10 young global Filipinos honored at TOYM 2015 awards
MANILA, Philippines – The most prestigious award given to young Filipinos - The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) – honored the 2015 awardees in a ceremony held on Wednesday, January 27, at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.
Each of the 10 awardees received a trophy and a medal. They include the following exceptional individuals:
- Raymond Abrea, accounting and finance
- Engr Jose Ramon Aliling, civil engineering
- Michael Barney Almazar, law/legal aid
- Geoffrey Brian Chua, education
- Patricia Evangelista, journalism
- Sofronio Fortich Jr, arts in music
- Donald Patrick Lim, community development
- Nico Jose Nolledo, business
- Roderick Salenga, public health
- Rogelio Santos Jr, social entrepreneurship
"The honorees are true models of exceptional young Filipinos worth emulating by the millennials and the nation in general,” said the organizers, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and the Gerry Roxas Foundation.
The 2015 TOYM Awards was inspired by the theme, “Building our Nation for Global Competitiveness.”
In his acceptance speech on behalf of the awardees, international human rights lawyer Almazar stressed that “we are a great people with a vibrant youth and democracy destined to take part in world affairs.”
Almazar, who leads the free legal aid clinic at the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in Dubai, is known as a defender of the rights of the more than 3 million migrant workers in the Middle East.
Award-winning Rappler multimedia manager Patricia Evangelista was among the recipients of the award. The lone woman in this year’s roster of honorees, Evangelista was recognized for her contributions to the journalism profession having made a mark in disaster, conflict, and human rights reporting.
The TOYM has honored more than 400 individuals in the last 5 decades for their achievements in the fields of public service, education, journalism, science, and the arts. It is annually presented by the Junior Chamber International Philippines, the TOYM Foundation, and the Gerry Roxas Foundation.
The awardees were rigorously chosen from a list of 106 nominees between the ages 18 to 40, many of whom were submitted online – a submission process that was only introduced in 2015. – Rappler.com