Sarah Geronimo joins relief efforts

Posted at 08/11/2012 4:25 PM | Updated as of 08/12/2012 4:29 PM

Pop Star Princess thankful for 'gift' to inspire

MANILA, Philippines – Showbiz personalities transcend mere fame and become valuable to others when they put their celebrity status to good use, according to Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo.

Flood-hit residents welcome Sarah Geronimo in Fairview, Quezon City

Straight from a vacation in Hong Kong, the singer-actress joined ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya on Saturday to deliver relief goods in Fairview, Quezon City -- an area wrought with heavy floods after non-stop rains in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon in recent days.

Geronimo is not the first TV personality to take part in relief efforts for flood-hit families. Of the continuous outpouring of help from her fellow celebrities, the Pop Star Princess said: "Masaya po ako na nakakatulong po tayo."

"Mas nagiging makabuluhan 'yung pagiging artista natin, 'yung pagiging singer natin sa mga panahong ganito na nakakatulong tayo sa mga kababayan natin," she told dzMM.

The 24-year-old singer also considers as a gift her being able to bring inspiration to others amid trying situations.

"Pinagpapasalamat po natin sa Diyos, na without doing anything, 'yung pag-ngiti mo lang, iba na 'yung nabibigay mong saya sa mga tao, so grateful tayo sa Diyos na may ganu’n tayong gift, na nakakapagbigay-inspirasyon sa ibang mga tao," she told ABS-CBN News.

Solidarity among Pinoys

Geronimo also asserted the importance of solidarity amid national calamities -- a feat she recalled was achieved during the time of "Ondoy" in 2009.

Sarah Geronimo joins relief operations headed by ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya

"Dito po masusubok talaga 'yung ating pagiging Pilipino. Marami na po tayong calamities na napagdaanan. Magkapit-bisig lang po tayo, magtulungan po tayo. Isantabi muna natin 'yung mga sama ng loob. Magmahalan po tayo, magdasal po tayo. Wala po tayong pagsubok na hindi kakayanin," she said.

"Nakakalungkot na makita silang ganito, pero ang nakakabilib sa 'ting mga Pinoy, andiyan parin ang pag-asa, 'yung ngiti hindi nawawala. Saludo tayo sa mga Pilipino talaga," she added.

A subject of recent headlines herself, Geronimo trivialized the issue of her failed romance with young actor Gerald Anderson, in light of the recent calamity.

"Kung ito nga kinakaya natin, [iyon] pa kaya hindi ko kakayanin," she said.