“The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)” award, formerly known as the “The Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF)” from 1996 to 1999, is an annual national recognition awarded to Filipinos between 18 and 40 years of age who have made significant contributions to their field or community.The award is organized yearly by JCI Philippines with the support of the TOYM Foundation, as well asother partners and stakeholders.

The TOYM was established on October 15, 1959, during the 11th JCI Philippines National Convention held in Baguio City, adopting the award instituted months earlier by JCI Manila. This recognition program however traces its origins to the Ten Outstanding Young Persons program developed by JCI USA in 1930. In 1984, JCI Philippines started giving women the recognition. From 1996 to 1999, the recognition was known as “The Outstanding Young Filipinos” (TOYF) award. The name was reverted to “The Outstanding Young Men” but women remained eligible for the award with the JCI contending that the word “men” does not “distinguish the difference in gender”.

Over the years, the TOYM has become an institution, having developed a reputation for its selectiveness of outstanding young men and women, whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in significant contributions to the welfare of their countrymen, as well as to the advancement of their fields of endeavor.

By recognizing outstanding young Filipinos, the TOYM hopes to highlight inspiring examples that will motivate the younger generations to attain greater heights of personal achievement and professional accomplishment, in the spirit of selfless service to humanity.


About the Stakeholders

The award is organized yearly by the JCI Philippines with the support of the TOYM Foundation, as well as other partners and stakeholders.

JCI Philippines founded in 1947, is a national affiliate of Junior Chamber International, a global leadership organization of active citizens.  Its mission is to create development opportunities in four areas: individual growth, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation – to empower young people to create positive change.

The TOYM Foundation was organized on October 22, 1990, by past TOYM honorees and JCI National Officers, with the objective of providing support and ensuring the continuity and integrity of the awards program


About the TOYM Search

This year theme is “Everyday Leaders Enabling Extraordinary Impact”. As we celebrates today’s outstanding everyday leaders whose selfless dedication to their everyday professions and fields of endeavor have contributed significantly to the growth and betterment of their local community and of Filipino society, as a whole and for inspiring others to work beyond the call of duty, and for willingly taking the extra mile of selfless service to others.  For further details on the nomination process you can contact any JCI chapter in your locality or thru email at 2021toym@gmail.com



JCI Philippines x StartUp Village MoA signing and Forty Under 40: Startup Academy program launch

JCI (Junior Chamber International) Philippines, headed by its 2021 National President Jude Avorque Acidre, and StartUp Village (SUV), headed by its Founder/Chairman, Jay Bernardo, and Founder/President, Carlo Calimon, enter into a partnership by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to help enable entrepreneurs and startups, particularly those who are part of the JCI network through the Startup Academy. This program is just one of the many programs planned by JCI under its newest national program, Forty Under 40 — a series of master classes on different disciplines to be offered to JCI members.

JCI Philippines, formerly Philippine Jaycees, Inc., is a nonprofit organization with local chapters all over the country composed of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 years old who take the initiative to solve local challenges focused on sustainable impact locally and globally. On the other hand, SUV is a one-stop startup enabler that focuses on bringing entrepreneurial ventures into the mainstream for incubation and acceleration.

Through this partnership, Forty Under 40’s Startup Academy will be the first among JCI’s entrepreneurial skills development initiatives open to all JCI members. This is an entrepreneurship development program of JCI Philippines that trains and helps young JCI member-entrepreneurs to become full-fledged and socially responsible entrepreneurs. “Following the thrust of JCI globally, we hope to provide engaging opportunities for young, business-minded JCI leaders for a changing world,” according to Tertiana Alexie Tupas, an Asian Institute of Management alumna and JCI Philippines’ 2021 national program director for Forty under 40.

The program will adopt SUV’s existing incubation program, further customized to address the emerging needs of entrepreneurs while still following its core framework that follows the three masteries: Mastery of the Self, Mastery of the Environment, and Mastery of the Enterprise. The program will be delivered through a combination of virtual classes and group/individual mentoring by industry experts and resource persons from the academe. As a culminating activity, the participants are expected to do a pitch before a group of potential funders and angel investors during the Philippine Startup Week in November for a chance to turn their dream startup into a reality.

“The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has become a providential period of catharsis, of transformation, as we prepare ourselves for the greater challenges ahead. Now more than ever, young leaders need to better ourselves and improve our capacity to create and sustain innovative solutions to everyday community problems,” said JCI Philippines 2021 National President Jude Avorque Acidre.

This 40-online session program will begin on April 10, 2021 following the MoA signing scheduled on March 10, 2021.

Link: https://40under40.jciphilippines.com/courses/


On 16 June 2021, key figures from the business and media sectors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Anti-Red Tape Authority as its new ARTA champions on Wednesday.

The Confederation of Filipino Workers, Junior Chamber International Philippines, and Out-of-Home Advertising Association of the Philippines joined two esteemed business organizations in serving as ARTA Champions in the business sector.

Meanwhile, The Manila Times and Flash Media also signified their commitment to serving as the agency's Champions in the media sector.

Under the MOU, ARTA Champions will be authorized to receive complaints from the private sector for violations of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

Select personnel of the said companies will be designated to process complaints. The move is seen to bolster the fight against red tape in the private sector.


AmbagKo. Rehistro. Boto - virtual press launch


The #AmbagKo. Rehistro. Boto. campaign underscores the power and key role every Filipino youth plays in bringing about change to the country. With the upcoming 2022 national elections, the Philippines is at a crossroads and the power to effect positive change in hands of Filipino voters.

The campaign officially launched last June 11, 2021. It aims to educate and empower eligible voters with the knowledge that voting is a valuable ambag or contribution to nation-building and  securing a better future for the Philippines.


The campaign will run in two (2) phases:

  1. Rehistro, from June 2021 to October 2021
  2. Boto, from November 2021 to April 2022

It will combine influencer engagement and digital and social media to reach more Filipinos. Munimuni, a local indie band known for their makata pop, is our partner in writing and performing the campaign’s theme song Ambag Ko. The song communicates the campaign’s key objective of encouraging everyone to vote for change.


Get Involved!

Be part of the conversation by following and interacting with the official page and social media accounts below:

Junior Chamber International Philippines Inc.
No. 14 Don Alejandro Roces Avenue,

Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City,

National Capital Region, Philippines 1103

(02) 8 638 8819

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