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International stars show support for PHL after 'Yolanda'

MANILA, Philippines – Even international celebrities have expressed their concern and support for the Philippines via social media after typhoon Yolanda pounded the country on Friday, Nov. 8.

READ: Tacloban City placed under state of emergency

Earlier, the likes of Rihanna (who was recently in the country for her Diamonds World Tour concert) and even Pope Francis asked their followers to pray for the Philippines as the killer storm hit the country.

“The Voice” coach Christina Aguilera asked her followers to “help families hit by typhoon #haiyan.”

Pop star and actress Selena Gomez urged her fans and followers on her social media to help UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for the children in the Philippines.

Singer Sara Bareilles also posted a link from the news site Huffington Post that details ways how people outside the Philippines can help.

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“In the wake of so much tragedy in the Philippine I take nothing for granted,” she tweeted.

“Sending good thoughts and love to everyone in the Philippines and Vietnam,” singer Ricky Martin said on his Twitter account.

On her Instagram account, Mexican actress-singer (who originated the soap opera roles Marimar and Maria Mercedes, among others) asked her fans to pray for the Philippines.

“Praying for you,” she posted on her Twitter account in response to a tweet.

Singer David Cook sends “his love and thoughts to everyone in the Philippines” while actress Lucy Hale is “thinking about you all during this time.” Both celebrities have been to the Philippines in the past.

In an interview at the red carpet of the Britannia Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, George Clooney said of the typhoon, “It’s a terrible disaster.”

According to a recent report, public storm signal number one has been hoisted in several areas as tropical depression Zoraida moves closer to the country.

Related article: 17 areas under storm signal as 'Zoraida' approaches

Philstar.com also launched a fund drive for Yolanda victims. Read the details here.

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