It's Christmas Day! December may have taken a somber note as typhoon Sendong claimed hundreds of lives and left hundreds more without shelter this Christmas, yet the true spirit of the season remains. Let's continue to help our fellow Filipinos in their time of need.
Here are some of the artists and personalities we interviewed who shared their simple wish/es for Christmas. Foregoing material things, they instead wish for the welfare of Filipinos in Mindanao.
Peryodiko, PinoyTuner.com, Rock Ed Philippines
"Sa lahat ng nagbabalak na gumastos nang malaki ngayong Pasko at bumili ng mga mamahaling regalo para sa mga mahal nila, ngayong Pasko tingin ko maiintindihan nila kung hindi niyo sila bibigyan ng mahal na regalo. Tingin ko maiintindihan ng pamilya niyo kapag hindi sila nakatanggap ng magarbong regalo ngayon kasi marami tayong mga kababayan sa Mindanao na nangangailangan ng tulong lalo na sa CDO at tsaka sa Iligan dahil sa bagyong Sendong.
Christmas wish ko: Yung gagastusin niyo ngayong Pasko sana hatiin niyo. Kahit hati man lang, yung hati i-abot natin sa Mindanao.
Mahirap mag-celebrate ngayong Pasko dahil sa nangyari sa Mindanao. Kaya sana, sana, sana... Yun yung Christmas wish ko, na mas marami pang tao yung magbigay kasi nung tayo yung nasalanta dito sa Maynila ng Ondoy ay marami ang tumulong sa'tin galing sa Visayas at Mindanao."
DJ, Dig Radio, PinoyTuner.com
"I think, basically, I just want 2011 to end on a higher note. Of course we all know about the recent tragedies in CDO and Iligan, and it's so sad because it's Christmas time and everyone should be happy on Christmas. So, I just hope that things will pick up. It'll always come back ten-fold, that's what I believe. So, I just want 2011 to end on a higher and a better note."
"My Christmas wish list is to have some time to stay at home with my dad and my sisters. My sisters just came home from out of town."
"Take it easy. Stay at home. Rest. Maybe see some loved ones, friends, loved ones. Steady lang, at sana yung mga [nasa] CDO, Iligan, sana they have a nice Christmas . Hopefully, they get things organized... provisions that they need. And for me, personally, to just rest."
The gifts have been opened. Our bellies have been filled. And so, with a heart full of love, we ask: What's on your Christmas wish list?
For information on how you can help, check out the links below:
The Philippine Red Cross
Rock Ed Philippines (where you can volunteer and send in donations)
World Food Programme