New York Mayor Bloomberg salutes 'vibrant' Pinoy community in US

September 17th, 2012

GMA News Online
September 17, 2012

Mayor Mike Bloomberg said he is pleased to welcome The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York event to be held October 27 at the historic Carnegie Hall.

“From Woodside to neighborhoods across the five boroughs, our Filipino communities are some of our most vibrant,” he said in a statement issued in connection with the city’s celebration of October as Filipino American History Month.

“This event is a wonderful chance to celebrate the many contributions that Filipino Americans have made in everything from government and business to medicine and the arts.”

TOFA-NY is an annual awards event recognizing exemplary FilAms who have done well in their trade and professions.

Last years’ honorees were led by Pulitzer winning journalist and Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, exponent of Brinoy (Brazil-Pinoy) music and former fashion model Bessie Badilla and U.S. Marshals Southern District of New York spokesman Roland Ubaldo.

This year’s TOFA-NY voting remains in progress via Facebook, further energizing a community that is said to be among the most engaged social media networkers.

The voting, which was launched in July will end midnight of October 5.

The awarding ceremony will be held Oct 27 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with TV coverage provided by GMA International.

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