5 Filipino celebrities who balance entertainment with activism

It is the year 2018, and and if there is one thing that has defined radical, cultural change in recent years, it is the proliferation of activism with the help of the internet. Nearly anyone and everyone with a smartphone and an internet access these days has used social media as a platform for their own opinions and advocacies, and celebrities are no exception. Here, we list Filipino celebrities who have and continue to use their platform and influence to advance worthwhile causes.

 

Angel Locsin

Aside from being known to play heroines on the small screen, Angel Locsin also personally supports women’s issues and is a longtime supporter of Gabriela, one of the most prominent women’s rights groups in the Philippines. Aside from this, however, Angel also reaches out and aids evacuees of calamities, and encourages others to do so on social media – quite literally being an angel to others. She also notably, in her stint as judge on Pilipinas Got Talent, defended an all-women act against female objectification, despite the act in question receiving widespread online flak.

 

KC Concepcion

Actress and singer KC Concepcion has been an activist for a decade, since her appointment as United Nations World Food Programme’s Ambassador Against Hunger in 2008. Since then, KC has been from Mindanao to Uganda working on food programmes, as per the WFP’s advocacy of ending hunger, achieving food security, and improving nutrition. She has also launched an online auction website, KC’s Closet Fights Child Hunger, to auction her personal items for the benefit of the WFP’s Emergency Food For Education Initiative.

 

Dingdong Dantes

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#Repost @dongdantes (@get_repost) ・・・ After the delivery of the youth-in-climate action campaign dubbed as #NowPH or Not On Our Watch Philippines in 2015, we envisioned to share our experience and engage our neighboring countries in our climate and disaster resilience cause. Yesterday, this dream became a reality through the #NowASEAN Conference, organized by the National Youth Commission, Climate Change Commission and the @YesPinoy Foundation with the support of UNICEF, USAID-BLEADERS Project and The Climate Reality Project. The commitment of our government and our institutional partners, the overwhelming support from the ASEAN Senior Officials on Youth, and the active participation of youth leaders from the 17 regions of the Philippines are proof that we are on the right track towards pushing for an ASEAN Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Day and the creation of the Southeast Asian Youth in Climate Action and Disaster Resilience Network (SAYCAN). @iamsuperph

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Aside from being a well-known primetime leading man, Dingdong Dantes has also spent his time creating his own foundation concerning youth and education with the YesPinoy Foundation, launched in 2009. In an Instagram post by the foundation itself, it highlighted its goal of bridging the resource gaps in education and reach out to out-of-school youth. In addition, his foundation also garnered support for the construction of school buildings affected by typhoon Yolanda in Ilo-Ilo. This year, the YesPinoy Foundation celebrated its 9th anniversary in August.

 

Anne Curtis

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I did it! Just finished my very first talk at this years Global Youth Summit for UNICEF. I spoke about SDG 4 – Quality Education.. I highlighted one target in particular, “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.” 💙 Hope I was able to get the message out of how important early childhood development is. Thanks to all the students for their contagious energy! (Check out my ig live video) It helped control my nerves! Much love to all of you!!!! Remember YOU can be the change to make this world a better place for children. 💙 @unicefphils Thank you again SM Cares and the Global Peace Foundation for inviting me. #GlobalYouthSummit2017 #GlobalYouth4SDGs

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As UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for Children since 2015, Anne Curtis has developed her advocacy on supporting optimal maternal and child nutrition, particularly in early childhood. In 2015, Curtis launched the ‘Heroes for Children Run’, in benefit of UNICEF’s ‘1000’s Days’ Campaign similarly on improving the critical first 1000 days of early childhood. She also exerted efforts in visiting areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte and interacting with children and their families. Before taking on the role of UNICEF ambassador, however, ABS-CBN reports that Anne Curtis has been a supporter of the organization since 2009.

 

Pia Wurtzbach

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As a former Miss Universe of recent years, Pia Wurtzbach is a shoo-in for a celebrity with a heart. Since her coronation in 2015, Pia has been working with a variety of organizations around the world, often with her fellow former Miss Universe candidates, to advance her advocacies of proper HIV/AIDS awareness, and women empowerment. Last year, Pia was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific by UNAIDS, an organization whose goal is to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

In recent years, more celebrities have continued to step up their game and use their status to bring attention to relevant issues, both on a local and global scale. And with voices of their magnitude, we can hope to bring further light on such advocacies, and engage the wider population into landscape-changing conversations.

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