Kapuso actress Marian Rivera yesterday said the victims of the deadly earthquake in Bohol and Cebu need prayers to recover immediately from the trauma.
Rivera, who has volunteered for several relief operations of the Philippine Red Cross in some parts of Luzon in recent years, said it is not only the victims of the earthquake who are affected but the rest of the country.
The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday rose to 172 yesterday as authorities warned it would probably climb even higher.
The tourist island of Bohol, which was the epicenter of the quake, suffered the most with 160 people dead, the civil defense office for the region said.
Twelve others were killed on other central islands.
Bohol police commander, Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin said 22 people were missing on the island, including five children who were playing by a waterfall when the quake hit.
It was unlikely many of them would be found alive, he warned. “It looks doubtful. This is the fourth day since the quake. It is an extreme possibility they will be recovered alive. Some are believed buried under landslides, some are under fallen structures. We will likely get more reports of deaths,” he told AFP.
Rivera said, “Every time there are calamities, we are all troubled, that's why we need to help one another.”
Rivera was in Bacolod City for a fans day at the SM City mall, where she treated her followers to a song and dance number.
Other GMA-7 artists who were in Bacolod were Rochelle Pangilinan, Andrea Torres and Mark Herras, who showcased their dancing skills at the Kapuso Electric DanssKara contest at the Bacolod Government Center.
Rhian Ramos, TJ Trinidad and Betong Sumaya, cast members of the television series “Genesis”, also paraded along the city's main thoroughfares while Alden Richards and Louise de los Reyes will also have their mall show at the Robinsons Place Bacolod.
Bacoleña singer and cast member of the television series “My Husband's Lover”, Kuh Ledesma, together Thea Tolentini, Jeric Gonzales, Polo Ravales and Angelu de Leon will also treat their fans with song and dance numbers at the Robinsons Place fountain area.
The activities, sponsored by GMA-7, are part of MassKara Festival celebration.*APN