Communal and social responsibility were central themes during a celebrity panel on philanthropy that included Latin super stars Ricky Martin and Mana bandmates Fher Olvera (singer) and Alex Gonzalez (drummer).

The panel, which also included actor Diego Luna, NBC co-president Ben
Silverman and Unicef president Ann Veneman, took place during a day-long forum on Latin philanthropy presented by Poder magazine and entertainment company Televisa, whose president and CEO, Emilio Azcárraga, moderated the panel.

"If I don't do something about (social responsibility) I'm allowing it to happen," said Martin, whose foundation focuses on ending the sexual exploitation of children worldwide.

"Philanthropy is not only about famous or rich people," said Olvera, who with his band runs the Selva Negra foundation for the environment. "Everybody needs to do something from their perspective and their position. Even something as small as helping an old person cross the street. And it's not a question of feeling good. It's a question of justice."

Martin, however, stressed how important it was for an artist or well-known figure to give a face to a cause. Whereas he used to work "anonymously and under the radar" years before, his cause has gotten broader attention simply because he's behind it. "I have the power of convocation," said Martin, who is also a Unicef goodwill ambassador.

Olvera also spoke about the importance of ensuring that donations go to the causes and not to administrative budgets.