Community Leader Geminiano “Toy” Arre, Jr. Receives UP Legacy Award

Longtime community leader, Geminiano “Toy” Arre, Jr. embodies the University of the Philippines’ (UP) core values of Honor and Excellence, says UP Alumni Association of Hawaii (UPAA-Hawaii).

Arre was the longest-serving Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Filipino Community Center. He is also the first Filipino to hold a cabinet position in the City and County of Honolulu. Moreover, he served multiple leadership positions including Director of Housing and General Manager of Faculty Housing at University of Hawaii, and Executive Council for Volunteers at AARP.

Most notably, Arre is the founding president of UPAA-Hawaii when it was still called the UP Club of Hawaii.

On January 29 at 5:30pm, UPAA-Hawaii is celebrating Arre’s achievements and leadership in the Hawaii-Filipino community. The event is called “Tribute to Manong Toy Arre” and will be held at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.

UPAA-Hawaii invites sponsors, advertisers, and individuals to attend the event and honor Arre’s excellency. There will be dinner, fun games and silent auction at the event. Ticket starts at $85. To register, visit For inquiries email Melody at for sponsorship details and Raymund at for advertising details.

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