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LECTURE PAPER: The Power of a Teacher’s Leadership

The words “backwards” may might as well be synonymous to the “indigenous peoples”.  But these communities can thrive and succeed especially with the help of a champion.  Thankfully, the Matigsalug tribe from the mountains of Davao, Philippines found one in public school teacher and 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee RANDY HALASAN.RelatedHalasan, Randy (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: Preserving the Meaning and Magic of Pangalay

In her droll lecture about the beautiful Muslim dance, Pangalay, 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee LIGAYA FERNANDO-AMILBANGSA reminded us of our roots and of culture’s important role of bringing people together.  The petite dancer’s energy is truly as indefatigable as her Greatness of Spirit.RelatedFernando-amilbangsa, Ligaya (Awardee)

CASE STUDY: Pathways to Education

In 2016, the Center for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS) in Hong Kong, in partnership with the Ramon Magsaysay Transformative Leadership Institute (RMTLI) produced a case study about a successful NGO that has had profound impact on education and poverty alleviation for indigenous peoples. The case study, Pathways to Education: Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ […]

LISTICLE: The Essential Films of Lino Brocka

Master filmmaker Lino Brocka, heralded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of Philippine cinema, is renowned for his gritty films that realistically portray the plight of the common man.  Despite its Philippine settings, his oeuvre crossed geo-political boundaries, making him the first Filipino filmmaker to showcase a film, Insiang […]

OMARA KHAN MASOUDI: A Raider of the Lost Art

One man moved more than 20,000 precious ancient ornaments from a museum to a safe place from the Taliban.  With a ragtag group of a few individuals, he hid his country’s historical artifacts in Greatness of Spirit.secret vaults underneath the streets of Kabul.  He stayed on in Kabul and supported his family by selling onions and […]

KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG: Weaving Better Futures for Women

One woman, through her Greatness of Spirit, has restored the art of silk weaving in her country, Laos, has established a thriving social enterprise for the women in her country and has empowered her society to create colorful tapestries of hope for themselves. To say that 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Kommaly Chanthavong has woven for […]


The indefatigable 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa danced her way into prominence as a key driver in preserving the pre-Islamic dance tradition Pangalay.  Through her Greatness of Spirit and the graceful movement of her hands and body, she ensured that the tie, or in this case, the dance that binds us to our Asian heritage […]