DECEMBER 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONSUL General Gina Jamoralin (seated 4th fr. L) is shown after a planning meeting at the Consular offices with members of the working committees for the first "Paskuhan sa Chicago," on Sat., Dec. 15, 2-6 pm at the Seafood City Market Mix. Cultural presentations featuring Filipino Christmas traditions, Simbang Gabi, exchange gifts and Parol (Lantern) Contest will be all part of the event.

(Standin (L-R) Alvar Rosales, Marilou Tabo, Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor Israel, Jr., Sol Anderson, Suzette Ancheta, Gloria Key, Francisco Alvarez, Adolph Cabagnot, Willi Buhay, Mark Tan, Anita Brotonel, Anna Liza Alcantara, Jason Dela Rosa. Seated (L-R) Everett Icao, Almira Gilles, Jelly Carandang, Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin, Ed Brotonel, Carmen Estacio and Mariano Santos.

20 Fil-Am organizations to brighten first Chicago “Paskuhan,” Dec. 15

CHICAGO—Twenty Filipino American organizations responded to the invitation of Consul General Gina Jamoralin to be part of the first “Paskuhan” in the Greater Chicago area on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Seafood City Market Mix, to promote fellowship among community members and to increase awareness of Filipino Christmas traditions.

ConGen Jamoralin, who is on her first year of her tour of duty in the Midwest, said during the orientation of the forthcoming event that she had initiated a similar annual celebration in Honolulu where she was the head of the Philippine Consulate in that city.

“I am hopeful that it can be successfully duplicated and bring some positive experiences here as well,” she told the community leaders who came in the Oct.19 meeting when she first proposed her project.

Due to space limitation of the venue, the invitation is limited to 250 attendees. Participating groups will be apportioned an average of 10 tickets, based on a first come first serve basis. The program starts at 2 pm and culminate with the first novena mass of the “Simbang Gabi,” officiated by Fr. Sammy Reyes starting at 6 pm.

A “Noche Buena” will follow a cultural program that will include a parol (Christmas lantern) contest, exchange gifts, community carol singing, door prizes and special numbers. Free tickets are available from heads of participating organizations which include:

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Pappas’ office displays 90 international Christmas trees

CHICAGO--More than 90 Christmas trees and religious displays that show different ways of celebrating the holidays are on display in the downtown Chicago office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

This is the 15th year of “Christmas Trees from Around the World,” the display of three-foot-high trees which are decorated by members of ethnic and religious communities to represent their heritage. Also on display on counters in the Treasurer’s Office are a Christian Nativity scene, an African American Kwanzaa Kinara, a Hindu Prayer Thali, a Jewish Menorah and a Muslim Ramadan Mubarak.

The trees are adorned not only with ornaments, tinsel and lights, but also animals, flowers, fruit, balls, boats, stars, flags, and other items. The display will be up until Jan. 2, 2019, in Room 112 of the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago.

Imelda Marcos bail hit as ‘insult’ to martial law victims

By Krixia Subingsubing, Marlon Ramos
Inquirer News Service

Opposition lawmakers and a lawyers’ group slammed the Sandiganbayan for allowing former first lady Imelda Marcos to post bail even after she had skipped a court session where her conviction on seven counts of graft was handed down on Nov. 9.

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said while bail as legal remedy was allowed under the Rules of Court, such a privilege should not be “taken lightly and dismissed on account of her age and health conditions.”

right pic: imelda marcos. (PDI PIc)

On Nov. 12, Marcos, 89, filed a motion for leave of court to avail herself of postconviction remedies, which are provided under Rule 120 if the court finds the absence of the accused during the promulgation of the verdict to be “without justifiable cause.”

Edre Olalia, president of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), a group of human rights lawyers, said the court’s decision granting bail showed how some “were more powerful than others” in the Philippines.

“And so it came to pass that by a mere motion of a convicted plunderer, the Philippine court ‘deferred’ and bid its time in the actual issuance of the arrest warrant against an accused who has lost all legal remedies by reason of her failure to attend the said promulgation,” the NUPL president said.

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Kin of Fil-Am killed in California mass shooting still in shock

By Nimfa U. Rueda
INQUIRER.net US Bureau

LOS ANGELES – Alaina Housley, 18, a Filipino American freshman at Pepperdine University, was among 13 people dead, including the gunman, in a mass shooting on Nov. 7 at a popular Western bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

left pic: alaina Houseley

Housley’s Filipino grandparents are still in shock over her sudden death.“We still couldn’t believe it,” Ernesto Punzalan told INQUIRER.net. Punzalan is a 78-year-old retired industrial engineer from Orion, Bataan.

Alaina’s mother, Hannah Punzalan-Housley, is the youngest child of Punzalan and his wife, Leticia, a 77-year-old retired registered nurse from Balayan, Batangas. Hannah, is activities director at Vintage High School from where Alaina graduated. Hannah’s husband, Arik, owns Ranch Market in Napa, Ranch Market Too in Yountville and co-owns Il Posto Trattoria in Napa.

“(Alaina) was a very sweet girl,” Punzalan said.

Punzalan said he and his wife used to babysit Alaina and saw how she grew up to become “a beautiful, smart and very kind” young woman.

He said Alaina loved music and had learned how to play the piano and the violin since she was in kindergarten.

Punzalan thought Alaina could have inherited her love of music from her grandmother, Leticia, who sang in the choir at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Corona, California.

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Bersamin named 25th Chief Justice

By Christine O. Avendaño
Inquirer News Service

On the Supreme Court, seniority is based on when magistrates took their seats, not on when they joined the judiciary.

President Rodrigo Duterte had said he would choose the most senior magistrate on the Supreme Court when he appointed a new Chief Justice to replace Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, who retired on Oct. 8.

left pic: SC Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

But on Nov. 26, he did not choose acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, who had been serving on the highest court since Oct. 26, 2001.

He appointed Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin as the country’s 25th Chief Justice.
Bersamin was appointed to the Supreme Court on April 3, 2009, by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Malacañang announced Bersamin’s appointment on Nov. 28 together with the appointment of Court of Appeals Associate Justice Rosmari Carandang as Supreme Court associate justice.

According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, Bersamin is “the most senior justice in the Supreme Court in terms of services rendered under the judicial branch in various capacities.”

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Balangiga bells to be returned in December

By Edgar Allan M. Sembrano
Inquirer News Service

The bells of Balangiga, Eastern Samar, are set to be returned to the country before the end of year after more than a century of being in the United States as war booties from the Philippine-American War at the turn of the 20th century.

The three bells—two in the Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and one in a US military facility in South Korea—were taken from Balangiga in 1901 as war trophies.
They have been subjects of a campaign for repatriation for more than 20 years.

Two Americans and a Philippine historian have campaigned for the repatriation of the bells—retired US Navy officer Dennis Wright, Rear Adm. Dan McKinnon and Rolando Borrinaga.

The third bell is in a US military facility in South Korea.

Borrinaga told the Inquirer on the sidelines of the 39th Philippine National Historical Society’s national conference in Catbalogan City, Samar, that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had formally recommended to the US Congress on Aug. 10 that the bells be returned.

The historian, a member of the National Committee on Historical Research of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, explained that the US Congress had 90 days to concur and if there was no opposition, the repatriation would push through.

Asked about the certainty of the return, Borrinaga said it was “definite” the bells would be repatriated “on or before Christmas.”

Borrinaga said the bells would be returned to the church of Balangiga.

Why we are the legitimate FACGC Board of Directors

DIRECTORS of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago meet with their legal counsel, Jun Joaquin, Sept. 22 during the federation’s anniversary celebration at Seafood City in Chicago. The group mapped out their next move after their court suit and a motion for summary judgment against Elaine Lehman, et. al, was dismissed Sept. 20. Judge Sophia Hall gave both parties until Oct. 18 to file amended motions. Status hearing is Nov. 7. (PINOY Photo by Anong)

By Jerry Clarito
Interim Chair of FACGC Board of Directors

(EDITOR: Many members of the community notably those that belong to organizations affiliated with the FACGC were negatively impacted by recent events at the Jose Rizal Heritage Center. The following article seeks to help readers to understand the on-going court case filed by the author’s group.)

In the first two months of 2017, the duly constituted Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACGC) board of trustees was reduced from 21 members to six. On Jan. 15, 2017, the trustees came up with a plan of actions to address the organizational challenges identified in the board development workshop.

However, the plan was discarded when the Board under the leadership of the late Dr. Rufino Crisostomo surreptitiously inserted in the FACGC’s regular meeting the appointment of Elaine Lehman as FACGC’s first volunteer executive director.

In its more than 50 years of existence, FACGC has never created an executive director position in its organizational setup. Crisostomo and Lehman, thereafter, imposed a blitzkrieg of questionable actions, among others, the shortening of trustees’ defined four-year term, passing of unconsolidated constitution and bylaws, removing trustees from the board, displacing the meditation room and Knights of Rizal library, and restricting patrons’ and tenants’ access to Rizal Center. These arbitrary actions resulted into induced resignations and created internal organizational tensions.

On April 22, 2017, 15 of the 21 trustees passed a resolution terminating the services of the volunteer executive director, Elaine Lehman. But Lehman defied the resolution and found refuge to the protection of only three trustees, namely, Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, Alfredo Barranco, and Ceasar Yabut. The 15 trustees claimed their democratic rights by holding a public outcry.

Together with the regular senior citizens patrons of FACGC, the trustees tried to retake their role as administrator of Rizal Center which Elaine Lehman usurped from duly constituted board. Unfortunately, the Chicago Police intervened and gave the keys of the building to Dr. Rufino Crisostomo. On April 28, 2017, Lehman, Crisostomo, Barranco, and Yabut formed their own board and excluded the 18 trustees from resolving the internal organizational problems.

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U.S. Census Bureau Jobs

The Census Bureau’s Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Supervisor Positions in the Chicago Metro area to interview respondents.  Pay ranges from $19.71 - $25.62 per hour, depending on location. 

Benefits:
-10% night differential for hours worked after 6 PM
-$.545 cents per reimbursable mile driven

Duties: First level supervisor for 6 to 15 Field Representative responsible for managing data collection in specific geography, some hard to count areas. The Field Supervisor may assist with training and recruiting staff. Also, will monitor team progress and complete field assignments as needed to achieve standards and expectations.

Requirements: US Citizenship, driver's license, an insured working auto, access to a landline, Internet access, previous supervisory experience and ability to operate a laptop.

TO APPLY visit online:

www.census.gov/about/regions/chicago/jobs/illinois.html

 

SIMBANG GABI SCHEDULE: https://pvm.archchicago.org/events/simbang-gabi-2018

Lea to tour US cities in 2019 for "Lea Salonga: The Human Heart Tour"

CHICAGO-– Singer, actress and Broadway icon, Lea Salonga, known across the world for her powerful voice, her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon and her critically acclaimed role as ‘Eponine’ in Les Misérables and ‘Fantine’ in the show’s revival in 2006, has announced Lea Salonga: The Human Heart Tour.

Lea will visit Chicago for her “Human Heart Tour” on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Copernicus Center Theater, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60630 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are on-sale now at https://leasalonga.com/.

The Disney legend who is known for her roles as the singing voices for Princess Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II and is a judge on the Philippines hit version of “The Voice” has sold a staggering 19 million albums worldwide to date making her one of the best-selling Filipina artists of all time.

FAHRA marks World Human Rights Day, Dec. 9

The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance – (FAHRA-Chicago) invites human rights advocates to observe the World Human Rights Day on Dec.9, Sunday, from 2- 4:30pm at McDonald’s at 3154 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. Limited space, interested persons send your confirmation to fahra.chicago2@gmail.com.

Recent affronts on human rights are so alarming that international efforts to improve human rights in the world are diminished. World-wide anti-migrant rhetoric is on the rise. Ethnic cleansing has recently claimed the lives of countless Rohingya in Burma. In the Philippines, iDefend (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) reported, “The Duterte administration continues to consciously and deliberately sustain the de facto social cleansing policy (War on Drugs) which results in the mass EJKs…”

FAHRA-Chicago believes that an informed and united community can prevent or stop continuing human rights abuses here in the U.S. and in the Philippines. FAHRA believes that community leaders and local activists are the future of social change.






DECEMBER 2018 



Five years after Haiyan—From bad to worse

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor

NOVEMBER. 9, 2013 (Nov. 10, Ph. time) when Super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda, Ph. name) slammed Central Philippines, leaving 8,000 dead in Leyte and Samar provinces and a multi-billion dollar destruction.

What has changed after five years? Bad to worse, mostly, that’s what changed. Both in the Philippines and here in the United States, voters elected presidents who are Climate Change deniers.

Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump opted out of the International agreement to lower the carbon waste that goes into Earth’s atmosphere to moderate warming of our planet and to lower the negative environmental impact.

The destructive hurricanes that brought massive devastation to U.S. are now a matter of record. Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Maria and Harvey flooding Houston last year.. The Carolinas were badly hit by Florence. Most recent is Michael levelling Northern Florida. Let us not forget those deadly forest fires.

Victims of SuperTyphoon Haiyan at their Gawad Kalinga Homes posing with GK volunteers from Chicago. Their sustainable livelihood is the new challenge for Gawad Kalinga. (PINOY Photo)

Clear and present danger

The United Nation’s report on the Climate Change is still not being given the importance it deserves --for the sake of the survival of Planet Earth—specifically the vulnerable island nations like the Philippines.

Scientific evidence shows that hunger and diseases are clear and present danger. Most people in first world country live conspicuously—unmindful of the suffering Third World populations and their own younger and future generations.

LEFT photo: Statue of Pocohantas at the Jamestown Settlement.

Pope Francis has already came out with a position on this environmental challenge—making it a moral and spirit issue for the faithful. Thankfully, most world leaders don’t follow the indifference of President Trump on the Paris Treaty on the Climate Change. But citizens of this country and those in the Philippines, as well, should maintain an open mind and be vigilant on how they make their political choices

(Read more “FIVE YEARS AFTER HAIYAN --FROM BAD TO WORSE"...)




DECEMBER 2018

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Duterte's rhapsody: Music to Beijing’s ears

Guest Editorial
Inquirer News Service

Even for a national leader who has racked up a startling record of slavish statements toward China (“I announce my separation from the United States. I have separated from them. So I will be dependent on you for all time,” Oct. 2016, state visit to Beijing; “Thank you President Xi Jinping…for loving us and giving us enough leeway to survive the rigors of economic life in this planet,” March 2017; “I just simply love Xi Jinping… More than anybody else at this time of our national life, I need China,” April 2018…

President Duterte’s latest remarks regarding the Philippines’ and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-countries’ competing territorial claims against Beijing in the South China Sea (SCS) were still a disquieting level-up.

At the Asean Summit last Nov. 15, he said: “I’d like to tell China… at all costs we must have the[Code of Conduct]. So you’re there, you’re in possession, you occupied it, then tell us what route shall we take and what kind of behavior you [expect].”

On Nov. 16, he said he was opposed to military drills in the SCS because China “is already in possession” of these waters, and such exercises by the United States and other countries may only provoke Beijing: “Why do you have to create frictions, strong military activity, that will prompt a response from China?”

What music that must have been to Beijing’s ears, hearing Mr. Duterte’s robust defense and reiteration of its position.

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DECEMBER 2018


Letter from Washington

By Jon Melegrito

jdmelegrito@gmail.com

 

Caring for “the last, the least & the lost” in the PH

Speaking to community leaders, diplomats and policy makers in Washington, D.C. recently, Vice President Leni Robredo highlighted her poverty alleviation program, Angat Buhay, which has been providing assistance to needy communities in the Philippines. The program, she said, has so far benefited 155,000 families in 176 areas across the country.

In her highly-applauded remarks, she noted the “culture of apathy and complacency” that has impeded efforts to “uplift the poor, generated more jobs and educated more children.”

“We must ensure that democracy leads to more people living better lives,” she said. “Now more than ever, we need leaders who will step down from their pedestal and walk with the last, the least and the lost.”

During this Christmas season of giving, it is encouraging and reassuring to know the commendable work by community organizations, which have embodied over the years the same spirit of commitment to uplift the poor and make life better for those whom Jesus Christ calls “the least among us.”

Their remarkable energy and enthusiasm to give their time, talent and treasurer are constant sources of pride and inspiration. Their generosity is profoundly expressed in concrete action not only during times of natural disasters but throughout the year.

Among these groups is the Arlington, Virginia-based Medical Mission of Mercy USA (MMOM), which is known for bringing volunteer health professionals to various places in the Philippines where the need for medical care is the greatest. Since its founding in 2001, MMOM has provided valuable health care services and supplies to thousands of people in the provinces.

(See "Caring for 'the last, the least & the lost'”...)

 

DECEMBER 2018



Reflections

By Fr. Tirso Villaverde
St. MARGARET PARISH
Pastor

Simbang Gabi is beyond nostalgia

With the month of December again comes one of the most loved of Filipino Christmas traditions—the nine days of Simbang Gabi. The thought of those nine days is perhaps enough to bring back memories of how Christmas was celebrated back in the Philippines—the festive lights, the food, the visits from godchildren hoping to get a nice gift from their godparents, and perhaps even the warmer weather for those who may not be dreaming of a white Christmas.

Yes, the tradition of Simbang Gabi—Misa de Aguinaldo as it may also be known—is also a major part of memories of Christmases back in the Philippines.

Yet, the tradition of Simbang Gabi should not be relegated just to the level of nostalgia. For those of us who observe the tradition, we must never forget the true importance and significance of the custom and never let it be observed with the wrong intention or focus.

400 years

The custom of the nine days of pre-dawn Masses again started almost 400 years ago when the first missionaries arrived in the Philippines. The nine day novena of Masses was meant to be a way to help the early Filipinos to be prepared for the birth of Christ by honoring the Virgin Mary.

It was also meant to be a time of catechesis and evangelization—learning about the Catholic Christian faith as well as strengthening the efforts of all the baptized to spread the news about the love of God that has come to all people through Jesus himself.

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St. Peter Catholic Church Simbang Gabi, Dec. 15

St. Peter Catholic Church in Skokie is celebrating Christmas this year with a big bang! After a long absence, it is bringing back “Simbang Gabi”, the Filipino holiday tradition, on Saturday, December 15 at 5:00pm. This unique holiday novena has not been celebrated at St. Peter since 2012 and hectic preparations are being made by excited parishioners to ensure this revival be a truly memorable occasion. The community is inviting everyone to join in the festivities. St. Peter Church is located at 8116 Niles Center Rd., Skokie, Illinois.

 

DECEMBER 2018

By Alberto Gonzales

Immigration Attorney

(708) 916-3077

 

The Long arduous journey to somewhere Part III-A: Visa consular processing I

Note: This article is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship or to constitute legal advice. This article provides a general overview only and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with an immigration attorney.

We are following the journey of Jose (a fictitious character), who is in the process of immigrating to the U.S. via sponsorship of a U.S. employer. Jose has an undergraduate degree in accounting and has been working as a senior accountant for a top accounting firm in Manila for years. Almost two years ago, he found an employer in Chicago who began to sponsor him for permanent residence (green card) in the United States.

In the employment-based immigration sponsorship, the prospective U.S. employer is known as the “petitioner”, and the foreign worker being sponsored is the “beneficiary”. In our last article, Jose's petitioner had just filed the I-140 Immigration Visa Petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to petition Jose to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Jose’s I-140 Petition was classified as falling under the Third-Preference category for professionals (EB-3). After pending for about four months, USCIS has approved Jose’s I-140 Petition. Now, what are the next steps toward getting Jose a green card?

This article series continues our discussion on employment-based immigration. In contrast with some family-based immigration where the wait for eligibility to immigrate could last several years and even decades, employment based immigration may allow a foreign worker to immigrate to the U.S. more expeditiously.

The immigration visa process for foreign workers, like Jose, involves a number of stages, namely: (1) the Labor Certification (LC) stage; (2) the I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition stage; and (3) the Visa Consular Processing stage. As our two previous articles discussed, the LC and I-140 Petition stages respectively, this article will focus on the Visa Consular Processing stage.

“Visa Consular Processing” (VCP) is when the beneficiary applies for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Generally, VCP is applicable when the beneficiary is outside the U.S. Alternatively, a beneficiary who is physically present in the U.S. may be able to apply for permanent residence via “Adjustment of Status” (AOS), provided he/she meets the AOS requirements. In Jose’s case, he will undergo VCP as he is residing outside the U.S.

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DECEMBER 2018


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The current volatility of the capital markets

When the S&P 500 on October 3 of this year achieved an intraday record high, many investors thought this longest bull market run in history would continue.

Given the economic backdrop of the lowest unemployment rate in five decades, record high corporate bottom lines (due to Trump’s new tax policy) and increasing income levels on most Americans, the capital market should continue its expansion.

A few days following that record high, the market went on a spiral with massive drops and pronounced volatility. What happened?

As of this writing, it’s been weeks of massive sell out bringing markets down to correction levels from the recent peaks. Interestingly while it was the earnings reporting season and most bottom lines and top lines were meeting analysts expectations (at least 2/3rds of the S&P 500), it did not keep the markets afloat and the sell off dragged it further to worse levels last seen back in 2008.

Investors seemed to tether on a panic mode bringing the global markets further to the sell side losing all the gains made for the year both on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the S&P 500, our core index that indicates the health of our economy.

Why is the market contrarian to the upbeat economic back drop?

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Holiday Food Shopping Guide

THE HOLIDAY Season means glorious food. For the best Filipino delicacies available at reasonable prices, check out the following:

ADELINE’S Fil-Am Food, 4016 Main St., Skokie specializes in catering notably its lechon. Allow a minimum of 3-4 days to order to guarantee delivery on time for that crispy skin. Nice tip from owner Victor Ricolcol.

BACOLOD CHICKEN HAUS, 6320 N. Lincoln Ave., for those looking to hold a modest size holiday gathering, this is a good place to be. Catering is available too. Call JP Ledesma for your party reservation. Close on Tuesday. Closed on Tuesday.

CHICKEN Ati-atihan, 9054 Golf Road in Niles will be featured on ABC Channel 7 TV on Dec. 15, 10 pm newscast. The Steve Dolinsky of “Hungry Hound” will likely rave on its chicken inasal and pork barbeque. Facilities for party up to 100 guests.

FILIPINO Food Catering, 6019 Dempster, Morton Grove is proud of its best sellers—pancit guisado and egg roll. Turo turo everyday except Monday. It carries selected groceries. Aling Luz has been a favorite since 1999.

GOLDEN CHEF Restaurant at 600 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling is praised for its no-MSG, low fat Chinese cooking. Dine in and catering. Plenty of parking. Owner Ester Moy is a registered nurse-nutritionist who monitors what comes out of her kitchen to assure a healthy food. .

HONG NING at 598 E. North Ave, Carol Stream, IL. Crispy pata to die for! Great entrees for Filipino and Chinese food. Good place for family gatherings. A mainstay favorite for west suburbs residents. Owner Ernie Wee is recommending to try dessert, “Brazo de Mercedes with ice cream.”

JASPER MEATS is worth the trip to 220 Madsen Drive, Bloomindale for all kinds of meat, seafood and cheeses at wholesale prices. Open to the public every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm ONLY. Visit Jaspermeats.com.

KUSINA De Manila, 632 W. Algonquin Rd, Des Plaines is fast getting the reputation for the best ambience complete with a piano bar. Intimate dining is a memorable event with those impressive murals. Add to all that their delicious entrees. Winston and Mary Sevillas are the proud owners.

LINA’S FILIPINO Marketplace, 120 Ridge Drive, Bloomingdale is known for her fresh pandesal, palabok and other favorites. So popular that they expanding soon with a new store in Elgin. Catering is a specialty.

LITTLE QUIAPO at 6259 N. McCormick, Chicago is open Thurs. –Sun. It has a banquet hall for your parties. Still has its famous buffet . There is adequate parking for your guests. Call in advance for your catering needs. Ricky Palanca, the owner-manager, is the man to call.

MORETTI’S PIZZERIA, Craving for something Italian? It can cater any size event at their 10 Chicago and North and Nothwest Suburbs. Visit Morettisuniqueevents.com or Order online, MorettisRestaurants.com.

MR. KIMCHI Korean BBQ Restaurant, 1747 W. Golf Road, Mt. Prospect, IL. Lunch all you can eat for $19.99. Open 6 days, closed Tuesday, 11 am-12 am. Premium quality beef and pork, seafood.

PANIONG's Lechon is cooked with charcoal the old fashion way. Try their lechon belly. Prices vary from $235 for under 35 Lbs. to $265 for over 45 lbs. Free delivery for most of the southern suburbs and 20 miles from Chicago address.

RCJM Oriental Store, 3935 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood is a good place to shop for groceries and those takeout food for your lunch and dinner. It has a lunch counter for those quick meriendas. JDurand Siniguan and his team accepts catering orders as well.

SUBO Filipino Kitchen, the former 3 Rs, is now open for business at its new location at 4712 N. Kimball Ave. just south of Lawrence Ave. Chicago. Minda Capili and her kitchen staff have a long list entrees for you to select.

UNIMART in four locations-- Chicago, Niles, Hoffman Estates and Woodridge are still the places to go to for one stop shopping with their Wanton Soup specialty and lechon to take out. What about their lunch special with two entrees and soda for $6.00?

VICTOR’S FOODS will supply your Chicharon, longaniza, tocino, tapa, lumpiang Shanghai and hopia to stock up your grocery shelves. Zeny and her son Victor Brosas will delivery the goods free including bundles of PINOY Newsmagazine.

Miscellaneous Services: Insurance, auto repair, Tax preparation

AFFORDABLE Insurance deadlines are Dec. 7 for Medicare and Dec. 15 for Obamacare. Fil-Am agent, Kenneth Mantel, of Mantel Insurance Agency offers cost effective insurance plans for your small businesses and is ready to help you to navigate these complex insurance needs.

ALBERT’S JEWELERS in nearby 711 Main Street, Schererville, Indiana has a friendly gift consultant, Emma Roque, who will help you get that memorable gifts for your loved ones. Call her at 219-322-2700.

ELMARC AUTOBODY, 908 E. North Ave., Glendale Hts. Full Service Auto repair. Call Mar Satsatin for free estimate. All insurance accepted. Mon-Sat. Same location since 1983.

JBA AUTOWERKS, 1700 E. Oakton St., Des Plaines. Get those fancy vehicles winterized for maximum efficiency and for them to last. Specializes in body works and all repairs. Call Odie Martinez.

The 2018 INCOME TAX Act affects us all. It’s the end of the year. Noel Lorenzana, Certified Public Account, will be able to clearly explain how you can be benefitted by this new tax law. Call him before the end of the year.


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