Gerald Anderson wants to encourage more celebrities to help underprivileged children.
After the success of the his charity basketball tournament held last November 13 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, Gerald Anderson said he is looking forward to organizing similar fundraising events in the future and getting more celebrities involved in the process. The basketball tourney’s beneficiaries include the Cancer Warrior’s Foundation and Cottolengo Filipino, a non-profit, non-government organization for children with special needs.
The 22-year-old actor admitted he got the idea after the Star Magic team played against the ASAP Rocks team in an exhibition game as the culminating event for the Star Magic Games earlier this year. “Wala lang, naisip ko na mahilig kaming lahat sa
basketball. Mahilig talaga ako sa
basketball tapos yung mga bata sa
foundation nila dinala ko sila dito para mag
,” he shared with Push.com.ph.
Much to the delight of over 100 children with special needs who watched the all-star game from their courtside seats, Gerald Anderson and his celebrity friends who gave time for the event also posed for photos and signed some autographs after the game. Some celebrities like Derek Ramsay, Vhong Navarro, Young JV, Robi Domingo, Jhong Hilario, Rayver Cruz, Zanjoe Marudo, and Xian Lim purposely stayed a little longer to chat with their young fans.
Gerald admitted he was happy with the outcome of the high-energy game which his team won 69-59. “Nag
-enjoy naman yung mga bata
so yun naman yung importante dun. Para sa mga bata talaga ito. Para ito sa
school nila. Kumbaga sinosoli ko na lang yung lahat ng
blessings sa akin
. Lalo kaming nag
-enjoy kasi alam namin masaya sila at natuwa sila sa panunuod ng
game, he said.
The Fil-Am heartthrob was also especially proud of his team, who lost to Team ASAP Rocks in their first match-up during the Star Magic Games. “Lahat sila ang galing-galing. Medyo malas ako kaya sila nagdala eh. Kumbaga nag-
step up lahat kaya
okay. Medyo malas kami nung una pero
at least nag-
break out so happy ako at masaya naman lahat. Sobra kaming nagpapasalamat kasi naglaro yung ASAP. Nag
all out din sila,
” he explained.
Gerald says he originally did not know what the outcome of the game would be because their busy schedules did not allow for them to do any practice beforehand. “Wala talaga kasi galing ako
busy din yung ibang
players. Ngayon lang kami nagkita-kita pero masaya naman
,” he said.
star just came back from a US tour with other Kapamilya hunks like Enchong Dee and Rayver Cruz. Gerald said he really enjoys getting the chance to entertain their fans abroad. “Grabe, sobrang
warm lahat ng mga tao sa
cities na pinuntahan namin. Sobra kaming nagpapasalamat sa pagtanggap sa amin doon
,” he told Push.com.ph
Although there is no follow-up event scheduled yet, Gerald said he definitely wants to organize similar events for special children in the future. “Wala pa pero tingnan natin. Gusto ko siyempre
,” he admitted.
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