Filipino Community Center Celebrates Its 20th Year

June 11 marks the Filipino Community Center’s (FilCom) 20th anniversary.

The center has been a big part of the Filipino community in Hawaii by educating the community about the history of the plantations and the Sakadas’ contribution to Hawaii.

The FilCom Center has also been supportive of the community during the pandemic by hosting vaccination and testing clinics.

To celebrate its 20th-year milestone, FilCom is hosting the 2022 Bayanihan Gala on July 23 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The 2022 Bayanihan Gala will also honor three community leaders: Robin Campaniano, Marivic Dar and Connie Lau. While the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation will be matching donations raised during the Bayanihan Gala.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the FilCom Center’s 20th anniversary and are humbled by the outpouring of support from individuals and organizations throughout our community, especially the Consuelo Foundation, which promotes the wellbeing of at-risk children and families,” said A.J. Halagao, who is chairing the event alongside Leslie Campaniano.

“With these donations and show of aloha, the FilCom Center can continue being a home and gathering place for our community and a valued resource for students, seniors and working families.”

Several organizations are supporting the gala event namely HEI, First Hawaiian Bank, Central Pacific Bank, Connie and Russell Lau, Finance Factors, House of Finance, American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Clement Bautista and Gina Vergara-Bautista, Daniel K. Inouye Institute, Dentons, Hawaiian Electric, Island Insurance, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, University of Hawai‘i, and the Vicky Cayetano for Governor campaign.

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