The Ramon Magsaysay Award is widely regarded as Asia’s premier prize and highest honor. The Award, named after the seventh President of the Philippines, honors “greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.”
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is bestowed upon organizations or 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 that 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.
The first Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given on August 31, 1958 to five outstanding individuals working in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, and a Philippine-based organization. To date, over 300 individuals and organizations have received the Award.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) is an international wholly independent non-profit organization based in Manila, Philippines. RMAF manages the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
THE TEAM AT THE RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARD FOUNDATION
The Ramon Magsaysay Transformative Leadership Institution Director at Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is Joy Alampay ([email protected]). Ma. Carmencita P. Toledo is still working in the Foundation in a different capacity.