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MANILA, Philippines – Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber used graffiti to raise money for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which devastated the Philippines on November 8, TMZ reported.
Bieber, along with his friend Milk Tyson, spray painted a Los Angeles wall on November 17. It featured the words “Pray 4 Philippines,” with the image of hands in prayer.
The popstar posted a photo of him in a prayer position beside his work, with the caption, “We all can help.”
Milk Tyson also posted the photo, with a caption saying the two “are gonna do [something] big to give back to the victims of the tragedy. #PrayForThePhilippines.”
According to TMZ, Bieber plans to auction off a signed picture of his grafitti along with the used spray paint cans. The money will be donated to a typhoon relief group in the Philippines.
A source also told TMZ that this is only the beginning of Bieber’s relief efforts.
While Bieber now used his graffiti talents to extend help, the singer was recently fined for illegally tagging a wall in Brazil while on the Brazilian leg of his world tour.
In 2012, the singer also faced social media flak and and a threat of being banned from the Philippines after posting “distasteful” photos of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after losing to Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.
Aside from sending messages of support and sympathy, foreign celebrities have also helped raise funds for the Philippines.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell and part-Filipino fashion photographer John-Paul Pietrus teamed up to sell limited edition photos of the supermodel for the benefit of the British Red Cross. According to the NY Daily News, the prints cost 20 British pounds or US$32.
International bands Journey and Jars of Clay have also pledged donations for the relief efforts. Journey, whose lead vocalist is Filipino Arnel Pineda, is donating $350,000, reported the Huffington Post.
Jars of Clay is raising $50,000 through tips from downloads of their song “Fall Asleep.” The video for the song was filmed in Manila and featured Filipino actress Rhian Ramos. – Rappler.com