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Alicia Keys chats with typhoon evacuees


MANILA, Philippines - Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base yesterday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from the Visayas wracked by Typhoon Yolanda.

The American singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Airbase grandstand, where evacuees from eastern Leyte and Samar provinces arrived on C-130 planes.

Social welfare department officer Jane Abello said Keys stayed for about half an hour to chat with evacuees.

The R&B star was in Manila for a concert yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Philippine STAR earlier quoted her as saying that “music has a way of lifting your spirit and that’s what I hope to do for the Filipino people.”

Keys tweeted three days after the Nov. 8 typhoon: “To the people of the Philippines my heart is with you.”

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She also encouraged fans around the world to donate to the typhoon victims.


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