Twelve Filipinos reaped the harvest of their hard work and exemplary contributions to the Filipino-American community at the 2nd The Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) in New York Awards held last October 27 at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall New York.
The awardees are Eduardo Sicangco (Arts & Culture); Edwin Josue (Business & Entrepreneurship); Yves Nibungco (Community Service & Advocacy); Agnes ‘Bing’ Magtoto (Education & Research); Kirby Asunto (Entertainment); Danelle Izza Dungca (Fashion & Style); Anthony and Lisa Siopongco (Food & Restaurants); Jona Jane Tajonera (Health Care); Cecilio Asuncion (LGBT Advocacy); Ryan Songalia (Media & Publishing) ; Mayor Guillermo Udarbe (Public Service & Politics); Advancement for Rural Kids, Inc. (Youth & Sports). The winners were chosen based on the number of votes they garnered on Facebook.
Five community organizations were also given the Heritage Awards in recognition of their dedication and service to the community. They are the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America NY-NJ; Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Philippine American Chamber of Commerce; the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York and the Philippine Nurses Association.
GMA International, which manages the distribution of GMA Network’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, participated as a major sponsor in this event which recognizes exemplary Filipino Americans in the New York Tri-State. GMA’s participation at the TOFA Awards earned a Third Place Diversity Awareness Award from the EMMAs (Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards) at the 26th National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) last September.