UFCH Unites Filipino Communities Statewide
by Jenny Alconcel Quezon
The United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH) was founded in 1959, coinciding with the announcement of statehood for Hawaii ,by Consul General Juan Dionisio. UFCH is the umbrella organization of Filipino island councils on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, Lanai and Molokai. UFCH’s mission is to promote unity, friendship, camaraderie and mutual assistance among Filipinos in Hawaii; and perpetuate the Filipino heritage and culture.
The UFCH convention, now on its 54th year, will be hosted this year by the Big Island Filipino Community Council on July 27-29 at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort in Hilo. UFCH is holding the Miss Hawaii Filipina pageant during the convention. UFCH also hosts Mrs. Hawaii Filipina and Miss Teen Hawaii Filipina to raise funds for scholarships for college bound students.
Informational and educational panel presentations on social, health, political and economic issues affecting our communities will be discussed during the convention. The cost per delegate is $185 which includes the meals, pageant ticket, and convention packets.
Milli Asuncion (contact 808 895-1366) is the overall chair of the July convention with Lito Asuncion, Romel dela Cruz, and Dayday Hopkins as co-chairs. Delegate registration, nomination forms and respective council’s unit organization updates should be mailed to P.O. Box 4216, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. The deadline for the delegate forms is June 29. The pageant chair is Christina Ranan (contact 808 640-4180).
OFCC Elects New Officer
The Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) held its 2012 annual convention on June 10 at the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu. Approximately 150 registered delegates from various unit member organizations attended the event. The theme of the all-day convention was “Communication and Action with Integrity is Effective Leadership.” The convention featured three panelists: David Forman of the UH College of Law, Rick Tsujimura, member of the Board of Governors of the East-West Center, and Rose Churma, president of the FilCom Center.
New officers elected at the convention are: Jean Jeremiah, president;Aurelio Agcaoili, 1st vice president; Rhoda Yabes, 2nd vice president; Julius Soria, secretary; Perlita Sadorra, assistant secretary; Vanessa Pulido, treasurer; Rose Aquino, assistant treasurer; Cleo Bala Casino, auditor; and Baybee Hufana-Ablan,Eddie Bueno, Amelia Cabatu, Maggie Domingo, Edith Gudoy,Davelyn Quijano, Rossi Patton, and Ignacio Torres, directors. Each officer has a one-year term while the directors have a two-year terms.
Newly elected President Jean Jeremiah challenged the delegates “to make a difference by making the right choice.” She intends to work closely with unit member organizations and to uphold the mission of the OFCC to promote and perpetuate the Filipino cultural heritage, to help unite all Filipino organizations for the common welfare of the Filipino community, and to encourage all Filipinos to develop a strong sense of responsibility and a greater participation for the betterment of the Filipino community and the Island of Oahu as a whole.