the outset, I would like to congratulate the Maui
Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation for organizing
the first Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival. Considering
that it was held for the first time, the festival
was a successful event.
Fil-Am Observer is
pleased to welcome Aurelio “Ie” Agcaoili
II to Hawaii and at the same time as a columnist for the
newspaper. He is a creative writer, photographer and a
graphic designer. He is a degree holder in philosophy at
the University of the Philippinesat LosBanos; then went on to study
for a graduate degree in mathematics (and at one point,
also linguistics) while teaching philosophy at MarikinaCityUniversity. He later went on to work in a corporation as a
quality assurance supervisor, and then finally as a
financial advisor prior to migrating. Good luck Ie.
Thanksgiving Day is
perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays here in America probably because of its historic significance.
Unfortunately, its real meaning has been washed out into
a mere shopping spree. We have lost the essence of the
When was the last time
we uttered those two magic words “Thank You” to our
spouse for fixing a delicious dinner; to our children
for helping us with the household chores; to our
co-workers for doing a good job; to our teachers for
imparting their knowledge; to our doctors and nurses who
took care of us when we were sick; and to a stranger who
opened the door for us?
We have taken for
granted the simple things in life. Aren’t we thankful
for the air that we breathe, for that magnificent
rainbow, the sun, surf, for our freedom…?
The Word of God
teaches us to be thankful. The doxology, “Praise God
from whom all blessings
flow,” is a testimony of our gratitude to our Lord Jesus
Christ. Indeed we thank God for His creation and all the
blessings He has poured on us and for answering our
This is what real
thanksgiving is all about. Expressing your thankfulness
is what matters.