Back in October, the island of Mindanao was rocked by a nightmare that lasted over several days, as part of the main southern portion of the Philippines. Extensive property damage (including a significant mall fire in GenSan) plus landslides became a source of misery for people particularly in Central Mindanao. It is known that among those who came down to the quake stricken areas to lend a hand with the refugees was ABS-CBN actress Angel Locsin, an action that earned her great public approval on social media. Earlier this week, a major magazine even paid tribute to Angel’s actions by listing her among Asia’s heroes.
And judging from Angel Locsin’s reaction days after her philanthropy was featured in Forbes Asia, she was ever so humble about the appraisal of her actions as reported on ABS-CBN News. This reaction makes the 34-year-old Kapamilya star stand out more from her contemporaries in the “Asian Heroes 2019: Catalysts for Change” feature by Forbes. She is accompanied there by China’s Jack Ma, Indonesia’s Theodore Ramchat, Malaysian Jeffrey Cheah, Azim Premji of India, Australians Andrew and Nichola Forrest, and Judith Neilson, and fellow Filipino Hans Sy of the SM family. Many of these mentioned were millionaire business magnates except Locsin.
“I’m nowhere near from being a billionaire, but I try my best to do my part in my own little way,” noted Angel on her Twitter page post while referencing the Forbes Asia article. “I hope this would inspire other people to help as well.” She also expressed her surprise that the business magazine would mention her, noting that her assistance to the earthquake victims in Mindanao was mere her expression of the Filipino cooperative tradition of “bayanihan.” Then again, aside from her physical presence to help distribute relief goods in the area last October, she also donated P1 million.
It should be noted however that Angel Locsin has long been established as one of the most charitably generous actresses in Philippine showbiz. Over the past decade or so her donations to charity programs for education, indigenous peoples, and women and children’s rights have amounted to P15 million in all. And her personal relief distribution efforts following the Mindanao earthquake is not unique. Locsin did the same during the 2017 Marawi siege. And the best part is that she sees her charity work as a human accomplishment, far from the larger-than-life superheroes like Darna that she has portrayed on TV.
“You don’t need to wear a costume to be a superhero,” says Angel in Forbes. “The only motivation we need is being part of humanity.”
Image from The Philippine Star