APRIL 7, 2018

Nominations Sought for 2018 Gintong Pamana Leadership Award

KAHULUI-- The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2018 Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards to recognize members of the Maui Filipino community with outstanding achievements, demonstrations of leadership, professional excellence, or service to the community.

 Awardees will be honored at the Gintong Pamana Leadership & Scholarship Awards banquet on Wednesday, June 13th, 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel. The nomination form is available online at www.mauifilipinochamber.com/ gintongpamana or by calling Jeana Gamboa at (808) 419-4090. Deadline for submission is April 10, 2018. Admission and dinner costs $65 per person. For inquires, contact Elsa Segal at (808) 276-6946 or Jeanice Paa at (808) 357-2303. Nominations must be postmarked by April 10th, mailed to Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 331033, Kahului, HI 96733 or emailed to mauifilipinocc@gmail.com.


Celebrate Filipino Culture at the Malunggay Festival and Parade

The public is welcomed to join a festive day of Filipino culture, food, and entertainment at the Malunggay Festival and Parade on April 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Waipahu. Admission and parking are free. Organizers say it is a great family event.

Attendees will also have a chance to win a round-trip ticket to either Las Vegas or the Philippines, depending on what the winner chooses.

This year the committee has chosen an Honorary Miss Malunggay 2018, Noelani Pagaduan Dela Cruz, daughter of Noelito and Jinky Dela Cruz.  She hails from Waipahu High School’s class of 2017, graduated Cum Laude with STEM Honors.  Noelani is currently attending Chaminade University, majoring in Biology.  She hopes of becoming a pediatrician.  She loves to play the piano and sing, especially for St. Joseph’s AGAPE Ministry’s Disciples of Christ Choir. 

Some of the entertainers slated to perform are AGAPE Hip Hop Dance Crew, Jan Luna’s Voice and Musical Academy, Maria Aquino Alexander Vocal Students, Malunggay Serenaders, Noelani Dela Cruz, Miss Malunggay 2018, Lantayao Filipino School of Martial Arts, The Fil-Am Star Band (featuring Stacie Kuulei, Maria Aquino Alexander, Heather Kawainui, former members of Society of Seven and Honolulu the Band), and Little Miss Malunggay Pageant Contestants.

To keep updated on the event, visit Facebook page @malunggayfesthi and on Instragram @malunggayfesthi.


HS Girls Invited to Apply for the 2018 Women’s STARS Program

HILO-Hawaii high school girls are welcomed to apply to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) 2018 Women’s STARS (Stem Aerospace Research Scholars) Program. Held every summer, this week-long summer intensive aims to encourage more young women to pursue careers and studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by exposing them to the lives and work of successful female scientists, engineers and educators.

Sponsored by the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC), the 2018 STARS Program will feature a variety of guest speakers spanning the fields of Polynesian navigation, astronomy, geology, engineering, marine science and planetary science. Students will be engaged with hands-on workshops in robotics and conduct a mock-Mars mission with the PISCES planetary rover, “Helelani.” Participants will also be led on a series of behind-the-scenes tours exploring some of Hawaii Island’s world-class scientific research facilities, including the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory, PISCES planetary analog sites, and several Maunakea observatories.

Twelve students will be selected to participate in the program, which will be held from July 9 to 13, 2018. There is no fee to attend STARS and all meals, transportation and overnight accommodations will be provided. Students must meet the following requirements to apply:  Female, 16 years or older; Attend a Hawaii high school or be homeschooled in the state; Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher; Be in good physical health.

Interested students may download an application and related forms for submission at: www.pacificspacecenter.com/ 2018-stars-program. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.


New Appointment System for Consular Outreach Missions

Beginning May 2018, all passport applications for consular outreach missions will be on a per-appointment basis, announced the Philippine Consulate General.  The appointment system is free of charge for applicants. Applicants can register online for select passport services.

Once applicants register their appointment online, they will receive an automatically generated confirmation email which would include the date and time of their requested appointment, general guidelines, passport requirements and information where to download the applications forms.

For passport applications in Honolulu, the Philippine Consulate will continue to serve the public on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Philippine Consulate Warns of Fraudulent Export Company

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Honolulu issued an advisory against fraudulent export companies. The Consulate says the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has traced Shin Premier International Merchant/Shin Group of Companies to be engaged in advanced payment scams. Operated by Yeng Rachel Shin and John Chow Shin, the said company has been offering several products for exportation in its website. The company also goes by Shin International Export Company, Shin Pulp Papers Supply, Fushin International Enterprise, Sheen Papel and Shin Grupo de Empresa.

For verification of Philippine companies, foreign buyers are encouraged to contact the DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau at exponet@dti.gov.ph or call (+632) 465 3300 local 110 or 106.


Medically Assisted Death Becomes Law

After years of failing to pass Hawaii’s State Legislature, lawmakers agreed to pass a bill to legalize medically assisted death for terminally ill patients. Gov. David Ige held a bill signing ceremony on April 5 at the State Capitol, making into law House Bill 2739, the “Our Care, Our Choice Act.” The Senate voted 23-2 in favor of the bill.

Legalized assisted death takes effect on January 1, 2019.

Under the bill, a terminally ill adult patient who is mentally competent and has been given six months or less to live can request life-ending medical prescription to be self-administered.

Hawaii became the sixth state to pass legislation allowing physician-assisted death, joining California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state, along with the District of Columbia.

Critics against medically assisted death have long argued that this basically is suicide and they worry that more people would be prematurely opting for it. They’ve also argued that hospice and palliative care are already available to terminally ill patients under severe pain.

Medical aid in dying has been a controversial issue for years. About 70 percent of Hawaii residents are in favor of it, believing that with proper safeguards, terminally ill patients should have that option.


Hawaii Selected to Participate in Public Health Preparedness and Response Workshop

Hawai‘i is one of just six states selected to participate in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices’ (NGA Center) Public Health Preparedness and Response Workshop for State and Territorial Gubernatorial and Legislative Leadership scheduled to take place in early May.

The national workshop will focus on developing strategic action plans for states to implement during public health emergencies. Other states selected to participate include Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and West Virginia.

 “This is an outstanding opportunity for Hawai‘i to receive NGA’s technical expertise to help address existing challenges for complex and critical issues around public health emergency response,” said Gov. David Ige.

In recent years, Hawai‘i has experienced a number of serious public health incidents involving multiple county, state, federal and private sector agencies. Besides preparing for the global threats of Ebola and Zika, Hawai‘i has experienced local outbreaks of dengue fever and hepatitis A, and its most recent ongoing mumps outbreak. These examples highlight the importance and timeliness of strategic planning for public health emergency response operations, policies and procedures.

 Led by Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler, the core team from Hawai‘i will consist of key leaders across public health, security and emergency management sectors, along with legislative leadership.


Sustainable Scholarship Available

If you are a student interested in international relations, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Honolulu is informing the public of available scholarships. Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations is offering tuition scholarships and cash prizes to applicants to students in support of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Golas (SDGs).

The scholarship is open to current college seniors, recent college graduates, and professionals who are interested in graduate school. For more information, visit: http://www.shuedu/diplomacy/news/un-sustainable-development-challenge-2018.cfm or visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/.

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