In a day and age where young people are famous for their various misadventures, it is a breath of fresh air when an assembly of driven, articulate and successful young people emerge against the stereotype.
On July 14, 2008, Global Filipinos Australia (GFA) will be awarding twenty nine select, outstanding Filipino youth and two groups from across the globe, at the New South Wales Parliament House Theatre.
The prestigious Global Filipino Youth Awards aim to commend the efforts, commitment and achievements of exemplary Filipino youth in spheres such as academics, arts, business, government, journalism and media, sports and technology.
With companies and media entities all around the globe nominating the crème de la crème of Filipino youth in their respective fields, the Awards will not only be a gathering of the global Filipino community?s best and brightest, but also a site for future leaders of Filipino culture to congregate and be recognized.
?I suggested that the Awards be held at Parliament House, so that it serves as an inspiration for young Filipinos to enter politics, or even simply to have bigger dreams,? says the President of GFA, Mrs. Lolita Farmer OAM.
She also expressed hope that these Awards will give the youth an incentive to aim high and fully commit to their chosen fields of endeavour, paving the way for Filipino youth to be properly acknowledged and commended for their hard work.
The talented awardees includemartial arts champion Pia Castray, long-distance swimmer Julie Anne Bankowski, academic Elaine La Forteza, emergency medicine pioneer Dr. Fay Gloria, and artist Christian Bulos.
The shortlist also includes high achievers in sports including Andrew Barbacetto (rugby); journalists including Kathy Novak (SBS), Krisanne Alcantara (journalism scholar) and Tania Gomez (Cleo deputy editor); and outstanding contributors to community service like Ace Boncato, a full-time worker with the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association.
Awardees hail from all corners of the globe: the United States, Australia, France, the Middle East and the Philippines. The pool of awardees also includes groups such as the award-winning crew of Pinoy TV and The University of the Visayas Choir.