NEW YORK — For their contributions to New York City’s borough of Queens, the borough president Melinda Katz gave these men and woman citations of honor in celebration of their achievements during the Philippine independence month of June.
“We look for someone not only involved in their career but also has given back to the Filipino community and to the community of the borough of Queens,” said Katz.
Among the honorees is Eric Galvante – a digital media advertiser whose major client is Microsoft.
Galvante helped improve the lives of young Filipino Americans as a volunteer for the Foundation for Filipino Artists.
“It means that it gives a lot of Filipinos around the world hope that if they put their minds to whatever they want, they could achieve anything.”
For his exceptional contributions to the world of arts, award-winning painter Angelo Antonio Maristela was selected to showcase his Filipino American Heritage exhibit at the Port Authority in Times Square come December.
“Hindi ko malilimutan itong gabing ito, salamat kay Lord,” said Maristela. “I wanna exhibit our Philippine cuture, actually it’s very timely, some of my paintings are about Filipiniana, history particularly.”
Stephanie Naranjo, a business management professional was honored for her volunteer works in the community.
Mrs. Naranjo finds time to assist at a soup kitchen, mentor low-income high school students to enter the business field.
This awardee may not be Filipino, but healthcare advocate James Davis has been recruiting nurses from the Philippines for nearly 45 years now.
As President and CEO of the Amsterdam continuing healthcare system, he saw the potential of nurses and other healthcare workers from the Philippines.
“I’m honored and delighted to be with Filipinos, I love Filipino culture, Filipino food, but most of all I love my Filipino nurse,” said Davis. “Without you, my organization and healthcare in the city of NY would not be same.”
Merle Nulud is among the nurses he recruited from Pangasinan.
“With this great opportunity na naibigay sa akin, then of course malaking karangalan at saka malaking opportunity to grow as a professional.”
The borough of Queens is home to more than 42,000 Filipinos.