Actress Marian Rivera, who has been named the country’s sexiest woman twice by FHM Philippines, was appointed Ambassador for Women and Children with Disabilities.
The distinction was bestowed on the actress by two House panels on Monday during the closing ceremonies of Women’s Health celebration.
The two panels are the House Committee on Women and Gender Equity headed by Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica of Bulacan and House Committee on Social Services led by Rep. Arturo Robes of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Rivera will champion the cause of handicapped people and push government programs for them.
“I have played a role of someone with a disability in Narda. She was using arm clutches, but she was still chosen to be the Darna who fights for the welfare of the people,” Rivera said, referring to the legendary Filipino heroine Darna, the persona that Narda turns into after swallowing a magical stone.
Rivera said she will have two inspirations in fulfilling her new task: Filipino-American Jessica Cox, a Guinness World Record holder for being the first licensed armless pilot, and Rosel Ambubuyog who graduated summa cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University despite being blind.
The actress urged the public and government to be sensitive to the plight of persons with disabilities and provide them with needed support and access to education, health care and livelihood.