UPLB has once again affirmed the exceptional quality of its graduates. Dr. Waren N. Baticados (DVM 1996), CVM associate professor and Rodrigo “Jiggy” D. Manicad, Jr. (ABCA 1994), GMA 7 broadcast journalist, are among this year’s Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees.This was announced by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines, together with TOYM Foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation in a press conference held on Dec.12 at L’Opera Ristorante, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, concluding the search for the 2012 Outstanding Young Men.
Dr. Baticados has published 20 papers on veterinary parasitology, microbiology, and pathology in international scientific journals, and has written ten more. He has also done pioneering work on the molecular detection of organisms causing animal diseases.
Moreover, he was conferred the title UP Scientist I by the University of the Philippines System in 2011 and in the same year was recognized as an Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) of the Philippines by the National Academy of Science and Technology.
Manicad, on the other hand, has covered the military’s inability to evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield, the overseas Filipino workers doubling as drug mules, and the dire situation of the people in Fuga Island, Cagayan, among others.
His documentary on Fuga Island brought to the public’s attention the dire situation of the Fuga People, as he united civic groups for a relief operation on the island. Another career marker involved two controversial figures wanted by the law - Lintang Bedol and Buhardi Jamiri - who chose to surrender to the government sometime in 2008 through Jiggy’s intervention. That same year, he documented the military’s incapacity to evacuate wounded soldiers from the battlefield. He was also the first in exposing the plight of overseas Filipino workers doubling as drug couriers. Another first was as the first Filipino journalist to report “live” from a base camp at Mount Everest.
The two UPLB alumni join other 2012 TOYM awardees which include Emmeline Aglipay for public service; Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong of the Philippine Azkals for sports; Abelardo Apollo David for community occupational rehabilitation; Ivan Anthony Henares for heritage conservation; and Allan “apl.d.ap” Pineda of the famous group Black-eyed peas for contemporary music.
According to Larry Cruz, TOYM executive director, only seven people were given the TOYM award this year due to the tight criteria set by the judges.
The awardees were selected from 70 based on the following criteria: service to the community or nation, professional excellence and integrity in their field, and leadership, including morality, innovativeness, and pioneering spirit.
The 2012 TOYM Awards, guided by this year’s theme of “Inspiring Excellence,” recognized the seven outstanding individuals for rendering service to others, exuding excellence, demonstrating leadership and showing greatness in their fields of endeavor.
A panel composed of past TOYM honorees chaired by ABS-CBN’s Karen Davila, 2008 awardee for broadcast journalism, screened nominations for this year’s search that came from all over the country. From the screened nominations, the winners were selected by a distinguished board of judges presided by Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion. Also comprising the panel were Dr. Agnes D. Mejia, Miguel Belmonte, Aurelio Montinola III, Bro. Ricardo Laguda, Angelico Salud and Dr. Raul Sunico.
The seven awardees will be presented with their awards at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang tentatively before the year ends.
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