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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 10, 2011

Guys are willing to donate blood for Marian Rivera

MOTHER LILY Monteverde and daughter Roselle Teo are now very active as volunteers in the Philippine Red Cross in this year of 2011 that has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Volunteers. They invited Marian Rivera to join them and she readily agreed so Marian is now the Red Cross celebrity endorser. “It’s really an honor na mapiling endorser ng Red Cross,” she says. “Nang sabihan ako ni Mother, hindi na ko nag-isip. Yes agad. In my six years in showbiz, ang dami kong natanggap na blessings and I really feel it’s time for me na ibalik yun sa tao.”

Guys who heard she’s now with Red Cross say they’re willing to donate blood if she’d be there on donation day. “No problem. Like now, I have a taping for ‘Amaya’, my new GMA show but nag-excuse muna ko so I can attend the launch today. Anything, basta for a worthy cause.”

She was officially launched at the Manila Polo Club last Monday by Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon along with their new project, “Million Volunteer Run”, as the Red Cross also celebrates World Red Cross Day with the theme “Find the Volunteer Inside You”. The “Million Volunteer Run” promises to be the biggest fun run in history, not only here but also abroad. Gordon says they’ll invite 44 volunteers each from the country’s 42,000 barangays and that’s already a total of 1.8 million volunteers who’ll also act as disaster responders who’d provide humanitarian assistance.

“I will personally join the Million Volunteer Run,” says Marian who came to the launch in red, the color of the Red Cross. “Bagay na bagay nga kasi I’m the lady in red sa ‘Temptation Island’. Red ang color ng gowns ko roon. For the volunteer run, I’ve pledged to run for 5 kms. at hihikayatin ko si Dingdong (Dantes) to join me. I’ll also invite other celebrity friends to join us para mas masaya.”

How about Mother Lily? “I’m 72 but I walk 12 kms. everyday. This time, I will run for 15 kms.”

And Roselle? “This is a worth advocacy so I will run 20 kms.”

They hope to raise P1 billion in this volunteer run that will be used for training volunteers and buying life-saving tools and equipment to be used in rescue operations during disasters. Corporate partners like Nestle and IBM will sponsor each runner for P1,000. The run will be held simultaneously in key cities nationwide on May 4. If you want to register, you can call the Red Cross directly at 143 or at 527-0000 ext. 114 or e-mail them at run@recross.org.ph.