MANILA - The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awards and Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) held Thursday a stakeholders meeting at the Marco Polo Ortigas in Pasig City.
Former TOYM awardees shared stories on how they got nominated and were eventually recognized.
Senior Insp. Ligaya Lomuntad Sim-Cabal recalled being relieved from her position before becoming a TOYM awardee in 1999.
"I was just thinking, maybe this is the time, maybe this is my destiny now. I'm out from from police operations and was reassigned to PNP Crime Lab," she said.
"Nakita ko yung kalunos-lunos na kalagayan ng PNP Crime Lab so marami pa kakong dapat gawin. Ako 'yung work force nun, so siniguro namin 'yung bawat probinsiya magkakaroon ng isang provincial crime laboratory."
Former TOYM awardees like film director Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Atty. Maria Anthonette C. Velasco-Allones, and Florencio Tam Mongoso, Jr. also shared their life stories.
Meanwhile, Atty. Paolo Carlo Lim, TOYM National Director for Media Relations, said they hope to inspire more individuals through TOYM Awards.
"What we are trying to do here is naghahanap kami ng different stories that would inspire normal individuals like us to be better, to contribute to the society, to the betterment of our nation," he said.
"The award is given to every Filipino between the ages of 18-40 years old. These young individuals are just normal individuals like us but has done something extraordinary in their lives towards nation-building, and those are the people we are looking for in TOYM."
Also part of the event was the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the JCI-Philippines, TOYM and their stakeholders.
Now on its 58th year, TOYM Awards has already recognized a total of 492 individuals.