Eight weight world division champion Manny Pacquiao has been chosen recipient of the 2015 Asia Game Changer award by the Asia Society for his humanitarian acts.
“We are very excited and privileged to honor our very own Manny Pacquiao as Asia Society’s 2015 Asia Game Changer of the Year, so we can showcase a Filipino to inspire the rest of the world through his achievements in philanthropy, sport and public service,” said Asia Society Philippines Executive Director Suyin Liu Lee.
Jack Ma, the Chinese chief executive officer of Alibaba was the 2014 Asia Game Changer of the Year recipient.
Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda said that the Filipino ring icon is very happy to receive the award.
“Manny will arrive today [Saturday] and I’m pretty sure he already knew that award. He is happy of course,” said Pineda.
Pacquiao and the other honorees will attend the Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner and Celebration at the United Nations on October 13, 2015. Pacquiao will also address the gathering.
Besides Pacquiao, the other 2015 awardees are: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura of Japan, Chanda Kochhar of India, Lei Jun of China, Li Cunxin of Australia/China, Aasif Mandvi of United States/India, Mariam al-Mansouri of United Arab Emirates and Kiran Bir Sethi of India.
While all honorees received widespread support, “one individual rose to the top of our list,” said Asia Society President Josette Sheeran. “Manny Pacquiao achieved his remarkable success after a childhood of extreme hunger and poverty. Today, Manny is a major humanitarian force, directing his philanthropy toward numerous causes, including education and the fight against human trafficking. He is a remarkable inspiration and demonstrates the power of giving back to transform people’s lives.”
Honorees are selected through a global survey of more than 1,000 thought leaders.
Asia Society Philippines aims to strengthen relationships, deepen understanding and bridge differences across the Philippines, Asia and the United States. It develops cross-sector programs that bring together peoples, leaders and institutions to promote understanding of Asia, across the fields of policy, business leadership, education and arts and culture.