UH Hilo celebrates Filipino-American Heritage Month

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Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The public is invited to celebrate Filipino-American Heritage Month at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with a series of events during October. The event is a nationwide observance throughout the U.S. to recognize Filipino-Americans, their historical advancement and contributions to the nation.

UH Hilo’s celebration kicks off with “Barrio Fiesta” on Thursday, October 2, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. The event captures the mood of a traditional Filipino fiesta celebration in a festive gathering of special guests, administration, politicians, community members, students, faculty and staff who will begin the opening ceremonies with a parade of colorful Filipino costumes. The event will also feature food and entertainment.

Other events during the month-long celebration include:

* October 16. Academic Forum with Dr. Patricia Brown.
1) Discovering the Hidden Stories of the Plantation Era Filipinas.
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Student Services Center, Room 201.

2) FILIPINAS! Voices from Daughters and Descendants of Hawai’i’s
Plantation Era. 6-7:30 p.m. UCB Room 100.

* October 23. Film viewing: “Documented” with Jose Antonio Vargas.
5 p.m. UCB Room 100.

* October 26. Hilo Filipino Fiesta. 10 – 3 p.m. (Subject to change)
Mo’oheau Park Bandstand and Grounds. Sponsored by County of
Hawai’i, Downtown Improvement Association, Connections Charter

* October 29. “Drizzle” – A showcase of traditional dances with a modern
twist by UH Hilo and Hawai’i Community College students. 6:30 p.m. Hale Kehau turnaround.

All events are free and organized by the Filipino Advisory Committee together with the Filipino Certificate Studies Group, Bayanihan Club and the Filipino community.

For more information, contact Norman Arancon at 932-7030 or normanq@hawaii.edu, or Rodney Jubilado at rodneycj@hawaii.edu.

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