Maria Aragon offers song to Yolanda victims


Filipino YouTube sensation Maria Aragon said she was deeply saddened by what happened to the Philippines after the country was battered by super typhoon Yolanda, perhaps the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history.

The Canadian singer from Manitoba of Filipino descent sang an acoustic version of “You Are Enough,” and offered it to her countrymen in a less than six-minute clip. As a singer, she said she could only share her music to help comfort the typhoon victims.

Maria, who gained fame after a YouTube video of her performing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” went viral, revealed that she has relatives living in one of the areas hit by the super typhoon

As of Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the official death toll from the typhoon that hit Visayas and parts of Palawan now stands at 1,774.

Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief aid has been pouring in from the international  community that includes the European Union, Asian Development Bank, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

On Monday, President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of national calamity in the Philippines to allow the national government to fast-track delivery of aid and basic services, particularly in typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas.