UPAAH Ilang-Ilang tree planting

CALLING ALL ISKOs and ISKAs in Maui! We are looking for you! Step forward and make yourselves known!

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Hawaii will have a tree planting event at the Bahay Kubo of Kepaniwai Park’s Heritage Garden in Iao Valley, Wailuku on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. The group will plant an Ilang-Ilang tree, which is a common plant in the Philippines famous for its strong fragrance.

Tree Planting

Poster credits: Photos from Dennis Bondocoy, UP oblation image by Ray Liongson, and layout by Kit Zulueta.

The event coincides with a month-long celebration of the Filipino community in Hawaii to commemorate the Filipino-American History Month. UPAAH was last spotted on Maui in 2009 where its members, together with the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce, planted a Narra tree – the Philippine national tree, which is now thriving at the same place.

Photos are available from the Narra Tree planting event from UPAAH member Dennis Bondocoy here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbondocoy/sets/72157619775814921/with/3638181410/

UPAAH President Carolyn Weygan intends to invite alumni of the distinguished university and consider forming a Maui chapter of the organization. The current Board of UPAAH includes PRO Kit Zulueta and Board Member CJ Ancheta, both Maui residents.

Distinguished members of the community and proud UP Alumni include Consul General Julius Torres of the Philippine Consulate of Honolulu, 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awardees Dr. Belinda ‘Lyndy’ Aquino and former President of the Filipino Community Center Geminiano ‘Toy’ Arre Jr.

The 2013 Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings proved that the University of the Philippines maintained its top place among other universities in the Philippines.

Members from Oahu look forward to joining fellow ‘iskolars ng bayan’ in the Valley Isle. An organizational meeting will follow the tree planting at the same venue.

All University of the Philippines alumni residing on Maui are encouraged to attend the event. For information, contact CJ Ancheta at 280-1616.

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