The Filipino Community Center Celebrates Its Monthly FILCOM Sundays on August 25, 2013

“Glimpses of MINDANAW - Lumads, Muslims and Christians”

HONOLULU, HAWAII – August 19, 2013 – Join us on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu for our monthly FilCom Sundays, entitled “Glimpses of MINDANAW – Lumads, Muslims and Christians.” The spelling of the word Mindanaw is recognized among the natives and is used in various Filipino languages such as Tagalog and Cebuano. This month we feature the Mindanaw region, the second largest and southernmost island in the Philippines. As always, this event is FREE and open to the public.

The program will begin with an educational forum, “Explaining and Understanding Mindanaw,” organized by Dr. Patricio “Jojo” Abinales, Dr. Fred Magdalena and Dr. Serfain “Jun” Colmenares, who are well-known experts on the region. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Belinda Aquino, professor emeritus of Political Science and Asian Studies at University of Hawaii, Manoa. Each panelist will offer a 15-minute presentation designed to propose various explanations and perspectives on Mindanaw and its historical experience as an integral part of Philippine society. Topics will cover how the region has been regarded or treated by the larger Philippine nation over time – exploring issues of culture, religion, government and politics; economics, ancestral dominion, identity, and recent developments, such as a series of peace initiatives, which have escalated rather than diminished tensions, and are still unresolved today.

Cultural performances will commence in the Consuelo Courtyard beginning with our very own Banda Kawayan led by Maestro Rafael “Pike” Velasco. Veteran FilCom Sunday performer Malinanung Uni will be back to share the beauty of the kulintang and its lovely sounds. Paul Crisostomo’s Vismin Dance Ensemble along with Ray Rausa’s Folkloric Group have prepared a number of colorful dance routines guaranteed to wow the crowds. FilCom is also pleased to welcome back local Filipino fashion guru, Iris Gil Viacrucis, owner of Iris Gil Design Studio in Hilo, a dress shop specializing in Filipiniana and Hawaiian attire.  Viacrucis will demonstrate ways to incorporate apparel from Mindanaw into everyday wear.

This month’s Filipino for Kids: R.A.M.P (Reading, Art, Music & Play) component will showcase a variety of Filipino musical instruments such as the kulintang, agung, gangsa, and more. The Music Room will serve as a musical discovery center, where the children are encouraged to see, touch, and play with these cultural instruments.

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To sponsor, participate or get more information, please contact:
Marie Ramos, Program Specialist
Email: / Phone: (808) 680-0451

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