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    Filipina actress named ambassador for WWDs

    PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Thursday lauded the National Council on Disability Affairs for choosing Manila actress Marian Rivera as Ambassador for disabled Filipino women and children.
    Women Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus said Rivera is a good choice because she can draw more support to the cause of women and children with disabilities given her credibility, personality and stature.
    "She is not only a beautiful face representing the WWDs, but as an ambassador, an icon and a person who will be the representative of what our advocacy is all about," the lawmakers said.
    "She is expected to play an active role in major programs and activities of WWDs, like fund raising, as people believe in her capacity as WWD's ambassador spokesperson for the WWDs," they added.
    They said being an ambassador and a spokesperson for the disabled Filipino women and children will serve as a challenge to celebrities like Rivera.
    "Ms. Marian has access to the public and can capture the opportunity to voice the issues on the situation of our disabled fellowmen, especially women and children," the lawmakers said.
    "Having Ms. Marian as a spokesperson, I believe, is a timely challenge to be an effective tool to win all needed support from the government and the public for women and children with disabilities," they added.
    Rivera was presented a symbolic trophy as ambassador for women and children with disabilities by acting NCDA Executive Director Carmen Zubiaga during the 2014 Women with Disabilities Day celebration at the House of Representatives.
    In her acceptance speech, Rivera said she is a simple person that has soft spot for people with special needs, mentally challenged and with disabilities.
    "I wholeheartedly accept the title of Ambassador for women and children with disabilities including the responsibilities it entails," Rivera said.
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