November 26, 2023, marks a historic day for the Philippine-American Friendship Community as they proudly introduce the inaugural Gawad Pinoy Pride Awards. Designed to honor exceptional individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, this groundbreaking initiative recognizes the accomplishments of those who have excelled in their respective fields and made meaningful contributions to their communities.
Cosmetology: Apple Miranda
In the vibrant world of cosmetology, Apple Miranda stands out as a beacon of creativity and excellence. Her innovative approach to beauty has earned her the Gawad Pinoy Pride in the Cosmetology category, setting a high standard for others to follow.
Make-up Artistry: Ally Castle
A true artist in the realm of make-up, Ally Castle's skillful hands and creative vision have earned her the Gawad Pinoy Pride in the Make-up Artistry category. Her achievements are not just in transforming faces but in transforming perceptions and breaking barriers within the LGBTQ+ community.
Health Care: Jackie Baras, DNP, and Mario Sanchez, DNP
In the Health Care category, Dr. Jacky Baras and Dr. Mario Sanchez, both Doctor of Nursing Practice awardees, exemplify dedication and excellence. Their contributions to healthcare services are pillars of strength and inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community.
Entrepreneurship/Sales and Marketing: Marisse Panlilio and John Rada
Marisse Panlilio and John Rada, recognized for their outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship, sales, and marketing, represent the epitome of success. Their achievements not only showcase business prowess but also demonstrate the potential within the LGBTQ+ community to thrive in diverse fields.
Public/Community Service: Alex Esteban
A shining example of selflessness and community commitment, Alex Esteban receives the Gawad Pinoy Pride for Public/Community Service. His dedication to uplifting the community serves as a guiding light for others within the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Mass Media: Don Tagala
Don Tagala's impactful storytelling in Mass Media has earned him the Gawad Pinoy Pride. Through his work, he informs, inspires, and breaks down barriers and stereotypes, making significant strides for the LGBTQ+ community.
Sports: Johjoh Demol-Jenae, Ph.D.
Dr. Johjoh Demol-jenae's achievements in sports, coupled with academic excellence, make him a standout in the LGBTQ+ community. As the recipient of the Gawad Pinoy Pride in the Sports category, he embodies determination and success.
Congratulations to the first batch of Pinoy Pride awardees! Each of them, in their unique way, contributes to the rich tapestry of diversity and excellence within the LGBTQ+ community. As their stories continue to inspire, may the Gawad Pinoy Pride serve as a platform for recognizing and celebrating the remarkable achievements of LGBTQ+ individuals in North East America. Here's to a future filled with more inclusivity, acceptance, and pride.
By: Ness Liwanag