Steven Raga, Democratic Committeeman & Matt Roach, Western Union Regional Director at Grand Opening with Pinoy Owners
|Mylz Tolentino, Matt Roach, Rusty Corpuz, Mae Rosales, Steven Raga and Juan Montilla. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
New York - Small business owner Mae Rosales of "Gwapa"- a one stop shop, that offers spa, beauty salon and wellness services; food products including specialty items from the Philippines, added a new business this past Friday September 23rd. They now offer financial services through Western Union, providing consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world. Mae is the newest Western Union agent and their neighborhood store is on 69-05 Roosevelt Ave, at the heart of "Pinoytown" in Woodside, Queens, just off the 7 Train at the 69 Street/ Roosevelt Avenue subway station.
|Gwapa-Western Union at 69-05 Roosevelt Ave. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
|Steven Raga, Mae Rosales and Matt Roach. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
Steven Raga, Filipino American activist and newly appointed Queens Democratic County Committeeman led the ribbon cutting, afterwards he talked to the owners and community members at the event, explaining his new role as Committeeman of Woodside and Jackson Heights, communities that are among the most diverse neighborhoods in New York, with a significant Filipino population.
|Mae Rosales and Franz Capistrano. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
|John Loyd Cruz. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
|"Pinoytown"- Woodside, Queens. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
New York's economy continues to grow, in part by the economic activities that immigrant communities bring, in Queens county a growing number of business savvy members in the Filipino community have contributed in keeping the local economy healthy, they are constantly on the look out for possible business ventures. "Gwapa" and Western Union's presence and involvement as responsible partners in the neighborhood, offers added value to the community. Starting and growing small businesses is a constant source of jobs and the fuel that drives the economic growth in America.
|Matt Roach, Mae Rosales, Juan Montilla and Mylz Tolentino. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|
Matt Roach together with the WU sales team conveyed their gratitude through Mylz Tolentino, with a brief message that said "Your presence and support is truly a testament of our partnership to support the community". It was addressed to Western Union's community partners, 1803 Multimedia (Marisse Panlilio & Cossette Malig); PAFCOM organization past president Gani Puertollano and current president Ledy Almadin; TOFA Founder Elton Lugay; Promdi Kitchen and Bar; Nel Castellvi of Castellvi Productions; Lions Club of NY; Flordeliz Lantin; and JCI NJ Board of Director Kay Habana.
|Gani Puertollano, Franz Capistrano, Kai, Kay Habana, Mylz Tolentino, Matt Roach, Rusty Corpuz, Mae Rosales, Steven Raga, Juan Montilla, Marisse Panlilio and Cossette Malig. (Photo:Lambert Parong)|