15/09/2008: Ambassador Gaa Hosts Reception for Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad Awardees
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa hosted a reception for the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad (TOFA) awardees of 2008 at the Philippine Embassy grounds on 12 September 2008.
In his remarks, Ambassador Gaa acknowledged the outstanding field of talent and ingenuity of Filipinos as represented by the awardees and noted that this gathering of gifted Filipinos shows that the Philippines can match the world’s best and that the awardees serve as an inspiration for Filipinos in North America and in the Philippines in their pursuit of a better and highly productive life.
The 2008 TOFA awardees are as follows: Bob Dacanay (Falls Church, VA); Dalisay Villalon (Northbrook, IL); Will Grant (San Diego, CA); Victor Emmanuel Lorica (Potomac, MD); Sonny Ungco (Jersey City, NJ); Zenaida Kharroubi (Montreal, Quebec, Canada); Francis Talangbayan (Penn Valley, PA); Dante Raul Teodoro (New York, NY); Rozita Villaneuva-Lee (Las Vegas, NV); Edmundo Relucio (Coal City, IL); Jun Quion (McLean, VA); Dolores Ortal (Honolulu, HI); Marianito Asperilla (Port Charlotte, FL); Eusebio Kho (Scottsburg, IN); Debra Aguinaldo-Nakama (Kula, HI); Levy Mendoza Paler (Hampton, VA); Nena Nera (Ontario, Canada); Carmencita Fulgado (Jamaica Estates, NY); Peter Yu (Granger, IN); Elvira Phelps (Reno, NV)
Ambassador Willy C. Gaa with the Twenty Outstanding Filipinos Abroad Awardees for 2008 and Mr. Nonoy Mendoza, Editor and Publisher of the Pinoy Global News Online and Filipino Image Magazine.