Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin has received a recognition as one of Forbes Asia’s “Heroes of Philanthropy” for showing her generosity and for promoting social change.
This year, Forbes awarded 30 outstanding philanthropists who are “committed to solving some of the most pressing issues facing the Asia-Pacific.”
Locsin, who has been active in joining charity works, was acknowledged for her acts of generosity towards violence and natural disasters victims.
In October, the actress has given out P1 million and distributed “truckloads of relief supplies to affected residents” of Mindanao quakes, Forbes noted.
Meanwhile, it also underscored that in 2017, during the attack of Islamist rebels in the city of Marawi, Locsin joined the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines to bring “food packets and school supplies to tens of thousands of displaced victims.”
Aside from those, the real-life angel also skipped the annual ABS-CBN Ball as she donated the price she would have spent for her gown to Bantay Bata.
“I decided to do my share in a way that I could probably be more of use. I think it would be better for me to donate directly to Bantay Bata the amount that I’m supposed to spend in the ball. It’s not much, but will help make a difference to someone else’s life,” Locsin said in an Instagram post.
“Over the past decade, Locsin has donated as much as P15 million to causes such as educational scholarships for students, supporting the economic and political rights of indigenous people, and ending violence against women and children,” the popular magazine said, while highlighting that the actress has inspired many of her followers to do the same.
“It’s like taking little steps towards substantive, holistic change for the future of the next generations,” Forbes quoted Locsin as saying. “The only motivation we need is being part of humanity.”
Other than Locsin, some of those who made it to the list of “Heroes of Philanthropy” were Filipino businessman Hans Sy, Chinese tycoon Jack Ma, Indian business tycoon Azim Premji, and Australian billionaire Judith Neilson.