Arts and glamour night awards visual artists and more in Long Beach on November 16

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Community hero and trailblazers also honored at dinner-dance with art exhibit

A UNIQUE and premiere event spearheaded by Emerald Lantern Group’s President Rosemarie De Vera aims to give world-class visual artists recognition. In cooperation with Pangasinan Brotherhood USA, the November 16 dinner-dance at the Long Beach Marriott will be a visual feast. This unique concept is the vision of De Vera and the Emerald Lantern Group who want to showcase the world-class caliber of Filipino American Visual Artists.

Receiving Emerald Awards for Excellence in the Arts are international architect Wilson Deomampo and author of “Visual Diary” A celebration of Creative Spark in 30 years of Architecture.  Another recipient is Archie Gadon, Senior Designer and Architect of Freidmutter Group Newport Beach, Project Designer of Ceasars Forum Convention Center, Solaire Resort and other international properties. Also receiving an award is Filipino-American muralist Eliseo Art Silva, the creator of the landmark mural in Historic Filipinotown’s Unidad Park. 

Emerald is proud to honor Trailblazer Emmanuel “E-Man” Coquia, celebrity who was named Director of Programming of several radio stations after an exhaustive nationwide search. Mereulo Media’s CEO Otto Pardon selected Coquia for his sensible plan and vision that lined perfectly with the company’s goals. Coquia head programming for 3 stationsL Power 106FM, Classic HipHop 93.5, and Cali 93.9 Latin Music Station. 

Also to be bestowed recognition are Faith Bautista as a Community Hero awardee for her tireless work in retrieving $331 million dollars back into the housing fund amongst other non-profit efforts. Special Recognition will be given to Henry Sadang, for his charitable work for “Gabay”, parents group of children with autism and cerebral palsy. Gabay is also the beneficiary who will receive part of the proceeds from this event.

The art exhibit shall feature the works of Alberto Dulay, Butch Lara, Napoleon Merana, Roland Escalona, Micah V. Javier, Gani, Dino, Rodolfo Mora, event art curator Ron Tuanquin, and more.

The exhibit will be open for the duration of the event, open doors at 5:30pm. Guests shall enjoy dinner before the awarding ceremonies, followed by social dancing with DJ Luigi Dizon. 

Attendees shall have first dibs in purchasing from these featured artists. One such work on display, and for sale, is a Giclee Print on Canvas of “Visayan Viajeros”, a 24” x 24” version of this commissioned work that hangs in the newly opened Mabuhay Credit Union in Carson. 

Though people mostly recall Rosemarie De Vera as Mutya ng Pilipinas 1980, recording artist and actress in films with the likes of renowned action star Fernando Poe Jr. she has a great passion for the fine arts. She is married to Giovanni Javier, with whom she runs a Marketing Business. Javier is also a professional painter, model mold maker with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree through a scholarship at the Arts Institute in Chicago. Javier is part of the Emerald team, along with Rose Valbuena Capobres and Ron Tuanquin.

Tickets are regularly $100, but readers of this article can use the discount code “AJ” for a 25% discount online at, or call Vanie (818) 284-7966 or Wawan (818) 648-4709. For more information email emerald@ or visit Event starts at 6:30pm on November 16 at the Long Beach Marriott Hotel at 4700 Airport Plaza Dr, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Sponsors of this event are Pangasinan Brotherhood, the Asian Journal, Henssa International Inc. Entertainment, Island Pacific Supermarket, WFL Wealth Financial Life, Smart Tax and Accounting Corporation & Toy Alano. 

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