Ramon Magsaysay Award
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award given by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. The award is presented in a function held in Manila in Philippines. It is named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines. The award is given in 6 categories: Government services (GS), Public services (PS), Community leadership (CL), Journalism, literature & creative communication arts (JLCCA), Peace and International Understanding (PIU) and Emergent leadership (EL).
The Magsaysay award celebrates the memory and leadership example of the former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and is given every year to individuals or organizations in Asia. It is Asia’s premier prize and highest honor, celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia. The prize is also known as the Noble Prize of Asia. The winners of the award for different categories are selected annually by the trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Awardees are presented with a certificate and a medallion with an embossed image of Ramon Magsaysay facing right in profile. The prize was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government. Acharya Vinoba Bhave was the first Indian to win this prestigious award. He won this award in the year 1958. Mother Teresa, Arun Shourie, Maheshweta Devi, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Ravish Kumar, Sonam Wagnchuk, Anshu Gupta are some of the notable recipients of the award from India.