The Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s premier prize, was created in 1957, the year the Philippines beloved President was lost in a plane crash. It is now on its 61th year of “honoring greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.”
More than 300 individuals and organizations have been bestowed the Ramon Magsaysay Award. It 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 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.