The Awardees

Join us and the rest of Asia as we welcome this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awardees!

  • Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab
    (Philippines)

     He is being recognized for “his compositions and performances that have defined and inspired  Filipino popular music across generations; his indomitable, undeterred confidence to selflessly seek, mentor,  and promote young Filipino musical genius for the global stage; and his showing us all that music can indeed instill pride and joy, and unify people across the many barriers that divide them.” read more

  • Angkhana Neelapaijit
    (Thailand)

     She is being recognized for “her unwavering courage in seeking justice for her husband and many other victims of violence and conflict in southern Thailand; her systematic, unflagging work to reform a flawed and unfair legal system, and the shining proof that the humblest ordinary person can achieve national impact in deterring human rights abuses.” read more

  • Ravish Kumar
    (India)

     He is being recognized for “his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards; his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence; and his principled belief that it is in giving full and respectful voice to the voiceless, in speaking truth bravely yet soberly to power, that journalism fulfills its noblest aims to advance democracy.” read more

  • Ko Swe Win
    (Myanmar, {Burma})

    He is being recognized for “his undaunted commitment to practice independent, ethical, and socially engaged journalism in Myanmar; his incorruptible sense of justice and unflinching pursuit of the truth in crucial but under-reported issues; and his resolute insistence that it is in the quality and force of media’s truth-telling that we can convincingly protect human rights in the world.” read more

  • Kim Jong-ki
    (Korea South)

     He is being recognized for “his quiet courage in transforming private grief into a mission to protect Korea’s youth from the scourge of bullying and violence, his unstinting dedication to the goal of instilling among the young the values of self-esteem, tolerance, and mutual respect, and his effectively mobilizing all sectors of the country in a nationwide drive that has transformed both policy and behaviors towards building a gentler, non-violent society.” read more