WHO: Five of Hawaii’s celebrity chefs will create a gala dinner menu. The chefs will serve Filipino-inspired creations made especially for Emme and friends.
Emme Tomimbang is a veteran broadcaster in radio and television, with over 35 years of experience in media. A proud graduate of Farrington High School, she went on to Leeward Community College to obtain her Liberal Arts Degree and attended University of Hawaii at Manoa for her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. Emme began her broadcasting career at KISA radio, and moved on to television at KITV 4 as a news reporter and news anchor. She then went on to KHON 2 doing “Island Style” features and anchoring the morning news. Her shows have aired on NBC, CBS, and are currently on the FOX Network.
WHAT: “Sharing Memorable Moments with Emme & Friends,” a fundraiser event for the Filipino Community Center (FilCom) in Waipahu.
Sprawling over two acres by the old Oahu Sugar Mill in suburban Waipahu, the three-story Filipino Community Center covers 50,000 square feet.
The FilCom Center was formally inaugurated in June, 2002, almost a century after the first 15 Filipino farmers sailed for Hawai’i on board the SS Doric in 1906, which legitimized the Filipino migration to the western hemisphere. By the turn of the century, there were 200,000 Americans of Filipino ancestry in Hawai’i making up more than 15% of the state’s population, enough to gain a powerful identity in the community through culture, entertainment, education, business and politics. The need for a place to showcase its culture and traditions became apparent. This became the symbol of the Filipinos’ achievements, the elegant structure that now stands on the corner of Mokuola and Waipahu Streets.
WHEN: Saturday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Filipino Community Center (FilCom) in Waipahu
“I’ve been immensely proud of the FILCOM’s growth over the past decade and its record of not only serving the Filipino community, but to many other groups. I once lived in Waipahu, a place where my father had many Filipino plantation gatherings. In many ways, FilCom Center is a testament to the Filipino leaders, workers and families who have made many substantial contributions to our Hawai‘i,” said Tomimbang, who serves on the Board of Governors for the Center.
Table sponsorship begins at $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000. There are also individual tickets at $250 each for sale.
Visit filcom.org or contact event coordinator Joanne Corpuz at (808) 680-0451.