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In Focus: How Pinoy Celebs Are Urging Fellows To Help Taal Eruption Victims

In Focus: How Pinoy Celebs Are Urging Fellows To Help Taal Eruption Victims

With the unexpected ashfall and eventual eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas last January 13, thousands of residents from nearby communities had to be abruptly evacuated, if not stranded in her homes during a Level 4 calamity. Celebrities and other personalities used their influence online to urge their followers to help, whether in the form of donation of supplies, volunteer action, or prayer. Some celebrities took a more pro-active approach like Angel Locsin and Diether Ocampo who are also known for getting involved in outreach and fundraising efforts.

[related: In Focus: Fil-Australian Celebs Weigh In On How We Can Help Australia]

 
 
 
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Last 2017 me and my team went to taal to see the beauty of nature.. we had a great time and the horses they played a big part as it is really hard to walk your way up to see the crater, the community there was so light, happy and vibrant everyone was so nice from our tour guide down to the residents and they gave us a one great unforgetable experience that we will never forget, but seeing what is happening right now, makes me wonder where are they now? How are the people? Are they being rescued? How about the more than 500 horses? That played a big role to all the tourist? Are they still alive? So many questions in my mind right now?... all we want is for all of them to be safe.. wherever we are right now, lets pray for the people in taal and living near taal and also the horses, animals to be safe, may the good lord cover them in safety and protection. We can’t control nature..... but anything can be possible through prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #prayfortaal #prayforphilippines

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PRAY FOR BATANGAS🙏🙏

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Lighting the Holy Family candles tonight na nabili ko sa Basilica ng Taal, Batangas last month when we went to visit pagkatapos ng Cancer Warriors get together namin sa Lipa. May we all be mindful of the families that are greatly affected by the recent events. May we use our platforms and influence to encourage one another to pray for each other, help one another and be aware of what might happen in the coming days/weeks, so we can all raise awareness for our dear Kababayans. My heart goes out to the families, especially the children and elderly. Ingat po tayong lahat. And my family will continue to pray for us all. Sa mga ganitong pangyayari tanging Diyos lang ang ating makakapitan. Don’t lose faith 🙏🏼

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Taal Volcano 2 weeks ago. Praying for everyone’s safety🙏🏻

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With everything happening around the world right now, I just can’t help but post this... all the signs are here: War, earthquakes, national disasters, rise of the anti christ etc.. Whether you like it or not, whether you’re ready or not, HE IS COMING. No one knows when. Tomorrow, next week, or maybe 5 years from now, nobody knows... that’s why we all have to be ready! spread love and not hate! Forgive the people who have wronged you, even though you don’t feel like they’ve earned your forgiveness. Love your family, your friends and your enemies, just as how Jesus loved the sinners. Stop the hate! Stop cyber bullying! Stop giving in to worldly temptations! Most importantly, READ THE BIBLE! 3 chapters a day won’t hurt. It won’t even take an hour of your time. Dedicate your life to Him before it’s too late. Strengthen your relationship with Him! . . . I know this post may draw good and bad reactions from people. But I just can’t help to not speak up on this. I know God put me in showbiz, not to be the most popular celebrity, but to use my platform to make Him popular. I know I’m not the holiest person alive, but I am proud to say that I have a relationship with God. And it is the BEST feeling ever. Prayers up to the people affected in the Taal eruption, Australia and South Korea fires, Iran & US conflict. 🙏🏻 God Bless everyone!

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Sa lahat po ng nagtatanong, safe po kaming lahat kasama ng mga angels at pets po namin. Maraming salamat sa mga taong tumulong sa amin at sinisiguradong ligtas kami. Sa lahat po ng naapektuhan ng pagsabog ng Taal Volcano, as per Mayora Leslie Ann Uy Salamat gagawing center ng evacuation ang Alfonso, mas safer po at para mas organized din po ang pagbibigay ng mga tulong. We donated na rin po lahat ng food sa cafe at lahat ng mga tinapay sa bakeshop. Isunod namin ang mga damit. At sa lahat po ng gustong tumulong, please magmessage na lang po kayo kay Mayora @leslie.ann.uy o kay Mayor @randysalamat. Wala rin po palang tubig at kuryente sa aming bayan. Kailangang paliguan agad ang mga naabuhan lalong lalo na ang mga bata at kailangan ng mga damit. May mga sanggol pa po, nagbebreastfeed pa ang iba. Sa panahon ngayon, wag sanang isipin kung paano tayo mas kikita o makakabenta sa mga nangangailangan. Dasal po tayo para sa kaligtasan ng lahat. Ingat po kayong lahat.

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NAKAKAIYAK. Naghahanda kami ngayon ng asawa ko para sumama sa isang Rescue Team papuntang Tagaytay dahil nangangailangan ng karagdagang man power. Ang N95 na mask na higit na kailangan ngayon ay binebenta ng P200 each ng mga nag hoard nito sa pharmacy. Ang feed ko sa Facebook maya’t maya may boosted post pa na may available N95 mask sa kanila sa halagang P200 eh nasa P40/P50 lamang ang halaga nito. Kapwa natin kababayan ang nangangailangan ng tulong bakit kailangan abusuhin ang kahinaan ng mga kapwa natin Pilipino. Hindi ito ang oras para magdamot. Mahabag naman kahit kaunti. Mag popost po ako ulit para sa mga nais magbigay ng tulong sa pamamagitan ng gamit at pera, sa ngayon ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagdadasal. May mga mensahe din akong nakuha na bakit Tagaytay lang ang hinihingan ko ng dasal at hindi Batangas eh mayayaman naman daw ang mga nasa Tagaytay. ANO DAW? Para sa kaalaman ninyo nasa Batangas kahapon ang asawa ko ng pumutok ang bulkan. When he sent me a message, I posted on Instagram right away for prayers. Because I panicked and already typed Batangas, I thought, I already included Batangas in my request for all to pray. Please don’t feel offended and know that my prayers goes out to ALL Filipinos. Regardless of where they are situated when Taal erupted. Unless our foot is standing on the land of Tagaytay let us not belittle their need for help and prayers. Wag tayong mang mata at mag assume na dahil maraming mayaman sa area at may mas malapit sa Taal na mas kailangan ng dasal at tulong ay hindi nila kailangan yun.

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