FilGrad Event, Friday, May 11, 2018

Forwarding message to all UHM Graduates of Filipino program:

We will be holding the 2nd UH Mānoa FilGrad (Filipino graduation recognition ceremony) on Friday, May 11, 2018. We already have over 30 students signed up, but I know there are many others interested in participating. We want to make sure that everyone that is interested is included in this celebration. I would like to get a headcount by the 3rd week of January. Please email this google form out to all your students and colleagues. I will compile the names and emails into a document and get an email list going. Here is the link:

FilGrad 2018 Student Sign-up

Just a reminder, students do not have to be Filipino nor be a major or minor in the Filipino or Ilokano programs to participate in this event. It is open to anyone who wishes to embrace Filipino culture.

Also, since FilGrad only happens at the end of the Spring semester, students who are graduating in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 are all eligible to participate in FilGrad 2018.

Here are some links where students can get more information about FilGrad.
FilGrad Facebook Page

FilGrad 2018 Promo Video

Maraming salamat, agyamanak unay, daghang salamat, and mahalo nui loa,


Watch this movie:

Sponsored by: Lei Magazine

Loosely based on true events, three transgender women — Hopeless romantic Tuesday, wise Amanda and recklessly ambitious Barbie — share a chaotic night of misguided love, a christening and drug dealing on the road to realizing their dreams in Manila’s red light Burgos district.
THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS is lushly photographed under the neon backdrop of Manila nights, with tour-de-force acting from the entire cast.

Philippines 2017 | Tagalog | 72M | Southeast Asian Showcase |
Crime, Drama, LGBT
DIRECTOR: Gerardo Calagui
CAST: Matt Daclan, Anthony Falcon, Rocky Salumbides

Sat, Nov 4 at 6:45pm – Dole Cannery E

OAHU: November 2-12, 2017

Tickets and flash passes can be purchased at the HIFF Box Office or online at

680 Iwilei Road, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96817
PH: 808-447-0577

Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 IMAX Foyer
735 Iwilei Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
PH: 808-447-0577

(Including Opening/Centerpiece/Closing Films)
$10.00 HIFF Memeber tickets
$12.00 Senior, Military, Student
$14.00 General Admission

Lectures on Traditional Filipino Tattoo

Everyone is invited to attend this event – “Batok: Filipino Tattoo Lecture Series” at selected UH Community College Campuses from October 25 to November 2, 2017.

Come and listen to Lane Wilcken, Traditional Filipino tattoo practitioner. For more info, click on the flyer below .

Please contact Prof. Leon F. Florendo or call the number listed below.

Leon F. Florendo
Assistant Professor, Counselor
Leeward Community College-Wai`anae Moku
87-380 Kula’aupuni Street
Wai`anae, HI 96792
(808) 454-4707 (Direct Line)
(808) 454-4702 (Front Desk)

Why Moros in the Philippines will not turn fundamentalist

Why our Moro brothers and sisters will never turn fundamentalist
by Patricio N. Abinales

Contrary to the Marawi crisis of now almost three months, where the Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf occupied this Islamic city and planted ISIS flags, Dr. Patricio Abinales argues that Moros from the Philippines will never become fundamentalist. At the last body count, more than 500 lives have perished in Marawi city since the fighting began on May 23, 2017, and still goes on as of this writing (Aug. 15, 2017).

Read this article from an online magazine Positively Filipino and find out why.

Prof. Ambeth Ocampo Gives Lectures in Hawaii

Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, an accomplished and renowned history professor from Ateneo de Manila University, will be in Honolulu to give a series of lectures on the occasion of the Philippine celebration of National Heroes Day. The lectures are as follows:

Lecture 1- Mukhang Pera: Banknotes and Nation
About the Lecture:
“Mukhang pera” literally means “looks like money” but is often taken to denote a “greedy or materialistic person.” The lecture plays on this double meaning by showing how politics influences history and the way it is represented in the banknotes of the Philippines.

Reception and book signing follow the lecture at the Philippine Consulate General, 2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
Date/Time: August 29, 2017 (Tuesday), 5:30-6:30 pm
Pls By invitation. RSVP by August 22, 2017 through Fax (808) 595-2581 or email at

Lecture 2 – Rizal in Dapitan: The Triumph of Life Over Death
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Jose Rizal’s arrival in Dapitan, his place of exile from 1892 to 1896. A lesser man would have crumbled in depression and boredom but Rizal turned his misfortune around and contributed to the development of the sleepy town through education and civic work that is the bedrock on which to build nationhood. Pls see poster for more info.

Venue and time: UH Leeward Community College, August 31, 2017 (Thursday), 10:30-11:45 am, ED 201 & 202 Lecture Rooms (Diamond Head side of the campus). Co-sponsored with Knights of Rizal and UH Leeward Philippine Studies Program.

Lecture 3 – Interrogating President Papers: The Ferdinand Marcos Diaries
These handwritten diaries that span the years 1969-1984 were left when Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled from the presidential palace in February 1986 and have been in the custody of the Presidential Commission on Good Government since. Prof. Ocampo is preparing the diaries for publication, collating from different manuscript sources, and annotating from newspapers and the Official Gazette. In the process being critical of Marcos’s own view of events.

Venue and time: East-West Center Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96848, September 1, 2017 (Friday), 12:00-1:00 pm. Pls RSVP to (808) 944-7111 or

About the Lecturer:
Prof. Ambeth R. Ocampo is a celebrated Filipino historian, academic, journalist and author best known for his writings on Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. He was Consultant to the Numismatic Committee of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and was involved in the design of the present new generation currency banknotes. He is a professor at the Ateneo de Manila University and writes a column on Philippine history for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

UHM Center for Philippine Studies, (808) 956-6086 or email Patricio N. Abinales at or Federico Magdalena at
Philippine Consulate General at Pali Highway, Fax (808) 595-2581 or email
East-West Center, (808) 944-7111 or email, or Karen Knudsen at
Knights of Rizal, (808) 455-0557 or email Raymund L. Liongson at
FAUW, (808) 225-1219 or email Pepi Nieva at

Center for Philippine Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW), East-West Center, and Knights of Rizal.

Please also see Philippine Daily Inquirer

Why Filipina Muslims will outlast ISIS

Hi everyone (esp. those who live in Hawaii) –

Dr. Patricio “Jojo” Abinales will give a presentation on Filipinas and ISIS for the FAUW (Filipino Association of University Women) at Max’s Dillingham branch on July 15, 2017 at 1:30pm. Please come and join the forum! ISIS is allegedly present in the Philippines through Islamic militant groups such as the Maute brothers and their gang, and the Abu Sayyaf group. Both are now embroiled in a war in Marawi City.

Join us in the discussion! This topic is very timely since the Marawi crisis began on May 23, 2017 and is still raging. More than 500 lives perished on both sides – ISIS represented by the Maute brothers with participation from ASG, the military, and civilians.

Tinalak donation to CPS

Photo showing the donor, William Feltz (right), of the East-West Center, with Ric Trimillos and Jojo Abinales receiving the priced Tinalak weaving.

Retired East-West Center Art Administrator William (Bill) Feltz has graciously donated a priced Tinalak weaving to the Center for Philippine Studies. CPS Director Jojo Abinales, Ric Trimillos and Fred Magdalena received the donation. Tinalak is a specially woven fabric by the T’boli tribe in Mindanao, Philippines usually from abaca. Weaving is a specialty of T’boli women who are known for their sense of beauty and nature, reflected in the intricate artistry of Tinalak.

Hawaii Filipina graduates summa cum laude at UH Manoa

Reschi Karla Ramo, 21, graduates from the University of Hawaii-Manoa as a summa cum laude, with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Health, minor in Ilocano Studies.
Photo courtesy of Reschi Karla Ramo.

ILOCOS NORTE—All the way from Waipahu in Hawaii, 21-year-old Reschi Karla Ramo takes a vacation in Barangay Calioet, Libong, Bacarra yearly, where she was born and grew up until her family migrated to the United States in 2011.

Her homecoming this year is filled with more excitement after she brought home a very special “pasalubong” that can’t be compared with anything that came with the balikbayan box.

Follow her story Here.

In 2015, Reschi was awarded a scholarship under the Coca Cola New Century Scholarship grant while studying at Leeward Community College. Leeward CC is part of the UH System. Please click this Link for more details.

4th International Conference in History, 2017

Philippine Historical Association (PHA)

September 14-16, 2017
Venue: Manila Hotel and De La Salle University

We are happy to announce that the Philippine Historical Association (PHA) will host the Fourth International Conference of the International Council for Historical and Cultural Cooperation-Southeast Asia (ICHCC-SEA) on September 14-16, 2017, in Manila. With the theme, “The Malay World: Connecting the Past to the Present,” the participation of reputable scholars from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other parts of the world shall highlight the conference. The venues shall be at the Manila Hotel and De La Salle University, Manila.

More info is found by visiting the site of PHA , or by clicking its FB account.