TOFARM Awards:2013 Outstanding Farmer Recognized

TOFARM Awards:2013 Outstanding Farmer Recognized

Thanks to the support of JCIP, UHI and LGUs, our local farmers are now being given awards and recognition they long deserve. As we all know food is becoming scarcer since
agricultural lands are being converted left and right into malls, subdivisions, condominiums, cemetery and what have you. It is a fact that unless we shift our priorities to supporting farmers and
glamorizing their role in nation-building, we are going to have a
problem in food supply in the very near future.
It is about time that Filipino people start planting vegetables and fruits in their
backyards or even in pots due to the food
crisis that we may face soon. 

TOFARM, a search and awards program launched last July by the Junior
Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and Universal Harvester Inc.
(UHI) aims to refocus attention on the importance and viability of
agriculture as an industry and vocation.

Twenty-seven notable representatives of the agricultural sector were
hailed Farmer of the Year by a board of judges composed of industry
leaders and recognized specialists in the agricultural sector.

The Tofarm awards night was held at the Raffles Hotel in Makati last Thursday,  Jan. 24,
2013 with guests of honor Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of
the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, Calamba Mayor Joaquin M.
Chipeco Jr. and international farming experts.

Search and Award of “The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines” is a
program of the Junior Chamber International Philippines (JCIP) and the
Universal Harvester, Incorporated. 
JCI Philippines is the organization
that brought “The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)” and “The Outstanding
Filipino (TOFIL)”.
This search and
award for farmers is an initiative since the early 70’s by JCIP
(formerly Jaycees) and Planters Product. An Awards Program in
recognition of the Resiliency, Ingenuity, and the Strength of our hard
working Filipino farmers. 
The program is anchored in promoting farming
in the youth sector of all classes. The search will be inclusive and
participative, expanding from public to private sector stakeholders in
agriculture, fisheries and livestock.
This project is open to all
Filipino farmers, fisherfolk, animal raisers, cooperatives, farm
communities, organizations, education/academe, agricultural scientist,
LGUs and public employees, and business entities in both rural and urban

We would like to congratulate Mamerto B. Rarangol of San Mateo, Isabela, a farmer who champions the
value of education and the use of the scientific method to maximize
farming yields and make every square foot of his land productive was
named Farmer of the Year at the TOFARM Awards Night that honors The
Outstanding Filipino Farmers of the Year.

Rarangol, who was also named winner in the farmer category, leads 33
other nominees in various award categories, namely: agriculture
cooperative, Local Government Unit, agri-entrepreneur, family farmer,
young farmer, farmer, fisher folks, livestock, agri-initiatives,
agri-innovator and urban/city farmer.

The other winners are: 

  • LABO Progressive Multi-Purpose Cooperative of
    Labo, Camarines Norte for Agriculture Cooperative
  • Provincial Government
    of Pangasinan for Local Government Unit
  • Mary Mediatrix V. Villanueva
    of Daraga, Albay for Agri-entrepreneur
  • Lilia B. Pelayo and a family of
    San Pedro, Laguna for family farmer
  • Remigio T. Villamayor Jr. of
    Calamba, Laguna for young farmer
  • Ferdinand B. Mari of Alicia, Isabela
    for fisherfolks
  • Don Bosco Agro-Mechanical Technology Center of Legaspi
    City for agri-initiative
  • Bienvenido R. Baligod of San Pedro, Laguna for
  • Rogelio N. Sulad of Mandaue City for urban/city
  • Felomina H. Javina of Narra, Palawan who introduced integrated
    farming and pest management using indigenous materials in her community
    won the People’s Choice Award. 
  • Narcisa Mikkelson, who together with her husband Keith promotes sustainable organic farming, received a special citation.

The TOFARM winners received plaques and cash incentives for their achievements.

JCIP president Ivan Ruste said JCIP undertook the TOFARM project to remind the youth about their role in active citizenship.

“Agriculture, the backbone industry of the Philippines, cannot be
sustained unless we involve our youth and refocus interest in this
sector. Through TOFARM, we want to show our youth that farming is a
noble profession that is also lucrative and worthwhile. At the same time
we want to recognize the role that generations of farmers have
contributed to Philippine society and our economy. We thank our
organizing partner, Universal Harvester Inc. for supporting this project
very generously and inspiring our farmers to reach new heights.”

Universal Harvester, Inc. represented by its executive vice president
Mrs. Milagros Ong-How, said UHI fully supports JCIP in paying tribute
to Filipino farmers.

“Through the search and awards, TOFARM hopes to make agriculture
attractive for the next generation and for the entire country as well.
TOFARM will be a continuing program that will help support and inspire
the agricultural sector,” Mrs. How added.

Rommel Cunanan, TOFARM project chairman, JCI Philippines, said that
besides recognizing the achievements and contributions made by farmers
to the Philippine society and the economy, the program also aims to
promote farming among younger generations.

The Junior Chamber International is a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs aged 18-40.

FAMAS: Best Actress Award Goes to Anne Curtis

Everybody’s favorite actress Anne Curtis won her first Filipino
Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Best Actress Award in
ceremonies held Tuesday night at Manila Hotel.
The Kapamilya star received her trophy for playing
one of the lead roles in the box-office hit “No Other Woman”. Anne bested the
likes of Angel Locsin, Kris Aquino, and Cristine Reyes for the best actress category. Bongga! Congrats Anne!
In one of her Instagram posts on Wednesday, Anne said, “Dreams do
come true. Thank you FAMAS for making that dream come true last night.
Best Actress for No Other Woman. Mama, this is for you @carmcurtissmith
YOU will forever be the BEST dramatic actress in the world for me. I
love you.”
She thanked also the board members and jurors for choosing her as the best
Plus she also thanked “No Other Woman” director Ruel Bayani for “guiding
me to be the best OTHER WOMAN I could be.”
“I’m so happy I was under your wing and guidance whilst portraying
the role as Kara Zalderiaga. There is No Other Director like YOU. Love
you. Thank you!” she added.
Anne spread the cheer to her over 3.4 million Twitter followers,
saying, “I tell you, dreams really do come true. Just have the patience,
push yourself a little extra in everything that you do and have HOPE.
It’s up to you to take that step closer to pursue your own dreams.”
Anne Curtis won her first Best Actress award at the 34th Metro Manila
Film Festival (MMFF) for the period drama “Baler.” She was also named
Best Supporting Actress at the 29th Luna Awards for “In Your Eyes.” Just
this year, she tied with Angel Locsin for Best Actress at the 14th
Gawad Pasado Awards.

FAMAS:Complete List of Winners

FAMAS:Complete List of Winners
FAMAS is one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the
country. The organization is comprised of notable writers and film
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Best Picture: “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”
Best Actor: Jeorge Estregan (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Actress: Anne Curtis (“No Other Woman”)
Best Supporting Actor: Baron Geisler (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Supporting Actress: Angelica Panganiban (“Segunda Mano”)
Best Child Actress: Xyriel Manabat (“A Mother’s Story”)
Best Child Actor: Buboy Villar (“Ang Panday 2″)
Best Director: Tikoy Aguiluz (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Story: Carlo Caparas and RJ Nuevas (“Panday 2″)
Best Screenplay: Roy Iglesias and Rey Ventura (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Theme Song: “Hari Ng Tondo” by Gloc 9 feat. Denise Barbacena (“Manila Kingpin”)
Best Editing: Jason Cahapay, Mirana Medina-Bhunjun, and Ryan Orduña “Manila Kingpin”)
Special Awards:
Hall of Fame: Carlo J. Caparas
German Moreno Youth Achievement Award: Daniel Padilla, Derrick
Monasterio, Edgar Allan Guzman, Enrique Gil, Jessy Mendiola, Julie Anne
San Jose and Kristoffer Martin
Outstanding Lady Movie Producers: Atty. Anette Gozon-Abrogar (GMA
Films), Donna Villa (Golden Lions Films), Lily Monteverde (Regal Films),
and Malou Santos (Star Cinema)
Public Service Award: Gov. ER Ejercito
Huwarang Artista sa Larangan ng Serbisyo Publiko: Quezon City Councilor Alfred Vargas
Exemplary Achievement in the Field of Justice: Public Attorney’s Office Chief Atty. Persida V. Rueda-Acosta
Antonio M. Padua Memorial Award: Ricky Lo
FAMAS Grand Award: Edmark International CEO Sam Low Ban Chai
Posthumous Award: Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo


In the tradition of being the thank you and pasalubong chocolate of overseas Filipinos, Toblerone has initiated a TOBLERONE GLOBAL PINOY AWARDS project in order to give back, and give each and every Global Pinoy what they truly deserve- yes! A sweet thank you!
The Commission of Filipinos Overseas, Duty Free Philippines, and Kraft Asia paid tribute to the Global Pinoys who showed excellence not only in their careers but also in the initiatives to help their fellowmen in the country through the Thank You Global Pinoy Awards
The Thank You Global Pinoy Awards awarded the Ten (10) most outstanding global Filipino workers who deserve not only the gratitude of their loved ones, but also of the nation as a whole. It was primarily led by the Commission of Filipinos Overseas, the government agency tasked to promote and uphold the interests of Filipino emigrants and permanent residents abroad.
The online nominations ran from October 2011 to February 2012, and (10) Ten Outstanding overseas Filipino workers had been chosen and  announced during the Awards Night last March 15, 2012 at 7th High in Bonifacio High Street.
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