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  • Pinoy Celebrities Who Chose To Spread Love And Kindness Through Charity Work In 2019

    Each of these women are amazing sources of inspiration!
    by Kate Borbon .
Pinoy Celebrities Who Chose To Spread Love And Kindness Through Charity Work In 2019
PHOTO BY courtesy of Instagram/@catriona_gray, @marianrivera
  • Celebrities not only inspire through their work but also through their collaborations with charities and advocacies. Here in the Philippines, there is no shortage of inspirational celebrities and personalities who choose to use their platforms to help marginalized groups. Here are five ladies who spread kindness through charitable work in 2019.

    Anne Curtis

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    The soon-to-be first-time mom has been known to use her status to bring attention to advocacies that are close to her heart, one of which is UNICEF. In February this year, Anne was appointed as a UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador along with Daphne Oseña-Paez.

    Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines representative, shared that Anne and Daphne were made ambassadors due to their “strong dedication drive for results for children throughout all these years.” In particular, Anne has helped bring UNICEF and its advocacies closer to younger audiences using social media.

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    Iza Calzado

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    To mark Mental Health Awareness Day in October, Iza had a conversation with Sarah Meier for She Talks Asia, where she opened up for the first time about her mother who dealt with mental illness before her death when Iza was still a child.

    “As a child, I grew up with a mother who was battling this. She felt people could never understand her as well. People were not talking about it, so I grew up with a stigma. ‘Yung nanay ko baliw’ — not baliw ‘fun,’ but ‘something-wrong-with-her’ baliw. ‘Stay away from the mom,’” the actress said.

    Iza took that opportunity to encourage those struggling with mental health to seek help. “Oftentimes people wait for things to go wrong before they seek help. This sharing of her story is also my greatest gift to her. I want her to know that I am no longer ashamed. And I understand her.”

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    Catriona Gray

    During her tenure as Miss Universe, Catriona Gray joined forces with charity organizations both in the Philippines and abroad. Her most recent charity endeavors include spending time with children who benefited from cleft surgery through Smile Train Brazil, celebrating with the kids of Young Focus Philippines, advocating for kids with special needs at the U.S. organization Best Buddies, and chatting with child patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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    Pauleen Luna-Sotto

    In light of the polio outbreak in September 2019, Pauleen Luna-Sotto collaborated with the Department of Health (DOH) to encourage parents to have their children receive the polio vaccine at the department’s Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio program, happening from January 20 to February 2, 2020. This is especially crucial for children under five years old, who are most vulnerable to polio.

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    Marian Rivera

    The celebrity mom visited the children of Smile Train Philippines on November 28 for an early Christmas celebration! According to the Smile Train website, Marian and her husband Dingdong Dantes have been involved with the organization for years. Marian has even launched the campaign #YanAngSmile to spread awareness of the services Smile Train provides children with cleft lip or palate.

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