Celebrities, beauty queens help Rolly, Ulysses victims

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    The aftereffects of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses continue to be felt days after their departure from the country.

    In the Ifugao province, people have yet to be recovered from the landslides. In Bicol and Cagayan, floods and muds swept many areas. Some places have yet to get their power back and several structures remain in disarray. Nearer Metro Manila, parts of Bulacan and Pampanga remain underwater, while areas in Marikina and Rizal were not spared by the rampaging waters from the Marikina river.

    Because of their influence and popularity, celebrities have become effective in getting support for causes and for mounting donation drives during disasters. This 2020, many local stars have been especially busy raising funds, cooking food and actually handing out goods. Willie Revillame, Bela Padilla, Bea Alonzo, Enchong Dee, Marian Rivera and husband Dingdong Dantes, and Angel Locsin and fiance Neil Arce have contributed not only money and resources but also time for the less fortunate.

    After Ulysses, actor Jericho Rosales and wife Kim Jones were seen on their surfboards paddling on their way to help residents in a flooded area in Marikina. Jericho, a native of Marikina, was also spotted on his surfboard, helping in the rescue efforts during the onslaught of Ondoy in 2009.

    “Pinoy Big Brother” big winners Nene Tamayo, Kim Chiu, Melai Cantiveros, Maymay Entrata, hosts Toni Gonzaga, Bianca Gonzalez, and Robi Domingo, and several former housemates also reunited online recently after accepting Big Brother’s task to band together to help the victims of typhoon Rolly that battered the country.

    Former housemate Barbie Imperial, who hails from Albay, appealed to viewers to donate so her fellow Bicolanos can start rebuilding their lives. She shared that she wasn’t able to contact relatives in Bicol for three days because the catastrophic typhoon affected the signal in their town.

    Reigning Binibining Pilipinas queens also did their part to help Ulysses-affected families.

    They reunited in an online chikahan to support the Operation Relief Efforts of Araneta City to Help (REACH) for the Ulysses-stricken families in Metro Manila.

    Last Saturday, November 14, the official Facebook page of Binibining Pilipinas (@BBPilipinasOfficial) featured #IAmBinibini: Online Chikahan with Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Queens to raise funds for those displaced by Ulysses.

    Binibining Pilipinas 2020 candidate Samantha Bernardo joined Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2019 Gazini Ganados, Binibining Pilipinas International 2019 Patch Magtanong, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Saeed, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Aya Abesamis, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 Emma Tiglao, and Miss Globe 2019 2nd Runner-up Leren Mae Bautista in the live online fund-raising activity.

    “Seeing the headlines, the damage, and destruction faced by our countrymen, we felt a strong need to do something. We want to give back and use the platform that we have to help in our own little way,” Magtanong said.