Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Hawaii > Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Hawaii >> News

News

12/03/2019: PHILIPPINE PARTICIPATION IN THE 25th HONOLULU FESTIVAL

PRESS RELEASE NO. - 15 - 2019

(12 March 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii) The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu and the Filipino Community in Hawaii participated in the 25th Honolulu Festival held on 8 to 10 March 2019 at the Hawaii Convention Center and Kalakaua Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Honolulu’s tourism and commercial hub.

Considered to be Hawaii’s premier annual cultural event, the Honolulu Festival was established in 1994 to promote cultural understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony among the peoples of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, several Filipino Community organizations performed at the Hawaii Convention Center on 9 March 2019.

In the morning, the Bandalan Doce Pares of Hawaii showcased the famous martial art of the Philippines “Arnis” impressing the audience with their stick and hand fighting techniques. Shortly after, Ms. Oahu Filipina Maricelle Heather Redona rendered a “Hula” performance which reflects many years of dance training.

In the afternoon, the Fil-Am Club of Farrington High School danced Tinikling, Pandanggo Oasiwas and Sayaw sa Bangko, while Dabawenyos Community Foundation danced the Singkil, delighting the audience with their colorful and skillful performance.

On 10 March 2019, the 25th Honolulu Festival culminated with the Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue. Joining the parade were the Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao/Abra, Kalinga (BIBAK) Hawaii, which has participated in the Honolulu Festival for 23 years, Ms. Oahu Filipina, and the Dabawenyos Community Foundation.

The officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate led by Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno were present both days to lend support to the Filipino Community organizations. Consul General Jimeno was interviewed by Balitang America regarding the event, while Deputy Consul General Angelica C. Escalona was interviewed by UNTV. (END)

 

 

(Clockwise) Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno with the Bandalan Doce Pares of Hawaii; Mr. Robert Garcia, Deputy Consul General Angelica C. Escalona, Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno and members of the Bandalan Doce Pares; Bandalan Doce Pares showcasing the famous martial art of the Philippines “Arnis”

 


(Left photo) Consul General Jimeno with Ms. Oahu Filipina Maricelle Heather Redona
(Right photo) Ms. Oahu Filipina’s “Hula” performance

(Clockwise) Members of the Fil-Am Club of Farrington High School with Consul General Jimeno and Deputy Consul General Angelica C. Escalona; Fil-Am Club of Farrington HS performs Tinikling, Pandanggo Oasiwas and Sayaw sa Bangko.

 

(Clockwise) Members of the Dabawenyos Community Foundation of Hawaii with Consul General Jimeno and Deputy Consul General Escalona; Dabawenyos Community Foundation performs Singkil making use of Philippine ethnic instruments such as gong and kulintang.


(Left photo) Balitang America interviewing Consul General Jimeno before the Philippine performances at the Hawaii Convention Center;
(Right photo) UNTV News interviewing Deputy Consul General Escalona before the grand parade at Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

 

Deputy Consul General Deputy Angelica C. Escalona and the Philippine Consulate staff with the Filipino Community groups at the Grand Parade in Waikiki, Hawaii