Moment of silence on 'Showtime' for quake victims
MANILA -- The ABS-CBN noontime program "It's Showtime" opened its live telecast on Tuesday by offering a moment of silence and prayer for the victims of the earthquake that his parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
The staple "madlang people" dance was followed by the hosts, who were lined up on stage, calling on the audience and TV viewers to pray for those affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake, particularly in Cebu and Bohol.
"Bago po natin ipagpatuloy ang ating Tuesday bonding," co-host Anne Curtis said, "we would like to invite everyone to offer a moment of silence and prayer para sa mga Kapamilya natin na naapektuhan ng lindol sa Bohol, Cebu, southern Leyte, at iba pang lugar sa Visayas at ilang bahagi ng Mindanao."
"Let's pray for their safety, at sana po huwag na pong masundan iyan ng mga aftershock," she said, as her co-hosts and the studio audience paused in silence.
Co-host Vice Ganda went on to urge viewers, especially those in the quake-hit areas, to be cautious and to heed the safety reminders of authorities.
"Mag-ingat po kayo. Makinig sa mga paalala ng mga kinauukulan para huwag mapahamak... Mag-ingat po tayong lahat patuloy po tayong magdasal para sa mga ikaliligtas ng lahat at ng samabayang Pilipino," the comedian said.
"Ano pa man ang pinagdadaanan ng lahing Pinoy, babangon at babangon tayo nang sama-sama at nagkakaisa," he added.
As of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at least 32 were already reported dead due to the earthquake. Both Cebu and Bohol have already been placed under a state of calamity.