As news of aid for the ravaged super typhoon Yolanda survivors poured in, bashers took to social media to attack celebrities in particular for posting and for not posting their individual relief efforts. Among those targeted by haters is When the Love is Gone actress Cristine Reyes.
Not one to be pushed around, Cristine fired back against the basher’s offensive comment saying, “Hi may problema ka ba sakin? (sic) may dapat ba tayong pag-usapan? please contact @miguellaureta my road manager from @vivaartistsagency if ever na may utang ako sayo at ganyan ang galit mo sa akin. Wag ka na magdamdam. Padala ko sa’yo lahat ng donations namin ng mga kaibigan ko at family ko. nakaka-hiya kasi mag-post ng mga pagtulong ko sa mga biktima sana maunawaan mo. selfie ko rin ang relief goods namin para sayo. wag ka na po kayo magalit. mwah #peace #love and sabi ni @egarivera #rock&roll.”
Other Kapamilya stars who have also done their share of charity work for Yolanda victims, gave their opinions on this kind of relentless basher.
“I guess for me my stand is better not say anything, better not do anything kasi damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” said Piolo Pascual, who spearheaded the Sunpiology Sunset Color Run last weekend. The typhoon victims were the beneficiaries of the run.
“It’s good that I’m not into social media because at least hindi ko kailangan harapin ‘yon, whatever it is and whatever they do. I don’t read it so I don’t get affected,” he continued.
Pokwang, on the other hand, believes that it’s better to be silent about your charity efforts. “Hindi po maiiwasan ‘yon sa trabaho namin. May gawin ka o wala kang gawin iisa lang ang sinasabi ng tao. So mabuti pa, gawin na lang natin kung ano talaga ‘yung para sa mga nangangailangan. Deadma nalang tayo. Alam naman ng Diyos po kung sino talaga ‘yung mga gumagawa eh,” said the Call Center Girl actress via an interview during the Tulong Na Tabang Na, Tayo Na: An All-Star Benefit Concert.
Pokwang’s Call Center Girl co-star Ejay Falcon in an interview at the after party for the movie’s premiere, suggested that celebs just shrug off such criticisms. “Siguro hayaan na lang kasi part naman talaga ‘yon. ‘Yung mag artista naman kasi kahit anong gawin lalabas at lalabas kahit na hindi sila nagpopost para sa kanila,” he said.
Ejay said that at this point, the public should be one with the stars in making sure that the goal to help is attained. “Kahit saan pa lumabas, sa news o sa promo-promo ang importante pa rin nakatulong kasi ‘yun ang kailangan ng mga tao. ‘Pag bi-nash ba nila ‘yung artista makakatulong ba ‘yun sa mga tao na nasalanta ni Yolanda? Hindi rin naman. Ang importante kasi ngayon, magtulungan. ‘Yung kawang gawa. Kaming mga artista ‘yung blessings na natatanggap naming, isine-share naming sa abot ng aming makakakaya,” he said.
To the bashers, Ejay had one simple message: “Ang masasabi ko na lang sa mga taong nag-ba-bash siguro maging masaya na lang sila kasi hindi naman sila naapektuhan eh. Ang importante parin nakatulong ‘yung artista di ba?”
Providing a different perspective on the matter, Enchong Dee, said he believes that there’s really nothing wrong that some stars are letting the public know what they have been doing to help. “Ako kasi ang opinion ko don, kanya kanyang trip ‘yan eh. Ako I always believe na bilang actors, we have a social responsibility. And hindi naman sa nagyayabang, idea ko lang ito at opinion ko lang ito, but I guess it’s also important na ‘yung mga artista nakakapag-encourage ng mas maraming tao na tumulong. I think through posting, through videos, maeenganyo ‘yung tao eh, di ba?” said the Call Center Girl actor.
Enchong said society often needs that necessary “push” to obtain results and this push can sometimes come from influential people like the ones from showbiz. “Sa society natin minsan kailangan ng isang tao na mag-one step forward para sabay sabay kayong sumunod eh,” he explained.
It’s Showtime host Anne Curtis, who recently auctioned her own painting with the proceeds going to the Yolanda victims, meanwhile called for responsible posting from her co-actors. “I think the best advice that I can give to those who are looked down upon is to be a little bit more responsible maybe. I mean use your account in a wise way that you can inspire people. Inspire them to do their own thing in helping out the survivors of Yolanda,” she said during an interview after the Metrowear Icon featuring Francis Libiran fashion show on Monday, even adding with a laugh that she’s pretty much “anti-selfie” as of the moment.