Latino Celebrities React to Devastation in the Philippines

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Typhoon Haiyan roared through the central islands of the Philippines, causing mass devastation and wiping out entire neighborhoods. 

According to CBS Newsthe typhoon, called Yolanda by Filipinos, is one of the strongest storms on record in the islands, and is believed to have caused thousands of deaths in one city alone.

Some 600,0000 people were evacuated from Vietnam, where six deaths were reported. The category 1 storm then continued its path of destruction, striking the Philippines near Ha Long Bay. According to USA Todayat least 10,000 are feared to be dead. 

President Obama pledged U.S. aid to the country. “Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage done by Super Typhoon Yolanda. But, I know in the incredible resiliency of the Philippine people, and I am confident that the spirit of Bayanihan will see you through this tragedy,” he said in a statement.

In addition to the Obama Administration, the United Nations and countless countries have pledged aid to the devastated country. Additionally, Pope Francis led tens of thousands of people at the Vatican in prayer for the victims.

Several Latino celebrities expressed their condolences and asked their followers for donations and prayers via Twitter.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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