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India’s Bharat Vatwani: How the heart can treat mental illness

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:23 AM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Baharat Vatwani has reunited over 7,000 mentally-ill people in Mumbai, India, with their families

Sonam Wangchuk challenges India’s ‘ritual’ education with common sense

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Sonam Wangchuk says the goal of education should be this: answer real needs of the world today

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz: Fighting to empower East Timor's poor

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Mana Lou says the poor in her country 'have a lot of things, but they don't know what to do with them because of lack of education'

Vo Thi Hoang Yen: Opening doors for Vietnam's PWDs

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen, a survivor of childhood polio, wants employers to see what persons with disabilities can do if given the opportunity

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Justice begins, ends with duty of memory' – Magsaysay Awardee Youk Chhang

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Youk Chhang, recognized for his work in documenting Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia, says remembering the mistakes of the past is 'the pathway to justice'

REMEMBERING. Youk Chhang delivers his response during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awards ceremony. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Cause of the mentally ill deserves place in the sun' – Magsaysay Awardee Bharat Vatwani

Sep 01, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Bharat Vatwani serves the mentally ill by providing them with free shelter, food, treatment, and the chance to reunite with their families

SERVICE. Bharat Vatwani delivers his response during the ceremony for the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Redesign education to heal planet, people' – Magsaysay Awardee Sonam Wangchuk

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sonam Wangchuk, who initiates educational reforms in India, hopes the youth will apply knowledge 'to find practical solutions to real-life problems'

INNOVATE. Sonam Wangchuk delivers his response speech during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Change the world by being better persons' – Magsaysay Awardee Vo Thi Hoang Yen

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Vo Thi Hoang Yen provides jobs and skills training for persons with disabilities in Vietnam

EQUAL. Vo Thi Hoang Yen delivers her response speech during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Listen to voices of the poor' – Magsaysay Awardee Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz uplifts vulnerable members of society through self-help programs in East Timor

UPLIFTING POOR. Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz delivers her response speech during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Institutions at risk, but let us not be afraid' – Magsaysay Awardee Howard Dee

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Howard Dee is recognized for his 'quietly heroic acts of service to the Filipino people'

JUSTICE. Howard Dee delivers his response speech during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies.Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo: Courage and empathy, not dictatorship, improves lives

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'Quiet courage and empathy, and leaders that put in the hard work of actually transforming the lives of people, are rarities in these times, when dictatorship is claimed by some to be better' says Vice President Leni Robredo during the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Awards ceremony

HEROES. Vice President Leni Robredo says courageous, and hard working heroes like the Ramon Magsaysay awardees are the 'last line of defense for humanity.' Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Ramon Magsaysay awardee Howard Dee: PH democracy, sovereignty 'at risk'

Aug 31, 2018 - 7:41 PM

'We live today in a world of turmoil and uncertainty. All human institutions are at risk, our democracy, our family, our national sovereignty,' Dee said during his speech at this year's Ramon Magysaysay Foundation awarding ceremony.

DEMOCRACY AT RISK. 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Foundation awardee Howard Dee. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from ue.edu.ph

How did the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act help empower the community?

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:05 PM

It has been 20 years since President Fidel Ramos signed the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act

Lilia de Lima's 21-year work of fighting corruption

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Her two golden rules in PEZA were to be incorruptible and to be efficient It was not an easy feat to lead the agency says De Lima but she kept focusing on her goals

DEDICATED LEADER. Ex-PEZA director-general Lilia de Lima holds her plaque as one of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

To feed the hungry, we first need to say, ‘Yes!’ – Magsaysay Awardee Tony Tay

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For more than a decade Tony Tay s organization of volunteers – Willing Hearts – feeds the hungry and homeless in Singapore

GRATITUDE. Singaporean Tony Tay thanks the crowd after delivering his response speech during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

War teaches ‘each of us is a tool for the healing of ourselves’ – Magsaysay Awardee Gethsie Shanmugam

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Gethsie Shanmugam who has given psychosocial support to victims of war in Eastern Sri Lanka says all change starts with a person

HEALER OF PEOPLE. Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka delivers her response speech during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Theater can 'draw out the creative power of ordinary folk' – Magsaysay Awardee PETA

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

For 50 years the Philippine Educational Theater Association s actors have brought the stories of the people they meet to life on stage so their voices can be heard

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Indigenous peoples’ ‘humane, sustainable’ ways lead to peace – Magsaysay Awardee Abdon Nababan

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Indonesia s Abdon Nababan asks: Where do we come from? What values what spirit can we offer our society and our earth?

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Rescuing Angkor Wat a call to return to peace’ – Magsaysay Awardee Yoshiaki Ishizawa

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Japanese Yoshiaki Ishizawa has spent half a century to help Cambodians preserve and restore of their cultural heritage

HERITAGE PROTECTOR. Yoshiaki Ishizawa delivers his response speech during the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards Presentation Ceremonies. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Work in gov’t with ‘absolute honesty and utmost service’ – Magsaysay Awardee Lilia de Lima

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Lilia de Lima survived 4 presidents with different political persuasions and management styles as director general of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority

DEDICATED LEADER. Ex-PEZA director-general Lilia de Lima holds her plaque as one of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Hatred and divisiveness will not be the ethos of our time’ – Robredo

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:37 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the stories of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees give hope that good will one day trump evil

HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech during the presentation ceremonies for the recipients of the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Singapore's Tony Tay: More than a decade of food giving and volunteerism

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:25 PM

2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Tony Tay is the founder of Willing Hearts a charity run by volunteers who prepare and cook meals daily for Singapore s needy

'FOOD UNITES.' 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Tony Tay says food is the most important thing and it keeps families together. Screenshot by Rappler

Saving Angkor: Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s work in reviving Cambodian heritage

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Yoshiaki Ishizawa wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2017 for his decades long work conserving Angkor Wat and reviving Cambodia s sense of culture and identity

Abdon Nababan: Defender of Indonesia's indigenous peoples

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:02 PM

This year s Ramon Magsaysay Award winner from Indonesia is a long time advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples

Theater for change: 10 of PETA’s best plays

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:35 PM

The organization has upheld a 50 year old tradition of telling stories that matter

RAK OF AEGIS. The play celebrates Pinoy pop culture by paying tribute to Filipino rock band, Aegis. Photo courtesy of PETA

Rappler Talk: Ramon Magsaysay Awardee on healing the wounds of war

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:37 PM

MovePH editor talks to Gethsie Shanmugam one of the awardees of the prestigious 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards on Wednesday night August 30

PETA, PH's Lilia de Lima among 2017 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:40 PM

To also receive Asia s equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Yoshiaki Ishizawa Japan Abdon Nababan Indonesia Gethsie Shanmugam Sri Lanka Tony Tay Singapore

AWARDEES. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announces the 59th batch of awardees on Thurday, July 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo on late husband's critics: They've crossed the line

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Iyong asawa ko wala dito to defend himself kaya ako iniisip ko kung ano ng aksyon Pinag aaralan says Vice President Leni Robredo

IN PHOTOS: 'Heroes of Asia' receive 2016 Magsaysay Awards

Sep 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers an inspirational speech noting that her late husband Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo received the Magsaysay Award for Government Service on the same stage in 2000

HONORED. Vice President Leni Robredo and Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation board chairman Ramon del Rosario congatulate the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay awardees at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on August 31, 2016. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Morales, 5 others named 2016 Magsaysay awardees

Jul 27, 2016 - 11:52 AM

3rd UPDATE The 6 awardees are dubbed heroes of Asia who have created solutions to problems in their own countries and in the region

'HEROES OF ASIA.' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is one of 6 winners of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awards. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa: Keeping culture alive through dance

Sep 05, 2015 - 6:37 PM

For Filipina Ramon Maysaysay awardee Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa the pangalay dance reflects the country s rich culture

Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa is the only Filipina among the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees. Photo by Rappler

Kommaly Chanthavong: Preserving culture, weaving women’s future

Sep 04, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Kommaly Chanthavong escaped the bombings of the Vietnam War bringing only heirloom pieces of silk with her Now she helps poor displaced women earn a livelihood through silk weaving

FOR WOMEN. Kommaly Chanthavong helps Laotian women support their families by teaching them the art of silk weaving.

Myanmar's Kyaw Thu: The people's humanitarian

Sep 03, 2015 - 5:17 PM

The people’s tears are your tears The people’s happiness is your happiness says humanitarian Kyaw Thu

AWARDEE. Myanmar's Kyaw Thu is among the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardeed for his "generous compassion" as both a man of influence and a humanitarian. Photo by Rappler

Sanjiv Chaturvedi: A warrior against corruption

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The fight against corruption begins within each person says a prominent whistleblower from India who is among the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

WHISTLEBLOWER. Indian Sanjiv Chaturvedi sits down for an entire in Manila, days before he is presented the Ramon Magsaysay Award. Photo by Rappler

Anshu Gupta: Empowering poor communities through clothing

Sep 01, 2015 - 5:00 PM

2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta runs Goonj a non governmental organization that sees clothing not just as a basic need but as a sustainable development resource for the poor

CLOTH AS TOOL. 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Anshu Gupta believes cloth is a sustainable development resource that can be used as a tool to empower communities and preserve human dignity. Screenshot by Rappler

2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardees: A legacy lives on

Aug 31, 2015 - 1:47 PM

Rappler compiles the best quotes from one on one interviews with the 5 awardees who hail from India Myanmar Laos and the Philippines

Myanmar movie star, 4 others win Ramon Magsaysay Awards

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:12 PM

Among the 2015 recipients of the Nobel Prize of Asia are a Filipina cultural researcher and an Indian anti corruption campaigner

FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is committed to  'honoring greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia'

Priest buried in Cavite a step closer to sainthood

Jan 26, 2015 - 6:04 PM

Pope Francis recognizes as venerable Father Aloysius Schwartz who helped poor children in the Philippines through Boystown and Girlstown

SERVING YOUTH. Father Aloysius Schwartz, an American priest, is best known for running orphanages in South Korea and the Philippines. Photo courtesy of www.fatheralsainthood.org Photo courtesy of www.fatheralsainthood.org

Fighting for China's environment, one court case at a time

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Magsaysay awardee Wang Canfa an environmental lawyer in Beijing says his group s work of challenging companies that cause pollution is something the Philippines can do more easily

How to fix the education system? Think like a businessman

Aug 28, 2014 - 7:43 PM

In Pakistan a group of business leaders has been using personal money and corporate donations to build schools in far flung communities since 1995 The Citizens’ Foundation will receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award this year

Educators win big in 2014 Magsaysay awards

Jul 31, 2014 - 8:43 AM

The 6 awardees are: a Filipino teacher an Indonesian anthropologist and educator a Pakistani NGO a Chinese journalist a Chinese lawyer and an Afghan museum director

Women who inspire change

Mar 28, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Meet six Magsaysay laureates who inspired tremendous changes in society for both men and women

3 pioneers, 2 groups receive Asia's 'Nobel Prize'

Aug 31, 2013 - 11:56 PM

Regarded as the Nobel Prize of Asia the Ramon Magsaysay Awards are given to 3 individuals and 2 groups for 2013

Drawing inspiration from the 2013 RM Awardees

Aug 29, 2013 - 3:21 PM

Rappler interviewed the 2013 RM Awardees to learn about what motivates them to serve their respective communities

Afghan, Myanmar women win Magsaysay award

Jul 24, 2013 - 8:35 PM

Both Afghanistan s Habiba Sarabi and Myanmar s Lahpai Seng Raw did not allow their minority origins to stop them from empowering other people

Meeting Pramoedya, seeing the past

Jul 09, 2013 - 8:59 AM

I came to watch a play about an Indonesian author; I certainly got more than what I came for

THE STORY HIT HOME. I was reminded of the little-known historical facts I had lived through, of a revolution gone awry, of a purge that killed its own, and of the tortured and dead still needing to be acknowledged. Poster courtesy of Susan Quimpo

The passion of Pramoedya

Jul 02, 2013 - 5:17 PM

A vigorous heartbreaking drama on the Indonesian author

VIVID DRAMA. An energetic cast revs up this heartbreaker about Indonesia's great writer. Photo courtesy of CCP

How global Pinoy scientists revolutionized teaching in Bohol

Oct 05, 2012 - 2:56 PM

Filipino scientist couple shows an innovative way of teaching science and non science subjects It s working in Bohol Will it work in other parts of the country?