On April 19th, the United Federation of Fil-Am Educators (UNIFFIED) Inc. celebrated its first founding anniversary by recognizing the exemplary service of teachers in an awarding ceremony held at the NYU Palladium in Manhattan.

More than 150 educators received awards in four different categories: Special Awards, Gawad Lampara, Gawad Lingkod, and Gawad Sinagtala. This year’s recipient of the Gawad Lampara Awards is PACCAL Founder Linda Mayo.

Special awards recipients were Marietta Geraldino, Aristides Uy, Pancho Bernaldez, Ronie Mataquel, and Marvin Cadornigara.

Present during the awarding ceremony were Ambassador Mario de Leon Jr., Madame Eleonor de Leon, and the three Makilala TV hosts – Cristina DC Pastor, Jen Furer, and Rachelle Ocampo.

The Inflection Point congratulates the officers and members of the UNIFFIED, led by its indefatigable Founding Chair, Lumen Castaneda, President Ronnie Mataquel, and NY Chapter Chair Jonathan Demol.



The awardees with Ambassador Mario de Leon Jr., Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General, New York. Also in the picture are Madame Eleonor de Leonor, UNIFFIED Founding Chair Lumen Castaneda, PACCAL Founder Linda Mayo, AFTEA Founder Pancho Bernaldez, and teacher awardees – Aristides Uy, Marvin Cardonigara, Ildefonso Silva, and Essy Malibiran.


Photo Op with Madame Eleonor de Leon, Lumen Castaneda, Linda Mayo and Consul General Mario de Leon, Jr.


ConGen Mario de Leon, Jr. with the special awardees – Pancho Bernaldez, Ronie Mataquel, Marvin Cadornigara, Aristides Uy, and UNIFFIED NY Pres Jonathan Demol


Pose with Gawad Lingkod awardees – Danny and Norma Cullo, Jojo Demol, and Anthony Samonte.


Gawad Sinagtala Awardee, Pilar Calubiran with the host Ria Serrano.


Gawad Lingkod Awardees – Rowena Garana, Miguel Braganza, Natalie Strider with friends Lou and Glo.

UNIFFIED turns one; teachers honored