Building The Nation, One RVR Award at A Time


It’s safe to say that it was a night of suits and I couldn’t help but pull out every Barney Stinson quote imaginable while being in the same room with the sharpest business minds in the country during the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila’s launch of the Ramon V. Del Rosario (RVR) Awards for National Building. Awards such as this one always excite me simply because it’s always inspiring to see a group of young people so vibrant about national building and actually making steps towards it. Launched in 2009, the RVR awards was inspired by the late Mr. Ramon V. Del Rosario, who was the first ever national president of JCI- Manila and the first Asian world president of JCI. He largely impacted nation building and empowered Filipinos through his numerous entrepreneurial efforts including the founding of FilOil, the first ever Filipino-owned oil company, Philippine Investment and Management Consultants (PHINMA), and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). His efforts are meant to inspire both men and women to follow his footsteps and build a better future for Filipinos everywhere.Previous recipients of the RVR Awards are Ambassador Jesus Tambunting and Senen Bacani, Oscal Lopez, Washington Sycip, Vicente Paterno, and last year’s awardee, Jaime Zobel de Ayala. The night, though different from the others I have previously been to reminded me that young people, just like the ones involved in this year’s award giving body are still concerned in creating a brighter future. And it’s true that the only the young ones can think of a brighter future is by following the steps of those who have gone before them in creating such endeavor. This for me is truly the essence of this award and this is why it’s important.  We must never stop hoping that good can be done and we must exhaust all options to get there. That’s the only way change occurs. **For more information, you may visit