The 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awards gave recognition to Raymundo “Ryan” Pujante Cayabyab for advocating the unifying power of Filipino music.
The Philippines’ National Artist for Music was awarded in ceremonies held on September 9 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.
Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) cited Ryan Cayabyab for “Nurturing the gift and unifying power of music.” He is being recognized for “his compositions and performances that have defined and inspired Filipino popular music across generations; his indomitable, undeterred confidence to selflessly seek, mentor, and promote young Filipino musical genius for the global stage, and his showing us all that music can indeed instill pride and joy, and unify people across the many barriers that divide them.”
The University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music professor continues to be involved in various initiatives that inspire and promote thousands of singers and songwriters in the country towards using music to unify the nation.
“The next generation should be better than us for our country to move forward. For this to happen we must teach them everything we know at every possible instance. I like teaching, I like sharing what I know, and I like playing music. When I’m doing all these, I’m very happy,” RMAF quotes Ryan Cayabyab, a Filipino Pride Advocate.
The multi-awarded composer, a pioneer of the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) movement that promotes Filipino music, is leading over 100 Filipino musical talents in the Pinoy Playlist Festival slated for October at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Arts Center in Taguig.
Ryan Cayabyab recently collaborated with Filipina Broadway star Lea Salonga for the 30th Southeast Asian Games theme, “We Win As One“.
Cayabyab, a staunch promoter and ally of Filipino musical talent, received the award touted as Asia’s Nobel Peace Prize alongside two journalists: Myanmar’s Ko Swe Win and India’s Ravish Kumar, and two rights workers: South Korea’s Kim Jong-ki and Thailand’s Angkhana Neelapaijit.
The 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awards laureates received a medallion bearing the likeness of the late Filipino President, a certificate, and a cash prize. They joined the elite list of 330 men and women leaders who have been awarded by the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation in over 6 decades of its existence.
Ryan Cayabyab will be presented as a 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee in a public lecture titled “Betting on the Filipino Musical Talent” scheduled on September 11, 2019, from 9-11 AM at the Ramon Magsaysay Center in Manila.
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