What a great week we had last week! Jannelle So was in Hawaii to formally launch Kababayan Today on KIKU. There was a press conference and reception at the Philippine Consulate General on Thursday, October 3rd, attended by Filipino politicians, community leaders, and business leaders. Thank you, Consul General Torres, for opening the doors of the Consulate General to Kababayan Today and KIKU!

There was time for food and fellowship after the event, and it gave us a chance to make a lot of new friends in the Filipino community. To name just a few (besides Consul General Torres), Vice Consul Joy Santos, Jeffrey De Mesa, “Uncle” Joe Lazo, Brandon Dela Cruz, Allan Alvarez, Conrad Valdriz, Annabel Cabebe, Carlotta Ader, Rudy Ibay, and Lilia Santiago.

Thank you, Annabel and Carlotta, for the delicious lechon you donated. It was the highlight of the dinner!

Over the weekend, Jannelle met many more leaders in the Filipino community, and her interviews will be seen over the next few weeks on Kababayan Today, which airs each Monday through Friday on KIKU-TV, from 3:30-4pm.

I cannot end this post without mentioning People’s Cafe. I’ve always known People’s Cafe for their Hawaiian food, but did you know they also have great Filipino food? Thank you, Conrad Valdriz, for the delicious lunch!

Please keep watching Kababayan Today for more of Jannelle’s Hawaii segments, many of which were taped at the Filcom Center in Waipahu. Rose Churma’s vision of a place where the people and culture of the Philippines can be celebrated is alive at the Filcom Center.

Salamat po.

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