University of the Philippines (UP) professor Randolf “Randy” David has been named the 2019 Fukuoka Grand Prize winner.
The UP sociologist is the first Filipino to receive the Grand Prize “for his efforts in fighting for social justice.” The award comes with a 5 million yen (P2.4 million) prize money.
David teaches politics and social theory at the country’s premier State University.
The multi-awarded television talk show host and Inquirer columnist were cited for being “a leading Asian public intellectual and intellectual activist.”
Randy David joins five other previous Filipino laureates of the Fukuoka Prize namely:
- Ambeth Ocampo (Fukuoka Academic Prize, 2016)
- Kidlat Tahimik (Arts and Culture Prize, 2012)
- Reynaldo Ileto (Academic Prize, 2003)
- Marilou Diaz-Abaya (Arts and Culture Prize, 2001)
- Leandro Locsin (Arts and Culture Prize, 1992)
The Fukuoka Prizes are awarded “to individuals who have worked tirelessly for the improved of understanding of countries in East and Southeast Asia.”
Randy David’s Fukuoka Grand Prize citation credits him as having “played a dynamic part in achieving social justice in the Philippines by sharing his knowledge as a sociologist widely through university education, TV programs and newspaper columns, and has made great efforts to promote academic and cultural exchange among Asian countries and to deepen their mutual understanding.”
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