MANILA, Oct. 29 — Internationally acclaimed Filipino artist Lea Salonga was honored recently by the Philippine embassy in Rome for bringing new honors to the Philippines with her designation by the Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) as Ambassador of Goodwill Against Hunger.
She was feted at a recognition dinner on Oct. 17, entitled “Parangal Kay Lea Salonga,” hosted by Ambassador Romeo Manalo and joined by the Philippine community in Rome.
On the same evening, she spearheaded the signing of a petition to end world hunger.
She has also accepted to act as advocate for the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance Initiative led by FAO.
Italian actor Raoul Bova, Canadian singer Céline Dion and American actress Susan Sarandon also received the same designation.
Manalo thanked Salonga “for dedicating her personal and professional life to help in the global fight against hunger.” In appreciation, the honoree rendered the song, “Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan?” (How Can I Thank You?)
As the Philippines’ Permanent Representative to FAO and head of the Philippine delegation to the 36th Session of the FAO’s Committee of World Food Security held in Rome two weeks ago, Manalo was present at Salonga’s nomination during the celebration of the World Food Day on Oct. 15 at the FAO Headquarters. (PNA)