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Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Film Screening of Mabuhay with Aloha
FHL to show film on Filipinos in Hawaii
The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), in cooperation with EMME Inc., a Hawaii-based production company, will show Mabuhay with Aloha: The Hawaii-Filipino Experience, a documentary on the 100-year history of Filipinos in Hawaii. The film screening, which will be held on June 4, 2 p.m., at the FHL Reading Room, is open to the public.
Produced by Emme Tomimbang, an award-winning television personality in Hawaii, Mabuhay with Aloha: The Hawaii-Filipino Experience is a 90-minute documentary featuring never-before- seen archival photographs and over 50 interviews, recounting the struggle, perseverance, and eventual success of Filipinos in Hawaii.
"Mabuhay with Aloha is dedicated to the sakada, Hawaii's Filipino plantation workers, one of whom was my father," said Tomimbang, who traces her roots to Siquijor. "I am excited to bring the documentary to the Philippines…. It gives me great honor to bridge ties between Hawaii and Philippines."
In 1906, the first wave of "overseas Filipino workers" to arrive in Hawaii was composed of sugarcane field workers called sakada. A hundred years later, as many as 275,000 residents in Hawaii are of Filipino ancestry-approximat ely 23 percent of the state's population.
Commissioned by the Hawaii Filipino Centennial Commission, Mabuhay with Aloha was written and co-produced by Pepi Nieva, a Hawaii resident who was born and raised in Manila.
The documentary had its Philippine premiere in November last year at the University of San Carlos in Cebu.
A special commemorative edition of Mabuhay with Aloha: The Hawaii-Filipino Experience is also available in a two-disc DVD package, which includes additional features, behind-the-scenes footage, and a bonus cut of the Honolulu television special, Emme's Mabuhay Moments.
The Filipinas Heritage Library is located near the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue, Makati City.