Hollywood sends holiday greetings to Pinoys

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 25 2013 11:33 AM | Updated as of Dec 26 2013 01:40 AM

HOLLYWOOD -- Every year, the largest Christmas celebration in America happens in Hollywood through its Christmas parade featuring movie and TV stars who took the time to greet their Filipino fans.

Among the celebrities present is the holiday season's biggest star and he has a special message for children back in the Philippines.

"For all of the children there, Santa's watching. I'm gonna try to take care of everybody who's looking for something," said Santa Claus.

The head of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes toys to less fortunate children, said they have plans to go to the Philippines.

"At some point in the future, once we're able to take care of the most important needs, and that's to make sure that they get the food, the water, the medical supplies they need, hopefully, we'll be able to have something like a little Christmas after Christmas that'll help give some joy to these youngsters as well," said Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, president of the foundation.

"American Idol" power couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo also took the opportunity to greet their Filipino fans, especially those that were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

"That's a place we like to go. I have a lot of friends that have family in the Philippines that are here doing entertainment. When all that stuff hit, it's a shock that it can actually hit home, and that's definitely home," said Young.

"Hello, how are you? People in America are thinking of you. We are sending what we can both physically and emotionally," said DeGarmo.

Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo-Goo Dolls shared his favorite Christmas tradition and also sent a message to fans in the Philippines.

"You know, I get to see my family. I get to set up my train under the tree. It's just time to reflect on what's going on," he said.

"We're wishing you the best and everybody over here is just trying to help as much as we can," he added.

The Christmas Parade is a Hollywood tradition for 82 years now and its two-hour special is broadcast several times on the Hallmark Channel and the CW Network during the holiday season.