Celebrities offer help, prayers in Yolanda-hit Visayas

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

AFTER they offered prayers and help to the quake victims in Bohol last month, celebrities and other showbiz personalities rallied again online to offer support in typhoon-hit provinces of super storm Yolanda.

Among those who immediately posted concern over the Visayan region are television host Bianca Gonzalez, Kc Concepcion, Pia Magalona, Aiko Melendez, Jim Paredes, Daphne Osena-Paez, singer Sitti Navaro, Dimples Romana, Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano and wife Angeli Pangilinan.

International singer and "American Idol" alumna Jessica Sanchez, whose mom is a Filipina, also sent her prayers for the country.

Kapamilya actor Richard Gomez, whose family resides in Leyte, posted photos online of damages brought by the storm.

He also tweeted that the roof of their house and garage are gone, four of their cars were destroyed by the debris of the storm and his in-law’s glass windows were shattered by strong winds.

Richard said that coastal barangays and municipalities in the fourth district of Leyte, particularly Albuera, Merida, Isabel and Palompon are in total disaster.

Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid meanwhile posted link of the Original Pilipino Music website on his Instagram account where one can help storm victims by downloading the song "Pilipino, Kaya Natin Ito."

Proceeds of the said purchase will go to the Philippine Red Cross.

Movie producer Roselle Monteverde also announced on her Facebook account that Regal Films will be accepting relief goods for the typhoon-hit provinces. Donations can be delivered at Regal Studio in Quezon City.

Gabriel Valenciano, who is currently studying in the US, believes Pinoys will get through this.

"We are unbreakable; life proof in every way possible. The worst has only brought out the best in all of us, and that is exactly what makes us who we are," he said.

"Boundless and infinite. Stay strong, Philippines. Keep smiling, keep striving. My heart and prayers are with you, now and forever," he ended.

As of Saturday afternoon, Yolanda is out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility. It left at least four persons dead, with severe damage to livelihood and infrastructure in several parts of Visayas. (Sunnex)


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