At TOFA-NY, win or lose they’re still Facebook friends

‘Losers’ put on sour faces for the cameras. From left: Air Tabigue, J. Elaine Marcos and Luis Pedron

In the grand tradition of Filipino celebrations, the congratulations come with the cheers and the comical. The first Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York awards event held October 29 at Carnegie Hall was no different. (See trunk story on the right) You could tell the winners by the coterie of fans following them around, asking to be photographed with them. And the non-winners? You’re not going to believe how “losing” could be as much fun as taking home a trophy. Below are some snapshots of the TOFA-NY’s first awards ceremony. Photos by Troi Santos and Richard Reyes.

Jose Antonio Vargas and Lea Salonga: DREAMer meets Disney darling.

TOFA-NY’s Elton Lugay keynotes program on behalf of organizers. Behind him hosts Mig Ayesa and Ernabel Demillo.

Nina Mojares and Gabe Basalatan dance up a storm.

The splendor of Carnegie Hall a fitting venue for Kirby Asunto’s lovely Visayan medley. Michael Dadap on the guitar.

Transgender woman Michelle Manangan, an awardee for LGBT Advocacy, finds support from friend and fellow T Girl.


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