th images menu user export search eye clock list list2 arrow-left untitled twitter facebook googleplus instagram cross photos entrep-logo-svg

Nanette Medved-Po Among Forbes’ Asian Heroes of Philanthropy in 2017

Ex-Darna Actress founded social enterprise that has built classrooms for 7,300 pupils
By Pauline Macaraeg |


 

 

Since 2008, the US business magazine Forbes has listed men and women in the Asia Pacific region who have done extraordinary acts of altruism over the past year, and compiles them in a list called Heroes of Philanthropy. This year, three Filipinos made it to the list.

 

Among them is Nanette Medved-Po, an award-winning actress who once played the Pinoy superhero Darna. Now a philanthropist and business owner, she is still doing heroic acts sans the costume.

 

Medved-Po founded Generation Hope, a company that manufactures and sells bottled water called Hope in a Bottle. All of the proceeds are then donated to Friends of Hope, a nonprofit that she also established, which uses the funds to build public school classrooms around the country. As of June 29, 2017, Medved-Po has already sold almost nine million bottles of water and built 37 classrooms that have benefited 7,310 students.

 

Also included in this year’s Heroes of Philanthropy list are cousins David and Daniel Zuellig from the distinguished Zuellig family. Known for their involvement in the pharmaceutical industry, they also established a charitable organization called Zuellig Family Foundation, of which David and Daniel are both part of the board of trustees.

 

The foundation provides training programs for local government health leaders, including mayors and municipal health officers, to reduce the mortality rates of mothers and infants especially in poor Filipino communities. As of October 2016, the foundation has had interventions in 643 cities and municipalities and 32 provinces all over the country.

 

The Philippines is one of the fourteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region that made it to this year’s Heroes of Philanthropy. Leading the list with six representatives is India, followed by China with five. Malaysia and Vietnam only have one representative each.

 

To see the full list, visit Forbes.com 

 

 

*****

 

 

Pauline Macaraeg is Entrepreneur PH's data journalist. Follow her on Twitter @paulinemacaraeg

Latest Articles

How Much Money Did ABS-CBN and GMA Network Bosses Make in 2017?

The Philippines’ two biggest networks saw revenues and profits dip slightly last year

byPauline Macaraeg | April 24, 2018 11:00:00

Financial Adviser: 5 Things Every Investor Should Know About Stock Rights Offerings and How to Profit From It

Our financial adviser tells you everything you need to know to earn extra income from stock rights...

byHenry Ong | April 24, 2018 10:00:00

How Fintech Turned 1,800 Micro Businesses into Financial Agents, Boosting Their Income by Up to 30%

Grameen Foundation’s CAN program aims to promote financial inclusion within low-income communities

byLorenzo Kyle Subido | April 24, 2018 09:00:00

Never Forget: Everyone and Everything on Social Media Is Fake

Social media platforms, and the way we use them, aren't designed for showing our authentic selves

byBob Deutsch | April 24, 2018 06:00:00

4 Powerful Ways to Prevent Burnout

Burnout is not a badge of honor -- it's a problem

byRachel Montañez | April 24, 2018 02:00:00

The Secret to Employee Happiness -- Revealed

Making the office a place employees enjoy going to each day is easier than it sounds

byHeather R. Huhman | April 24, 2018 00:00:00

Kris Aquino Namedrops Products in Her Recent Rants: Is This Good or Bad for the Brands?

A public relations expert weighs in on how the surprise mentions will impact brands

byElyssa Christine Lopez | April 23, 2018 20:00:00

AirAsia’s PH Unit Eyes 30% Capacity Expansion to Serve ASEAN’s ‘Digital Nomads’

The low-cost airline is preparing for an IPO by end of the year

byLorenzo Kyle Subido | April 23, 2018 10:00:00

Looking for Office Space? Here's a Field Guide to Serviced Offices and Coworking Spaces in BGC, Makati and Ortigas

These coworking spaces and serviced offices have caught the attention of global corporations

byLorenzo Kyle Subido | April 23, 2018 09:00:00

6 Reasons Goal Setting Is a Complete Waste of Time for New Entrepreneurs

Contrary to what you've always been told, goal setting isn't all that important for new...

byLucas Miller | April 23, 2018 06:00:00

Ask the Relationship Expert: 'How Do I Reconnect With My Partner When We're Both So Busy?'

A relationship between two entrepreneurs doesn't leave much time for togetherness

byMarla N. Mattenson | April 23, 2018 02:00:00

This Pinay Started Her Own Clothing Business With Php50,000

Samantha Dizon is the woman behind Candid Clothing

byMixi Ignacio for Cosmo.ph | April 23, 2018 00:00:00
Close