JCI Announces 10 TOYM Winners



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The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines has announced the 10 winners of the 2021 The Outstanding Young Men and Women (TOYM) awards, recognized for “willingly take the extra step of selfless service to others.”

“The ultimate test of corporate efficiency lies outside of its ability to generate profits for its shareholders, but in its ability to improve people’s lives,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and PLDT, Inc. . his message.

“If you can say you did that, then you did it right,” he added.

The hybrid event, held on April 1, was themed “Everyday Leaders Enabling Extraordinary Impact.”

The winners are:

  • Aristelo A. Asilo, a coffee entrepreneur who also co-hosted the non-governmental organization Rise Against Hunger, for social entrepreneurship;
  • Iloisa Romaraog-Diga, who connects farmers with consumers through her app Session Groceries, for Agricultural Entrepreneurship;
  • Eleazar Abraham “Abe” L. Orobio, Lead Art Workshop Facilitator for Indigenous Peoples (IP) Elementary Teachers for Education and Culture;
  • Anna R. Oposa, executive director of the marine conservation organization Save Philippine Seas, for Environment Marine Conservation;
  • Jayeel S. Cornelio, Associate Professor and Director of the Development Studies Program at Ateneo de Manila University, for Education/Sociology;
  • Maria Yzabell Angel V. Palma, inventor of AirDisc Cooling Technologies, for Science and Technology;
  • dr. Jaime Alfonso M. Aherrera, whose research has been used to develop pathways for the management of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Philippine General Hospital, Medicine/Cardiology;
  • Lou Sabrina S. Ongkiko, Head of Learning Continuity Plan and Blended Learning Initiatives, for Education/Academe;
  • Jaemark S. Tordecilla, head of digital media at GMA News and Public Affairs, for digital journalism;
  • and dr. Melvin J. Sanicas, an internationally recognized Philippine COVID-19 expert, for science/medicine.

Bienvenido “Donnie” V. Tantoco III, President of TOYM Foundation Inc. and President of Rustan, included some thoughts from his father in his opening address:

“Don’t treat the skills, intelligence, freedom and life you have as property or right,” my father said. “Treat them all as a gift. If you have received those gifts, be a gift. Ironically, when you share your gift, your original gift becomes greater,” he said, explaining that these feelings reminded him of the spirit of the awards.

†[These] four women and six men preferred others to themselves,” he added.

Nominations were screened by a panel of former TOYM honorees chaired by Ma. Anthonette Velasco-Allones, 2009 TOYM Human Resource Development Honorary and the chief executive officer of Tourism Promotions Board Phils.

A council of judges, chaired by retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, also vetted the nominees.

The awards were conceived as a chapter project by the Manila Jaycees on April 6, 1959. The project was then adopted nationally by the Philippine Jaycees on October 15, 1959, at their 11th National Convention in Baguio City.

Women have been part of the quest since 1984.

JCI Philippines will hold the TOYM Awards Ceremony on April 8.

Hastings Holdings, Inc., a division of MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund, has an interest in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls. † Patricia B. Mirasol

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