Maui Filipinos recognized for outstanding leadership

The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce seven awardees for the 2014 Gintong Pamana Leadership Awards. The awardees will be honored at the chamber’s banquet on June 18, 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Beach Hotel.

The seven award recipients are:

Joyce Afalla
Afalla is a staunch social justice advocate and served as president of Neighbors Helping Neighbors and immigration chair for Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) Maui. In 2013, Afalla lobbied for reunification and immigration laws while helping undocumented families fight for equal rights. She is a State Case Worker for the Department of Human Services.

Emmanuel Baltazar
As secretary of Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center, Baltazar led numerous events that perpetuated the Filipino culture such as the Hotel Industry Awards Night. His dedication to the community was highlighted when he chaired the 2013 Barrio Fiesta Flores de Mayo Coronation program at the War Memorial soccer field. Now on its 45th year, Baltazar continues to direct the Barrio Fiesta program as chair, once again. Baltazar is the Lead Houseman at the Grand Wailea Hotel Resort & Spa.

Atty. Alfredo Evangelista
Evangelista initiated and chaired the Fil-Am Heritage Festivals on Maui for three consecutive years. He developed programs to promote the Filipino culture such as the Master P-Noy Chef cooking contest, Speedy Balut eating contest and the Filipino Fashionista attire contest, among others. He has served in numerous nonprofit boards both on Maui and Oahu, and made instrumental contributions to the community. Evangelista is an attorney in private practice.

Nante Manangan
Manangan directed MMA War on the Valley Isle and Boxing Under the Stars in 2013 which provided a venue for local and international mixed martial arts athletes to compete. Manangan has dedicated his time and resources training students, most who are underprivileged, and kept youth away from the wrong path. His students continue to excel in the sport and they look up to him for the values he has taught.

Liezl Oandasan
Oandasan led a disaster-relief fundraiser when typhoon Haiyan stuck the Visayan region of the Philippines. As President of the Sto. Nino Club of Maui, roots of which are located in the region, she was quick to raise funds from the community, which included a fundraiser from the Sheraton, her employer. Oandasan currently works in property operations at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

Elmer Tolentino
Tolentino has served on several community boards including serving as Vice President of the Maui Filipino Community Council. He led the organization at the Rizal Day celebration in 2013 where community leaders were honored. He often gives back to the community, including generous donations to the needs of his province in the Philippines. Tolentino is the purchasing manager at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Jojo Vasquez
Vasquez led a team of Maui chefs in 2013 in a foodie-fundraiser dubbed Kain Na! Kokua for the Philippines and raised more than $20,000 as relief to the victims of a devastating earthquake and typhoon Haiyan. Guests at the fundraiser enjoyed an array of Filipino-inspired dishes. Vasquez is the Executive Chef of the Plantation House in Kapalua.

The chamber invites the public to attend the banquet to honor the awardees. Please call Kit at (808) 291-9407, Lydia at (808) 385-6532 or email [email protected] Log on to for more details.



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