Join us in our 65th Anniversary

Greatness of Spirit: Unveiling Inspiring Narratives Across Asia

Apr 15, 2024
10 min read

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) has unveiled plans for an extensive book tour and dialogues for "Greatness of Spirit: Stories of Love, Courage, and Service" across Asia as the 65th anniversary commemorative book series will be officially released in May 2024. This tour aims to bring inspiring narratives and promote the timeless stories and values of the 348 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, especially among the youth.

Transforming Asia, Inspiring the World

The Greatness of Spirit (GOS) Book Tour and Dialogues kickstart in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, followed by Manila, Philippines in June, and New Delhi and Dharamshala, India in September.

Attendees are in for a treat as the tour promises engaging conversations and insightful reflections on enduring values like empathy, compassion, and the pursuit of the common good. Through the lens of the Ramon Magsaysay Awardees' leadership journeys, attendees will have the opportunity to bridge generations and foster a shared vision for a brighter future.

Inspiring Life Narratives

"Greatness of Spirit: Stories of Love, Courage, & Service" is a meticulously crafted seven-volume series spanning over 2,500 pages. It features condensed biographies, anecdotes, and facts on 348 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, along with 1,500 photographs, over 300 illustrations, and motivational messages to the youth.

The Ramon Magsaysay Awardees featured in the book series hail from diverse fields such as entrepreneurship, nation-building, arts, journalism, music, banking, community building, poverty eradication, and rehabilitation. Their extraordinary vision, philosophy, and efforts have offered innovative solutions to Asia's pressing challenges.

Unlike previous biographies, this series distills the experiences of all 348 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees into a single compilation, framing their remarkable journeys within the intricate tapestry of challenges and issues spanning the decades.

Each volume explores different aspects of the Magsaysay Awards' history and its impact. Volumes 1 and 2 explore the Award's early years, and the establishment of its Asian identity with recipients like the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. Covering a period marked by authoritarian rule and democratization, Volume 3 features champions of human rights and education and technology. Volume 4 delves into a transformative global era with Laureates contributing to humanity. In volume 5, a diverse group of Laureates are highlighted, addressing issues like poverty and inequality which persisted during the rapid globalization from 1990s to 2000s. Awardees featured in volume 6 works to address the challenges brought by climate change. Volume 7 shows how greatness of spirit unfolded in the years before, during, and after the pandemic.

The narratives of the Magsaysay Awardees act as a bridge between generations, resonating with older individuals by recalling past challenges and achievements while inspiring younger generations to positively impact society. These timeless stories, emphasizing enduring values such as empathy, compassion, and the pursuit of the common good, foster a shared vision for a better future amidst a changing world.

How You Can Support

Join the Foundation in its mission to share impactful stories and causes championed by the Ramon Magsaysay Awardees across Asia. Together, let's kindle hope and inspiration through these remarkable narratives.

In celebration of the Ramon Magsaysay Award's 65th anniversary, donors supporting RMAF's goals shall receive a set of the GOS Book Series. We are also exploring partnerships for distribution. Interested parties may email Your support will positively impact countless lives for your involvement in this meaningful journey.