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WATCH: TOFA Awards' 10th-Anniversary Special, With Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Jon Jon Photo WATCH: TOFA Awards' 10th-Anniversary Special, With Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Jon Jon Briones
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 31, 2020

Watch the first-ever The Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) Awards' virtual ceremony, hosted by 'Asia's King of Talk' Boy Abunda, via BroadwayWorld.com.

Jon Jon Briones Joins List of TOFA's '100 Most Influential Fil-Ams' Photo Jon Jon Briones Joins List of TOFA's '100 Most Influential Fil-Ams'
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 27, 2020

In celebration of Filipino American (Fil-Am) History Month, 100 movers and shakers of Filipino descent will be feted in a digital ceremony through The Outstanding Filipino Americans (TOFA) Awards, a national award-giving body. The TOFA Awards, which have been customarily held annually at Carnegie Hall, also turn 10 this month. To mark this milestone, the TOFA Awards are honoring their list of ‚Äú100 Most Influential Fil-Am Individuals and Organizations‚ÄĚ or #TOFA100 on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 9 p.m. EST (Sunday, at 9 a.m. PST) via YouTube and Facebook.

WATCH NOW: TOFA Awards' 10th-Anniversary Special Premiere Photo WATCH NOW: TOFA Awards' 10th-Anniversary Special Premiere
by Oliver Oliveros - Jun 30, 2020

Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, and Bobby Lopez join the virtual celebration!

Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, Bobby Lopez Join TOFA Awards 10th-Anniversary Virtual Cele Photo Lea Salonga, Darren Criss, Bobby Lopez Join TOFA Awards 10th-Anniversary Virtual Celebration
by Oliver Oliveros - Jun 25, 2020

'Empire State is privileged to honor outstanding Filipinos.' - Governor Andrew Cuomo

Fil-Am Artists Record HEAL THE WORLD Dedicated to Taal Volcano Eruption Survivors Photo Fil-Am Artists Record HEAL THE WORLD Dedicated to Taal Volcano Eruption Survivors
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 2, 2020

Moved by the plight of their fellow Filipinos displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas, Philippines, in January, N.Y.-based Filipino American (Fil-Am) artists banded together in a genre crossover to record the Michael Jackson hit ‚ÄúHeal The World.‚ÄĚ A production of The Outstanding Filipinos in America (TOFA), the music video was recently released on YouTube.

Shattering Glass Ceilings at the Golden Globes Photo Shattering Glass Ceilings at the Golden Globes
by Elton Lugay - Jan 31, 2020

With Awkwafina making history as the first Asian-American to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Leading Role category and Korean film Parasite taking the best foreign film award, the Asian American community can take pride in not just breaking the glass ceiling this year at the 77th Golden Globe Awards but shattering it to pieces.

5th The Outstanding Filipino Americans In New York Awards Set Oct. 31 at Carnegie Hall
by Oliver Oliveros - Sep 1, 2015

In its fifth edition, The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards honor 15 organizations and individuals who have inspired the community with their passion, conviction, and achievements. Presented by AARP, TOFA-NY caps the month-long Filipino American Heritage celebrations in the New York tri-state area. This year's TOFA-NY Awards ceremony is slated for 8 p.m. on October 31 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Behind-The-Scenes: How Coach Lea Salonga Saves the Day; Big D's Standing O at Carnegie Hall
by Rocky Christopher Fajardo - Nov 6, 2014

There doesn't seem to be enough of 13-year-old Filipino-Canadian singer Darren Espanto to go around these days, especially since he has made headlines in what could only be described by his legions of fans as a run of charismatic, breakthrough performances on 'The Voice Kids' Philippine edition, under the tutelage of Coach Sarah Geronimo (other coaches were Tony winner Lea Salonga and rock star Bamboo Manalac).

Photo Coverage: 4th The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards at Carnegie Hall
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 31, 2014

Tony Award winners Bobby Lopez ('The Book of Mormon,' 'Avenue Q') and Jhett Tolentino ('Here Lies Love,' 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'), among others, receive Filipino American community honors.

Bobby Lopez, Josie Natori, Sheila Coronel, Fiesta In America, PMAA To Receive Highest Honors at 4th TOFA-NY Awards at Carnegie Hall, October 25
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 7, 2014

In its fourth year, presented by AARP, The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards, the grandest celebration that caps the monthlong Filipino American History Month in New York City, has announced today that Filipino-American EGOT holder Bobby Lopez ('Frozen,' 'The Book of Mormon'); fashion designer and philanthropist Josie Natori; Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University Sheila Coronel; the people behind Fiesta In America, an annual trade and cultural expo; and the medical mission volunteers of Philippine Medical Association in America (PMAA) will be feted with the highest honors--The Heritage Awards--at TOFA-NY Awards ceremony, which will be held at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (881 7th Ave, New York, NY) on Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m.

Amanda Seyfried to Star in MacFarlane's TED Sequel
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 24, 2014

Les Mis star Amanda Seyfried will take on the female lead in the sequel to Seth MacFarlane's TED, appropriately titled 'Ted 2.'

INTERVIEW: Bobby Lopez, Kristen Anderson on the Golden Globes Red Carpet
by Oliver Oliveros - Jan 13, 2014

Filipino American and Tony Award-winning composer Bobby Lopez, who created and co-wrote 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Avenue Q,' and his wife, Kristen Anderson, were nominated for Best Original Song 'Let It Go' from the Disney animated feature film 'Frozen,' also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, at the 71st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday, January 12.

Exclusive: Tom Rodriguez Reacts to BroadwayWorld Awards Nomination
by Oliver Oliveros - Dec 14, 2013

On his way out of the Amazura Concert Hall in Jamaica, Queens, where the cast of GMA Pinoy TV's hit TV series 'My Husband's Lover' had a well-attended thanksgiving concert for fans, model-singer turned actor Tom Rodriguez had a quick interview with BroadwayWorld.com, whose readers from the Philippines have earlier nominated him for Best Actor (Musical) and Best Crossover Artist (Mainstream to Theater) at the 2013 BroadwayWorld Awards-Philippines.

Amanda Seyfried to Star in HE'S F-ING PERFECT
by Movies News Desk - Dec 5, 2013

Amanda Seyfried has signed on for Jake Szymanski's HE'S F-ING PERFECT, from a script by Lauryn Kahn.

PHOTO Coverage: TOFA-NY Awards at Carnegie Hall
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 29, 2013

Heroism and excellence in the nursing profession won the predominantly Filipino American audience that gave a well-deserved standing ovation to NYU Langone nurse Menchu De Luna Sanchez--superstorm Sandy's hero nurse--when she personally received her The Oustanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) award from Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron and Southern District of New York Judge Lorna Schofield at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall Saturday night.

De Leon, Schofield and Nepales to Keynote TOFA-NY Awards, 10/26
by Oliver Oliveros - Oct 18, 2013

Philippine Consul General to New York Mario L. De Leon, Jr., United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Honorable Judge Lorna Schofield, and Former Chairman of the Board for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ruben Nepales will keynote the third annual The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards on Saturday night, October 26, at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the official venue of the TOFA-NY Awards ceremonies for the past three years.

Mel Gibson & Antonio Banderas Set for THE EXPENDABLES 3
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 9, 2013

Deadline has confirmed that Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas have just signed on for the film, joining previously announced Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich.

Photo Coverage: McDonald, Cumming, And More At MADE IN NY Awards
by Oliver Oliveros - Jun 12, 2013

For the eight time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver hosted the annual "Made in NY" Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the city's media, entertainment, and digital media industries, at Gracie Mansion last Monday night.

Rafe Spall in Final Talks to Join Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in BETRAYAL on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, Rafe Spall is in final talks to join Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig in Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, directed by Mike Nichols (Death of a Salesman), for a limited run on Broadway beginning in October 2013 at the Barrymore Theatre. BETRAYAL will begin rehearsals in August.

Photo Coverage: Adam Jacobs, Ali Ewoldt Concert Debut at Town Hall
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 1, 2013

Rain on Saturday night (Feb. 23) did not dampen the spirits of more than 700 concertgoers to fill the historic performance venue The Town Hall in Times Square for the post-Valentine concert of 'Les Miserables' alums Adam Jacobs and Ali Ewoldt.

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