The United LaoageAos of Hawaii (ULOH) marked its 36th year at the Hibiscus Room of the Ala Moana Hotel on January 14 with a bi-annual coronation ball to raise funds of its scholarship and outreach programs.
ULOH has supported more than 500 families across 40 barangays in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and has funded 28 scholars taking up various courses in Hawaii.
ULOH is an active member of the Filipino community in Hawaii and a partner of the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu's Ilocano Language Acquisition and Immersion for the New Generation (ILAING) Project which is on its second year.
ILAING 2 Project is an Ilocano language course for the Fil-Am youth in Hawaii. It ran from October to December 2016 and included a two-week immersion trip for the top five students to the Ilocos region. The immersion trip is scheduled to take place this year.
The ILAING 2 Project has helped Hawaii-born and raised Fil-AM youth to learn Ilocano and in the process rediscover their Filipino heritage. Last year, five students travelled to Candon, Vigan and Manila for the immersion part of the ILAING 1 with the support of Phiilppine Airlines, the Office of Representative Eric Singson of the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur, and Mayor Erikson Singson of Candon City, Ilocos Sur. END
Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs