Celebrities pitch in with Typhoon Ulysses rescue and relief efforts

As many parts of the country reeled from the effects of Typhoon Ulysses, citizens, including celebrities, came together to help out those who were most affected. Several stars joined in rescue efforts, or led fundraising drives.

Singer Donnalyn Bartolome mobilized rescue efforts in Rizal and Marikina, calling for volunteer rescuers on her Facebook page, and personally purchased and delivered rubber boats to be used in save stranded people and animals.

While stuck in her car on the way to delivering boats, Donnalyn also posted a video on her Facebook page, calling on the Philippine Coast Guard to send people to Rizal.

Celebrity couple and surfers Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones checked on their neighbors in their village in Marikina, and brought out their surfboards to be used as flotation devices.

Later on, they started a fundraiser along with their friend Marinez Elizalde, allowing local and international donors to give towards the purchase of water, food, clothing, and slippers for typhoon victims.

Photo from Kim Jones' Instagram

Miss Universe Philippines fourth runner-up Billie Hakenson hosted a live auction on her Kumu account to raise funds for relief efforts. Items included in the auction belonged to her fellow beauty queens Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo, first runner-up Bella Ysmael, and Apriel Smith, as well as their trainers at pageant camp Aces and Queens.

The pageant's 2nd runner-up Michele Gumabao reopened her fundraising campaign Your 200 Pesos, where people can send donations for relief goods which will be distributed via the PNP's Rektang Bayanihan Program. Michele also helped distribute food to typhoon victims in Marikina.

Andi Manzano along with her sisters Angela, Sofia, and Isabella were able to prepare 100 relief bags containing food, masks, face shields, water, alcohol, and sanitary napkins through their organization Project Proverbs. The relief bags were turned over to the Real Life Foundation, for distribution to those affected by the typhoon.

Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Pinky Amador, and Sunshine Dizon were among the actors who volunteered to pack relief goods through their group, Aktor PH. The group is still open for in-kind and monteary donations.

Other celebrities used their platforms to share important information, signal boost donation campaigns or call attention to stranded families in need of rescue.

Anne Curtis, who is a UNICEF national goodwill ambassador, shared a link to a fundraising campaign for the organization's emergency response. People can give donate towards the purchase of water kits, hygiene kits and tents.

Angel also previously urged followers to donate to the Philippine Red Cross, and sharing a link to a donation page on her Twitter.

Bianca Gonzalez retweeted several fundraising campaigns for typhoon relief, and shared donation information for ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya efforts.

Macoy Dubs gathered a stash of food and clothing items, and is set to hand over the donations off tomorrow in Mandaluyong. They also retweeted a donation drive for typhoon victims in Rizal.

Ulysses barreled through Calabarzon, Bicol, and the National Capital Region on November 12, leaving many people homeless as floods swept through the affected areas. – Rappler.com