A very successful Pammigbig, Leeward’s first Filipino Graduates Recognition and Celebration, was held on Saturday, May 7. The inaugural event recognized graduates of Filipino ancestry and celebrated high academic achievement. Participating graduating students listed in the Dean's List, Honors Program or inducted in Phi Theta Kappa or Phi Beta Lambda received Academic Excellence lapel pins.
Guests speakers included City Councilmen Brandon Elefante and Ron Menor and UH Student Regent Michelle Tagorda.
Waipahu High School’s Early College Coordinator, Mark Silliman, joined Leeward administrators, Curtis Washburn, Dean of Student Services and Chancellor Manny Cabral to congratulate both the graduates and their families.
Pammigbig (Ilocano for "recognition”) was followed by a lunch supported in part by the Knights of Rizal-Hawaii and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association.
Tuloy Pangarap and the Philippine Studies Program coordinated Pammigbig, under the direction of Raymund Liongson, coordinator of the Philippines Studies program. Derived from the Filipino words tuloy, which means "to continue" and pangarap, which is equivalent to "dream", the program supports the achievement of students' educational and career aspirations.
A special mahalo to Raymund for his work and vision for Filipino students.
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