UH Hilo events celebrate Filipino Heritage Month

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Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo observes Filipino-American Heritage Month in October with a series of events that recognize the contributions of Filipinos in the community and abroad. The kick-off event, “Colors of the Rainbow; An Exhibit of Traditional Costumes of the Philippines,” begins with an opening reception on Friday, October 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Edwin H. Mookini Library where the display will be held through November 25. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, featuring the costume collection of Iris Viacrusis, is a celebration of the Philippines through weaving and costumes from its diverse island cultures. Viacrusis was born in the Philippines but has also lived in Northern California and Paris, France where he studied fashion before settling in Hawaiʻi. He is a talented designer who was involved with theatrical costuming in Los Angeles and interior design in Dallas.

Viacrusis made a pilgrimage back to the Philippines where he collected and brought back apparel and artifacts from various villages and provinces. In addition to costumes and articles from several Filipino tribes, the display will showcase various arts and crafts, such as weaved baskets, jewelry and accessories and photos from different regions of the Philippines.

The event is a collaboration of various University and community organizations including the Filipino American Heritage Month Committee, Minority Access and Achievement Program (MAAP), Bayanihan Club, Edwin H. Mookini Library, Kipuka, and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management. Upcoming presentations include “World in Collision” with Carlos Villa, artist-in-residence, a jazz performance by Charmaine Clamor, Ancient Healing Arts of the Philippines, and Filipino Food Fridays.

For more information, contact MAAP Program Director Ginger Hamilton at 974-7451. For special accommodations, call 933-0816(V) or 933-3334 (TTY) or see uds@hawaii.edu.

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