Gintong Pamana Award (Outstanding Filipino Americans)

The Gintong Pamana Awards Foundation, Inc. (GPAFI)

in tandem with The FilAM Weekly MegaScene invites you to its

16th Gintong Pamana Awards Night Gala

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 6:30 P.M. – 12 MIDNIGHT


601 North Milwaukee Avenue Wheeling, IL 60090, (847) 777 – 6500

In recognition of the outstanding achievements of its 2010 Gintong Pamana Awardees:

Most Outstanding Filipino Americans & Businesses

  • Dr. & Mrs. Rodrigo Mata (WI) – Tahanan Award for Parenting;
  • Willie Dechavez (MI) – Apolinario Mabini Award for Leadership;
  • Ana Romina Guevarra (IL) – Tanglaw Award for Education;
  • Gerry Mandangit (IL) – Pilak Award for Business Management;
  • Carefirst Home Health Services, Inc. (IL) – Pilak Award in Business;
  • Norman & Marilyn Bangayan – Open Arms Home Health, Inc. (IL) – Pilak Award in Business;
  • Carmen Perez (MI) – Tandang Sora Award for Nursing.
  • Emilio del Rosario – Anahaw Award in Music.

2010 National Prism Award for Women of Style & Achievements

  • Aida Trinidad (IL)
  • Cecil Buenaflor (IL)
  • Nelia Bernabe (IL)
  • Brenda San Agustin (MI)
  • Redd Knotts (IN)
  • Letty Freihaut (IL)
  • Martha Cabarios (MI)

Guest Speaker:DR. Eleanor Concepcion “Connie” Mariano

Dr. Mariano will also be awarded the 2010 “Kamanyang Award” (Gintong Pamana Award in Medicine)

Special discounted room rates at Westin are available for Gintong Pamana awardees and guests but you must hurry. It’s a limited time offer.

You may visit for more hotel information

Dr. Mariano will do a book signing after the awarding ceremony.


Please call Yoly for reservation 847 – 915 – 2781
or email her at

All dinner reservations have to be prepaid, 7 business days before the event.

Gintong Pamana Award (Outstanding Filipino Americans)

Gintong Pamana, (Golden Heritage) Award honors
Filipino Americans for their outstanding
achievements in various fields of endeavor. It
signifies excellence, success, extraordinary qualities,
uncommon passion and everything that distinguishes
a special and exceptional individual from the
ordinary one.

Olivia Reyes Rocha Aliga, M.A. (IL)
Anahaw Award in Music
Jocelyn Bruce, M.D. (FL)
Gabriela Silang Award in Leadership
Myrna R. Cordero, R.N. (IL)
Tandang Sora Award in Nursing
Jose L. Evangelista, M.D.
Apolinario Mabini Award in Leadership
Amparo C. Hernandez, D.M.D.
Lingkod Kapwa Award for Community Service
Rev. Richard Mirpuri, D.D.
Gintong Puso Award for Humanitarian & Spiritual Service
Aida M. Ramirez
Lingkod Kapwa Award for Community Service
Edilberto V. Verzo, CPA
Lingkod Bayan Award in Government Service

Gintong Pamana Awards Night Gala Through the Years
Olivia Reyes Rocha Aliga, 4th from left, Anahaw Awardee in Music with Bart Tubalinal, Dr. Melinda Tolentino, presenter, Consul General Blesila Cabrera and Dr. Norman Aliga. Dr. Joe Evangelista, 3rd from left, Apolinario Mabini Awardee in Leadership with Bart Tubalinal, Rosita Lina, presenter, Dr. Stella Evangelista and ConGen Cabrera. Rev. Dr. Richard Mirpuri,4th from left, recipient of Gintong Puso Award for Humanitarian and Spiritual Service with Bart Tubalinal, Sis. Ging Capio, presenter, Lillian Mirpuri, ConGen Cabrera and Yoly Tubalinal.
Myrna Cordero, Tandang Sora Award recipient for Nursing, receives her award from Gloria Simon. Her husband Remo Cordero watches from behind. Edilberto Villabroza Verzo received his Lingkod Bayan Award for Government Service from presenter Dr. Zita Yorro. On his right side was his wife Medy . Lingkod Kapwa for Community Service Award recipient, Dr. Amparo Hernandez received her globe crystal trophy from presenter Jean Paredes Tablizo as Dr. Hernandez’ son watched from behind.
Dr. Jocelyn Bruce got her Gabriela Silang Award from presenter Ed Navarra, former Apolinario Mabini Leadership Award recipient. Aida Mayor Ramirez was escorted by her grandson as she received her Lingkod Kapwa trophy from Danny and Amy Castro. Crispina Unabia Arnan with her husband Angelo Arnan, was handed her Prism for Women of Style & Achievements trophy by presenter, Atty. Maricar Madrid Crost.
Ma. Dolores ‘Dolly’ A. Engracia beamed after receiving her Prism trophy from Alba Enriquez, former Prism awardee. On her left was escort, Daniel Schaefer. Marilou Tanagras held her Prism trophy and flashed a smile as presenter and former Prism award recipient Maria Smith paused for a souvenir shot with the Bart Tubalinal, Mario Peralta and Congen Cabrera. Bessie Erese Schiroky received her Prism Award from presenter Nina Hughes, past Prism award recipient as husband, Dr. Gerard Schiroky stood by.
A perfect program host. Alpha Nicolasin, managing editor of Community Builder and host of Hataw Pinoy Chicago delivered the Gintong Pamana Program with flair and gusto. The singing surgeon, Dr. Vickie Navarra, who also sang beautifully that evening, spoke of her other passion, the Philippine Medical Mission and how GPAFI has helped in its own little way. She needs more help to get those surgeries going for our disadvantaged ‘kababayans’ in the Philippines. Speaker Dr. Stella Evangelista was precise, brief and clear in her message of women power as embodied by the Prism women and other Filipino American women achievers.
Luz Nunez and Mellie Dacuycuy Presenter Lourdes Livas posed with Prism Award recipient Jasmine Cristobal Sinio with Roland Sinio on her left. Bart Tubalinal and Congen Cabrera stood by. Melissa Abiva Fata flashed a smile after being handed her Prism Award by 2008 Prism Award recipient herself, Elizabeth Regacho. Husband, Sam Fata on Melissa’s left. Beloved and Esteemed Consul General Blesila Cabrera flashed her humble smile after receiving her plaque from Bart and Yoly Tubalinal, producers of Gintong Pamana Awards and publishers of the FilAm Weekly MegaScene.


Dr. Rudyard & Mrs. Maria Smith of Quality Home Care Services, Ltd Lydia Rhoton & In His Hands Home Health Inc Lourdes Livas Judy Agno & the United Home Care of IL, Inc.


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