Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Awardees, our modern day heroes

Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Awardees, our modern day heroes.

In this day and age of computers and digital enhanced movies, more and more people are getting hooked on watching the stories of Super Heroes. People with amazing powers that help mankind.

I remember a great dialogue in the Avengers Movie. It went something like this ( not sure if its word for word correct)

Thor : Take away that fancy suit of armor of yours and what are you?

Tony Stark : Philanthropist, Billionaire, Genius, Playboy….

Sometimes, you don’t need super powers or a fancy suit to be a hero.

The Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Awards Program pursues the mission “honoring the greatness of spirit in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.”

The Ramon Magsaysay Award was created in 1957, the year that our president Ramon Magsaysay died in a plane crash. The 1st 5 Ramon Magsaysay Awards were given to 5 people from India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan ) and Sri Lanka and to a Philippine based Organization in August 31, 1958.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is given to 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 which have transformed their societies for the better.

Last June 1, 2013, The Ramon Magsaysay Foundation invited me and a couple of other online influencers to a coffee and conversation event on “Translating Greatness of Spirit into Action at the Asian Library of the Ramon Magsaysay Center.

There we were able to meet and talk with 2 Magsaysay Awardees, Sister Eva Fidela Maamo, 1997 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership and Ananda Galapatti, 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership. We were lucky enough to be able to ask them a  couple of questions.


Here’s a quick look at the breakdown of all 296 awardees and where they are from.


For more about our 2 awardees – read more at our upcoming feature blogs for both.




Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.