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Foundation screens Magsaysay awardee solutions documentary; highlights ethical governance in Asia

Advocacy, RMAF By August 5, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Best practices and effective, practical solutions that address Asia’s governance challenges.

These were the themes of Saturday afternoon, August 3, as the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) held a private of screening of “Ripples of Change: Democracy and Governance” for young journalists, online influencers, advocates of good governance, and its own pool of GOS (Greatness of Spirit) ambassadors.

The private screening was held ahead of the launching of the 55th anniversary celebration for the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which was first given out in 1958.   The year-long commemoration continues to carry the theme “Changing Asia,” with an emphasis on the laureates’ transformative solutions to the region’s pervasive challenges and complex issues: inclusive education, social justice, sustainable environment, universal health, ethical governance, and social entrepreneurship.

Highlighting RMAF’s milestone year is the formal launch of the Magsaysay Institute of Transformative Leadership (MITL). MITL aims to connect the Magsaysay awardees and their solutions to organizations and individuals that seek to solve Asia’s many issues. The institute will orchestrate dialogues and conferences for its leadership dialogue program, arrange leadership immersion programs, and produce materials under the knowledge management program.

“Ripples of Change:  Democracy and Good Governance” is one of the materials RMAF has produced to document the transformative solutions that the Ramon Magsaysay awardees effectively employed to change their communities for the better.  It focuses on the work of six Magsaysay laureates: the late Secretary of Interior and Local Governance Jesse Robredo and investigative journalist Sheila Coronel from the Philippines, freedom of information champion Aruna Roy and woman police chief Kiran Bedi from India, Indonesia’s corruption watch coordinator Teten Masduki, and South Korea’s participatory and ethical governance advocate Park Won Soon.

After the film screening, titled “GOS Ambassadors’ Kapihan Session: Translating Greatness of Spirit to Ethical Governance,” the guests, participants, and Foundation staff led by RMAF advocacy officer Marie Kiel Fernandez engaged in a discussion on how ethical governance can be strengthened and developed in Asian countries with the help of Internet-savvy, socially-aware youths.

It was also announced that Park, one of the laureates featured in the “Ripples of Change” documentary, will be in Manila from August 12 to 13 as a special guest in the MITL launch.  Park, the current mayor of the Seoul (South Korea} Metropolitan Government, will also be attending various dialogues and conferences with government officials, non-government organizations, members of the civil sector, and journalists about anti-corruption programs and ethical, participatory governance.

For more information about the Foundation, its awardees, and its activities please email or call 521-3166 loc 180. RMAF is also on Twitter ( and Facebook (



The 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Announced

Advocacy, RMAF By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) today announced that this year three individuals and two organizations from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines will receive Asia’s premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. The Awardees are:

Ernesto Domingo, from the Philippines. He is being recognized for “his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing ‘health for all’ as a shared moral responsibility of all sectors, and his groundbreaking and successful advocacy for neonatal hepatitis vaccination, thereby saving millions of lives in the Philippines.”


Up With People in Manila – Be A Host!

Music By October 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

The multinational cast of Up with People is headed to Manila. Up with People (UWP), which has toured to 38 countries around the world during the last 47-years, has announced that Manila will culminate the Asian portion of their World Premier Tour of VOICES. The Philippine portion of the Asian tour schedule is as follows:

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines – October 15 – 22 – Show at the City Coliseum Friday, October 19 at 7:00 PM

Manila, Philippines – October 22 – 29 – Show on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 PM

Up with People, best known for their high-energy, upbeat, family-friendly entertainment, is made up of a cast of 100 participants, representing 20 countries who have chosen to participate in UWP’s international global education program for young adults. For over 45 years, the casts of Up with People have toured the globe performing for millions, including an unprecedented four Super Bowl halftime shows.

On January 1, 2011, Up with People performed, for the second time in three years, for the opening celebration of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade, which was seen by an estimated television audience of more than 50 million.

Long before Glee, American Idol and High School Musical, Up with People created the genre of high- energy entertainment performed by an ensemble of talented young people from around the world. The show is an international collaboration of music, dance, and genuine energy with a message of hope and goodwill across nations. This electrifying stage show will move your feet, stir your soul, and touch your heart.

VOICES, UWP’s latest production, is a performance featuring both original and popular music and is a dynamic blend of feature soloists, full cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes. VOICES is inspired and motivated by recent worldwide events and features medleys of popular music, international music and of course, original Up with People music. The aim is to leave the audience feeling empowered to connect, communicate and create positive change in their communities, to ‘…rise above the noises, and listen to the voices of the world.’ Throughout the show, international cast members will provide the audience with a glimpse of their own national traditions and cultures through music and dance.

While in Manila, between October 22 and October 29, Up with People will spend time participating in community service projects and living with local host families.  For now we are still finalizing all the projects, GK Baseco confirmed one and the list of projects goes on. In each city we visit we try to focus on a need in that community…there is no template for service but rather doing what needs to be done. Up with People Promotion Representatives are now recruiting families to host the international cast members for their one-week stay in Manila. The sharing goes both ways, while families share their traditions and local attractions, the cast members share their experiences and cultures. By the end of their five-month world tour, the cast will have visited dozens of communities and stayed with many host families throughout the United States, Asia, and Mexico.