Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines announced The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees for 2022 at Conrad Manila last December 8.
With the theme “Rebuilding the Nation, Stronger Together,” TOYM Foundation and JCI Philippines bestowed the TOYM award to 10 distinguished Filipinos.
Comic book icon Manuel Luis Abrera, multi-disciplinary designer Victor Mari Baguilat, Jr., and writer Kristian Cordero won under the “Literature, Culture, and the Arts” category. Meanwhile, sustainability practitioner Shawntel Nicole Nieto and public servant Joanne Ascencion Valdez were recognized for “Humanitarian, Civil Society or Voluntary Leadership.”
Physician Paul Gideon Lasco and environmental educator Rico Ancog are honorees for “Education and the Academe.” On the other hand, physicians Dr. Ramon Lorenzo Luis Guinto and Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, as well as pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ronnie Baticulon were awarded for “Health and Medicine.”
“TOYM honors fellow countrymen, who not only achieve professional excellence in their chosen field but also work tirelessly toward inspiring meaningful positive change in our society. May you be the primary model of what exemplary, outstanding work to humanity is,” said John Glenn Lee, JCI Philippines’ 2022 National President.
Bienvenido Tantoco III, TOYM Foundation Chairman; Christian Clemeno, TOYM 2022 National Director; Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan from the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Board of Judges Head; and Undersecretary Maria Anthonette-Alones, Screening Committee Head, also gave their message at the ceremony.
For 2022, TOYM Area Chairpersons and JCI Philippines Chapters nominated 117 individuals. A board of judges and screening committee—composed of past TOYM honorees—narrowed it down to 21 finalists, then 10 honorees.