TWO Filipinos - Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvana and Paolo Benigno "Bam" A. Aquino IV - have made it to the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) of the World. Dr. Salvana was cited for his contributions in the field of Humanitarian and Voluntary Leadership, and Bam Aquino for Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment.
Dr. Salvana studied at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He took up his residency and specialized studies in infectious and tropical diseases in the United States of America. He studied the Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acute Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases in the 1980s. He started an awareness and research campaign on HIV/AIDS in the Philippines. He delivered educational speeches about the illness to the United Nations and the United States Peace Corps. He established the first Philippine HIV/AIDS fellowship program. He treats HIV/AIDS patients at the Philippine General Hospital.
Bam Aquino is a former Chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC). His first publication, Young Southeast Asia, was Association of Southeast Asian Nation's 40th Anniversary Book. He is President of MicroVentures, which runs the multi-awarded social enterprise Hapinoy Program, which helps small stores in the countryside to develop into sustainable businesses. The program won the United Nations' Project Inspire Award, while he was recognized as Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006. In 2007, he joined Rags2Riches, Inc., another social enterprise that assists marginalized women. In 2010, he was one of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year and Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Republic of the Philippines for Social Enterprise and Community Development. He is the son of Paul S. Aquino, the youngest brother of the martyred Senator Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. and Melanie A. Aquino, and a first cousin of President Benigno S. Aquino III. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University, graduating valedictorian and summa cum laude in 1999.
The TOYP program recognizes young people who exemplify the best attributes of the world's young people. It is sponsored by Junior Chamber International (JCI), one of the world's biggest nonpolitical and nonsectarian youth service organizations. Every year, JCI selects 10 outstanding young people under 40 who live the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways. This year's 10 winners will be honored at the 67th JCI World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, on November 20-24, 2012.
We greet Dr. Edsel Maurice T. Salvana and Paolo Benigno "Bam" A. Aquino IV, for making it to the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. We wish them the best and success in all endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!