Filipinas Magazine Honors Outstanding Individuals

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Kicking off Filipino American Heritage month on Oct. 1 at the South San Francisco Convention Center., Filipinas Magazine honored 9 Filipinos who have made a positive impact on the community, on a local, national, or international level in the fields of Arts & Culture, Sports & Entertainment, as well as Public Affairs and Corporate Leadership.

The event began with a Filipino Food Fair & Reception hosted by Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines featuring food & wine tasting from restaurants like Alimango, Patio Filipino, Nayong Pilipino, Ongpin, Kalesa, Karilagan, Tastebud, Goldilocks, and Ongpin Express. In between tastings, attendees had the opportunity to win prizes by visiting the various sponsors’ booths. During the scrumptuous sit-down dinner, guests will enjoy a three-course meal with wine service.

The event was presented by Filipinas Magazine with the support of Anheuser-Busch, Genentech, GMA PinoyTV, PG&E, Robert Half International, Seafood City Group of Companies, Wells Fargo, the Philippine Department of Tourism and the U.S. Navy.

The event concluded with an awards ceremony, during which guests were treated to a high-energy demonstration of the Philippine Martial Art of Escrima/Serrada, a preview of “Harana,” a documentary about the dying art of romantic serenades, and world-class performances by classical guitarist, Florante Aguilar, Arts & Culture awardee Michael Dadap and other surprise guests.

Past recipients include Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, Iron-Chef star Mark Dacascos, Tony-Award winner actress Lea Salonga, retired major general Antonio Taguba, NASA Physicist Dr. Josefino Comiso, Hollywood Producer Dean Devlin, and Pulitzer-prize winning Journalists Byron Acohido and Alex Tizon.

Since publishing its maiden issue in May 1992, Filipinas magazine has managed to turn itself into more than just a household word. The only nationally circulated Filipino American monthly magazine in the United States – with its pioneering brand of community journalism- has become a clear alternative. And now with a tri-media presence in print, TV and the web, Filipinas has expanded it’s reach to service the burgeoning Filipino community around the world. For more information, visit


Greg Macabenta, Boxer Ana “the Hurricane” Julaton, and Entrepreneurship Awardee Steve Go. Photo by Raymond Virata

2009 Filipinas Achievement Award Winners:

Arts & Culture: Michael Dadap | Artistic/Musical Director and Principal Conductor, Children’s Orchestra Society of New York.

Sports & Entertainment: Charmaine Clamor | Jazz Artist and Queen of Jazzipino

Corporate Leadership: Margaret Lapiz | Vice-President, Strategy & Integration, The Permanente Medical Group

Entrepreneurship: The Go Family | Founder, Seafood City Family of Companies

Public Affairs: Senator Robert Bunda | Senate President Emeritus, State Senate, Hawaii

Science & Medicine: Dr. Eustaquio Abay II | Neurosurgeon/Founder, Kansas Spine Hospital/National Director, Gawad Kalusugan

Communication: Cher Calvin | News Anchor, KTLA-CW Channel 5

Community Service: Faith Bautista | Executive Director, Mabuhay Alliance

Lifetime Achievement: Rodel Rodis, Esq. | Lawyer/Educator/Author/Community Activist

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