A flag for a competing tribe named 'Kasama' is shown in the November 8 episode of 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water,' which was shot on Palau Island in Cagayan. Photo from the reality TV show's official website
MANILA -- The host and contestants of the American reality TV show "Survivor" are participating in a relief drive in the United States to benefit the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan) in the Philippines.
According to a report on Entertainment Weekly (EW) published on Wednesday, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst and contestants whose respective seasons were set in the Philippines are taking part in a fundraiser organized by the American Red Cross and TV network CBS.
Among the former contestants who are participating in the event, the report said, are Lisa Whelchel, John Cochran, Malcolm Freberg, Phillip Sheppard and Jonathan Penner.
The relief drive, which includes a telethon, will reportedly take place on CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).
Probst and the "Survivor" contestants will be answering phones, similar to the local Sagip Kapamilya Telethon, to receive pledges of monetary support for the typhoon victims.
The report added that Probst will appear in an American Red Cross public service announcement that will air after the upcoming episode of "Survivor."
The reality TV show is currently airing the Palau Island-set "Blood vs. Water" season -- its 27th since 2000 -- in the United States.
Two other seasons set in Caramoan -- "Survivor: Philippines" and "Survivor: Caramoan" -- respectively aired in late 2012 and early this year. Another Cagayan-set "Survivor," which has already been filmed, will reportedly air early next year.
As of Wednesday morning, the death toll due to "Yolanda" has already reached 2,275, according to the national disaster management council.
An estimated 11.3 million have been affected, with 673,000 left homeless, since "Yolanda" -- said to be one of the most powerful typhoons recorded -- battered parts of Visayas on Friday.