OPM artists plan benefit show for Zamboanga

MANILA, Philippines - Singer-songwriter-musician Gary Valenciano called on fellow Filipino celebrities to band together and help victims of the crisis in Zamboanga City.

The OPM artist posted a tweet going out to "Kapamilya, Kapuso, Kapatid, and Kaibigan" talents alike, appealing for a pause in TV-network competition in support of national peace.

Kapamilya, kapuso, kapatid, kaibigan, kabarkada, lahat kasama...let's gather our talents and do something for those in Zambo and Basilan? — GARY VALENCIANO (@GaryValenciano1) September 15, 2013

Valenciano's post came in response to Jim Paredes' suggestion online, asking fellow singer Ogie Alcasid to help him plan a concert for Zamboanga. The planned concert is just an idea at this point, but some have heeded the call to carry it out.

Singer Christian Bautista and rapper Quest have also responded and indicated their availability.

@ogiealcasid Let's plan a concert for Zamboanga.. ASAP — Jim (@Jimparedes) September 15, 2013

Lets plan a concert IN Zamboanga. I'm IN. “ @Jimparedes : @ogiealcasid Let's plan a concert for Zamboanga.. — Christian Bautista (@xtianbautista) September 15, 2013

@xtianbautista @Jimparedes @ogiealcasid I'm here if you guys need me! #Saludo — Jose Villanueva III (@officialQUEST) September 15, 2013

Ogie Alcasid has already alloted the proceeds of his golf tournament to donations to Zamboanga.

ogie cup golf tournament's proceeds go to our brothers and sisters in Zamboanga. Tom na to sa sta Elena through the help of opm. — ogie alcasid (@ogiealcasid) September 15, 2013

Celebrties Bianca Gonzalez and Anne Curtis have also joined the appeal for an immediate resolution to the crisis.

#PrayForZamboanga #prayforpeace https://t.co/p7MdTItHve — Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) September 16, 2013

Anne's Instagram post came with a plea to end the violence.

"Let us all come together as a nation and pray for peace in Zamboanga. Let us pray for all the innocent people caught in between the crossfire that must be terrified for their lives, the people who have lost their lives and the families they left behind... I hope that a ceasefire will happen soon between the MNLF and our security forces.. and that all of this will just come to an end. Tama na. #iamforpeace"

Celebrities have availed themselves of social media to mobilize fellow citizens with regards to various public issues.

Many stars took part in relief efforts in the wake of tropical storm Maring.

The showbiz community has also added its voice to the clamor against corruption, amid the pork-barrel scandal.

- Rappler.com