Friday, August 10, 2012

Outpour Of Love, Support To Filipinos, From Int'l Celebrities


MANILA, Philippines - Though miles away from Filipinos, international celebrities extended, via Twitter, their messages of support to those who were adversely affected by the destructive rains and floods persisting for days now in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines.

Reality TV star and businesswoman Paris Hilton feels "sad" over the catastrophe. "I am praying for you all & sending you my love, prayers & well wishes," she said.

International TV network CNN (Cable News Network) anchor Anderson Cooper posted, "My thoughts are with all those in the Philippines dealing with the devastating floods."

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest encouraged Filipinos to remain strong.

"From London to Manila, my thoughts are with the people of the Philippines. Stay safe. Stay resilient," he said.

"All my support to all the families that are suffering the terrible floods in the Philippines #PrayForThePhilippines," National Basketball Association (NBA) player Pau Gasol said.

International actors also offered tweets of comfort, such as Mexican superstar Thalia, who wrote, "#PrayForThePhilippines To my friends in the Philippines.The rain and floods are causing so much damage :-( My thoughts and prayers to all! Stay safe!"

Tyrese Gibson, meanwhile, posted, "My sincere prayer are in for the families in the Philippines affected by the flooding ... Our prayers are sent…"

Top fashion editor Nina Garcia sent "all [her] love" to the country, as well as "America's Next Top Model" Cycle 12 and All-Stars runner-up Allison Harvard, who tweeted, "My heart goes out to the Philippines."

Several musicians were likewise concerned, as seen in these tweets:

Gabriel Saporta, lead singer of Cobra Starship: "'@CobraCrewManila: @GabrielSaporta please #PrayForThePhilippines Mr. President.' my thoughts are with you."

Michelle Branch: "Reading news of the flooding in the Philippines. Thinking of you all. Stay safe! #PrayForThePhilippines."

"American Idol" Season 7 champ David Cook: "Sad to see the news coming out of the Philippines. Sending thoughts and love to everyone there."

Black Eyed Peas member "Pray for the best friend @apl_de has family in manila...pray for @apl_de beautiful country..."

Korean superstar Jay Park: "Hope everyone in the Philippines is ok!! #prayforPhilippines"

YouTube sensation Marie Digby: "Thinking of everyone in the Philippines and hoping for this rain to stop as soon as possible... :( please take care and be safe."

American rock group The Maine: "Hope all of you in Manila are doing ok! We can't wait to visit you again next month. Stay safe."

Book authors Neil Gaiman and Joyce Meyer also empathized with Filipinos. "Sending love and worry to the Philippines. (WIll also send aid donation using #reliefPH info….)," tweeted the former, while the latter posted, "Join us in praying for the people of Manila who have been devastated by severe flooding. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Half-Filipino stars based abroad, such as young YouTube wonder Maria Aragon, sent her virtual "hugs and kisses" to her "kababayans." "God is always with you. stay safe!! xoxo," she added.

Fil-Mexican "American Idol" Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez posted, "My prayers are out there for everyone on the Philippines :(."

Another YouTube sensation, singer-songwriter AJ Rafael, assured, "Expect some crazy plan to raise funds from me when I get back to the states." of The Black Eyed Peas thanked everyone, including his BEP buddy, for the prayers.

"Anybody would help me on fO(o)d drive for people in philippine(s)?," he also asked via Twitter.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, who staged their first-ever Manila concert despite the massive rains on Aug. 8 [show was originally scheduled on Aug. 7 but was moved due to the unfavorable weather conditions], thanked their fans and pledged to return soon.

Two of his tweets read:

"For all the fans who CANNOT come tonight due to the weather, we will come back again soon. We have been treated so well, and we thank you."

"Manila fans, you're the best. Thanks to everyone who made the show possible. Our prayers go out to everyone who has been affected #SPPH."

Meanwhile, in line with their Philippine shows on Aug. 10 and 11, British pop twosome Tears for Fears, announced through the official website of its member Curt Smith, that all proceeds from their merchandise sold will go to the Manila Flood Relief.

“Much love to all my Filipino friends dealing with the devastating weather & floods, we will attempt to bring some good cheer with us!,” tweeted Smith.

Still due to the harsh state of weather in the country, the media tour and mixed martial arts workshops of champion UFC fighter Mark “the Filipino wrecking machine" Muñoz have been postponed, according to Balls Channel.

“I am sad that the UFC Manila Tour on Aug 12th at MOA has been postponed, but I am more worried about our fellow Pinoys – mga bata, lolos and lolas – in the flood waters. I know Filipinos are a resilient people. We will come out of this a stronger people. We always do…,” Muñoz said in a statement.


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