Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce honoring 7

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce has seven honorees for the 2014 Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards.

The awardees will be honored at the chamber’s banquet at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Maui Beach Hotel. Tickets are $50.

The individuals honored are those who, in 2013, exhibited leadership and a dedication to community service.

The seven award recipients are:

* Joyce Afalla. She is a social justice advocate and served as president of Neighbors Helping Neighbors and as immigration chairwoman for Faith Action for Community Equity Maui. In 2013, Afalla lobbied for reunification immigration laws while helping undocumented families fight for equal rights. She is a state case worker for the Department of Human Services.

* Emmanuel Baltazar. Secretary of Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center, he led numerous events that perpetuate the Filipino culture, such as the Hotel Industry Awards Night. He chaired the 2013 Barrio Fiesta Flores de Mayo Coronation program. Baltazar is lead houseman at the Grand Wailea.

* Alfredo Evangelista. Evangelista has initiated and chaired the Fil-Am Heritage Festivals on Maui for three consecutive years. He developed programs to promote the Filipino culture such as the Master P-Noy Chef cooking contest, Speedy Balut eating contest and the Filipino Fashionista attire contest. He has served on nonprofit boards on Maui and Oahu. Evangelista is an attorney in private practice.

* Nante Manangan. Manangan directed Mixed Martial Arts War on the Valley Isle and Boxing Under the Stars in 2013. Both provided a venue for local and international mixed martial arts athletes to compete. Manangan, who founded the nonprofit Southside Boxing Club, has dedicated his time and resources to training students, most of whom are underprivileged, and kept them away from mischief and crime.

* Liezl Oandasan. She led a disaster relief fundraiser when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayan region of the Philippines. As president of Sto. Nino Club of Maui, and with roots in the Visayan region, she quickly raised funds from the community. She works in property operations at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

* Elmer Tolentino. Tolentino has served on several community boards, including as vice president of the Maui Filipino Community Council. He led the organization at the Rizal Day celebration in 2013, during which community leaders were honored. He continues to donate to his home province in the Philippines. He is the purchasing manager at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

* Jojo Vasquez. Vasquez led a team of Maui chefs in 2013 in a fundraiser dubbed Kain Na! Kokua for the Philippines and raised more than $20,000 for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Vasquez is executive chef of the Plantation House in Kapalua.

The event is open to the public.

For more information or to attend, call Kit Zulueta at 291-9407 or Lydia Dela Cruz at 385-6532, send email to or go to