Generosity abounds in showbiz.
Over the weekend, a number of stars got busy selling their personal items and donating money for the victims of typhoon Yolanda, which hit the Visayan region on November 8.
Anne Curtis, with sister Jasmine and boyfriend Erwann Heussaff, raided her closet and managed a big and quick garage sale in Market! Market!
Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez auctioned off their designer bags, clothes, and shoes, including some of their Bvlgari and TW steel watches online.
Julia Barretto, Aiko Melendez, Miriam Quiambao, and Rhian Ramos have gathered and collected personal items to sell.
Kris Aquino was the first to hand a cheque to Lucy Torres-Gomez for the latter’s relief efforts in Ormoc, Leyte.
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera organized a fun run for a cause.
Sharon Cuneta has just pledged 10 million pesos of her personal money.
Last night, Top Gear editor-in-chief Vernon Sarne added Angel Locsin to the list of what PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) would like to call the Good Samaritans of Showbiz.
Two topgear.com.ph articles released one after the other led to this revelation.
Yesterday, November 11, the website of Top Gear Magazine released an article by Patrick Tadeo titled "Good Samaritan to auction off muscle car for Yolanda relief efforts."
It said that the owner of a Chevrolet Chevelle, who chose to remain anonymous, had originally asked someone from the car industry to sell the car to a direct buyer, with the proceeds going to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation.
These instructions of the owner changed, however, and now the so-called muscle car is to be auctioned off, with the proceeds still going to typhoon Yolanda victims.
The owner, topgear.com.ph said only, was "rather cute" and "somewhat connected to ABS-CBN."
Later that day, Top Gear Philippines editor-in-chief Vernon Sarne named the actress outright as the owner of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle.
The information did not come from Angel.
It was after Vernon and his team went to work putting two and two together—with the help of Google and their deep network of contacts in the motoring industry—that the Top Gear top editor made the claim.
Vernon wrote in topgear.com.ph, "We used to adore her for her smile, but now—if the auction of the Chevelle pushes through for the Yolanda victims—we’re swooning fans for life."
If, indeed, the auction happens, it will not come as a surprise to many.
Since 2009, the actress has been active in supporting typhoon victims. At the time, she spearheaded the Shop&Share project, an online auction of items owned by her celebrity contacts.
In 2012, she and former boyfriend Phil Younghusband led a relief operation for typhoon Sendong victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.
In August 2013, she donated relief goods for victims of typhoon Maring.
In the same month, she joined rescue operations for victims of another natural calamity.