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Hidilyn Diaz received “The Outstanding Young Men” award

The Senate of the Philippines on Wednesday adopted a resolution lauding eight recipients of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award for 2017 for their invaluable contribution and excellence in diverse fields here and abroad.

Senator Sonny Angara, a Philippine Jaycees member and former recipient of the prestigious TOYM award, sponsored during the plenary session Senate Resolution No. 677 to commend the men and women recipients of the annual award.

“This year’s TOYM calls for ‘unity towards nation building’ – and the men and women that we recognize today proves that there is no single process or method to build a nation. It is done through collective contributions from people with different backgrounds, faiths and advocacies,” Angara.

“It is 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. This has always been the goal of the TOYM since its inception in the late 50s,” he added.

The TOYM 2017 features a diverse set of honorees from around the country who have excelled in the fields of law enforcement, education, public service, sports, arts, community service, medicine, and journalism. Over the years, it has been a tradition for the Senate to be another venue to give the honorees the recognition that they deserve, not only for their personal achievements, but mostly because their talents have brought service to others.

Hidilyn F. Diaz, the 2016 Summer Olympic weightlifting medalist, built a weightlifting training facility in her hometown in Zamboanga City where aspiring athletes can harness their skills.