Gawad Amerika Awards Night

About Us

Gawad Amerika Foundation (GAF) is a non-profit entity based in California USA, established on February 13, 1996. GAF mission is to help the helpless and give hope to the hopeless. GAF takes pride in their mission to shelter the homeless, feed the hunger, protect abused women/children and counseling. GAF work hand in hand with other non-profit organizations, community leaders, political figures and business owners. GAF is funded mostly by private donations and some government agencies. 

In January 15, 1998 GAF began to recognize the achievements of Filipino individuals, as well as the Fil-Am persons, who excel in their field of interest. Committed to promoting pride in the Filipino heritage, Gawad Amerika Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of Filipino American entrepreneurs and artists by showcasing exemplary Filipino businesses, firms, and talents.  While fostering a visionary spirit, this foundation also upholds traditional Filipino morals and values as it rekindles the nature of true character.  

In September of 2002, GAF launched “Gawad Amerika Awards Night (GAAN),” an annual celebration to recognize the excellence of those individuals and entrepreneurs who have gone above and beyond in their area of specialty. GAAN is an independent award-giving body mainly composed of newspaper publishers and selected reputable community leaders. 


By creating an environment in which exemplary Filipino-Americans can validate their importance in American society, Gawad Amerika awardees encourage other prospective and fledging Fil-Ams to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  In constructing new and innovative projects, Gawad Amerika continues to endorse fresh ideas and talents.


“Ang Pilipino ng Bagong Milenyo-APBM” is the newest project for GAF established on July 1, 2006.  It is a competition based awards program that seeks to recognize Filipino-American entrepreneurs who reflect the richness of the Filipino-American business community.  The competition is open to any Filipino owned business which has been in operation for a minimum of three consecutive years.  The judging of the applicants will be made by an independent panel of experts in expertise.  The “Ang Pilipino ng Bagong Milenyo” project is organized as a broad-based proactive force working for economic change for the Filipino American entrepreneurs in the United States.  Sponsored by Cinemax Entertainment and PrimediaUSA, “Ang Pilipino ng Bagong Milenyo” promotes entrepreneurship and fosters a visionary spirit for the advancement of the Filipino American business community, which models the essence of Gawad Amerika’s statement of mission.

The GAF is always looking for new volunteers. Visit our Contact us page if you are interested in volunteering, or call (818) 224-9390.

Gawad Amerika Foundation
8241 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
N. Hollywood, Ca. 91605 USA  email:  gawadamerika@gmailcom

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