Bilyonaryos ‘in better light’ if they donate to heritage projects instead of just schools, scholars, medical missions – Ed Angara
Former Senator Ed Angara has advised bilyonaryos to rethink their philantrophic strategy by focusing on Filipino hertage and cutlure projects instead of the usual charitable causes.
Angara said people with “surplus money like the rich elite” should help contribute to the preservation of the country’s rich heritage and culture because state agenices like the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Museum could not do this on their own.
“Many of the rich Filipinos do charity like school building or medical missions or scholarships. These are pocketbook issues to ordinary people and important to them. However, true philanthropy means spending money, time and support on art and heritage preservation. That will put some rich Filipinos in a better light,” said Angara in a Manila Bulletin column.
“They could follow in the footsteps of people like prima ballerina Liza Macuja Elizalde who set up a scholarship foundation for gifted but underprivileged dancers, which sustains the country’s ballet corps. Or Joven Cuanang, a former hospital director, who built the Pinto Museum in Antipolo. Or the former residents and stallholders of Escolta who are spearheading the Escolta Redevelopment Project, the former city center of Manila,” he added.
Angara said bilyonaryos should not act “simply as patrons but as genuine philanthropists looking to bring about social change.”