MANILA — The viral dance craze “Tala” will be the launching pad of a charity drive for those affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas, a fan group of pop star Sarah Geronimo announced on Tuesday.
Dubbed “Tala para sa Taal” — a play on the two words being an anagram of each other — the flash mob will be held on January 18, Saturday, at Rizal Park in Manila.
A Facebook announcement of the event immediately went viral on Tuesday afternoon, with hundreds expressing interest in diverting the “Tala” craze into a worthwhile cause.
The registration fee of P100 per head will be donated to Philippine Red Cross, organizer Barrie Juanico, who runs the Popsters Official page on Facebook, told ABS-CBN News.
With an expected turnout of some 300 participants, Juanico said the flash mob is targeted to be held at the Quirino Grandstand.
Geronimo’s team has been made aware of the fan group’s efforts for those displaced by Taal’s unrest, Juanico added.
Taal spewed a giant ash column last Sunday, forcing the evacuation of some 39,000 residents from its expanded danger zone. Its volcanic activity has placed the province of Batangas under a state of calamity.
“Tala,” originally released in 2016, became a ubiquitous internet fad in the latter part of 2019, culminating in a nationwide flash mob, dubbed “Tala Nation,” that was televised on ABS-CBN’s “ASAP Natin ‘To” early this month.