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07/10/2009: Lea Salonga to Grace Filipino Community Mass for Typhoon Ondoy Victims at St. Matthew Cathedral

07 OCTOBER 2009 WASHINGTON DC – Renowned international singer and Tony award honored Lea Salonga will join the Filipino community in the Greater Metro DC area in a mass for the victims of typhoon Ondoy.

Miss Salonga, who earlier released a statement calling on Filipinos in the United States to help relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines, will air her personal appeal during a special mass on October 13, 2009 (Tuesday) at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle at 7 pm.

In her statement, the Tony and Laurence Olivier-winning actress pointed out, “Our great nation and our people need your help…”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa commended Ms. Salonga for “her generosity of spirit and heart,” for joining the Mass and for partnering with Filipino and Filipino-American organizations to “help raise awareness and funds to benefit our countrymen back home.”

“Ms. Salonga is already an inspiration with her many achievements in theater and film.  Her decision to act, to lend a voice to those in need in these trying times is a testament to the goodness in her heart that deserves to be emulated by anyone,” said Ambassador Gaa.

“Lea’s extraordinary talent is matched by her extraordinary heart,” pointed out Ambassador Gaa.

“We look forward to seeing Ms. Salonga and to listen to her give her message to her kababayan here in the Metro DC Area,” added Ambassador Gaa.

Ms. Salonga has taken time off her scheduled concert tour of North America to lend support to Filipino organizations.

She is expected to sing at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Mass.

About 600,000 are now in evacuation centers in Metro Manila and surrounding areas after typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) hit the Philippines.  Typhoon Ondoy submerged 80% of Metro Manila and affected an estimated three million people.  At least 280 people were killed in the floods that followed the typhoon. END