Vocalist and Producer Garth Garcia Receives TOFA Recognition; other winners include Michael Cinco, Bretman Rock – Manila Bulletin

Garth Garcia

“The President of TOFA sent me an official email saying that I am a winner.

“I’m super surprised when I learned that. It is difficult to be selected for TOFA, all nominees are rigorously selected by its board of directors. I am grateful for the recognition.

Former Star in a Million finalist Garth Garcia received an award for his contribution to youth from the Outstanding Philippinos in America Awards (TOFA) held at City Hall in New York, September 16 .

Garth Garcia (left) and fashion designer Michael Cinco

In his speech, Garth said: “Looking back, fighting for his dream was difficult and it was through those hardships that I was able to learn the best lessons in life. Truly, it is through our passion and commitment that we defy the odds – conquer the pinnacle of success.

The singer and concert producer added, “Never stop dreaming. I dedicate this award to God, to my family, to my friends and to all dreamers and believers. We can do it!”

TOFA is held annually in New York to recognize Filipino-Americans who have excelled in business, politics, entertainment, fashion, health, community service, culinary arts, culture, sports, and finance.

It was founded in 2011 by New York journalist Elton Lugay. Some of the winners were fashion designer Michael Cinco, social media star Bretman Rock, Emmy winner Lisa Lew and the first openly gay man elected mayor of the city of Boynton Beach in Florida Ty Penserga.

On September 9, the Fil-Am Prince of Pop held their first solo concert in New York in the presence of the Filipino community, influencers, supporters, fans and friends.

Garcia also represented Maison Musa as one of the models during New York Fashion Week on September 15.

In 2017, Garcia emigrated to the United States and continued his postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School while [still] make music on the side. He started his events company named Starlink Productions, a licensed LLC that organizes events and concerts in Los Angeles and other cities and states.

As a recording artist and songwriter, Garcia is proud of some of his awards: PMPC Star Awards for Music as New Male Artist of the Year (2015), Asian Excellence Awards’ Outstanding Recording Artist Award ( 2016), Gawad Musika’s Best Male Recording Artist of the Year (2017), WCOPA Multi-Award Winner, Best RNB Artist for Spotlight Awards, Los Angeles, CA (2018), and he was the only Filipino nominated at the Asians on Film Festival in Hollywood, CA for Best Music Video (2019).

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