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Lea Salonga on receiving the Time100 Impact Award: ‘I want to share this with my fellow entertainers’

Lea Salonga received the Time100 Impact Award on October 2 in Singapore.

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10/04/2022 06:25 PM
Lea Salonga on receiving the Time100 Impact Award: ‘I want to share this with my fellow entertainers’
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"I want to share this award with my fellow entertainers."

These were the words of Lea Salonga as she accepted her TIME100 Impact Award at the National Gallery in Singapore on October 2, Sunday.

"It’s really surreal to be here right now and I am incredibly humbled and very overwhelmed for this honor. Thank you to everyone at TIME for recognizing me along with these incredibly amazing humans who have all made such amazing contributions to our world," she said in her acceptance speech.


In her speech, the Broadway star opened up about her journey as an entertainer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I just wanted to make people smile. I just wanted to entertain. And doing that, creating smiles and entertaining became so much more important to me over the last two and a half years. What a privilege it is to be with you all here tonight for celebration and fellowship – something we weren’t able to do for so long during the COVID pandemic… those were dark times for many of us, myself included," she said. 

Lea also expressed her appreciation for her fellow entertainers and dedicated her award to them.  

"I want to share this award with my fellow entertainers, all of them from all over the world who, through a time of great uncertainty and darkness, continued to do what they were put on this earth to do—to take our minds off our woes and troubles, even for just a few minutes, through song or dance or words," she remarked. 

“They did so without acclaim or wealth, without being asked or being rewarded. They coaxed smiles from weary faces. They gave eyes and ears a rest from the constant barrage of sirens and bad news. They showed up. They were, in a word, impactful. And this is for them," the singer added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with ABS-CBN after the ceremonies, Lea reiterated that she is sharing the award with her fellow artists, highlighting the role that the entertainers played in putting smiles on everyone's faces during the pandemic.

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“In some places in the world, yeah artista ka lang. But in the last two and a half years, I think a lot of artists need to be told, ‘You have no idea what you’ve been able to do for people who were stuck at home looking for joy.’ There are people that did it, in a huge scale like BTS who did an online concert that people all over the world got to see. Or even people creating content who end up getting uploaded on TikTok, or YouTube, or via Zoom doing live events, or Facebook Live or whatever platform," she said. 

“Even though the Impact award has my name at the bottom, it’s like a glass frame. Even though it’s got my name at the bottom, I might as well etch every single entertainers’ name on that frame for anybody and everybody," she stated.