Adobofest Annual Festival Picnic at St. Paul Woods, Sept. 19

Adobofest returns Sat., Sept. 19th, ‘Rain or Shine’ to Saint Paul Woods, 6594 W. Oakton Ave., Grove #4, in Morton Grove from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Besides the Adobo-tasting competition, it will showcase Philippine children's games, cultural dances, band performances, various artists, martial arts demonstrations, the fourth annual ‘Pandesal Eating Contest’ for adults and ‘Polvoron Whistling’ contest for youngsters. There will also be a free health screening.

The number of entrants to this year’s adobo taste-off will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Contestants only need a 10 pound minimum to enter the taste-off competition. This amount of adobo is about the size of a large pot or small tray. Just sign-up and bring your pre-cooked adobo and plan for an expected high turnout.

All contestants will receive a $20 Target Gift Card to help cover their expenses. Both category winners will go home with trophies and other soon to be announced prizes.

To participate in the Adobofest competition sign up on our web site For entries to the Adobo Taste-Off competition, to volunteer or be a sponsor of Adobofest 2015, contact Edgar Jimenez at or call 773-236-2614.

For $10, attendees will be able to taste, and vote for “People’s Choice” of an expected 20 Adobo dish entries. The top 5 vote getters in this category will become ‘Best Tasting Adobo’ finalists. These five entries will be commented and voted on live, on stage, by our esteemed judges panel, made up of Chicago’s top Pinoy Chef’s, Restaurateurs and food bloggers.

AFIRE, the (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment) will again hold its ‘Rock the Balut 5K Walk and Run fundraiser at Saint Paul Woods in the morning and its 4th Annual Filipino American voter registration and education, through its art of eating Balut contest.

The Rock the Balut! Walk will begin at 8:30-9:00am with registration and Zumba dance exercise. Participants are asked to donate a $30 registration fee which will include a free t-shirt. Afterward, the Walk around the woods will start at 9:00 a.m. Once the walk is over, the participants will be asked to join the Adobofest celebration at 11:00 a.m. Later in the afternoon, AFIRE will hold the fun-filled and exciting “Art of Eating Balut” contest.”

First Bank offers Shredding & Recycling, Sept. 12 & Oct. 10

First Bank & Trust offers a free monthly Community Shredding Day, where guests can bring up to 25 lbs. of personal papers to be shredded and recycled from 11 am - 1pm.
The next shredding and recycling day will be on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the FBT Winnetka branch, 100 Green Bay Road Winnetka, IL 60093 and Sat., Oct. 10 at the Skokie Blvd branch.
In addition, there is an opportunity to recycle obsolete electronics such as old computers, laptops, hard drives, printers, copiers, cell phones and more that would normally just sit in a landfill. For more information, call 847-733-7400.

Care giver classes at Rizal Center to start Sept. 5

The FACC (Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago) is offering a “Beginners- Introduction to Home Care Giver Training Program” which will start on Sat., Sept. 5 and will be held for six consecutive Saturdays for 3 to 4 hours each. The class is limited to 30 people. A love donation of $20 is required plus uniform, stethoscope, blood pressure apparatus and book.

Students will be equipped with an introduction to basic home health care especially for geriatrics (seniors), handicapped and learn to properly handle patients through lectures, video and demonstration. A graduation certificate of training will be given upon completion after 6 weeks.

Mail your application to register to Dr. Rufino F. Crisostomo, FACC HOME CARE GIVER TRAINING PROGRAM, 300 N. State St. 5135, Chicago, IL 60654 or email <rufino.crisostomo>. Telephone is (312) 402-4191.

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By Mariano "Anong" Santos



Recommended Movie for Filipino-American History Month in October

"THE Great Raid" (2005) is about the daring rescue of the remaining 513 survivors of a Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Filipino actor Cesar Montano played the role of Col. Juan Pajota who led Filipino guerrillas that provided invaluable support to the liberating U.S. forces in time to avert an impending massacre of the POWs. The film starred Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Ralph Fiennes. Most local libraries carry copies that you can borrow or you can order the DVD from Showing this film can be one of the relevant activities for the coming Filipino American History Month in October.

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Too few good men


PNoy: "Jesse had proven that politics need not be dirty...that goals can be achieved with sacrificing one's principles."

Guest Editorial
Inquirer News Service

It’s ironic that in this season of political subterfuge, self-promotion and sabotage, hope comes in the form of grim news and pensive remembrance.

On August 17 came news that former senator and Makati representative Agapito “Butz” Aquino had died, at 76. By Aug. 18 afternoon, his remains had been quietly cremated in a ceremony that was “simple and without fanfare,” as he had instructed.

That same day, the nation looked back with sadness and a renewed sense of loss as it marked the third death anniversary of Jesse Robredo, interior secretary at the time of his passing.

As President Aquino and Mar Roxas, Robredo’s successor as interior secretary and the Liberal Party’s standard-bearer in 2016, extolled the man, it was easy to imagine how he would have fidgeted at such pomp and pageantry. After all, the six-term mayor of Naga City energized local government units with his so-called “tsinelas” leadership, walking his talk in the poor man’s footwear.

It’s ironic that Philippine politics—notoriously elitist, patronage-based and personality-driven—has produced these sterling characters, two good men so removed from the opportunists who treat public office like private turf and public funds as personal fortune.

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An Urgent Plea to Department of Homeland Security

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret) hands out certificates of appreciation to Filipino World War II Veterans (from left) Jesse Baltazar, Celestino Almeda, Rey Cabacar and Rudy Panaglima at a recent community event in Washington DC. Panaglima, 85, is among those waiting for his children to join him here in the U.S. (Photo by Jon Melegrito)

The Department of Homeland Security is once again being pressured by immigrant rights activists to act quickly and decisively on an issue that’s literally a life and death matter for a small group of people: Filipino World War II veterans.

In July, President Obama issued an executive order granting parole visas to children of veterans who have been waiting for as many as 20 years to reunite with their families here in the United States.

The good news: Pending visa applications that have been approved will now be fast-tracked on a case-by-case basis, allowing these children to come to the U.S. sooner than later, possibly within six to eight months.

The bad news: While this program will benefit the children of Filipino veterans who are still alive, it does not extend to their widows, let alone to the children themselves if both parents have passed away.

Still, this humanitarian gesture by the Obama administration is most welcome. White House officials recognize that the 6,000 veterans residing in the U.S. have only a few years to live. Thus, the urgency to grant these parole visas.

But issuing the edict is one thing. Implementing it is another.


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