AND THIS YEAR’S TOFA-NY NOMINEES ARE…

It was an exhilarating — and exhausting — week. The Tofa board pored over hundreds of names submitted to this year’s The Outstanding Filipino Americans. Then we realized there’s just so many Filipinos doing unbelievably outstanding work in their trade and professions.

We are thrilled and deeply honored to present the nominees to the 2012 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York. We thank the legions of friends and families who believed in them and sent us their bios. The final vote is up to you, the Filipino global community. The final date for voting is Friday, October 5. On October 27, we will all gather at Carnegie Hall to honor this year’s 2012 Tofa-NY awardees.

Here’s how to vote: 

Just click LIKE under a nominee’s name, and you’re done. You may click as many nominees, but YOU CANNOT LIKE A NOMINEE MORE THAN ONCE.

The Heritage Awardees are already winners in their own right and are not part of the voting process. PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM ANYMORE but feel free to send your kudos and shout-outs. 

Good luck, everyone.

Tofa Board

Rolan and Myrna Gutierrez
Ronald and Grace Labaguis
Elton Lugay
Marisse Panlilio
Cristina DC Pastor

 

NOMINEES FOR LGBT ADVOCACY

Cecilio Asuncion: Filmmaker behind the documentary “What’s the T” about the lives of five transgender women.
https://www.facebook.com/cecilio.asuncion
https://www.facebook.com/whatsthetfilm

Boots Babushka: Makeup artist.
https://www.facebook.com/boots.babushka

Dia Dipasupil: Photojournalist who created the social media site TransNewsDaily for transgender awareness.
http://thefilam.net/archives/7342

https://www.facebook.com/TransNewsDaily


Rich Kiamco: Comedian at Pacific Punchlines Comedy Tour.
http://thefilam.net/archives/2953
https://www.facebook.com/rich.kiamco

Manila Luzon: Drag queen and runner-up in Ru Paul Drag Race 
http://www.manilaluzon.com/home.html
http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/09/what_happens_when_drag_queens.html

Felix Manuel: Nurse and chronicler of beauty pageants.
https://www.facebook.com/flxmanuel
http://thefilam.net/archives/703

http://felixmanuel.opmbworldwide.com/

http://flxmanuel.tumblr.com/



 

NOMINEES FOR HEALTH CARE

Dr. Alice Almendral: Cosmetic doctor.
http://thefilam.net/archives/4755
https://www.facebook.com/Dr.Alicia.Almendral

Drs. Rod and Elma Castillo: Pediatrician couple from New Jersey, supporters of Santacruzan religious tradition.
http://www.newyorkbetasigma.org/2011/08/outstanding-parents-brod-rod-sis-elma.html

Dr. Prospero Lim: Psychiatrist, he set up the psychiatric unit of Bailey Seton Hospital in Staten Island.
http://thefilam.net/archives/6356

http://www.philippinedailymirror.com/index.php/north-america/dr-prospero-lim-is-parades-grand-marshal.html


Dr. Gracelyn Santos-Mroczek: Dentist from Staten Island.
http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2011/05/gracelyn_santos_and_michael_mr.html


Marcelina Pena: Vice president of Eihab Human Services, a nonprofit that provides services for people with developmental and behavioral disabilities.
http://www.eihab.org/

Jona Jane Tajonera: Health care consultant.
https://www.facebook.com/healthcareguru

 

NOMINEES FOR FASHION & STYLE

Danelle Izza Dungca: Fashion designer and creative director of ONE 10 Collection.
http://one10collection.com/danelle.html
http://thefilam.net/archives/5543

Erno Hormillosa: Beauty pageant director and choreographer.
http://www.pafcom.org/members/officers/ErnoHormillosa.php

Mary and Michelle Mangiliman of Dalaga NYC: Boutique owners with two shops in New York.
http://thefilam.net/archives/2848

http://www.dalaganyc.com/Hello.html


Victor Palmos: Makeup artist and fashion stylist. http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/makeup-by-victor-palmos-woodside/aec4ff8b4fc48d22.html
https://www.facebook.com/victor.palmos

Bobby Yalong: Filipiniana and couture designer.
http://www.mb.com.ph/node/78172
https://www.facebook.com/bobby.yalong

 

TOFA: THE OUTSTANDING FILIPINO AMERICANS 2012

NOMINEES FOR ARTS & CULTURE

Kilusan Bautista: Artist and activist known for his spoken word performance. 
http://kilusan1898.blogspot.com/2010/08/biography-kilusan-bautista.html
http://thefilam.net/archives/3650

Miguel Braganza: Dancer and artistic director.
https://www.facebook.com/miguel.braganza

Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi: Co-founders of Kundiman, which promotes poetry by Asian American writers.
http://www.kundiman.org/staff/single-gallery/3938591

http://www.kundiman.org/staff/single-gallery/4640145


Cynthia Guerrero de Leon: Pianist and piano teacher at the not-for-profit Children’s Orchestra Society.
http://www.childrensorch.org/index.php?pID=70

Ernie Pena: Lifestyle and documentary photographer.
http://www.hotlikewasabe.com/
https://www.facebook.com/erniepena

Lolita Valderrama Savage: Artist who has done solo shows internationally. 
http://savage-art.tumblr.com/
http://philippineartlover.blogspot.com/

Eduardo Sicangco: Stage and costume designer for Broadway and Hollywood.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduardo_Sicangco
http://broadwayworld.com/people/Eduardo-Sicangco/#

Roberto Villanueva: Classical arts dancer and founder of BalaSole Dance Company.
http://www.balasoledance.org/
http://thefilam.net/archives/6027

 

NOMINEES FOR BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Gerry Austria of American Pinoy Food Mart. Founder and proprietor of Asian grocery stores in New Jersey.
http://www.filamimage.com/2007_TOFA/2007_TOFA_Photos.html

Gloria Cabrera of Gloria Cabrera Salon. Founder and owner of 30-year-old spa salon on Times Square, previously on Fifth Avenue. 
http://www.gloriacabrera.com/AboutUs.html
http://www.gcsalonandspa.com/

Lito Gajilan of RTA Travel. Community leader and president of family-owned travel agency in New Jersey.
http://rtatravelnj.com/

http://www.filipinoexpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47%3Afilipino-express-publisher-honored&catid=1%3Alatest-news&Itemid=2

Edwin Josue of Halstead Realty. Real estate broker.
http://thefilam.net/archives/7294
http://www.halstead.com/real-estate-agent/edwin-josue

Nicole Ponseca of Maharlika Filipino Moderno. First pop-up Filipino restaurant in New York, now with three locations.
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/03/meet-eat-nicole-ponseca-maharlika-filipino-popup.html
http://news.feetintwoworlds.org/2011/09/29/the-food-in-two-worlds-podcast-filipino-pop-up-restaurant-in-nyc-offers-menu-with-attitude/

Oscar Fernando of Oscar Printing. Founder and proprietor of long-time printing press serving Jersey City community.
http://www.manta.com/c/mm0z59d/oscar-printing-service

 

NOMINEES FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE & ADVOCACY

Marilyn Abalos: East Coast coordinator for Phildev’s Tri-State team.
http://www.phildev.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6153&news_iv_ctrl=-1
http://newyorkwomensagenda.org/node/44#abalos

Dr. Gino Ang: Connecticut anesthesiologist who conducts medical missions overseas.
http://www.milfordanesthesia.com/anesthesiologists/anesthesia_medical_missions.htm

Christina Baal: Social worker, immigration advocate and union organizer. 
https://www.facebook.com/christina.baal.9


Handang Tumulong Foundation: Nonprofit that organizes fundraisers for Philippine victims of typhoons and other natural disasters. 
http://www.handangtumulong.org/index.html


Yves Nibungco of Anakbayan NY/NJ: Chair of progressive group serving mostly new immigrant youths. 
http://thefilam.net/archives/4848
http://anakbayan-nynj.blogspot.com/

Steven Raga: Community organizer of multiple young professionals, student and youth organizations. 
http://stevenraga.wordpress.com/
http://thefilam.net/archives/7271

Atty. Jesus Martin Reyes: Immigration lawyer.
http://jmreyeslaw.com/

 

NOMINEES FOR EDUCATION, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

Ernabel Demillo: Head of the journalism minor at St. Peter’s College.
http://thefilam.net/archives/5166
https://www.facebook.com/ernabel

Agnes ‘Bing’ Magtoto: Adjunct Professor teaching Elementary Filipino I & II, a language and culture course at NYU.
http://apa.as.nyu.edu/object/apafac_magtoto.html
http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/2758/is-it-okay-to-lose-your-language-not-for-these-fil-ams

Joel Natividad: Software developer who won apps competition in New York for the application NYCFacets.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/258780/pinoyabroad/pinoyachievers/pinoy-software-developer-bags-top-spot-in-new-york-apps-contest

http://nycedc.tumblr.com/post/21324682195/last-night-mayor-bloomberg-announced-the-winners

Michael Purugganan: Plant biologist and dean for science at NYU.
http://biology.as.nyu.edu/object/MichaelPurugganan
http://thefilam.net/archives/6972

NOMINEES FOR ENTERTAINMENT

Kirby Asunto: Young singer, a protégé talent of Manny Pacquiao.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/247328605313210/

Gigi Dement, Stephen Dypiangco, Stephanie Walmsley: Filmmakers and producers of “God of Love” which won the Oscars for best live action short film in 2011.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_Love_%28film%29
http://stephendypiangco.com/2011/03/06/luke-mathenygod-of-love-wins-the-oscar/

Ali Ewoldt: Broadway actress who has performed in “Les Miserables” and “West Side Story.”
http://www.aliewoldt.com/resume.html


Victor Lirio: Actor, director and artistic director of the independent Diverse City Theatre. 
http://www.victorlirio.com/
http://www.diversecitytheater.org/

Nina Mojares: Young actress, singer and dancer.
http://www.apollotheater.org/meet-the-contestants/299-nina-mojares
http://www.ninasophia.com/

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle: Broadway star of “Godspell” and granddaughter of Sylvia La Torre, ‘Philippine’s Queen of Kundiman.’ 
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/stars/anna-maria-perez-de-tagle/profile/
www.annamariaperezdetagle.com

 

 

NOMINEES FOR FOOD & RESTAURANTS

Mario and Susan Albenio of Tito Rad’s, a restaurant in Queens.
http://www.titorads.com/
http://www.5min.com/Video/The-Cuisine-of-the-Filipino-American-Community-315105151

Elma Santander of Philippine Bread House, a bakery that has endured in Jersey City for more than three decades.
http://philippinebreadhouse.com/
http://awib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=790&nodeID=1

Margarette Villanueva. Caterer and restaurant owner.
https://www.facebook.com/margarette.villanueva.7

http://thefilam.net/archives/6038

Anthony and Lisa of Casa Manila 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/casa-manila-jersey-city

 

NOMINEES FOR MEDIA & PUBLISHING

Darren Demeterio: Talent producer for ESPN Sports, previously for David Letterman Show.
https://www.facebook.com/darren.demeterio
http://thefilam.net/archives/4137

Randy Gener: George Jean Nathan Award-winning editor of the American Theatre magazine, artist and critic.
http://randygenerlive.blogspot.com/
http://thefilam.net/archives/1754

Nina Pineda: WABC-TV reporter and consumer correspondent.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sectionfront/life/lets-learn-from-the-past-nina-pineda-314692/

http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-01-22/entertainment/17945599_1_stories-bigger-picture-working

Ryan Songalia: Boxing reporter for RingTV.
https://www.facebook.com/ryan.songalia

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/tags/ryan-songalia

 

NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE & POLITICS

Mayor Guillermo Udarbe: Doctor and Mayor of Ridgway, PA. 
http://thefilam.net/archives/6732
http://www.ridgwayrecord.com/content/ridgway-borough-getting-position-apply-impact-fee-grants

Atty. Lorna Schofield: Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton and President Obama’s nominee for N.Y. district court judge.
http://thefilam.net/archives/6701
http://www.debevoise.com/Attorneys/Detail.aspx?id=bcedbb62-8875-4534-ab6c-c62e6603b2b8

NOMINEES FOR YOUTH & SPORTS

Advancement for Rural Kids, Inc.: Nonprofit that raises funds to improve the health and provide education for school-age children in the Philippines.
http://www.ruralkids.org/

Queens County Parents Autism Coalition: Support group for families caring for special needs children.
http://thefilam.net/archives/2874
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Queens-County-Parents-Autism-Coalition-Inc-QCPAC/81931058011

Tim David: Skating champion, 2005 and 2007 U.S. Adult National Gold medalist
http://www.timdavid.org/journal

http://thefilam.net/archives/2697

Filipino Adoptees Network: Resource and support network for adoptees from the Philippines and their American families. 
http://www.filipino-adoptees-network.org/