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.


      Five (5) 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.

       The 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.

       The five 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:

JOSEPH FELIX 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.

KRISTIN KAREN LISING DAVILA (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.

CHRISTIAN JOSEPH RILI CUMAGUN (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.

ANTONIO ANDRES ALFONSO (Food 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 Society.

REX ADIVOSO BERNARDO (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 Norte.

       The annual 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 President,  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.   

     This year’s 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  Click here...

TOYM Golden Year Search Launched

   The 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. 

     Over the 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 address  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.