Alicia Keys on Pinoys: ‘resilient, beautiful spirits’

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Alicia Keys distributes crayons and supplies to children in Villamor Airbase before her concert

GIRL ON FIRE. Alicia Keys keeps the flame going for Filipinos affected by typhoon Haiyan. Photo from PIA-NCR Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys visited survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay before her concert held Monday, November 25, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

According to the Philippine Information Agency, Keys donated crayons and other school supplies to children in the airbase.

The singer’s concert came more than two weeks after typhoon Yolanda devastated provinces in the Visayas, leaving over 4,000 casualties and billions worth of destruction.

The singer, who is currently in the Asian leg of her “Set the World on Fire” tour said through Twitter that she is grateful to have spent time with the Filipinos. She described Pinoys as “some of the most resilient, beautiful spirits, [she had] ever met.”

The “Girl on Fire” singer also tweeted, “Today was next level. Thank you for your inspiration!”

Keys was also among international celebrities who used social media to extend sympathy and support to the Philippines a few days after the calamity hit.

Keys first performed in the Philippines in 2004, with special performances by local musicians Luke Mejares and Kyla. 

On her second concert in the country Keys hopes “to bring hope for the Filipino people,” she told ABS-CBN a week before.

According to a separate ABS-CBN report, the singer watched and rooted for Filipino Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao during his November 24 fight against American Brandon Rios in Macau. –

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