Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin and SM Prime Holdings Inc. Director Hans Sy, are the only Filipinos who made it to the list of this year’s Forbes’ “13th Heroes of Philanthropy: Catalysts For Change” featuring 30 most generous charity donors in Asia.
According to Forbes Asia, the 2019 list recognized new names of billionaires, businessmen, and celebrities who are committed to solve some of the most pressuring issues facing the Asia-Pacific and achieving a long-term vision.
Forbes noted that Angel Locsin supports causes aiding victims of violence, natural disasters and conflict in Mindanao.
“Locsin, whose mother was adopted by a family from the island, has long helped the region, which has been riven by sectarian strife for decades,” said Forbes.
“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,” it added.
Second generation tycoon, Henry Sy, has been acknowledge for his financial spport and in-kind contribution to child Haus in Quezon City, which helps cancer-stricken children and their caregivers.
Other notable philanthropists on the list are Korean actress and singer Lee Ji-Eun (IU) –the youngest on the list at 26; Alibaba founder Jack Ma; Sunway Group’s chairman Jeffrey Cheah; Australian billionaire Judith Neilson and Azim Premji of India, who topped the list.