Pope Francis, Lee Min Ho, Rihanna, other international celebrities, athletes, leaders send out love to typhoon-hit Philippines

 
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Several celebrities, leaders and athletes sent messages of support to the Filipino people over social media after the country was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded.
 
The Miss Universe 2013 coronation night held November 10 (Philippine time) in Moscow, Russia was dedicated to the victims of Yolanda in the Philippines and Vietnam.

No less than Pope Francis sent out prayers and love through a tweet in his official account @Pontifex

 
"American Idol" runner-up and Filipino-American singer Jessica Sanchez said:
 

In their official website, NBA's Miami HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra offered prayers and condolences.

On behalf of the Miami HEAT organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Chu (Zhu Xiao Tian) of the famed Taiwan sensation F4 who praised Filipinos' ability to smile amid hardship.



Rihanna, who recently visited Manila for a concert, tweeted:  



Korean star Lee Min Ho, who visited the Philippines earlier this year used Facebook to send his thoughts.



Fall Out boy lead singer Patrick Stump had a short but heartfelt message:



“Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale said the Philippines was one of the greatest places she visited.



Kevin Pritchard, Indiana Pacers' General Manager, is asking where he can send help.



"American Idol" winner David Cook tweeted:



Singer Sara Bareilles said:



Meanwhile, actors Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon sent their thoughts and prayers, but also tweeted links where people can make donations to aid in the relief efforts.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka also tweeted his support, saying:



Ibaka also tweeted links to Unicef and Red Cross donation pages.

Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, who was just in the country last week for a promotional tour, tweeted:



Azkals goal-keeper Neil Etheridge tweeted on Friday:



John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer our deepest condolences and solidarity as you wrestle with the devastation and loss of life that accompanied Super Typhoon Haiyan. The United States stands ready to help, our embassies in the Philippines and Palau are in close contact with your governments, and our most heartfelt prayers are with you.
"The nation's emergency chief said his ministry will send a rescue team and a mobile hospital to the Philippines to provide, along with transport vehicles and a loading crew," Russia's emergencies' office told Itar-Tass.

Valerie Amos, United Nations humanitarian chief
I am extremely saddened by the reports of loss of life and terrible scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. The United Nations remains on standby to mobilize any support that the people of the Philippines require from the international community.

Actor Kevin Bacon said in his tweet:


Posts from other Hollywood artists, international musicians and sportsmen alike appeared on social media after the storm headlined in news around the world.















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