Boy Lizaso
Photo by Carlos Zeron/CPC Photography
Photo by Carlos Zeron/CPC Photography

On Friday, January 4, 2013 Mutch Carino from Maxx Promos and John James Sacramento from Kabayan Entertainment Presented the 1st Annual Fil-Am Image Awards 2013 Benefiting SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans) at Florentine Gardens located at 5951 Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood, California 90028 from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am.

The Award categories were: Legends, Icons, Leaders, Luminary – Fashion and Beauty and Fabulous Filipinas.

Some of the awardees were: Boy Lizaso, Noel S.V. Omega, Bernardo Bernando, Jannelle So, Mary Lyn T. Sanga, Benny Uy, Lorian Fausto and many more.

Among the awardees were actress/model and Queen of the Universe 2013 pageant contestant Golsa Sarabi, Philippine CONSULATE GENERAL LA Consul General Maria Hellen M. Barber-de la Vega and many more.

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Noel S.V. Omega

“Thanks to all my friends, colleagues and supporters who came to witness the 1st Annual Filipino-American Image Awards at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood last night! Receiving the Leadership Award in Community Service was a humbling yetgratifying experience – an affirmation of our passion in our various circles. Congratulations to my co-awardees: FASO Maestro Robert Shroder, Producer/Director Vic Perez, Photojournalists Benny Uyand Jess Espanola, Jewelry Designer/Entrepreneur Maryann Samadi, Fashion and Look Luminaries Cherry E. Ordonez and Manman Legaspi, Publisher Mildred Deang, Haute Couture Legend Boy Lizaso III, and Fabulous Filipina Beauties Erina Lightholderand Evien Obracevic. I had a blast!” said Noel S.V. Omega, Leader Image Award Recipient.

Noel S.V. Omega to received the Leader Award which is awarded to acclaimed forerunners in their profession, whether in business, community service or the arts. Their leadership is impeccable and their achievements are exceptional. They can be considered as the movers and shakers in the community.

About Noel S.V. Omega:
Noel S. V. Omega is the charter co-founder of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles and is the founder/principal consultant of Omega Quadrant. Noel studied Electronics and Computer Engineering at Cal State L.A. and later switched to Computer Systems and Programming at the ComputerLearningCenter in Los Angeles.

Noel worked as a software development manager at various Fortune 500 companies and taught computer programming in the 1980’s. In the 1990’s, Noel was awarded various U.S. Patents in software technology and design while working as a Software Engineering and Development Manager at Xerox Corporation.

Noel joined the San Fernando Valley Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce (SFVFACC) in 2003 as its P.R.O. When he was elected as the chamber president in 2005, he incorporated SFVFACC and established its charter beyond the San Fernando Valley. This culminated in its name change to the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles (FACC-LA) in 2011. He currently serves as president emeritus and advisor for FACC-LA.

Noel serves in various boards including: Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement, Inc. and L.A. Brilliant Lions Club. He also served as a board member for the L.A. Mission College Foundation, Valley VOTE and various other community organizations. He advocates business ownership and works closely with various chambers and all levels of government to help develop viable economic alternatives through free enterprise.

Boy Lizason stage of Image AwardsBoy Lizaso received the Legend Award which is awarded to community leaders who have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor for at least twenty (20) years and have continued to be successful in the same profession.

Their exemplary career accomplishments are legendary and it has made them an inspiration to many.

About Boy Lizaso: 
Boy Lizaso, that’s his stage name is an Actor, Producer, Fashion Designer and Owner of Lizaso Haute Couture.


About SIPA:
SIPA enriches and empowers generations of Pilipino Americans and others by providing health and human services, community economic development, and a place where all people of all backgrounds can come together to strengthen community. For more information visit

Photos credit to: Carlos Zeron, Bob Delgadillo from Bob Delgadillo Photography and Mollywood Hollywood from Mollywood Photo Productions.

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