sat in the same table with Cecile (Chuvaness) Van Straten, Mike Sy Lim (Fashion Pulis), Maria Dinna Vasquez, Frances Sales, etc.
I was so happy to meet John Michael Bueno (Kumagcow). Finally! We’ve been tweeting each other for a few years now. He’s one of my loyal blog followers.
At exactly 11:30 they opened the buffet area. I had fun catching up with Mike (Fashion Pulis), Chuvaness, Dinna, Frances and John Michael during lunch. The food was sooo good especially the roast beef.
After lunch they led us to the living room area where everything was set up. First to talk was Tina Mariano. Welcoming us and briefed us about the launch.Next was Louie Domingo from the Emergency Management Center.First thing he asked was are you prepared for the big one?
Are we really? It got me thinking. Is my household ready? Are my kids ready? Am I ready?
We all know what the big one is. The whole Manila has been having fire drills since last year.
I learned so much from Mr. Domingo’s talk and I realized I am not ready at all.
He was talking about the 8 fold of preparedness. But the following stuck in my mind:
4 P’s. Plan, Prepare, Practice & Prayer
Immediate action drill – do not move while it is shaking.
Communication – learn the Morse Codes, mobile phones, satellite phones
When I got home the first thing I did was taught Vinny and Claudia the morse code. I told them how important it is. When you are in a situation where you are trapped somewhere with nothing (no phone, no light, nothing) the only thing you have is the morse codes so rescue people can find you.
When everything is down the only thing you can count on to communicate is a satellite phone. During the Yolanda disaster Smart had a communication center set up in Tacloban. As a matter of fact Globe used Smarts satellite phones.
After Mr. Domingo, Mr. Jonathan Huertas, Smart Business Development talked to us about the satellite phones they are launching.Smart is offering a very affordable plan for their satellite phones. For people who are always traveling, for people who are always away from their families, for people whose work take them to rural areas, for ordinary people like you and me.
We will never know when the big one is going to strike.
For more information, please visit any Smart Center near you.