KC Concepcion's being the new co-host in The Buzz was worthy of two celebrations: the welcome greeting from the showbiz talk show's family and the celebration of her 24th birthday last April 7.
As a present for the new host, The Buzz showed a segment of KC (Maria Kristina Cassandra Cuneta Concepcion) yesterday, Aprill 11, and her contributions to the Chameleon Foundation.
The French-Filipino humanitarian organization aims to protect and rehabilitate young Filipinas who fall victim to sexual abuse and exploitation. Founded in the Philippines in 1997 by Frenchman Laurence Ligier, Chameleon Foundation helps young girls by giving them medical, psychological, educational and legal aid.
As an active volunteer for the foundation, KC was interviewed by her co-hosts Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino.
"What is it you get and saan ang pinanggagalingan mo sa mga activities na ito?" Boy asked KC.
"Actually, Tito Boy, nahihiya ako na talagang lahat ng detalye [tungkol sa community service]...alam ninyo," KC answered. "I think, like Tita Kris, I grew up around people who like to go out, talagang lumabas at tumulong sa mga komunidad nila."
"May panahon noon na pag may ginagawa kang mabuti, nababawasan ang pananaw ng tao, iyong halaga ng iyong ginagawa pag pina-publicize," said Boy to the studio audience. Turning to KC he added, "I remember that conversation we had na mahalaga din malaman ng tao na mayroong mga taong gumagawa ng mabuti."
"Correct," Kris seconded, "kasi puro kanegahan na lang, di ba. Ako, I always say na si Brad Pitt and si Angelina Jolie at si Oprah [Winfrey], e, pasalamatan natin because they gave us the courage to talk about the good we do for others."
Kris added that KC's living in Paris may have influenced the young actress to help people. "Because socialist republic naman ang France at talagang likas din silang matulungin. Doctors With No Borders, di ba, doon din nanggaling?"
KC elaborated, "I also think it was iyong pag malayo ka sa pinanggalingan mo at sa bansa mo, e, nare-realize mo na parang minsan may mga times na mas kailangan ako sa country ko at mas marami akong puwedeng gawin sa Pilipinas bilang Filipina. There is a time to talk about it. Pag nalaman ng tao ang advocacy mo, imposibleng hindi sila maapektuhan and it might influence them na gawin din."
THE POWER OF CELEBRITY. KC's celebrity status has given her the means to get attention and help for the foundations she is involved with. According to Boy, the power of celebrity is important since the public listens to a person they all know. "Sabi nga ng Time magazine, the power to sway people's minds and twist people's arms belongs to celebrities."
"Maybe," said KC. "But marami ding hindi kilala and hindi nakakapagsalita tungkol sa ginagawa nila at maraming-marami pa rin silang nagagawa. I really admire iyong kabataan ng Pilipinas dahil hindi naman sila iyong laging nasa TV at nagsasalita tungkol sa ginagawa nila. But nakikita mo na ang galing nila at nakakatulong sila sa komunidad nila. I think natural lang din iyon sa Pinoy [ang tumulong]."
Another greeting to KC was from her friend, the Director of the United Nation's World Food Programme Stephen Anderson.
"Happy Birthday, KC," Anderson said. "Thank you for all the work you've done for us and for the World Food Programme. Two million people last year benefitted both in Mindanao and Luzon because of your work. "
"Thank you sa mga Pinoy na tumulong din sa amin," KC smiled.
Presenting KC with a certificate, Mr. Anderson added, "We just wanted to say that we made a birthday card but it is a certificate of appreciation, thanking you for going the extra mile and being pro-active and providing support and unfailing commitment to the work that we do."