Hawaii-Filipino Chronicle --News -- Hawaii -- Maui Filipinos Gear Up for 2013 Annual Heritage Festival -- October 12, 2013
OCT. 12, 2013

Maui Filipinos Gear Up... (cont.)

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Filipino Fashionista

To further showcase the rich Filipino heritage, males and females will participate in the Filipino Fashionista, a Filipino Attire contest sponsored by Noble Travel. The winner in both the female and male divisions will receive free round-trip airfare to Las Vegas.

“Judges will determine the winner based on style, personality and grace,” says Teresita Noble. “So come with your best outfit but remember—ramp it up because your smile may be the deciding factor!”

Balut Eating Contest

For those who enjoy eating this exotic delicacy, the Speedy Balut Eating Contest may be just the thing for them. Balut is a popular street food in the Philippines.  While many enjoy the thrill of witnessing friends eat this bizarre or ‘extreme’ delicacy, it is worth noting that balut is actually a natural aphrodisiac with natural health benefits. There will be two age categories—18 to 25 and 26 and over. Experience in eating balut is a must. 

“The Speedy Balut Eating Contest is exactly that,” says Alvin Santander, who is in charge of the contest. “The fastest one to eat a balut will win.”

Participating Restaurants

Slated to provide you their best pansit, adobo, lumpia, bibingka, halo-halo, dinuguan, pork and peas, pinakbet, puto, empanada, cascaron, turon, and a whole lot more are eight restaurants—all ready to entice you to return to their respective establishments.

“We believe it is important to feature Maui’s Filipino restaurants which need more exposure to survive in this economy,” says Teresita Noble, chair of the Food Vendors Committee. “The Festival will help to create the needed momentum for these restaurants.”

With participation from Badua’s Catering and Crepes; CAA Mini Mart; Four Sisters Kitchen; Paradise Supermart; RM Mini Mart; Randy’s Catering & Fast Food; TJ’s Food Mart Fast Food Restaurant Catering & Bakery; and Tante’s Island Cuisine, attendees will definitely be able to enjoy their favorite Filipino dishes!

All-Day Entertainment

Along with the Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off event and other attractions, attendees can soak in the various entertainment which will include Filipino songs, dances, music and even a Filipino martial arts demonstration.

“The entertainment will definitely leave an impression on you,” says Madelyne Pascua, chair of the Program Committee. “We will showcase Maui’s Filipino talents that will include songs and dances of the Philippines and an escrima demonstration. We want to share our rich cultural heritage with everyone on Maui—locals and tourists alike. After all, our culture is about sharing, giving and celebrating.”

Hosting this year’s Festival will be Jason Salmo—selected by the Maui Time as the 2012 Best Local Radio DJ.

Business Booths, Historical Displays

In addition to food, song and dance, attendees can also get a head start on Christmas shopping. There will be gifts such as Philippine art and crafts, which will available for purchase.

The 2013 Historical Display will tell the story of Maui’s Filipino community through the lives of 20 larger-than-life individuals—Rafael Acoba, Virgilio Agcolicol, Vince Bagoyo, Jr., Walter Baloaloa, Joe Balangitao, Artemio Baxa, Larry Cabanilla, Agrifina Cabebe, Richard Caldito, Claro Capili, Donna Domingo, Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Martin Luna, Elizabeth Menor, Pepito Ragasa, Jose Romero, Erlinda Rosario, A.B. Sevilla, Sheldon Simeon, and Dominic Suguitan.

And tucked away in the Historical Display Room will be a Photo Booth from Agrade Photography where you can dress up and be the star in your own photograph.

Corporate Support

The Festival is supported by the County of Maui, the A&B Foundation, the Renato & Maria A.F. Etrata Foundation, Johnstone Supply of Maui, Young Brothers, ILWU Local 142, First Hawaiian Bank, Noble Travel, Whole Foods, Friends of Alan Arakawa, Maui Mall, Maui Culinary Academy, Pacific Media Group, Maui Beach Hotel, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Agrade Photography and Kit Zulueta Productions.

“Corporate support is so vital to the Festival’s success,” says Alfredo Evangelista, event chair. “Without our sponsors, the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation would be unable to share our culture, heritage and history, so we are extremely grateful for our corporate sponsors.”

For more information on the Festival, please visit the Chamber’s website at www.mauifilipinochamber.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MauiFilipinoChamber. Pre-registration for the various contests may be made by email to: info@mauifilipinochamber.com.

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