Catriona Gray, Hannah Arnold lead Outstanding Filipino Australians Awards

Catriona Gray Outstanding Filipino Australians Awards
Fil-Aussie beauty pageant titleholders Catriona Gray and Hannah Arnold are among the recipients of the Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) National Awards. Photos from Miss Universe, Hannah Arnold IG.

Filipina Miss Universe Catriona Gray and reigning Binibining Pilipinas International Hannah Arnold are leading this year’s honorees of the Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) National Awards which recognizes the outstanding contributions and leadership of Filipino Australians.

The Filipino-Australian organization honored its new awardees led by the beauty pageant titleholders in a virtual awards ceremony on October 20, 2021, to mark the 75-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia.

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Gray, who won the fourth Miss Universe title in 2018, was named Filipino-Australian of the Year for her continuing efforts and advocacies for poor children and women’s rights.

The Fil-Aussie model, artist, and beauty queen-humanitarian aid worker was also honored for championing Filipino indigenous textile as the Arts Ambassador of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Meanwhile, Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold of Masbate, an advocate for education and science and technology, was conferred the Youth Achievement Award in the ceremony.

In a press release, H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia said: “Our community has a compelling story to tell individually and collectively. In celebrating the achievements of our awardees today, we continue to add layers and weave into the fabric of the continuing narrative of Filipino Australians.”

“It is in our interest when our community is vibrant, involved and committed to the issues that define your presence here in Australia.”

The National Awards are awarded by FILCCA to Filipino-Australian individuals and groups for their achievements in their respective fields and contributions to their communities.

Here are the 2021 FILCCA National Award Winners:

Filipino-Australian of the Year
Catriona Gray

Filipino-Australian of the Year Runner-Up
Manuel Geronia Asuncion

Filipino-Australian Achiever Award

  • Rose Howland
  • Marlon De Leon
  • Marites Novis
  • Lory Ann Faye McKinzie
  • Maylyn Salindo
  • Mena Edmonstone

State Leadership Award

  • Lucita Monteodorisio
  • Rosaida Stankevicius
  • Neselie Gavanzo
  • Gloria Moscosa
  • Lina Cabaero-Ponnambalam
  • Marissa Dionson-Bala
  • Cielo Franklin
  • Constancio Pulido Jr
  • Sally Barber
  • Feli Lacorte
  • Myrla Prianes

Youth Achievement Award

  • Shanelle Hancl
  • Enya McKernan
  • Bobby Harrison
  • Cyrille Marisse Arabejo
  • Hannah Consencino Arnold
  • Last Minute Crew

Outstanding Community Organisation

  • Samahan Filipino-Australian SA Inc
  • Filipino Elderly Get Together Association
  • Filipino Lesbians and Gays Community
  • Filipino-Australian Basketball Society of Perth
  • Filipino Granite Belt Association
  • Philippine Australian Association of the ACT & the Monaro Region

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 Hannah Arnold for leading this year’s honorees of the Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) National Awards which recognizes the outstanding contributions and leadership of Filipino Australians.

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