Jackie Chan serenades Manila for charity

Last Updated: Sat, Aug 05, 2006 04:53 hrs

Hong Kong action movie hero Jackie Chan crooned a 1962 Elvis Presley song and promoted his worldwide charity work on Friday as he signed a franchise deal in Manila to sell his Java coffee brand. There was no mention of the actor's alleged drunken rant at a Taiwanese concert last month when, according to local newspapers, he demanded a duet with singer Jonathan Lee and traded insults with the audience.

Instead, the 56-year-old, who broke into Hollywood with his "Rush Hour" movie series, asked people to frequent his Java Coffee shop chain, where part of the profits will be spent on books and schools in Asia. In three months, Jackie Chan's Java Coffee shop will open in Manila, the first in a chain spread across China, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. Through his Jackie Chan Charities Foundation, the actor, seen as the successor to martial arts legend Bruce Lee, has opened 17 schools in China and donated books and educational materials to children across Asia and Africa.

Chan arrived in Manila on a chartered private jet after his commercial flight from Hong Kong was canceled due to fierce winds from typhoon Prapiroon. "I had a very tedious flight. I risked my life," he said, speaking through an interpreter. Chan was due to return to Hong Kong on Friday night to catch a flight to Paris, where he will begin filming the third installment of "Rush Hour" with Hollywood star Chris Tucker.'

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