MFBC Gala Award Nominees for 2015

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Manitoba Filipino Business Council announces finalists for annual awards gala

October 30, 2015 (WINNIPEG, MB) – Today, Manitoba Filipino Business Council (MFBC) is announcing the finalists for its 4th Annual Awards Gala taking place on Nov. 6 at Delta Winnipeg. The organization’s marquee event invites local leaders to celebrate the success of business-minded professionals in Manitoba.

“We’re thrilled to host our most highly-anticipated gala yet,” says MFBC President Hipolito Alibin Jr. “MFBC is proud to represent a rapidly growing cultural demographic accounting for over 70,000 people in our province. Manitoba’s bright and vibrant Filipino community has a bold entrepreneurial spirit, and our gala celebrates the unwavering work ethic of some talented and deserving individuals.”

The finalists for the MFBC Awards Gala are:

Outstanding Small Business

Filipino Journal
JOCRI Windows & Doors

Outstanding Large Business

RBC Royal Bank
Vickar Automotive Group

Business Executive of the Year

Jihan Aquino – Canadian Western Bank
Ron Cantiveros – Filipino Journal
Dave and Mari Laudato – JOCRI Windows & Doors
Angel Brana – RBC Royal Bank
Dale Voluntad – RBC Royal Bank
Elaine Verri – Vickar Nissan

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Melissa Cadelina and Rebecca Coutu – EveryLine Designs
Serena Yong – Little Signing Stars
Albert Lalu – Jeepney Restaurant
Marby John Gutierez – Pinoy Tribe Entertainment

Community Contribution

Ron Cantiveros – Filipino Journal
Melissa Cadelina and Rebecca Coutu – EveryLine Designs
Aldrin Deuna – Melo’s Balloons
Dave and Mari Laudato – JOCRI Windows & Doors
Serena Yong – Little Signing Stars
Marby John Gutierez – Pinoy Tribe Entertainment
RBC – Company
Jeffrey Reyes – Step-UP Waste Management Solutions
Larry Vickar – Vickar Automotive Group
The category winners will be announced during the event on Nov. 6.

This year marks the council’s five-year anniversary. Additionally, all funds raised from the gala will assist MFBC’s transition into an official Chamber of Commerce. The status change would allow the organization to further assist aspiring Filipino-Canadians and community members to pursue their business and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Tickets to the event are still available for purchase until Nov. 2. Individual tickets are available for $150, and Corporate Supporter Tables are available for $2,000. To purchase your tickets or for more information, visit or contact