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How Justin Bieber ended up in Tacloban
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Yesterday I woke up with Maria Ressa’s tweet that Justin Bieber had arrived in the Philippines, on his way to Tacloban.

Unreal, I thought. I grew up seeing only has-beens visit the country. Never in the height of the career.
Of course things have changed since the last few years. Justin Bieber has been here but not One Direction.
Madonna still hasn’t been here and she’s past her prime (sorry Grace!).

The rest of the day, Twitter was all about Bieber in Tacloban.
Based on accounts, Bieber and his group landed in Manila around 5 AM via private plane.
He arrived through the help of TV5, PLDT, SMART, and MVP, whom he reached out to for assistance in his #GiveBackPhilippines advocacy.

Bieber expressed that he wanted to personally visit Tacloban and meet Yolanda survivors. His team didn’t want to announce his arrival and make it commercial. They asked that it be low-key and no-frills.
With that, PLDT and SMART arranged a private plane for his to visit Tacloban. The plane used is owned by gameshow host Willie Revillame (check out the tail).

Justin Bieber arrives in Tacloban
Justin Bieber arrives in Tacloban

After resting in Manila, Justin arrived in Tacloban around 2 PM, assisted by UNICEF on ground.
He sang “a series of Christmas songs and some of his hits as well, including Baby,” said Kate Donovan, a spokeswoman for UNICEF.



Justin gave away T-shirts to the kids of Tacloban and played street basketball, including a one-on-one with Coach Chot Reyes of Gilas Pilipinas.

Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban

His manager, Scooter Braun, said it was a very touching and emotional day for Justin, as you can see in these photos provided by SMART.

Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban
Justin Bieber in Tacloban

He returned to Manila in the evening and met with executives and endorsers of SMART, TV5 and PLDT at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.
His manager, Scooter Braun took time to thank those who made the visit possible.

The meet and greet lasted for about 30 minutes, very quickly. No time to make chika. Those who had a chance to take photos with Bieber were in and out within a minute.
Justin Bieber with SMART executives Ramon Isberto, Olan Pena, Tina Mariano and the SMART engineers who were among the first responders to rebuild network and communication lines in Tacloban after Yolanda.

Justin Bieber at Edsa Shang

With SMART Broadband Team and endorsers Anne Curtis, Kobe Paras and Rico Blanco

The Smart Broadband Team with Justin Bieber and endorsers Anne Curtis, Kobe Paras and Rico Blanco

L-R: Mikyle Quizon, Dani Barretto, Justin Bieber, Claudia Barretto, and Juliana Gomez

Justin Bieber with Digital Ambassadors Mikyle Quizon & Dani Barretto with Julianna Gomez and Claudia Barretto

With SMART endorser Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Justin Bieber with Smart endorser Jasmine Curtis

and Billy Crawford

Justin Bieber with Smart endorser Billy Crawford

The Smart Postpaid Team with endorser Anne Curtis thanked Justin Bieber for extending his help to Yolanda-stricken areas in the Philippines.

The Smart Postpaid Team and endorser Anne Curtis thanked Justin Bieber for extending his help to Yolanda-stricken areas in the Philippines

To know more about Justin’s #ā€ˇGiveBackPhilippinesā€¬ campaign, click HERE.

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