Gusi Peace Prize
The Gusi Peace Prize International is a peace prize giving body based in Manila, Philippines. The Gusi Peace Prize recognizes individuals worldwide who have exemplary contributions in the fields of Scientific Research & Discovery, Medicine & Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Archeology, Architecture, Performing & Visual Arts, Economics, Legislation & Statesmanship, Literature, Academe, Humanitarianism & Philanthropy, Religion and Environment.
The awards ceremonies are held yearly in Manila, Philippines every fourth Wednesday of November . The foundation conducts charity and medical outreach in different provinces in The Philippines.
The Gusi Peace Prize is mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 1476 signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, declaring every fourth Wednesday of November as the 'Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day'.
The Gusi Peace Prize was founded and headed by Chairman Barry Gusi who continues the work of his late father, Hon. Gemeniano Javier Gusi. A World War II guerilla who fought against Japanese oppression, Gemeniano Javier Gusi was among the unsung peace-makers who helped bring back peace in The Philippines. 
The Gusi Peace Prize foundation, is a charitable institution based in Manila, Philippines registered at the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission. Its main objective is to give recognition through the conferment of awards of excellence and distinction to individuals or groups worldwide who have distinguished who contributed toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity through their achievements in the fields of the academe, scientific research and discovery, physiology or medicine, chemistry, physics, journalism, philanthropy or humanitarianism, economics, cinematic excellence, performing arts, visual arts, engineering technology, religion, politics, poverty alleviation, literature, cultural heritage, architecture, and others.
The Gusi Peace Prize traces its roots through the efforts of Hon. Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerilla who fought against Japanese oppression, turned politician, and became popular for his fight for human rights.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 Gusi Philippine and International Committees.
To honor individuals and organizations who have given exemplary contributions to Global Peace and Progress, through international brotherhood and friendship, and by using their God-given talents for the benefif of mankind; To champion human rights and maintain governance, democracy, equality, international peace and goodwill.
A World of Peace and Prosperity due to The Gusi Peace Prize Ideals (Godliness-Unification-Service-Internationalism) totally embraced by all nations.
For more than 50 years of doing charity and 12 years of giving plaques of honor, The Gusi Peace Prize is eyeing on an international mobilization aimed at meeting the world economic, social and environmental challenge. Through this endeavor, the Gusi Philippine and International Committees wishes to proclaim that the only negotiable route to Global Peace and Cooperation goes by way of the United Nations. The peace prize is awarded by a committee of 13. According to the rules, the Board of Trustees, Members of the International Committees have only 2 years in the position - subject to be reappointed except for the president who is re-elected every 2 years. People of different nationalities could be a part of the Gusi Peace Prize by which their willingness is necessary to work for peace, brotherhood and unity. The Gusi Philippine and International Committees are completely independent. In each assessment of nomination of awards, it receives no instructions or directives according to the statutes of the Gusi Peace Prize. The nomination of each laureate should be justified by the work for peace and standard of the highest objectives to benefit humanity. For that reason, committee members take no part in public debates which follow the announcement of the decision by the end of September. The Gusi Peace Prize has three meetings in Manila, Philippines annually and two in other countries.
On Laureate Selection
Considering the objectives of the Gusi Peace Prize based on human endeavors, and exemplary achievement relative to the first objective which is peace and secondary objectives which are excellence in the line of calling preferably projected to the whole world, humanitarian endowment which marks the achievement that one attains in the pursuit of their careers in the realization thereof humane achievement of such objectives with direct bearing to the ultimate which is peace and happiness. Inserted therein is also the reflection of human behavior and character of the laureates which is generally the main feature that makes an individual worthy of recognition as well as their contribution for the progress of humanity.
On the Criteria
- All prospective candidates must be unanimously endorsed by an organization or grouping of people who deep in their heart feels that the awardee is worthy of such.
- That such an awardee must provide character references relative to his activities and such an endorsement be given voluntarily and not at the instance of urging of prospective awardee and his submission shall be officially recorded with formal endorsement of the major society to which his particular calling is related.
- That awardees with relative bearings of relationships to any particular member of the foundation shall not be entertained unless it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that such distinction is beyond question.
- It must be emphasized that in view of criteria no. 3 and for propriety purposes, that no awardee shall be considered who has a special or close relationship to any member of the board of trustees.
- It must be made to understand to all prospective awardees that such recognition given them are the product of the objectives of Gusi Peace Prize, and therefore the recognition of their fate that leads to this award must be distinctly known to all sundries.
The announced list of laureates every year is the final result of a long selection process. The Philippine Gusi Committee bases its assessment on nomination that must be postmarked no later than the end of September each year.
Any of the following persons is entitled to submit proposals:
Observing the rules of the statutes of the Gusi Peace Prize, the committee does not publish the names of the candidates.
The awarding ceremony is held annually every fourth Wednesday of November (The Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day). The event is held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. The event is attended by distinguished foreign and local individuals or groups from various sectors of society. Without physical presence, the award is revoked, on the exception of extreme circumstances such as health or accident. To showcase international cultures, traditional performers from different countries take stage during the awards ceremonies. It is also a culture to have the lady of ceremony as a woman who embodies the best in a Filipina such as international beauty pageant title holders. Before the conclusion of the event, a Dove Ceremony takes place where a dove is set free on stage to symbolize world peace.
|2013 Laureates||Country||Award Category|
|President Rajkeswuk Purryag||Mauritius||Statesmanship|
|Former President Emil Constantinescu||Romania||Statesmanship & Academe|
|Former President Arnold Rüütel||Estonia||Statesmanship|
|Former Prime Minister Al-Sadik Abdul Rahman Al-Mahdi||Sudan||Statesmanship|
|His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Khalid Al Faisal ||Saudi Arabia||Statesmanship & Academe|
|Hon. Catherine Atoki||Nigeria||Human Rights Advocacy|
|Mr. Malek Jandali||Syria||Performing Arts (Composer & Pianist) & Humanitarianism|
|Amb. Urhan Guvenen||Turkey||Economics & Strategic Research & Diplomacy|
|Dr. Raoul Weiler||Belgium||Science and Technology|
|Dr. Glen Martin||USA||Philosophy of Human Liberation|
|Dr. Igor Kondrashin||Russia||Scientific Philosophy|
|Dr. Abdelmajid Amrani||Algeria||Philosophy|
|Hon. Ferhat Mehenni||Kabylia/Algeria||Indigenous Rights (for the independence of the Berber people of Algeria)|
|Hon. Jerome Binde||France||International Diplomacy and Foresight|
|Hon. Ahm Nouman ||Bangladesh||Poverty Alleviation and Humanitarianism|
|Dean Architect Yolanda Reyes||The Philippines||Architecture & Academe|
|2012 Laureates||Country||Award Category|
|Hon. Bertrand De Speville||United Kingdom||Anti-corruption|
|Her Royal Highness Sheik Hissah Bint Saad Abdulad Salem Al-Sabah||Kuwait||Women's Right|
|Chief Justice Benjamin Joses Odoki||Uganda||Social Justice|
|Chief Justice Yeung Kam John Yeung Sik Yuen||Mauritius||Social Justice|
|Miss Deepika Priyadarshani ||Sri Lanka||Performing Arts|
|Mr. Naseer Shamma||Iraq||Performing Arts|
|Justice Liisa Kiianlinna||Finland||Social Justice|
|Judge Ricardo Li Rosi||Argentina||Social Justice|
|Dr. James G. Dy||The Philippines||Humanitarianism|
|Dato’ Dr. Haji Ahmad Laksamana Bin Omar||Malaysia||Al-Quranic Research|
|Dr. Ana Flisser||Mexico||Scientific Research (Parasitology)|
|Dr. Felipe Guhl||Colombia||Scientific Research (Chagas Disease)|
|Prof. Dr. Timi Ecimovic||Slovenia||Academe|
|Dr. David Christner||USA||Humanitarianism|
|Dr. Valery Pavlovich Dubrov||Ukraine||Scientific Research (Tuberculosis)|
|Prof. Fidel Julian Gutierrez Vivanco||Peru||Academe|
|Hon. Ricardoe Di Done||Canada||Children's Rights|
|Mr. Kent Wong||Macau||Humanitarianism|
|Dr. Aleksandrovich Boris Astafiev||Russia||Scientific Research (Physics)|
|Blagoevgrad Gov. Kostadin Hadzhigaev||Bulgaria||Governance|
|Former President James R. Mancham||Seychelles||Statesmanship|
|Former President Amos Sawyer||Liberia||Statesmanship|
|Former President Begjhet C. Pacolli||Kosovo||Statesmanship|
|Education Minister Thakur Powdyel||Bhutan||Academe|
|West Bengal Gov. Mayankote Kelath Narayanan||India||Governance|
|Mr. Vladimir Megre||Ukraine||Literature|
|Madame Diana Uribe||Colombia||Journalism|
|Former Interpol President Norman Inkster||Canada||Humanitarian Law|
|His Excellency Phongsavath Boupha||Laos||Diplomacy|
|Phra Maha Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi||Thailand||Religion|
|Architect Felino Palafox||Philippines||Architecture (Urban Planning Development)|
|Rev. Richard Ryan Ho Lung||Jamaica||Humanitarianism|
|Prof. Viktor Medikov||Russia||Academe|
|Senator Emanuel Jones||USA||Politics|
|Dr. Thomas Stern||USA||Humanitarianism|
|Mrs. Yolanda Stern||The Philippines||Social Services|
|Prof. Roland Mösl||Austria||Scientific Invention (PEGE)|
|Hon. Aykut Eken||Turkey||Social Services|
|FICAC President Arnold Foote ||Jamaica||Peace and Mutual Understanding|
|Her Excellency Mary Chinery-Heese ||Ghana||Diplomacy|
|Dr. Michael Nobel||Sweden||Academe|
|Mr. Oliver "Buck" Revel||USA||International Law Enforcement and Peacekeeping|
|Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe||Sri Lanka||Human Rights|
|Mr. Yank Barry||Canada||Social Services|
|Dr. Art Ong Jumsai||Thailand||Academe|
|Consul General Lo Seng Chung||China||Social Services|
|Prof. Jivko Jelev||Bulgaria||Scientific Innovation|
|Rev. Rocky Evangelista ||The Philippines||Social Services|
|Dr. Irinel Poppescu||Romania||Medicine (Liver Transplant)|
|Mr. Arne Veidung||Norway||Scientific Innovation|
|Mr. David Plattner||USA||Environment|
|Professor Raoul Parienti||France||Scientific Innovation (Brail)|
|Mr. Walter Maibaum||USA||Arts Preservation|
|Mr. Demetri Argyropoulos ||Greece||Social Services|
|Dr. Rainer Krell||Germany||Agriculture|
|Cong. Bob Filner||USA||Legislation|
|Her Royal Highness Princess Fuziah Raja Uda||Malaysia||Cultural Heritage Preservation|
|Ms. Lea Salonga||The Philippines||Performing Arts|
|Hon. Massimo Romagnoli||Italy||Politics|
|Prof. Alice Chiu||Hong Kong||Philanthropy|
|Mr. Charalambos Lambrou||Cyprus||Social Services|
|Madam Timi Bakatselos||Greece||Social Services|
|Dr. Ho Son Fat||Macau||Medicine (Urology)|
|Judge Natividad Mercedes Meza||Paraguay||Humanitarian Law|
|Madam Surapee Rojanavongse||Thailand||Cultural Heritage Preservation|
|Dr. Liu Chi Chun||Taiwan||Social Services|
|Rev. Joseph A. Faller||The Philippines||Social Services|
|Professor Emil-Silvio Ciobata||Romania||Performing Arts|
|Mr. Alexey Steele||Russia||Visual Arts|
|Ms. Silvia Scherer||Switzerland||Social Services|
|Dr. Christine M. Warnke||USA||Humanitarianism|
|Amb. Preciosa Soliven||The Philippines||Academe|
|Mr. Ali Nasuh Mahruki||Turkey||Sports|
|Vice President Elias Camsik Chin||Palau||Statesmanship|
|Senator Ney Robinson Suassuna||Brazil||Political Governance|
|Former Senator Heherson Alvarez||The Philippines||Public Service|
|Lt. Gov. Elmo Johnson||Federated States of Micronesia||Indigenous Rights|
|Hon. Michalos Constantine||Greece||Job Creation|
|Comm. Constancia de Guzman||Philippines||Anti-Graft & Corruption|
|Hon. Persida Rueda-Acosta||Philippines||Human Rights|
|Hon. George Bistis||USA||Broadcast Journalism|
|Dr. Tae Sup Lee||South Korea||Social Services|
|Mr. Thomas Cheng Wai Yu||Hong Kong||Sports (Kung Fu)|
|Dr. Peter Schantz||USA||Medicine (Veterinary)|
|Dr. Farland Stanley ||USA||Archeology|
|Dr. Shigeru Suganami||Japan||Social Services|
|Dr. Thep Phongternith||Thailand||Academe|
|Mr. Yu Pang Lin||China||Social Services|
The awards were presented by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at Meralco Theater on 22 November 2006.
|Former President Fidel V. Ramos||Philippines||Statesmanship|
|Justice Ram B. Jethmalani||India||Humanitarian Law|
|Supreme Master Ching Hai||Vietnam||Philanthropy|
|Amb. Tarmizi Taher||Indonesia||Religion|
|Former Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez||Guam||Public Service|
|Dr. Ioannis Lyras ||Greece||Humanitarianism (Plastic Surgery)|
|Datuk Ismail Mohammad||Malaysia||Social Services|
|Mr. Alan John Hackett||New Zealand||Sports (Bungee Jumping)|
|Ms. Katya Grineva||Russia||Performing Arts (Piano)|
|Master Bup Kwan||South Korea||Social Services|
|Dr. Felipe I. Tolentino||The Philippines||Medicine (Ophthalmology)|
|Rev. Corsie Legaspi||The Philippines||Social Services|
|Director Carlo J. Caparas||The Philippines||Cinematic Excellence|
|Dr. Leung Ping Chung||Hong Kong||Academe|
|Madam Wang Zushi||China||Cultural Heritage Preservation|
|Cong. Madeleine Z. Bordallo||Guam||Legislation|
|Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn||Philippines||Environment|
|Archbishop Nikitas Lulias||Greece||Religion|
|Prof. Li Qi||China||Visual Arts|
|Dr. Sundaram Natarajan||India||Medicine (Ophthalmology)|
|Mr. George Dovellos||Greece||Social Services|
|Mrs. Maria Coop||The Philippines||Social Services|
|Dr. Anthony C. H. Wong||Hong Kong||Social Services|
|Gina Lopez||Philippines||Children's Rights|
|David T. Bussau||New Zealand||Social Services|
|Ms. Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez||Philippines||Humanitarianism|
|Mr. Malcolm William Prowse||Australia||Human Rights|
|Sis.Arlene Riccio||USA||Social Services|
|Mr. Jose Mari Chan||Philippines||Performing Arts|
|Mr. Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon||Philippines||Cinematic Excellence|
|Sen. John Michael Quinata||Guam||Legislation|
|Cardinal Gaudencio B. Rosales||Philippines||Religion|
|Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr.||Philippines||Politics|
|Mr. Hiro Kundamal||India||Social Services|
|Mr. Eugene Torre||Philippines||Sports (Chess)|
|Dr. Iichiro Ohhira||Japan||Scientific Discovery (Lactobacilli)|
|Mel Tiangco||Philippines||Broadcast Journalism|
|Mr. Douglas Maclagan||UK||Social Services|
|Mr. Fundador “Fundy” C. Soriano||Philippines||Broadcast Journalism|
|Mr. Lee Xiu Mien||China||Academe|
|Dr. Peter K. W. Fong||Hong Kong||Academe|
|Mr. Georg Von Dziembowski||Germany||Engineering Technology (Nokia)|
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