The Magsaysay Award
The Ramon Magsaysay Award (RMA) was instituted in 1957 to honor the memory of the third president of the Republic of the Philippines. It seeks to acknowledge individuals and organizations in Asia whose contributions have enhanced the creative tradition of the continent. Over the years, the RMA has had the moniker of the “Asian Nobel Prize”. The RMA is recognized the world over for its remarkable felicity in selecting global visionaries who need to be heard by the world. Because of their challenging visions or voices or both, these individuals have left their distinctive stamp in whatever arena they are located; government service, public service, community leadership, literature, journalism and creative communication arts, and international understanding.
In honoring Rev. Dadaji, the RMA foundation honored his original, penetrating vision, a vision of human possibility and achievement, a practical vision to inspire and mobilize millions of people. But it could not have been an easy choice to categorize the unified vision of Rev. Dadaji under any particular label. He does most of the things for which RMA honors outstanding individuals. Rev. Dadaji is equally successful in all these fields and he does not see them as separate. This point came to the forefront time and again. Indeed, whether it was the citation at the Award ceremony or the Mayor’s conferment on Rev. Dadaji with an honorary citizenship of Manila, the versatility of Dadaji was repeatedly acknowledged. He was seen as an exceptional communicator who teaches, organizes and nurtures individuals and their communities who offers answers to questions which concern the contemporary world. In short, he was looked upon as an revolutionary who can give a new meaning to life and compel people to rethink their own perspective.