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The Spotlight Awards was established (by Mutch Carino of Maxx Promos) to recognize a carefully selected and diverse range of honorees and awardees who have displayed excellence in entertainment, business and community.

Spotlight Awards was designed to identify and honor the extraordinary talents in local entertainment, the successful businesses and the leading community organizations of the Filipino American community in Southern California.

ENTERTAINMENT
To give recognition to a diverse range of entertainers, artists, performers, producers, musicians, plus technical and production talents in the performing arts that have displayed excellence and outstanding artistic achievements in the ever-growing and ever-expanding entertainment industry in the Filipino American community in Southern California.

BUSINESS
To celebrate and recognize the diversity, creativity and ingenuity of varied Filipino American businesses as to how it stands apart from others, conducts its business responsibly, gives back to the community by setting the example for best practices in both small and large businesses, as well as entrepreneurs.

COMMUNITY
To honor leading Filipino American organizations, clubs, and associations that demonstrate exemplary and exceptional commitment to community outreach, involvement, service, and leadership that create a far-reaching and positive impact on the Filipino American community, as well as inspire volunteerism and community engagement.

The Spotlight Awards Selection Committee has over 100 years of combined experience in media, business, entertainment, and community engagement.

ROSTER OF AWARDEES

COMMUNITY

SEARCH TO INVOLVE PILIPINO AMERICANS
Community Outreach

FILIPINO AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GREATER LOS ANGELES
Community Involvement

KAYUMANGGI LIONS
Community Leadership

ENTERTAINMENT

MON DAVID
Entertainer of the Year

DJHOANNA GARCIA
Best Female Artist

ROBERT SHRODER
Musical Director

BOY KATINDIG
Best Jazz Artist

JO AWAYAN
Best R&B Artist

JONI VILLAMIL
Best Bossa Nova Artist

VAL VILLAR
Best Pop Artist

MALOU TOLER
Best Rock & Roll Artist

BAGYO
Best Rap Artist

CHARISMA MARQUEZ
Best Young Artist

EDSEL SOTIANGCO
Star Discovery of the Year

RIC ICKARD
Best Instrumentalist

AMFM BAND
Best Show Band

OPTIMUM GROOVE
Best Dance Band

CECILE & MIGHTY
Best Magic Act

GG STARR
Best Karaoke Host

NONIE BELARMINO
Best Zumba Master

PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (Carson)
Best Cultural Event

LIKAS PILIPINAS FOLK ARTS
Best Cultural Group

CORNERSTONE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH CHOIR
Best Choir

MON CONCEPCION
TINA CRUZ
ESMERALDA PADILLA-GOULD
GENE FLORES
THERESE MASANGCAY
Honorees
Excellence in Entertainment

BUSINESS

PHILIPPINE NEWS
Best in Media

MANGO TOURS
Best in Travel & Tours

WHITE RABBIT
Best in Food Truck

ISLAND PACIFIC
Best in Supermarket

WESTERN UNION
Best in Money Remittance

ATLAS CARGO
Best in Balikbayan Box Shipment

AMERICAN GERIATRIC CARE
Best in Senior Care

GANDI WELLNESS CENTER
Best in Beauty & Wellness

ENERGIX
Best in Martial Arts & Fitness

COUNTRY HOME MANORS
Best in Assisted Living

MICHELLE MOLINA BEAUTY
Best in Hair & Make-up

RL INVESTMENTS INC
Best in Real Estate

IMPRODUCTIONS
Best in Videography

RSD AUTO BROKERS
Best in Auto Brokerage

PROCARE HOME HEALTH
Best in Home Health Care

LEVEL UP SALON
Best in Cosmetology

GOLDEN FINANCIAL GROUP
Best in Financial Services

*Roster is subject to change without prior notice

DATE AND TIME

Sat, March 25, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

LOCATION

Envision Center

15055 Oxnard Street

Van Nuys, California 91411

Tickets:
www.spotlightawards.eventbrite.com

About Maxx Promos:

Mutch Carino of Maxx Promos has a 33-year successful track record and experience in producing special events, from concerts, ethnic festivals and fundraising events to golf tournaments, themed parties and more.

Mutch Carino holds the distinction of being the only Fil-am producer in America who has organized and promoted Filipino festivals in three major U.S. theme parks – Universal Studios Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, plus he was the Overall Production Director for another one held at Raging Waters.

His planned major projects for 2013 include “International BBQ Festival”, “Fil-Am Star Awards”, “San Fernando Valley Wine and Jazz Music Festival”, “Miss Hollywood Bikini” and “All You Can Eat Shrimp Boil Festival.”

Prior to his migration to the United States in 1983, he honed his expertise in event management as Event Manager at the Philippine International Convention Center with special focus on United Nations Conferences, World Tourism Congress, international trade shows and special events, such as product launches, award shows, beauty pageants, concerts and entertainment spectacles, as well as handling Presidential receptions for foreign dignitaries.

Acting as Executive Producer for the worldwide broadcast of the 1980 MR. UNIVERSE for CBS-America marked the beginning of his career in special event production and management. Soon thereafter, he was involved in the production management of the Philippine concert tours of numerous top-rate foreign talents that included the following: ANGELA BOFILL, LANI HALL, LINDA CARTER, PLATTERS, PAUL ANKA, BOB JAMES, SEAWIND, and the CRUSADERS.

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