Manny Pacquiao named Asia Game Changer of the Year

NEW YORK CITY – For using his sport and his celebrity power as a positive influence, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is being honored with the 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year award in ceremonies held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City Tuesday night.

Pacquiao said, “I’m really thankful and happy because of this award na binigay sa akin.”

Pacquiao’s Adviser Michael Koncz said, “He’s got a lot of pride accepting that award. It’s good for him, it’s good for the country, it’s good for all Filipinos.”

The award-giving body, Asia Society, says honorees were selected through a survey of more than 1,000 global leaders who inspire the world to do things differently.

Asia Society President Tom Nagorski said, “We are really delighted to both be honoring Manny Pacquiao and all the other seven who will be here in New York with us at the United Nations tomorrow. When Manny’s name was first nominated, and you sir [were] nominated by many people in that network.”

Last year, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma — the businessman behind Alibaba —  received the Asia Game Changer of the Year award.

Just like Pacquiao, Ma was chosen for his humanitarian and charitable works.

Other past awardees include Malala Yousafzai, the female rights activist from Pakistan, and Filipino social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, for his Liter of Light program.

While at the Asia Society, Pacquiao had a few minutes to see the Philippine Gold exhibit at the Asia Society Museum.

Pacquiao, who is launching a senatorial bid soon says, he has only one thing in mind.

Pagbabago, reduce the poverty, and also reduce the crime,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao is flying back to the Philippines on Wednesday to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the senatorial post.

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  • Yellow Buster
    13 October 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    According to Doctor William Gener Acob (NY 2015), anyone can easily receive such award from United Nations specially that Manny Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather scammed millions of people during their last fight. Pacquaio would make you believe that he fight for his country. I would seriously doubt that, Acob added.