The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


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LECTURE PAPER: A Personal Reflection on Community Service

2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee DR. MANDAKINI AMTE is living proof that being a supportive wife and being your own person are not mutually exclusive.  In her heartfelt reflection on the work that she and her husband, fellow Ramon Magsaysay Awardee DR. PRAKASH AMTE, she demonstrates that great women do not stand behind their great husbands […]

ANANDA GALAPPATTI: At His Best at the Worst of Times

Greatness of Spirit compels one to give of himself, to selflessly serve others for the greater good.  ANANDA GALAPPATTI, 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, returned to his native Sri Lanka and provided psychosocial interventions for survivors of war and natural disasters (such as the 2006 Boxing Day tsunami).  He really didn’t have to, […]

ERNESTO DOMINGO and The Social Mission of Medicine

Throughout his illustrious career as one of the Philippines’ most outstanding physicians, Dr. Ernesto Domingo has raked in countless awards.  But because of his steadfast pursuit of “health for all” and because of his Greatness of Spirit, he received Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor, The Ramon Magsaysay Award.RelatedDomingo, Ernesto (Awardee) The road less taken […]

LECTURE PAPER: Wallet of the Poor – A Model of Sustainable Faith-Based Giving

2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dompet Dhuafa never knew that from humble beginnings, their organization will become the largest philanthropic organization in Indonesia.  In this heartfelt lecture, they laid out the pillars of their successful programs that have collected an impressive USD 20 million and have reached out to a staggering 13 million beneficiaries.  These transformative […]

LECTURE PAPER: The Odyssey of Community Service

Have you ever wondered how inspiring people start their journey of selfless service towards humanity? In this personal and riveting paper, 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dr. Prakash Amte reflects on the genesis of his People’s Brotherhood Project, a full-fledged hospital servicing 40,000 patients from India’s hinterlands per year – free of charge.RelatedAmte, Prakash (Awardee) He […]

CHUNG TO: A Rising Star Changes Course

Life took an unexpected and ultimately more fulfilling turn for 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Chung To.  Work brought him from New York to the lucrative shores of Hong Kong where he eventually changed careers as one of the region’s staunchest AIDS advocate.  His Greatness of Spirit transformed him from a rising star in the finance world […]

LECTURE PAPER: Ministering Faithfully to the Blind

Superlatives are the only words you will use to describe this hopeful and inspiring personal account of 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service Rev. Kim Sun Tae wherein he gives new meaning to the phrase “the blind leading the blind”.  (A friendly advice: have a a box of Kleenex ready.)RelatedKim Sun-tae (Awardee)

CYNTHIA MAUNG: Filling the Gap in Burma’s Healthcare

Doctors without borders? 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Cynthia Maung set up a small clinic to give medical assistance to refugees along the Myanmar-Thailand border.  Her ramshackle structure has since grown to a 120-bed health facility and she has began deploying ‘Backpack Medics’ because “If the sick and the wounded cannot come to us, the clinic goes […]


For Thai orthopedic surgeon and 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Therdchai Jivacate, saving the lives of countless diabetic patients and landmine and accident victims through amputation was not enough. Seeing amputees, particularly from poor villages in northern Thailand, struggle with ineffective and unsafe improvised limbs, he was determined to find better, safer, and more comfortable alternatives. […]

SANDUK RUIT: Everyone Deserves Good Vision

2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Sanduk Ruit, through cheap, efficient and effective cataract microsurgeries, has restored the eyesight of hundreds of thousands of people in remote communities. In the process, he made the world realize that a man of great vision can come from anywhere – even the highlands of Nepal.RelatedRuit, Sanduk (Awardee) The kingdom of […]