MAY 2016

Two Pinay ballerinas take lead role in The Joffrey Ballet's Cinderella


By Grace Garcia
PINOY Newsmagazine

CHICAGO—This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month takes on added significance with the announcement that two Filipinas will dance their way to the coveted role of “Cinderella” in The Joffrey Ballet’s production at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, May 11-22, 2016.

Joffrey Ballet Company members Christine Rocas and Jeraldine Mendoza will alternately perform the lead role in Sir Frederick Ashton’s full-length ballet version of the classic fairy tale with a score by Sergei Prokofiev performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic. Although ballet remains a high brow cultural fare for a minority back home, Rocas and Mendoza were able to follow their passion and emerge as top ballet dancers in the world.

ABOVE PHOTO: Christine Rocas dances the lead role of the Joffrey Ballet Company’s production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella.” (Photo by Cheryl Mann)

Based in Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet is one of the top ballet companies in the world and celebrates its 60th anniversary this season. Rocas, a Company member since 2005, will reprise her role of Cinderella which she last performed with the Joffrey in 2010. Among the roles she has performed since joining the company are Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Giselle (Giselle), and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker).

Remains Relevant

A former rhythmic gymnast for the Philippine national team, Rocas decided to pursue ballet seriously when she received a scholarship to dance at Ballet Manila in the Philippines. Her mom is a native of Cagayan and her father is a native of Batangas. They now reside in Las Pinas.

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Profligate husband and wife indicted in Medicare scam, slavery

By Mariano “Anong” Santos

LINCOLNWOOD, IL.—It’s déjà vu, all over again.

Husband and wife, Richard and Maribel Tinimbang were scheduled to appear before a Federal Court in Chicago on April 15 for their arraignment after their indictment in the U.S. District in Chicago April 6 on charges of defrauding the Medicare and keeping an indentured servant.


ABOVE PHOTO: A lavish wedding ceremony took place on December 11, 2009 at the Shrine of St. Therese. (Photograb)

Richard is the son of Josephine Tinimbang, who is awaiting trial for various charges in connection with an indictment filed last June against her and ten other persons for an alleged scam to defraud Medicare of up to $45 million in fraudulent billings and kickback schemes from 2008 to 2014 and money laundering, connected with her three health care companies that did business in this upscale suburb right next to the Northside of Chicago.

Mother and son

Just like the February 16 conviction of mother and son, Dr. Dalisay Sulit, 77, and her son Reginald, 47, on complaints of looting $1.7 million from the pension funds of their employees at their Alliance Home Health Care in Palos Hills, Illinois, the Tinimbang story hit the pages of major mainline dailies including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.

Last August 27, Federal authorities also indicted Miguel, 60, and Estrellita Duquila, 58,the husband and wife owners of HCN Home Health Care, 6828 N. Cicero Avenue, Chicago. They allegedly bilked Medicare in excess of $6 million.

Richard, 38, and Maribel, 40, owners of the Patients First Physical Therapy, allegedly provided unauthorized therapy to thousands of homebound patients under the care of the Donnarich Home Health Care Inc., Josdan Home Health Care and Pathways Home Health Care---three companies owned by Richard’s mother. All three companies did business at a building owned by the Tinimbangs at 7225 Kostner Avenue in Lincolnwood, IL.

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"Above the Clouds" film screening
May 12, 2016 at Harold Washington Library in Chicago
Free and open to the public

“Memoirs of a Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer” by Victoria Santos and Constance Santos

CHICAGO – Two events will be organized in May in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) at the Chicago Public Libraries.

The first event is a film screening of "Above the Clouds" on May 12 at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago from 6pm-8pm. It is free and open to the public.

The film is about a 15-year-old named Andy whose parents died in a flood, and who is forced to live with his estranged grandfather, in the cold northern parts of the Philippines. Andy becomes withdrawn and isolated and nobody can get through to him, until one day, his grandfather gets an idea. He shows the boy photos of his parents hiking up a beautiful mountain, and he takes his grandson to this place against his will. Directed by Pepe Diokno.

The second event will be readings from the book “Memoirs of a Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer” by Victoria Santos and Constance Santos Saturday on May 14 at the Chicago Public Library. It is free and open to the public. The readings will be held at two separate locations at different times on the same day from 1pm to 2pm at Archer Heights, 5055 S. Archer Avenue Chicago IL 60632. The other reading will be from 3pm to 4pm at Uptown, 929 W. Buena Avenue Chicago IL 60613.

The readings are about a Filipina elder who recounts the journey with her mother from a small provincial town in the Philippines to the urban setting of Chicago in 1929. She chronicles the joys and heartaches of her immigrant family as they face the Great Depression and World War II. She moves effortlessly between two cultures throughout her life. As the Filipino population grows after the war, she emerges as a community leader and an advocate of the most successful fundraisers for the community center.

They are sponsored by Filipino American National Historical Society Greater Chicago Chapter and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago.

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MAY 2016 

By Mariano "Anong" Santos




Fil-Am actors take center stage in the Lyric Civic Opera
production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”

ABOVE PHOTO: ACTOR-Singer Paolo Montalban plays the king to Kate Baldwin's British governess of the royal children. Paolo is one of the dozen Filipino Americans to land coveted roles in this all-time Broadway musical favorite by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

CHICAGO—Members of the Filipino American community reacted with grief to the news of the passing of former Philippine Senate President Jovito R. Salonga on March 10 at the age of 95 and expressed gratitude for the time he spent time with them many years ago.

The local Philippine Consulate in a statement sent to PINOY Newsmagazine stated in part, “The Officers and Staff members of the Consulate General, led by Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge, condole with the Salonga family.

(ConGen Calonge went to UP College of Law with Esteban “Steve” Salonga, the late senator’s son who is running for Rizal governor as an Independent.-Ed.)

“He will be missed as a towering figure in Philippine society, one whose life will be a model for future generations of Filipinos.”

Champion of democracy

It was further noted that the late statesman was “a champion for Philippine democracy and a staunch opponent of the Marcos regime. Salonga defended political prisoners detained without charges after Martial Law was declared in 1972.

“After democracy was restored, Salonga headed the Philippine Commission on Good Government, which was tasked with the recovery of ill-gotten wealth from the regime and its cronies.

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MAY 2016




Political dynasties galore

…AT least 542 candidates in the May 9 elections are considered sure winners. Not because of superior odds against their opponent—the result of a better program of governance, perhaps, or a more effective grassroots campaign—but simply by default: They are, in fact, running unopposed…

One or two running uncontested as such might be seen as the people acclaiming in advance an overwhelming favorite, but more than 500 across the country tells you something is plain rotten in the state of Philippine politics, with “democratic elections” actually leaving voters no choice but a smorgasbord of preordained—and recycled—faces…

A study by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center has noted that, from 2004 to 2013, the portions of the country lost to the rule of yet another political dynasty have grown at an alarming rate—47 percent in only 10 years…

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MAY 2016

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


When Cherry Blossoms Fall


Ten years ago, there were more than a dozen surviving Filipino World War II veterans in the Washington, D.C. area. Today, there’s only three left. (Photo by Eric Lachica)

Cherry blossoms – the nation’s most notable flowers that line Washington, DC – are gone now. And so is the three-week festival that kicked off Spring.

Embraced world-wide for its significance, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington back in 1912. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

That friendship, of course, was interrupted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, leading to a US declaration of war against Japan and the involvement of the Philippines, then a US territory.

During World War II, according to Wikipedia, the cherry blossom was used “to motivate the Japanese people, to stoke nationalism and militarism among the populace.”

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