Following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), many Filipinos are still struggling to get access to basic necessities, like food, water, communication lines, and more. But a lot of public figures have called for action to help the struggling survivors. Some like actresses Kris Aquino and Angel Locsin have teamed up and even gone on the ground to talk to survivors and provide help themselves.
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Prior to the landfall of Typhoon Odette, Aquino was on vacation with her fiance Mel Sarmiento. But she shared a video of the typhoon raging outside her hotel window and said she did not forget about the victims of this calamity.
“Ayoko pong isipin ninyo na dedma ako sa pinagdadaanan ng mga kapwa nating Pilipino dahil sa napakalakas at bagsik ng bagyong Odette. Hindi na po ako magdedetalye pero non-stop ang communication ko sa mga kaibigan kung paano makakatulong,” the caption read.
Nonstop communication between the two actresses
In a since-deleted Instagram post, the actress shared how she and Locsin were on “nonstop messaging” to plan for relief operations. In the messages, Locsin was telling Aquino how they could plot their route if they hit the ground.
Their prior team-ups
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This is not the first time that the two actresses worked together to provide assistance in disaster relief operations. In 2013, Aquino and Locsin joined the relief operations of ABS-CBN after the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda.
Splitting the work
Ingat kayo ate maraming salamat sa generosity at pakikiisa – Angel Locsin to Kris Aquino
Yung reply ni ms kris 😭
Saludo ko sa mag ate na ito! 💖 pic.twitter.com/hQ2SaHkbcU
— Darna Fantastic (@Darnafantastic) December 20, 2021
In a comment under her now-deleted Instagram post, Aquino described how she, Locsin, and their partners split up the work needed to be done for the relief operations. “[P]arang kami ni Neil ang sa procurement & delivery of goods, kayo ni mel ang mangareers sa pakikipagusap sa LGU & NGO para sa deployment & actual distribution. Tapos tulong tulong tayo sa rebuilding na super hirap,” Aquino told Locsin in her comment.
Kris Aquino on the ground with VP Leni
But despite Aquino’s aversion towards logistics planning, she did join the relief operations on the ground. She was spotted with Vice President Leni Robredo in Negros Occidental, distributing goods and sharing some encouraging words to the typhoon survivors. Aquino was joined by her fiance Mel Sarmiento.
LOOK: Vice President Leni Robredo and actress Kris Aquino joined hands in distributing relief items in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. (Contributed photos) | @GabrielLaluINQ pic.twitter.com/BWLvISkvVv
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) December 21, 2021
More are providing assistance
It’s not just VP Leni, Kris Aquino, and Angel Locsin doing good work on the ground. Many other public figures have provided assistance for the relief operations in the form of monetary and in-kind donations, donation drives, and actual on-the-ground work. Presidential candidate and senator Manny Pacquiao called for solidarity with fellow candidates to work together in the post-typhoon recovery efforts. Celebrities like Bea Alonzo and Anne Curtis, fandoms like BTS’ ARMY, and movements like the community pantries are also organizing their own donation drives. Countries like the US, South Korea, and China and companies like Apple have also pledged to contribute to the relief operations.
Netizens praise their work
Many netizens are joining the calls for action of these public figures and praising them for the work they are doing to provide help. One netizen in particular noted how traveling to the devastated areas may be difficult for Aquino due her health and yet she made it there.
i stan Kris Aquino despite of what she’s going through her health still manages to help others 🥺
— nicole (@itsjailonicole) December 21, 2021
I believe in this kaya no matter what. I admire Kris Aquino and Angel Locsin. Trees never choose the soil they grow but they can always bear good fruits!!!!
— Cheann (@Cheann52504274) December 22, 2021
How *you* can help
The road to recovery from Typhoon Odette’s devastation is still a long one. If you are able to share some help, whether monetary or in kind, whether big or small, please do so. You can send your donations through these drives and organizations below: