The Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) launched Tuesday in Puerto Princesa City the national caravan for its annual search for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM).
The launching was led by JCIP president Rey Felix Rafols and TOYM national chairman Mark Joseph David at the VJR Hall of the Provincial Capitol.
David told Palawan News that the TOYM highlights the impact of ordinary young men and women “creating positive change” in their areas that have inspired young Filipinos.
“We are launching this sa area na pinupuntahan namin. The award will be given to nominees who have done something unique that uplifts the lives of people in communities,” he said.
He said the nominee is judged by his/her outstanding leadership and excellence in contributing to the upliftment of humanity.
Nominees should be Filipino citizens or naturalized citizens between the ages of 18 and 40, and must have engaged in his/her field of endeavor for a substantial part of his/her life with documented proof subject to verification by the TOYM search committee.
“In essence, proof of nominee’s outstanding leadership and excellence in his/her field of endeavor and proof of nominee’s outstanding contributions to his/her fellowmen constitute the basis for the TOYM Award,” he said.
Rafols said TOYM makes extraordinary people become role models to young professionals no matter where they are or how busy they are in their lives.
“Yong passion mo, ‘yong purpose mo at lahat ng ginagawa mo ay importante that’s why binibigyan ka namin ng award. There is nothing tangible here that you can own because we do not give a monetary prize. What we do is to make you inspire others to be like you,” Rafols said.
The nomination for the TOYM Award will be open until July 30 while the conferment of the awards will be in December.
Among the past TOYM awardees were Filipino artist Napoleon Abueva (1959), Gabriel “Flash” Elorde for sports (1960), Ryan Cayabyab for contemporary music (1978), Richard Gordon for public administration (1982), Loren Legarda for broadcast journalism (1992), Raquel del Rosario-Fortun for forensic science (2002), and Manny Pacquiao for sports (2004).
This year’s TOYM is under the partnership of the JCIP with PLDT and the Gerry Roxas Foundation. Since its founding in 1959, the TOYM has already had 492 awardees from various industries.
More information about the TOYM awards is available at the following site: http://www.jci.org.ph/mod01/toym-2018/