Save the Dates-May 5 to 11: Flores de Mayo Festival 2013
The Filipino Community Center is expanding this year’s Filipino Fiesta and Parade to a week-long celebration to launch its second decade of service. Called Flores de Mayo, the festival brings to Hawaii the joy and celebrations of the month of May, the traditional fiesta time in the Philippines.
In addition to the day-long Fiesta and Parade at Kapiolani Park, Flores de Mayo will also include a Santacruzan on May 5, Sunday, which features a town’s most beautiful young ladies and their escorts in a flower-decked procession that commemorates the finding of the Holy Cross by the Reina Elena (St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great). The Santacruzan will be accompanied by music, entertainment, and food at the FilCom Center and promises to be a new attraction for the Leeward area.
Affiliated events co-sponsored with other community groups will also be held at the FilCom Center from May 5 to May 11. Among the events being planned are the Orientation of fiesta and parade participants on May 5; a trade forum on May 7, Tuesday, on “Doing Business in the Philippines” to allow Philippine-based participants opportunities for networking and to showcase their products and services; auditions for the prized slots during the Fiesta program, where amateur and professional performing artists are showcased, including TV and movie stars from the Philippines; and rehearsals and workshops by the various performers in anticipation of the main events.
The Flores de Mayo/Filipino Fiesta is a good venue for companies that seek wide exposure to thousands of Filipinos and their friends and family, as well as those who are interested in tapping Hawaii’s multicultural resources. Hawaii’s Filipino community is now the second-largest ethnic group in the State, comprising 14.5% of the population (20% with part-Filipinos), according to the latest Census figures. Filipino-Americans are also the fastest-growing group in the state, increasing in numbers by 24% since 2000.
The Filipino Fiesta and Parade celebrates its 21st year in 2013. Founded by Eddie Flores Jr. in 1993 to drum up public interest for the FilCom Center, the event has been expanded to a week-long festival of activities and named Flores de Mayo to recognize the significant contributions of Mr. Flores to the center.
Those interested in participating in the various events can call the FilCom Center office at 808-680-0451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms are also downloadable atwww.filcom.org. Further inquiries can also be directed to the Festival Chair, Jay Raymundo at 808-398-6037.or email at email@example.com.
New Members Join the FilCom Board of Directors
Four new members join the FilCom Center Board of Directors, including the appointment of a legal counsel. These are:
Desirea Aguinaldo. Desirea is the co-founder and CEO of OneSource, Inc. and Vice President of OneSource Insurance, Inc.-Hawaii’s premier professional employer organization (PEO) and small business insurance agency, respectively. OneSource Inc. specializes in providing companies with versatile management solutions including accounting, human resources and payroll services. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Business. She is also a published columnist in Pacific Edge Magazine and its first honoree in 2010. Her other awards include Outstanding Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 from the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Hawaii’s Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos 2011 from the Filipino Jaycees, Class of 2012 Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 Recipient , and 2012 Pacific Business News Forty Under 40 Young Business Leader of the Year.
Manny is Refuse Division Chief of the Department of Environmental Services, City and County of Honolulu after stepping down as its Deputy Director of the same department, a City appointive position. Prior to his positions with the City, he was the Facilities Engineer of Hawaii’s Airports Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Before immigrating to Hawaii in 1988, he was affiliated with MERALCO as a supervising engineer. He is a licensed professional electrical engineer in both the State of Hawaii and the Philippines. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines in 1971.
In 1999, he was elected president of the Filipino American League of Engineers and Architects (FALEA). At that time, The FilCom Center board approached Manny to organize a FilCom Construction Committee. The group was formed in 2000, with Manny as Chair. The Construction Committee that Manny formed was tasked to review the construction bid documents prepared by the design professional hired by FilCom. They also conducted the procurement process to select the General Contractor and Construction Manager for the project. Since 2000, the group has provided technical advice, and reviewed proposed tenant improvements. For the last 12 years Manny can always be depended on to provide assistance, and will be depended on again to assist in implementing the FilCom’s various projects. At the present time, he is the president of the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers and one of their projects is the MATH COUNT, a national program that allows Hawaii students compete with other states in Washington DC.
Agnes Reyes is a registered nurse by profession, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she migrated to Hawaii in 1980 right after finishing college. As a nurse, Agnes worked in diverse health care settings, which include surgical nursing, rehab nursing, telemetry, recovery room, cardiac catheterization lab, and home care. From staff nursing, she moved into management at Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi as a Utilization Review and Quality Management Coordinator and Case Manager. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious, Filipino Nurse of the Year Award and in 2005 a Legislative Award for her contributions to nursing and the community. As an entrepreneur, in 1999, Agnes started her own case management agency, Case Management Professionals, Inc. She was one of the pioneers for the community based alternative long- term-care and has been a resource to many of her peers who followed her footsteps. Her leadership and success as a business owner was recognized in the community and in 2003, the Filipino Business Women’s Association awarded her the “Filipino Business Woman of the Year.” In spite of the very demanding job of being a business owner, Agnes finds time to be very active with her professional organization, the Filipino Nurses Organization of Hawaii (FNOH). Her leadership in her organization was very prominent among the members that she was awarded the first FNOH Excellence in Leadership Award in 2002. She became the President of the organization from 2005 to 2007.
Luis Salaveria. As the Deputy Director of Finance for the State of Hawaii, Luis is involved in the planning, development, and administration of the $12 billion annual budget of the State. A cabinet member in the administration of Governor Neil Abercrombie, Luis is involved in the strategic direction of the state’s financial position. He works closely with all levels and branches of government. He recently helped execute the $870 million general bond issuance of the State of Hawaii that resulted in the state’s lowest interest rate in history.
Prior to joining the Administration, Luis spent the last 10 years as the Finance Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s National Facilities Services, where he was instrumental in securing funding for over $400 million in capital projects and financially oversaw the construction of 3 new medical clinics and the expansion and renovation of the Kaiser’s medical hospital in the State of Hawaii. He began his career in State government working in the legislative branch as the Fiscal Officer for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and in the executive branch as the Chief Budget Officer for the Hawaii State Department of Defense. Mr. Salaveria holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii.
Luis was born in Hawaii and spent many years visiting the Philippines. As a youth, Luis lived in the Manila for 4 years attending Angelicum Academy in Quezon City. Luis’ parents Luis and Gloria, immigrated from the Philippines in the 60’s. Luis’ father hailed from Orion, Bataan and his mother from Paranaque, Metro Manila.
Appointed as Legal Counsel, Marion Reyes Burke is a Securities Enforcement Attorney for the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Securities Enforcement Branch. Prior to joining the DCCA early this year, Marion was an Associate at Cades Schutte LLP. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Hawaii’s Law School in 2004 and also attended the University of Tulsa, School of Law in Leuven, Belgium and Geneva, Switzerland as part of a Summer Study Abroad program. Marion is also a nursing graduate of the Philippines Women’s University in Manila and is a registered nurse in Hawaii since 1992. She briefly taught clinical nursing at Kapiolani Community College and was a staff nurse and a continuing care/case manager for various Hawaii hospitals before enrolling in law school in 2002.
An accomplished athlete, Marion completed several triathlon (1.5-km swim, 40-km bike, 10-km run) and ironman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) events. She also completed a 115-mile bike ride over two days in Kona to raise funds for a non-profit organization in 2009.
FilCom Sunday’s “PIT SENYOR! A Celebration of Visayan Culture” Ushers in 2013
PIT SENYOR! A Celebration of Visayan Culture event was held last Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Despite the threats of rain and stormy weather, the event drew a large crowd. The event showcased a mini-version of the Sinulog Festival, the largest festival in the Philippines, as well as a Visayan cultural show featuring Visayan songs and dances, martial arts, food, and a Visayan movie. The event was held in collaboration with the Oahu Visayan Council, the Congress of Visayan Organizations (COVO), the United Visayan Community (UVC), the St. Anthony Visayan Community, and other organizations.
The celebration commenced with a colorful Sinulog, an annual festival held in Cebu, which commemorates the acceptance of Roman Catholicism by the Visayan people by honoring and celebrating the image of the Sto. Nino. The main feature is a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs. .
Due to the threat of rain, the January 27 event was held at the Casamina-Flores Ballroom. Among the performers who joined the Sinulog troupe is the Banda Kawayan which played Visayan instrumental music. This was followed by a welcome and brief overview of the Visayan region, its people and its culture by Jun Colmenares, the Executive Director of the COVO. Also present to address the audience was Jane Clement, current president of COVO, who flew in from Kona to join the festivities.
A Visayan cultural show followed – with songs from the Silangan Singers and individual performers, folk dances from the UVC dancers led by its president, Richard Ancog, and other groups, and a choral presentation by the St. Anthony Children’s Choir which sang the celebratory song of St. Pedro Calungsod, the first Visayan saint. There was also the presentation of Visayan martial arts by Robert Garcia and his group, and the Visayan “balak” or poem. Ron Quesada, a master of kulintang music also performed.
While the cultural show was going on, the preparation of Visayan finger food was demonstrated at various booths surrounding the courtyard. Children’s activities related to Visayan culture were also held at the Amianan and Habagatan rooms directed by Imelda Gasmen and her young volunteers. After the cultural show, a Visayan film by actor/director/producer Cesar Montano, Panaghoy sa Suba (Call of the River) was shown.
Roland and Edith Pascua-Reviving FilCom’s Grassroots Fundraising Campaign
By Jenny Alconcel Quezon
Roland Aguilar Pascua, son of the late Felix and Felipa Pascua and Edith Casamina Pascua, the oldest and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Santos Casamina have been very prominent Filipino Community Center’s Community Relations Team members from the very beginning. They were both appointed by Nic Musico, who was then the Filcom Center Community Relations Team Chairperson, as his Co-Chairs. It was a lot of hard work approaching Filipino organizations, families and friends for donations.
Roland and Edith and their hard working team members even walked house to house requesting support for the Filipino Community Center. They held their first rally in Waialua, where people can submit their donations or pledges to Edith’s brother, Roland Casamina. Roland was then the President spearheading the building of the FilCom Center, along with Vice President Eddie Flores. They held their weekly Thursday night meetings, in which the Community Relations Team would submit donations and pledges that they collected from Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. The group managed to receive a lot of monetary donations.
Roland and Edith agreed to revive what used to be the Community Relations Committee of the FilCom Center to jumpstart the capital campaign. For starters, the two co-chairs want to reach out to former volunteers and bring them back.
Roland and Edith raised two children, Elaine and Russell, who have blessed them with five wonderful grandchildren (Amber, Preston and Lexi, Royce and Reese), and one great granddaughter (Aria).
Edith is a Sales Coordinator/Customer Service for Hibu, Publisher of Yellowbook Paradise Pages. Roland just retired from his Roland’s vending and refrigeration services business last year. He is now enjoying grandparent duty, taking the younger grandchildren to and from school, as well as dropping off baby Aria at the babysitter’s house. Although retired, he still assists his son Russell with the RVR Company. Even with their very busy schedules in the community, they continue to volunteer at FilCom Center to teach ballroom dancing as the lead instructors, and practicing diligently for the Himig at Indak choir.
The Himig at Indak’s ballroom group has been credited for raising $30,000 for FilCom Center since their group started volunteering in February 2005. They also participated in the Philippine Consulate’s beautification committee projects since 1997, under the chairmanship of Jenny Quezon. With their enthusiasm and ability to organize their loyal following, they are able to mobilize at the drop-of-a-hat. Their active members include: Ernie and Lydia Pascua, Tess and Jess Quemado, Cielo Oda, Sonny and Cora Rulloda, Bien and Nidia Pascua, Mar and Cris Ugale, Cesar and Tessie Arucan. Since forming Himig at Indak they have also added Arceli Rebollido, Pike Velasco, Gladys Emperador, Vernon Rivera, Orlando and Edel Matias and others, to the roster of volunteers. (There may be more names we failed to mention, and you know who you are-nevertheless, we thank you for your participation and support.)
Roland is a past president of San Nicolas Goodwill Foundation (SNGF) and now serves as an Adviser, and Edith was a past president of Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) for two terms. She and Roland are now concentrating on all of the activities of SNGF, as well as the FilCom Center, and without hesitation, will offer their services whenever it is needed.
This very popular and charismatic couple agrees to emcee at many important Filipino events and family weddings, birthdays, anniversaries at a moment’s notice if they are available, because they totally enjoy volunteering. They deserve to be recognized as the Volunteers of the Month for the Filipino Community Center newsletter. Congratulations and best wishes to our honorees, Edith Casamina Pascua and Roland Aguilar Pascua!
Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii
Established in 1980, Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii celebrated its 18th installation of officers and 32nd anniversary celebration on November 24, 2012, at the Pagoda Hotel. At that event, the group recognized the founders of the organization — the late Diosdado Baluyot of Paombong; the late Gregorio Salamat of Hagonoy, and Angel Sapitan Dytioco of Hagonoy, also the organization’s first president.
The group organizes social activities to strengthen ties among its members such as picnics, fundraisers and other activities. The group also undertakes community service projects, gives assistance to disaster victims abroad, and works with other Filipino and civic organizations on projects.
The most recent project of the Bulacan Circle at FilCom was providing the cast and support crew for the Panunuluyan staged at FilCom during the Pasko sa FIlCom last December. The next challenge for the group is to conceptualize and implement the next FilCom Sunday on February 24 titled “The Best of the Tagalog Region.”
The organization uses its social media such as Facebook page to share news, highlights, and information on upcoming meetings, fundraisers, special events and share recognition and acknowledgement of BCAH members and families.
The group invites and welcomes all to become a family member of the BCAH. One does not have to be a Bulakenyo (someone with family roots in Bulacan) to join. The only requirement is a fun-spirited and helpful attitude! Its annual membership fees are $20/family or $10/individual and free for those who are at least 70-years old.
The 2012 to 2014 slate of officers are:
President: Albert Roque of Hagonoy, Bulacan Vice President: Marcie Wong Recording Secretary: Jennifer Batara Corresponding Secretary: Ester Ana Treasurer: Beth Simon Auditor: Linda Abuel Sgt-at-Arms: Sal Ana & Ricky Simon Board Members: Conrad Abuel & Lin Wong Immediate Past President & Public Relations Officer: Angie Santiago
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.
The FilCom’s annual strategic planning workshop for board members and other stakeholders was held last January 26. A half-day event on a Saturday, it drew a group of committed individuals to spend time to brainstorm on how to ensure sustainability and relevance for the organization. The majority who stayed the entire six-hour session were the five newly recruited board members and legal counsel and the chairs of the various programs offered at FilCom. Convened by the BOD chair, Edmund Aczon and moderated by Rona Suzuki, the attendees were given a briefing on the financial status of the non-profit and the need to retire the $3.0 million loan that the non-profit is still saddled with.
After the briefing, the group was divided into three teams-Programs, moderated by Clem Bautista; Fundraising, led by Bennette Misalucha; and Faciltiies chaired by Manny Lanuevo.
The Programs committee came out with a strategic statement to explore programs that will generate short term and long term income but provide an educational and cultural component. Among the activities being proposed is to partner with a tour agency catering to Hawaii’s visitor industry and promote the FilCom as a visitor destination. The center’s cultural activities and events, historical and artistic displays, as well as its promotion of Filipino cuisine will provide the draw for tourists to visit the center. Other suggestions include creating a sari-sari-store or gift shop, a resource center offering access to books, films and artifacts that teachers of the surrounding area schools can use, programs for the youth (including talent shows, pageants, slam poetry, etc.) and mentoring or tutoring programs. A literary component was also suggested such as the Ilocano play planned for November, anthologies featuring legacies of pioneer families that made significant contributions to Hawaii.
The Fundraising team recommended initiatives to increase FilCom revenue in the long term through endowments, naming opportunities, and annuities. For the immediate revenue needs, the suggestions include the revival of the grassroots campaign requesting donations from individuals or families and facilitating collections via payroll deductions; sponsorship packages of events showcasing Filipino entertainers; recruiting strategic partners needing service or product promotions; grant applications to foundations and public entities; as well as the continuation of existing fundraising events.
The Facilities group focused on the need to implement the installation of photo-voltaic solar panels to reduce the utility bills of the center, and to seek new grants to replace the existing air-conditioning system with a more efficient one. The existing system, which is more than a decade-old is due for replacement in the near future. Also part of the discussion was the anticipated improvements to the facilities as the center transitions into the Special Events Management & Production Training (SEMPT) program, which is being chaired by Melga Gendrano. The program may require more storage spaces, alterations to the existing commercial kitchen, and others. Which is why, Manny Lanuevo has agreed to reactivate the group of architects and engineers who had participated years ago in the planning, design and construction of the center.
In response to the results of the strategic planning session, a group co-chaired by Richard Pecson and Lindy Aquino will strategize to seek endowments for the center. Luis Salaveria has volunteered to look into annuities as a source of revenue. Roland and Edith Pascua have agreed to re-activate the Community Relations team that was instrumental in going door-to-door to seek grass-roots support for the center. Jun Suela is updating the floor plans and other visual tools to promote the naming opportunities at the center. Imelda Gasmen agreed to oversee the children’s programs and, together with Clem Bautista, implement the creation of a cultural resource center. Ethel Ward, in consultation with Iris Villacrusis, agreed to maintain and expand the Filipiniana and memorabilia displays. Ariel Agcaoile is set to complete the Ilocano play Pukan Cane to be staged at the FilCom in November as a fundraising initiative.
Pike Velasco, the center’s Artistic Director, agreed to review the cultural programs to promote FilCom as a visitor destination and perhaps introduce elements such as a gift shop/refreshment stop, photo opportunities, and others. These elements can lead to business mentoring as suggested by Jean Jeremiah, which is an off-shoot of the entrepreneurship classes co-sponsored by SCORE at the center. There are many others who came that day that is not mentioned here, but their commitment is as strong, and for this, I am very grateful. The responsibility as chief steward of this wonderful place becomes lighter, because together we can go further.
The center cannot exist without its volunteers. It can only thrive if individuals like the folks that assembled that Saturday follow thru on their commitments. But I have no doubt at all that they all will–this has been the story of the FilCom Center since I committed to its cause in 1993, when the center was just a figment of our collective dream. When I share the story of the FilCom at the Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora at the end of this month in Manila, the spirit of volunteerism that has infused our collective commitment to build the center will be foremost in my mind.
2013 Schedule of FilCom Programs
The following programs and events have been scheduled at the FilCom Center for 2013. Grouped according to different thrusts, the programs were designed along the non-profit’s mission statement and the expressed needs of the community.
Cultural Promotion & Community Empowerment
Banda Kawayan, rehearsals from 3 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Music Room. Led by Maestro Pike Velasco, the musical group is continually seeking children and youth to participate.
Himig at Indak, rehearsals for ballroom dancing at 7 to 8 pm, choir practice at 8 to 9 pm, Tuesdays, 2nd Floor Breezeway. $10 monthly registration fee.
FilCom Children’s Choir, rehearsals from 3-5 pm Mondays at 3rd floor conference room; auditions for kids ages 6 to 12 are on-going.
Filipino Folk Dancing, Evenings on weekdays and Saturday afternoons (dates for the auditions are still to be determined)
Walang Sayang Program-promoting sustainability and responsible stewardship of our planet. Related activities are held at FilCom Center events; sponsored by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii.
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; Conducted by NAMI, Inc.; $50 registration fee.
(Spring) Jan. 16 to June 5, 2013
(Fall) July 10 to Nov. 20, 2013
Computer Enrichment & Workforce Training Workshops; 3rd Floor Conference Rm. or Amianan room; Year-round; $25 registration fee
Computer Basics, Wednesdays, 10 to 12 noon & 2 to 4 p.m.; 4 session cycles
WORD, Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon; 4 session cycles
EXCEL, Saturdays, 2 to 4 pm, 4 session cycles
Mag NegosyoEntrepreneurship Classes-Alternate Tuesdays each month; 6 to 8 p.m. Amianan Room; Conducted by SBA and SCORE staff & volunteers
(Spring) February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 (5 sessions)
Special Events Management & Production Training Program–FilCom is currently seeking a SEMPT Partner to implement program; will be operational in the 2nd quarter of 2013
US Citizenship Classes 2013– 5-session series, Saturdays, Amianan Room; conducted by HIJC of Legal Aid of Hawaii; $25 registration fee;
(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; conducted by USCIS
(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; Amianan Room; Free and open to the public
(Spring) Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 14, monthly 6 to 8 pm.
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; $50 registration fee for 10 sessions.
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; $25 registration fee plus $10 for t-shirt and supplies.
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.
Flores de Mayo Festival, May 5 to May 11. One week of festivities that starts with a Santacruzan in Waipahu on May 5 and ends with a Fiesta and Parade in Waikiki on May 11. Fiesta and Parade celebrates its 21st year in 2013. Other events include a business forum on doing business in the Philippines on May 7, Tuesday.
Filipino Flavors, October 17. FilCom’s annual fundraising dinner will be held at the FilCom Center in 2013
Pukan Cane. November 16. An Ilocano play to be staged at FilCom in conjunction with the NAKEM Conference held in Hawaii November 2013.
Pasko! sa Filcom, December 15, Sunday. An annual event that recreates a Filipino Christmas.
FilCom Sundays, Cultural performances or educational activities held every last Sunday of the month from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.;
January 27-Pit Senyor! A Celebration of Visayan Culture
February 24-Best of the Tagalog Region
March 31-Banda Kawayan’s Easter Presentation
April 28-Sakada Sarsuela by GUMIL Oahu
May 26-Kuwento ni Reyna Elena (children’s program)
June 30-Kasalan: the Filipino Wedding
July 28-Spoken Word-Slam Poetry
August 25-Cagayan Valley Presents…
September 29-Ramrambak 2, Celebrating the Amianan Culture
October 27-Filipinos of Hawaii, a Historical Perspective