Celebrities not only shared their money, but also their time to Taal evacuees.
Immediately after last week’s phreatic eruptions of Taal Volcano, stars big and small asked for prayers for those who were severely affected by the calamity.
For Angel Locsin, it was time to act. The actress tagged as “the real-life Darna” – the superhero she played years ago on TV – immediately took to social media to ask for information about the number of people affected by the disaster. The philanthropist not only bought goods but personally packed them to give to affected families and barangays in Batangas and Cavite.
It was a family affair for the Agoncillos. Judy Ann Santos cooked, packed the meals and non-food items and distributed the goods with her husband Ryan Agoncillo and their kids.
Couple Jennica Garcia and husband Alwyn Uytingco were also seen volunteering at several evacuation sites in Cavite.
Actor Matteo Guidicelli, who has a second lieutenant rank, was part of the Philippine Army contingent who went to evacuation sites to distribute relief goods.
Top leading men Coco Martin, Piolo Pascual and Derek Ramsay took time out from their busy schedule to personally hand out their help to Batangas folks.
Mayor Isko Moreno, Dr. Vicky Belo and daughter Scarlet Snow Kho all donated money to the Philippine Red Cross for the survivors of the eruption.
Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were also spotted in Batangas over the weekend. The KathNiel love team not only gave goods but also comforted the evacuees in several sites.
Eagle-eyed netizens, however, grew critical of local celebrities who they deemed were indifferent of the disaster or slow in aiding those displaced and needing help. Among those who became target of misplaced anger were Luis Manzano, Alden Richards and Alex Gonzaga.
Luis took to social media to prove that the masks he was selling were not overpriced. He also wrote on Twitter: “With everything that has been said and done, do what you want to do 🙂 gusto mo tumulong and post? Great job, gusto mo tumulong behind the scenes?
Great job pa rin. But never invalidate help or someone just because it is not posted online! Laban tayo Batanguenos. God Bless!”
His mom, actor-politician Vilma Santos-Recto, a former mayor of Lipa and now representative of Batangas, and husband Sen. Ralph Recto also aided their kababayans by providing goods and personally visiting evacuation sites.
Alden, who owns restaurants in the areas affected by the ash fall, had just come back from his Japan sojourn when the eruptions happened. He immediately sent cash to a victim, according to his dad, who posted a conversation with the actor.
The recently-engaged Alex Gonzaga, whose fiancé, Mikee Morada is a councilor in Lipa, Batangas, told netizens that not every deed need to be posted on social media.
“I appreciate everyone na tumutulong sa nasalanta nating kababayan. However, boyfriend ko po konsehal ng Lipa at ako man po maraming kakilala sa Batangas kaya bago nya pa po kami husgahan at idemand na tumulong naisip na ho namin yan. Hindi na po kailangan ipost ang tulong,” she wrote on Twitter.
Popular host-comedian Vice Ganda lamented the death of the animals who lived near the volcano and lambasted those who sold overpriced face mask.
On extending help, the usually outspoken Vice said on Twitter: “Sa panahong ito ng kalamidad any form of TULONG, ipost man o hindi is highly needed. TULONG IS TULONG.
Makikinabang ang mga nasalanta. Sa panahong ito ng kalamidad any form of NEGA ipost man o hindi is highly not needed. NEGA IS JUST NEGA. Walang pakinabang sa mga nasalanta.”