A musical prodigy from Sri Lanka who has composed over 1,000 songs for ballets, films, the stage and countless radio and TV programs. His body of work espoused melodious, lyrical, haunting songs of patriotism, beauty, faith, passion, and love, and is uniquely Sri Lankan.
Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts Awardees
Recognized for effective writing, publishing, or photography or the use of radio, television, cinema, or the performing arts as a power for the public good.
A courageous Filipino journalist whose various writings and publications were instrumental in planting seeds of hunger for democratic rights during the Philippine Martial Law era
A brave and defiant journalist that championed press freedom in Indonesia, making it a cornerstone of his country’s new democratic edifice
A world-renowned Filipino filmmaker whose sensitive and artistic treatment of often tragic topics has earned international acclaim and won converts for Philippine-language productions among sophisticated theatergoers
A Thai cartoonist who used humor and satire in illuminating national issues in his country
An investigative journalist from the Philippines who bravely strengthened her country’s Fourth Estate, anchored on the belief in the power of an informed citizenry
An Indian author who creatively and cleverly fused indigenous oral histories with contemporary events to explore the bitter and often bloody relationship between tribal communities and India's domineering classes and systems
An Indian writer and columnist who used biting satire in defying both the terrorists and the government, and in promoting press freedom
A publisher who founded a magazine that advocated for quality consumer goods for the Japanese middle class amidst rapid industrialization and commercial expansion
A Japanese publisher who champions the plights of marginalized Japanese minorities and immigrant workers, and unmasked troubling accounts of Japan's history of discrimination, exploitation, predatory colonialism and war crimes as an imperial power