Nostalgic for the sounds and sights of a Philippine Christmas? Come to Pasko! sa Filcom.
Hear the carols of today and yesterday. See and make your own parol (Christmas lanterns) and innovative Christmas trees. Taste some bibingka and other holiday goodies. Treat the children to storytelling, games and crafts. Get them to kiss the hand of “Ninong” and “Ninang” in the age-old mano po tradition. It’s free and open to the public.
Pasko sa FilCom will be held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. Activities include:
Performances by FilCom’s Banda Kawayan and Himig at Indak choral
A choir contest
Music, dance, and cooking demonstrations by various community organizations
Games, crafts, and storytelling
Filipino food and craft sales
Reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn (Panunuluyan)
Pasko will really be maligaya at FilCom!
FilCom Center Introduces Choir Competition at Pasko Celebrations
The Filipino Community Center, Inc. is holding its annual Pasko sa FilCom on December 16, Sunday. Festivities will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Consuelo Courtyard. This year, a new feature has been introduced-a choir or choral group competition!
We encourage all organizations to participate in this competition. The requirements for participating, as well as the criteria for judging, are described below. A jury of three to five individuals will be selecting the winners and we expect to award a cash price to the winning groups.
Registration forms are available at the FilCom Center, 94-428 Mokuola St. #302, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797. If you have additional questions, please give us a call at 808 680 0451, or email email@example.com.
Described below are the guidelines for the “Pasko sa FilCom” Choir Competition:
1. The competition is open to all choirs or choral groups in Hawaii consisting of 16 to 25 members.
2. The choirs or choral groups may be composed of children, youth and /or adults (or a mixed age group) and may be formed through school, church or community organizations.
3. Judging will be based on the performance of two (2) Christmas carols:
a) The first contest piece is “Pasko na Sinta Ko“. (call the FilCom for copies)
b) The second contest piece can be any Christmas carol and can either be in English or Filipino.
4. The choir must have a conductor.
5. The choir can sing either with accompaniment or acapella.
6. The choir can perform in any appropriate attire or costume.
7. The performance time is limited to 5-10 minutes.
8. The criteria for judging are based on Performance (50%); Musicianship (30%) and Stage Presence (20%).
We encourage all groups who love singing and performing to participate and have fun!
October’s FilCom Sunday – ANAK and FilAm History Fest 2012
The FilAm History Fest 2012 organized by the Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH) as part of FilCom Sundays, was held in conjunction with the annual ANAK children’s storytelling event coordinated by the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW).
This year’s FilAm History Fest 2012 brought attention to, and celebrated the depth and diversity of Filipino organizations in Hawaii. Community exhibition tables for each organization as well as a talk-story by officers of the Filipino groups were held at the Casamina-Flores Ballroom.
ANAK, the Filipino word for ‘child’ is the signature project of the FAUW. This fourth celebration for children at the Filipino Community Center highlighted the storytelling that focused on aspects of Filipino culture: customs, legends, and traditions that was shared with– not only Filipino-American children, but with others in the Hawaii community. Featured storytellers included students and staff from UH Department of Philippine Languages and Culture.
An outdoor variety show featuring musical and dance performances from different community groups was also presented from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Consuelo Courtyard. The performances were topped off by the presentation of Tekniqlinz, a young group of artists who showcased the traditional tinikling and maglalatik and infused it with the high-energy of break-dancing. Part of their repertoire was getting the audience to participate, which created a lot of interest and excitement from guests who came from different parts of the U.S. Mainland. “It is wonderful to see and feel the ambience created by the performances,” says the young mother who brought her toddlers to participate in the story-telling at the Amianan Room.
At every last Sunday of the month in 2013, the FilCom Sundays will be showcasing the arts and culture of the Philippines, especially in the performing arts, as various community organizations are encouraged to share their talents.
Filipino for Kids: RAMP (Read, Art, Music & Play) to Participate in Pasko sa FilCom
IA new program offered at the Filipino Community Center, Filipino for Kids: RAMP is designed for all children age 2 to 12. This reading program will focus on books highlighting the rich & diverse culture of the Philippines. After reading time, children will be engaged in art, music, and games/sports of the Philippines. RAMP is free and open to the public from 4:30-6:00 p.m. during FilCom Sundays and during other FilCom-sponsored special events such as Pasko sa FIlCom.
RAMP is made possible through a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fund for Family Literacy of the Hawaii Community Foundation. For those who want their young children to experience the Filipino languages, culture and arts, do not miss the FIlCom Sundays or the next event, Pasko sa FIlCom. For more information, please call 808 680 0451.
Children Wanted! Auditions Continue for FilCom Choir and Folk Dancing.
Auditions for children ages 8 to 12 are being held on Mondays, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the FilCom Center’s 3rd floor conference room. Children ages 6 to 10 interested in learning Philippine folk dances can also enroll in the Filipiniana Dance program offered at the FilCom Center on Saturday afternoons. For more information, please contact the FilCom office at 808 680 0451 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nurturing the Traditional Garden Greens Growing at Filcom
During the past few months, healthy green, red, and yellow vegetables had sprouted at FilCom. The last few weeks, the plants had matured and needed harvesting and will soon be replaced with other vegetables. Soon malunggay, saluyot, ampalaya, talbos ng kamote, okra, and tomatoes-the basics for pinakbet! – will be ready for harvest and FilCom will be offering tips on how to prepare the traditional staples of the Filipino diet, now recognized as superfoods, super rich in nutrients.
The FilCom Garden has evolved into a project to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle for the community and encourage the benefits of returning to traditional diet. Initially, the garden was conceived to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable landscaping with less use of pesticides and minimize reliance on commercial seedlings.
Spearheading the effort is Rene Ramiro, co-owner of Cools in Catering, who is experienced in both culinary and agricultural pursuits. Rene headed the effort to deploy sustainable landscaping practices at the Aloha Stadium, where he also works as a groundskeeper. He has been in charge of daily food operations at the Paradise Cove Luau, and in the Philippines. Prior to moving to Hawaii, he worked in cotton and tobacco at the Cotton Research and Development Institute located in Batac, Ilocos Norte, and founded a catering service aimed at providing employment in rural areas.
An agriculture graduate of Mariano Marcos State University, he was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Volunteer Youth Leaders in the Philippines (1987) by the Department of Agriculture.
Rene’s efforts are also focused on growing enough seedlings to replace the plant cover around the parking lot. “We need something hardy and easy to maintain”, he explains, since the current green cover has been infected by pests.
“I am hoping to see katuday and squash, pole beans, maybe upo or spring squash so that when the Filipino summer school for kids starts next year, the students can learn to sing Bahay Kubo and see the actual vegetables in the song,” says FilCom President Rose Churma. And maybe learn how to cook pinacbet.
Visit the garden on the southern side of FilCom, near the staircase leading to the grounds of the Leeward YMCA, during your next visit. And if you come on a Sunday, you may just see Rene tending to the garden! See you at the FilCom!
Nursing Advocates and Mentors, Inc. (NAMI)
Nursing Advocates and Mentors, Inc. (NAMI) founded in 2001, is celebrating its 11th Anniversary this November 17, 2012, Saturday with a Fundraising Gala at the Filcom Center, Waipahu. NAMI is a volunteer organization with a mission to address global nursing shortage by providing guidance and assistance for colleagues to obtain their professional license in nursing.
The NAMI Team of 16 Professionals and Volunteers is led by their Founding President, Beatrice Ramos-Razon, a Registered Nurse and (FACDONA) Fellow and Certified Director of Nursing Administration. Board members include Co-Founder/Secretary Jun Obaldo, Co-Founder/ Auditor Michael Berueda, Co-Founder/ Director Margie Berueda, Treasurer Bong Curameng, Directors Aurora Curameng and Delmar Magno.
With valuable partnership with the FilCom Center under the leadership of its President Rose Churma, NAMI coordinates free review classes to successfully prepare Nurses. The sessions run from January to June and July to November, every Wednesday: computer test practices from 5-6pm and lectures from 6-9pm. The program is fully supported by about 35 Volunteer Lecturers who are Medical and Nursing Specialists and Professors of Nursing from the various universities, colleges, medical centers and health care agencies.
Together with the FilCom Center and the Volunteer Lecturers, NAMI contribute greatly to preparing a new generation of Registered Nurses and supporting the medical and healthcare system for the people of Hawaii.
We just received news that two of our graduates from the citizenship classes held at the FilCom last summer are now naturalized citizens of the United States of America! Congratulations! We also wish the best of luck to those who have recently scheduled their interviews with the US Naturalization office.
The Citizenship classes, conducted by immigration lawyer Bow Min Chun of the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH), will be scheduled again in the Spring and Summer of 2013. The first set of classes attracted over 20 attendees who showed up each and every Saturday morning when the classes were scheduled. We hope that all 20 will proceed to take their naturalization exam and become US citizens.
Passing that interview is only one of many steps to become a productive citizen of our adopted country. At the FilCom Center, we have started planning the next Kinabukasan series for 2013. The Kinabukasan series aims to help our immigrants and new citizens become productive members of this community. The first class, for example, will most likely focus on providing the basics of completing our income tax returns. Other topics will reprise course content that generated interest during the first sessions-auto insurance-particularly for the young adults who will acquire their first car. The other topics are–basic budgeting, life insurance, planning for retirement, home ownership and mortgages, funding a college education, reverse mortgages for retirees and other interesting topics.
Although there is value in preserving our culture and retaining the values that make us Filipino-it is also as important to become productive citizens in our new home.