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Pop star Bieber brings cheer in typhoon-hit Philippines

Published on Dec 10, 2013 6:10 PM
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Canadian pop megastar Justin Bieber (C, black shirt) hugs a young survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte province on Dec 10, 2013. Bieber sang to and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon on Dec 10 after he flew into the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Pop megastar Justin Bieber hugged, sang to and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon today as he visited the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort.

Bieber flew unannounced to the central city of Tacloban just over a month after it was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan and sang Christmas carols to children at a heavily damaged local school amid tight security, witnesses said.

"He sang Holy Night for the children," said Kate Donovan, a spokesman for the United Nations Children's Fund, one of three aid agencies expected to benefit from Bieber's charity work.

An AFP reporter said Bieber also played basketball at an improvised sandlot court with some of the young boys, later hugging some of them and posing for photos.

 
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