Celebrate Filipino American History Month (FAHM)

CHICAGO – In 2009, the US Congress through the House of Senate and House of Representatives 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.

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) since then has been spearheading an invitation to many Filipino American organizations in Chicago and suburbs to organize a variety of events to celebrate FAHM every October.

Filipino American History Month events throughout October

Oct 10, Saturday - Tagalog 101 Class. Sponsor – AFIRE, Contact TJ Collanto (630) 286 2433.

Oct 13, Saturday - 4th Annual Barrio Fiesta at Wichita, Kansas. FilCom Sponsor - The Filipino American Association of Greater Wichita.

left pic: Historian & professor Dr. Dawn Mabalon, author of little manila is in the heart, had just finished writing a children’s book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong which is scheduled for release on Oct. 27. Mabalon died in august while vacationing in Hawaii. (PDI)

Oct. 14, Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm FAHM Luncheon Honoring the Most Outstanding Fil-AM Seniors* at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport 10249 West Irving Park Road Schiller Park, IL. (Contact Adeline Fajardo adeline.pacf96@gmail.com Evelyn Natividad, Ph.D. 773-426-5459 Email ivynatividad9@gmail.com).

Oct 20, Saturday, 8 am – Citizenship Assistance Workshop Place TBA. Sponsor – AFIRE, Contact TJ Collanto (630) 286 2433.

Oct 20, Saturday, 11am – FAHM Celebration at Seafood City Chicago (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com. Sponsor – FANHS Greater Chicago Chapter).

Oct 20, Saturday, 2pm – Pro Bono Employment Law legal clinic at Hana Center, 4300 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60618. Sponsor – AFIRE, Contact TJ Collanto (630) 286 2433.

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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)

IL voter registration deadline, Oct. 9

The deadline for Illinois voters to register in the Nov. 6 elections is on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Register online by Sunday, Oct. 21. To request for an absentee ballot in person, do it by Monday, Nov. 5 and it should be posted by Nov. 20.

ConGen Gina Jamoralin with MbDO Director ed brotonel places a wreath in front of a tank during the annual Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) Service Sept. 8 in Maywood, Il to commemorate WWII Filipino soldiers & U.S. soldiers who perished during the Bataan Death March.


Bucket list item crossed off in Havana

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor


As far back as 1968, I had a wish to go to Cuba. National Artist, Nick Joaquin, wrote then in the Philippine Free Press about his Cuban visit to what is increasingly a “terra icognita” because of the embargo imposed on this island nation that is just 90 miles from the United States. That made my wish an obsession.

Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was a pain in the neck for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama.

right photo: Chicagoans Mariano "Anong" Santos, Benny Mendoza, Lynn Santos and Choon Kim pose with Habaneras in colorful native dresses at Plaza Francisco Sept 11.

U.S. went through the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, 1962 Nuclear Crisis, Carter’s flotilla of boat people, Dubya’s Guantanamo scandal…and the CIA exploding cigar. Castro, the Sierra Maestra revolutionary who toppled the US-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista, survived them all.

left photo: ESTATUA Cristo de La Havana, a 50-ft. tall marble of Christ overlooks the harbor and fronting the house where Che Guevarra lived. It was dedicated a week before the Jan. 1, 1958 triumphal entry to Havana of Fidel Castro. Pictured are Peter & Choon Kim, Mely Dayao, Lynn Santos and Benny Mendoza who came aboard the Empress of the Seas.

In 1970, during my first summer in Chicago, I went to the Three Penny Cinema on Lincoln Avenue, in front of the Biograph Theater where John Dillinger was gunned down by the FBI in an adjoining alley.

The documentary, “Fidel,” was being screened to mark the 10th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. CIA had already killed Castro’s comrade, “Che” Guevarra making him an overnight folk hero. The cinema was full; marijuana was thick in the air. Cheers for Castro’s’ words were plentiful.

I learned Castro loved baseball as most Cubans. Castro also called people of capitalist countries as “gulanos”—worms—whose wasteful and conspicuous consumption makes them like worms taking on dirt and-- out the same. He implied that it is not healthy for both consumers and the environment--a simple and powerful message.

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Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

The Storms of September

Guest Editorial
Inquirer News Service

By Jon Melegrito

Hurricane Florence may not have wreaked havoc on the nation’s capital the way she did the Carolinas, but a perfect storm of political crises brewing over Washington DC could prove to be just as devastating. Especially with what’s expected in the midterm elections coming up.

A blue wave.

After a long summer of scandals, September came packed with plenty of unpleasant surprises, not just tempests in teapots.
It started out with the combative Trump creating a political storm with false claims on Puerto Rico, rejecting the nearly 3,000 death toll, and falsely accusing Democrats of making it up.

And then the New York Times published an Op-Ed piece by an anonymous Trump administration official who described efforts by the president’s advisers to “thwart” parts of his agenda because they consider him to be “detrimental to the health of our republic.”

David Frum in The Atlantic wrote that “what the author has just done is throw the government of the United States into even more dangerous turmoil. He or she has inflamed the paranoia of the president and empowered the president’s willfulness.”

“...In the 2014 midterm elections, an estimated 143 million eligible Americans failed to vote, marking the lowest voter participation in 72 years. "

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Bob Woodward’s much-awaited book, “Fear,” comes out. “It’s a slow tropical storm of a book, not a hurricane,” says the New York Times. It’s a bombshell. You turn the pages and read of accounts by senior officials, calling the President “unhinged” and a congenital liar, incapable of telling the truth. The book reveals stark and shocking accounts of the President’s being “simply not fit, by intellect, temperament and knowledge.”

And just like the hurricane with its relentless rain, explosive allegations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh unleashed yet another political storm in the nation’s capital reminiscent of Anita Hill’s accusations against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings in 1991.

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Letter from Washington

By Jon Melegrito


(see The Storms of September)




By Fr. Tirso Villaverde

The Church will survive scandals

It is no secret that the Catholic Church has been rocked by several major scandals. In light of these scandals, the faith of many Catholics may have been shaken or called into question. This time in the Church’s history is truly a time when the Church may be tested but it is also a time of great grace.

St. Peter's square in vatican city.

The Church has always faced scandals, having been in existence for over 2,000 years built on the foundation of the faith of St. Peter himself. But from the very beginning, scandals have always threatened to shake the faith community. From misconduct of her leaders to failures of the faithful, scandals big and small have been a regular part of the Church’s life.

..."Still, the scandals remain one of the consequences of being a 'human institution.' ...Human sinfulness still gets in the way.”

But, one thing cannot be ignored. The Catholic Church has still managed to survive for over 2,000 years as a reminder of Jesus’ promise to St. Peter that the “gates of hell will not prevail against [the church].”

Still, the scandals remain one of the consequences of being a “human institution.” Even though Jesus himself remains the true head of the Church, human sinfulness still gets in the way. In different moments of history, the Church has suffered greatly because of the sins of every member—from the lowest even to the highest member. Through it all, though, the Church has survived not only because Jesus is the true head of the Church but also because God’s grace is more powerful than any sin.

The recent scandals simply prove that sin affects the Church on a whole. Every sin we commit is not only a break in our relationship with God but it is also a break in our relationship with the entire family of faith. Sin is a very serious matter which is why we need to avoid it at all times.

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By Alberto Gonzales

Immigration Attorney

(708) 916-3077

The Permanent Labor Certification process

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.

Jose has an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of the Philippines. He has been working as a senior accountant for a top accounting firm in Manila for the last six years. Recently, he found an employer in Chicago who wishes to sponsor him for permanent residence (green card) in the United States. What are the steps to doing so?

This article 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.

It is also possible for a foreign worker to come to the U.S. with a non-immigrant visa (temporary working visa) or to enter with an immigrant visa (which leads to U.S. permanent residence or “green card” after entry).

Typically, non-immigrant visas have less requirements and are faster to obtain compared to immigrant visas. However, non-immigrant visas are limited in duration, whereas green cards (via immigrant visas) allow the foreign worker to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely. The focus of this article is on immigrant visas.

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by Eliseo "Jojo" Prisno

CRPC, MS Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor



The Philippines' high inflation rate: What's going on?

Last summer, I was back in the islands to support a surgical mission of the World Surgical Foundation in Kalibo, Aklan.

Earlier this year, we wintered there for the months of January and February. In a very short span of my absence, I noticed something significantly different from my earlier visit, on top of the higher exchange of the US dollar (January 2018 pegged at 50.75 to 53.25 last August); prices of commodities went way up high.

Every time I’m home, I make it a point to bring my 93-year-old grandmother to a supermarket or department store to procure all of her supplies: from adult diapers, calcium fortified milk, supplementary meds, and dietary supplies, etc. This trip gave us time to bond and likewise for me to get a direct feel of what is going on economically.

Looking at the current prices compared to a mere six months ago, I could see a huge difference. Large enough that it made me inquisitive on the country’s state of inflation. Inflation is normally a financial risk that most of us do not notice but giving the short span of time from my point of comparison, it made me curious.

My research led me to the table below published by Bloomberg Asia:

Southeast Asian Countries August 2018 Inflation Rate

Thailand 1.62 %
Singapore 0.60 %
Indonesia 3.20 %
Vietnam 3.98 %
Cambodia 2.40 %
Brunei 0.20 %
Malaysia 0.90 %
Philippines 6.40 %

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The Chicago Philippine Consulate General joins Twitter @ ChicagoPcg

The Consulate General's Twitter account page can be accessed at www.Twitter.com/ChicagoPcg. It already has a Facebook page www.Facebook.com/PHinChicago and official website at www.chicagopcg.dfa.gov.ph and back-up URL at www.chicagopcg.com.

Community shredding & electronics recycling, Oct.13

Protect your identity with a free First Bank &Trust community shredding and recycling event at the Downtown Evanston Farmer's Market on Saturday, Oct. 13. Up to 2 boxes OR 4 shopping bags of paper documents (max 25lbs) placed in paper bags (not plastic) or boxes/containers can be accepted.

completely free