Los Angeles – It was another awe-inspiring banquet honoring The Outstanding Filipino-American Senior Students (TOFASS) from various high schools in Greater Los Angeles for 2012 held at the CBS Studios Center in Studio City.

The five male and five female awardees received their plaques of recognition and supplemental scholarship grants of $1,000 each from APO-GLA President Emma Rubina-Galang and Board of Directors Chairman Eric Serrano, assisted by TOFASS Overall Chairman Bro. Tony N. Amon.

Now on its second year, TOFASS is another community service project of Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with Asian Journal, Kababayan L.A. – KSCI Channel 18 and the 19th tee Golf Club. The Awards Night was hosted by Screening Committee and Media Relations Chairman Bro. Dan E. Nino and Sis. Daemma Mendez-Yazon.

Former mayor and current Artesia Councilman Victor Manalo, Ph.D. delivered the inspirational remarks, citing the awardees for their achievements and emphasizing that “education is not in the degree, but it is what one does with his/her education”. He exhorted each of the awardees to “dedicate their education to improving the common good, to improving their respective neighborhoods and communities.” Councilman Manalo, also a professor At Cal-State LA in Social Work, commended the APO-TOFASS organizers, saying “You should be proud of the work you are doing to support the best and the brightest of our community to achieve their goals. Congratulations!”

The distinguished panel of judges for this year’s selection included ABC School Board Member Lynda Johnson, journalist Mylah de Leon, Transportation Commissioner of Buena Park Felix B. Lopez, Immigration lawyer Mel G. Oxciano and journalist Lydia V. Solis. Four of the awardees flew in from different states just in time for the Awarding Ceremonies.