Local celebrities rallied to help flood victims, visiting evacuation centers, distributing relief goods and turning to social media to share or relay information to their army of followers.
TV host and actress Kris Aquino accompanied her brother President Noynoy Aquino in distributing relief goods in Brgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa. Kris tweeted on Wednesday, August 8, that she personally shopped for goods including shampoo, soap, detergent, alcohol, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“Straight to Malacanang from here to pack goods. Thank u sa inyo for supporting PNoy! Just giving back the goodwill u give our family,” Kris tweeted.
She also responded to a tweet that read, “Kadiri ang mga pulitiko ha. Tamaan sana ng kidlat ang mga naglalagay ng pangalan nila sa relief goods.”
“Actually I do have to Pinoys know because as taypayers we’d want to be aware our president is hard at work and reaching out to those in need. Sometimes when we don’t hear about our president’s actions we can feel he’s tamad and ineffective,” Kris replied.
Kris defends celebs
She also defended celebrities from accusations that they help only because it’s good publicity.
“Actually sometimes we accuse politicos and stars of just appearing for photo op. That’s why I mentioned gong to SM Myself to buy goods to share & Malacanang employees helped me pack. Maybe it’s important for people who support me to know I share my blessings,” Kris tweeted.
Kris also thanked companies who donated goods and for the help extended by Anne Curtis, Kim Chiu, Angel Locsin and Iza Calzado.
She thanked Anne for personally shopping for the toothpaste and toothbrushes she would donate. Kris gave a shout out to Iza for helping her secure toilet paper and alcohol and for volunteering to visit Valenzuela on Thursday, August 9.
Kim Chiu visits Marikina
Kris added, “Si Kim Chiu went personally to Marikina, pinuno ang Hummer nya ng donations. I asked if I could help her sa vehicles or PNP assistance no need daw kasi yung mga kagawad helped assist & organize.”
Kris is scheduled to be in Sta. Lucia, Pasig today with Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda and Angel Locsin for ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya. TV networks such as GMA 7 and TV5 also conduct their own relief efforts.
Solenn Heussaff, together with her friends, also asked for donations, tweeting a photo of her friends packing some food.
KC Concepcion also reached out to her followers fans overseas for help.
“Para sa mga kababayan natin overseas: Maaari pa rin kayo tumulong sa pamamagitanng World Food Programme (WFP). Ang lahat ng proceeds ng items sa KC’s CLOSET ay direktang mapupunta sa operations ng WFP Philippines,” KC tweeted. KC’s Closet is an online store where she sells her personal items to raise funds for WFP.
Marian joins Red Cross relief operations
Meanwhile, Kapuso star Marian Rivera joined the Philippine National Red Cross and its chairman Richard Gordon during their relief operations on Wednesday, Quezon City.
Gordon’s official Twitter account posted a photo of Rivera, who is a Red Cross ambassador, while doing relief operations in Quezon City.
“Nagpunta ako rito hindi bilang artista. Nagpunta ako rito para tumulong sa kanila, magbigay ng pagkain at para maiparamdam sa kanila na anuman ang nanagyari sa kanila, nandiyan ang Red Cross para sa kanila,” she said in a interview with GMA-7’s “24 Oras” on August 8.
Via her Twitter account, Kapatid TV host Mariel Rodriguez shared that she and partner Robin Padilla have been helping out their neighbors in West Fairview, Quezon City.
“Robin said he was going around to the flooded areas i said i will stay behind and cook para sa operation Hot Meals. ang operation hot meals ay dinadala namin ang bagong lutong food sa mga evacuation centers para may hot food sila,” one of Mariel’s Instagram posts said. She also encouraged her Twitter followers to help out calamity victims if they can.
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