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Magsaysay awards

Philippine Vice President Leonor Robredo, center, and Ramon Magsaysay Chair, Board of Trustees, Jose Cuisia Jr., 3rd from right, pose with this year's Ramon Magsaysay awardees, from left, Filipino Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab, Thai Angkhana Neelapaijit, Indian Ravish Kumar, Burmese Ko Swe Win and South Korean Kim Jong-Ki during ceremonies in Manila, Philippines. Five people are being honored as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight bullying and suicide and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to violence in southern Thailand.

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Ravish Kumar of India, one of five recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards for this year, delivers his lecture on the "Power of Citizen's Journalism to Advance Democracy" in Manila, Philippines. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, is given annually to Asians in honor of the late Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay who died in a plane crash. Other awardees are Kim Jong-ki of South Korea, Angkhana Neelapaijit of Thailand, Ko Swe Win of Myanmar and Raymundo Cayabyab of the Philippines.

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Jose L. Cuisia Jr., chairperson of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, presents the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardees, from left, Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from the Philippines, Kim Jong-ki from South Korea, Ravish Kumar from India, Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand and Ko Swe Win from Myanmar, for Emergent Leadership, during an event in Manila, Philippines. The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, is given annually in honor of the late Philippine president who died in a plane crash, and awarded to persons "who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity, and in doing so have made contributions that have transformed their societies for the better."

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