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Monique Lhuillier (www.live-life-in-style.com), Joe Bataan (www.midnightpoutine.ca), Christine Sienicki (thefilam.net)[/caption] US-based fashion designer Monique Lhuillier, Filipino-African soul musician Joe Bataan and Pinay beauty queen-model and Rockette Christine Sienicki were among those honored at the third annual The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards held Saturday, Oct. 26 (Sunday in Manila) at the Weill Recital Hall in prestigious Carnegie Hall. The TOFA-NY is an annual search for role models in the region, which is estimated to have a population of more than 300,000 Filipino-Americans. The awards program coincides with the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October. Lhuillier and Bataan, as well as the Foundation for Filipino Artists and the pro bono lawyers group Filipino American Legal and Education Defense Fund will be conferred the Heritage Award. This award is given to individuals and organizations that are seen as pillars of the community for their consistent community engagement through their talent, skills and professional acumen. Sienicki is to be honored under the entertainment category. Notably, Menchu de Luna Sanchez, the NYU Langone nurse who helped save some 20 babies during Hurricane Sandy, is also to be awarded under the Health Care category. As in the previous years, Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. will deliver the opening remarks. De Leon will be joined this year by Judge Lorna Schofield of the Southern District of New York who will speak about her historic confirmation as the first Filipino American federal judge in US history; and former Chairman of the Board for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Ruben Nepales. Meanwhile, others voted as most outstanding in their respective fields include Sibyl Santiago (arts and culture), Jaena Valles (business and entrepreneurship), Maya Rowencak (community service and advocacy), Jen Furer (courage of conviction), Marietta Geraldino (education, research, and technology), Guenevere Rodriguez (fashion and style), Aris Tuazon (food and restaurants), Irma Bajar (LGBT advocacy), Katherine Creag (media and publishing), Rio Guerrero (public service and politics), and Esperanza Garcia (youth and sports). The TOFA-NY Awards is organized and founded by New York-based journalist Elton Lugay. Performers at the gala were Lani Misalucha along with Bataan, Jared Martin, Christine Joyce Lam, John Pio and Kirby Asunto.