OFCC INSTALLATION - ALA MOANA HOTEL
OFCC PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
We are most appreciative of your presence tonight. You will witness a double-header event: First, the crowning of our new 2008 Miss Oahu Filipina; secondly; the swearing in of the Oahu Filipino Community Council [OFCC] officers and president's of OFCC member unit organizations.
This year our Miss Oahu Filipina 2008, Miss Krystle Acido, won the most coveted title as Miss Hawaii Filipina 2008. Tonight we are crowning our new 2008 Miss Oahu Filipina Bianca Castillo.
We, the officers and members of OFCC, are faced with the challenge to show the stalwart founders of OFCC that we are on track in accomplishing the goals and missions they envisioned 49 years ago:
- To promote and perpetuate the Filipino cultural heritage
- To help unite all Filipino organizations for the common welfare of the Filipino community
- To encourage the Filipinos to develop a strong sense of responsibility and a greater participation for the betterment of the Filipino community and the Island of Oahu as a whole.
We will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the founding of OFCC next year. It is therefore befitting that our theme tonight is "Make It Happen". We celebrated the 100th year of the arrival of our forefathers [the Sakadas] in Hawaii in 2006 show casing their rise from the lowly and menial labor to the achievements of their children and childrenss' children as illustrated in the life story of our First Filipino Governor, Former Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano. The OFCC goals and missions parallels the vision of our forefathers. Our efforts will gravitate towards projects for the youth for they are our hope. We look forward to collaborating with Filipino CommunityCenter, Inc. with their culture programs geared for the youth.
We owe it to our children's children to pass on the legacy of hard work, determination and perseverance. We can proudly say that OFCC, through its many projects such as the Miss Oahu Filipina Scholarship pageant, collaboration with MOTTEP, voter registration and advocacy groups and participation in the legislative process, to name a few, we have been able to continue the visions of our forefathers. We salute our founders for without their wit and ingenuity, we would not be able to gauge our progress in our island paradise.
We thank all generous sponsors and sipporters. Please continue to assist us make the vision of the OFCC founders come to fruition. I would alos like to personally express my gratitude to all the officers and members who have consistently committed and dedicated time, effort, talent and resources to accomplish our goals. To their families, we appreciate your understanding and most importantly, your cooperation.
Cirvalina R. Longboy