Vice Ganda Organizes Benefit Show For Yolanda VictimsVice Ganda went back to his roots in the comedy bar as he organized a show at the Laffline Comedy Bar in Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
He invited other comedians and comediennes including Chokoleit, Pooh and Pokwang.
At the start of the show, Vice told the audience if they can donate a lot more money when they requested for a show since the proceeds are for the victims.
Immediately, someone handed him P12,000 and two P10,000. After the show, Vice also auctioned off his clothes for that night--P20,000 for his shoes, P10,000 for the black pants, P20,000 for the black shirt, P3,000 for the earrings, P4,000 for one set of rings and P5,000 for the necklace.
The mobile brand that Vice endorses also donated P300,000. By the end of the night, the comedian was able to collect P600,000.
On November 18, Vice is scheduled to organize another benefit show at the Punchline Comedy Bar. The comedian promised to bring his "It's Showtime" co-hosts Vhong Navarro and Billy Crawford.
Vice said he is sure every Filipino wants to help in any way they can. He explained that the reason why he needed to solicit is because collected donations will be able to reach more people who need help.
Although Vice can also give his own money, the fund will be bigger if he can organize a benefit show.
"Mas malaki kung magtutulong-tulong, di ba? Yung kaya kong ibigay, mas madadagdagan kung makakahingi ako ng tulong sa iba at isasama ko."
During his August 13 taping for "Gandang Gabi Vice," he told the production he was having a hard time making people laugh since he just watched the news.
Vice said all the help coming from international and local agencies and volunteers will never be enough. It's hard to say that the help is enough already, he said, because the area was very much devastated.
Vice was supposed to visit Tacloban City with friend Kris Aquino on Sunday, but they were cancelled at the last minute. Angel Locsin was also supposed to go with them.
"Hindi kami binigyan ng permit. Kasi hindi raw safe, dahil meron daw yung mob mentality ng mga tao, dangerous na raw."
Reports said there is so much criminal activity in Tacloban City right now that even volunteers are cautioned against going there.
On Monday, Vice will auction off his clothes again. He might also ask his fellow "It's Showtime" co-hosts to auction their clothes too.
"Lahat ng Pilipino ngayon, mararamdaman na kahit anong estado sa buhay, kahit anong kasarian, meron talaga na bahagi ng puso nilang punung-puno ng generosity."
He is also planning to hold a bigger benefit concert for the victims, but he would have to wait for ABS-CBN's own concert to finish first.