Mar 3, 2011


[Angelina Baclay Diocares]
By Fil-Am OBSERVER Staff

It was a night to remember for Lahaina resident Angelina Baclay Diocares who was crowned Mrs. Maui Filipina 2011 last February 20 at the Binhi at Ani  Maui Filipino Community Center.

“I’m really very happy and excited for this title. I know that it gives me the opportunity to serve the community by raising scholarship funds for the students,” said Angelina in an interview. She recalled that about four years ago she was asked by her friends to join the competition but declined then.

Angie, as she is called by her peers, is very thankful to  all her relatives and  friends who helped her achieve her goals and aspirations.

“I wouldn’t be where I am right now if not for their determination and commitment,” Angie said. She is also grateful to her longtime partner for 20 years, Ernesto Guerrero. Ernesto is a retired plantation worker who came to Hawaii in 1946.

Angie was born and raised in Carcar, Cebu in southern Philippines and immigrated to Maui in 1976. Retired from the hotel industry, she is keeping herself busy by getting involved in various activities of the following organizations: Lahaina Filipino Catholic Club, Sacred Hearts Society, Santo NiƱo Club of Maui, and the Congress of Visayan Organizations. 

The Mrs. Maui Filipina 2011 royal court includes Ginger Kaila-Theiss- 1st runner up, Maria Zenaida Frye- 2nd runner up, and Thema Gants- 3rd runner up.

Binhi at Ani sponsored the 39th Maui Annual Terno Ball and Mrs. Maui Filipina 2011 Coronation.

“The event was successful and well attended with the presence of relatives and friends cheering for their candidates and the support of community members,” said Essie Arruiza, event general chairperson.

This same sentiment was echoed by Maui County Chief of Staff Herman Andaya. He said in an interview, “The presence of many people is a testament of support for the pageant for all the good work that they do especially with respect to raising scholarship funds.” 

Nora Takushi also said, “It’s wonderful to be here—helping and giving the same thing what we have received.”

During the  event, Binhi at Ani recognized the following for their wholehearted support of the organization’s programs and activities: Dr. John Wayne Enriquez, Dance International Productions, and Bailes de Pilipinas.

The winners for the Best in Terno are: Claire Barroga-1st, Mila Lat- 2nd , and Nora Takushi-3rd. For the Best in Barong, the winners are: Atty. Robert Rivera- 1st, Manny Baltazar-2nd, and Conrad Theiss-3rd.


  1. This was an expierence for me. My biggest thank you is to the sponsors who have made this pageant possible. Those who have made monetary contribution and placed Ad's! They are the number 1 source! For my many family and friends who have attended, hope you had a great time. For me to connect and share the Filipino culture to the many different nationality friends and family who were there that night. (friends from Cuba, France, Brazil, Hawaiian, Portugese, African-American, the diverse of people) Taking it to a different level of not only Filipino in the crowd! Open minded people who really wanted to make a difference!
    My nationality is Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese and German, Born and raised on Maui-Hawaii.
    Being able to raise the money for education was my goal and only my goal.

    A very fresh,gorgeous, and smart MRS. MAUI FILIPINA amazed everyone here in the Philippines.
    hello Tiya,.How are you? I learned recently about you when my daughter searched you in the internet. We are glad at last we finally found access on how to sent our notes/messages.
    In behalf of my family,I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for the package we received.