Hollywood stars tweet for ‘Ondoy’ victims
By NRJ RAMOS
September 28, 2009, 2:42pm
The devastation wrought by typhoon “Ondoy” has made the Philippines one of the hottest topics on Twitter even among Hollywood stars.
Husband and wife Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who, until the last few hours were still continuously ‘tweeting’ about the situation, have posted links to organizations that could help in alleviating the plight of so many distraught Pinoys.
“Typhoon victims in Philippines in dire need of food/clothing. Call the American Red Cross to help,” the two urged.
Singer Josh Groban, who was one of the more graciously received visitors in Manila recently, also aired his concern via the web-based networking site.
“My heart goes out to my friends in the Philippines,” he tweeted, advising followers to send donations through Red Cross.
Singer Marie Digby voiced her sadness over the situation, calling out to Pinoy ‘Digbyholics’: “So sorry to hear about all the flooding in the Philippines!!! I'm hoping and praying for everyone's safety.”
Young star Demi Lovato of “Camp Rock”-fame joined in on the cause by re-tweeting links to the American Red Cross but not before stating, “Come on guys, the Red Cross is a beautiful thing and the Philippines need OUR help… Let's put it to good use and make our country proud…after all, it is called the AMERICAN Red Cross… and we have to be there for other countries. Please help them.”
Other celebrities like Pinoy singing sensation Charice Pempengco, “Charmed” actor Alyssa Milano, Paris Hilton, Ricky Martin, former M2M singer Marion Raven, singer-guitarist Michelle Branch, and Fall out Boy’s Pete Wentz have all called out for help in behalf of 'Ondoy's" victims by re-tweeting links to either the Philippine or American Red Cross.
Author Paulo Coelho (“The Alchemist,” “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”), meanwhile, posted on Twitter his frustration over what he termed the Philippine Red Cross’ seeming ‘Jurassic methods’ of collecting donations.
He posted: “I had to send a bank order. Jurassic! (People) can't act on impulse. Filipinos talk to Red Cross: (open) donations online!” and emphatically, “(Your) link does not have online donations. Paypal is not an option. Open online link.”