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Byline: Bayani San Diego Jr., Entertainment
IT COULD very well be her finest, if not most significant, role on the world stage, in a 30-year showbiz career that has seen her draw rave reviews for her performances as Kim in Miss Saigon, and as Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Meet Lea Salonga, acclaimed singer-actress, Inquirer columnist and now United Nations goodwill ambassador.
To mark the 30th World Food Day celebrations this year, Salongaalong with Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon, Italian actor Raoul Bova and Canadian singer Celine Dionwas appointed goodwill ambassador of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
At the appointment ceremony at the FAO headquarters in Rome last Friday, Salonga performed John Lennons Imagine.
In the audience were UN and FAO officials, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Monsignor Renato Volante, Pope Benedict XVIs representative and the Vaticans permanent observer to FAO, diplomats, and fellow goodwill ambassadors Sarandon and Bova.