The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award was conceived by the JCI Senate Philippines in 1988, to institutionalize public recognition of men and women, 41 years age and over, whose exemplary achievements are worthy of emulation.
The JCI Senate Philippines believes that there are many men and women aged 41 and over who deserve recognition for their contributions to society, and who should have qualified to the TOYM except that they are beyond the age limit rule governing the TOYM award. It enlisted the support of Insular Life in an endeavor that would give due recognition to these people. Thus, the TOFIL Awards was born in 1988. The partnership between JCI Senate Philippines and Insular Life ended in 2014 with ANSA Foundation, Inc. coming in as a new institutional partner in 2016.
The JCI Senate Philippines is an organization of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) members who, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contribution to the JCI movement, have awarded lifetime membership as JCI Senators.
Organized in 2002 in cooperation with national scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to promote the development of the Philippine livestock industry through modern and scientific techniques of breeding, the ANSA Foundation, Inc. (AFI) headed by President Anthony Philip Nocom and founded by his parents Anthony Nocom, who was the Federation of Cattle Raisers of the Philippines Founding Director and a pioneer cattle farmer, and Susana Ang, is focused on research and development, training and advancement of stakeholders in the domestic cattle industry.
Since the 1970s, ANSA has operated a modern 4,000-head cattle ranch in South Cotabato. With the need to recognize an outstanding breed of cattle adapting to humid tropics and with resistance to tick parasites and other tropical livestock pests and diseases, the elder Anthony imported the best breeding lines of the American Brahman breed of cattle from Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, United States. These created the basis of the Asian-acclimatized ANSA breeding line of American Brahmans – which to date is the country’s only cause of registered animals for local cattle upgrading and for exports.
Soon, the elder Anthony welcomed scientists from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to his cattle ranch in South Cotabato to conduct pioneering research in artificial insemination and in vitro reproduction, cattle genetics, tropical pastures and veterinary science. These studies were conducted at private expense with hardly any government support.
For two decades (1970-1990) ANSA Farm became virtually a University of the Philippines experiment station and in 2016, ANSA Foundation has since become the corporate partner of JCI Philippines for the TOFIL Awards.
Because of his dedication to his craft and his support for the modernization of Philippine agriculture, the elder Anthony was accorded the rare honors of being an Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Society of Animal Science and of the Crop Science Society of the Philippines. Later he was also inducted into the UP Los Baños Alumni Association as its first honorary member.