Michael Copon, Dessa, Suzette Ranillo, and Stephanie Reese among honored at 5th GAWAD PARANGAL in Sacramento
Movers and shakers from Fil-Am communities in America were honored in Sacramento, California on Saturday, July 15, 2006. Headlining the event were mainstream Hollywood actor/singer/model Michael Copon who received two awards: Male Celebrity Entertainer of the Year Award and Youth Role Model Award, Philippines’ touted “divette” Dessa received the Female Celebrity Entertainer of the Year, award-winning actress/director Suzette Ranillo – Presidential Award for Excellence in Movies, and Broadway/opera star Stephanie Reese – Broadway Star of the Year.

Other awardees who performed on stage were Neo James (Total Performer of the Year), Raymond Ritchie (Most Promising Singer of the Year), Thage Montecarlo (Videoke Master of the Year). Featuring the creations of designer Mr. Nardie Presa, other kid awardees (5 Prettiest & 5 Handsomest, 5 Little Headliners, 5 Little Prettiest) modeled. Emceed by

Highlighting the achievements of Filipino-Americans and those of other Asian ethnic communities in their chosen fields, the 5th GAWAD PARANGAL, hosted by Juni Ranillo and Carmelee Hebron, and produced by Roaming Keys Productions under the sponsorship of Philippine and Other Asian Headlines newspaper, is the most prestigious awards/fashion show in the Fil-Am community in Sacramento, California.

“Five years ago, the Gawad Parangal was born. It’s been my pride to have nurtured it into what it is today, despite negative criticisms, we have accepted the challenges. We would like to thank all our supporters because we would have not done this without you. You are the ones who helped me maintain the elegance and the prestige of GAWAD PARANGAL. I’d like to congratulate all the awardees. You have excelled in your own fields and you all deserve the recognition. May you serve as the inspiration of the future generation to come,” Noel Rominque, producer of the awards/show told in his speech. (Oliver Carnay)

5TH GAWAD PARANGAL producer Mr. Noel Rominque with awardees (L-R) Norma Balagtas (Headliner and Newsmaker of the Year), Dessa (Female Celebrity Entertainer of the Year), Stephanie Reese (Broadway Star of the Year), Michael Copon (Male Celebrity Entertainer of the Year and Youth Role Model) with friend Brady Howard. The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento, California on July 15, 2006.

Stephanie Reese, Michael Copon, Suzette Ranillo