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16th Gusi Peace Prize Award

  • Written by Manuel L. Morato
  • Published in Opinion
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Barry Gusi, Chairman and Founder of the Gusi Peace Prize, announced the awardees for 2017 from all
over the world.  They are the following:

1. AUSTRIA, Dr. Nikolai Korpan

2. BANGLADESH, Hon. Asif Chowdhury

3. BRAZIL, Dr. Florentino Cardoso

4. CHINA, Dr. Wang Yaoxian – for Medicine

5. COSTA RICA, Dr. Isaias Salas Herrera

6. EGYPT, Engr. Khalid Ismael

7. GREECE, Hon. John Moustos

8. INDIA, Dr. Ashok Gupta – for Medicine

9. JAMAICA, Hon. Lascelles Chin
    
10. PHILIPPINES, Dr. Leilani Asis
    
11. PHILIPPINES, Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial
    
12. KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA, Shiek Mohammed Abdulazis Suleiman All Afaleq    
    
13. GREAT BRITAIN, Dr. Ronald Harden

Allow me to give the history of the Gusi Peace Prize:

The Gusi Peace Prize is a charitable foundation, an institution based in Manila, Philippines,
registered at the Securities  and Exchange Commission, whose main objective is to give proper
recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals or groups
worldwide who have distinguished themselves as brilliant exemplars of society or who contributed
toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity.

The Gusi Peace Prize traces its roots through the efforts of Capt. Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a
World War II guerilla who fought against Japanese oppression, turned politician, and became popular
for his fight for human rights.  He was being supported in his endeavor by his loving wife, Madame
Teodora Sotejo Gusi, who performed various charity works, helping mothers and abused children and
wives, the sick and the unemployed, the poor, deprived and humiliated individuals in society
throughout the Philippines.  A few years before Madame Teodora Sotejo Gusi expired, she knew that
their son, the Honorable Barry Gusi, a renowned internationalist, would be the right one to take over
what her husband had started, thereby creating the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation where Manila,
Philippines is the home.

The Gusi Peace Prize with the presidential proclamation 1476, it is a national and
international institution, the pride of the Philippines hails from the far east and known as Asia’s
foremost awards giving body.  And was established through the support of the friends of the Gusi
family, who share the same mission and vision.

This foundation aims to give honor and awards to distinguished individuals or groups worldwide
with exemplary contributions to peace and human rights, in scientific discoveries, politics, academe,
performing arts, literature, medicine or psychology, journalism, humanities, physics, chemistry,
religion, business and philanthropy, economics, internationalism and others.  The mission of the Gusi
Peace Prize is to champion human rights and maintain governance, democracy, equality, international
peace and goodwill.  Likewise, the Gusi Peace Prize is working for people’s amelioration for several
years through medical missions, outreach programs, and counseling to the deprived, abused, the
humiliated and the sick, with considerable assistance from the Philippine Medical Association,
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, and other non-government organizations.  Last March 17, 2008,
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation No. 1476, declaring every fourth
Wednesday of November as the “GUSI PEACE PRIZE INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY.”

As the Gusi Peace Prize goes  on, it continues to give charity within the entire country and
will continue to work for the good of the people.  Indeed the Gusi Peace Prize brings economic and
tourism industry in the country.  The Gusi Peace Prize has become one of the foremost peace prize in
Asia and the whole world.

Today, the Gusi Peace Prize envisions itself to approximate the honor and respect accorded to
the Nobel Peace Prize of Norway, and the Pulitzer of the United States of America.  The Gusi Peace
Prize will continue to recognize, honor and give pride and dignity to every deserving achiever and
peacemaker worldwide.

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Dr. Evelyn Tantamco Gusi, a pediatrician, wife of Chairman Barry Gusi, passed away at the age
of 55 last August 30, 2017.  She is immensely missed by the family and the foundation.  She was a
governor of the Philippine Medical Association representing Rizal Region; a Reserved military colonel
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Corps.  She was laid to rest in the Libingan ng mga
Bayani, the Heroes National Cemetery.

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The Laureates of 2017 Gusi Peace Prize International welcome dinner will be held at the Manila
Peninsula Hotel on November 21; and the awards night at the Philippine International Convention Center
on November 22.
    
I was president of the Gusi Peace Prize from 2004 to 2007 and I saw the charitable
undertakings of the foundation.  Mr. Joe Concepcion of Concepcion Industries succeeded me.  The
current president is Dr. Manson Fok of Hongkong, son of former vice premier of China, Eng Dong Fok.  
His term is from 2016 to 2018.
     
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