Laurie Ann Melchor Tamayo crowned Charity Queen

KAPA‘A — Laurie Ann Melchor Tamayo was crowned the Charity Queen, Saturday, at the coronation ceremonies held at the St. Catherine’s parish hall in Kapa‘a.

A freshman at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Tamayo, 18, is the daughter of Larry and Amy Tamayo of Kapa‘a, escorted at the event by James Ruiz.

During the coronation, about 300 people were introduced to the Tamayo’s Royal Court.

Syani Aguinaldo of ‘Ele‘ele is the Princess of Faith, Janica Marie Pascua of ‘Ele‘ele is the Princess of Hope and Maricar Bersamira of Hanama‘ulu is the Princess of Peace.

Oscar Portugal, representing the Filipino Catholic Club, said the queen and her court raised more than $12,000 for charity and scholarships during 2011.

The coronation of Tamayo, a major in Early Childhood Education, was preceded by a mass in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the first Filipino canonized saint.

Outstanding FCC members were also recognized, including Carmelita Velasco of St. Catherine, Aida Riofta of Immaculate Conception, Esther Juan of Holy Cross and Teresita Antonio of St. Theresa.

Allan Villaflor, chair of the event, choreographed a medley of Filipino dances performed by the FCC members, Rebecca Bernarbe of St. Catherine’s doing the honor of welcoming guests to the event emceed by Millie Curtis and Portugal.

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