Batangbaler is again in begging mode. As of my last check, the BB piggybank has only 99 pesos, good for only half a day of hosting. It means that if the fund chest is not refilled by March 1, BB will close shop. Usually, the fund drains around June of every year. Actually I have already paid for hosting until June but I had to upgrade to a higher hosting package since the one I paid for can't handle the traffic. End result: the dreaded "This Website Have Exceeded It's Bandwidth Limit" message every last week of the month. In order to avoid this, I quadrupled BB's hosting plan. And the money I paid for one year turned out to be good only for 8 months. that's why i'm into begging mode this early. The domain registration however, will not expire until June.
Q. Why do I need to have Batangbaler hosted when i'm using a free blogging service - blogger.com?
A. I'm just using Blogger for convinience and I first used it for emergency purposes (2004 flashflood). Then i got stuck. I'm currently into migration mode, and this February or March, BB will switch to Wordpress. I use blogger only to publish my blogs. The images (which eats up about 80% of bandwidth) still needs to be hosted. The guestbook, messageboard, chatroom, email client, and photo gallery are also hosted on the BB server - which is located somewhere in New Jersey.
Q. Why not ask the help of local politicians?
A. Ha ha ha, nice joke!
So I'm calling the usual Batangbaler benefactors and some new ones, to please help me with this problem. I need at least 15k to keep this website running for a year - most of it to be used for hosting and domain registration and about 1% for beer and sisig. If you're in Manila or somewhere with a Unionbank or Metrobank branch you can email me for instructions on how you can deposit directly to BB's hosting company so that you can be sure that your donation will be used for it's real intention. If you're from the US or other parts of the country, you have to send me your donation first and trust me that I will use only 1% of it for cervesa negra. My email address is batangbaler at gmail dot com or josephisdead at yahoo dot com.
I would like to thank all the BB sponsors who keeps on filling the piggybank. Without you Batangbaler is dead a long long time ago. And to all regular visitors of this blog - don't change your channel. Thank you very much.
Now back to regular programming.