Child actress Xia
Vigor is Save the Children Philippines’ first Child Ambassador
December 12, 2019
MANILA – Save the
Children Philippines welcomes child actress Xia Vigor as the First
Child Ambassador who will help in promoting children’s rights to
grow up healthy, educated, and protected from all harm.
Xia, 10, who stars in the
upcoming movie “Miracle in Cell no.7,” an entry in the Metro Manila
Film Festival (MMFF), said she is determined to bring positive
change for every child. She also aims to inspire children,
especially in marginalized situations to never give up their dreams.
As her first activity, Xia
led a feeding program for children in a community in Navotas City.
Save the Children Philippines implements Project NURTURE (Nutrition
among Urban Poor Through Unified Response) to reduce the number of
deaths of children under 5 years old in identified areas in Navotas
City by implementing a nutrition-specific intervention focusing on
the first 1,000 days of life.
“Whenever I meet other
children, I always tell them to work hard to attain their dreams. I
hope I can help them make those dreams become a reality with my new
role as a Save the Children Child Ambassador,” said Xia Vigor during
her visit to Save the Children Philippines office in Quezon City.
Xia learned the importance
of sharing her blessings at age 6 when she started joining her
mother in outreach activities in the Mindoro provinces to distribute
slippers and school supplies to children of Mangyan families.
She was moved to see young
children go to school barefoot and without school supplies. Xia has
also been active in campaigning for environmental protection and has
joined tree planting and coastal clean-up activities.
Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief
Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said Xia fits the
role of Child Ambassador because she is very smart, articulate, and
has the empathy to children living in deprived situations.
“Children around the world
are speaking of their rights, and Save the Children supports the
realization of their right to be listened to, by providing a
platform so they can speak up on matters that affect them,” said
Xia will take important
roles in the launch of key global moments of Save the Children and
help amplify the call for respect and fulfillment of children’s
rights and for the end to all forms of violence against children in
the home, school and community settings.
She will also be active in
fundraising activities during humanitarian response to help Save the
Children bring life-saving emergency kits to children and their
families affected by natural calamities, disasters, armed conflict
and other emergencies.
Xia is an environmental
advocate who has participated in tree planting activities. She once
aspired to become a weightlifter and set up her own beauty salon.
The child actress now sets
her eyes on becoming an advocate for children’s rights.