36th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival, 2016

2016 Hawaii International Film Festival
Presented by Halekulani
November 3-13, 2016 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
and Regal Kapolei Commons 12

Through this promotion, write or mention the Code OUTREACH36. This code gives the purchaser $2 off each ticket purchased.

Folks, here are some new Filipino films you would like to see:


Antonio, a hotel worker in Manila, needs to make it to America. His father’s utter failure while living in Las Vegas compels Antonio to do anything and everything to support his cancer-ridden mother. However, he fails again and again to get a visa, despite taking many financial, emotional and personal risks. Haunted by his father’s past and discouraged by his current situation, Antonio comes to realize the power of a dream may just be within reach…

Friday, November 11 8:45 PM Dole Cannery
Saturday, November 12 11:00 AM Dole Cannery


Can an impersonator find his own voice? At 68, Pepe (Pinoy rock legend Pepe Smith delivering a raw performance) has dedicated his life to impersonating legendary Filipino rock star Joey Smith. Straddling the line between reality and imagination while sinking deeper into old age, he must undertake a journey of self-discovery to free himself from the shadow of his hero and become his own man. Only then can he be free to write the song of his career.

Wednesday, November 09 8:00 PM Dole Cannery
Friday, November 11 12:30 PM Dole Cannery


As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation is not an easy feat. Bemz and her team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies. Culminating on election day, OUT RUN looks into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.

Thursday, November 10 5:45 PM Dole Cannery
Saturday, November 12 12:15 PM Dole Cannery


Ford, a surfing instructor from the Philippines, has been told his whole life that he’s the son of Francis Ford Coppola and that he was conceived during the on-location filming of APOCALYPSE NOW. He has wasted his youth waiting as his mother petitions the director to acknowledge Ford as his son. As the surfing season ends, Ford is forced to confront his past actions, inactions, and the stories of his life.

Saturday, November 05 4:30 PM Dole Cannery
Monday, November 07 3:00 PM Dole Cannery

Sexism in Philippine Language

Dr. Pia Arboleda speaks on “Sexism in Philippine Language : Reinforcement and Resistance”

Date & Time: Oct 24, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm
Venue: UH Manoa, Hamilton Library Room 301

There is a common notion that the Tagalog/Filipino language is nonsexist because it has generic nouns and pronouns. But upon closer inspection, instances of sexism are present in Filipino and are perpetuated consciously or unconsciously. The sexual stereotypes and patriarchal values reflected in some of these words may be outmoded, but their definitions are still maintained in the dictionary. In this lecture, Pia Arboleda discusses her study of words and definitions from three major dictionaries: Vicassan Pilipino-English Dictionary (1978) , Diksyunaryo ng Wikang Filipino (1989) and UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino (2001). She will also provide recommendations for language advocacy and nonsexist usage of Filipino. The presentation will be in English.

Recipient of the 2015 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the UHM Filipino and Philippine Literature program. As part of her integrated approach to teaching, research and materials development, she produces multi-media bilingual animated films on Philippine folklore. One of her major accomplishments is the translation and subtitling of the 13-part film series on Noli Me Tangere based on the literary masterpiece by Jose Rizal, as well as Philippine films that are now used for classroom teaching.

The flyer is attached. For inquiries about this lecture, please contact Ms. Thang Nguyen atcseaspr@hawaii.edu.

See you there!

Conversation on President Rodrigo Duterte

The Conversation: Friday, October 7th, 2016
By Beth-Ann Kozlovich & Chris Vandercook • Oct 7, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte is very controversial abroad, but maintains high approval ratings at home.CREDIT WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Patricio Abinales

Some might call him colorful, others, dangerous. Since the election of Rodrigo Duterte last May, the Philippine relationship with the US and with its own people has been changing. He has launched his own war on drugs and drug addicts, and told President Obama to clean up his own backyard. Rodrigo Duterte has also said he wants an end to m joint military operations with the US. But is this hyperbole and bluster or something more. Patricio Abinales is Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and the Director of UH Center for Philippine Studies.

Finding Filipino Heroes

Come and attend “Finding Our Heroes,” a presentation on Filipino soldiers during WWII based on the archives mined from the National Archives, Washington, D.C.  by Marie Silva Vallejo.

Date & time: Nov. 29, 2016, 11:45am-1:15pm
Venue: Moot Courtroom, William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
University of Hawaii at Manoa



CPS Director calls on Philippine Consulate

Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin with Dr. Patricio N. Abinales (left) and Ms. Clemen Montero (right) during a courtesy call on the latter at the Philippine Consulate General on 22 September 2016.

Dr. Patricio N. Abinales, Director of the Center for Philippine Studies (CPS), University of Hawaii at Manoa, called on Philippine Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin on 22 September 2016. Joining Dr. Abinales was Ms. Clemen Montero, Ilocano and Tagalog Lecturer at the UH and Educational Specialist for the CPS.

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Filipino American celebrations at New Orleans


By Tina Soong 
on September 14, 2016 at 3:52 PM, updated September 14, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Filipino Americans have long, rich history in New Orleans and Louisiana. The Filipino presence in Louisiana can be traced to the 18th Century.

That culture will be honored locally with a New Orleans nod to Filipino American History Month when the New Orleans area offers several different events Oct. 8-9, 2016.

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Applications: Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program

The Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program will help the next generation of Hawaii’s leaders develop a solid knowledge base of the major political, economic, and security issues in the Asia Pacific.

Applications for the 2016-17 program are now OPEN until September 10, 2016 (http://bit.ly/APAL2016). Applicants must be a university student or a young professional under the age of 30, based on Oahu, Hawaii. Participation in the program is free.

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Julius Soria, a colleague who went ahead of his time

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Dear colleagues,

It is with deep sadness to inform you that our colleague Julius Soria, beloved by his students and greatly admired by his colleagues and the Ilocano and Filipino community, passed away this early morning (Aug 2, about 4:00am). Fred Magdalena, Tess Constantino,  Patty Dunn (student adviser of Asian Studies) and myself were able to express our condolences and talk with his mother and siblings. Imelda Gasmen, Eva Repollo and Agnes Malate were also there.

Julius’s sister and/or Imelda will update us on whatever plans the family will have regarding his internment.

For now he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be greatly missed by his CPS, Filipino and Ilocano ohana.

Jojo Abinales

“PI” is politically incorrect

Please Stop Calling the Philippines ‘P.I.’

Michael Gonzalez

I teach Philippine history in an American community college and I flinch every time a bright-eyed student would talk about his/her recent trip to “P.I.”

P.I., of course, means Philippine Islands, and to most Filipinos familiar with the U.S. colonization of the Philippines, it is a politically incorrect term. This much I learned from my U.P. history professor Dr. Oscar Alfonso.

P.I. as a term is specific to the Philippines as U.S. territory, a colonial one, until the U.S. Congress granted Philippine independence in 1945. The use of P.I. is an innocent mistake given that Philippine Islands is a direct translation of Islas Filipinas in Spanish, the name Spanish explorer Legazpi in 1543 gave to the group of islands (Leyte and Samar) in honor of the Felipe II, King of Spain.

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