Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines for 2010
The Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award is recognized as one of the Philippines' prestigious awards for young people aged 18 to 40 who have excelled in their respective fields and have contributed much to the welfare of their countrymen and the development of the country. The award is co-sponsored by the Gerry Roxas Foundation since 1973 but it was initiated by the Manila Jaycees in 1959. The Philippine Jaycees (Junior Chamber International - Philippines) adopted this project on 1959. Since then, more than 400 inspiring Filipino youth from different sectors have been honored.
This year's theme was "Heroes Create Heroes." The winners were announced during simple rites at the Malacañang Palace in December, with the awards being given by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III himself.
Aurora repesentative Sonny Angara is already on his third term. The son of Senator Edgardo Angara is a silent worker of the Congress. He never gives press conferences but has a record of 15 bills passed into law such as the "Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006"and the "Magna Carta for Women" which he had co-authored. He was the first from his province to be awarded with the TOYM.
Bam Aquino was the former chairman of the National Youth Commission at the age of 25. He founded Microventures Inc. with his friend Mark Ruiz, which services micro-financing institutions. One such institution is Hapinoy which has assisted sari-sari store owners to earn more through a system that allows them to purchase the products that they sell directly from the supplier. The young entrepreneur is a cousin of President Noynoy Aquino.
Gang Badoy is the founder and executive director of Rock Ed Philippines which espouses alternative education. After the 2010 elections, she set up the Dear Noynoy website where net-savvy citizens can send their messages to the president. She is also the host of GMANews.TV's election web show, E-GIG.
Alan Peter Cayetano is the incumbent Senate minority leader and former Blue Ribbon committee chairman. He was an ally of Manny Villar of the Nacionalista Party, the latter being the rival of President Noynoy in the 2010 elections. He was cited for his outstanding debate and passionate defense of public interest during congressional investigations against graft and corruption.
Rachelle Gerodias is an award-winning soprano known locally and abroad. She is the first Filipina soprano to collaborate with Italian diva, Mirella Freni. Her recent role as "Susanna" in Singapore Lyric Opera's "The Marriage of Figaro" was highly applauded.
Harvey Keh is the founder of several organization that aim to promote education, such Pathways to Higher Education-Philippines, which helps academically-gifted but financially-challenged students to gain access to reputable higher education institutions. He also co-founded AHON Foundation which built public elementary school libraries that benefited 80,000 students. Keh also stands as the lead convener of Kaya Natin! Movement movement.
Efren Peñaflorida, Jr., or Kuya Ef as he was fondly called, was hailed in 2009 as CNN Hero of the Year. At age 16, he initiated the Dynamic Teen Company that brought education to poor, illiterate young people of Cavite through the Pushcart Revolution (a.k.a. 'Kariton Klasrum).
Bea Valdes is a celebrated and multi-awarded accessories designer who incorporates Pinoy craftsmanship in her creations. Her bags, jewelry, and other accessories have been showcased in international fashion magazines and broadcast media.
Jun Yupitun is the owner of Pilipinas Teleserv, Inc.. He created innovative call center solutions that were used here and abroad and harnessed information technology to make government transactions easier. Through Pilipinas Teleserv, Filipinos need not queue to get copies of their legal certificates and passports.
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