advocacy and activism

Brandon Vera: Global Citizen’s message of ending global poverty through education makes sense

Brandon Vera, Ann Osman, Eduard Folayang

Brandon Vera, Ann Osman, Eduard Folayang

Global Citizen aims to end extreme poverty by 2030. To achieve this, the advocacy organization works with influential ambassadors who believe in its vision, including ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, of the Philippines.

“Out of everything I get to do with ONE (Championship), Global Citizen is one of the partners I smile (at) and say yes (to) before I even know what the plan is,” Vera shared. “Their message of ending global poverty through education is so simple and it makes sense. I love how they always make a call to action for you to get out and do something.”

Like all mixed martial artists in the world, Vera is eager to get back to the ring and compete. But for now, due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, he is making the most out of the downtime while in community quarantine.


Alongside Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen, 29, of the United States and Vietnam, Gurdarshan “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of India and other ONE Championship stars, Vera will take viewers inside his home for a rare glimpse behind the scenes as well as provide hints and tips for how to stay healthy and active during lockdown. The series runs as part of Global Citizen’s #TogetherAtHome initiative and continues a long-standing relationship between the martial arts organization and the humanitarian organization.

ONE Championship has pledged to donate 10 percent of all net proceeds from its new online merchandise store, ONE.SHOP, to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and other local community organizations to support those whose lives and livelihoods have been greatly impacted by the deadly virus. The culmination of these events will be the “ONE World: Together at Home” global special, which will be streamed live on the ONE Championship Facebook page and ONE Super App on April 19, 2020 starting at 2:00 a.m. SGT.

Weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed the world, Vera and ONE Championship vice president Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, 33, of the U.S. visited the U.S. territory of Guam to visit American troops stationed at Andersen Air Force Base. The visit was done in coordination with the United Service Organizations (USO).

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