Celebrate a Filipino Christmas at PASKO! sa Filcom, Sunday, December 16
Make your own recycled parol (Christmas lantern) and win prizes at free holiday festival.
The sights and sounds of the festive Filipino Christmas season will fill the halls of the Filipino Community Center (Filcom Center) in Waipahu when the annual Pasko! sa FilCom will be celebrated on Sunday, December 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m. The free event will feature Filipino food and holiday treats; handicrafts and ornaments for sale; and traditional music and dance.
New this year is a contest to make the best parol (Christmas star lanterns) from recycled materials. Winners in three categories-best parol made from a kit, best freestyle, and people’s choice, will win prizes worth $100 each. This “Walang Sayang” (no waste) holiday challenge, the first of its kind at Pasko!, is organized by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii.
Children (and adults, too) can also make their own parol(Christmas lanterns) out of bamboo and paper, listen to folk tales, and participate in games and crafts. The FilCom band, the Banda Kawayan, will play on instruments made from bamboo, and its resident choral group, Himig at Indak, will perform folk songs, dances, and carols of yesterday and today. Community groups will compete in a choral contest and a cooking demonstration will highlight Visayan delicacies.
A special presentation of the Panunuluyan, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn similar to the Mexican posada, will be performed as it is in Tagalog-speaking towns in the Philippines.
For more information, please call 808 680-0451 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANTED: Vendors Selling Locally Hand-crafted Gift Items
The FilCom Center is looking for vendors selling locally hand-crafted gift items or those coming from the Philippines or with Filipino themes as part of PASKO! sa FilCom event. Tables are available to Community Partners and other non-profit organizations that have collaborated with FilCom for $50. For-profit entities are also welcome at $100 per table. Set up starts at 2 p.m. The event will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We also welcome those offering professional services or government agencies and organizations offering community services. For more information, please call the FIlCom office at 808 680 0451 or email@example.com for the registration form. The number of tables available are limited and offered to those who register early. Those who live in Waipahu or neighboring areas can also drop by the office to register and view the premises. The FilCom office is located at 94-428 Mokuola Street, Room 302. We are open Monday to Sunday-seven (7) days a week , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Do call first before coming by.
Conrad and Linda Abuel
Workforce Development Through Computer Skills Training
The FilCom Center has been offering computer training since the completion of its Economic Development Administration (EDA)-funded Tech Room seven years ago. The training session went into hiatus when the hard-wired desk top computers started slowing down. Earlier this year, the FilCom Center replaced the outdated computers with laptops and converted internet access into WIFI thus enabling the resumption of the computer classes anywhere in the facility. The first volunteer to help restart the computer enrichment classes was Conrad Abuel.
Recently retired as a Case Manager for the City & County of Honolulu’s Oahu Work Links Program and as an Accountant for the Department of Budget, Conrad offered to teach Computer Basics, a four session course that helped computer newbies to use a laptop. Held at the 3rd floor conference room of the FilCom office the course is limited to nine students per course. Conrad’s classes are held on Wednesdays, from 10 to 12 noon. Most of his students are recently arrived immigrants who are seeking employment but need computer skills to navigate today’s technological requirements. Others are retired seniors who want to use email or surf the internet or socialize via Facebook.
Conrad received his B.S. in Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting from Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila. After spending his early schooling at Rafael Palma Elementary School, he attended Araullo High School, Manila, Philippines. He is married to Linda Abuel and the couple has three grown children.
After completing a session of Computer Basics, Conrad convinced his wife Linda, to volunteer as well. Linda now teaches the EXCEL courses on Saturdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. Currently the Chief Accountant at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Mental Health Center, Linda brings years of experience in using spreadsheet software.
Linda attended Centro Escolar University since her elementary and high school days. She received her accounting degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1967 and that same year was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines. Prior to immigrating to Hawaii in 1980, she was a Partner at L.C. Diaz & Company, CPAs, based in Manila, Philippines. Upon arrival in Hawaii, she was hired as an Audit Supervisor with DeLoitte & Touche, eventually becoming the Chief Accountant for Child & Family Service for 15 years.
In the early 1990s, Linda was recruited to volunteer for a fledgling non-profit whose fund development campaign theme was “Building the Dream”. This non-profit had the audacity to dream of building a community center that would “promote and perpetuate Filipino culture and customs in the State of Hawaii.” Linda headed the Budget Committee and was responsible for ensuring that the non-profit was at par with accounting standards and was transparent and accountable in the collection of all donations. When the FilCom Center was finally built, Linda served on its Board of Directors before moving on to other pursuits, and now is back as one of FIlCom’s treasured volunteers.
Conrad and Linda are also active in the Bulacan Circle of Hawaii, where Conrad now serves as one of its Board of Directors.
JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber
The Filipino Junior Chamber is dedicated to the personal and professional development of its members, as well as creating impact and positive change within its communities, particularly the Filipino Community.
The Filipino Junior Chamber’s legacy can be traced as far back as 1970 when Geminiano “Toy” Arre, Jr. made history by becoming the first president of non-Japanese descent to lead the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. During Toy’s tenure, he led the effort with Ernest Mina to form the first Filipino-themed JCI chapter in Hawaii with Ed Hasegawa as its first president: the Bayanihan Jaycees. Unfortunately, the word ‘Bayanihan’ was forced to be removed due to the U.S. Junior Chamber’s policy banning ethnic connotations to chapter names. Although it got renamed to the Metropolitan Jaycees, the chapter’s bayanihan spirit remained.
The U.S. Junior Chamber’s policy eventually changed and a new chapter later emerged as the Oahu Filipino Jaycees. It became a solid source for young leadership in the local Filipino community, bringing forth today’s notable individuals such as Judge Rey Graulty, Roland Casamina, Larry Ordonez, Alex Sonson, and Willie Espero. Some of its members would ultimately be instrumental in helping establish Oahu’s Annual Filipino Fiesta and the Filipino Community Center.
After some time of hibernation, today’s organization began to form in the late 1990s by Harry Alonso. In 1998, the Filipino Junior Chamber officially reemerged as the Honolulu Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce (HFJCC) with Michelle Acosta as its first president. Under Eric Barsatan’s leadership in 2008, HFJCC branded itself simply as the ‘Filipino Junior Chamber.’
Under Jay Raymundo’s leadership in 2011, HFJCC officially renamed itself ‘JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce’ as JCI resources have become more readily available to its national and local organization members.
In 2012, Ryan Fernandez became the first ex officio board member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. This position would continue to be held by current Filipino Junior Chamber presidents and open leadership and networking opportunities to members.
Like the chapters that preceded it, the current chapter has a diverse and talented membership. Current and former members are sought for their leadership by businesses, government of all levels, and the community. Today, the Filipino Junior Chamber is the local community’s PREMIER organization for young adults in leadership development.
The Filipino Junior Chamber is affiliated with the following organizations: Hawaii Junior Chamber; Junior Chamber International; United States Junior Chamber and Oahu Filipino Community Council
JCI Hawaii Filipino Junior Chamber Officers for 2013
Chairman- Ryan Fernandez
President- Randy Cortez
Executive VP- Galileo Tan
Treasurer- Mary Aguilar
Secretary- Heide Torno
Management VP- Rachel Cabanizas
Business Development VP- Zhoydell Magaoay
Individual Development VP- Vacant
Community Development VP- Kristane Gaspar
International Development VP- Niccolo Gruta
Membership Development VP- Gabriel Torno
Board Staff- Brandon Elefante, Christian Evangelista, Eligie Pinacate, Joshua Javier
Annual Flores de Mayo/Filipino Fiesta
Night of Honor/ The Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF)
Save a Bottle Save a Life (SBSL)
Night of Honor/TOYF
The Filipino Junior Chamber cordially invites you to the 3rd Night of Honor, scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2012. This event will introduce the FJC’s incoming executive board and will continue on to bestow the highest honors by the United States Junior Chamber to two of the organization’s current and former members. This year’s recipients are Scott Arakaki, attorney at Badger Arakaki, LLC and Jay Raymundo, CEO of Aloha Rehabilitation Services. The event will culminate with the recognition of The Outstanding Young Filipinos in Hawaii, residents of Filipino Ancestry who have gone through great efforts to better themselves and the community.
The event will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom, doors open at 6pm, program to start at 6:30pm. Business Formal/Filipiniana attire. Tickets are $60. For RSVP, please contact Brandon Elefante at (808)-779-9126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mission is to develop, own and operate a community center that provides social, economic and education services and to promote and perpetuate Filipino culture and customs in the state of Hawaii.
Last November 25, I had the privilege of ranking this year’s crop of nominees for The Outstanding Young Filipinos (TOYF), a project of the Filipino Junior Chamber. My co-jurors were Hawaii Senator Clarence Nishihara and Jun Colmenares, Executive Director of the Hawaii Office of Language Access. The experience strengthened my faith in the future of our State and its Filipino American community.
The first nominee who came in bright and early at eight in the morning wasJason Espero, the Shelter Manager for the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako. Currently the secretary and board member of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, he is one of very few young people in the field of social services who is responsible for the day-to day operations of an emergency shelter for the homeless. Jason has degree in political science and is now a masters degree candidate at UH Manoa in public administration.
We interviewed Carmille Lim -the Development and Advocacy Manager of the YWCA– via phone. Carmille is a board member of the League of Women Voters of Hawaii and a commissioner at the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. Recognized by the Pacific Business News as one of the State’s brightest young professionals under 40-but at 25, she was the youngest selected in this elite group.
The third nominee was Bryan Munoz, a popular DJ at KNDI Radio. According to Leona Jona, owner of KNDI Radio, Bryan is able to bridge the gap between many generations of Filipinos of all ages. Among others, Bryan performs for the breakdance ministry at various churches such as the Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor.
Brent Limos, the admissions director of Damien Memorial School was the fourth nominee. Under Brent’s leadership and guidance, he helped Damien High School transition into a coeducational institution. He has also organized over 300 religious retreats for the school and helped increase enrollment.
The fifth nominee was Nicole Velasco. Currently a member of the Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board and Envision Hawaii, she left a lucrative career in New York City to come home after being appalled by Hawaii’s infamous Furlough Fridays. A graduate of Princeton University, she began her education in public policy as research analyst for the Hawaii House of Representatives Finance Committee and the Auditor’s Office. She run a bold campaign this past election (Kalihi’s District 30 seat) and lost by 120 votes. She continues her family’s sports legacy in Hawaii’s public schools by serving as coach to Farrington’s HS’s women’s water polo team.
The sixth nominee, Rhonee Joseph Roxas is an accomplished athlete. He earned a degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University via a volleyball scholarship. During his collegiate career, he was able lead his team to four NCAA championships. Named as the team captain in 2004, he was awarded an Academic Big-10 All American. At the Mr. Manhunt International 2011 contest in Bangkok, Rhonee represented Hawaii and finished in the top 15 out of 60 represented nations. In October, at the height of the flooding in Cavite, he initiated a relief goods distribution program.
Julius Soria, the 7th nominee, is an instructor at UH Manoa’s Ilocano language program. For more than 15 years, he worked his way to teaching heritage learners in basic education while he worked his way to graduate, both earning his masters and doctorate degrees in the course of his teaching. He is a recipient of the 2009 UFCH award for Education and currently serves as the secretary of the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC).
Damien Elefante, the final nominee, is an active member of the Hawaii State Jaycees and the Filipino Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law for all Hawaii State courts. He currently serves as a deputy attorney general assigned to the State Department of Taxation. As an attorney, he represented Hawaii in high profile cases. Damien also served as president of the Young Lawyers Division for the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Although the process of ranking the nominees took almost a whole day to accomplish, the experience of learning more about the lives of these very bright and promising young people was a gift to be treasured. It affirmed my thinking that perhaps we are doing something right!
The Outstanding Young Filipino (TOYF) Nominees
Rhonee Joseph Roxas
2013 Schedule of FilCom Programs
Cultural Promotion & Community Empowerment
Banda Kawayan, rehearsals from 3 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Music Room
Himig at Indak, rehearsals for ballroom dancing at 7 to 8 pm, choir practice at 8 to 9 pm, Tuesdays, 2nd Floor Breezeway
FilCom Children’s Choir, rehearsals from 3-5 pm Mondays at 3rd floor conference room;
Children’s Folk Dancing, Saturday afternoons (details to be determined);
FilCom Sundays, Cultural performances or cultural activities held every last Sunday of the month from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; each month is sponsored by a Community Partner.
Walang Sayang Program, promoting sustainability and responsible stewardship of our planet. Related activities are held at most FilCom Center events.
Family Legacy Project, Memorabilia and archival documents of Filipino families that made an impact on Hawaii are digitized and uploaded at the eFil website on as-needed basis.
NCLEX Nursing Licensure Review Classes;Every Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m. – Amianan Room
Computer Basics, Wednesdays, 10 to 12 noon; 4 session cycles
WORD, Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon; 4 session cycles
EXCEL, Saturdays, 2 to 4 pm, 4 session cycles
Mag Negosyo Entrepreneurship Classes-Alternate Tuesdays each month; 6 to 8 p.m. Amianan Room
Spring) February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 (5 sessions)
US Citizenship Classes 2013– 5-session series, Saturdays, Amianan Room
(Spring) Feb 2 to Mar 2, 2013; 10 to 12 noon Saturdays
(Summer) June 01 to June 29, 2013; 1 to 3 pm Saturdays
US Immigration Community Outreach Program, 5-session series, Saturdays, Amianan Room
(Spring) Feb 2 to March 2, 2013; 9 to 10 a.m., Saturdays
(Summer) June 01 to June 29, 2013; 3 to 4 p.m., Saturdays
Kinabukasan Series 2013-5-session financial literacy series, 2nd or 3rd Tuesdays,
(Spring) Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 14, monthly 6 to 8 pm, Amianan Room
Wellness & Successful Aging-a 10-session series to slow the aging process through a holistic approach; Co-sponsored by Dahn Yoga
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 2013 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturdays, Amianan Room
Kabataan 2013: Filipino for Kids Summer Program, for children 6 to 10 years old; June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, Saturdays, 8 to 12 noon at FilCom, 2nd floor
Filipino for Kids: RAMP (Read, Art, Music & Play) a reading program for kids 2 to 12. Funded by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Fund for Family Literacy of the Hawaii Community Foundation; held every FIlCom Sunday and Pasko sa FilCom, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Habagatan Room, 2nd floor; Free and open to the public as part of FilCom events.