Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner up Ariella Arida and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao pledged to help victims of the monster typhoon that brought Visayas provinces to their knees.
Arida said that she will help in the packing of relief goods to be distributed to the victims.
“Bukas po pupunta ako sa Sagip Kapamilya [Foundation] para tumulong sa packing ng relief goods [Tomorrow, I will go to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation to help pack relief goods,” she shared.
Besides this, she will also be joining the ABS-CBN foundation in fund-raising efforts and relief operations. On Wednesday, she kicked off her volunteer work by guesting at the live morning show of Kris Aquino, Kris TV, in which a live donation telethon was happening.
Arida will also be supporting initiatives by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI), and collaborating with the World Food Programme. BPCI has already donated P1 million for Yolanda relief operations.
Pacquiao admitted feelings of anguish and regret because of the suffering of people in Central Visayas.
He said he felt “very bad” for the thousands killed and displaced by the super typhoon.
But Pacquiao, who is training out of harm’s way in his home city of General Santos, said he could not jeopardize preparations for his November 24 fight against America’s Brandon Rios.
“I really feel very bad over what happened in the Visayas region where more than 10,000 people are believed to have lost their lives,” Pacquiao said in a “statement to his people” posted on his website.
“I really want to visit the area and personally do what I can to help our countrymen who have suffered so much in this terrible tragedy but I’m in deep training in General Santos City for a crucial fight so I regret I cannot go.”
The 34-year-old congressman pledged to send aid to affected areas, where the desperate search for supplies has turned deadly with eight people killed in a crush at a government rice store.