• Aiza Seguerra brings joy, hope to Marawi refugees

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Actress-singer Aiza Seguerra on Sunday brought cheers to many evacuees from Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, when she visited evacuation centers and sang songs for them even as fighting continued between government forces and local Islamic State terrorists from the Maute Group.

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    Sporting a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, Seguerra, also the head of the National Youth Commission, went to the Saguiaran evacuation site in Lanao del Sur.

    Wearing a thin veil out of respect to the predominantly Muslim refugees, Seguerra shook hands and spoke to them.

    “Ako po ay walang dalang anything kundi awit at sana po sa munting paraan sa munting mga kanta na kakantahin ko sana ay mabigyan kayo ng konting kasiyahan despite all the things na pinagdadaanan ninyo po ngayon [I have nothing to bring you but songs that I hope would bring you a little happiness given your suffering],” the actress-singer said.

    After the mini-concert in Saguiaran, Seguerra proceeded to Bur-un evacuation center in Iligan City where she also visited refugees and talked to them.

    She went around the cramped camp and spent some time with children and their mothers before holding another mini-concert.

    “Nandito po ako, wala po akong dala na kahit ano, pero ako ay nandito upang bigyan kayo ng konting entertainment, kayo po ay kantahan. Sana po kahit papaano ay makagaan at makatulong po sa inyong pinagdadaanan [I am here without anything to give you, but I am here to offer you a little entertainment. I hope that even through tis small way, I would be able to help you],” Seguerra said.

    “Pagdating ng panahon, matatapos din ang gulo at magkakaroon ng kapayapaan dito sa Mindanao, basta patuloy lang tayong magkaisa [When the time comes, this conflict will end and we will have peace in Mindanao as long as we are united],” she added.

    Executive Director Amir Mawallil, of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs, accompanied Seguerra’s small group.

    According to ARMM’s Crisis Management Committee, more than 191,600 refugees are now in different evacuation sites.

    AL JACINTO

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