Azkals’ Caligdong, lead 2012 TOYM awardees



PALACE GIG Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee Allan “” Lindo Pineda Jr. dances and sings the songs by the Black Eyed Peas. He is joined by fellow awardees Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad Jr. and one of his children, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay Yan (left), Ivan Henares, Abelardo Ilagan Jr., Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong and Waren Baticados (right) in Rizal Hall in Malacañang. Watching from the stage at the far end is President Aquino. LYN RILLON

Azkals vice captain Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong, GMA-7 reporter Jiggy Manicad Jr., international hip-hop star Allan “” Pineda and Diwa party-list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay on Wednesday led The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees for 2012 in ceremonies in Malacañang.

The otherwise formal awarding ceremony at the Rizal Hall briefly turned into a party when apl. de. ap performed “We can be anything,” “Bebot” and “Where is the love?” whooping it up with the other awardees in front of President Aquino and guests.

The other TOYM awardees were veterinary doctor Warren Baticados, occupational therapist Abelardo Apollo David, and heritage conservationist Ivan Anthony Henares.

In his speech, the President called the awardees symbols of world-class Filipinos, but said they have a huge work cut out for them.

Caligdong, in a citation read by Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Brion, chairman of the 2012 board of judges, was praised for capturing the public imagination in sports. At 5’5”, he “outruns and outwits even the tallest and brawniest defenders, and plays with a lot of heart and passion.”

Baticados, an associate professor of the University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine, was acknowledged for his pioneering work on animal diseases which has helped improve livestock production.

David, a member of the academe since 1998, was recognized for training thousands of advocates on good practices and protocols on the care of Filipinos with disabilities.

Henares was hailed for championing the cause of Philippine heritage by serving as one of its most visible voices, pushing for the enactment of national laws, educating Filipinos on heritage preservation, among others., a Filipino-American member of the famous United States-based band Black Eyed Peas was praised for staying close to his roots, even injecting Filipino culture into his songs. In 2010, he founded the foundation to “give back to communities and children.” President said succeeds “by reminding each of us to ‘practice what we preach.’”

Aglipay, was cited as a young legislator who successfully implemented livelihood programs for marginalized sectors. She “has been a staunch advocate and ally for a very significant piece of legislature we just passed,” Mr. Aquino said, drawing laughter as he referred to the controversial Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood Law of 2012.

Manicad, was recognized as a  journalist who has been “empowering communities” and helping needy individuals. He “bravely covers events that shape the landscape of our country,” noted the President.

Even so, Mr. Aquino reminded all of them that the best of their work was “still to come.”

“I am here today not merely to award you, but to personally challenge you to do more. What I have learned as President is that no single person, no single entity, or corporation, or government can manage the full-scale turnaround of this country solely on their own. We need each Filipino to do their part,” Mr. Aquino said.

He assured the awardees that he would “stay the course” with them.

“Together, let us start the New Year right…(and) show our countrymen and the world just how outstanding the Filipino is,” Mr. Aquino added.

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  • Rednaxela VD

    Apl de ap?  WTF?  Wala na bang ibang choice for TOYM?  I wont be surprised if the guy is a drug addict

    • juansanmateo

      and you are an idiot

    • sixtypercent

      and you are useless Red

    • Jerry

      why what do you know of the contribution of Apl?  You you red neck!!!

    • Billy Mosende

      if he is, would you help your kababayan, Apl de ap?  if he isn’t, make sure your jaw drops to the ground in surprise ….bwahahahaha!!!!!!  

    • WeAry_Bat

       apl is ok.  the awardees seem much better than say, awardees of a film festival.

    • kulittwit

       Stupid comment. Ano ba natulong mo sa bansa kumpara kay aple de ap? may mga charities sya at maraming projects, ikaw??????

      • noyab

        ha ha ha nagalit ang abnoy din….he he he

    • sondo1968

       tang-e- na !!

      buhay na naman itong si alexander !!

      halatang baliktad talaga utak mo…kasi ultimo pangalan mo binabaliktad mo

      tignan mo din sarili mo sa salamin…maaring di ka positive for drugs…pero pagmumukha mo mukha kang addict

  • Noel

    Okay lang si Apl de Ap.  Buti nga hindi si Charice na ibig ibandera ang Pilipinas gustong maging Kana.

  • CmdrAdobo

    If merong pambansang filipino na titulo, ill vote for APL. He’s very proud on where  did he come from. He always write songs about philippines.

    Mabuhay ka APL.

  • JMarcs

    Jiggy Manicad?!? Hmmmm I’m not so fond of “scene of the crime” news reading. Nothing outstanding about it. Low if not no value added. Mas ok pa siguro kung research or investigative journalism.

    • noyab

      ang sama na dating ng Jiggy na ito…ang sama ng voice niya sa tv boses kiki

      • sondo1968

         ano ba type mong boses, boses titi ?

  • Bonggebongge is ok to be toym awardee…FYI…may Foundation sya Philippine base, nagpapayato ng mga skwelahan sa mprobinsya na dapat g9byerno ang gumagawa,nag bibigay ng mga PComputers sa schools para sa upgrade etc….

  • ilyang

    Hats off to Proud to be Pinoy unlike any other. More Power. God bless. 

  • Jovy

    APL !!! proud to be Pinoy!!!Jiggy Manicad???bakit nasama??

  • Jovy

    APL lang karapatdapat…

  • Your_King

    Aquino has turned the Palace and the Presidency into a joke time. While all the problems happen all around it’s like a party inside Malacanang.

    • sondo1968

      KJ mo !

      ganyan ba talaga kayong mga introvert…mas gusto nagmumukmok sa sulok.

      sinaksak ka na sa loob ng bahay mo di ka pa tatawag ng tulong sa mga kapitbahay..

      • Your_King

        The truth hurts. It’s not KJ…it’s honesty. Parties are fun when after celebrating major accomplishments and milestones not when the Philippine improvement is slow and falling short of what it can be.

      • sondo1968

         Well It doesn’t hurt for me…I have a daily job and I work hard and just focus on it.

        It’s time to have a regular job man !!!

        you are no different from guys who frequent the roads to join strikes !

        all whining but no action.

        Learn how to be happy with what you have right now, instead of dreaming to be rich !

      • Your_King

        As a concerned citizen, it is within my right to voice my concerns regarding the lack of productivity from Aquino and his Admin. At least i am doing something noteworthy by trying to do my little act for the Philippines. What about you? All you are doing is complaining about me and my post which is notworthy.

      • rouelcalzita

        What’s your terminal figure as you are claiming that you have doing something little act for the Philippines?
        With no regrets, I’m just only asking.

      • sondo1968

         Tell me What do you do for a living?

        being a critic with no action, is synonymous to a HYPOCRITE !

        now I ask you again what do you do for a living ?

      • Your_King

        Critiquing is a form of action. If i lay idly by then that would be inaction. So your hypocrisy is redundant! And your redundancy deserves no answer.

      • sondo1968

         well. you never answered my question?


        only then we would know if you are an asset of this country.

        bigat ng english mo ah !

        mukhang edukadong edukado

  • noyab

    bakit di kasama si Josh para kumpleto recado….

  • Peregrine

    Seems like baticados is the only innovator here…where are the inventors, the movers and shakers who are our future? manicad just reports and comments on the news, a second-hander. i get the focus on helping the marginalized (as aglipay and david seem to be doing) and picking the underdogs (like the diminutive calindog), but where are the real heroes who the youth can really respect, look up to and emulate? yun bang brilliant intellectually, physically and character-wise and with concrete accomplishments or ambitious vision? is okay because he’s world class, but there should be others out there who can change the shape of the future, not just those who preserve the past (like henares). where are the future captains of industry? wala ba tayong brilliant engineers, IT experts, architects, productive creators, forward-looking educators, transformative leaders like lee kuan yew? those chosen ain’t steve jobs or dado banatao. they won’t bring jobs, won’t bring us out of poverty, won’t bring the major reforms needed

  • Peregrine

    in short, and concept natin ng outstanding young men, “cute” lang, people to trying to reach down and to the past, hindi awe-inspiring and inspirational movers that aim high and look to the future

  • Yobhtron

    Congratulations to all TOYM recipients.

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