MANILA, Philippines – Local celebrities took a break from tapings and photoshoots to join relief operations for victims of tropical storm Maring.
While many took to social media to offer prayers and help disseminate information on evacuation, rescue, and safety measures during the storm, there were those who braved the harsh weather to lend a helping hand.
Gary Valenciano was one of the first to call for donations. The singer turned his “Tuesdays With Gary” stint in Greenhills into a fund-raiser, which successfully collected P200,000.
Am at TEATRINO Ghills now for TUESDAYS WITH GARY. It's now a fund raiser for our fellow brethren who need our help.— GARY VALENCIANO (@GaryValenciano1) August 20, 2013
Tnx to all who came to Tue With Gary tonight. We were able to raise about 200T pesos for fellow pinoys. May God bless you all abundantly— GARY VALENCIANO (@GaryValenciano1) August 20, 2013
Anne Curtis did not lack in reminding her followers to stay safe and to join relief efforts. The actress eagerly retweeted and shared information about the disaster.
Putting together some clothes & goods to drop off at relief centers. What about you? C'mon guys. Lets come together as one again.— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) August 20, 2013
Angel Locsin was perhaps, one of the most active stars who joined the Red Cross in relief and rescue operations. The award-winning actress’ timeline was filled with action plans and safety measures.
Singers Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid also teamed up with the Red Cross.
KC Concepcion, Sam Milby, Judy Ann Santos and other cast and production members of soap opera Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala gathered to help pack relief goods.
Today's missions, accomplished. 1: Hot food to Taguig Zone 2 2: Relief goods packing/distribution in Cavite 3: Soup kitchen Taguig Zone 2&3!— KC Concepcion (@kc_concepcion) August 21, 2013
Pinoy talk show queen Kris Aquino spent several days distributing goods to those struck by the calamity. In an Instagram post, she described reaching out to Filipinos in need as “the best way to honor (her) Mom and Dad.”
Hats off to the DSWD volunteers, said Bianca Gonzales, who saluted their dedication despite having their own families and flooded homes to take care of.
Model and TV host Divine Lee was also active in rescue efforts and the repacking of relief goods.
1500 bags! thank you team! this one is for Marikina!— Divine Lee (@DivinemLee) August 21, 2013
Aside from bringing laughter to television screens, comedian Vice Ganda brought color back to the dark metro.