Sunday, August 31, 2008


Today is the formal awarding ceremonies of Asia’s Magsaysay Award.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award has been around for the past 50 years. This is the Asian equivalent of Europe’s Nobel Prize in prestige, honour and absolute recognition.

It recognizes and honors individuals and organizations in Asia regardless of race, creed, sex, or nationality, who have achieved distinction in their respective fields and have helped others generously without anticipating public recognition. (source).

This year’s recipients are:

Grace Padaca of the Philippines for Government Service

She is being recognized for "empowering voters in the Philippines' Isabela province to reclaim their democratic right to elect leaders of their own choosing, and to contribute as full partners in their own development."

Dr. Therdchai Jivacate of Thailand for Public Service

He is being honored for "his dedicated efforts in Thailand to provide inexpensive, practical, and comfortable artificial limbs even to the poorest amputees."

Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) of the Philippines for Public Service

They are being honored for their "successful adaptation of microfinance in the Philippines, providing self-sustaining and comprehensive services for half a million poor women and their families."

Prakash Amte and Mandakini Amte of India for Community Leadership

They are being recognized for "enhancing the capacity of the Madia Gonds to adapt positively in today's India, through healing and teaching and other compassionate interventions."

Ahmad Syafii Maarif of Indonesia for Peace and International Understanding

He is being honored for "guiding Muslims to embrace tolerance and pluralism as the basis for justice and harmony in Indonesia and in the world at large."

Akio Ishii of Japan for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts.

He is being recognized for "his principled career as a publisher, placing discrimination, human rights, and other difficult subjects squarely in Japan's public discourse."

Ananda Galappatti of Sri Lanka for Emergent Leadership

He is being recognized for "his spirited personal commitment to bring appropriate and effective psychosocial services to survivors of war and natural disasters in Sri Lanka."

You are all a wonderful inspiration to us youths of Asia.


** Thanks to RMAF Website.


curbside_puppet said...

thanks for featuring this! i guess, we need to educate the Asian youth about our own Ramon Magsaysay Awards.

james said...

Congratulations for all the awardees for this year...

Matthew Andrew said...


ArchieMD said...

Someday... I will get this award. And I will be featured by Pisanu on this site.

Jake Tornado said...

There is an almost-full page article on Dr. Jivacate in the Inquirer today. He's a doctor from Thailand who gave out free artifical legs for indigent people to regain their self-respect (and even to an elephant.)

Oh, how I LOVE doctors!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice Entry.... and Kudos to all our Asian heroes. :)

eyron said...

when we say asia it must include the whole continent of asia, why some countries are excluded from this award like the region of mid east and the former republics of ussr. the rmaf must expand its horizon to truly claim the ASIA'S NOBEL PRIZE

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