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Andrea Ofilada-Veneracion, 84

Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, National Artist for Music, passed away on July 9, just a few days before what would have been her 85th birthday on July 11.

Veneracion founded the UP Madrigal Singers in 1963. The “Madz”, as the group came to be known later, is made up of students, faculty, and alumni of the University of the Philippines. It is the most awarded choir in Asia, having consistently won the top prizes in the world’s chorale competitions. The group changed its name to the Philippine...

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JCI Senate Philippines and Insular Life launch the Search for The Outstanding Filipino of 2013

Building a legacy is similar to planting a tree: it takes years before it becomes strong enough to bear fruits.

Thus, for the last 25 years, the JCI Senate Philippines and Insular Life have honored the best exemplars of Filipino excellence and social commitment through the annual search for The Outstanding Filipino, or the TOFIL awards, as their legacy to the country’s youth.

On March 22, the two organizations formally opened the search for TOFIL awardees for 2013. JCI Senate National Pre...

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2013 TOFIL Committee Courtesy Call

After a very successful search for The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award in 2012, the JCI Senate and the Insular Life organized the new set of officers to begin the search for the 2013 TOFIL Awardees. The 2013 Search will be officially launched on March 22, 2013 at the Insular Life Building in Makati. ...

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TOFIL Celebrates its 25th Year

TOFIL awardees past and present gathered during the awarding ceremonies of the 2012 outstanding Filipinos, during which the 25th anniversary of the awards program was also celebrated....

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Dare to be excellent: 25-year The Outstanding Filipino awards poses challenge to youth

It was a night that honored excellence as “a rare brand of courage.”

“In this age of so many gray areas, when everything it seems – even morality – is relative, it is indeed rare to find individuals who stand resolute to do their best; to be a force for good for their community; and who, in their quiet ways, and in their everyday life show us that there is still value in hard work and persistence,” Insular Life Chairman Vicente R. Ayllon said during the 2012 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) ...

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The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd. is the first and largest Filipino life insurance company... Read more »



The JCI Senate Philippines is an organization of Jaycee International (JCI) members who... Read more »


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