Kapamilya actor Gerald Anderson was officially introduced as the newly appointed Philippine Youth Commission ambassador in ceremony held at Grand Ballroom of Venus Hotel in Baguio City on December 8.
KASAMA (Kabataang Sama-samang Maglilingkod) President Gerald Ortiz, KASAMA National Adviser Nellie King, ULAP (Union of Local Autnority of the Philippines) President and Quirino Governor Dakila “Dax” Cua, and Sen. Imee Marcos—who made Gerald's appointment possible—headed the said event.
It was attended by almost 900 Sangguniang Kabataan leaders all over the country.
The Filipino-American actor shared how important the role of being a celebrity in inspiring others in lending hands to people who are in need after he experienced the Typhoon Ondoy way back in 2009.
Gerald recalled that during that time, he went down to the flooded areas to help neighbors in any way he could.
"Nagkataon na-picturan ako," said the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate. "May nag-post sa social media at kumalat. Doon ko po nakita ‘yung influence ng isang artista para tumulong sa kapwa.
"Mula noong araw na ‘yon, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na gagawin ko ang best ko, basta nasa position ako at kaya ko, para makatulong sa iba.”
Gerald also gave credits to his mother, Mommy Vangie, whom he admires for being helpful.
Now with his new assignment, the actor vows to give further inspiration to raise voluntirism among the youth.
"Makapagbigay ng inspiration," the 30-year-old actor said in an interview with Philstar Global.
"Ipakita kung gaano kaimportante tumulong sa iba basta kaya natin. Kung kailangan ng ibang tao basta kaya nating ibigay, ibigay natin. And marami tayong matututunan sa sarili natin sa pagtulong sa iba."
The star of upcoming TV series In Soldier's Heart has also plans in touring the Philippines for education-related projects. He also wants to promote sports, which he says is closest to his heart.
Gerald takes lead of his new post after Dingdong Dantes and the late Rico Yan, who both served as ambassadors of the said government agency in the past.
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