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| Saturday, May 31, 2008

Organized by Sichuan Broadcasting Group, Sichuan TV, Phoenix TV and Chengdu TV, fund raising event For the Name of Life (literally translated) was held at Chengdu last night. Artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan gathered to show their support and the boss of Media Asia Peter Lam also lead his singers which include Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Leon Lai, Andy Hui, Miriam Yeung, Denise Ho and Richie Ren to appear in the event.

The Media Asia's singers gathered at Chengdu TV for the rehearsal. In the program, Andy and Leon get to sing a song each whereas past lovers Andy Hui and Sammi appeared on the stage together for the first time as the Media Asia singers duet the song Promise. However Sammi was not arranged to stand side by side to Andy Hui and Miriam whom once alleged to be not on good terms with Sammi.

As the singers would be attending tomorrow's 512 Concern Love Action fund raising event, boss Peter Lam specially provide a private jet to fetch the singers back to Hong Kong.

During the flight to Sichuan, the in-flight photographs of Andy and Sammi appeared on Sudden Weekly, Sammi quipped: "Wah, we looked like lovers, what happens when people mistaken us as lovers, haha."

At the actual event, Zhang Guoli narrates the story of Ren Siyu, she is a primary school student in a village in Beichuan, she was buried under the building after the earthquake, she sang 'Liang Zhi Lao Hu' which touches all rescue workers. She sang the song again last night which won loud applause.

Andy communicate with Siyu on the stage as he said: "I have fan also named Siyu, both of you are our pride."

When Siyu addressed Andy as "uncle", Andy then quipped that she should addressed him as "brother", this phrase brought some joyfulness into the event which is rather filled with seriousness and depression.

Andy then duet the song Promise with Leon, Sammi, Miriam and Andy Hui. He said: "In future, we'll walked together down the road."

news from: SingTao News, Wei Wen Po, Sing Pao, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Sina.com

| Friday, May 30, 2008

photos and video from: sohu.com, qq.com

The Hong Kong showbiz representatives leaded by Andy Lau met up with Mainland China's showbiz representatives to the heavily earthquake-hit sites in Sichuan two days ago to visit the victims and soldiers. Yesterday they went to Chengdu's Bǎo Guāng Sì to attend a blessing ceremony before going to a temporary hospital to meet the visitors. In between, Andy kept console a granny whom had lost her grand-daughter to the earthquake, he promised that he would take care of her.

A total group of 20 which includes Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Joey Yung, Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Ge You, representatives from TVB and ATV set off from their hotel around 8 AM yesterday to set off to Chengdu's Bǎo Guāng Sì to attend China's Buddhist Blessing Ceremony for Earthquake Victims of Wenchuan. As Sammi is Christian, she did not take part in the blessing ceremony, she only stood by the side to watch. It suddenly rained during the ceremony, crew members immediately handed out raincoats.

After staying for 30 minutes at the temple, they went to visit a factory in Mianyang , another seriously-earthquake hit area. The factory's person-in-charge brought the artistes around the factory, the workers were cleaning the area when the artistes arrived, the workers were delighted when they see Andy, Chen Daoming and Ge You as they dashed forward to shake hands with them and listen to the workers telling them of the situation of the earthquake as the artistes were told that many left homeless. The artistes expressed their sadness and kept a moment of silence for the deceased victims.

Andy chatted with a 75-years old granny, she had been working so hard till she's almost blind as she does not know that it's an artiste that's visiting her.

The granny suffered fractures in the earthquake, she also wept to tell Andy that she had lost her grand-daughter to the earthquake.

Upon seeing how sad she is, Andy also teared as he kept consoling the granny and help her wipe away her tears, he also promise that he would take care of her.

Around 3pm, the group set off to a fire station in Chengdu to show their support to the firemen, they're the first team of rescuers and heroes that went into the site and saved more than 100 victims. Andy and Sammi took the lead to show their gratitude to these heroes.

Sammi said: "The first team that went into the earthquake site to help people with regards to their own blood and sweat, these are real heroes." Andy said: "After the 5.12 earthquake, then I know this is how the firemen in Mainland China are, as they risked their own safety, I respected them."

Lastly, the group of artistes head to the Chengdu army hospital. When they alighted from their vehicles, large group of medical staffs and patients rushed out to welcome them, the situation was chaotic as the medical staffs, patients and reporters wanted to shake hands, took photographs and autographs from the artistes.

Andy had no choice but to shout out loud saying: "Please maintain order, if not we'll be leaving."

When the artistes took turns to speak on a small wooden stage, the 2000 medical staffs and patients kept cheering for them.

When Zhang Guoli shouted loud: "All of us cheered for Sichuan!" Everybody supported together, it was a touching moment. When the artistes were leaving, some people climbed onto the stage to create a chaotic situation. The temporary wooden stage almost collapse. Peace returned after the artistes had left. However they seems sad as they can't bare to see the artiste leave.

After two days of visiting, Andy said: "After visiting the earthquake sites, I now know how serious it was, but the rebuilding progressed faster than expected. I believe Chinese has a strong will in life, they can carry on. What I worried the most is the damage done to the victims' internal feelings. I hope this visit could bring happiness to them."

news from: Apple Daily News, MingPao, SingTao News, Wei Wen Po

pictures from: ent.tom.com

| Thursday, May 29, 2008

news from: www.tianshannet.com, www.henannews.com.cn, www.aoyunchina.com, v.sohu.com