YES! Magazine ushers in the New Year with a super-packed and star-studded January issue that features Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera on the cover, as two of the biggest celebrities who moved heaven and earth to get help to survivors of killer typhoon Yolanda.
The cover story, titled “Still Standing: Yolanda Did Not Kill the Filipino Spirit,” focuses on people’s stories of heroism, humanity, and hope.
Marian and Angel did their share.
Marian joined the Kapuso Adopt-a-Bangka Project, visited devastated areas in Cebu, and supported the relief operations of the YES! Pinoy Foundation of her boyfriend Dingdong Dantes.
Angel worked with the Philippine Red Cross, distributed relief goods in devastated areas of Iloilo, and auctioned off her Chevrolet Chevelle to raise more funds.
Celebrities featured in YES!, because they reached out to help others, come from all the networks, which themselves gathered millions of pesos to add to the aid and relief fund.
John Lloyd Cruz and Judy Ann Santos hosted their home network ABS-CBN’s benefit concert. Sarah Geronimo, another Kapamilya star, volunteered for the station’s telethon. Kris Aquino distributed goods in Iloilo. Piolo Pascual organized a fundraiser fun run. Julia Barretto set up a garage sale with her mom and sisters. Iza Calzado teamed up with SM Supermarket’s Biyayang Handog. Leyte Fourth District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez networked with U.S. Navy soldiers. Dingdong Dantes organized a relief drive in Estancia town in Iloilo and is looking to organize more long-term projects.
YES! also reports on foreign celebrities who did their part.
The popular boy band One Direction joined fellow British stars—among them, Chef Jamie Oliver and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden—in a telethon. American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez, whose mother is Filipino, donated proceeds from the sales of her latest single “Lead Me Home.” Fast & Furious star Paul Walker spent his last day on earth spearheading a charity event through his own Reach Out Worldwide.
The special report on Yolanda also features heartwarming stories of survival, rescue, and relief operations.
Relief came from various places and in different forms. Nations from Algeria to Vietnam sent assistance in cash, kind, and manpower. International aid agencies mobilized teams to affected areas. Big companies showed that they have big hearts, too, by donating resources. Civic, charity, and volunteer groups lent a helping hand.
It seems that, when government did not act, the people did. And the over 200 pictures—sourced from professional photojournalists, wire agencies, Instagram accounts of the stars, company websites—show the sadness, the hope, and the joy that were the lessons of Yolanda.
In the wake of such a deep and huge tragedy, Filipinos showed each other and the world the goodness within.
CELEBRITY KIDDIE PARTIES. YES! Magazine’s January 2014 issue also showcases a collection of kiddie birthday parties thrown by their famous parents.
Because, certainly, birthdays of kids don’t stop because there is devastation here or anywhere in the world.
For seven-year-old Princess, daughter of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee, a modest, private affair for her friends and classmates.
For one-year-old Noah Lamar, first-born of teleserye mainstays Marco Alcaraz and Lara Quigaman, a Noah’s Ark-theme shindig.
For seven-year-old Lily, second daughter of TV host Daphne Oseña and her TV executive-husband Patrick Paez, a party version of the cartoon series Littlest Pet Shop.
For one-year-old Ayesha Zara, first child of StarStruck alum Yasmien Kurdi and her flight attendant-husband Rey Soldevilla, a pastel-letter day.
For one-year-old Katie, first-born of Kapuso actress Katrina Halili and singer Kris Lawrence, a bash based on the popular board game, “Candy Land.”
For nine-year-old Venice, second daughter of actress and TV host Ruffa Gutierrez and former husband Yilmaz Bektas, an ice cream party.
And for two-year-old Ellie, only child of actress Andi Eigenmann, a backyard gathering inspired by the 1971 movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
MAJA SALVADOR. The series—YES! Celebrity Kitchens and Recipes—continues in the January 2014 issue, with a feature on Kapamilya star Maja Salvador.
Maja graciously prepared three dishes: Grilled Chicken and Peppers + Basil Pesto Spread Sandwich; Walnut, Orange, Gorgonzola + Mixed Greens and Rockets with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette; and Roasted Tomato + Garlic Basil Pasta.
OTHER FEATURES. In the Spotlight section, get to know the inspiration behind IloIlo (spelled Ilo Ilo for foreign audiences): Teresita “Auntie Terry” Sajonia.
Auntie Terry is the Filipina maid who took care of Singaporean Anthony Chen and his brothers Justin and Christopher when they were kids.
Anthony has now written and directed an award-winning full-length debut movie whose subject is Auntie Terry. The Filipina comes from Iloilo, thus the movie’s title.
There are also two YES! Editorial Opinion pieces in this issue: One on former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Sison’s hunting trip in Africa; AND the other on the 39-year-old elephant Mali’s solitary confinement at the Manila Zoo.
YES!, which has openly supported the Free Mali Campaign, gives an update on Mali, as well as on the stars, local and foreign, who are campaigning for Mali’s freedom.
Plus! Geoff Eigenmann in the Celebrity Weight Loss section; the Star Magic Games 2013 in the Snaps section, and the Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 in The YES! Guide section.
It’s a lot to start January 2014 with—so grab a copy now in your favorite newsstands.