Despite their numerous showbiz commitments, Karylle and Christian Bautista, two of today’s visible singers-actors, find time to help victims of super typhoon Yolanda, which ravaged parts of central Visayas on November 8, 2013.
Karylle appears in the daily noontime show, It’s Showtime, and headlines the musical play, Cinderella, in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City, which runs until December 2013.
Christian, apart from his singing engagements here and abroad, is Karylle's Prince Charming in the musical.
At the VIPuring Convention held at Puregold, Paso de Blas in Valenzuela City last November 21, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press interviewed Christian and Karylle, who performed a number of songs at the event.
The VIPuring was organized by Procter & Gamble and Puregold as a way of thanking their loyal retailers.
DOING THEIR PART. Christian and Karylle related that they are active in various fundraising drives to help the Yolanda victims.
Last November 12, Christian and Karylle took part in Myx Mo! 2013, a musical show that donated its proceeds to Sagip Kapamilya's relief efforts for the typhoon victims.
Christian, an ambassador of World Vision, a relief and developmental organization, said he is working closely with the group in organizing relief efforts in areas hit by Yolanda in the Visayas.
Karylle revealed her plan to organize a fun run for charity in January next year in addition to her involvement in a number of fundraising drives.
“Ako, personally, since hindi pa ako masyadong libre ngayon, January  ang [target ko to help] with my family,” the singer-actress said.
“We’re gonna have a fun run. It’s a Three Kings fun run, on January 19  at UPLB.”
Christian, on the other hand, said he will personally visit the disaster areas for the World Vision projects.
“We’re planning something in December to actually go there.
“I’m glad we’re doing our part na nagbabalot ng mga relief goods.
“Ako, personally, mas fulfilling kung andun ako, so I wanna go there.”
The Kapuso talent said that he wants to help as well as "give inspiration.”
Karylle said she has no definite plans to visit the affected areas in the Visayas.
“Hindi ko pa naiisip ‘yan ngayon kasi nga we’re still very busy, pero next year, tingnan natin,” she related.
CONTINUOUS EFFORTS. Karylle said she believes disaster recovery will take time.
“Matagal-tagal pa naman ang mga efforts na ‘to and hindi matatapos ‘tong mga fundraising at mga efforts, especially ng mga taga-Manila,” she said.
“So hangga’t hindi nagiging okay ang lahat ng tao doon, hindi tayo titigil.
“So hanggang next year pa.”
Christian added that people should remain vigilant.
With aid pouring in from all over the world, Christian and Karylle both see the need to monitor this activity.
“The best [thing to do] for us here in Manila is to monitor what’s happening.
“Kanina lang may nakita akong relief goods na hindi pa nabibigay… ganyan. Pero of course, i-check muna natin kung totoo talaga ‘yon or valid before we spread the news.
Christian continued, “Pero if it’s true, let’s spread the news… what needs to be done para ma-alert yung government natin.”
CELEBRITY STATUS. As for using their celebrity status to encourage people to help, Christian is only too glad to oblige.
“Definitely,” he replied. “To get our fans, people, to get involved… If they have time, if they have spare time, tumulong kayo.
“[We want] to be good, responsible celebrities.
“Lahat may ginagawa,” he said.