Liza Soberano was revealed on Thursday, April 16, as the newest ambassador of Save the Children Philippines.
She now joins the likes of actress Ria Atayde, beauty queen Katarina Rodriguez, and child star Xia Vigor in promoting and upholding the rights of Filipino children.
"As we mark our 40th year in the Philippines, we are pleased to welcome and introduce @LizaSoberano as our newest Save the Children Ambassador. Thank you for taking on this important role, Liza!" said Save the Children PH in a post across its social media platforms.
For her part, Liza said she's "proud, honored, and delighted" to be the newest ambassador of the children's welfare organization, saying she has always been a "silent supporter" of Save the Children since she discovered them online in 2016.
"I didn't know that they had a Philippine counterpart here. I started sponsoring some kids in Uganda, and from there, I think around 2018, I discovered Save the Children Philippines from my niece and my good friend Xia Vigor who is also one of the ambassadors," she said.
Though not officially as an ambassador, Liza has worked with Save the Children Philippines twice. In 2018, she participated in the organization's “Lahat Dapat” campaign against hunger and malnutrition. She also took part in its #SaveWithStories campaign, which raised funds for Project ARAL (Access to Resources for Alternative Learning) to help children from low income families and those with disabilities to access alternative learning platforms amid school closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I myself have witnessed the change that they have brought upon children and their lives, and I can attest to all the good that they have been doing," said Liza, who is also a women's rights and mental health advocate. "I can really guarantee that their best interest is for the children, and I'm just so honored to be working with a family to share the same interests as me."
As Save the Children Philippines' newest ambassador, the 23-year-old actress said she's looking forward to doing a lot of fieldwork.
"I've mentioned this to the team quite a few times," she said. "There's nothing more grounding and heartwarming than seeing the look on people's faces when you give them just the simplest of assistance, may it be financial or just showing them that you're physically and mentally there to support them."
In a statement, the organization’s chief executive Atty. Alberto Muyot lauded Liza'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,” she said.