PETA wins Ramon Magasasay Award for boosting theater. Four other Asian heroes honored for upholding democracy. Robredo delivers address as guest speakers.

PETA gets a pat.

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The distribution of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, an annual event celebrates the institution of democracy. It was instituted in 1957 by the Rockfeller brothers to celebrate a former Filipino President who stood for integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society (Wikipedia).
The Vice President of the Philippines, Leni Robredo (fourth, from left), was the guest speaker last night at the Ramon Magsaysay Awards ceremony. The event was organized at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Also present on the occasion were invitees, awardees and the board of trustees led by Ramon del Rosario. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards is the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize for this region.
This year’s winners of the prestigious award are:
• The Philippine Educational Theater Association, its president Cecilia Garrucho was in attendance, The Filipino winners were The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). Being locals, their President Cecilia Garrucho, and former Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director Lilia de Lima received thunderous applause.
• Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, She did immense work for rehabilitation and settlement of ladies and children in her war-ravaged homeland,
• Tony Tay of Singapore, He founded a movement to help people deal with hunger.
• Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, for his advocacy and work on behalf of the Adat or indigenous Indonesian communities,
• Lilia de Lima of the Philippines and
• Yoshiaki Ishizawa of Japan. He helped the Cambodians in the restoration of the ancient Angkor Vat temple.
Vice President Leni Robredo paid rich tributes to the laureates by stating that these people deserved the most appreciation. They fought against the general attitude that opposed freedom and democratic practices.
The vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots forces some people to blame democratic freedom. However, we cannot forsake our freedom, values and principles to adopt newer approaches.
This was the second consecutive year that the highly respected Vice President of the Philippines appeared as the guest speaker.
The Vice President referred to the winners as the heroes of Asia.
PETA received a citation for molding the theater and bringing it to its current state of prominence. Their good work was visible in the whole region and beyond, Robredo said. It is functioning since half a century.
For her role in prepping up the economy through the generation of jobs, de Lima also received praise for her emphasis on exports-oriented businesses during the 1990s.
The PETA choir was in attendance and enthralled the audience.
Robredo went on to say that in their struggles, these heroes never lost faith in the virtues of collective.
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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Monday, September 04, 2017