5 Asian heroes, 1 theater group recognized winners of 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards

They address real and complex issues, take bold and innovative actions that engage others. They create outcomes that the ordinary individual can feel. They show unbelievable courage, initiative when faced with resource gaps, fight daunting adversity and strong opposition.

This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described on Thursday night this year’s six winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, considered the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize-at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

(L-R) Photo shows the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Thursday night. Cecilia Garrucho of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association(PETA), Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Philippine Vice President, Maria Leonora Robredo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, Lilia De Lima of the Philippines and Yoshikai Ishizawa of Japan. MBPHOTO.CAMILLE ANTE

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Photo shows the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Thursday night.
Cecilia Garrucho of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association(PETA), Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Philippine Vice President, Maria Leonora Robredo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, Lilia De Lima of the Philippines and Yoshikai Ishizawa of Japan.
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The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named five individuals as awardees. They were Yoshiaki Ishizawa from Japan, Abdon Nababan from Indonesia, Gethsie Shanmugam from Sri Lanka, Tony Tay from Singapore, and Filipino Lilia de Lima.

The Philippine Educational Theater Association also received the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Award.

The Asian heroes and the organization were formally recognized in the awarding rites at CCP.

“You are the seed to greatness, that, if planted in every corner of Asia, will continue to make our region the part of the globe where global growth is inclusive, and people are healthier, happier and hopeful,” she said.

“Our world today has great need of you: those who would attempt to take on trenchant difficulties no matter the personal cost and sacrifice; those who would do something, not because it is easy, but because no one else will take on the challenge,” the former housing chief added.

The 52-year-old Robredo delivered an inspirational speech, noting that her late husband, Naga City Mayor and later Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, was a recipient of the award for government service in 2000.

She previously attended the event thrice when her husband accepted the award and the foundation paid tribute to him after his death in a plane crash off Masbate in 2012.

Robredo was also the guest of honor and speaker at the Ramon Magsaysay Awards ceremonies in 2016.

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