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Banquet Dinner - A night to Remember: A farewell message from the chairman

Date Posted: 1999-05-01

A banquet is a ceremonial dinner honoring a particular guest or a group of special individuals who contributed in any form, such as talent,time and resources in a success of a particular project. In the Filipino community in Okinawa, the banquet was held last April 17, 1999 at Club Chesty in honor of members and officers of Filipino associations in Okinawa who volunteered in last year's very important occasion: 100 years of Philippine Independence. About 1,000 people came and enjoyed the centennial presentation, which featured the best of the Philippine culture and history. The photo exhibit of the collections of Dr. Jose Rizal as Philippine National Hero and as "Asia's Renaissance Man" was also presented at the lobby of Ginowan City Auditorium. The recent banquet dinner was dedicated to all these people who participated in the historical Philippine Centennial Program. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the following individuals, Consul Asako Alarcon and Dr. Alarcon as one of our sponsors and advisers; our artists and performers, Mrs. Pinky Nelson (wife of U.S.Consul Richard Nelson), director of fashion show and her group; Don Harbort, director of drama/skit of Rizal's execution and his firing squad members and Rolly Cana as Rizal; Joe Chibana of Philippine Cultural Dance; Eddie and Mimi, grand prize winner, Urasoe Music Festival; Prof. Manabu Oi, tenor (performed twice at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, N.Y.); and Prof. Yasui, author of Rizal in Japanese as a guest speaker. The executive committee with Atty. Tanizoe as the legal adviser; Noriko Tanizoe, stage director; Violy and Manny Carsolin, program coordinator and auditor respectively; Rey Mare, Jiro Takashi and Larry Yonamine, decoration; Reini Komesu, stage design; Romy Ura, liaison; Edgar Fernandez, light and sound; Ruth Rabenitas, ticket distribution; Ishino Sota, translation; Mary Ann Yonamine and Beth Carr,stage coordinators; Yuko Higa, souvenir program, streamers and photography; Emiko Yamauchi and Celestial Harbort, emcees.

One significant realization we all have achieved in this tremendous endeavor, is the "bayanihan spirit" inherent in every Filipino: that is helping and working together as brothers and sisters; and this was accomplished though our financial donations to charitable institutions in Okinawa and in the Philippines. Incidentally, this special "bayanihan spirit" is also embodied in every Okinawan heart: "ichariba chode, yuimaru" means that interacting with all peoples as kindred and giving a helping hand to the weak in our society. This is a distinct and unique characteristic of Okinawan people from other Prefectures in Japan. And to vice chairman, Don Harbort, you did a great job for taking over at the helm during my vacation to US.Thank you so much to all of you for being so generous. I hope to see you again in a hundred year! Maraming salamat at mabuhay tayong lahat.

David Itokazu, MD

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