Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as Asia’s premier prize, is now on its 61st year of “honoring greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.” Since its inception, over 330 individuals and organizations have joined the distinguished community of Ramon Magsaysay Awardees.
The Award is given to persons—regardless of race, nationality, creed or gender—who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity, and in doing so have made contributions which have transformed their societies for the better. Collectively, the Awardees’ stories paint a portrait of remarkable change and achievement in areas as diverse as rural and urban development, poverty alleviation, public health, the environment, governance, education, business, human rights, culture, and the arts.
In the six decades of the Ramon Magsaysay Award’s existence, Asia has made great progress, some nations more than others. Yet the region continues to grapple with problems of poverty, malnutrition, disease, and violence, as well as with newer problems that have come with economic progress itself.
In continuing to recognize individuals and organizations who address these issues with extraordinary vigor, integrity and selflessness, the RMAF seeks to honor the legacy of President Ramon Magsaysay and to place living examples of inspiring leadership and service before the public. From them, present and future generations may draw courage, challenge, and hope.