Celebrating Asian Excellence in the Arts Through Bravo, ASIA!
The two-day virtual festival featuring laureates of the Ramon Magsaysay Award aims to showcase the region’s excellence in the arts
Art is essential to living. For centuries, art has been the most fundamental way for individuals and communities to express themselves, whether emotionally, politically, or artistically.
Art is often where one can find the sublime, no matter the form: visual, theatrical, aural. It is a unifier, able to bring together different peoples and cultures, and it is an indication of the health of a nation’s soul.
Since 1958, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, through the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, has been bestowed upon deserving individuals across Asia, making it the region’s premier prize and highest honor.
It “recognizes greatness of spirit shown in selfless service to the peoples of Asia.” It is named after Ramon Magsaysay, the Philippines’ seventh president, has been given to changemakers in various fields, from sustainable environment and food security to inclusive education and cultural development.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation is celebrating the region’s precious heritage of creativity with a virtual festival that brings together illustrious Magsaysay Laureates who have distinguished themselves in the arts.
Bravo, ASIA! is a showcase of the region’s excellence in the arts, promoting Asian pride, and will give global audiences a taste of the best Asian talents, experienced through the digital space. Most of all, it salutes Greatness of Spirit through the prized work of the Ramon Magsaysay Awardees.
The two-day digital arts festival commences on November 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. PHT. It features the work of six Ramon Magsaysay Awardees, including National Artists Nick Joaquin, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Ryan Cayabyab, as well as Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Lin Hwai-Min (Taiwan), and Thodur Madabusi Krishna (India).