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Ramon Magsaysay Awardees of 2022

Magsaysay Awardees of 2022

Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation has announced the names of 4 Asia’s transformative leaders via a Zoom event on Wednesday.

“Our theme for this year’s Awards is ‘Greatness of Spirit, Beyond Borders,’ a perfect reflection of the transformative work and inspiring lives of our 2022 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees.  — truly Greatness of Spirit is borderless,” shared RMAF President Susanna B. Afan.

The Awardees

Sotheara Chhim, a Cambodian psychiatrist and mental health advocate who has been healing his countrymen’s unique trauma, Baksbat

Tadashi Hattori, a Japanese ophthalmologist and humanitarian who has committed his time and resources in providing free eye surgeries in Vietnam

Bernadette Madrid, a Filipino pediatrician who has been championing the Filipino child’s right to protection by creating safe spaces for abused children nationwide

Gary Bencheghib, a young Frenchman who is on a mission of eradicating marine plastic pollution in Bali, Indonesia one river at a time.

The 2022 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, like all our past Laureates, are committed to making Asia a better and kinder place for all," Afan said.

The 64th Ramon Magsaysay Awards Festival Season is set to commence with the announcement of the 2022 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees on August 31 and conclude on November 30 with the formal Presentation Ceremonies to be held in Manila, Philippines.

Former Laureates also include, among others, the late Mother Teresa, the late Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the late Sadako Ogata of Japan who became United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and former president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Singapore's Tony Tay, who shared food to the needy through his "Willing Hearts" nonprofit organization.

Magsaysay, the Philippines' 7th president, died in a plane crash in 1957.


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