We all grappled with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and tragic natural disasters in this challenging year, causing immense suffering and unthinkable ordeals. This led to a number of Kapamilya stars responding to calls for help and extending assistance and aid in whatever way possible to those in need. Here are some of them:
With the pandemic affecting countless communities in the country, actress Bea Alonzo founded the relief organization I Am Hope. It started as a food drive for communities who were in great need since the health crisis started. Eventually it served as a donation platform to assist frontline workers and the most vulnerable sectors. I Am Hope has donated hygiene and relief packs to the victims of Typhoon Ambo. As of writing, the organization has already collected millions of pesos in cash and in-kind donations.
Known for her firm stand in national issues and for her genuine advocacies, Angel Locsin always made sure she extended help to those who are struggling and suffering. Through her #UniTENTweStandPH campaign, Angel set up 22 isolation and sanitation tents at 11 hospitals in Manila and neighboring provinces. Anne Curtis and husband Erwan Heussaff, and Regine Velasquez and husband Ogie Alcasid also joined her campaign. Moreover, as a Philippine Red Cross (PRC) ambassador, Angel also took part with the PRC staff in helping victims of Typhoon Ulysses.
As an auxiliary officer of the Philippine Coast Guard, Gerald Anderson took part in the agency’s relief mission in Cagayan and Isabela for the families and communities affected by the Typhoon Ulysses. He personally packed the relief goods that they distributed to the evacuees the night before their relief mission. Gerald also collaborated with the Philippine Coast Guard in initiating to help build an Emergency Quarantine Facility for the frontliners.
Kim Chiu partnered with Angel Locsin in the fundraising project for mass testing and leveraged on the popularity of her “Bawal Lumabas” ditty to actually reach out and help the needy. Through Kim’s “Bawal Lumabas” merchandise, she was able to raise funds that provided food packages to 1,500 families. Apart from that, the It’s Showtime host was able to use the proceeds from the merchandise to donate to charity programs.
Bela Padilla was able to reach her 1 million peso goal for her online fundraiser Pagkain Para sa Pinoy which aimed to give assistance to the sectors whose livelihoods were affected because of the pandemic including street vendors. Bela decided to launch the online fundraising campaign after seeing images of street vendors who continue to work despite the danger brought by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ria Atayde, together with fellow actresses Maja Salvador, Alyssa Muhlach, and Alexa Ilacad collaborated with comedian Pooh and Vargon Food Service for their #FoodForTheFrontliners project which aimed to distribute free food packages for the health workers in Metro Manila and neighboring cities. Ria specifically provided meals with handwritten notes for the health workers at FEU Hospital.
Yeng Constantino joined Ruffa Gutierrez, Lorin Gutierrez, and Sarah Lahbati in donating relief goods to 500 affected families of Typhoon Ulysses in Marikina. They distributed rice, canned goods, water, cash, blankets, and clothes. Aside from the three, the Kapamilya singer herself had a personal initiative in helping the victims of Typhoon Ulysses in Rodriguez, Rizal through her charity stream called ML For A Cause.
Actress and social media star Ivan Alawi used her social media platforms to help the victims of Typhoon Ulysses. She took time to fly to Cagayan and personally distribute the relief goods and donations to the victims of the devastating floods. Moreover, she had a courtesy call with Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba.
Even though she and her family were staying in Hong Kong when Typhoon Ulysses hit the country, the 32-year-old actress and model Isabelle Daza-Semblat made sure she could still help the affected Filipino families as she collected funds from donations to raise relief goods which she sent to the Philippines.
Anne Curtis and husband Erwan Heussaff were able to join Angel Locsin in her #UniTENTweStandPH where they were able to set up 22 isolation and sanitation tents at 11 hospitals in Manila and neighboring provinces. Angel and Anne were also able to raise funds on the opening day of their “Shop & Share” project, which aimed “to cover the expense for testing kits to the underprivileged who are affected by this global crisis,” as what it said on the project’s official website.
Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda was able to raise over 800,000 pesos from the “FUNDkabogable Donation Drive” that he launched for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses. He launched this donation drive after sharing his own experience facing the onslaught of the typhoon during a quick getaway in Balesin. He updated the people with the breakdown of the total donations he raised through his “transparency report.”
Jerico Rosales and Kim Jones
Jericho Rosales and wife Kim Jones initiated to help rescue the residents who were trapped inside their homes in their village in Marikina City, one of the localities worst hit by flooding amid the wrath of Typhoon Ulysses. “... paglabas namin, baha na. Usually kapag baha dito kasi, ganyan talaga. Laging ganyan ang problema. Sometimes walang boats or flotation devices so naglabas kami ni Kim ng surfboard,” Jericho said in an interview.
Check out more of the humanitarian and charitable acts of Kapamilya stars amidst the deluge of crises that hit the country in 2020 in this edition of Kapamilya Snaps.