The Gusi Peace Prize is a charitable foundation, an institution based in Manila, Philippines, registered at theSecurity and Exchange Commission, whose main objective is to give proper recognition through the confermentof awards of excellence and distinction to individuals or groups worldwide who have distinguished themselvesas brilliant exemplars of society or who contributed toward the attainment of peace and respect for human lifeand dignity.
The Gusi Peace Prize traces its roots through the efforts of Capt. Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerillawho 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 Honourable Barry Gusi, a renowned internationalist, would bethe right one to take over what her husband had started, thereby creating the Gusi Peace Prize Foundationwhere Manila, Philippines is the home.
The Gusi Peace Prize with the presidential proclamation 1476, it is a national and international institution, thepride of the Philippines hails from the far east and known as Asia’s foremost awards giving body. And wasestablished 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 withexemplary contributions to peace and human rights, in scientific discoveries, politics, academe, performing arts, literature, medicine or physiology, journalism, humanities, physics, chemistry, religion, business andphilanthropy, 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 ameliorationfor several years through medical missions, outreach programs, and counseling to the deprived, abused, thehumiliated and the sick, with considerable assistance from the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, and other nongovernment organizations.
Among the prominent Gusi Peace Prize laureates were the following:
For 2002: Angelo T. Reyes, Philippines, former Defense Secretary turned Secretary of Interior and Local Government, and COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos for peace & order; Senator Robert Barbers andSenator Aquilino Pimentel both for legislation & Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn.
For 2003: former Mr. Universe turned Senator of Guam, Jesse Anderson Lujan for sports; Julius Babao, Philippines for broadcast journalism; Philippine Senator Rodolfo Biazon for legislation; Fernando Poe Jr., Philippines for cinematic excellence; Senator Carmen Fernandez Guam for academe; (standing at the center isthe chairman of the board, the Honourable Mr. & Mrs. Barry Gusi); Her Majesty, Gloria Gibbon Salii, Queen ofPalau for women’s rights;Dean Tumpalan of UP College of Nursing & Madam Teodora Sotejo Gusi, bothrepresenting Dean Julita Sotejo, founder of the Philippine College of Nursing and first Filipina named Florence Nightingale awardee for nursing and health care advocacy; Dr.Mildred A. Go of the Philippines for educationand children’s rights; the Republic of Palau Foreign Minister Timmy Smull representing President Tommy Remengesau for protection of ecosystem and biodiversity; Dr. Fe del Mundo, for pediatric medicine; theAmbassador to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Amb. Enrique P. Syquia for humanitarianism; Maximo V. Soliven for Philippine journalism and freedom of expression; Teresita Ang See, for human rights.
For 2004: Manila Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales represented by Monsignor Josefino Ramirez, for religious, moral, and spiritual peace: Douglas Maclagan of Great Britain for child welfare and development ; Fundador Soriano , Philippines, for journalism and radio broadcasting; Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon, Philippines, for cinematic excellence; Mayor Feliciano Belmonte of Quezon City, Philippines for local government administration andleadership; LeeXiu Mien of China for poverty alleviation through education; Carmela “Mel” Tiangco forPhilippine broadcast journalism;Georg Von Dziembowski of Germany for scientific technology; Hiro Kundamalof India for business and philanthropy; Dr. Peter K.W. Fong of Hong Kong for urban planning and development; Dr. Iichiro Ohhira of Japan for scientific research and discovery; Senator John Michael Quinata of Guam forlegislation; the, former world chess grandmaster Eugene Torre of the Philippines for sports.
For 2005: Mayor Edward Hagedorn of Puerto Princesa City, Philippines for the protection of ecosystem &biodiversity; Maria Coop of Australia for women’s rights; Professor Li Qi of the People’s Republic of China forvisual arts; Dr. Sundaram Natarajan of India for medicine; Dr. Anthony C.H. Wong of Hong Kong for economics; George Dovellos of Greece for business and humanitarianism; Sr. Arlene Riccio & the Sisters of St. Mary ofProvidence from Italy for social services; U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo for governance; Archbishop Nikitas Lulias of Greece for religion & humanitarianism; Ma. Regina L. Lopez of the Philippines forchildren’s welfare; David Bussau of Australia for humanitarianism; Malcolm William Prowse of Australia forhuman rights; Alexandra P. Romualdez of the Philippines for humanitarianism; Jose Mari Chan of thePhilippines for performing arts.
For 2006: Rev. Fr. Corsie S. Legaspi of the Philippines for divine healing & services to the sick & needy; Dr. Felipe I. Tolentino of the Philippines for medicine (Ophthalmology); Master Bup Kwan from South Korea forhumanitarianism; Katya Grineva from Russia for performing arts; Gov. Carl T. C. Gutierrez of Guam for public service; Amb. Tarmizi Taher of Indonesia for religious affairs & humanitarianism; Allan (AJ) Hackett of New Zealand for sports; Datu Ismail Bin Mohamad of Malaysia for philanthropy; Dr. Ioannis Lyras of Greece formedicine (Plastic Surgery); Mme. Wang Zushi from China for cultural heritage; Director Carlo J. Caparas fromthe Philippines for cinematic excellence; Dr. Leung Ping Chung from Hong Kong for medicine & academe (Orthopedics); Justice Minister Ram B. Jethmalani of India for social justice & humanitarian law; Supreme Master of Vietnam for philanthropy; Pres. Fidel V. Ramos of the Philippines for statesmanship.
For 2007: Chairwoman Constancia de Guzman of the Philippines for anti-graft a& corruption; Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta of the Philippines for social justice; Dr. Shigeru Suganami of Japan for medicine; Dr. Tae Sup Lee of South Korea for public governance & humanitarianism; Yu Pang Lin of China for humanitarianism; Dr. Farland H. Stanley of USA for archeology; Senator Heherson Alvarez of the Philippines for environment &public service; Hon. Mechalos Constantine of Greece for job creation; Thomas Cheng Wai Yu from Hong Kongfor sports; George Bistis from USA for broadcast journalism; Dr. Peter M. Schantz from USA for veterinary medicine; Dr. Thep Phongparnich of Thailand for agricultural research & education; Lt. Gov. Johnson Elmo ofFederated States of Micronesia for indigenous rights; Vice President Elias Camsek Chin from the Republic ofPalau for humanitarian law; Senator Ney Robinson Suassuna of Brazil for political governance.
For 2008: Congressman Gus Bilirakis from USA for legislation; Dr. James Boss of Singapore for scientific research; Kevin Kwan from Hong Kong for aquaculture research; Dr. Henry Lee of the Foxcrime Television, USAfor crime investigation; Speaker of the House of Malaysia Tan Sri Pandikar Mulia for legislation; Dr. Cosme Naval of the Philippines for Medicine; Charles Njonjo, first governor general of Kenya for philanthropy; Dr. Dan Zoltan Reinstein of UK for Medicine’ Rolf Schwind of Germany for industrial technology; Giorgios Tassou, member of Parliament of Cyprus for environmental protection; Dr. Harold Lindsay Thompson of Australia, former president of the World Medical Association for Medicine; Rosario Uriarte of the Philippines for social service; & Antonio Lopez of the Philippines for journalism.
For 2009: Congressman Bob Filner of California for legislation; Her Royal Highness Raja Datin Fuziah ofMalaysia for cultural heritage; Alexey Steele from Russia for visual arts; Dr. Alice Chiu of Hong Kong for social services & philanthropy; Rev. Fr. Joseph A. Faller of the Philippines for divine healing & assistance to the sick& needy; Judge Natividad Mercedes Meza of Paraguay for Social Justice & Humanitarian Law; Dr. Liu Chi Chun of Taiwan for international humanitarianism; Silvia Scherer of Switzerland for biotechnology industry; Dr. Ho Son Fat of Macau for Medicine (Urology) & scientific invention in the field of Neurourology; Lea Salonga ofthe Philippines for performing arts; Charalambos Lambrou of Cyprus for philanthropy on adult cancer patients; Madam Timi Bakatselos of Greece for philanthropy on children’s health care (cancer advocacy); Maestro Emil-Silviu Ciobota of Romania for performing arts; Madam Surapee Rojanavongse of Thailand for economics &cultural heritage; Ali Nasuh Mahruki of Turkey for sports & humanitarianism (search & rescue missions): Ambassador Preciosa S. Soliven of the Philippines for academe; Hon. Massimo Romagnoli of Italy forinternational politiics & human civil rights; Dr. Christine Warnke from USA for international humanitarianism.
Last March 17, 2008, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation No. 1476, declaringevery 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 workfor 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 torecognize, honor and give pride and dignity to every deserving achiever and peacemaker worldwide.