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STATEWIDE community CALENDAR Compiled by Amelia Casamina Cabatu
OAHU September 17, 2015 ORIAnuenue Hale, Inc. presents a Moon Festival Country Fair, a Health and Wellness Fair for Seniors at the Helemano Plantation’s Wellness Center 64-1488 Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Admission is FREE! For more information call Yvonne or Rose at 622-3929 September 18, 2015 ASEAN Law & Integration Center Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series by Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on “Developments and Evidence in the Philippine arbitration against China on the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea dispute.” Moot Courtroom William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii 2515 Dole Street 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM (Lunch will be served). For more information, visit http://law.hawaii. edu/alic September 20, 2015 The Leeward Community Health Fair 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.Sonido-Alquero Bldg. (Former American Savings Bank Bldg.);94-229 Waipahu Depot Street, corner of Farrington Highway. Free health screenings & consultations and fabulous giveaways, brought to you by the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii, PMAH Foundation and other leading sponsors. Contact Persons Imelda 841-4195 or 888-6747624, email them at pmahinfo@ gmail.com September 20, 2015 Journey A Doctors-On-Stage Musicale 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Fil-Com Center Ballroom 94-428 Mokuola St. Waipahu. For the benefit of Bayanihan Clinic Without Wall, Inc., an Immigrant Health Service. For tickets and other info contact Imelda 841-4195 or 888-674-7624, email them at email@example.com September 25, 2015 The Congress of Visayan Organization (COVO) and COVO Foundation presents “Atong Gitukod: We Built It!” A movie premiere, & charity film screening of the documentary along with a cocktail reception. Café Julia in the historic YWCA in downtown Honolulu 1040 Richards St. 5:30 PM Opening reception, 7:00 PM Film Screening. Donation: $100; Contact Persons: May Mizuno 741-4503, Eva Washburn-Repollo 728-3089; Portions of the proceeds will benefit the KOKUA for the PHILIPPINES disaster relief Funds. September 27, 2015 FilCom Sunday Ramrambak 3 featuring Amianan and Ilokano Culture, Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, 3:30PM-7:30PM Contact Person: Arceli Rebollido
at the Filcom Center 808-6800451 October 7, 2015 Filipino Junior Chamber General Membership Meeting; 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Max’s of Manila, Iwilei. This meeting is for Board nominee speeches and election. Contact Person: Niccolo Gruta, Secretary at niccolo.gruta@ fjchamber.org October 17, 2015 Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii presents Baby Boomers’ Nite in Paradise Pagoda Hotel, C’est Si Bon Ballroom; 6:00 PM-11:00 PM, Cost: $55.00. Attire: Bright Tropical Designs; Line Dance Competition by Organizations 5-10 Dancers per organization; Contact Persons: Albert Roque 782-6002, Marcie Wong 375-6752, Conrad Abuel 721-2773, Menu: Hawaiian Buffet & Lechon October 23, 2015 San Nicoleneous USA 9th Year Anniversary Ball, Reaffirmation of New Officers and Awards Night. Pacific Beach Hotel, Grand Ballroom 6:00PM; Cost: $65.00 (At the door-$70.00) Contact Persons: John De Los Santos 847-6566, Lydia Kamiya 8597147, Gina Lardizabal 389-4817, Beatriz Santiago 223-6892, Rosemarie Aquino 721-4853, Cesar Bonilla 372-0264, Vilma Valdez 321-3186 October 24, 2015 Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii (ISAH); Mrs. Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii Coronation and Gala; Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Hotel Tapa Ballroom Cost: $75.00; Contact Persons: Danny Villaruz 778-0233; Lina Mercado 526-9009; Amado Yoro 699-9814 October 25, 2015 The 2nd Grandma Hawaii International and the 1st Little Miss Aloha State International Coronation and Ball. Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom 6:00PM Contact Persons: Carlota Ader 6883215, Adela Salacup 688-8908 October 31, 2015 The Filipino Community Center, Inc. presents the 13th Annual Bayanihan Gala Fundraiser. Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Cocktails 5:30 PM, Program promptly to start at 6:30 PM. This year’s Gala theme, “Honoring Our Plantation Legacy”. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information call Bennette Misalucha Event Chair, or Arceli Rebollido at the Fil-com Center 808-680-0451 or visit filcom.org. November 4, 2015 The PMAH Golf Tournament at the Hoakalei Country Club, an 18- hole championship golf course in Ewa Beach. Shot-gun starts at 11:00 AM and Awards, Prizes and Buffet Dinner at 6:00 PM. For the benefit of the PMAH
Ohana Medical Mission, Inc. Contact Persons: Elmer Baysa, MD. 689-8315, Russell Kelly, MD. 678-0700, Christopher Regala, MD. 622-2628, Ray Romero, MD. 680-0554 or contact pmahinfo@ gmail.com Ph. 888-674-7624 November 7, 2015 United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH) Reaffirmation of Officers and Progress Awards, Pacific Beach Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 6:00PM Contact Persons: Maria Etrata 392-2962, Lynne Gutierrez 728-1700, Ben Pulido 421-9747 November 12-22, 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival, the premier international film event in the pacific, showcases features and documentaries from Asia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii. It has more than one dozen screening sites on six Hawaiian Islands. For more info log onto www.hiff.org November 14, 2015 Filipino Business Women’s Association (FBWA); 32nd Annual Kimona Ball and honoring the 2015 Filipino Business Woman of the Year, Armi Oliver Farinas. Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom 6:00 PM Contact Persons: Nancy Atmospera Walch 778-3832, Bernadette Fajardo 342-8090, Lina Mercado 382-7751 November 14, 2015 Sampaguita Association of Hawaii 21st Anniversary and Scholarship Awards Night. Hawaii Okinawa Center 5:30 PM-10:30PM Cost: $35.00 Contact Persons: Fely Unico 208-7194 & 783-7154 Chris Barbosa 487-9004, Florence Luzano 455-8254 November 21, 2015 Nursing Advocates and Mentors, Inc (NAMI); 14th Anniversary Gala, Appreciation of Volunteer Lecturers and Recognition of new RN’s and Review Graduates; Hale Koa Hotel, Banyan Tree Showroom 6:00pm; Contact Persons: Bea Ramos-Razon 778- 6291, Jun Obaldo 277 -7495 and Bong Curameng 383-0135 November 29, 2015 Fil-Com Sunday-Pasasalamat! At the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu 3:30 PM-7:30 PM Contact Person: Arceli Rebollido at the Fil-Com Center 808-6800451 November 29, 2015 Alliance of Residential Care Administrators (ARCA); Annual Christmas Celebration and Inauguration of Officers; Hale Koa Hotel- Banyan Tree Showroom 6:00 PM; Contact Person: Lilia Fajotina 291-1706 December 5, 2015 La Union National High School Alumni USA-Hawaii Fundraising Dance and Gala Night Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom 5:30PM-12 Midnight, Dinner @7:15 PM. Cost: $65.00. Con-
Amelia Casamina Cabatu is a familiar face in the community, often emceeing community events and parties. She is a veteran radio announcer and guests-hosts on 1270 KNDI Radio. In addition to other affiliations, Amelia is the current Chair of the Philippine Celebration Coordinating Committee of Hawaii. She owns and operates an adult daycare business and is happily married to Arnold Cabatu. They live in Salt Lake and is blessed with one daughter, Armay. Please send your event information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
tact Persons: Baybee Hufana Ablan 753-5616, Elvie Revira 228-2965, Pia Santos Moon 2202164, Ben Pulido 421-9747 December 6, 2015 Pasko sa Fil-Com At the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu 3:00 PM-8:00 PM; Contact Person: Arceli Rebollido at the FilCom Center 808-680-0451 December 12, 2015 Adult Foster Homecare Association of Hawaii (AFHA), Christmas Celebration and Coronation of the new Mrs. AFHA. Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom 6:00 PM; Contact Persons: Norma Tan 3584985, Maribel Tan 384-0494 February 6, 2016 Annak Ti Badoc Iti Hawaii Valentine’s Ball and Scholarship Presentation Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom 6:00PM; Contact Person: Marilyn Tolentino Villar: 678-1482
MAUI October 5, 2015 Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony at the County of Maui to kick off Filipino-American History Month in Maui. 10:00 AM Sponsored by the County of Maui-Mayor’s Office and the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Contact Alfredo Evangelista at 808.242.8100 for more information. October 17,2015 Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival® presented by Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundationfrom 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Maui Mall. A celebration of Filipino-American History Month featuring Filipino restaurants, back to back cultural entertainment, games, and events such as the Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off®, the Filipino Fashionista®, the Little Filipino Fashionista®, the Speedy Balut Eating Contest®, the Any Kine Adobo® contest, the Can You Tinikling?® contest, Da Supa Suman® Contest, The Polvoron Challenge: Eat&Tweet®, the Oh Wow! Parol Making Contest®,the
P-noy Artist Contest®, and the We Got History Exhibit®. Contact Alfredo Evangelista at 808.242.8100 for more information.
BIG ISLAND September 18, 2015 Augie T & Friends 1st annual “Laugh with the Stars” A benefit show for Brave Hawaii-a non-profit bringing awareness to the bulling problem.Enjoy a night of music and comedy. 7:00 PM at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. All seats $15 in Advance $20 at the door. $25 VIP seats & comes with a free gift. For tickets and more info go to www. laughunderthestars.com or http:// augiet.com
KAUAI September 11, 2015 Augie T & Friends 1st annual “Laugh with the Stars” A benefit show for Brave Hawaii- a non-profit bringing awareness to the bulling problem. Enjoy a night of music and comedy, 7:00 PM at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, 4191 Hardy St. Lihue Kauai, HI. All seats $15 in Advance $20 at the door. $25 VIP seats come with a Free gift. For tickets and more info go to www.laughunderthestars.com or http://augiet.com
LANAI (lANAI cITY) October 30, 2015 Lanai Chamber of Commerce presents the Lanai City Fifth Friday Town Party, Dole Park, Lanai Ave. Lanai City, Hawaii 5:30 PM-8:30 PM. Celebrate the unique and cherished way of life on Lanai. Free admission, family fun, food, live entertainment, carriage rides and lots of community. Contact Person: Brad Dunn 808-649-0808
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On the Up and Up
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On the Up and Up… A phrase that can either mean “honest” or “sincere” or “steadily improving or becoming more successful,” or more simply — “on the rise.” As most of my generation head into adulthood with full force, I am excited to be a witness to the changes our future leaders will contribute to create a better world. Fueled with curiosity, passion, a command of technology, and resources (including great mentors), so much is expected of the millennials, who are also known as Generation Y. Born between 1981 to 1996, this generation, to me, truly embodies the idea of moving on the up and up. Speaking of up and up, we feature in this issue, a bevy of beautiful young women who competed for the crown of Miss Hawaii Filipina 2015. Chelsea Guzman of Maui emerged as the winner and she graces our cover. Each of these island queens are combinations of charm, beauty and brains. We are proud of these young women — all millennials — who I know, are set to conquer the world. BUT… if truth be told, however, not all is peachy in the world of millennials. There is another perspective that seems to be sadly emerging. Articles have been published on it, and I have also heard it from older colleagues I work with: the millennials have an entitlement attitude. Narcissistic, even. We have a tendency to job hop. We reportedly have a deplorable work ethic. We supposedly need constant affirmations to our over inflated selfesteem.
I am saddened by this reputation because it is far from the truth. For one, we are a generation who are not merely contented with college; we pursue graduate o r e ve n p o s t- g ra d u a t e degrees as a normal pattern of things. That shows drive and ambition, right? Just this week, during my Graduate school internship program, an attorney stated how pleasantly surprised he was about my strong work ethic. Although I was flattered, I thought it was an unfair c h a ra c t e r i z a t i o n o f my generation. I don’t think I would ever feel comfortable with a bad reputation that precedes me. I would never feel right about walking into a job expecting my co-workers to monitor my performance, expecting me to fail because it will only confirm the millennial stereotype. Nor do I want any pre-conceived ideas that would hinder my chance for advancement. We admit. We are partly to blame. But millennials can help change this reputation, even a little at a time. The key to our success is learning from our mistakes through acceptance and perspective, instead of having a kneejerk reaction
that may be misinterpreted as emotional. Millenial Branding, a Generation Y Research and Management Consulting Firm conducted a survey and study titled “The 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce” that surveyed more than a thousand millennials in the United States and more than 200 hiring managers. The study found that most hiring managers perceived millennials as “money driven” or “narcissistic,” while 70 percent of millennials see themselves as “optimistic.” It is important to recognize this gap and have it be appropriately addressed by Gen Y-ers and their more seasoned coworkers and employers. Millennials’ thrive when they are trusted with some responsibility, when they can power through criticism, or when older colleagues take them under their wings. They ache for positive social interactions, long to do volunteer work and aspire to contribute to the organizational success. In fact, employers and managers would be wise to show interest or understanding of millennials. They can actively engage millennials
t h r o u g h t e c h n o l o g y, provide opportunities for millennials to meet and work with company leaders, help millennials expand their networks and develop projects that will showcase their talents. In short, engage their passion for meaningful work. These ideas are meant to encourage dialogue amongst the many generations in the workplace. A collaborative coexistence is the desired goal. In this manner, it will be a win-win for all concerned: millennials are able to prove their worth while other generations can benefit from the new knowledge base which the millennials offer. Millennials represent the future of leadership for many companies. Millennials can prepare for leadership by understanding their strengths and weaknesses and mapping out a plan for personal development. Organizations, on the other hand, can focus more on training and making a long-term commitment to the development of all millennial employees. To g e t h e r, I b e l i e v e success is attainable.
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By ERIKA ORDOñEZ
Miss Hawaii Filipina 2015 Chelsea Guzman was photographed by talented photographer Gabe de Liso. Gabe De Liso owns his own shop called Contemporary Photos and he can be reached at 808 284 0378 or email at contemporaryphoto@ gmail.com. Cover Concept by Noah Felipe. Special Mahalo to Jeff Orig. Both Noah and Jeff may be reached at 808 447-9559 or by visiting their website www.origmedia.com.
Miss Hawaii Filipina 2015
Chelsea Guzman Beauty Radiates from Within Elegant. Strong. Dedicated to the advancement of her community. Deeply rooted in her Filipina culture. These are some of the attributes that best defines the ideals of the Miss Hawaii Filipina, a pageant that has been held in our state since 1959. This year ’s newly crowned winner, our 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina Chelsea Iloreta Guzman is no exception. At a diminutive five foot three inches, she gives the impression of being taller than she actually is. She exhibits a quiet strength,
e n h a n c e d by a n a i r o f sophistication, and dazzles with her stunning smile. Aside from the obvious physical beauty, Chelsea possesses an inner charm that is even more endearing as one realizes she is also i n t e l l i g e n t , d r i ve n a n d grounded. Truly a complete package. Born and raised in Wailuku, Maui, our 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina is the youngest daughter of proud parents M/M Romeo and Amparo Guzman. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Baldwin High School, Chelsea has since
consecutively secured spots on the Dean’s List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) in her first two semesters at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She aspires to be a Registered Nurse and is currently in the process of obtaining her nurse’s aid certification to gain early experience in the medical field. During the pageant, one of the judges asked Chelsea to share her thoughts about the role of education in our Filipino community, given her impressive resume.
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Judge Panel Picture L to R: Erika Ordonez, Maria Etrata, Francisco “Don” Pacarro, Nani Medeiros, Kylie Nishida, Kamakaila Waipa, Chelsea Guzman, Marielle Yano, Emma Wo, John Bickel, and Jill Kuramoto
Chelsea commended our culture for its emphasis on education as she also expounded on our collective need to ensure the next generation shares that same point of view. “Graduating high school is my greatest academic achievement so far; many people tend to forget that high school is a privilege that many of our parents, grandparents, and greatgrandparents did not even have,” she said. “Getting my first 4.0 was a milestone for me. Education was always something my mom insisted on making a priority in my life, and I took my own initiative to enroll in Honors and AP classes. The harder I worked, the more I realized that I liked the feeling of success and my hard work paying off. Excelling in school has taught me the true value of hard work and its importance to carving success for oneself.” Her friends and family describe Chelsea as being very responsible and wellrounded. She admits she is organized — “I have three planners: A dry erase calendar, a pocket planner, and a to-do list on my phone. If I have a set list of things I need to do that specific day, I will map out every single thing I need to do starting
with waking up at 6 a.m. all the way to eating dinner at 7 p.m. (sometimes I forget to eat when I have a busy schedule).” Chelsea takes pride in her internal motivation, sharing that she classifies herself in her own words as a “go-getter, meaning, if I set a goal I won’t stop at anything in order to achieve it.” Our 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina confesses to a profound pride in her Filipina heritage and she aims to promote the Bayanihan s p i r i t a m o n g s t t o d ay ’s generation. S h e says, “I am who I am today because of the impact my family has made on me, particularly that of my Dad. An active member of the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Binhi at Ani, Ilocos Surians of Maui, Sinaiteneans of Maui, and numerous other community organizations, my father has been influential in how I view my Filipino heritage.” “Immersed in the Filipino culture at an early age, I attended many Filipino events, learned Filipino folk dances, and have held titles such as Miss Barrio Fiesta 2011, and Miss Halik Pinoy 2014.” “I have a deep appreciation for Filipinos’ humility and perseverance. My
generation tends to take this for granted, blinded by our Americanized and Westernized society. As a young Filipina, I aim to help our Filipino heritage thrive in Hawaii, and as an ambassadress of the Filipino community, to serve as a role model to the best of my ability. Another goal of
mine is to get our younger generations involved. That way they can learn and get a clear, not stereotypical, picture of who and what Filipinos really are. One of the ways I plan to achieve this is by reviving a Junior Chamber of Commerce on Maui to also provide leadership training for the
next generations.” When asked about advice she would give to young women aspiring to run for the Miss Hawaii Filipina statewide title one day, Chelsea stated, “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If you want to be more involved in the community, make a
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difference, learn more about our Filipino culture, or aspire to be a community leader, you already have the right attitude.” The Miss Hawaii Filipina pageant is the statewide competition which brings queens who have won their respective preliminary island competitions of that same year. Contestants were scored as follows: 30% Pre-Pageant Interview, 25% Speech, OnStage Q&A, 25% Talent, and 20% Swimsuit. Other special awards (no bearing on competition scoring) include: Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, Best In Terno Design, and Social Network Favorite. Meet our 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina contestants and Island Queens: Miss Hawaii-Island Filipina 2015, Kamakaila Ku’uleialoha Waipa Awarded Best in PrePageant Interview and 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina First Runner-Up, Kamakaila is a Kamehameha Schoos Hawaii graduate and currently attends the University of Hawaii at Hilo with aspirations to obtain her bachelor’s
PHOTO CREDIT BY GABE DE LISO
degree in Communications and become a broadcast journalist. She held the title of Miss Hawaii Teen Princess 2012 and is the recipient of numerous scholarships from organizations including HBAA, BIPC and the Hawaii Portuguese Chamber of Commerce. Kamakaila is a hula dancer with Lehua Hawaii Productions and is a
Larson Talent Model. She enjoys traveling, reading, modeling, singing, and spending time with loved ones. Miss Kauai Filipina 2015, Marielle Leilani Yago Yano Awarded Best in Talent, Best in Terno Gown Design, and the Ambassadress of
Culture title at this year’s 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina Pageant, Marielle is a recent Kauai High Cum Laude and Honor Roll Graduate and served as her Senior Class President and Captain of her school Varsity cheerleading squad, leading her team to win the KIF Cheerleading Championships that year. She has held numerous
other leadership positions, including serving as President of her high school HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) chapter and organizing a blood drive as her senior project. She has just started her first semester at Pacific University in Oregon and aspires to be an orthopedic surgeon. Marielle enjoys going to church weekly, furthering her studies in the medical field, helping others, hiking, the beach, and spending time with friends and family. Miss Oahu Filipina 2015, Kylie Nishida Awarded Best in Swimsuit, Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, Social Media Favorite, and the Ambassadress of Education title at this year’s 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina Pageant, Kylie is a Mililani High School graduate and currently attends the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She strives to be an international travel nurse working with organizations such as “Doctors Without Borders” and volunteers for the American Heart Association, local hospitals,
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and various other health organizations. She also works as a Wilhelmina Hawaii Model and Actress, and runs her own jewelry business where she donates 100% of all profits to the American Cancer Society, dedicated in loving memory of her grandmother who passed away recently from cancer. Spending time with her family is a central part of her life and she has a passion for exercise, health, and hiking. In 2010, Kylie was named the “Track and Field Athlete of the Week” by the Star Advertiser. Miss Maui Filipina 2015, Casey Salcedo Upon winning the 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina statewide title, Chelsea relinquished her former 2015 Miss Maui Filipina Pageant title to Casey Salcedo, former 2015 Miss Maui Filipina First Runner-Up. Casey is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Baldwin High School and currently attends Azusa Pacific University with ambitions to be a Legislator. She has worked as an intern for the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and enjoys serving at church, spending quality time with her friends, working out, and reading and writing in coffee shops in her spare time. This year’s Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant was held on July 25th, 2015 at the Waikiki Pacific Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom. Our judges were Emma Sullivan Wo, current Miss Hawaii USA, Miss USA Top Ten Finalist, Senior Account Executive at Bennet Group Public Relations, fashion
blogger, and Punahou & Scripps College graduate; Jill Kuramoto, Director of Communications of the Hawaii State Senate, former Board of Water Supply Information Officer, and veteran KITV4 journalist & newscaster; Atty. Franklin “Don” Pacarro, Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrator and Criminal Prosecuting Attorney; Nani Medeiros, Executive Director of non-profit HomeAid Hawaii, former Hawaii Primary Care Association Director of Policy & Public Affairs, and Institute for Human Services (IHS) and Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Director; and John W. Bickel, Iolani and Punahou Schools Political Science and History teacher, United Nations Association of Hawaii and Democratic Party of Hawaii Board of Director, and President of the Hawaii Paradise Investment Club. January 2016 marks the onset of qualifying island pageants for the upcoming Miss Hawaii Filipina Scholarship Pageant, annually held and sponsored by the United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH). If you or someone you know is interested in running to be our next Miss Hawaii Filipina, e-mail MissHawaii Filipina@gmail.com for more information. Contestants must be 18 to 27 years old, of Filipino descent, and unmarried with no children.
Erika Ordonez is the former Miss Hawaii Filipina 2013 and currently serves as the 2015 Miss Hawaii Filipina Pageant Director.
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By Bennette Espineli Misalucha
ANGEL RAMOS TO BE AMONGST HONOREES AT THE FILCOM CENTER BAYANIHAN GALA
Fil-Am Courier Managing Editor
When the Filipino community gathers next month to celebrate its plantation legacy, as part of the Bayanihan gala for the Filipino Community Center, one of those who will be
Saturday October 31, 2015 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Attire: Formal/Filipiniana
recognized will be plantation icon Angel Ramos. Ramos has a compelling personal narrative that reflects the multitudes of stories of Filipino plantation workers who were recruited at the turn of the century to work in Hawaii’s plantation fields. Pretending to be 18 years old, when in fact he was only 17 years old, the adventurous Angel Ramos arrived in Hawaii in 1946, aboard the MS Maunawili, and was initially assigned to the Libby Pineapple Plantation in Haiku. Ramos transferred to Kahuku Sugar Co shortly thereafter. Ramos worked as a laborer, then a machinist for Kahuku Sugar for almost thirty years until it closed in 1971, after which he worked for another 25 years at Turtle Bay Resort as well as the City and County of Honolulu. He married his wife Rose in 1948 and together, they had 13 children and 42 grandchildren. Rose passed away last year but Ramos continues to live in the family home. In his retirement, he has become quite a gardener, and he has planted his garden with a profusion of ornamental plants as well as vegetables. But what sets Angel apart is his dedication to preserving
Photo credit: Honolulu Star Advertiser
the plantation history. A selfconfessed pack-rat, Angel has accumulated plantation memorabilia that could fill a museum. In fact, it has! Most of the artifacts found the Plantation Village in Waipahu came from his personal collection. Ra m o s i s p a r t i c u l a r l y passionate about his photography, and he houses a collection of incredible pictures that showcase the simple plantation life. If you are interested in celebrating plantation history, as well as honoring Angel Ramos, please join the community at the Filcom Gala on October 31, 2015.
Other honorees are : ILWU Local 142 The International Longshore and Warehouse Union changed the labor movement in Hawaii, and in a way, changed the course of Hawaii’s history. Today, they count more than 20,000 members in every major industry. Hawaii Sugar Planters Association (now HARC) HSPA was the trade association for the sugar industry in Hawaii which promoted its development, conducted scientific/economic studies and gathered accurate information on the industry. It now operates as Hawaii Agriculture Research Center or HARC.
Alexander and Baldwin The only remaining institution amongst the Big Five companies that operated Hawaii’s sugar plantations, Alexander and Baldwin has been in existence for more than 145 years. Although it has diversified its business model, A&B’s roots in the community and community-building has remained deep and strong. William Balfour William “Bill” Balfour spent four decades in the sugar industry, primarily as President and Manager for Pioneer Mill Company, Oahu Sugar Company, Lihue Plantation Company and McBryde Sugar Company. Today, he continues to work actively as a consultant on a number of initiatives and still spends time volunteering on boards and other nonprofits. William Paty As President of Waialua Sugar Company, William “Bill” Paty retired in 1984 after almost forty years as a plantation manager. He went on to serve in government (notably as Chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources) and has a strong legacy as an active community volunteer. For more information on tickets, please call Filcom at 680-0481. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on ticket sales, please visit filcom.org or call Arceli Rebollido at the FilCom Center office at 808 680 0481.
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CALL FOR LIVING SAKADAS On May 22, 2015, an enactment ceremony of the signing of H.B. 604 “Relating to Sakada Day’’ by Hawaii Governor David Y. lge, was held at the Hawaii State Capitol. The said bill, which designates December 20 of every year as “Sakada Day’’, recognizes and honors the pioneering achievements and courage of the first Filipino sakadas and their contributions to the growth and development of Hawaii. In connection to this, the Filipino community in Hawaii will hold the 1st Sakada Day celebration on December 20, 2015 (Sunday) at the Hawaii State Capitol at 3:00 pm to commemorate this milestone event and to give honor to our sakadas. If you are a living sakada who arrived in Hawaii up to the last wave of the sakada migration in 1946, or knows one, kindly contact any of the following no later than October 6, 2015 for inclusion in the roster of living sakadas to be honored during the 1st Sakada Day celebration on December 20: • Ms. May Mizuno: (808) 741-4503 • Ms. Amelia Casamina-Cabatu: (808) 282-2033 • Mr. Sam Acosta: (808) 306-1428 • Dr. Lindy Aquino: firstname.lastname@example.org Please 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
A lifesize bronze statue of a sakada, a gift from former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is on display at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii.
provide the following: Full name Date of birth Date of arrival in Hawaii and name of ship that transported the sakada to Hawaii Name of plantation/s where the sakada was employed Address Telephone number Any supporting document for item nos. 2, 3 and 4.
Maraming salamat pol
CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES 2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817 Tel: 1(808) 595-6316 to 19 • Fax: 1(808) 595-2581 Email: email@example.com www.philippineshonolulu.org
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By Angie DYTIOCO Santiago
City Council Chair Ernie Martin, Council Member Brandon Elefante, Representative Romy Cachola, Eduardo Manglallan, Danny Villaruz, Senator Will Espero, Representative Henry Aquino, Jun Abinsay, Ilocos Sur Vice-Governor D.V. Savellano, and Dr. Charlie Sonido.
Adela Salacup, Dina Bonnevie, and husband D.V. Savellano – Ilocos Sur Vice Governor.
Darrell Villaruz and Glenn Sagayadoro served as emcees for the program.
Dr. Charlie Sonido, Jerry Singson, Ilocos Sur Vice-Governor D.V. Savellano, and Jun Abinsay.
Singson, Villaruz, and Abergas Honored Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii Hosts 2nd President Quirino Awards & Gala The Ilocos Surian Association of Hawaii (ISAH) held its second President Elpidio Quirino Leadership and Humanitarian Awards and Gala on June 5, 2015, at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The awards are given to recipients who come from Ilocos Sur, now call Hawaii their home, and have shown
exemplary leadership and contributed immensely to the humanitarian needs of the people. The awardees were Jeremias “Jerry” Singson, a Provincial Board Member, and Danny Villaruz, ISAH’s President and community leader. Luis Angelo Artates Abergas received the Benito Soliven
Ilocos Sur Vice-Governor D.V. Savellano serenades the lovely contestants of the Mrs. ISAH Pageant scheduled for October 24, 2015, at the Ala Moana Hotel.
as emcees for the program. Ilocos Sur Vice-Governor D.V. Savellano and his wife Dina Bonnevie attended as special guests. The first recipients of the President Elpidio Quirino Awards were former State Represen-tative Felipe P. Abinsay and Dr. Charlie Sonido.
The Benito Soliven Award awardee Luis Abergas gives his powerful and humbling acceptance speech.
Seated: Rep. Romy Cachola, Jerry Singson, Lito Alcantra, and Mimi Gozar. Standing: Emme Villaruz, Dr. Charlie Sonido, Dory and Dr. Arnold Villafuerte, Marlon Tagorda, Dr. Elizabeth Abinsay, Dr. Raymund Liongson, and Amado Yoro.
Seated: Gloria Yoro, Lydia Pascua, Carmen Cabreros, and Esther Pascual. Standing: Angie Santiago, Amado Yoro, Jesse Pascual, Ernie Pascua, Ben Cabreros, and Rey Pineda.
Award, an accolade given to an outstanding young achiever who excels in the field of education. The panel of judges who selected t h e a wa r d e e s i n c l u d e d Aurelio S. Agcaoili, Ph.D., Thelma Dulig Ortal, Ph.D, and Raymond Liongson, PhD. Glenn Sagayadoro and Darrell Villaruz served
Seated: Gerhart and Nancy Walch, and Delia Laguesma Apostol. Standing: Alex Vergara, Teresita Aganon, Cora Salvador, Elsa Talavera, Wilma Abinsay Luangphinith, Nelia Abinsay Alimboyoguen, Betty Balmonte, Editha Tapat, and Loreta Gusman.
Angie Dytioco Santiago, our Gathering Place columnist, is a U.H. Manoa graduate. She is currently a Governor of the United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH), a Public Relations Officer for the Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii (BCAH) and a member of the Philippine Celebrations Coordinating Committee of Hawaii (PCCCH). She served as 1st Vice President of the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) from 2013 to 2014 and as the BCAH President from 2010 to 2012. She is the daughter of Angel & Rubing Dytioco and is married with two sons. She enjoys photography and participating in cultural and social activities and events.
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By Drew Astolfi
Lessons on Community Building 101
“What is ultimately most valuable in the book is the careful way that Chin works in an overarching theme about keeping the essential character and culture of Chinatown intact.” Legendary community organizer Gordon Chin’s recent book Building Community, Chinatown Style (available on Amazon) should be required reading for Hawaii’s politicians, planners, and activists struggling to solve our affordable housing crisis. The book is based on Chin’s nearly 50 years of organizing in the highest land value region of the United States (San Francisco) and the story of his Chinatown Community Development Corporation has many for us here in the Aloha State. And all of them are delivered with the easygoing humanity that characterizes
Chin’s community work. Reading it is like taking a walk around San Francisco’s vibrant Chinatown, a seminar on affordable housing, and a wise look back at the steady rise of Asian American political power all wrapped up in one volume. But it’s not just a good read. Here in Honolulu the housing crisis has been steadily worsening over the last decade. From the homeless occupying blocks and parks in a desperate search for a safe place to sleep, to the skyrocketing cost of rental and homeownership, pricing our children out of the state
they were raised in, all the way through to the difficulty implementing the promises of transit-oriented development, each of these aspects of our crisis is challenging our sense of who we are as local Hawaii people. Luckily for us, Chin’s Chinatown CDC has grappled with and successfully addressed versions of all of these questions since the late 1970’s. The book is full of colorful examples of these successes, each filled with real life people’s stories to highlight the view from the grassroots. On homelessness, Chin describes how Chinatown C D C r e i nve n t e d S i n g l e Room Occupancy, bringing in supportive services and programs that improved the social character of the buildings. (If there is any silver bullet for getting Hawaii’s homeless population off the street this would be it.) On transit, Chinatown CDC has been ahead of the curve at every step with bussing, highway planning,
and most recently commuter rail. Chin exposes the good the bad and the ugly of it all while demonstrating exactly how to make these large scale planning decisions work for the people and neighborhoods of his city. What is ultimately most valuable in the book is the careful way that Chin works in an overarching theme about keeping the essential character and culture of Chinatown intact. And not in a theme park way that freezes Chinatown in one place and time forever, but in a way that respects the way neighborhoods and people change and grow over generations. It is this larger lesson that seems most urgent for Hawaii people to learn as it feels increasingly in
our state like a wave of gentrification is going to wash away the unique and precious local culture that all of us inhabit. Reading Building Community, Chinatown Style will inspire you to think bigger about the kind of struggles we are facing together as island people, and the kinds of things we might do together to get through them.
Drew Astolfi was the director of FACE- Faith Action for Community Equity for many years, covering both Oahu and Maui. Although he moved to the Mainland early part of this year, he continues to be invested in Hawaii’s future and will periodically contribute articles to the Fil-Am Courier.
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By Dr. Christopher Tortora, M.D. Medical Director of Hawaiian Eye Center
Between 50 to 90 percent of computer users experience symptoms related to computer vision syndrome (CVS), or Digital Eye Strain, which includes dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches and neck and shoulder pain. CVS can occur from extended use of computers, tablets, mobile phones and other devices with digital screens. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month to raise awareness about this very common and treatable condition. Symptoms of CVS may be caused by any combination of the following factors: uncorrected re-
fractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism; poor lighting; screen glare;
and poor workstation setup for posture and viewing. There’s currently no scientific evidence that CVS
permanently damages the eyes, but some experts believe daily computer use can contribute to an increased incidence of dry eye disease. Dry eye disease can lead to ulcers, scarring of the cornea and even vision loss if left untreated. To protect yourself from CVS, the first step is to correct any refractive errors by visiting your eye care professional. It’s estimated that around 11 million Americans 12 and older suffer from easily correctable refractive errors, according to the National Eye Institute. Having the proper glasses, contacts or surgery to correct these issues will decrease any added strain on your eyes. The next step is to adjust your workstation: sit upright with back support from chair; position monitor to be viewed just below
eyelevel at 15 to 20 degree downward angle from center of screen, 20 to 28 inches from your eyes; adjust screen contrast and brightness to level comparable to surrounding light; and use screen covers, lower lighting and curtains or blinds to reduce glare. L a s t l y, f o l l o w t h e s e simple tips: take frequent breaks and blink frequently to rehydrate your eyes; every 20 minutes, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds (20/20/20 rule); and try over-the-counter lubricating eye drops. If CVS symptoms become chronic, speak with your eye care professional to see if special computer glasses are needed or treatment for dry eyes is recommended.
Dr. Christopher Tortora, a board certified ophthalmologist, is host of “The Hawaiian Eye Show,” a weekly informational radio program about healthy vision broadcast live every Saturday at 8 a.m. on KHVH 830 AM/rebroadcast at 9 p.m. on KHBZ 990 AM. He and his colleagues at the Hawaiian Eye Center are committed to educating the public about the importance of preventative eye care. To learn more about a variety of eye health issues, please call the Hawaiian Eye Center at 621-8448 or visit www. HawaiianEye.com and www.Facebook.com/HawaiianEyeCenter, where “life has never looked better.”
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FEELING THE HEAT? by JORDAN SEGUNDO
As a proud Filipino, there is
one thing I know we all have in common: Filipinos love life. Whether it’s celebrating a special occasion, indulging in our favorite foods, or
just enjoying life’s
simple pleasures, Filipinos do it with passion and excitement.
I am thrilled to be sharing
that same passion in my monthly column titled “Living Life!” Each month I will bring you news and advice on topics relating to lifestyle.
From health and
wellness to fitness, food, fashion,
On average, August and September are the hottest months
in Hawaii. With temperatures on the rise and no relief in sight, staying safe in hot and humid weather is important. Here are a few safety tips for staying cool from the American Red Cross: • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Not a fan of water? Try coconut water as an alternative. • Slow down, stay indoors, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. • Check on family, friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. • Heat stroke can be life threatening. Know the warning signs: hot, red skin that may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place and quickly cool their body by immersing them up to the neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water or cover with cold, wet towels or bags of ice until emergency first responders arrive.
entertainment and more!
Jordan Segundo is most noted as the first contestant from Hawaii and the first Filipino-American selected as a Top 32 finalist on Season Two of American Idol. Since then, he has made a name for himself as one of Hawaii’s top entertainers. In addition to singing, he has branched out into acting and television hosting. He currently presents “808 Update”, an events and entertainment segment every Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. on KHON2’s Living808. In addition to singing, he has branched out into acting and television hosting. Aside from performing, Segundo is also very active in the community. He generously volunteers his time and talents to worthy causes and non-profit organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the D.A.R.E. Program and the Oahu SCPA.
Sky Waikiki is Honolulu’s newest bistro,
lounge and nightclub. Perched on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, the cleverly designed 7,000 sq. ft. venue
boasts a 30-foot video wall, three bars and
a wrap around sky deck with endless views
Neiman Marcus Ala Moana recently held a Fashion Trend
event to share the latest Fall 2015 trends for men and women. Whatever your budget or lifestyle, incorporating a few of these trends into your fall wardrobe will get you noticed.
Bold red is the color to embrace this season. From crimson to
rosewood, this alluring color can add drama and excitement into your fall get-up.
All white is also in. Shades of white make any outfit classic
and timeless. Don’t be afraid to mix your whites and add a pop of color with your jewelry.
The bohemian folklore of the 60’s and 70’s will continue this
fall with fringe, flared out jeans, patchwork, prints and texture.
For men, grab that hoodie, blazer and green t-shirt for a casual
yet polished look.
of the Waikiki skyline.
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By Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr.
Grace Poe is an exceptional phenomenon in Philippine politics. She topped the senatorial elections in 2013 from being a total nobody. Only after her father’s demise did the Filipino people learn that she lives as the adopted daughter of the King of Philippine action movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. who is believed to have been robbed of the presidency in 2004. But it was enough to catapult her to the Senate. Remarkably, the neophyte Senator demonstrated her true worth as a leader while displaying credibility, independence and dedication in carrying out her official duties. She has earned the respect and admiration of millions of Filipinos especially because of her handling of the Senate investigation of the brutal massacre of 44 elite Philippine National Police commandos in Mamasapano who were tasked to capture the dreaded terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir, alias Marwan. Her report as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order did not spare anyone including PNOY from sharing the blame for the unfortunate tragedy under the principle of command responsibility. Clearly she steered her Committee in completing a thorough and
reliable inquiry that almost everyone expected was going to be a whitewash of the President’s mishandling of the top secret operation. S e n a t o r G ra c e Po e n o w solidly tops the surveys as a potential candidate for the highest office of the land. This means that if elections were held today, she would likely trounce her opponents in being the next President of the Philippines. And if indeed she wins, her feat would doubtless be as dramatic and spectacular as the election of Barack Obama as 44th POTUS in eyes of the Philippine community. The political journey of Senator Poe is instructive and
inspiring for many FilipinoAmericans who enjoy the benefits of dual citizenship under Republic Act 9225, otherwise known as the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of August 29, 2003. Grace Poe was a foundling born on September 3, 1968 in Iloilo City. Given this fact of her birth she is presumed to be a natural born Filipino. She became a naturalized American on October 18, 2001. Consequently, she shifted her domicile to California, which became her new place of habitual residence. However, on or about September 2005 Poe returned
with the intent to permanently reside in her country of birth. This intention is bolstered by the fact that on December 7, 2006 she applied for retention of her Filipino citizenship under R.A. 9225. For this reason, she reverted back to her natural born status as a Filipino as if she never lost it. As a dual citizen she had the right to use both her U.S. and Philippine passports to travel. Grace Poe renounced her U.S. citizenship on October 20, 2010. When she filed her certificate of candidacy as a senatorial contender in October 2012, she attested having re-established Philippine residency for at
PLEASE JOIN US! PREMIERE SHOWING OF
“Kokua for Philippines: Atong Gitukod” Friday, September 25, 2015 5:30 pm at Cafe Julia at YWCA Lanieakea
Sponsored by Congress of Visayan Organizations (COVO) and the COVO Foundation, this 45-minute documentary highlights the turnover of the two 20-home villages that was built for the survivors of the earthquake in Sagbayan, Bohol and typhoon Haiyan in Dulag, Leyte. It was produced to underscore the organization’s commitment to donor trust and the need to improve transparency and accountability in disaster fundraising efforts. The devastation caused by the catastrophic typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Central part of the Philippines in 2013 resulted in incredible loss of lives and property. In response, COVO launched “Kokua for Philippines”- a series of fundraising efforts to raise funds for the victims of both disasters. This film showcases COVO’s successful fundraising efforts and chronicles the planning, construction and ultimately the turnover of the homes to the survivors. This benefit event, serving a dual purpose, will help defray the cost associated with the production and the showing of this documentary. For more information, please contact May Mizuno at 808-7414503, Jane Clement at 808-756-3103, Eva Washburn-Repollo at 808-728-3089 or Hernando Tan at 808-372-9269.
least 6 years and 6 months at the time of her election in May 13, 2013. This met the terms of the Philippine Constitution requiring a Senator to be a natural born Filipino and a resident of the Philippines for at least two years at the time of election. This also complied with R.A. 9225 compelling those seeking elective public office to make a personal and sworn renunciation of their foreign citizenship at the time of filing of their certificate of candidacy. By reason of these facts Senator Poe will definitely comply with the 10-year prior residency requirement by the time of the elections on May 9, 2016, should she decide to run for President. In that event, the electorate will decide, despite her record of ambivalence as a Filipino or an American, whether she is the most qualified aspirant for the highest office on the basis of her experience or lack of it.
After successfully practicing law in the Philippines and the United States, “Jun” served as Chairman of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission under President Fidel V. Ramos. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Christian University in Manila, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Filipino Community Center. Yasay, along with his wife Cecile and daughter Stephanie, is a resident of Honolulu.
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Ang Buhay ni Lam-ang (Epiko ng mga Ilocano) By Dr. Leticia CantalPagkalinawan
Noong unang panahon, sa isang lugar sa hilagang bahagi ng Pilipinas, may mag-asawa na ang pangalan ay Don Juan at Namongan. Pa g k a l i p a s n g i l a n g taon, nagdalantao si Namongan. Ngunit bago siya makapagsilang, napatay ng isang masamang grupo ng mga Igorot si Don Juan. Pa g k a ra a n n g i l a n g buwan, nagsilang ng isang sanggol na lalaki si Namongan. May kakaibang katangian ang sanggol na ito. Mabilis ang kanyang paglaki at marunong na ring magsalita. Lam-Ang ang pangalang ibinigay sa sarili. Nang maging ganap n a b i n a t a s i L a m -a n g , pinuntahan niya ang bundok kung saan pinatay ang kanyang ama. Nakita niya roon ang mga taong pumatay sa kanyang ama. Sa galit ni Lam-Ang, pinagpapatay niya ang mga iyon. Pagbaba ng bundok, naligo muna siya sa isang ilog bago umuwi sa kanilang bahay. Dahil sa sobrang dumi ng kanyang katawan, namatay ang lahat ng isda sa ilog. Agad na pinuntahan ni Lam-Ang si Ines, ang pinakamagandang babae sa kanilang lugar. Kasama niya roon ang kanyang alagang manok at aso. Nagulat si Lam-Ang dahil naparaming manliligaw ni Ines. Kaya lumakad si Lam-Ang sa mga ulo ng kalalakihan para makapasok sa loob ng bahay ni Ines. At para lalong mapansin ni Ines, inutusan ni Lam-Ang ang manok naikampay ang mga pakpak nito. Sa isang iglap, biglang nabuwal ang isang bahay sa kanilang tapat. Pagkatapos, pinatahol niya ang kanyang aso at muling nabuo ang bahay. Labis na humanga si Ines kay Lam-ang. Sa bandang huli, tuluyan nang umibig si Ines
kay Lam-ang at sila ay nagpakasal. Isang gabi, napanaginipan ni Lam-ang isang n a k a g aw i a n g r i t wa l n g kanilang lahi. Kailangan niyang sisirin ang kailaliman ng dagat upang hanapin ang gintong kabibe. Sa ganitong paraan daw mapapatunayan ni Lam-ang na kaya niyang ipagtanggol ang kanyang pamilya. Alam ni Lam-ang lubhang mapanganib ang kanyang gagawin. Kaya nagdasal siya sa mga diyos para mapawi ang kanyang pangamba. Pinakinggan naman siya ng mga diyos at binigyan siya ng lakas ng loob. Kinabukasan, kinausap ni Lam-Ang si Ines tungkol sa kanyang mga plano. Sinabihan din niya ang asawa sa mga dapat gawin kung sakaling may masamang mangyari sa kanya. Dumating na ang takdang araw. Maraming
tao ang nagtipun-tipon para masaksihan ang pagsisid ni Lam-ang. Ngunit bago pa man makalubog si Lamang ay biglang lumitaw ang dambuhalang pating na si Berkakan. Sinakmal nito si Lam-ang. Tatlong araw nakalungkutan ang nadama ni Ines bago niya sinunod ang mga habilin ni Lam-ang. Inipon niya ang inanod na mga buto ni Lam-Ang at inuwi sa bahay. Binalot niya ang mga ito sa pulang sutla at nagdasal nang nagdasal. H a b a n g n a g d a ra s a l , unti-unting nabuo ang kalansay at katawan ni Lam-ang. Ilang sandalipa’y nabuhay nang muli si Lamang. Dahil sa kagitingan ni Lam-ang, biniyayan siya at ang kanya ng pamilya ng buhay na walang hanggan mula sa mga diyos.
Dr. Leticia Cantal-Pagkalinawan is currently a faculty of Filipino language and literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a lecturer of Filipino and at the same time the coordinator of Filipino Language Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before she joined the University of Hawaii in August 2010. She is a textbook and a creative writer, researcher, interpreter and translator of Filipino language. Dr. Pagkalinawan is a graduate of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines with a degree of Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature.
-----------------------------------------------------Kilala mo ba sila? 1. Ang pinatay ng mga Igorot :_____________________ 2. Ang pangalan na ibinigay sa sarili :________________ 3. Ang mga alagang hayop : _______________________ 4. May napakaraming manliligaw: ___________________ 5. Ang dambuhalang pating: _______________________
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Born in the Philippines, Virgie Cruzada has lived on the island of Kauai since 1972. A mother of three adult children, she is a resident of Hanamaula with her husband, Bobby. She is a retired teacher who devotes a lot of time helping the community, including serving as president of the Kauai Visayan club and Vice President of the Congress for Visayan Organizations.
During this year’s Parents’ Day celebration, everyone enjoyed playing games organized by chairperson, Letty Ruiz. In this picture, Sharon Lagmay (blindfolded) tries to identify the person in front of her hands.
Fun and excitement are written all over the faces of Dana Lagmay and Wilfred Estenzo, willing participants of the game prepared for fathers. Not minding her blindfold, there seems to be no way to stop Sharon from trying to achieve success in identifying these two people in front of her.
In conjunction with its quarterly membership get-together, the Kauai Visayan Club’s annual Parents’ Day celebration at Salt Pond Pavilion on June 14, 2015 was graced with the presence of some visitors from the mainland. Sharon Estenzo (in black), former resident of Kauai, is a Senior Purchasing Manager of Darling Homes in Houston, Texas, took the time to pose with her sister, local resident, Sandra Estenzo Fernandes.
Proud Fathers: Kneeling: Bobby Cruzada, supportive spouse of KVC president, Virgie Cruzada; Elot Baring. Standing left to right: Bailio Fuertes, John A., Dana Lagmay, Wilfred Estenzo, Perfecto Labrador, John Morrison (partly hidden), Noli Basnillo, and Zosimo Mata.
Marie Estenzo-Gray (front right), a former resident of Kauai, currently a resident and student of Colorado Technical University, majoring in B. S. Organization Psychology, enjoyed a fun day with the members of the Kauai Visayan Club. Her husband Chip Gray, Jr. (in blue shirt) works for International Marine Industrial Applicators, LLC, as Quality Assurance Supervisor as Kayla, her niece, and a friend stands smiling in the background.
We can’t help but feel good as we look at the faces of these beautiful KVC members whose smiles are contagious. Seated are Aura Laymon, Press Relations Officer, who is also known as the Lady of Love; Lourdes Fajardo who looks gorgeous as she wears her hat with an “attitude”. Standing right behind are Tessie Estenzo (Chairperson of the Membership Committee), with Co-chair Dita Marshall.
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