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RESPONSE: 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee CORAZON AQUINO

“I accept the Ramon Magsaysay Award with humility in the light of history’s most earth-shaking yet peaceful events—Gandhi gathering a handful of salt, that unknown Chinese blocking a column of tanks with only a brief-case of office work in his hand, Nelson Mandela putting 27 years of imprisonment behind him to lead all South Africans—black […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee NUON PHALY

“It is the obsession of my life to serve the underprivileged of humanity, especially women and children, and to extend to them the recognition and the rights they deserve. I accept this award on behalf of Cambodian women and children who have been the most oppressed and forgotten people of the Cambodian community.”RelatedNuon Phaly (Awardee) […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee SYED RIZVI

“This award has propelled me and my colleagues at the SIUT to consolidate and expand our work being mindful of future generations. Let it never be said by them that indifference, cynicism and selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideal of humanism which the Magsaysay Award encapsulates.”RelatedRizvi, Syed Adibul Hasan (Awardee) 1998 […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee SOPHON SUPHAPONG

“It is my belief that to help people in need, particularly those underprivileged people and children in poor neighborhoods and rural areas, is everyone’s responsibility as human beings. To support the rural people by operating businesses together with them through their Community Organizations makes good sense for both humanitarian and business considerations. It is hoped […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1998 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee YING RUOCHENG

“It is especially gratifying for me and my colleagues as the award is a tangible justification for our efforts at enhancing creative communication among the peoples of the world. In such a context I would like to consider the award not just as my personal accomplishment but a token of esteem for all my colleagues […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee PANDURANG ATHAVALE

“The expression of gratitude to God by way of offering one’s time and efficiency can result in collective activities, which in turn create community resources and their just distribution for the common good. However, we, Swadhyayees, undertake these activities to reorient individual perspective towards life and collective existence that builds self-esteem and confidence. Without this, […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee TIRUNELLAI SESHAN

“I deemed this award a tribute to the process of democracy throughout the free world, to the wisdom of millions of India’s electorate not always necessarily formally educated, to the millions of Indian voters who have overcome disabilities of economic status, social disability, poverty, and prejudice to walk into the ballot booth and use that […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee TOSHIHIRO TAKAMI

“What I have been doing is what common people have been doing for centuries: to cherish Life and food which sustains life. Life and food are inseparable. The reverence of Life leads to the reverence of food and nature.”RelatedTakami, Toshihiro (Awardee) 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee TOSHIHIRO TAKAMI accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor.

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee JOHN WOONG-JIN OH

“For those who need love most, those who have no place to lean on nor energy to beg, those who are abandoned by their families, and those who are treated with contempt, I live as their servant. I would like to thank all who have given immeasurable love and service to Kkottongnae.”RelatedOh, John Woong-jin (Awardee) […]

June 7, 2017

RESPONSE: 1996 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee NICK JOAQUIN

“Tonight’s award–this one–is such a high for me because I am supposed to be already down, down, over the hill, and out, out, on the way out. But I look at this prize and you know what it says to me, what it shouts to me? Hear it hooraying: ‘Hey, guy, you’re not finished yet, […]

June 7, 2017