Alan Arakawa to speak at Rizal program today

Mayor Alan Arakawa will be the guest speaker at the Rizal Day program that will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. today in the Maui Waena Intermediate School cafeteria.

The program, sponsored by the Maui Filipino Community Council, commemorates the death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, who was executed by the Spanish authorities on Dec. 30, 1896, for advocating reforms in the islands, then a colony of Spain.

Council President Greg Peros has urged members to take the occasion to bring aid and support for victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan. The council had earlier decided to make an initial contribution of $300 for the cause.

The program will include presentation of awards.

Patrick R. Constantino will be recognized with a Distinguished Service Award; Mercedes Neri will receive the Outstanding Citizen Award; Krystal Mae Bonilla will be recognized with the Outstanding Youth Award; and Flaviano “Fred” Duldulao will receive the Most Outstanding Member Award.

Another feature of the Rizal Day program will be the installation of officers and board members for 2014.

The new set of officers is headed by Virgilio “Leo” Agcolicol, president.

Serving with him will be Elmer Tolentino, vice president; Alice Ragasa, recording secretary; Marilyn Oura, corresponding secretary; Lita Dahilig, treasurer; Bart Tangonan, assistant treasurer; Emi Cortez, auditor; and board members Cornelio “CJ” Ancheta, Duldulao, Rick Nava, Neri, Claro Romero Jr., Bart Santiago and Carmelita Tagorda.

Artemio C. Baxa, retired judge, will serve as the installing officer and will speak on the life and ideals of Rizal.

Rochelle Marie de Leon, Miss Maui Filipina 2013, will make a special appearance and sing a solo number.

The evening with include ballroom dancing and dance performances by ELLek, Akahi Filipino Seniors and La Galeria. Tickets are $15 per person.

For more information, or to obtain tickets, call Greg Peros at 871-6767.