MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived Tuesday in the Philippines, where he has launched a campaign to help victims of last month’s killer typhoon.
Bieber, adored by young fans worldwide for hits like “Baby,” arrived on a special flight, Immigration officer Jerome Ollet said. Pictures on social media showed fans snapping photos of the star at Manila’s airport.
In a video posted on the fund-raising platform Prizeo, Bieber asked fans to help him support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which left nearly 6,000 people dead and more than 1,700 others missing, and flattened entire towns and villages in the central Philippines.
Bieber is one of the several foreign and local celebrities and VIPs who have helped out.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop flew to worst-hit Tacloban city Sunday to console survivors and pledge continuing aid.
Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited an air force base in Manila two weeks ago and distributed crayons and coloring books to children of families who arrived aboard mercy flights by the Philippine and U.S. military from typhoon-ravaged provinces of Leyte and Samar.
The R&B star was in Manila at the time for a concert.
Bieber said donors get a chance to win a prize to hang out with him in a studio while he works on his upcoming album.
“The moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back,” Bieber said, “I thought I can count on you guys to make a difference.”