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.
Rolan and Myrna Gutierrez
Ronald and Grace Labaguis
Cristina DC Pastor
NOMINEES FOR LGBT ADVOCACY
Cecilio Asuncion: Filmmaker behind the documentary “What’s the T” about the lives of five transgender women.
Boots Babushka: Makeup artist.
Dia Dipasupil: Photojournalist who created the social media site TransNewsDaily for transgender awareness.
Rich Kiamco: Comedian at Pacific Punchlines Comedy Tour.
Manila Luzon: Drag queen and runner-up in Ru Paul Drag Race
Felix Manuel: Nurse and chronicler of beauty pageants.
NOMINEES FOR HEALTH CARE
Dr. Alice Almendral: Cosmetic doctor.
Drs. Rod and Elma Castillo: Pediatrician couple from New Jersey, supporters of Santacruzan religious tradition.
Dr. Prospero Lim: Psychiatrist, he set up the psychiatric unit of Bailey Seton Hospital in Staten Island.
Dr. Gracelyn Santos-Mroczek: Dentist from Staten Island.
Marcelina Pena: Vice president of Eihab Human Services, a nonprofit that provides services for people with developmental and behavioral disabilities.
Jona Jane Tajonera: Health care consultant.
NOMINEES FOR FASHION & STYLE
Danelle Izza Dungca: Fashion designer and creative director of ONE 10 Collection.
Erno Hormillosa: Beauty pageant director and choreographer.
Mary and Michelle Mangiliman of Dalaga NYC: Boutique owners with two shops in New York.
Victor Palmos: Makeup artist and fashion stylist. http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/makeup-by-victor-palmos-woodside/aec4ff8b4fc48d22.html
Bobby Yalong: Filipiniana and couture designer.
TOFA: THE OUTSTANDING FILIPINO AMERICANS 2012
NOMINEES FOR ARTS & CULTURE
Kilusan Bautista: Artist and activist known for his spoken word performance.
Miguel Braganza: Dancer and artistic director.
Sarah Gambito and Joseph O. Legaspi: Co-founders of Kundiman, which promotes poetry by Asian American writers.
Cynthia Guerrero de Leon: Pianist and piano teacher at the not-for-profit Children’s Orchestra Society.
Ernie Pena: Lifestyle and documentary photographer.
Lolita Valderrama Savage: Artist who has done solo shows internationally.
Eduardo Sicangco: Stage and costume designer for Broadway and Hollywood.
Roberto Villanueva: Classical arts dancer and founder of BalaSole Dance Company.
NOMINEES FOR BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Gerry Austria of American Pinoy Food Mart. Founder and proprietor of Asian grocery stores in New Jersey.
Gloria Cabrera of Gloria Cabrera Salon. Founder and owner of 30-year-old spa salon on Times Square, previously on Fifth Avenue.
Lito Gajilan of RTA Travel. Community leader and president of family-owned travel agency in New Jersey.
Edwin Josue of Halstead Realty. Real estate broker.
Nicole Ponseca of Maharlika Filipino Moderno. First pop-up Filipino restaurant in New York, now with three locations.
Oscar Fernando of Oscar Printing. Founder and proprietor of long-time printing press serving Jersey City community.
NOMINEES FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE & ADVOCACY
Marilyn Abalos: East Coast coordinator for Phildev’s Tri-State team.
Dr. Gino Ang: Connecticut anesthesiologist who conducts medical missions overseas.
Christina Baal: Social worker, immigration advocate and union organizer.
Handang Tumulong Foundation: Nonprofit that organizes fundraisers for Philippine victims of typhoons and other natural disasters.
Yves Nibungco of Anakbayan NY/NJ: Chair of progressive group serving mostly new immigrant youths.
Steven Raga: Community organizer of multiple young professionals, student and youth organizations.
Atty. Jesus Martin Reyes: Immigration lawyer.
NOMINEES FOR EDUCATION, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY
Ernabel Demillo: Head of the journalism minor at St. Peter’s College.
Agnes ‘Bing’ Magtoto: Adjunct Professor teaching Elementary Filipino I & II, a language and culture course at NYU.
Joel Natividad: Software developer who won apps competition in New York for the application NYCFacets.
Michael Purugganan: Plant biologist and dean for science at NYU.
NOMINEES FOR ENTERTAINMENT
Kirby Asunto: Young singer, a protégé talent of Manny Pacquiao.
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.
Ali Ewoldt: Broadway actress who has performed in “Les Miserables” and “West Side Story.”
Victor Lirio: Actor, director and artistic director of the independent Diverse City Theatre.
Nina Mojares: Young actress, singer and dancer.
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle: Broadway star of “Godspell” and granddaughter of Sylvia La Torre, ‘Philippine’s Queen of Kundiman.’
NOMINEES FOR FOOD & RESTAURANTS
Mario and Susan Albenio of Tito Rad’s, a restaurant in Queens.
Elma Santander of Philippine Bread House, a bakery that has endured in Jersey City for more than three decades.
Margarette Villanueva. Caterer and restaurant owner.
Anthony and Lisa of Casa Manila
NOMINEES FOR MEDIA & PUBLISHING
Darren Demeterio: Talent producer for ESPN Sports, previously for David Letterman Show.
Randy Gener: George Jean Nathan Award-winning editor of the American Theatre magazine, artist and critic.
Nina Pineda: WABC-TV reporter and consumer correspondent.
Ryan Songalia: Boxing reporter for RingTV.
NOMINEES FOR PUBLIC SERVICE & POLITICS
Mayor Guillermo Udarbe: Doctor and Mayor of Ridgway, PA.
Atty. Lorna Schofield: Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton and President Obama’s nominee for N.Y. district court judge.
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.
Queens County Parents Autism Coalition: Support group for families caring for special needs children.
Tim David: Skating champion, 2005 and 2007 U.S. Adult National Gold medalist
Filipino Adoptees Network: Resource and support network for adoptees from the Philippines and their American families.