For her contribution in kick-starting a movement of support in the Philippines through her community pantry initiative, Ana Patricia Non was recognized as the first-ever honoree of the Stellar of the Year Award by AirAsia.
The 28-year-old, who received the award on Tuesday, organized a community pantry in Maginhawa, Quezon City last year at the height of the strict COVID-19 lockdown to help Filipinos who were unable to get their hands on goods due to lack of funds or being unemployed.
Her kind gesture went viral online and inspired a Bayanihan movement in the Philippines. Community pantries began mushrooming around different parts of the country, giving assistance and a helping hand to those who were severely affected by the pandemic.
The University of the Philippines Fine Arts graduate thanked AirAsia for acknowledging her efforts in helping out, which she didn’t think would reach the scale that it did.
“It was only last year that I realized that there were more than 6,000 community pantries set up nationwide. Pagtulong lang po talaga ang layunin ko. I did not realize that I have inspired many kind-hearted people,” she shared.
According to AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Ricky Isla the 2022 Stellar Awards, which is its first iteration, aims to give credit to individuals that were of service to and provided aid to Filipinos during the pandemic.
“We were all affected by the pandemic and we at AirAsia value everyone’s contribution to keep us all on our feet and defeat the pandemic. Now that we are on the road to recovery, let AirAsia recognize all of you who stand by our side,” Isla said.
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Image credit: Ana Patricia Non’s Official Facebook Page