Albuquerque, New Mexico – Filipino Artist from Tampa, Florida EDGAR “GARY” CARABIO received the highest recognition as a member of the “Masters Circle” after winning the top 75 out of 3000 entries at the International Association of Pastel Societies convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. It was the largest gathering of more than 700 artists. The event which only happens every two years was the largest gathering of more than 700 pastel artists from all over the world. This is probably is the first time ever that a Filipino received such recognition as one of the top 75 from an international organization such as the International Association of Pastel Societies of the world. Gary Carabio is one of the pride artists of the Philippine community in Tampa Bay and is a member of the recently formed Filipino-American Artists Society of Florida under the Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. (PCFI).