The Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asia version of the Nobel Prize, has been canceled this year due to a global pandemic, only the third time the annual awards were interrupted in six decades.
The Manila-based foundation, which handed over the awards, said there was no choice but to cancel the award on Tuesday “with the COVID-19 epidemic practically sinking the world.” The awards were also canceled due to the financial crisis in 1970 and the devastating earthquake in the Philippines in 1990.
The awards are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash and honors the “greatness of spirit in selfless service to the people of Asia”.
So far, more than 330 awardees included leaders such as the late President Corazon Aquino, a symbol of nonviolent democratic struggle around the world, and Mother Teresa, who is revered in the Catholic Church as St. Teresa and globally Known for missionary work. The poorest of the poor.
The Philippines is a coronovirus hotspot in Southeast Asia, with approximately 22,400 infections, including more than 1,000 deaths. It has reduced the lockdown for millions of people in a tight economy, accelerating its economy.
The Ramon Magsaysay Awards are named after Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines after World War II. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation Award is known for helping Asian individuals excel in their respective fields and generously helping others without expecting public recognition.
Awards were traditionally given in five categories: government service; public service; Community leadership; Journalism, literature and creative communication arts; And peace and international understanding. However, 5 of these were discontinued after 2009.
With input from Associated Press