The TOYM awardees with H. E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
from (L/R) DOT Sec. Joseph Felix Mari "Ace" Durano, Kristin
Karen L. Davila, Christian Joseph R. Cumagun, Antonio A.
Alfonso and Rex. A. Bernardo during the awarding ceremonies held at
the Malacanang Palace, Manila last December 20, 2008.
THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN OF 2008 AWARDED
distinguished young Filipinos have made it to the final cut of this
year’s search for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM). .The formal
awards ceremonies was held at the Malacañang Palace last December
20, 2008 with Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo as
the Guest of Honor.
The TOYM Award
widely recognized as the country’s most prestigious recognition for
young men & women whose selfless dedication to their field resulted
to significant contributions to the country and our countrymen. The
award is now on its 50th year, being organized and
flagship project by
the Junior Chamber International Philippines or Philippine Jaycees,
Inc. since 1959.
distinguished Board of Judges was Chaired by Amb. Albert F. del
Rosario, CEO of Gotuaco, del Rosario and Associates with Hon. Isabela
Gov. Grace M. Padaca, PCCI President, Mr. Edgardo G. Lacson, AFP
Chief of Staff, Gen. Alexander B. Yano, Award-Winning Conductor
Composer, Mr. Ryan P. Cayabyab, Central Bank Monetary Board
Member, Mr. Alfredo C. Antonio and PPCRV Chairperson, former Amb. to Vatican Henrietta T. de Villa.
The members of
the screening panel was composed of past TOYM Awardees Chaired by
Ms. Feny de los Angeles-Bautista, Vivienne K. Tan, Emmanuel D. Nadera, Jr, Federico M. Hizon, Queena N. Lee-Chua, Mariella S.
Castillo and Michael Allen R. Cacnio as the co members.
honorees will join the elite circle of close to four hundred past
recipients since its inception in 1959. From more than a hundred
nominees nationwide, the five honorees are:
MARI HOTCHKISS DURANO
(Ecological Tourism). Ace
Durano is currently the Secretary of the Department of Tourism.
Since assuming the post in 2004, the former Cebu Congressman has
rationalized the country’s tourism drive, formulated well-focused
campaigns, and launched ecological tourism programs that market the
vibrancy and natural endowments of Philippine travel sites. Under
his leadership, the Philippines’ tourism machine is now rated as the
best-improved and performing in Asia.
(Broadcast Journalism). Karen
Davila is currently a news anchor and investigative journalist in
ABS-CBN. In almost two decades of being immersed in the media
spotlight, she was able to marshal her beauty, talent and drive in
using mass media – both television and radio – as a powerful tool
for education and as an instrument for change. As an advocate, she
sees herself as a vessel for empathy and positive action.
Off-camera, she walks her talk, using her celebrity and influence
for advocacy work for global institutions, such as World Vision and
Habitat for Humanity.
(Agricultural Science). Dr.
Christian Cumagun is one of the country’s most accomplished experts
in agricultural science of his generation. A dynamic researcher and
scientist, he made several landmark achievements in the field of
agricultural research, such as being the first to molecularly
characterize Philippine Trichoderma strains, a bio-control agent
fungus against several plant pathogens, as a means of reducing
pesticide use in agriculture. A dedicated academician, he is one of
the few resident educators who have been appointed to the rank of
“U.P. Scientist” in the University of the Philippines System, an
honor of great prestige in the academic community.
Science and Technology).
Dr. Tony Alfonso is currently the head of the Philippine Rice
Research Institute’s (PhilRice) Plant Breeding and Biotechnology
Division. His remarkable contribution to science resulted in the
successful cloning and functional characterization of a plant gene
called “Restorer of Fertility” (Rf) to Cytoplasmic Male Sterile
Petunia. At PhilRice, he is constantly applying new knowledge on the
nature of Rf genes to fast-track the development of superior hybrid
rice varieties in the Philippines. A passionate biologist and
geneticist, he is the president of the Philippine Society for the
Advancement of Genetics and the Philippine Phytopathological
(Community Service). Despite
being stricken with polio at a very young age and having been denied
the privilege of early education, Rex Bernardo was determined to
overcome his physical and psychological obstacles and eventually
emerge victorious over his personal struggles. Even without formal
elementary and high school education, he was able to complete his
tertiary education in psychology and even successfully push for the
creation of an enablement and empowerment program for the disabled
in his college. He was granted scholarships at three prestigious
universities, earning him three separate Master’s degrees in
developmental management, human resources management and industrial
relations. He is currently the director and professor of Mabini
Colleges and engages in volunteer work to Gawad Kalinga in Camarines
search is jointly presented by Junior Chamber International
Philippines (Philippine Jaycees, Inc) headed by NP Rip Lesaca with the TOYM Foundation Inc.
Chaired by Mr. Guido Delgado and Mr. Butch Jimenez as
the Gerry Roxas Foundation Inc. Chaired by Ms. Judy
Roxas-Araneta with PagCor and the Office of JCI Vice
President, Dennis L. Cunanan together with this year’s corporate
sponsors Banco De Oro, PLDT, Camsur Water Sports Complex (CWC),
Splash Corporation and the Manila Bulletin.
Overall Chairman is JCI Mem. Ramfel R. Prelcaro, 2001 JCI
Philippines National Vice President for STR-East and 2002-03
Executive Director assisted by members of the Search Committee
namely; JCI Mem. John Joseph Gabriel Puzon (Deputy Chairman), JCI
Sen. Olivia Lyn Uy-Dizon, (Screening Chairperson), JCI Mem. Arnold
Valencia (Judging Chairman), Ms. Gemma Sapnu (Awarding Chairman), JCI Mem. Ruben
Y. Bulaong (Publicity Chairman), JCI Sen. Reginald T. Yu (Publication
& Souvenir Program) with JCI Sen. Hilario G. Cruz II, TOYM
Foundation Exec. Director, 2006 JCI Phils. National Sr. EVP & 2007
TOYM Search Chairperson, JCI Sen. Soledad V. Magtuto and Atty.
Mabel V. Mamba. as advisers. About TOYM
TOYM Golden Year Search Launched
country’s most prestigious awards search for outstanding young
Filipinos or the “The Outstanding Young Men” Awards was formally
launched during the 3rd Regular National Board meeting
held at the Fleuris Hotel in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan last
July 12, 2008. In a simple launching program signals that the search
for this year’s TOYM Awards commenced the nomination process. Now
on its 50th year, the TOYM 2008 is a flagship project of
the Junior Chamber International Philippines, an affiliate of the
Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide federation of young
leaders and entrepreneurs with over 200,000 JCI members and millions
of JCI alumni.
Celebrating its golden anniversary this year, the Outstanding Young
Men (TOYM) Awards has grown to be the country’s most coveted
recognition for young Filipinos aged 18 to 40. The TOYM Awards have
been a yearly undertaking of the Jaycees since 1959. The Gerry Roxas
Foundation, Inc. has been a co-sponsor of the awards since 1972 and
the TOYM Foundation which was established in 1990 to ensure the high
standards that the awards have always been known for.
years, the TOYM has become an institution, having developed a
reputation for its selectiveness of outstanding young men and women
upon whom the award is conferred. TOYM seeks to give national
recognition to young Filipino men and women whose selfless
dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in
significant contributions to the welfare of their countrymen and our
country at large, as well as to the advancement of their respective
fields of endeavor. The awardees who have become beacon lights of
the nation totaling 408 by now, is literally a Philippine “Who’s
Who” in outstanding achievements in areas such as community service,
the arts, literature, journalism, education, law, politics,
agriculture, science and technology, economics, banking, business,
sports, government service, and other fields of endeavors.
This year’s TOYM Search is now chaired by JCI Mem. Ramfel R.
Preclaro of JCI Marinduque Morion who was the 2001 National Vice
President for STR-East Region and the 2003-04 Executive Director of
JCI Philippines who was recently appointed by the JCIP National
Board during their 3rd Regular Board meeting in Palawan.
To help ensure this year’s TOYM Search, the search committee is
soliciting support to nominate qualified nominees for said award.
JCI Philippines chapters that can submit nominee/s can now earn two
(2) points per nominee maximum of ten (10) points in the JCIPEA.
This year’s TOYM Search is presented by BDO, PLDT, Cam Sur Water
Sports Complex (CWC), Splash Corporation and the Manila Bulletin, in
cooperation with TOYM Foundation Inc., Gerry Roxas Foundation, JCI
Sen. Dennis L. Cunanan. Interested party can contact the JCIP
Secretariat at Tel No. 3737907 to -09, Fax No. 3744138, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the submission of
Nominees will be on SEPTEMBER 15, 2008.
This year’s Overall Chairman is JCI Mem. Ramfel R. Preclaro,
assisted by members of the search committee namely; JCI Mem. John
Joseph Gabriel Puzon (JCI San Juan Pinaglabanan) Deputy Chairman, JCI Mem. Arnold Valencia,
(JCI Makati) Judging Chairman, Ms. Gemma Sapnu (JCI Manilena),Awarding Chairman, JCI Mem. Ruben
Bulaong,(JCI Cainta) Publication and Souvenir Program, JCI Sen. Hilario G.
Cruz II, TOYM Foundation Exec. Director and JCI Sen. Soledad V.
Magtuto, 2006 NSEVP and 2007 TOYM Chairperson and 2002 JCI Phils.
National President, Atty. Mabel V. Mamba and JCI Sen. Reggie
T. Yu as advisers.