A maritime stakeholder captained the rich catch of the 2018 The Outstanding Young Men  (TOYM), further securing the prestige and import of this annual, national search for youth “whose dedication has significantly contributed to the welfare of country and people, the advancement of their field.”

This year’s Nominees are 122 compared to only 77 last year.

Awardees now total 518, considered “light of the nation” and the Philippine Who’s Who in community service, the arts, literature, journalism, education law, politics, agriculture, science and technology, economics, banking, business, sports, government service.


TOYM Chair Mark Joseph Nillos David organized an executive committee of JCI Directors with four Area Chairs.

Program promotion started in June, first stop at Puerto Princesa, then to Iloilo, Cebu, Legaspi and Naga winding with formal agreements signed during a special program in Manila.

The National Launch was in Bulacan, simultaneous with Area 2 Summer Convention within the celebrations JCI Week.

Old reliables.

Behind are civic heavyweights Manuel V. Pangilinan (Chairman), Lorenzo Tan (Vice Chair), Bienvenido Tantoco III (President), with Chairlady Judy Roxas, (Gerry Roxas Foundation) and President Rey Felix Rafols, (JCI-Phil).

David, still a bachelor at 34, is himself a fine specimen of youth. He was president of Rotary Club of Makati-Buendia (2013), Marino World “Most Promising Maritime Leader” (2010, given every five years only).

As a Jaycee-Paranaque Pambato Chapter, he was Outstanding New Member (2006), Outstanding Director (2008) and Outstanding Regional VP-Metro South (2013).

Renaissance man.

He is adept in business multi-tasking: Director and EVP, Pal Maritime; owns and CEO of Marked Productions; a New York Life financial adviser on insurance and investments.

Mark holds a BS-Political Science from De La Salle-Dasmarinas, studies in Info Technology at the Asia Pacific College, sharpens with short courses like Chartered Business Administration, External Auditor(Bureau Veritas), Basic Safety Training (Far East Maritime Foundation), Accounting for Non-Accountants and Vanguard Leadership Training-JCI.

As early as 2003, he was already elected at-large to the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) of Barangay Manuyo Dos in Las Pinas, his home city.


The Senate adopted Resolution 677 lauding the eight Outstanding Young Men for 2017, over a third of the members of the Upper Chamber similarly awarded in their youth: Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Bam Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Loren Legarda, Risa Hontiveros, Dick Gordon, Gringo Honasan and Manny Pacquiao.

Sponsor Angara wrote, “our hope that, by recognizing these men and women, we would be able to empower other Filipinos to do their part – in whatever field it may be – to make our country better.”


  1. Recognize the outstanding achievement of young, active citizens which have resulted to positive changes in the nation;
  2. Focus public attention and national recognition to these contributions;
  3. Inspire others, especially the young, with their vigor and enterprise in tackling social problems and their solutions.
  4. Live the JCI values, a good measure of the performance of the awardees.

The JCI values:

  • Provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive changes rooted on JCI Values which believes;
  • Faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
  • The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; government should be of laws rather of men;
  • Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality; and
  • Service to humanity is the best work of life.

They are universal in perception and exhortation, sees man not only in what he is but what he can be. The TOYM Award is in this context —idealistic, to shape a better self, a better future, a better world and on the 2018 theme, Inspiring Lives Towards Nation Building, essentially linked with that of JCI, Aspire to Inspire.

Stakeholders night.

TOYM formalities were held July 12th at Marco Polo- Ortigas, Makati City.

A feature was  the signing of organizations which joined, the first batch consisting of:

  • Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas
  • Phil Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Cooperative Insurance System of the Phil
  • Phil Junior Jaycees
  • Rotary Clubs of Makati Buendia & Metro Legazpi
  • Zonta Club of Fort Bonifacio
  • United Architects of the Philippines – Legazpi
  • PCCI – Valenzuela City and Legazpi City
  • ASEAN Youth Engagement Summit | Rotaractors Group


Mark’s message reflected his will: “Tonight marks something new to TOYM. Since June this year we have travelled to Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Legazpi. Tomorrow we’ll be in Naga — to take that extra step” towards meaningful changes.

He appealed to create “… a society that does not demoralize, demarginalize nor disenfranchise. Rather, each and every one of us must pick up our own travel and work to build a better society, a society that inspires, a society that improves, a society that works for equitable sharing of resources and equitable opportunities for everyone.”

And to summarize the pivotal role, “… let this be our legacy.”