GoodNewsPilipinas.com takes a look at 2018’s top stories of positive action by Filipinos in the Philippines that exemplify the Pinoys’ indomitable spirit and resourcefulness amidst challenges.

In the list are 2 pop icons giving back to their fans and supporters, a celebrity couple spending their vacation serving as cooks, a sports champion providing help for fellow boxers, 2 communities banding together to uplift their environment, and 4 companies and their foundations setting up projects to benefit local communities.

These top stories prove that when there is a will to do good, there are ways to achieve positive results.

Here are the GNP Top 10 Positive Action stories:

Photo by Maine Mendoza

Celebrity endorser Maine Mendoza held a sale of her pre-loved items on the online selling platform, Carousell, to raise funds intended to provide financial support for student scholars of her fan club, AlDub Nation.

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Baguio City residents and authorities joined together to stop the country’s Summer Capital from suffering the fate of being closed for rehabilitation like the famed Boracay Island. The Change.org petition states the city government’s vow to preserve its lush environment with programs focused on clean air, clean water, regreening program, and proper waste management.

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Photo credit: PRRC Facebook Page

Pasig River is the beneficiary of a creative campaign dubbed “Taga-Alog Ilog Pasig: Balik Tanaw, Balik Sigla!” which envisions the waterway as a hub for Filipino cultural identity and collective memory, through the joint efforts of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), the Philippine Educational Theatre Association (PETA), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and various local governments.

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Photo credit: Jollibee Group Foundation

Women farmers are being provided with the right tools and knowledge to lead and extend their practice for them to become profitable and sustainable through the Farmers Entrepreneurship Program of Jollibee Group Foundation.

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Filipino world boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao made good on his mission to support boxing in Asia by bringing his fight to Malaysia and afterwards donating the equipment and ring used in the makeshift boxing gyms to Malaysian boxers.

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International consumer company Unilever began fully sourcing its cucumber supply from local farmers after the first wide-scale harvest of local cucumbers farmed in the towns of Bongabon and Rizal in Nueva Ecija.

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Photo credit: UNICEF Photo release

Popular celebrity Anne Curtis surprised Cebu Pacific Air passengers onboard a Cagayan de Oro to Manila flight when she personally joined the crew in collecting donations for the UNICEF Change for Good program, a lifesaving health and nutrition programs for children in the Philippines.

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Popular TV hosts Judy Ann and Ryan Agoncillo made good on her dream to give back to nuns who have cared for her as she prepared dinner for nuns at the Vatican during a trip in Rome.

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Photo Credit: Ayala Foundation

Ayala Foundation brought the ProFuturo project to the Philippines, the pilot implementation in Southeast Asia of a digital technology platform that provides access to quality, transformational, and universal education access for boys and girls.

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SM Aura Premier opened the “Boxes of Greens” on its Skypark Lawn, the first fresh herb garden in a mall, supervised by local farmers and a charity organization who receive the proceeds from sales.

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