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Business organization to honor Filipino leaders

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010


KAHULUI — In recognition of their exemplary leadership achievements, the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce will honor ten notable Filipino residents of Maui County during the 13th Gintong Pamana (Golden Heritage) Leadership/Achievement and Scholarship Awards Banquet on Wednesday, June 16, at the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom.

The event will begin with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Philippine Consulate General Leoncio Cardenas will be the guest speaker.

“The honorees’ exemplified extraordinary performance in their chosen field of endeavor is a manifestation of their proven leadership, and they have also shown their commitment and dedication in serving  the community,” said CJ Ancheta, event coordinator.

The honorees are: Agriculture — Rodrigo “Rudy” Balala, business partner and vice president of Haliimaile Pineapple Company Ltd.; Public Health — Jeny Bissell, nurse administrator for the state Department of Health’s Family Health Services Division; Design and Consulting — Jeffrey Dela Cruz, owner of JDC Designs & Consulting Services; Banking — Lydia Dela Cruz, retired consumer services specialist for Bank of Hawaii; Banking — Dean Cabrera Duque, First Hawaiian Bank assistant vice president and branch manager for the Lahaina Branch; Skills Development — Michelle Gaddis, an author and educator; Education — Lorraine Gomez-Karinen, a professional development resource teacher for the Department of Education, Maui District; Government — Dennis “Danny” Mateo, chair of the Maui County Council; Performing Arts and Culture — Madelyn Pascua, director and founder of Dance International Productions; Building/Construction — Ryan Sagayaga of Humble Services.

Scholarship recipients include Michael Bayle of Baldwin High School; Preston Tavares of Kamehameha Schools-Maui; Josie Gomez, Evan Pascual and Lyka Sarian of Lahainaluna High School; and Whitney Acoba, Jane Badua, Rowena Buted, Johnelyn Cadang and JoAnne Sula of Maui High School.

For information, call Lydia Dela Cruz at 244-3263.