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Events celebrate Filipino-American History Month

By Staff | Oct 22, 2009

Plans are under way for three major events in observance of October as Filipino-American History Month on Maui.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, a symposium will be held in the Maui Community College Pilina Building’s Multipurpose Room from 6 to 8 p.m. Three invited panelists will discuss the topic, “What is the impact of Filipino-Americans on Maui’s history?” The panelists are Retired Circuit Court Judge Artemio Baxa, historian and attorney Tony Ramil and former Toronto Judge Cornelia Soberano. An open forum will follow the discussion.

During the event, the top three winners of an essay writing contest will be announced, and each piece will be delivered by the author. Maui County students in grades 6-8 answered this question: “What does it mean to be a Filipino-American, and how can I impact my community?” Cash prizes, plaques and certificates of participation will be awarded.

At the symposium, in response to these tough economic times, Vince Bagoyo will discuss “How to be debt free.” The seminar will cover basic, practical steps on personal budgeting that will help lead to a debt-free lifestyle. Identify long-term financial personal goals, priorities and purpose.

State Rep. Gil Keith-Agaran will deliver an inspirational message.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Filipinos will display an array of performance talents and skills from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center stage of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. Dubbed the “Filipinos Got Talent Show,” this event promises to be a cultural extravaganza. There will also be table displays by various nonprofit agencies.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, the public is invited for a cleanup drive at Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens near the “Bahay Kubo” Building from 9 to 11 a.m.

These activities are a concerted effort of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 12, Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Maui Filipino Community Council, Maui Filipino Working Group, and Fil-Am Observer newspaper.

For information, contact Herman Andaya at 870-3045, CJ Ancheta at 385-3571 for the symposium, and Madelyne Pascua at 268-0686 for the talent show.