Fil-Ams Thrilled to Meet Aquino

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Fil-Ams Thrilled to Meet Aquino


HONOLULU, Hawaii - Members of the Filipino community here are ecstatic to meet "personally" and interact with President Benigno S. Aquino III this Sunday (Monday in Manila) at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in this capital city.

President Aquino will be here as one of the senior officials from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, where United States (US) President Barack Obama hosts the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

In the case of Hawaii Representative Joey Manahan, he is looking forward to personally meet President Aquino "to see whether he is like his father - martyred Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. - who had a profound impact on the history of the Philippines."

"For me personally, it is very thrilling and I am very excited to meet him," Manahan said.

"And for us Filipino-Americans, as a community, we are very excited and curious to hear his message for us here especially not just for immigrants working overseas but also for the second and third generations who have grown up outside their country," he added.

"We have many Filipino-Americans living here, in fact it is the largest ethnic population here right now," Manahan said.

"It is tremendously significant that we will get to see our President and we are very honored and happy to have him here," Manahan, who was born in Makati City and immigrated to the US with his mother when he was still 10 years old, added.

Manahan, a grandson of television talk show host Elvira Manahan and nephew of television executive Johnny Manahan, and seasoned singer Kuh Ledesma, was instrumental in pushing for vital issues concerning Filipinos in Hawaii, including war veterans and caregivers.

"I think being Filipino-Americans, there are certain issues that are unique to us," said the Representative of the 29th District that serves Kalihi and Sand Island in the Hawaii State Legislature.

He said his idea to push for the recognition of October as Filipino-American month came from the Filipino-American National Historical Society. …

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