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Top photo: Models of Filipiniana attire for the “Baro at Habi” exhibit pose at the Hawaii State Public Library promenade; Bottom photo: Editors and writers of the book anthology “Pinay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora”, and personnel from the Philippine Consulate General pose following the panel discussion of said book.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017 and the National Women’s Month, the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu attended two back-to-back events organized by the Filipino Association of University Women (FAUW) on 9 March 2017 at the Hawaii State Public Library.

The FAUW, an organization committed to the promotion and preservation of Filipino culture in Hawaii, hosted an exhibit of Filipiniana attire and wearable art, “Baro at Habi: Visual Clues to Filipino Culture”, and followed by the launch of an anthology, “Pinay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora”, published by the FAUW.

The exhibition of Filipino textile and clothing featured the works of Mr. Iris Viacrusis, a Filipino designer and artist from Hilo, Hawaii. It also featured a curated showcase of around fifty (50) Filipiniana-wearing dolls on display.

The anthology, on the other hand, is a collection of personal stories and poems written by Filipino immigrant women in Hawaii from all age groups. The book gives insight into the deeply-held core values drawn from the major life challenges these Filipinas have endured. These values, expressed in behavior, are universal but particular to the Filipino culture, resonating with Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.

The standing-room only event was attended by book lovers and patrons of Filipino art, writers, and members of the Filipino Community. (END).

Photos: FAUW Facebook page