FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH Celebration includes flag raising ceremony and Festival on November 1
They say Maui No Ka Oi—Maui is the best. And when it comes to celebrating Filipino-American History Month (the month of October in the State of Hawaii per Hawaii law-- Act 15, 2008), Maui is really a leader in ceremonies and celebrations.
Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony to Kick Off On Monday, October 6, the County of Maui raised the Philippine flag at the County Building in Wailuku. The ceremonies included a Proclamation by Mayor Alan Arakawa, entertainment by Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Filipino Folk Dance Troupe, and free food tasting by the eight restaurants participating in the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival®. Yes, free food sampling!
And double yes—Maui County is the only County that will hold a Philippine flag raising ceremony and raise the Philippine flag for the whole month of October.
Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival® For the fourth straight year, the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation will present the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival® at the Maui Mall. Due to Tropical Store Ana, this year’s Festival is rescheduled to November 1, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. With the ongoing construction at Maui Mall, parking is reduced so the public is advised to come early to secure a parking space.
Old Stuff, New Stuff As with all events, it’s important to keep it fresh…and this year is no different. “This year’s Festival will have a few more contests and games and of course, the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation will add a few interesting twists to the favorite events” said Melen Agcolicol, president of the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation. “And yes, this year we will have travel giveaways again.”
Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off® sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin One of the fan favorites is the Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off® which features three Executive Chefs of Filipino ancestry in a friendly competition. “The Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off® highlights Maui’s chefs of Filipino ancestry who are known for their culinary skills. This exposure brings pride to the Filipino community and encourages Maui’s youth to consider the culinary arts as their vocation. After all, the Maui Culinary Academy is one of the best in the State,” said Jake Belmonte, Chef Instructor at the Maui Culinary Academy who chairs the Cook Off with Gilbert Keith-Agaran. “This year’s ingredient is Marunggay and the chefs will utilize their culinary skills in what is being billed as ‘Battle Marunggay’ to showcase this miracle vegetable” added Keith-Agaran.
A Three Peat for Macadangdang? Executive Chef Joey Macadangdang of Roy’s Kaanapali will return to defend his title and hopes to make it a three-peat.
Chef Macadangdang was born in Ilocos Norte and at the age of 13, moved with his family to Maui, where his father labored for Maui Land & Pineapple Company. Macadangdang began working as a newspaper boy and received his first break as a busboy/dishwasher at Eric’s Seafood Grotto. By the time he was in his mid-20s, Macadangdang was the executive chef of Blue Tropix Restaurant & Night Club in Lahaina. Macadangdang later became the executive chef at the Rusty Harpoon.
In 1992, he joined the Yamaguchi Restaurant team and trained under Chefs David Abella, Roy Yamaguchi and Gordon Hopkins. Macadangdang was able to grasp Roy’s “Hawaiian-Fusion” concept which earned him the position of Corporate Executive Chef at Roy’s. He opened the Roy’s Kihei location in 2001 before moving in 2005 to join Pineapple Grill on Maui to create the “Cuisine of the Pacific Ocean.” In 2006, Macadangdang rejoined Roy Yamaguchi Restaurant to be the corporate chef of the Maui Restaurants.
Isaac Returns Isaac Bancaco is currently the Chef of Andaz Maui’s “ka`ana Kitchen” where he pays tribute to his stout Maui roots (Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino). This year Bancaco has been named the 2014 `Aipono Awards “Chef of the Year,” by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, 2014 Top 10 “Young & Hungry” by Hotels Magazine and also appeared on the Today Show; additionally his restaurant has been named 2014’s “Best New Restaurant” by Maui No Ka Oi Magazine and The Maui News.
As an active player in supporting Maui’s farms and farmers, Bancaco displays a perfectly balanced menu of locally sourced components at his chic restaurant and He now flaunts using 85% from the islands top growers, ranchers and fishermen.
After securing his first cooking position at the acclaimed Blue Ginger under Ming Tsai, Bancaco competed as Tsai’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America” defeating Bobby Flay in “Kitchen Stadium,” his first defeat on home soil. Born and raised on Maui, Bancaco displays deep rooted pride in Hawaii’s locally grown and produced goods giving diners a paralleled sense of place and a taste of his island home.
Will Riko rise to the challenge? This year’s newcomer to the Cook Off is Riko Bartolome, executive chef at Cane & Canoe, the signature restaurant at the Montage Kapalua Bay.
Born and raised in San Diego, Bartolome is a 1989 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He began his career at the Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla, California and previously worked at the Grand Wailea before moving on to other luxury properties in the San Diego area, including noted North County eatery Asia-Vous.
Bartolome returned to Maui in 2007, where he worked exclusively as a private chef in the Kapalua area.
In June 2014, Bartolome began overseeing all culinary experiences at Montage Kapalua Bay.
Top Chef’s Simeon Guest Hosts Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon, of 2013 Top Chef fame and the first Master P-Noy Chef in 2011, returns to guest host the Master P-Noy Chef Cook Off® sponsored by Alexander & Baldwin.
Simeon was born and raised on the Big Island and started at the Leeward Community College Culinary program, which brought him an internship with Walt Disney World. He was visiting his future wife Janice on Maui when he got a job at Maui’s Aloha Mixed Plate in 2002. A year later, Simeon was graduated from the Maui Culinary Academy.
Simeon, who continues to garner awards (Food and Wine’s “The People’s Best New Chef 2014-Northwest and Pacific Region”) opened his own restaurant--Migrant--at The Wailea Beach Marriott, where Simeon proudly mixes his worldly experience with his Filipino roots.
A little twist for the Cook Off Are you a Filipino Foodie? If so, you may be selected to be one of the three judges for the Cook Off and be the first to taste and critique the Marunggay creations of Chefs Macadangdang, Bancaco, and Bartolome. To be considered, write a short paragraph on why you should be selected by Chef Sheldon Simeon as a judge and email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm on October 1. The committee will select the top three and Chef Sheldon will interview them on stage at the Festival and select one to join the two other judges.
Filipino Vegetables Calling artists of all ages! Enter the Pinoy Artist Contest® sponsored by Ben Franklin Crafts which will be on display at the Festival.
Coordinated by award-winning artist Philip Sabado and his wife Christine Sabado, the Contest brings together art work from Maui's artists of all ages and of all ethnicities.
Yup, you don't have to be Pinoy to join the contest!
A special award will be presented to the artist whose piece best fits this year's theme of "Filipino Vegetables" Of course, all submissions do not need to be consistent with the theme (and you may resubmit your art pieces that you submit for the Maui Fair).
Thanks to the generosity of sponsor Ben Franklin Crafts and other donors, prizes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) will be awarded in each category: two dimensional art [must be 11" x 14" with mat]; three dimensional art [must be mounted on a 12" x 12" base and not exceed 28" in height]; computer art; and photography for each division: elementary, intermediate, high school, and adult.
Mediums accepted are pencil, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, crayon, charcoal. For youth entries, please include your name, grade, school, and teacher. For adult entries, please include your name, title, and medium.
All artwork must be submitted to the Sabado Art Studio at 1980 Main Street, Suite 1, Wailuku (tel. 249.0980 or 205.2809) by October 16.
Contests and Games Galore Continuing with the Festival committee’s intent of creating more activities for the youth, this year’s Festival will include two new contests/games, a demonstration, and several fan favorites. The Festival will truly be a family event.
The Speedy Balut Eating Contest® sponsored by Maui Beach Hotel Wild. Fun. Crazy. These words describe the Speedy Balut Eating Contest® which is simply a contest where the fastest one to eat a balut wins. Experience in eating a balut is a requirement to enter the contest.
Balut, a popular street food in the Philippines, is also known as a natural aphrodisiac. Many enjoy the thrill of witnessing friends eat this bizarre or extreme delicacy.
The Polvoron Challenge: Eat & Tweet® sponsored by Friends of Ka`ala Buenconsejo And if eating balut is not for you, try the new polvoron eating contest.
Polvoron originated from Spain and is similar to a crumbly shortbread made of powdered milk, toasted flour, and butter.
The contest winner will be the first to eat the polvoron and then tweet—not electronically, of course—but a whistle (sort of the Filipino version of eating saltine crackers and saying “Polly wants a cracker”)!
Pabitin at the Fest! sponsored by Copy Services Another new game at the Festival will be the Pabitin.
The Pabitin, which also originated from Spain, is a popular game at fiestas and birthday parties. A lattice of bamboo sticks, called a balag, is suspended and lowered and raised quickly. The balag contains bags filled with toys, snacks, coins, and other items.
And yes, some folks claim it’s the Filipino version of the Mexican piñata!
Festival Hoops sponsored by Law Offices of Alfredo Evangelista, A Limited Liability Law Company Yes, with the NBA season just days away and with basketball the national sport of all Filipinos, Festival Hoops returns.
And this year, even adults can participate!
The contest will be held from 10:30 to 12:30 near the IHOP entrance.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three hoopsters in each of the three age brackets (up to ten years old; 10 to 15 years old; and 16 years to adult)--the one who makes the most hoops in the designated time (60 seconds).
The Oh Wow! Parol Making Contest® sponsored by Kit Zulueta Productions Another returning contest is the Philippine Parol Making Contest.
The first fifty youth will be provided a FREE parol making kit to create their parol on-site. Basic materials of glue, crepe paper, and cellophane will also be provided.
The first place prize is valued at $100; while the second place prize is valued at $50.00; and the third place prize is valued at $25.00. Ten consolation prizes will also be awarded.
The criteria for judging will be originality, workmanship, creativity, and “The Oh Wow!” factor.
Super Sipa Demonstration Sipa, which means to kick, is the Philippines native sport, predating even the Spanish rule.
During the Festival, students will demonstrate the game. The most important aspect of Sipa is that the ball should only be touched by one’s legs and should not hit the ground.
The Filipino Fashionista® sponsored by Renato and Maria A.F. Etrata Foundation and The Little Filipino Fashionista® sponsored by Friends of Alan Arakawa Yes, dress up at the Festival is for adults (male and female divisions) and youth (ages twelve and below).
Adults (one winner only for each division) will vie for a $500.00 travel certificate while the youth will have three winners (first place: $100 gift certificate; second place $75 gift certificate; third place $50 gift certificate) and the first twenty youth will receive gift certificates for their participation.
So what is a Filipino Fashionista?
Use your imagination and remember, this is not a traditional Terno, Maria Clara, Kimono, Barong Tagalog, or Barrio Wear contest. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it! It will be about style, personality, and grace.
And remember, smile, it’s free!
Fabulous Filipino Food Who wants to eat bbq pork, pancit palabok, beef steak, menudo, pork morcon, pork adobo, igado, pancit, pinakbet, pork blood, Filipino pastries, bubble tea, pork and peas, chicharon, fried rice omelet, halo halo, empanada, dinardaraan, fried chicken, cascaron, bibingka, banana lumpia, vegetable lumpia, lechon, kare kare, puto, sweet rice, and more?
Well, the Festival will be your one-stop shop for all these Filipino food and kankanen. Yes, eight Filipino restaurants will be on hand to prepare Filipino food for your purchase, consumption on-site, and even your balon (take home).
“The Foundation believes it’s important to feature Maui’s Filipino restaurants selling their most popular dishes. Our Filipino restaurants need continued exposure and the Festival will help to expand their markets” said Teresita Noble, chairperson of the Vendors committee.
Participating restaurants are Randy’s Catering & Fast Foods; CAA Market Place; Badua’s Catering; TJ’s Food Mart, Fast Food Restaurant, Catering & Bakery, LLC; RM Mini Mart and Fast Food & Catering Services; Four Sisters Catering; Paradise Supermart Fastfood & Catering; and Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz.
So come hungry!
Filipino Handcrafts If eating is not your thing but shopping is, well, come prepared to buy Philippine handicrafts, baskets, clothing, shells, souvenirs, parol kits, sipa shuttlecocks, aquaphonics kits, and Filipino toys.
Participating businesses include Kit Zulueta Productions; Lilia Z Ross Gifts and Things; and Leo Agcolicol.
Supplies will be limited so come early!
Back-to-Back Cultural Entertainment If you’re looking for a hula number or maybe some Taiko drumming, sorry but the Festival will not have any of that. The Festival’s back-to-back entertainment will be strictly Filipino cultural entertainment (not even an English song!) After all, we’re celebrating Filipino-American History month.
“Our entertainment will showcase Maui’s Filipino talents that will include songs and dances of the Philippines”, said Madelyne Pascua, chairperson of the program committee. “So come early and find a seat under the large tent because you won’t want to give up your space!”
Entertainers will include Sharon Zalsos (yes, Maui’s Miss Saigon), Virgie Cantorna (who also appeared in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables), La Galeria: Compania Baile Filipino, and the Students of Aggie Cabebe (Aikahi Seniors and the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Filipino Folk Dance Troupe).
Hosting this year’s Festival will be Ryan Piros of Mix 105.5 FM.
We Got History Exhibit® sponsored by Monsanto Hawaii As in prior years, the Festival will include a historical exhibit.
This year the exhibit will concentrate on early Filipino businesses such as A.B. Sevilla Store, Bersamin Fish Market, Dolores Cabebe, Crispulo Evangelista, George Guerrero, PC Trading Store, and a number of barber shops and pool halls.
While the gathering of information has been more difficult due to the passing of time, the committee believes the end result will be educational and inspiring.
Please Take my Picture Anak ko Booth sponsored by Litratto In years past, the photo booth has been tucked away in a room—away from the beaten path. This year’s photo booth (free but donations are graciously expected) will be in the main corridor—just off the stage.
So you can dress up in your own attire or select one of the props provided by Litratto.
And yes, smiles are required.
Fly Me to the Moon and Back! Well, not quite.
But if you come early and stay the whole day, don’t forget to register for a chance to win one of four $500 travel certificates!
And the grand prize will be airfare, round trip, economy class, to Manila, Philippines, courtesy of Philippine Airlines.
Certain restrictions apply including but not limited to: one entry per person, must be at least eighteen years of age, and must be present, with proper identification, to win.
So the rule of register early and often does NOT apply. So sorry.
Corporate Support The Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival® is being supported by a number of companies who believe in its importance and significance.
“Corporate support is so vital to the Festival’s success,” says Alfredo Evangelista, Event Chairperson. “Without our sponsors, the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation would not be able to share our culture, heritage, history and growing number of Filipino businesses on Maui. So we are extremely grateful for our corporate sponsors.”
Major Sponsors include the County of Maui, Alexander & Baldwin, the Renato & Maria A.F. Etrata Foundation, Monsanto Hawaii, ILWU Local 142, HMSA, First Hawaiian Bank, AARP, Valley Isle Community Federal Credit Union, Citizens Against Maui County Farming Ban, MINA Pharmacy, Philippine Airlines, Johnstone Supply of Maui, Friends of Alan Arakawa, Ben Franklin Crafts, Kit Zulueta Productions, Maui Beach Hotel, Friends of Ka`ala Buenconsejo, Copy Services, Law Offices of Alfredo Evangelista--A Limited Liability Law Company, Maui Mall, Maui Culinary Academy, 99.9 KISS FM, Litratto, Lizada Photography, and Mix 105.5.
For more information and to keep updated as to the Festival’s program of events, please visit the Maui Filipino Chamber’s website at www.mauifilipinochamber.com or the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MauiFilipinoChamber or follow the Chamber on Twitter @MauiFilipinoCH. Pre-registration for the various contests may be made by email to email@example.com. Telephone inquiries to 808.242.8100.