Inside the hawaii filipino chronicle

The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle was established on July 1, 1993 initially on a semi-monthly basis. The first copy came out on October 1, 1993. Today, the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle is the only weekly local Filipino newspaper in the State of Hawaii.

The newspaper was created in response to the growing need to reach out to the Filipino community, to inform and educate and provide the vehicle with which our community can grow and prosper.

Each edition of the Chronicle features lively editorial content, informative community news and calendar of events, interesting stories and educational topics. Inside the Chronicle, you will find a variety of issues and columns that are both engaging and informative.

  •   Headline News and Cover Stories
  •   Community News & Calendar of Events
  •   History & Culture
  •   Art and Leisure
  •   Business
  •   Legal Notes / Immigration
  •   Government & Politics
  •   Health and Medical News
  •   Consumer and Food News
  •   Education
  •   Movie and Book Reviews

Highlights and Achievements

The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle has been an informative resource to the small business community. Under the initiative and direction of Chona A. Montesines-Sonido, the Chronicle has published numerous articles helping small business owners every step of the way from starting up a company to enhancing profits through effective management, finance, marketing, and tax filing.

Ms. Montesines-Sonido was recently honored by the Hawaii Filipino Women’s Club as the Woman Achiever in the field of journalism. She was also recognized by the City Council, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, Governor Linda Lingle, Mayor Mufi Hanneman, and the Kalayaan Philippines-Hawaii International for her outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. Ms. Montesines-Sonido was a recent panel speaker on the Ethnic Media, presented by the Honolulu Community Media Council, and is Honolulu’s SBA Small Business Journalist of the Year for 2006.

The Group

Charlie Y. Sonido, M.D. / Publisher and Executive Editor

Ms. Chona A. Montesines-Sonido / Member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Associate Editors:

Edwin Quinabo

Dennis Galolo

The Group

Belinda A. Aquino, Ph.D. /Contributing Editor

Junggoi Peralta /Layout

Tim Llena / Photography

Administrative Assistants:

Lilia Capalad

Shalimar Pagulayan


Carlota Hufana Ader

Elpidio Estioko

Emil Guillermo

Melissa Martin, Ph.D.

J.P. Orias

Pacita Saludes

Reuben S. Seguritan, Esq.

Charlie Sonido, M.D.

Emmanuel S. Tipon, Esq.

Contributing Writers:

Clement Bautista

Edna Bautista, Ed. D.

Teresita Bernales, Ed.D.

Sheryll Bonilla, Esq.

Rose Churma

Serafin Colmenares, Jr., Ph.D.

Linda dela Cruz

Carolyn Weygan-Hildebrand

Amelia Jacang, M.D.

Caroline Julian

Raymond Ll.Liongson, Ph.D

Federico Magdalena, Ph. D.

Matthew Mettias

Maita Milallos

Paul Melvin Palalay, M.D.

Renelaine Bontol-Pfister

Seneca Moraleda-Puguan

Seneca Moraleda-Puguan

Seneca Moraleda-Puguan

Glenn Wakai

Amado Yoro

Greg Garcia / Philippine Correspondent

Neighbor Island Correspondents:

Big Island (Hilo and Kona):

Grace Larson

Ditas Udani


Millicent Washington


Christine Sabado

Big Island Distributors:

Grace Larson

Ditas Udani


Amylou Aguinaldo

Nestor Aguinaldo


Cecille Piros

Rey Piros

Molokai Distributor:

Maria Watanabe

Oahu Distributors:

Yoshimasa Kaneko

Jonathan Pagulayan

Advertising / Marketing Director:

Chona A. Montesines-Sonido

Account Executives:

Carlota Ader

J. P. Orias


Mark Lester Ranchez