Forbes Asia named Filipina actor Angel Locsin among Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2019.
Forbes Asia’s 2019 Heroes Of Philanthropy: Catalysts For Change announced on December 2 listed Angel Locsin among the awardees that included Jack Ma of China who stepped down from Alibaba to devote more time to philanthropy.
Angel Locsin was cited for donating a total of 15 million pesos to causes such as educational scholarships for students, supporting the economic and political rights of indigenous people, and ending violence against women and children.
Forbes writer Grace Chung relates how Locsin, whose mother was adopted by Mindanaoans, has been helping the region. During the Marawi battle in 2017, Locsin joined missionaries in donating and distributing food and school supplies to affected communities.
Forbes says Locsin’s donations have also helped roughly 500 families hit by some of the country’s largest disasters: Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009, Typhoon Habagat in 2012 and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, one of the deadliest storms on record, leaving 6,300 dead.
“These are urgent times when we have to act as fast as we can to save lives and rebuild communities, and we don’t even have to think why,” Locsin was quoted as saying during one of her missions.
Angel Locsin, best known for playing the Philippine superhero “Darna“, has also been credited with a blog post that said, “You don’t need to wear a costume to be a superhero.”
Grace Chung writes Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy: Locsin has also inspired many of her millions of social media followers to give back. “It’s like taking little steps towards substantive, holistic change for the future of the next generations,” she says. “The only motivation we need is being part of humanity.”
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