Having a better world means starting from yourself.
From running a marathon and dedicating this triumph to Filipino children, to being an advocate for self-love - these are some ways Filipino celebrities and influencers are doing their part to have a better world.
Mobile services provider, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) started the "Live Smarter for a Better World" campaign. In which celebrities like Anne Curtis-Smith, Mimiyuuuh, Sarah Geronimo, Matteo Guidicelli, Ben&Ben, Wil Dasovich, Alodia Gosiengfiao and many others have jumped on the movement for change and have initiated online conversations with their followers and fans on how to make the world a better place.
"I have been able to defer my entry to the Tokyo Marathon, if things are better, to next year and I plan to dedicate it to the children of the Philippines again," said Curtis-Smith on Instagram.
The actress has helped raise funds for the Filipino youth on her last international marathon. For her daughter Dahlia's first birthday, the celebrity mom has also put up a fundraising page and urged her supporters to donate cash for UNICEF Philippines. Her effort has so far raised over P600,000 which will be used to help mothers and children.
"Not all children and mothers have access to the information or essentials needed to ensure both mother and child are healthy and happy. There is nothing I wish more than for all children to be given the best start in life," said Curtis-Smith.
Alfredo Panlilio, Smart Communications' President and Chief Executive Officer said that, "the #BetterWorld campaign wants to inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society."
"It is all about personal revolutions and advocacies. When an individual pursues their advocacy and inspires other people to also follow, it becomes a collective. It becomes more powerful. In that sense, everyone can become a hero," said Lloyd Manaloto, Smart FVP for Corporate Marketing and Strategy.
Meanwhile, actor and triathlete Matteo Guidicelli's way of making a better world is through fitness. He shared that, "physical activity is extremely important in molding one's character. I believe sport and an active lifestyle benefits us all."
Wil Dasovich, a nature lover, hopes that Philippine schools will have environmental and health subjects so that children will grow up to love nature more.
"Through travel vlogs and now my podcast, I have been trying to promote the importance of little things like this and organizations that help communities with this cause," said Dasovich.
On the other hand, gaming video creator and animal lover, Dexie Diaz believes in little acts of kindness, like leaving food and water outside her house for strays.
Mimiyuuh believes that acceptance is a big step towards self-love. She told her Instagram followers, "You are more than your insecurities."
While giving back is cosplayer and content creator Alodia Gosiengfiao's way of making the world better. "You will never know whose life you will touch and how you can change their lives," she said.
It is not surprising for TV personality and host Luis Manzano to be working with WWF-Philippines in spreading awareness about trash in the sea as the host also loves the ocean. In turn, he challenges and asks others the question, "What are you prepared to do to make the world better?"
TikTok creator and radio jock Sammi Borro's love for surfing and the ocean encouraged her to learn more about marine pollution and wildlife. This led to her to become an advocate for environmental conservation.
Sofia Valdes, a medical student and content creator wants to help and heal others. "My mom always told me that having the heart and the passion is what matters most. To help my countrymen, hopefully save lives in the future and have the hands that heal are my ultimate goals. I know it is still a long way, but hopefully my small efforts count in making the world a better place." Valdes said.
Through "Live Smarter for a Better World," Smart hopes that advocacies and beliefs will spark collective action.
The campaign's message is that anybody can become a hero.
As a company and a brand, Smart has helped thousands of students and teachers cope with distance learning and using technology, as well as aided farmers in improving their harvests and livelihood.
In 2020 alone, Smart, with the help of PLDT and private groups and companies, deployed 86 School-in-a-Bag packages to the country's hardest-to-reach barangays. The School-in-a-Bag helps provide access to technology, connectivity and content via a giant backpack filled with a laptop and pocket WiFi for the teacher and 10-20 tablets for the students, all pre-loaded with interactive, multimedia content accessible even when offline.
As Smart continues to affect change in the telco industry and the Philippine business and education landscape, it urges its subscribers and everyone to pursue their passions and stand true to their beliefs for a #BetterWorld.
For more information, visit its website.
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