As one henceforward admitted in a special way to the
fellowship of service for Asians I feel highly privileged to have this public opportunity
to pay my humble tribute to the great man whose memory the Ramon Magsaysay Award
Foundation seeks to perpetuate.
Each country has its own fountain sources of inspiration for those who work in some
sector of public life, but the preoccupations of a complex and crowded modern life afford
only rare opportunities for reinforcing the local guidance and widening the horizons of
service for one's fellow-beings.
It is, therefore, with a sense of humility and gratitude that I greet this opportunity
vouch-safed to me by Providence of deriving strength and stimulation from the example of
the noble life and mission of Ramon Magsaysay. We of Asia have tasks ahead that will
demand the best that each one of us can give for the common good, and recognition, as by
this Award, is only a reminder of the immensity of that task, of the cooperative efforts
of associates and colleagues that have contributed to what little one has been able to
achieve, and a spur to further efforts towards the high goal of the enhanced welfare of
the millions of Asia.