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Career Opportunities

The Ilokano and Literature program prepares students for future careers in community service and education, and for advanced research and/or graduate studies in various fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Steve Ryan Badua
Candidate for a Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University (Spring 2014), Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2012)

"I entered ILLP looking to fulfill graduation requirements but left with a better sense of ethnic identity, family, and community. The program has added perspectives of heterogeneity and multiplicity countering the meta-narrative of the homogenous Filipino-American. To that extent, this program has allowed me to further my studies focused on the experiences of the plural Filipino American students in the classroom and the communities and how relevant education may impact their experiences."

Loreto Coloma Jr.
Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) and Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Both in Spring 2013)

"I initially had no idea about the Ilokano program until my second year at UH Manoa. I was glad to have found it in time to declare it as one of my majors. The Ilokano Language and Literature Program was a blessing in disguise. It has instilled in me the desire to remain close to the language and the people who speak it while also allowing me to research into my own family history. What I enjoyed most, however, was that the program gave me the courage and opportunity to have conversed with my late grandfather, asking him the questions I may never have had the chance to ask. In the same way as I was able to communicate with my grandfather, I plan to use the Ilokano language as a tool to communicate with others. As an aspiring physician, it will not only improve the experience of my Ilokano patients, but also improve the health of our aging Ilokano population here in Hawai'i."

Donnie Dadiz
Bachelor of Science in Travel Industry Management (Emphasis: Hotel Management) and Minor in Ilokano at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2011)

“The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Ilokano Language and Literature Program and Timpuyog Organization prepared me in being a leader in the Hotel Industry. My previous management experience began in Housekeeping, where I was the Supervisor. Knowing Ilokano allowed me to give instructions on the duties that my Housekeeping team (Room Attendants, House Attendants, Public Area Attendants) needed to complete at a high speed and thoroughly. Now, being one of the Front Office Managers, also known as the Manager on Duty (MOD) has allowed me to make the calls on how duties and projects need to be done and how to make a guest's stay important. I make sure issues are solved and overcome. When the Housekeepers aren't too sure with what there project is, I'm there to instruct the associates in Ilokano. I'm glad I have expanded my knowledge on Ilokano compared to what I have known before joining the Ilokano program.”

Dean Domingo
Accepted in the Master's program in Educational Technology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2012)

“Going through the Ilokano program has helped me find, understand, love and respect the language of my ancestors. Ultimately instilling the knowledge of language, culture, and pride within me. It has prepared me to where I am today, as I am now part of the program as a lecturer.”

Almond Jaye Ereno
Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Both in Fall 2013)

"Being in the Ilokano program at UH Manoa, helped me get through nursing school. The program provided me with the tools to communicate with my clients in the community as well as in the hospital and it broadened my sense of self identity which allowed me to empathize with clients that have different cultural backgrounds. The program also opens up other opportunities for me to make a difference in the community with medical and legal interpretation, writing literature for children, and being able to teach different medical and nursing theories and processes easily to the Ilokano community."

Janelle Funtanilla
Master of Social Work at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2013), Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Both in Spring 2009)

"My B.A. degree in Ilokano was extremely helpful when I went to do my social work practicum in the Philippines as part of my Master's degree requirements. I was placed in Baguio City and the language and cultural components really helped in the work that I did there with the Filipino youth."

Jessica Ignacio
Candidate for a Masters in Social Work at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2014), Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Ilokano at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2013)

"I initially entered the ILLP program with the goal of enriching my Ilokano speaking skills so I can better communicate with my elderly relatives and relatives in the Philippines. However, upon graduation and entrance into the field of social work, I realized that being in tuned with my culture and knowing how to speak the language can maximize my impact in the community."

Alan Manzano
Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Spring 2011)

"The Ilokano program has helped me get to where I am now because I am an Ilokano teacher. This program has helped me reconnect with my family. At one point I found out I was related to one of my students through my mom's side. My mom has no family on this side when she immigrated here. We later found out she wasn't the first to arrive. Now we have a larger family. This program has helped me help my mom in various ways with family, translating, and communication."

Valerie Ruiz
Juris Doctor Candidate at Arizona Summit Law School (Spring 2015), Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Philippine Language and Literature (Ilokano) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Both in Spring 2010)

"Participating in the Ilokano program significantly impacted my life. Not only was I educated about my ancestral language and culture, but was inspired and encouraged to follow my ambitions and strive for success. This was not taught through pure lecture and class attendance, rather it was a message that was fostered in the application and experience of the curriculum as a whole.

Furthermore, the Ilokano program has helped me embrace my identity as a first generation American-Ilokano women and to become cognizant of other minority populations. In the practice of law, this is very important. Lawyer-client relationships are wholly based on trust, respect and self-identification. Because of my ability to relate as a minority and someone who has overcame adversarial situations, conversing and advising clients has been more effective."