Hawaii Filipino Chronicle Supplement - June 4, 2022

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JUNE 4, 2022


The HFWCA Terno Ball Is Back, President Ader Says It Was A Resounding Success WHAT’S INSIDE Chronicle Pulse: In Your Opinion, What is the Significance of Terno Ball Events in Our Community?S2 Cover Story: The HFWCA Terno Ball Is Back, Pres. Ader Says It Was A Resounding SuccessS3 Pictorials: Terno Ball Winners And Winning Terno Ball AttiresS5 Feature: Four Stores You Can Shop For Your Next Terno Ball OutfitS6


legant. Classic. Refined. Even regal. These are all common words used to describe the traditional formal Filipino attire called terno. For women, the attire is also called a Filipiniana dress or Maria Clara. The male version of terno is Barong Tagalog. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the highly anticipated annual Terno Ball is back -- once again presented by the Hawaii Filipino Women’s Club and Associates (HFWCA). President Carlota Ader of HFWCA (also a Hawaii Filipino Chronicle columnist) shares with our associate editor Edwin Quinabo in our special Terno supplement cover story all the details: who claimed the coveted fashion titles Miss Terno and Mr. Barong 2022, who were awarded scholarships, and lastly who were honored for their community service-career accomplishments. We’ve included photos of these winners and the runner-up finalists. Congratulations President Ader and HFWCA for keeping alive our Terno Ball tradition in Hawaii, as well as for the great charitable work you’re doing. Mabuhay!

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In Your Opinion, What is the Significance of Terno Ball Events in Our Community? “The Terno Ball will always be a reminder to the younger generation of our rich Filipino culture. This is a part of our culture and we should share this to others so they will appreciate what makes being a Filipino so unique.”

“The terno is a symbolic way to stay truly rooted in our Filipino culture and heritage. Although we are in Hawaii and have taken the American way of life, the Terno Ball is a reminder to never forget where we came from.”



“The barong worn by men during the Spanish rule was really an honor because not all are privileged to wear them. It’s not for ordinary wear. It should be worn with dignity and pride. It’s the signature label of our rich culture and heritage. We are very fortunate and lucky to have been given the opportunity to display our proud Filipino culture through the barong.”

“The Barong Tagalog is unique to Filipinos so it’s impossible not to feel the Filipino pride when wearing it. To don a barong is to wear a part of your cultural heritage. It is an acknowledgement of the historical influences that made us who we are.”

“Wearing a Barong Tagalog is significant for me because under the Spanish rule, the women’s terno and men’s barong are worn in formal occasions to identify oneself as Filipino. We inherited this from our forefathers and we should stand tall for it to acknowledge our cultural heritage.”

“Terno Ball reminds me of our cultural heritage. When I came to Hawaii, I missed the Philippines so much and I’m glad that the Terno Ball is one of the ways I can ease my longing for my home country. Wearing a terno gown during the event shows how proud I am to be a Filipino.”








The HFWCA Terno Ball Is Back, President Ader Says It Was A Resounding Success By Edwin Quinabo


rguably the most fashionable event to sport traditional Filipino attire is at a terno ball. Guests don tailor made creations – often ranging in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars – and mingle among high society at a setting gushing with refineries of almost stately formalities. The terno is often called traje de mestiza (suit of or for a woman of biracial descent: Spanish and indigenous) or a Filipiniana dress. But most popularly, a terno for women is referred to as a Maria Clara, named after a protagonist of the same name from the novel Noli Me Tangere written by Jose Rizal in the late 1800s. So you see how far back the terno has been around. The terno has four components: a camisa (blouse), a heavily starched pañuelo (neck scarf or shawl), a saya (skirt) and a sobrefalda (overskirt). But what gives the terno an aristocratic flair is that the blouse has butterfly sleeves and the skirt has a train, not the length of a wedding dress but a length practical enough to drape unattended. The male version of the terno is the barong tagalog, a longsleeved shirt made of a delicate fiber (usually piña) with embroidered design and long enough (about 12” down from the waist) for it to never be tucked in. As the formal ball in most countries becomes increasingly uncommon, the terno has evolved to a modernized look with less pomp, and is more commonly worn on many other occasions besides at a ball, like to weddings, cultural and business events. Carlota Ader, president of Hawaii Filipino Women’s Club and Associates (HFWCA), describes the terno’s significance, “In the United States, the expectation is to assimilate to the American culture. The terno is a symbol of staying true to our

HFWCA celebrated its 45th anniversary Terno Ball and the Club’s 68th anniversary on April 23, 2022 at the Hibiscus Room of the Ala Moana Hotel. Consul General Emil Fernandez of the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu officiated the affirmation of the Club’s voted officers and installation of appointed officers. Ader mentions the evening’s program. “There was the annual contests for Terno Gowns for women and Barong Tagalog for men. The outgoing Miss Terno is Aurora Sera and Mr. Barong, Joel Tolentino. Winners of Terno BallMost Elegant Terno For Members Only: 1. Most Elegant Terno: Evangeline Andres (reining Mrs. Hawaii Filipina

Mr. Barong 2022 Warlito Macaraeg, Miss Terno Ball Queen 2022 Jaymie Anderson Tyau, and HFWCA president Carlota Ader

roots and taking pride in our cultural heritage that is unique to the Filipino people. The terno carries with it prestige, status and confidence of showcasing your best challenge. As shown by example, the terno is the attire of choice by presidential first ladies for formal occasions.” Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wore a terno during her inauguration. Originally, the terno was reserved for upper crust society in Spanish colonial Philippines. In time, it has become mainstreamed and known as the national formal attire for Filipinos of all economic strata. In Hawaii the terno is so closely associated with Filipino culture that even non-Filipinos, particularly politicians, will suit up as homage to the culture and respect for hosts at various Filipino functions. One unique community gala in particular obliges that all guests wear only the terno. That popular event is none other than the annual Terno Ball hosted by HFWCA, formerly known as the Hawaii Filipino Women’s Club.

Macaraeg 2022) 2. 1st Runner-up: Editha 2. 1st Runner-up: Ikaika AnBaquio derson 3. 2nd Runner-up: Rose Bay- 3. 2nd Runner-up: Kurt Favella bayan 4. 3rd Runner-up: Percy Ta- 4. 3rd Runner-up: Froebel Garcia mayo Miss Terno 2022 1. Miss Terno Ball Queen: Jaymie Anderson Tyau (reining Mrs. World Philippines) – the highest point in the history of all contests, garnering 127 points from 5 judges 2. 1st Runner-up: Andrea Paeste 3. 2nd Runner-up: Rexie Acido 4. 3rd Runner-up: Maria Dasigo

“Besides the terno contest, HFWCA typically has as a main feature at our annual Terno Ball the awarding of the Club’s scholarship recipients. This year they were Napu Tedtaotao from Moanalua High School and Judith May Yagin Tamayo from Mid-Pacific Institute.” Ader said the Club’s Woman of the Year awardee was Rosalinda Malalis, a registered nurse and CEO of Nightingale Case Management, Inc. Mr. Barong 2022 Margie Alcon Berueda 1. Mr. Barong 2022: Warlito was awarded 2018-2021 Out-

standing Women Achiever in Healthcare. An Appreciation Award was handed to Arthur B. Tolentino, business manager of HSMW Local 293 of A.F.L. C.I.O. Proclamation and Recognition Award: President Carlota Ader from Mayor Rick Blangiardi, presented by Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

Beyond fashion, why we have a Terno Ball The longest serving president of HFWCA due to the suspension of activities (including holding elections) brought on by the pandemic, Ader said the Terno Ball is more than just fashion and fun. “The evening is about celebrating lasting friendships among HFWCA members, giving recognition

to deserving individuals, and ultimately about community empowerment. Proceeds of that evening also go toward funding our other projects.” She said the Terno ball is also about honoring women who’ve achieved success in their respective careers. “Traditionally, women have played the supportive role in the family with being the caretaker while the men have supported the family financially. Our Terno Ball celebrates the aspirations and the successes of women who dare to dream and break the ‘glass ceiling.’ It is all about empowering and encouraging women to recognize this inner strength and abilities. More Filipino women today are college-educated and have careers. Essen(continue on S4)




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tially, we can have the best of both worlds -- a happy family and a successful career!”

Accomplishments Ader’s term at the helm of HFWCA will expire at the end of this year. Since being elected in 2017, Ader said she was able to present a total of four college scholarships. The Club also contributed to a number of medical missions by donating cash which she said they learned to be the most effective method of getting help to victims of disasters quickly. “As an educator, I also volunteered my time to help laboratory personnel in San Fernando City, La Union, Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. Godofredo Rilloraza,Jr. (Guddy), the nephew of the HFWCA adviser, Dr. Belinda Aquino. I gave a seminar-lecture in Modern Phlebotomy that was recognized as credit toward continuing education to all laboratory personnel.” She said on top of that, donations were made that included laboratory supplies like sterile gloves, syringes, pipettes and the air-conditioning to the laboratory room. “Some of our cash donations were given to the Philippine National Red Cross under Governor Rosa Rosal and Governor Lina Aurelio. Because our treasurer of the club is Adela Salacup, upon her request, I extended another cash donation to North Provincial High School where she graduated. And just to set the record straight, no monies were taken from our Club as witnessed by all the members and officers of HFWCA. Lei De Gracia Oakes (RA), Global Realtor Adviser, Aloha A’ina Realtor nominee, said she enjoyed the Terno Ball. She was inspired to join HFWCA after seeing the work Ader has done with charitable projects like donations made to the Philippine Medical Mission, Philippine National Red Cross, and feeding the less fortunate at Hawaii’s Institute For Human Services at both men and women headquarters. “Carlota exemplifies leadership as a go-getter, someone

Installation of officers and board of directors by Consul General Emilio Fernandez.

HFCWA President Carlota Ader receiving recognition and appreciation certificate from Mayor Rick Blangiardi, presented by Lt. Gov. Josh Green.

who gets things done. She’s a hard worker and means well and is sincere, a compassionate person. I most admire her for how she weathers the storm through the adversities she goes through, especially in the midst of her own personal challenges in life. She just dusts off her hands, stands up and keeps going! Way to go Carlota. Congratulations on leading by example. The Terno Ball was a success,” said Gracia. Adela Domingo Salacup, business woman, owner of Alsley’s Chair covers, vice president of the HFWCA and treasurer of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, has known Carlota for many years while working together on several projects at HFWCA. “I admire her time management skills and multi-tasking while carrying a very busy

schedule. Another skill of hers that I admire is her ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Not surprisingly, she is well-respected by the community. She is generous with both her time and personal resources, often mentoring younger women and lending a helping hand. Keep up the good work, Ate Carla! We appreciate all you’ve done for the community.” Ader has received certificates of recognition from the Philippine government for her medical missions. All the while, she says she always gives credit to HFWCA whenever she gets a chance during public events. On several occasions she’s tapped into her own personal funds in partnership with the Johnny Hufana Scholarship Foundation (named after her

Carlota Ader, HFWCA President, received an award from Rep. Mark Hashem and a certificate of recognition from the Senate presented by Sen. Bennette Misalucha.

late father) to support charita- were patterned from the Interble projects. national Training in Communications (ITC), equivalent to Toast Master club by the writHistory of HFWCA In 1954, five years after ers, Josephine Raquel, Matilda Maria Clara club (founded Molina and Pauline Remular. Josephine Raquel startby Mrs. Angeles Mangased the Terno Ball in February er Sevilla) disbanded during her 1949 social mission stint 1974 and proceeds of the anin the Philippines, its former nual event were used to fund members who were also as- projects of worthy organizasociated with the International tions like Catholic Charities, Institute and its affiliate Young Aloha Medical Missions, HaWomen Christian Association waii Food Bank, and the Filipi(YMCA), established a wom- no community Center, to name en’s organization with a differ- a few. As the Filipino communient mission and vision. The new group was called ty resumes holding in-person the Hawaii Filipino Women’s community functions, many Club and was registered for have expressed excitement charity with a goal of self-im- that the HFWCA Terno Ball provement for those who is back, and hopefully will continue for generations to joined. Its constitution and bylaws come.





Evangeline Andres Most Elegant Terno

Edith Baguio 1st Runner-up

Rose Baybayan 2nd Runner-up

Percy Tamayo 3nd Runner-up


Jaymie Anderson Tyau Miss Terno Ball Queen 2022

Andrea Paeste 1st Runner-up

Rexie Acido 2nd Runner-up

Maria Dasigo 3nd Runner-up


Warlito Macaraeg Mr. Barong 2022

Ikaika Anderson 1st Runner-up

Kurt Fevella 2nd Runner-up

Froebel Garcia 3nd Runner-up




Here Are Four Stores You Can Shop For Your Next Terno Ball Outfit

by Jim Bea Sampaga


he Terno Ball might be over but it’s never too early to start planning for next year’s Terno Ball outfit. But to be fair, a ball isn’t the only occasion you can wear a terno and Barong Tagalog. Filipino formal outfits can also be worn at any other formal events such as weddings, company and family parties and even at a baptism. So, if you’re planning to add a Filipino formal outfit to your closet, here are four stores you can shop proudly Filipino-made fashion clothing and accessories.


Located in Waipahu, Cari’s House of Fashion is owned by husband and wife, Ed and Cari Olegario. They offer affordable prom dresses, Filipiniana dresses, terno gowns, Barong Tagalog and tuxedos for sale or rent. This fashion house prides itself on colorful and unique pieces for every occasion. For those looking for a personalized fit, they also offer custom pieces and clothing alterations. Walk-ins are welcome but making an appointment in advance are encouraged. Location: 94-1131 Nanilihilihi Street, Waipahu Phone: 808-347-8003 facebook.com/Caris-House-of-Fashion-421405201634665/


For those located in town, A&N Fashion is your go-to Filipino clothing store. The store recognizes itself as a clothing store that appreciates Filipino heritage as they offer Filipino traditional pieces such as Alampays, boleros, Barong Tagalog and of course, Terno gowns. They also carry contemporary designs on Filipino formal wear. Location: STE 100, 2119 North King Street, Honolulu Phone: (808) 983-9818 Website: yelp.com/biz/a-and-n-fashion-honolulu


This Philippine-based jewelry online store started with the dream of helping a local craftsman stay in the Philippines to continue working on his craft. Years later, AMAMI has now created livelihood opportunities for Filipino craftsmen to create beautiful pieces of filigree jewelry. Creating Filipino filigree jewelry is a part of our Filipino heritage that our pre-Hispanic ancestors have perfected. They melt and hammer down blocks of gold or silver into delicate threads to create intricate lace-like jewelry patterns. AMAMI offers necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that showcase this unique Filipino craftsmanship. Website: amamiph.com Instagram: instagram.com/amami.ph/


From a notebook sketch to a best-selling accessory, the Reyna Headband blew up in popularity in 2019 thanks to social media. Its owner, Mar Velicaria, officially launched Marharlika in 2020 featuring the viral Reyna Headband along with other Filipino-themed accessories. The Reyna Headband is inspired by the silhouette of the sun rays found in the Philippines flag. Website: marharlika.com/ Instagram: instagram. com/marharlika/





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