Participants and winners of the 8th annual Adobofest Sept. 29 at St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove, IL pose with their prizes. Best Adobo went to Andrew Guerrero’s (8th from L) “Finger Licking Adobo” representing the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA). The People’s Choice Adobo winner went to 28-year old Dion Jumapao (9th from L) for his "yon yon's adobo" chicken and rib Adobo dish.

“Bataan Rescue”at Morton Grove Library for FAHM

Ed Ramos, Village of Morton Grove trustee, announced after village officials unanimously passed a resolution declaring the month of October as Filipino American History Month during a council meeting Sept. 28, the showing of “Bataan Rescue”—a PBS documentary about the allied soldiers raid at a POW camp in Cabanatuan in 1945.
The event will highlight the Filipino-American partnership in fighting Japanese Imperialism that will add to the current reason to approve the US Congressional campaign to grant medals to the Filipino WWII Veterans. It will also start a planning of the 70th anniversary of Filipino American Friendship Day on July 4th 2016.
Dr. David Calimag, a commissioner at the Village Public Library, is arranging the venue and the exact date for the showing. Interested persons, please call Ed Ramos at 847-477-0487 or Dr. Calimag at 847-334-3372 or Anong Santos at 847-528-4991.

October Filipino American Heritage Month planned events in 2015

CHICAGO--In 2009, the US Congress through the Senate and House of Representatives respectively passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM) to celebrate the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the nation. Starting in 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) spearheaded an invitation to many Filipino American organizations in Chicago and suburbs to organize a variety of events to celebrate FAHM every October. 

Oct 2, Friday 6:30pm  – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL (Contact Tony Abellera at TonyAbellera@hotmail.com Sponsor - FAASD)

Oct 4 Sunday at 11:00am - 6:00pm –Kultura Festival at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (Contact http://filipino.kitchen/kultura-fest Sponsor – Filipino Kitchen)

Oct 10, Saturday 1:00-6:00 pm Global Pinoy Singing Idol at  Hemmens Cultural Center 40 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL (Contact Divine Aleonar at daleonar12@gmail.com - Sponsor – CFC/ANCOP)

Oct. 11, Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm FAHM celebration at St. Mathew Church 1555 Glen Ellyn Road Glendale Heights, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at adeline.pacf96@gmail.com Leticia Eclavea  630 980-5559 Sponsor – PACF)

Livas is 2017 PIWC head

Lourdes Livas will be the 2017 Philippine Independence Week Committee president-elect succeeding Mercy Matousek who took over the helm of the PIWC from Ellen Tan during a Sept. 27 meeting in Chicago.

Livas ran unopposed. Matousek bested her during late last year’s election for the 2016 chairmanship.

“Lourdes should be commended for her graciousness and willingness to serve. Despite her loss in last year’s election, she continied serving and did not walk out from PIWC as was in the case of other persons who ran and lost before,” said a long time PIWC volunteer.
In her last report, Tan revealed the list of organizations which benefitted from the net proceeds of her 2015 administration. Receiving donations are Phil-USA Lions Club (Installation of officers headed by Andy Llamanada on Oct. 3 at Hilton Algauer in Northbrook), Gawad Kalinga (GK, builds houses for the poor);

Bantay Bata, Bahay Maria (A Calamba City Housing for seniors), Norma Manankil’s artesian well project for clean water (A fashion show is scheduled for November at Drury Lane), Myrna Cordero Foundation and Dennis Niebar Foundation.

Mercy Matousek, meanwhile, announced her cabinet members who will be installed during the kick-off party Jan. 9 at the Hilton in Northbrook.

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By Mariano "Anong" Santos




Chicago Fil-Am leaders deplore “greed”as more Medicare frauds are reported

ABOVE LEFT PHOTO: Husband & wife Miguel and Estrellita Duquilla; Medicare wants $6 million back.

ABOVE RIGHT PHOTO: Josephine Tinimbang: Medicare tries to recover $46 Million of alleged fraudulent billings.

CHICAGO—In the wake of yet another report of an indictment of owners and staffers of another Filipino American-owned Home Health care provider, members of this city’s Filipino community expressed anger and embarrassment over mounting cases of Medicare fraud and abuse.

On August 27, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force announced the 23-count federal indictment of the husband-and-wife owners and operators of HCN Home Healthcare, Inc. which allegedly paid kickbacks to employees and marketers in exchange for referring elderly and disabled patients to the company for unnecessary or non-existent treatment that was funded by Medicare.

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Biggest ‘Buwaya’ in the World

EDITORIAL CARTOON Originally published in the October 2011 edition of PINOY

Get Real
Guest Editorial
By Solita Collas-Monsod
Inquirer News Service

I delivered the fifth annual Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture Series last Aug. 29, and I drew for inspiration his 1960 Palanca Award winning play (written when he was 28), titled “The Largest Crocodile in the World.” It is described as a political satire, but the manuscript was lost in the Palanca archives, its loss ascribed to a politician who felt he was Adrian’s target. Here is a short version of the lecture:

The title rings a very large bell in today’s political environment, and may be an even more appropriate subject now than it was when Adrian wrote it 55 years ago. The author may have had Nostradamus-like qualities:

First, because 50 years after he wrote the play, we literally found a saltwater crocodile in Agusan, which nosed out the Australian crocodile that held the title “largest crocodile in the world.” Nosed out is not really the accurate word. The Philippine crocodile, Lolong, was a little over three feet longer and at least a hundred pounds heavier than the Australian crocodile.

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What is coming up in October?

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



I am writing this on the eve of The Pope’s first-ever visit to the capital of the world’s leading capitalist country, where its ruling class allows billionaires to thrive while millions of people starve, where incarceration rates are the highest in the world, and where candidates who aspire to lead the most powerful nation on earth are pandering to fear and hatred of immigrants and Muslims.

And now comes the Pontiff. His message of love and compassion for the poor, the hungry and the stranger will no doubt soothe the troubled soul of this city – a welcome respite from the vile rhetoric that has filled the airwaves since the campaign season begun. Instead of wining and dining with the rich and famous, he is expected instead to visit the homeless, the undocumented, the incarcerated. Because that’s what Jesus said: “If you have done this to the least of my brethren, you have done it to me.”

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