Justin Bieber plays basketball with children survivors of Typhoon Haiyan during his unannounced visit on Dec. 10, 2013 at Tacloban city.
Justin Bieber visited young victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Tuesday, traveling to the Philippines after launching a worldwide campaign to help those affected by the deadly storm.
Justin arrived from Australia and flew to Tacloban, the devastated capital of central Leyte province, where he distributed shirts, toys and basketballs to children.
One girl told Manila’s TV5 Television, describing her feelings on seeing her idol:
It was like we were not hit by the typhoon, like Yolanda [Typhoon Haiyan] never came.
He played a very beautiful set. He played a series of Christmas songs and some of his hits as well, including `Baby.
Justin took a quick walk around the school and checked a temporary learning space that was packed with about 300 children, including some from the local neighborhood, before moving to an outdoor stage to sing.
At another school also used as temporary shelter, Justin played basketball with some boys and posed gamely for pictures with his fans.
Angela Kearney, UNICEF’s emergency coordinator for Haiyan response, said in a statement:
Justin brought a lot of joy, hope and cheer to the hundreds of children who were there.
The money he raises will give some of the children who were caught in the path of Haiyan access to education, vaccinations, better nutrition, clean water and sanitation.