FilCom Center Board and Stakeholders to hold a Strategic Planning Workshop on January 26
The FilCom Center’s stakeholders including its Board of Directors headed by its Chair, Edmund Aczon, will hold a strategic planning workshop on Saturday, January 26. The event starts at 8 a.m. at the FilCom Center.
Among the topics to be discussed and reaffirmed are the long term goals of the non-profit and its plans to be sustainable in context with the economic challenges faced by most organizations dependent on public grants, and the generosity of private donors. The proposed programs and events for 2013 will be presented, as well as initiatives needed to increase its revenue stream.
FilCom Seeking Partners to Implement SEMPT Program
The Filipino Community Center (FilCom) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify a Program Partner who can assist the non-profit in establishing a Special Events Management and Production Training (SEMPT) Program. The FilCom Center wants to establish this program in order to educate, train, and provide hands-on mentoring activities to those interested in pursuing a career in Special Events Management. The facilities at the FilCom Center will serve as the working laboratory for this program.
The FilCom in Waipahu was funded in part from private and public funds in the late 1990s to stimulate the revitalization of Waipahu, which was then experiencing the closing of its sugar mill. Its landowners (AmFac) donated a two-acre parcel to FilCom on the mutual understanding that the non-profit will help jumpstart the redevelopment of the surrounding sugar lands. Although the lands surrounding the FilCom have been redeveloped, there is still a continuing need for job creation and skills training for the residents of Waipahu, as well as promotion of small-business creation to spur economic development of the area. Hawaii’s visitor industry, the State’s economic engine will continue to require skilled manpower trained in special events management. There is also a need to identify alternative sites to hold special events that can support the growth of Oahu’s Leeward side.
The program intends to:
Create more jobs and job training opportunities for the surrounding communities that support the State’s visitor industry.
Spur business development and encourage small business start-ups.
Develop an educational pipeline to meaningful, living wage jobs.
Develop programs and initiatives that distinguish Waipahu and its surrounding areas and make it more desirable place to do business and develop jobs.
Increase revenue for the FilCom Center so it can implement its mission and provide community services to its stakeholders and the surrounding community.
Interested parties can call 808 680 0451 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request for an RFP packet. Deadline of submittals is January 25, 2013. All respondents will be ranked by a Selection Committee based on a list of qualifications described in the RFP.
PASKO! sa Filcom held December 16-A Resounding Success
The sights and sounds of the festive Filipino Christmas season filled the halls of the Filipino Community Center (Filcom Center) in Waipahu when the annual Pasko! sa FilCom was celebrated last December 16 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. The free event featured Filipino food and holiday treats; handicrafts and ornaments for sale; and traditional music and dance.
New this year was a contest to make the best parol (Christmas star lanterns) from recycled materials. This “Walang Sayang” (no waste) holiday challenge, the first of its kind at Pasko!, was organized by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii. Parents showed their children how they used to make the parols back home. A group of business ladies recycled a red gown and costume jewelry to make a unique parol. One of the winning entry used palm tree pods while the other was a cut-out made from an old magazine.
The FilCom band, the Banda Kawayan, led by Maestro Pike Velasco, played on instruments made from bamboo, and its resident choral group, Himig at Indak, performed folk songs, dances, and carols of yesterday and today. Other performers included Anna Davide, Jonah Lorica, Ainsley Antonio, Honey Corpuz, Shaselynne Nii, Charlyn Gacuya, and Denise Duque. The UH Filipino Language Program students and the kids who attended the Filipino4Kids Summer program also performed. A Christmas medley was performed by the Filipino United Church of Christ and the Joyful Sound Choir, the Joint Choir of the Filipino Baptist Church and New Life Christian Church. The Young Ones, a group of enterprising seniors performed a Cagayan Folk Dance and Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii danced to the song, “Mamang Sorbetero.” Also sharing their singing talents were the UFCH Singers led by its president, Jenny Quezon. A special performance by Brother Keoki from Maui concluded the performances.
By nightfall, the reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn was performed starting at the courtyard and ending with a Mass inside the ballroom. CalledPanunuluyan, this Filipino Christmas Sarsuela is an abridged one-day version of the Mexican nine-day Christmas ritual called Posadas, and introduced during the galleon trade era in the Philippines. The Bulacan Circle & Associates of Hawaii accepted the challenge of casting for the Panunuluyan 2012 with Pacita Ignacio as Mary and Conrad Abuel as Joseph. The three kings were performed by Ernest tauyan, Rafael Ignacio and Armand Nopomuceno. Concept and direction was provided by JP Orias.
The Master of Ceremonies was Allan Alvarez of KPHI. Food demonstrations were provided by the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW) while the home-made parol and table-top Christmas tree contests were handled by the United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH) and the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) respectively. Chaired by Ethel Ward of the FAUW, the event not only attracted local families but also visitors from out-of-state who reveled in the sights and sounds of a Filipino Christmas.
Tess has been a volunteer for the FilCom Center before the facility’s ground breaking more than 15 years ago. During those early years, she was part of a group called “Community Relations Team”, a group headed by Roland and Edith Pascua. This group was tasked with collecting pledges and donations for “building the dream”-a Filipino Community Center to be located on a two-acre site in what used to be sugar lands in Waipahu. The group went from house to house, door to door asking kababayans, as well as other ethnic groups for their donations, focusing on communities with large Filipino populations like Waialua, Wahiawa and Waipahu.
After the FilCom Center was built, there were no community activities at the center. When Toy Arre was appointed as President, the former leaders of the “Community Relations Team” decided to create community-based activities at the center. The core group that included Tess and her husband Jess, also included Roland and Edith Pascua and Ernie and Lydia Pascua.
The group started modestly in February 2005, where 15 students enrolled in ballroom dancing. As the appointed Treasurer, Tess collected the monthly dues from members. Filipino folk dances were added to the repertoire with the recruitment of Ray Rausa as the folk dancing instructor. It was at this time that the group was christened “Himig at Indak Pilipino”. As Treasurer, Tess made sure that all proceeds and fees generated by the group was transmitted to the FilCom coffers and she estimates that since 2005 up to 2012, the group would have raised $30,000 for the non-profit.
Prior to working for FilCom Center as Administrative Assistant in 2004, Tess worked at Kuakini Medical Center for 25 years. On December 31, 2012 Tess finally retired a second time from her eight-year stint at FilCom Center.
Tess and husband Jess are blessed with three grown children. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, crochet and knitting. Her immediate goal is to go on a cruise and visit different cities. Tess leaves behind a great void at FilCom which its staff is still trying to recover from.
UNITED VISAYAN COMMUNITY OF HAWAII, INC.
94-833 Awanei St., Waipahu, HI 96797
In the mid 1940’s a widow of a Visayan Sakada needed help with her late husband’s funeral expense. In desperation she approached the Waipahu ILWU unit for assistance. She was referred to Pastor Limatoc, a Visayan who was a member of the union’s executive board. Limatoc approached Paulino Largo and Perdo Alporque first and later met with Felix Dellatian, Hermogenes Ancog and Isidro Daguman, to discuss the plight of the widow. These seven raised monies from relatives, friends, coworkers and others in the Visayan community, which was given to the widow.
Realizing a community need, these men met again at a later date to discuss how best to raise money for the benevolent aid to families of Visayan lineage whose loved ones had passed away or were otherwise in dire need of financial help. As word spread other families joined the cause and the group formed an organization known as the “Waipahu Visayan Hinabangay Club” In the Visayan language “Hinabangay” means helping each other. This is similar to the local term “Ohana”. On August 20, 1948 the group was locally organized.
Eventually Visayans all over Oahu joined the club and the name was changed to “United Visayan Community of Hawaii. Between 1948 and 1957 the organization held its meetings at various Oahu locations. Most often used were the Plantation’s Filipino Clubhouse, Catholic Churches Parish Hall, Santa Ana Hall and homes of various members.
On November 2, 1956 the Charter of Incorporation was granted by the Treasury Department, Territory of Hawaii and the club became the “United Visayan Community of Hawaii, Inc.” its present name. Through a generous donation from the Ige family in Waipahu the members obtained a parcel of land and were able to construct a clubhouse at the present location. Each member donated $23.00 toward the land purchase and construction of the meeting hall. In 1957 the United Visayan Hall located at 94-833 Awanei St., Waipahu, HI opened its doors for the members first meeting.
In 1961, the organization purchased 100 burial plots from Sunset Memorial Park in Pearl City to insure that members be buried centrally together. To achieve this, the property at Waipahu was mortgaged to complete the purchase. Plots were sold to members at an affordable price, and within ten years the plots were fully paid from the fundraising efforts of the club. ‘
Membership reached its peak of about 2,000 in the early 1960’s. After that membership began to decline due to several factors. Most notable were the death of members, members returning to the Philippines at the end of their contracts and members moving on to the mainland U.S. in search of better opportunities or to be with other family members. At the present time, there are about 185 family unit members comprising a gross membership of about 300.
On December 21, 1968, the organization was approved as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Hawaii.
Throughout the years the club has continued to collect monies to help defray funeral expense of members. Additionally when members are ill or hospitalized the organization sends flowers and get well cards. The Visayan Hall remains the gathering place for all fundraising events.
Recognizing the changing community environment the United Visayan Community of Hawaii, Inc. revised its by-laws in 2009 in preparation for becoming a federally recognized nonprofit. To that end the club now reaches out to the greater community through the offering of dance classes, Visayan language classes, cultural events and other fundraising programs. The hall is available to members and non-members alike to rent for graduation, birthday and other parties, and to other organizations for meetings, seminars or other programs. The cultural events serve to continue and strengthen its bonds to the motherland while community event help its members to assimilate into the host community.
The organization’s current officers are:
President – Richard Ancog
Vice President – George Carpenter
Sceretary – Vicky Caracol
Asst. Sec. – Marilyn Silva
Treasurer – Natty Prescott
Asst. Treasurer – Pat Tanaid
Auditor – Bessie Obra
Asst. Auditor – Dennis Bunda
Corres Sec – Valerie Ancog
Asst. Corres Sec – Julie Tampon
District 1 – Priscilla Romero
District 2 – Sam Tomontong
District 3 – Abbie Kaliko
District 3 – Isobel Mahimer
Property Superintendent – Joe Vendiola
UVC Chaplain – Ernie Labarios
UVC PRO – Ben Acohido
UVC Parliamentarian – Pedro Tampon
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.
This is the first newsletter for 2013. For FilCom Center, this month is a time of transition. Tess Quemado retired last month and is being replaced by two new staff members, both on a part time basis.
Marie Antonette Ramos will complete her degree in Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa this May. She spent last semester as a Fellow/Project Assistant at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and has joined the FilCom as its Program Specialist. She brings to FilCom her youthful enthusiasm for social media networking and has already spiked the buzz at the FIlCom page on Facebook with her very interesting posts. With her interests in literary arts, she has assumed planning for a slam-poetry competition at the center scheduled for July 28–FilCom Sunday. An honors graduate of Waipahu High School and Leeward Community College she has served as a volunteer to the popular Filipino for Kids Summer program and has been active at her St Joseph Church parish in Waipahu. Her local insight, youthful perspective and obvious intelligence is great addition to FilCom.
Rosita Tabaldo was initially a volunteer for FilCom as a participant in the State’s Volunteer Internship Program (VIP). She helped organize the archival files and in-kind donations as well as all sorts of items the organization has collected thru the years A graduate of Cagayan Teachers College, she worked for the provincial government of Cagayan in the Philippines for more than three decades before immigrating to Hawaii. Her years of experience in dealing with office processes and maturity at handling different situations and personalities are great additions to the FilCom office.
Marie and Rosita join veteran office staff Arceli Rebolido who recently assumed the role of Program Director, and Eric Victoria, the Facilities Manager. We also are assisted by HCAP Volunteer Crispin Valeriano who is tasked with compiling an inventory of all FilCom furnishings and equipment; and Kilimi Ufifui who is helping out with the maintenance of the center.
As they say, the only thing constant in this world is change. The FilCom-its programs and its staff will always be a work in progress, constantly in transition and always evolving. For the better, I hope.
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 Negosyo Entrepreneurship 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