October is Filipino Ameican Heritage Month: Maui FilAm Fest on Oct. 12

September 30, 2013

I will be at the Maui FilAm Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10am – 3pm. The Kit Zulueta Productions booth will have some parol kits and other toys for sale. There were some shirts from last year that I still have too, so I plan to just clean out my storage space at home.

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Chef Jake Belmonte of Maui Culinary Academy, spearheading Master P-noy Chef cook-off wearing one of my shirts last year: U can adobo anything for ‘Battle Adobo’

It will be another exciting event! The committee, led by Atty. Fred Evangelista, is working so hard getting all the details together. Many thanks to Phil Sabado of Sabado Studios for always allowing the group to get together at his space.

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Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival Committee meeting

I’m happy how the poster turned out this year – great thing our photographer Janno Gonzales of Litratto captured Ms. Becca Godfrey’s beautiful smile – currently the title holder for Miss Filipino Fashionista! Here’s the latest poster project:

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The celebration kick-off tomorrow (Oct.1)  is at a Philippine flag-raising event by the County building front lawn. I had the honor to emcee last year’s one and it was a great moment – singing Lupang Hinirang and really meaning every word: … aming ligaya ng pag may nang-aapi, ang mamatay ng dahil sa ‘yo. Deep man, deep.

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The Timpuyog Cultural Group behind me with Filipino-Americans in uniform who helped raise the Philippine flag. Mahalo to Ryan Piros for the photo. I’m rarely in the pictures, so I treasure every one that I’m in.

Anyway, there will be free filipino food! If that’s not enough reason, I don’t know what else is.

There will be a series of events in October – some already set, some still in the works. I’ll be sure to post updates and any additional information here. In the meantime, I invite you to follow Maui Filipino Chamber on Facebook and check out the website for more Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival updates.

Mabuhay and Aloha!