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."
** Thanks to RMAF Website.