MEGA POP STAR JUSTIN BIEBER BRINGS CHEER TO VICTIMS IN LEYTE

Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber plays basketball with a young survivor of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Palo, Leyte, on Dec. 10. Bieber flew unannounced to Tacloban just over a month after it was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan and sang Christmas carols to children at a heavily damaged local school amid tight security, witnesses said. “He sang ‘Holy Night’ for the children,” said Kate Donovan, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Children’s Fund, one of three aid agencies expected to benefit from Bieber’s charity work. An AFP reporter said Bieber also played basketball with some of the young boys, and posed for photos. “UNICEF is very pleased that Justin Bieber wanted to visit Tacloban, and stopped by City Central Elementary School which has suffered a great deal of structural damage,” UNICEF emergency coordinator Angela Kearney said.

ALSO: Justin Bieber raises funds for Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan victims

As of Monday evening, fans had donated more than $600,000. Bieber is one of the several foreign and local celebrities and VIPs who have helped out. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop flew to worst-hit Tacloban city Sunday to console survivors and pledge continuing aid. Bieber said donors get a chance to win a prize to hang out with him in a studio while he works on his upcoming album. "The moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back," Bieber said, "I thought I can count on you guys to make a difference."

ALSO: Alicia Keys visits typhoon victims at Villamor Airbase

The Grammy winner, who popularized the hits 'If I Ain't Got You,' 'Empire State of Mind' and 'Girl on Fire' went to Pasay City to visit evacuees affected by typhoon Yolanda. The government has been flying evacuees from Tacloban City to Villamor Air Base which serves as a temporary center for the victims. In a series of photos posted by the Philippine Information Agency on its social media accounts, the singer is seen giving books and coloring materials to children and talking to officials in the area.

ALSO: (VIDEO) Alicia Keys grateful for time spent in Philippines .


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Justin Bieber bring cheer to survivors in Leyte


Pop megastar in Leyte. Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber plays basketball with a young survivor of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Palo, Leyte, on Dec. 10. Bieber sang and played basketball with the young survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon after flying into the disaster zone to boost international relief efforts there. AFP

MANILA, DECEMBER 16, 2013
(MANILA BULLETIN) By AFP - POP megastar Justin Bieber sang to and played basketball with the young survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon Tuesday after he flew into the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort.

Bieber flew unannounced to Tacloban just over a month after it was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan and sang Christmas carols to children at a heavily damaged local school amid tight security, witnesses said.

“He sang ‘Holy Night’ for the children,” said Kate Donovan, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Children’s Fund, one of three aid agencies expected to benefit from Bieber’s charity work.

An AFP reporter said Bieber also played basketball with some of the young boys, and posed for photos.

“UNICEF is very pleased that Justin Bieber wanted to visit Tacloban, and stopped by City Central Elementary School which has suffered a great deal of structural damage,” UNICEF emergency coordinator Angela Kearney said.

“Justin brought a lot of joy, hope and cheer to the hundreds of children who were there,” she said.

The money that would be raised would give child survivors access to education, vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, she said.

Before visiting the Philippines, Bieber had posted a message on the fund-raising website Prizeo.com urging his millions of fans to donate to the victims of the typhoon, the strongest to ever hit land.

Haiyan—local name Yolanda—cut across the central Philippines on Nov. 8, destroying scores of communities along its path.

The tsunami-like storm surges it triggered also swallowed up many coastal areas, and were blamed for majority of the nearly 6,000 deaths.

More than 1,700 others remain missing and about four million have been displaced.

In his message on Prizeo, Bieber said those donating to his cause could win a chance to personally see him record music next year.

“In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, its victims in the Philippines need our help—and they need it now,” he said in his appeal.

Many other international celebrities have also lent their voices to the massive rehabilitation effort, including Grammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys who visited the victims airlifted to Manila two weeks ago. AFP

Justin Bieber raises funds for Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan victims The Associated Press Posted: Dec 10, 2013 12:34 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 12:34 AM ET

Donors can win the chance to spend time with Bieber in a studio while he works on upcoming album


For each dollar donated to help Typhoon Haiyan victims through Justin Bieber's fundraiser, fans get a chance to win an opportunity to spend time with Bieber in a studio while he works on his upcoming album

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived Tuesday in the Philippines, where he has launched a campaign to raise $1 million help victims of last month's killer typhoon.

Bieber, adored by young fans worldwide for hits like Baby, arrived on a special flight, Immigration officer Jerome Ollet said.

Pictures on social media showed fans snapping photos of the star at Manila's airport.

In a video posted on the fundraising platform Prizeo, Bieber asked fans to help him support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which left nearly 6,000 people dead and more than 1,700 others missing, and flattened entire towns and villages in the central Philippines.

As of Monday evening, fans had donated more than $600,000.

Bieber is one of the several foreign and local celebrities and VIPs who have helped out.

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop flew to worst-hit Tacloban city Sunday to console survivors and pledge continuing aid.

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited an air force base in Manila two weeks ago and distributed crayons and colouring books to children of families who arrived aboard mercy flights by the Philippine and U.S. military from typhoon-ravaged provinces of Leyte and Samar.

The R&B star was in Manila at the time for a concert.

Bieber said donors get a chance to win a prize to hang out with him in a studio while he works on his upcoming album.

"The moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back," Bieber said, "I thought I can count on you guys to make a difference." With files from CBC News © The Associated Press, 2013 The Canadian Press

Alicia Keys visits typhoon victims at Villamor Airbase (philstar.com) | Updated November 25, 2013 - 4:31pm


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MANILA, Philippines - International rhythm and blues singer Alicia Keys went to Villamor Air Base on Monday a day after arriving in the Philippines for her second concert in the country.

The Grammy winner, who popularized the hits 'If I Ain't Got You,' 'Empire State of Mind' and 'Girl on Fire' went to Pasay City to visit evacuees affected by typhoon Yolanda.

The government has been flying evacuees from Tacloban City to Villamor Air Base which serves as a temporary center for the victims.

In a series of photos posted by the Philippine Information Agency on its social media accounts, the singer is seen giving books and coloring materials to children and talking to officials in the area.

Keys earlier tweeted this message days after the typhoon destroyed Visayas:
 

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Alicia Keys grateful for time spent in Philippines .


By Roxana Daisy ·29 videos Published on Nov 26, 2013

Alicia Keys has indeed set Manila on fire with her jam-packed concert at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Manila is one of the few Asian stops in her "Set the World on Fire" tour.

Before the concert, Keys visited typhoon "Yolanda" survivors at the Villamor Airbase, where she gave out coloring books and crayons to children.

Keys said on Twitter that she is grateful to have come to the Philippines and spent time with some of the most resilient and beautiful spirits she has ever met.

She later tweeted: "Today was the next level. Thank you for your inspiration."


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