The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee YU XIAOGANG

“What I am doing is only ‘a drop in the bigger water’. I believe the effort will someday become as big as the Pacific Ocean. I highly appreciate that the Board of Trustees has given me this honor. I am very glad to accept it and will continue my efforts to contribute to human society.”RelatedYu […]

March 22, 2017

RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee KA HSAW WA

“There are many people like me who work every day, in secret, in hiding, and at great risk to themselves to protect their people and their planet. This award is for all those people who choose to address human rights and environmental abuses and who keep their commitment to justice in their hearts.”RelatedKa Hsaw Wa […]

March 22, 2017

RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee KRISANA KRAISINTU

“It is with great hope that humanity still has a heart filled with compassion that goes beyond the color of one’s own skin and one’s own borders; a hope that people will begin to realize that our brothers and sisters are dying in tragic numbers; and a hope that people truly are more important than […]

March 22, 2017

RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee MA JUN

“Today the fast growth of the world’s population, and the even faster expansion of the scale of consumption and manufacturing, quickly consume the world’s limited resources and put mounting pressure on its fragile ecosystem. Meanwhile, a rising public awareness, evolving government policy, and an emerging sense of corporate responsibility have set the stage for participatory […]

March 22, 2017

RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee DEEP JOSHI

“I learnt from this encounter what professional schools never taught me, that knowledge alone does not make you a professional. Knowledge must have a social purpose and that comes from a concern for others, empathy with others. It comes from the heart, just as knowledge resides in the head.”RelatedJoshi, Deep (Awardee) 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee […]

March 22, 2017

RESPONSE: 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee ANTONIO OPOSA, JR.

“Today, the good Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation gives me this great honor. Thank you from my inmost heart of hearts. Thirty years ago, I met an accident and went through unspeakable pain and humbling suffering. It taught me one important lesson: honor and fame, like power and money, are important not for what they are, […]

March 22, 2017


In view of anonymous allegations raised in a recent blog called “”, which insinuates that the Ramon Magsaysay Award was given to Jesse Robredo as a result of the PR work and lobbying of a so-called “Gabby Bordado”, the trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) wish to clarify the following: 1. The allegation […]

March 8, 2017

AT A GLANCE: The 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award Annual Update

2016 has been a banner year for some of past Ramon Magsaysay Award laureates.  Have a quick catch up session with a number of these transformative leaders through the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award Annual Update – bite-sized nuggets about Asian heroes who continue to exemplify Greatness of Spirit.RelatedAbadiano, Benjamin (Awardee)Alcala, Angel Chua (Awardee)Alternative Indigenous Development […]

January 6, 2017

CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee VIENTIANE RESCUE

In 2007, a small team of volunteers in the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of Lao PDR used a donated ambulance to create “Rescue Vientiane Capital” to provide first-aid service on the city’s roads, but only on weekends. In 2010, Sebastien Perret, a Frenchman living in Laos and a trained paramedic and firefighter, aghast at […]

January 4, 2017


During the period 2011-2013, KRISHNA brought his passion and artistry to war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, the first Karnatik musician to tour that region in three decades, and launched two festivals to promote “culture retrieval and revival” in that country. More recently, he conducted, with a prominent environmentalist, a free festival of “art healing” on the […]

January 4, 2017