The Top 20 proteges of GMA's artista search Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break took time outside of their reclusive quarters to receive pledges of financial and material aid intended for residents displaced when several municipalities in Mega Manila and Luzon were inundated as a result of torrential rains in this northern Philippine region.
"Nakakatuwa pong makatanggap ng tawag mula sa ibang mga tao na gustong makatulong at gustong magbigay ng donations, lalung-lalo na po yung mga tumatawag mula pa sa abroad, nagbibigay po sila, concerned pa rin po talaga sila. Iba talaga ang Pinoy. Astig!," shared Mykel Ong, a protege from Batangas.
Not all calls that they received were from donors, though. Some calls were from victims and relatives of victims either asking for immediate rescue or relief goods.
"Nakakaawa po yung mga tumatawag kasi talagang nase-sense mo yung urgent need nila. Kanina po may tumawag na may isang kaanak daw niya na namatay, mga nauubusan na ng supply ng pagkain, ganun po," shares Thea Tolentino, protege from Laguna.
Meanwhile, Mindanao protege David John Llanas empathizes with the victims of the flood. He and his family went through the same ordeal when typhoon Sendong hit and inundated Cagayan de Oro City just recently.
"Nafi-feel ko po yung nafi-feel nila, kasi napagdaanan ko rin po yung na-e-experience nila ngayon. Na-feel ko rin po yung pain nila, yung sacrifices nila -- na kailangan nilang mag-stay sa ibabaw ng bubong at tiisin ang lamig -- nakakaawa din po talaga. Meron nga'ng tumawag kagabi na talagang pinipigilan ko ang sarili ko para hindi ako maiyak, nafi-feel ko po yung agony nila," he recalled.
Another protege representing Mindanao, Ruru Madrid, whose family currently lives in the flood prone Marikina City in Metro Manila is not only worried about the welfare of the victims but also of his own family.
"Siyempre po kinakabahan po ako hanggang ngayon, sabi po kasi mas lalakas pa daw po ang ulan ngayon. Pero nagtitiwala naman ako sa Diyos na maaayos po ang lahat," he said.
Ruru learned last night that his family is safe since their home is located on an elevated portion of the city.
Beginning tomorrow, the proteges will be preparing for their first performance night this Sunday during the show's live gala. This is their second gala night since their presentation to the public last Sunday, August 5.
The gala night will be aired live on Sunday, 8:30pm on GMA-7 and will be hosted by Dingdong Dantes and Carla Abellana