Filipino street kid, 13, wins $160,000 peace prize
THE HAGUE (AFP) - A young Filipino who lived off a rubbish dump and slept in an open tomb has won a prestigious children's award in the Netherlands for his work to improve the rights of his fellow street kids.
Cris "Kesz" Valdez, aged 13, was handed this year's International Children's Peace Prize at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on Wednesday, where he received a 100,000 euro (S$160,000) prize.
Valdez was chosen from three finalists for the work of his Championing Community Children charity which raises funds to hand out gift parcels to needy children in Cavite City, about 30km south of the capital Manila.
"You are wonderful," Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu, who handed over this year's prize, told Valdez at a press conference shortly after the ceremony, held in The Hague's historic Knight's Hall.