A Filipina-American was recently celebrated in the United Kingdom for her advocacy in helping Filipino children in poverty.
Melissa Villa was bestowed the Albert Schweitzer award at the World Literacy Summit held at Oxford University this past March.
The prize is awarded for individual contributions and services in the area of literacy and health in the developing world.
Villa launched Project PEARLS in 2010, a non-profit aimed to help the poor children in the Philippines through nutrition, education, and more.
The award comes with a cash prize and an opportunity to deliver a lecture at an Oxford University College.