Lea Salonga named UN ambassador against world hunger along with Celine Dion, Susan Sarandon
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The United Nations (UN) has appointed Tony-winning actress Lea Salonga as a Goodwill Ambassador against world hunger, along with Grammy-winning singer Celine Dion, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon and Italian actor Raoul Bova, reports GMANews.tv. Except for Dion who could not make it to the ceremony, the performers personally accepted the distinction from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy on October 15.
Asked how it felt to be on the same list as Sarandon, Dion and Bova, Salonga told Inquirer.net, "It was pretty damn awesome." She said, "But the challenge is just now sinking in. There is work to be done in the effort to alleviate world hunger. I’d like to focus on our country to see what solutions we can come up with."
At the ceremony, Salonga sang John Lennon’s "Imagine." She told Inquirer.net, "I performed the song in the context of dreaming and imagining a world without hunger. Given that there are almost one billion people suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition all over the world (many of whom are from the Philippines), singing it took a whole different meaning for me." She wore a royal blue dress by Rajo Laurel.
FAO said in their website, "Salonga has earned the admiration and respect of audience, peers and critics for her performances worldwide." As an ambassador, she "commits (herself) personally and professionally to address the universal humanitarian goals that underpin FAO’s mission--to build a food-secure world for present and future generations." Salonga is now an advocate for the FAO-led Youth and United Nations Global Alliance initiative as well.