Friday, June 9, 2017

Angel Locsin visits evacuation center for Marawi refugees

A real life hero.

Angel Locsin visits evacuation center for Marawi refugees

Kapamilya actress Angel Locsin has once again proven that superheroes need not costume to be called as such.

Videos on the Internet taken by some people in the area surfaced Thursday night.

Angel, who describes herself on her own Instagram page as “Volunteer, Activist, Film & Television Actress,” visited refugees from the aerial bombings in Marawi at an evacuation center in Ma’had Alnor Al-Islaime, in Tomas Cabili, Iligan City.



This is not the first time that Angel made her presence felt in a Mindanao crisis.

Two years ago, the actress was very vocal in protesting the brutal shooting of two Lumad leaders and their civilian companion by paramilitary forces in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

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In her social media posts back then, Angel used the hash tag, “#StopLumadKillings” to articulate her grief and outrage. At around the same time, Angel’s sister, Ella Colmenares-Sabino, posted a 2009 visit to the Lumad community of the same place.

Angel’s concern over the Marawi crisis may stem from something a little more personal.

In 2009, the same year she and her sister visited the Lumad village in Surigao del Sur, it was reported by ABS-CBN News that Angel “is part of a Muslim royal family in Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur.”


Angel herself was quoted as saying that all she remembers is that her mother was adopted by a Muslim princess in Marawi City where her grandfather was also reportedly one of the 15 sultans there.

“Ngayon, nagkikita-kita pa din kami ng mga pinsan-pinsanan ko. Yong pinaka-lolo ko po ay nasa Marawi,” she also said back then.

On television, Angel’s affinity towards Mindanao is also reflected in her choice of roles.

She recently headlined a two-part episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” where she portrayed a Muslim woman who kidnapped a child and took her to her hometown in Lanao. Prior to this, she also played the girlfriend of one of the 44 ill-fated commandos of the elite Special Action Force who died in the infamous Mamasapano clash.



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