MANILA — Kris Aquino, President Benigno S. Aquino’s youngest sister and considered Queen of All Media, is now an Honorary Patron for Asia of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Her acceptance of the appointment was announced today by Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte.
As UNHCR ambassador of goodwill, Kris Aquino will travel around Asia to reach out to refugees.
According to the UNHCR, “Honorary Patrons are prominent individuals from the worlds of arts, sciences, literature, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who have expressed their desire to contribute to UNHCR’s efforts to raise awareness about aims, objectives and priorities of the organization and convey messages about its activities and to extend it public outreach.”
Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs Ronald Llamas said on October 10 that the UNHCR wants the younger Aquino to represent Asia because they know the Aquinos were refugees themselves during the time of the Marcos dictatorship.
The most controversial of the siblings, Kris Aquino posted on Tuesday in her Twitter account, “Just finished UNHCR dinner. I accepted their appointment. I’m in excellent company. Angelina Jolie is the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. I’m honorary patron together w/ Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, Khaled Hosseini author of A Thousand Splendid Suns and Kite Runner & Yao Chen from China, super pretty actress & their twitter queen w/ 13 million followers.”
Her term as ambassador of goodwill will be for two years.