The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation manages the Ramon Magsaysay Award program. The Foundation is composed of seven Filipinos and two foreign Awardees serving staggered four-year terms. An appointed president oversees the full-time administration of the program. Annually, the RMAF solicits award nominations from a wide-ranging pool of international nominators. Nominations are carefully investigated and the awardees are determined after rigorous evaluation by the Foundation’s board of trustees.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation was created in 1957, the year the Philippines lost in a plane crash a President who was well-loved for his simplicity and humility, his passion for justice, particularly for the poor, and his advancement of human dignity. Among the many friends and admirers of the late President around the world were the Rockefeller brothers. With the concurrence of the Philippine government, the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) established the Award to honor his memory and perpetuate his example of integrity in public service and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.
Supported with a generous endowment from the RBF, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation was organized in Manila in May 1957, with seven prominent Filipinos as founding members of the foundation’s board of trustees. The Foundation has since implemented the Magsaysay Award program, pursuing the mission of “honoring greatness of spirit in selfless service to the people of Asia”. The first Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given on August 31, 1958 to five outstanding individuals working in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Sri Lanka, and a Philippine-based organization.
The 2018-2019 Board of Trustees
JOSE L. CUISIA, JR.
DATO PADUKA TIMOTHY ONG TECK MONG
CARMENCITA T. ABELLA
AURELIO LUIS R. MONTINOLA III
MARIA CYNTHIA ROSE B. BAUTISTA
RANDOLF S. DAVID
JAIME AUGUSTO ZOBEL DE AYALA