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JCI names 2012 TOYM awardees

MANILA, Philippines - The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines, together with TOYM Foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation, concluded yesterday its 2012 search for The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in ceremonies held yesterday at L’Opera Ristorante, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Named this year’s roster of TOYM awardees and their respective award categories were Emmeline Aglipay, public service; Warren Baticados, veterinary medicine; Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong, sports; Abelardo Apollo David, community occupational rehabilitation; Ivan Anthony  Henares, heritage conservation; Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr., broadcast journalism; and Allan “apl.d.ap”  Pineda, contemporary music.

Guided by this year’s theme of “Inspiring Excellence,” the TOYM Awards recognized these seven outstanding individuals for rendering service to others, exuding excellence, demonstrating leadership and showing greatness in their fields of endeavor. The awardees are true models; exceptional young Filipinos worthy of emulation by the young generation.

A panel composed of past TOYM honorees chaired by ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila, 2008 awardee for broadcast journalism, screened nominations for this year’s search that came from all over the country. From the screened nominations, the winners were selected by a distinguished board of judges presided by Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion. Also comprising the panel were Dr. Agnes D. Mejia, Miguel Belmonte, Aurelio Montinola III, Bro. Ricardo  Laguda, Angelico Salud and Dr. Raul Sunico.

Presenting this year’s search in pursuit of excellence among Filipino youth is Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT). Its chairman, Manuel V. Pangilinan, concurrently chairs TOYM Foundation Inc.

The project is also made possible through the generous support of major sponsors: Banco de Oro UniBank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., The French Baker, and minor sponsors Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Shopwise. TV5 and The Philippine STAR stood as media partners.

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