Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield arrives in Manila


Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield being interviewed during the weigh-in of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 11, 2011. Holyfield arrived in Manila Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, to lead humanitarian efforts for children in typhoon-affected areas in Mindanao. FRANCIS T.J. OCHOA/Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield arrived in Manila early Wednesday morning to lead humanitarian efforts for children in typhoon-affected areas in Mindanao.

Holyfield, together with Global Village Champions Foundation (GVCF) founder and former musician Yank Barry, arrived from Detroit on board a Delta Airlines flight at around 2 a.m. at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

According to Barry, Holyfield was named last December as the goodwill ambassador of the foundation, which is engaged in feeding programs and distribution of medical supplies, clothing and education tools to victims of famine and disasters, refugees and the impoverished.

GVCF is the vehicle through which various celebrities and leaders such as Holyfield, Muhammad Ali, Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, Buzz Aldrin and King Mohammed VI of Morocco provided meals to people in need since 1995 via the foundation “A Day Without Hunger” program.

Barry said he and Holyfield will meet with Filipino boxing champion and Rep. Manny Pacquiao in Sarangani province on Wednesday night to coordinate the foundation’s efforts in Mindanao. Pacquiao is also a member of the foundation, Barry added.

“We hope to help a lot of people there, particularly children,” Barry said.

For humanitarian efforts, Canadian-born Barry was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. He has received about a dozen international awards for his philanthropy.

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesay said humanitarian needs were still “staggeringly high” in southeastern Mindanao more than two months after Typhoon “Pablo” hit the area.

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  • boybakal

    What a humanitarian gesture.
    While most of our local biggies are helping themselves, Holyfield and the like are Helping Others.
    May God Bless you all..

    Is Yank Barry the singer of “Samtayms Wen We Tats” that Manny re recorded.

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      to boybakal:
        Pare, i think his name was Dan Hill,vice Yank Barry.

  • F Alonso

    Evander is one hell of a fighter with Angelic heart to mankind.He never get tired of doin good things to people.

    People of this kind doesn’t deserved to be elected in the Senate.

  • felipe

    Welcome Evander & thanks…more power to u & the people in GVCF….

  • sam_aquino

    mabuti pa mga foreigners (yank barry & evander holyfield through GVCF), naisip tumulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo sa mindanao…  while our own senate president has a lot of savings at his disposal, that could help them as well, but he opted to give them to his “loyal senate friends” who are already millionaires as “BRIBE”…

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To sam_aquino,
        Pare,That’s why i’m still scratching my head until now why Sen.Enrile  made that unwise and knucklehead decision on that issue,while those hapless,grunting,hungry,hurting constituents of Mindanao were available for help.Instead ,he gave the so called “lambings’ to his fellow Senators.Walang mga habag itong mga ito.They are detached from reality.Kung may oras silang mag-video sa birthday noong kanyang babaeng Chief of Staff,may oras rin siyang makipag connect doon sa mga nasalanta sa Mindanao.If he can lead an EDSA Revolution ,then he can lead a Humanitarian effort,too.And old age is not an excuse.
      To the other members of the Senate:
         They could morally returned those millions to Enrile and suggested to the elder Senator for  it to be used for those victims of the typhoon.Makabayan ba ang mga ito?O mga nagpapanggap lang?
      And now comes Barry and Hollyfield for an effort!! Nakakahiya sa atin ito..
      Kaya nawawalan ng respeto ang bayan natin sa buong mundo.

      • F Alonso

        mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang usaping moral sa Senado lalo na pag Pera ang usapan.
        Ang nakakapag taka,sobra naman ang kita nila sa Pork Barrel at sahod nila,bakit wala silang kabusugan sa PERA.
        Tignan niyo kung sinong tatakbo sa Cong. at Sen. posts.Puro mga milyonaryo na sako sako ang pera nila.Enrile Jr., Cynthia Villar,ect.

    • F Alonso

      Yang author ng “Yung mga Kahoy” story ang dahilan sa pagkasira ng bundok tuwing may matinding ulan at baha.Samantalang sarap ang tulog nun habang inaanod sa Baha ang mga kawawang Pilipino.

  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    Wow!! This GVCF is commendable.Traveling 10,000 miles to lead a humanitarian effort to those people in Mindanao after that typhoon Pablo.Good Samaritans,though i wished our own government could have done this.
    How about the “pork barrel” chested politicians of ours.Have most of them ever side tripped or visited the ravaged communities? Or,even gave help to those people? Not probably,even weeks before their “Miting De Avance ” in Plaza Miranda or in Cebu.
    To the people of the Philippines:
        These people need your votes now,they will show up and charm you but in times of distress and it’s aftermath,you could barely see them.God help the Philippines if ever a foreign country invades it .These leaders might be the first ones to board their private jets and exit out of our country.Pathetic.
    It never occurred to me( in my lifetime) that our government refused an offer for help from others/outside just to signify that we can handle the emergencies and contingencies.It’s always the “kabig” and receive syndrome.And when the aid arrives,only a  trickle of the supplies reach the recipients.
    If GVCF tasked some entities in the Philippines to do the effort,that might not reach the intended people.
    God help this country.

    • F Alonso

      Sure kakatayin ang funds pagdating sa Pinas,kaya tama lang na tignan ni Holyfield ang distribution ng donations nila.

  • hanep

    Buti pa ito si Evander  may pusong  ginto.  Kumpara  kay  Floyd  Duwag Mayweather.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       parehas wife beater yan at nagbibigay din sa charity si maynever…kawawa mga asawa nila binugbog ng heavyweight at welterweight champions hehe

      • felipe

        tinutulongan kana pinintasan mo pa, imbis na pasalamatan..anong kilaman  ang alitan nilang magasawa sa gustong tumulong..maibibigay mo ba?? bagay nga saiyo yang pangalang “TANGA”……

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

        20k+ ang tax na binabawas sa akin buwan buwan s sweldo ko pa lang kaya wag nyo na ko hingan ng tulong…kahit ano pa sabihin mo, wife beater pa rin sya

      • felipe

        kuripot ka naman pala, dak-dak ka ng da-dak…

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

        e ikaw nagbabayad k b ng tax? kuripot ba ang kulang pa sa pamilya ko ang sinasahod ko? ikaw tangap ka pa lang ng tanggap dakdak k pa ng dakdak ka pa ng dakdak matapang lang pag hindi kaharap ang kausap…isa akong tangang kausap mo pinakita mo na mas ka pala

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