Do you want to know when and how much insurance to get, how to save money or how to pay for college and other financial matters? The Filipino Community Center is offering financial literacy courses every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The classes started last September 4 and will continue through October. The series will also help attendees navigate the complexities of preparing for retirement, protecting assets, and dealing with stressful situations such as a foreclosure.
October 9 – “Protecting yourself and family–ABCs of life insurance” (the seminar will simplify what may seem to be a complicated and intimidating topic for most.)
Speakers are Michi Villaluz, Leonila Magat and Rose Delos Santos
October 16 – “Saving for a rainy day-analyze your financial needs” (How to achieve stability and peace of mind and avoid the paycheck-to-paycheck survival syndrome. Analyzing your financial needs can show you where you stand today and how to prepare for tomorrow.)
Presenters are Marlon Ignacio and Irene Santos Brackenridge
October 23 -“Ready to retire? Options to retirement-return to the Philippines” (among topics discussed are possible changes to U.S. social security and medicare, pros and cons of retiring in the Philippines, advantages of dual citizenship for Philippine-born FilAm retirees, medicare portability and others.)
Panelists include George Carpenter, Paul Cortes, Bruce Bottorhoff and Rhoda Yabes Alvarez
October 30 – “Protect your home, protect your future” (among topics discussed are reverse mortgages, preventing foreclosures, short sales and loan modifications)
Presenters are Steve Llorens, Guy Tamashiro, Rosana Agustin and Rosita Agustin.
This series is made possible by the Molave sponsorship of Pyramid Insurance and Ayala Land. Registration is free and open to the public. To sign up for classes and for more information, contact FilCom Center at 680-0451, email email@example.com.
FAHSOH and FAUW Team-up for FIlCom Sunday’s October 28 Event
This year’s FilAm History Fest 2012, sponsored by the Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH) is intended to bring attention to and celebrate the depth and diversity of Filipinos organizing among themselves. Community exhibition tables for each organization as well as a talk-story about Filipino organizations will be held at the Casamina-Flores Ballroom from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
An outdoor variety show featuring musical and dance performances from different community groups will start at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Consuelo Courtyard. The performances will be shown live on `Olelo Community Media, with the participation of the Waipahu Intermediate School students and its Media Technology Center. Those interested in selling food and craft items or showcase services during the event can register with the FilCom Center for $50 per table.
The FilAm History Fest 2012 is part of FilCom Sundays and will be held in conjunction with the annual ANAK children’s storytelling event coordinated by the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW). ANAK, the Filipino word for ‘child’ is the signature project of the FAUW. This fourth celebration for children at the Filipino Community Center highlights storytelling that focuses on aspects of Filipino culture: customs, legends, and traditions to be shared with not only Filipino-American children, but with others in the Hawaii community. Featured storytellers include students and staff from UH Department of Philippine Languages and Culture. The children’s activities are free and open to the public from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
It’s time for RAMP, Read, Art, Music &Play! A new program offered at the Filipino Community Center. 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.
RAMP is made possible through a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fund for Family Literacy of the Hawaii Community Foundation.
Senator Daniel Akaka Honored at the Bayanihan Gala Dinner
The FilCom Center held its 10th Year Anniversary Fundraising Event and Bayanihan Gala Dinner last Saturday October 6, 2012 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Senator Daniel Akaka was honored for his decades of service to Hawaii. The event also honored American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank for their important and valued contributions to Hawaii.
A big mahalo should be given to the group who planned and executed the successful event headed by Committee Chair, Paul G. Alimbuyao and Co-Chairs Rosemarie E. Aquino, and Nobleza Magsanoc Lewis. We also would like to thank the event’s Alay Perlas sponsor, First Hawaiian Bank, as well as the other sponsors, donors, performers and volunteers who made the event possible. A job well done! Maraming salamat po.
First FilCom Sunday’s RAMRAMBAK Resonated with Ilokano Community
RAMRAMBAK, the cultural extravaganza of Ilokano and Amianan cultures that demonstrated similarities and uniqueness of the 47 indigenous groups of Northern Philippines was held last September 30 at the Consuelo Courtyard. RAMRAMBAK is the first event showcased during FIlCom Sundays, which is scheduled every last Sunday of the month.
Some of the performances were linked to the immigrant life of those coming from the Ilocos and Cordillera areas of Luzon, including provinces in the Cagayan region, particularly those whose presence in Hawaii spans more than 100 years. Dances, songs, skits, parodies, choral pieces, oratories, rituals and chants formed part of the festival. Performers were from all walks of life and age groups.
Among the performers were UH Manoa Ilokano students who recited “Himno a Nasional,” “Doxologia and Agbirbirok ni Ilokano iti Ilina”, the Banda Ilokana Espesyal whose members include Froilan Fabro, Larry Catungal, and Fabian Fabro who played an instrumental version of “Manang Biday” and “Carinosa.”
The Normalites of Hawaii (or the MMSU-CTE Alumni Association) headed by its president, Arlene John Peralta danced the “Ilocana.” The Adult Foster Home Association, headed by Thelma Ortal presented “La Jota Cagayana” and “Binuyogan.”
Editha Parubrub Yago and Kris Parubrub Gabriel danced the “Ikutan ‘Toy Pusok” and “O Naraniag a Dayag”, while the Linglingay Dance Group performed “La Jota Moncadena” and “O Naraniag a Bulan.”
Rizal Aguilar and Lucia Geronimo recited the “Dallot ti Panangas-asawa” while TMI Global & GUMIL Hawaii, Cabugao International, Tri-Star Dancers, Sampaguita Dancers and Sunflower International presented special dance performances.
Ilokano students of Waipahu High School presented a folk dance called “Sapatia” while Ilokano students of Farrington High School did a choral recitation, “In-inabokami iti Kalihi”. Ilokano students and GEAR-Up Club members of Waipahu High School created a drama excerpt, “Biag ni Lam-ang” while Nakem Conferences-Gabriela Collective reenacted a street drama called “Welga! Welga!”
Waipahu Intermediate students Angelica Relente, Krizza Dela Cruz, Valerie Bumanglag, Memorina Beasha, Angelica Badua and Jenna Toribio were on hand to take video footage of the event for Olelo Community Media. The event served as a “dry-run” for the next FilCom Sunday which will be shown live on Olelo television channels.
RAMRAMBAK is a joint project of the FilCom Center and other civic and cultural organizations led Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili of the UH Manoa Ilokano Program, Armi Farinas of the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC), Dr. Julius Bajet Soria of NAKEM Conference, Perlita Tapec Sadorra of the Timpuyog Dagiti Mannurat Global & Gumil Hawaii.
Children Wanted! Auditions Continue for FilCom Choir and Folk Dancing.
Auditions for children ages 8 to 12 are being held on Fridays and 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.
Manny Lanuevo is currently the Deputy Director of Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services, and has served in this capacity since 2009 when then Mayor Mufi Hannemman appointed him to this post. Prior to this position, 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. His certifications include LEED AP form the U.S. Green Building Council, EPA 608 from the US Environmental Protection Agency and CLEP from the Association of Energy Engineers. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines in 1971.
Manny is very active in various community groups. 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. This year’s MATH COUNT will be held at the FilCom Center-with the island wide competition scheduled for February 9 and the statewide competition to be held on March 9. For three fiscal years, he also served as chairman of the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies, the umbrella organization unifying all the various engineering groups.
Manny is also a member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii (FCCH) and was a delegate to two of the chamber’s trade missions-in 2009 and 2012. In both missions, he served as a resource person and speaker on solid waste management-a topic of interest to a host of municipalities and chartered cities in the Philippines, who sought his advice in solving their garbage problems.
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. Among the engineers and architects he recruited to serve were Oscar Paez, Roger Urbi, Sid Baquilar, Sylvester Ulep, and Art Lucio. He also recruited engineers like Elvie Pineda (now the out-going President of FALEA) to help in the construction management of FilCom.
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, reviewed proposed tenant improvements, has helped install the Rizal statue and the veteran’s monument at the FilCom grounds. For the last 12 years Manny can always be depended on to provide assistance.
When the FilCom Board appointed Jeoffrey Cudiamat (incoming President of the FALEA) as the new chair of the Facilities Committee-the new name of the Construction Committee-Manny and the original members continued to provide advice on the current issues surrounding the facility, which they still do until now.
Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawai’I (FAHSOH)
In recognition of this year’s Filipino American History Month, is coordinating the FilAm History Fest 2012: Filipino Organizations in Hawaii, an event that highlights the diversity of Filipino civic, cultural, mutual aid and professional organizations in Hawaii. Since Filipinos migrated to Hawaii, individuals have sought ways to help and recognize each other and their heritage through organizations.
As a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization FAHSOH preserves, enhances and promotes an appreciation of Filipino heritage and the experiences of Filipino Americans in Hawai’i. Organized in 1980 FAHSOH brings together individuals who are interested in learning more about Filipino heritage and increasing their understanding of the Filipino American experience. FAHSOH shares this knowledge with the wider community through exhibits, community forums, workshops, publications and other public presentations and dialogues.
FAHSOH also collaborates with other organizations and individuals in the community who share similar interests in promoting the understanding of the Filipino American experience and that of other ethnic groups in Hawai’i. Membership is open to all who are committed to supporting the aims of FAHSOH and are willing to share in the responsibility of implementing the projects and activities of the Society.
Some of the highlights of FAHSOH past programs are:
Production of “Sangang Daan” Video (1981)
Forums: “Remembering the Olden Days: The Filipino-American Experience in Hawai’i (Life in Rural Hawai’i, Life in Urban Hawai’i, The Second Generation)” (1991)
Publication of The Filipino-American Experience in Hawai’i (Social Process in Hawai’i, vol. 33) (1991)
Forum: “Filipino-American Experience in Hawai’i (The Younger Generation, The New Generation)” (1992)
Exhibits: “The Filipinos’ Continuing Quest for Freedom and Dignity, Parts I & II” (1996 & 1998)
Forum: “The Legacy of Filipino Plantation Workers in Hawai’i” (1996)
Production of “Katipunan: A Cry for Freedom” (1997)
Exhibit: “Kasaysayan and Ka Mo’aukala: The Continuing Revolutions of the Philippines and Hawai’i” (2001)
Publication of “Unbending Cane”, by Melinda Tria Kerkvliet (2002)
Forum: “Documenting Filipino American Lives in Hawai’i” (2004)
Establishing eFIL: Filipino Digital Archives and History Center of Hawai’i (2006)
Host for the 2006 Filipino American National Historical Society national conference in Honolulu
In This Issue
FAHSOH and FAUW Team-up
RAMRAMBAK-First FilCom Sunday
Bayanihan Gala Dinner
Children Wanted! FilCom Choir and Folk Dancing
Schedule of Programs
2012 Bayanihan Gala Alay Perlas (Pearl Sponsor)
The Bayanihan Gala Dinner held last October 6 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s newly renovated Coral Ballroom was a memorable event. The committee chaired by Paul Alimbuyao, with co-chairs Rosemarie Aquino and Nobleza Magsanoc Lewis worked hard to make it a certified success. The FilCom board members participated in making this a special night, headed by FilCom Board Chair, Edmund Aczon, who did the welcome remarks.. Board vice chair Bennette Misalucha, together with Dante Ponce Buerano served as emcees for the event. Vice Chair Bryan Andaya introduced the evening’s honoree, Senator Daniel Akaka. Board members AJ Halagao, Rosemarie Aquino, Nobleza Magsanoc Lewis and Paul Alimbuyao introduced the four banks who were also honored that eventing. Board Secretary, Clem Bautista coordinated the activities backstage and ensured that the program went smoothly. Chair Emeritus Eddie Flores Jr.and President Emeritus Roland Casamina reprised their role from the grand opening program of 10 years ago by handing the torch to the younger generation, represented by the youngsters who were part of Banda Kawayan.
Perfecto Yasay, a member of the FilCom’s Board of Governors presented the invocation.
The national anthems were sung by Sonny Aquino, Dante Ponce Buerano and PaulCortes while entertainment was provided by Banda Kawayan, Himig at Indak and Stepahnie Yasay & Kiloni Ramo. The band called “A Day in the Life” also performed at the end of the formal program, a band that sounds so much like the Beatles. A handful of partygoers stayed around a danced the night away until the band wrapped up their act.
The event also had a very successful Silent Auction chaired by Erika Asakawa and assisted by Cecile Yasay, Bernice Parsons and Desirea Aguinaldo Helsham, who also designed the centerpieces made of orchid plants.
Seasoned volunteers Edna Alikpala and Bernadette Fajardo were responsible for the registration and printed program and all other attendant duties required to organize the seating assignments.
Jun Suela, Mel Llamas and Eddie Agas Jr. helped implement the stage design and set up the sound system.
This year’s honorees received special plaques. For the four banks, angklung musical instruments, made of bamboo were set on specially made stands. the angklungs can be detached from their stands and used as an instrument. The plaque for Senator Akaka–an etching of the FilCom Center facade on koa wood–was beautifully executed.
The event was a true example of the bayanihan spirit.
To all our sponsors, honorees, guests, supporters and community partners who participated by attending the event or who were there in spirit, maraming salamat po!
We are ready to start planning next year’s event!
Schedule of Programs
NCLEX-RN Review Classes
July 18 to November 14, 2012
January 16 to June 5, 2013
July 10 to November 20, 2013
Wednesdays, 5 to 9 p.m.
October 17 to November 7
Wednesdays, 10-12 noon
Saturdays – 2 to 4 p.m.
October 13 to November 3
Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon
October 13 to November 3
Let’s Explore Skype–Increasing Attendance via Digital Technology” (The workshop will help organizations with membership scattered in different islands conduct effective meetings without incurring travel costs.)
(Free to all FIlCom’s Community Partners).
October 27, Saturday, 2 to 4 pm
United Filipino Council of Hawaii
October 28, Sunday
12 noon to 2 p.m.
Oahu Filipino Community Council
October 28, Sunday
2 to 4 p.m.
Knights of Rizal
2 to 4 p.m.
San Nicolas Goodwill Foundation
Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii (FAHSOH)