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Mark Ruffalo, Russell Crowe Call For Prayers and Donations For the Philippines

Super Typhoon Rolly has affected millions of Filipinos, many now without homes.
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Agot Isidro responded to Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo's appeal to fans to pray and donate to Philippines following the destruction caused by Super Typhoon Rolly.

Rolly (international name Goni) devastated the Bicol and Calabarzon regions on Sunday, November 1.

At the height of the typhoon's onslaught on Albay, Catanduanes, and Camarines Sur on Sunday morning, 52-year-old American actor Mark tweeted his support to the Filipinos weathering the storm. 

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Mark is an active climate change advocate, famous for his role as the Hulk in Marvels's Avengers movies.

Mark called on his 6.9 million Twitter followers to pray for the Filipinos. He also urged his fans to donate to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Mark tweeted: "Pray for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines, then get ready to send donations."

This post by Mark has over 20,000 retweets with over 100,000 likes.

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Agot Isidro Responds to Mark Ruffalo

Thousands of Filipinos responded to Mark's tweet.

Most of them thanked the famous Hollywood actor for his concern for the Philippines.

Among those who responded to Mark was 54-year-old actress-singer Agot Isidro.

Agot thanked Mark, and suggested where the Hollywood actor could give his donations for the Philippines.

Agot said to Mark: "Please send donations to the Office of Vice President @lenirobredo Thank you!"

Agot is a well-known supporter of the Vice President and a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte Disappoints Twitter

Agot's tweet came after the outcry of many netizens who were questioning why Duterte was not present this Sunday at an important press briefing by government agencies.

The purpose of the briefing was to detail how the government will meet the needs of Rolly victims.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the President returned to Davao City this weekend.

On Tuesday, November 3, the President will return to Malacañang, according to Roque.

As a result, #NasaanAngPangulo trended on Twitter this Sunday.

On Monday, November 2, Duterte went straight to Albay to meet the victims of the typhoon.

The President also conducted an aerial inspection in Bicol and Southern Luzon to personally see the widespread damage caused by super typhoon Rolly.

Russell Crowe Sends Prayers

Meanwhile, besides Mark, another Hollywood actor, Russell Crowe, also tweeted for Filipinos this Sunday.

The 56-year-old Gladiator actor tweeted the hope that the Philippines will not be hit by "Extraordinary wind speeds" brought on by "Super Typhoon Goni."

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Russell wished that the Filipinos would be safe from the scourge of this great calamity.

"Thinking of the people of The Philippines and wishing for everybody's safety," the Australian actor tweeted to his 2.7 million followers.

Rolly Kills 16, Affects 2 Million Filipinos

According to a report by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) this Monday afternoon, 16 people were confirmed dead by the typhoon as of press time.

The deaths were recorded in various towns in Albay and Catanduanes.

This number is expected to increase further, according to local authorities.

This is after AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Zaldy Co reported in a Facebook post that many people are believed to have been buried alive in the town of Guinobatan in Albay.

According to Co, up to 300 houses were covered in lahar and boulders — or huge rocks — that slid from Mayon Volcano during the heavy rains caused by Rolly.

The said houses are located in Purok 6 and 7 in Barangay San Francisco in Guinobatan town, said Co.

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According to the OCD, 372,653 families or 2,068,085 individuals were affected by the typhoon in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

Rolly was the strongest typhoon to landfall in the world, following super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in 2013, according to The Weather Channel (weather.com).

Both had speeds of 195 miles per hour (mph), and Goni and Yolanda were recorded to be in Category 5 as super typhoons when they hit the ground — and both hit the Philippines.

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This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.

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