Mental health advocate Winnipeger Loizza Aquino bagged the Young Leader of the Year award in the recently concluded nationwide search honoring outstanding Filipino Canadians, the 2018 Golden Balangay Awards.
Another Winnipegger Judianne Jayme of Mabuhay TV and Culture Card was given Excellence Award in Media. Co-host and Mabuhay TV founder/producer Lourdes Federis was also nominated in the same category.
Another pride of Winnipeg who was nominated under the Community Leader Award was 204 Neighborhood Watch’s Leila Castro
Winnipeg musician Raffy Ramiro (a.k.a. Raffy Swap One) acted as one of the judges and was also a guest performer of the ceremony. Last year, Raffy received the Golden Balangay Award for Music and Entertainment and was nominated in two other categories.
The red carpet gala took place Sept 8, 2018 at BMO Institute of Learning in Toronto.
Other Pinoy kababayans from other Canadian cities who demonstrate excellence in their chosen fields and made significant impact to society were honored under 19 categories that includes education, arts, music, business, career and community service among others.
A Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award honors the legacy of the late Senator Tobias Jun Enverga.
In her social media post, Youth Against Mental Health Stigma founder Loizza shares, “This is a tribute to young women, to youth, the people of colour, and to immigrants, especially Filipinos to show and inspire the different minorities that make up who I am. That it should not hinder success, but instigate and inspire.”
Judianne who was not present at the award shares “I am proof that anything is possible when you take action and have the right people in your corner cheering you on and raising you up.”
Multi-awarded singer and multi-instrumentalist Raffy Swap One is the owner of Raffy’s Café Live Music Restaurant.
He is founder and band Leader of Swap Six Band where he acts as drummer, vocalist, sax and trombone player, guitarist and bassist.
This is the second year of Golden Balangay Awards. A symbolic turn over of “sagwan” by founders Ronnie Dela Gana and Jovy Favila to Winnipeg delegates was highlighted in the event. This means Winnipeg will host next year’s awards night.
In its website, it says Golden Balangay aims to promote excellence, hard work, higher education, entrepreneurship, public service, positive relationships and community involvement. Nominations are open to the public.
The complete list of winners and nominees this year and other details can be found at http://goldenbalangayawards.com/
(Information and photo credit: Golden Balangay, 204 Live Music’s Jhayzon Paredes, Raffy Swap One, Loizza Aquino, Judianne Jayme, Leila Castro, Laarni Resurecion and Lourdes Federis).