Safe Steps Ambassador Manny Pacquiao wins Communicator of the Year

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In photo is (left) Prudence Foundation Executive Director Marc Fancy receiving the Communicator of the Year award on behalf of Safe Steps Ambassador Manny Pacquiao at the Gold Standard Awards gala reception in Hong Kong. (Source: PublicAffairsAsia)

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Safe Steps Ambassador Manny Pacquiao was hailed the Communicator of the Year by PublicAffairsAsia at the recently concluded Gold Standard Awards 2014 in Hong Kong.

The first and only eight-division world boxing champion and representative of the Lone District of Sarangani, Pacquiao bested other shortlisted nominees for the category and was cited for being “a highly effective ambassador” whose eloquence, intuition, and celebrity status “combine with his charisma and sense of commitment to generate a credible campaign focused on how communities should practically prepare for natural disasters.”

“This award is a strong endorsement of our significant disaster preparedness education program,” said Pacquiao, who gratefully accepted the award “on behalf of all the survivors everywhere.”

“Safe Steps is a big step in helping build resilient communities because it raises awareness on vital information on disaster preparedness,” he added. “Together with the Prudence Foundation and National Geographic Channel, I have made it my personal mission to equip every person in Asia with critical survival information.”

Click this link to view Pacquiao’s video message:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyr6G0kHiTs

Marc Fancy, Prudence Foundation Executive Director, said, “Manny Pacquiao rightfully clinched the Communicator of the Year award because he was able to effectively reach 24 million households across Asia. He is not only a survivor who understands the impact of natural disasters first hand, but is also an icon and humanitarian.”

Safe Steps is a long-term disaster preparedness educational programme with multiple platforms covering on-air videos, an informative website and educational collateral that can be shared through community-based activities. Core to the programme is a series of 60-second educational videos featuring Safe Steps Ambassador Pacquiao who advises on key survival steps that individuals and households should take when common disasters such as typhoons, floods, earthquake and fire strike.

Safe Steps public service announcements are currently being aired across Asia on 13 Fox International Channels (FIC), including National Geographic, StarWorld and Channel [V], reaching viewers from 24 million homes.

The Gold Standard Awards is the benchmark for excellence in corporate public affairs and stakeholder engagement across Asia Pacific. The Communicator of the Year recognizes excellence in communications by a business or public figure in Asia Pacific.

Prudence Foundation is the charitable arm of Prudential in Asia and Pru Life UK in the Philippines. The Foundation embodies the long-term and heartfelt commitment of our people in Asia to provide innovative, focused, and practical support to their local communities. Its activities focus on three key pillars: Children, Education and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.

In photo is Safe Steps Ambassador Manny Pacquiao sharing basic survival tips to take in times of disaster.

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is a subsidiary of British financial services giant Prudential plc. Pru Life UK is the pioneer and current market leader of unit-linked or investment-linked life insurance products, and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to market US dollar-denominated unit-linked policies in the country. Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

Prudential plc is a United Kingdom-registered company. Its regional headquarters, Prudential Corporation Asia, is based in Hong Kong. Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. (a US-registered company), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies).

For more information on Pru Life UK: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

For more information on Safe Steps: www.safesteps.com

For more information on Prudence Foundation: www.prudencefoundation.com

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