Intrigued by the “energy of the Filipino people,” Hollywood actor Gabriel Macht—who plays the fast-talking and rule-breaking lawyer Harvey Specter of American TV series Suits—had no second thoughts about coming to the Philippines when telco giant Globe invited him to take part in a Typhoon Yolanda rehabilitation project.
“I just said get me out there to be part of it!” he exclaimed a roundtable interview with select members of the press at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City on March 9.
Macht related that even before Globe Telecom reached out to him, his lead co-star Patrick Adams had already piqued his curiosity over this Asian nation and its people.
“He visited the Philippines in 2013 to promote the new season of Suits and told me there’s an incredible energy here,” the actor continued.
Macht confirmed his friend’s story with his involvement in Globe’s “Project Wonderful,” a rehabilitation initiative in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which rebuilt and reconstructed sari-sari to jumpstart small businesses for Yolanda survivors in Ormoc, Leyte.
The Suits star led the turnover ceremony to one livelihood beneficiary who was given a Globe AutoloadMax package to sell at her sari-sari store. Together with Yoly Crisanto, senior vice president for Globe Corporate Communications and Issa Cabreira, vice president for Globe Prepaid Business, as well as other volunteers, Macht also helped out with a few store repairs and hung posters around the community to advertise the sites back in business.
Macht impressively lauded Globe for its rehabilitation efforts in Leyte, specifically because the company refrained from merely “throwing out money” to help the typhoon survivors, but allowed them dignity in getting back on their feet with livelihood grants.
As expected, Macht received a warm and lively Filipino welcome, which included a barrio fiesta at the home of Ormoc City Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.
Inspired by the Filipino’s resilience, the actor generously talked about what he saw and experienced in his Twitter account, most especially the people’s ability to smile in the midst of adversity.
For Crisanto, no other international celebrity met Globe’s criteria for the partnership other than Macht, as she told to The Manila Times, “When we were looking for a Hollywood face, we wanted it to be different. Someone that would ‘suit’ Globe’s vision.” The lady executive then went on to enumerate the actor’s philanthropic work with the American and Australian Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and an organization for individuals afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.
Macht in turn expressed his desire to return to Ormoc “to see the advancement of the project” in the very near future, along with his wife and children.
With much energy, he ended, “I want them to see the world.”