MORE than P30 million was raised by TV5 last Sunday night during its live airing of the “Tulong Kapatid, Sulong Kapatid” telethon for the victims of Yolanda, the super typhoon that ravaged the Visayas and rendered thousands of Filipinos homeless and in dire need of food and medical assistance.
Telecast live from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the telethon aired via “The Mega and The Songwriter: Kanta at Biyaya” with Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Ogie Alcasid hosting for the whole duration of the five-hour show, which also aired live in TV5’s international channels worldwide. The telethon’s live airing resumed the next day from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. during the “Good Morning Club” timeslot.
Over 60 TV5 stars, OPM artists and the team Gilas players devoted time to support the cause by manning the phone lines and accepting pledges and donations from callers from all across the country as well as from other parts of the world. Some of those who comprised the first few batches of volunteers were Lucy Torres-Gomez, Aga Muhlach, Gelli De Belen, Derek Ramsay, Alice Dixson, Ritz Azul, Eula Caballero, Martin Escudero, Empoy, Mr. Fu, Regine Angeles, Raymond Gutierrez, the Artista Academy finalists, the boys of
Juan Direction, Lia Cruz, Shawn Yao, Manu Sandejas, Jason Webb, Chris Tiu, Kiefer Ravena, Larry Fonacier, Gary David, Jimmy Alapag, among others.
TV5’s Tulong Kapatid hotline 689-3355 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org are still open to accept pledges and donations.