Ana Bel Mayo
Five Dollars in My Pocket
Ana Bel Mayo has lived for 28 years in Inzago, Milan, Italy. She is active in several associations that support the local Filipino communities as well as the broader community. Her passion for volunteering blossomed in 2009 after she participated in the Migrant Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development (MAPID) training course. This course had been organized by the ISMU Foundation, promoted by the Scalabrini Migration Center, and co-funded by the European Commission. The project promoted the capacity-building of the Filipino associations in Italy and Spain as well as the Philippines, while encouraging their transnational collaboration. The goal was to strengthen their role as co-development agents between Europe and South-East Asia. The Philippine consulate of Milan and the municipality of Inzago have given Ana Bel awards for her work with migrants. She was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in 2016. Today Ana Bel is the councilor and treasurer of the association and president of the World Cities of the World Adda colors, and a member of the Council of Volunteers of the City of Inzago.
Ana Bel is married to an Italian, Giovanni Riva who adopted her children and who took on the responsibility of securing their future. With her husband’s help, Ana Bel continues to enjoy her advocacy work.