Like a fairy godmother, newlywed Anne Curtis continues to grant wishes even minus the wave of a wand.
Anne has been doing charity works for years now. She has been working with the Department of Education in building classrooms for various public schools in Metro Manila. The actress also helps cancer-stricken children as well as gives financial support to UNICEF beneficiaries.
Her passion project called Dream Machine, launched August this year, serves as her platform against dream shaming. It’s an enabler of dreams to come true especially involving the youth, education and empowerment.
“Education is really for children and it is so important. I’m really glad I was able to help those children by donating several classrooms. I hope I could donate more in the future,” she said, smiling.
Anne revealed one of her plans for Dream Machine early next year: Sponsoring dream weddings.
“People have been sending out their applications na. I’m really excited about this. I believe this is something we should look forward to,” she enthused.
Anne hopes to meet dreamers and learn more about their aspirations through the website www.dreammachine.ph. From there, the website can help connect these dreamers with giving hearts to make wishes come true.
Anne was appointed UNICEF celebrity advocate in 2015.
At the interview, the actress was revealed to have donated P7.5 million to help children with disabilities throughout the Philippines.
The donation was raised through funds collected from Anne’s The Color Run Dream held Sept. 3 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, which saw 10,000 runners joining the first-ever color run in the country.
“This is the biggest amount we have raised so far for UNICEF and it’s only going to get bigger and better in the coming years. Through Dream Machine and everyone’s support, we can all do our part to help the most disadvantaged children in our country,” Anne said.
The 32-year-old thanked those who joined, maintaining it has made a big difference in everyone’s lives.
It brings her so much joy to see people celebrating children, Anne added.
“Sobrang nakakatuwa sa puso. Very thankful talaga ako sa lahat ng supporters. It was more fun and what was more even meaningful is we have children talaga who were able to participate,” she explained. “I can’t explain the energy that time. It’s like even after the event, people were staying and really having fun.”
The donation was received by UNICEF country representative Lotta Sylwander. According to her, it is estimated that one out of seven children or around five million are living with disabilities that range from hearing, visual, and mobility impairment including those who have development or learning disabilities.
With the help of Anne’s donation, UNICEF, in partnership with University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, will open the first of four, one-stop shops for children with disabilities to provide comprehensive services such as diagnosis, provision of assistive devices, counseling, referral and therapy by the end of the year. The three other centers will be built in major cities where more children and families can easily access these services.
Anne is in cloud nine after marrying vlogger Erwan Heussaff.
The two tied the knot Nov. 12 (Manila time) in New Zealand.
“I’m very happy. Halata ba?” she said. “Everything is really falling into places. So much happiness, it’s overflowing talaga.”
The actress noted that since tying the knot, nothing has changed, no adjustments at all.
“It’s my last name that will be changing!” she enthused. “But my work hasn’t changed and my responsibilities to UNICEF haven’t changed.”
Anne said marriage has made her a happier person so having a baby will have to wait a bit.
“We’ll enjoy being married muna,” she said. “Hindi naman kami nagmamadali (na magka-baby). We just got married. For now, the children I’ll be looking up to are those from the UNICEF.”
The newlywed appeared on “It’s Showtime” together for the first time.
“I’m grateful (he appeared on TV with me). It was his first husband duty and sobra kong saya na nakilala siya ng madlang people,” Anne said when asked how she convinced Erwan to do so.
She revealed he has also agreed to be an advocate of children for UNICEF.
Asked where they’ll celebrate Christmas, Anne shared: “We will be here (Philippines). I have work on ‘Showtime,’ so dito lang kami. Ang importante naman, magkasama kami.”