TAMC celebrates Asian, Pacific Island cultures

| May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
Cynthia Rabina-Houck performs a Hawaiian mai lei, or hula with a message, during TAMC’s Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month observance in Kyser Auditorium. The hula was one of six dances performed. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

Cynthia Rabina-Houck performs a Hawaiian mai lei, or hula with a message, during TAMC’s Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month observance in Kyser Auditorium. The hula was one of six dances performed. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Kyser Auditorium at Tripler Army Medical Center was standing room only as staff celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, May 17.

This year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.” The national observance recognizes more than 50 ethnic groups and more than 100 different languages from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Being located in the Pacific region and embedded in Asian and Pacific Islander cultures since 1907 when the hospital was first constructed has allowed Tripler to become a diverse institution with numerous Asian-American and Pacific Islander staff.

Col. Glenda Lock (left), deputy commander, Nursing, PRMC  presents  a certificate of appreciation to Col. Alex Zotomayor , G4, PRMC, and Chief, Logistics for his participation in TAMC’s Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month observance. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

Col. Glenda Lock (left), deputy commander, Nursing, PRMC presents a certificate of appreciation to Col. Alex Zotomayor , G4, PRMC, and Chief, Logistics for his participation in TAMC’s Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month observance. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

The observance started with Annie Dela Pena, Emergency Department, TAMC, performing a traditional Hawaiian welcome dance called welena. This was just one of six dances performed from five different Asian and Pacific Island cultures.

Col. Alex Zotomayor, chief logistician, Pacific Regional Medical Command and Chief of Logistics, TAMC, was guest speaker. Zotomayor, along with his parents and brother, was born in the Philippines and migrated to the U.S. in 1970.

“As a colonel, as a Filipino and as a Soldier in the United States Army, I am a living example of leadership, diversity and inclusion,” Zotomayor said. “The type of leader that I am and the type of person that I am did not start when I put on the green suit. It started with (my family).”

Zotomayor attributes his character to his family and upbringing. He described many of the qualities his family have that closely relate to military values.

“Integrity, do what’s right, is a basic lesson that my mother taught (my brother and me),” Zotomayor said. “Duty. My father’s place of business was in downtown Chicago (and he traveled) an hour every day without complaint because he was thankful for his employment.

“(These qualities) form the basis of leadership (and the Army Values),” Zotomayor said.

“I honor my family when I take upon their strengths, their attributes and the best things they have to offer and make them my own. They form the basis of who I am and the leadership foundation that I now exhibit.”

Col. Glenda Lock, deputy commander, nursing, PRMC and TAMC, presented Zotomayor with a certificate of appreciation and thanked him for sharing his family’s personal story for the event.

“We know that diversity is really at the bedrock and is the foundation of the strength of us as a nation,” Lock said. “It is a wonderful thing to be part of this organization and that we, as an organization, are reflective of the people we serve.”

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