Recently, Forbes Magazine released their “Heroes of Philanthropy 2019” list for Asia. On this list were various individuals ranging from CEO’s to actors and singers to foundation heads and other reputable positions. Everyone who made it on the list, is a citizen of countries or territories in the Asia-Pacific, or are a long-time resident of the region.
In order to make it on this prestigious list, Forbes considered dozens of various different candidates, taking a close look at their monetary contributions, the level of their involvement and the reach of their philanthropic efforts. Among those who made this prestigious list are: China’s Jack Ma, a recipient of the Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement award following his resignation as chairman of Alibaba in order to be able to devote more time to philanthropy. Australian billionaire Judith Neilson, who established an institute dedicated to supporting independent journalism. Also, on this year’s list, is one of the Philippines’ most famous actresses—Angel Locsin.
Locsin has been recognized for her generous donations and the aid she has rendered to those affected by natural disasters and violence. Following the devastating earthquakes that hit Mindanao in October, Locsin donated 1 Million Pesos towards disaster relief. In addition to her monetary donations, Locsin also helped to distribute truckloads of relief supplies to those who were affected by the disaster.
This is not the first instance in which Locsin has demonstrated philanthropy characteristics towards those in the Philippines. In 2017, when the Philippine military and the Islamist rebels in Marawi, Locsin “joined the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in donating and distributing food packets and school supplies to tens of thousands of displaced victims.”. In response to her efforts to render aid, Locsin was quoted as saying: “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”.
Another example of the philanthropy mindset that Locsin possess, is back in September 2019, prior to attending the annual ABS-CBN Ball, Locsin donated the money that she would have spent to purchase a gown to wear to the event to the Bantay Bata.
Over the course of the last decade, Locsin has donated over 15 Million Pesos to support various causes, including educational scholarships for students, supporting economic and political rights of indigenous people and ending violence against women and children. It is reported that her philanthropic efforts have helped roughly 500 different families that have been directly affected by some of the Philippines 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.
Aside from all of her monetary donations and charity work, Locsin has also worked to inspire many of her millions of followers on social media to also give back to others in need. Locsin is quoted as saying, “It’s like taking little steps towards substantive, holistic change for the future of the next generations. The only motivation we need is being part of humanity.”.
Even though, Locsin is a famous actress and has been able to donate millions of Pesos to aid those of the Philippines, it just goes to show that everyone can be a philanthropist. Whether it be through monetary donations, service of time and talents, or showing compassion to those less fortunate than us, there are ample opportunities in our own communities where we can be a philanthropist and make the world a better place.
Author: Ashley Christensen