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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo celebrates the richness of Filipino heritage and culture during Filipino American Heritage Month.

“Filipino American Heritage Month is a time when we celebrate the diversity of our heritage and the richness of our culture as Filipinos,” says Norman Arancon, associate professor of horticulture and an organizer of the month’s events. “It is also the time when we recognize several Filipinos in the past who paved the way for many others—the path to making it into the United States, the land of opportunities. Many of them held important positions in the community and the government and were responsible for recognizing the contributions of Filipinos in the economy and education.”

Filipino American Heritage Month events

  • October 7, 5:30 p.m.—Documentary film Manny will be shown at the University Classroom Building (UCB), room 100.
  • Public lectures by Ronald Sundstrom, professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco
    October 16, 11 a.m.—Academic Forum Knowledge, Power and Identity in UCB 111
    October 16, 4 p.m.—The Filipino-American Experience and the Post-Racial State in UCB 127
  • October 23, 6 p.m.—Gala Night, an evening of dining, choral showcase, Filipino community and student leaders recognition and ballroom dancing, at the Campus Center Dining Room.
    Tickets: $40 per person and $26 per students
  • Cultural presentations by Lane Wilcken, tattoo practitioner and author
    October 28, 6 p.m.—Community Forum Meet and Greet at Campus Center, room 301
    October 29, 12:30 p.m.—Academic Forum and Demo at the Student Services Center, room 201
  • October 30, 6 p.m.—The Drizzle, an evening of entertainment sponsored by the UH Hilo Bayanihan Club at Hale Kehau.

Read the UH Hilo Stories article for more information.

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