/ 16 April 2021

ACTRESS Liza Soberano has been named ambassador of child rights group Save the Children Philippines.

Some of her duties include campaigning for children’s rights to survival, learning, protection, and meaningful participation.

Soberano’s appointment coincided with the group’s celebration of its 40th year of lifesaving work in the country.

The actress said joining the group “was a dream come true.”

“I just want to help people in any form and in any way that I can, and I feel like through Save the Children, I’ll be able to do so much more,” she said.

Save the Children Philippines Chief Executive Officer Atty. Alberto Muyot lauded Soberano’s earnest desire to help the most deprived and marginalized children realize their full potential.

“We know that with Liza’s passion and influence, she will be inspiring a lot of children, youth, and adults to prioritize children’s rights at all times and create platforms for meaningful participation of children,” Muyot said.

In 2018, Soberano participated in Save the Children’s “Lahat Dapat” campaign against hunger and malnutrition, and rallied for children’s fair and equal access to nutritious food.

In 2020, she supported the group’s #SaveWithStories which raised funds for Project ARAL (Access to Resources for Alternative Learning) to help children from low income families and those with disabilities gain access to alternative learning modalities during the pandemic.

“There’s nothing more grounding and heartwarming than seeing the look on people’s faces when you give them the simplest of assistance, may it be financial or just showing them that you are physically and mentally there to support them,” said Soberano.

In the 2021 Global Childhood Report by Save the Children, the Philippines ranked 110th  out of 186 countries with children fully experiencing childhood. The study revealed that children in lower ranking countries have been missing out on childhood, including access to healthcare and nutrition, education, and protection from harmful practices like child labor and child marriage.