Leeward Community College's 13th Annual International Education Festival celebrates the Philippines

Annual event honors the Hawaii Filipino Centennial Celebration

Leeward Community College
Posted: Mar 15, 2006

PEARL CITY, Oʻahu — The community is invited to the Leeward Community College (LCC) campus to learn about the Philippines through music, dance, food, lectures and exhibits during the weeklong International Education Festival, March 20-24. In its thirteenth year, the LCC International Education Festival celebrates the Philippines and Filipino migration to Hawaiʻi in honor of the Hawaiʻi Filipino Centennial Celebration.

Special lectures and panel discussions about the Philippines, how it relates to the Asia Pacific region, and Filipino life in Hawaiʻi are scheduled for Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21. Gov. Linda Lingle, the honorary chair of the Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission, will present the keynote speech, a reflection on her recent trip to the Philippines, on Monday, March 20, at 11 a.m.

Throughout the week, an interactive, multimedia historical exhibit produced by LCC Philippines Studies students will be on display in the library highlighting the migration of Filipinos in the United States, and a special photo exhibit, "Sulyap" by photographer Tim Llena, will be displayed in the foyer of the Administration Building, offering a glimpse of contemporary Filipino life in Hawaiʻi..

The festival will be in full swing on Wednesday, March 22, with "Pista sa Leeward," a full day of entertainment and performances featuring American Idol finalist Jordan Segundo, LCC‘s Kanikapila Singers, pianist and banduria player Chris Cerna, renowned sax player Fani Tedios, and kundiman vocalist Donnabelle Pascual. The Pedoy Escrima School will also render a demonstration of Filipino traditional martial arts, and Elias Beniga, chair of the Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission, will address the crowd.

The LCC celebration is made possible with funding support from the Filipino Centennial Celebration Commission, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, UH Diversity Funds, and Women‘s Campus Club.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact LCC International Education Committee co-chairs Raymund Liongson, 455-0224, or Pat Neils, 455-0357.

All lecture presentations will take place in the LCC Theatre.9 a.m.
Opening Remarks
LCC Interim Chancellor Peter Quigley9:10 a.m.
"Philippines and the Asia Pacific/Filipino Migration to Hawaiʻi"
Dr. Belinda Aquino, Director, UH Mānoa Center for Philippine Studies10 a.m.
"ʻSinggalot‘ (Ties that Bind): From Colonial Subjects and Nationals to Filipino Americans in the United States"
Dr. Dean Alegado, Chair, UH Mānoa Ethnic Studies Program11 a.m.
Gov. Linda Lingle
Honorary Chair, Filipino Centennial Celebration CommissionNoon
"Filipino-American Youth: Performing Filipinicity, Cultural Identity and Performing Arts in the United States"
Dr. Ricardo Trimillos, Interim Dean, UH Mānoa School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS)

1 p.m.
Ramon Obusan Ballet Folklorico de Philipinas lecture and mini-performance

Tuesday, March 21
All lecture presentations will take place in the LCC Theatre.

9 a.m.
"Growing up Filipino"
Student panel presentation moderated by Pat Ramos, LCC Tagalog instructor

10:30 a.m.
"Filipinos in Hawaiʻi, Today and Beyond"
Video presentation by producer Emme Tomimbang, and panel discussion including Robin Campaniano, Roland Casamina, Katrina Guerrero, and Clevan Cabuhat; moderated by Abelina Madrid Shaw

Wednesday, March 22
9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
"Pista sa Leeward"
Outdoor stage performances and presentations

Friday, March 24
10 a.m.
Filipino-American Trivia Game (Room GT-105)