Guests attended the Nov. 8 presentation of the recently-created mural at the Philippine Anthropological gallery of the Field Museum. This is a collaborative effort of a dozen local Filipino American and Philippine-based artists made possible by a MacArthur Foundation grant and coordinated by Filipino American Historical Society president Almira Astudillo-Gilles. (PINOY photo)

Social Security System (SSS) Philippines to conduct outreach in Chicago, Nov. 28

The Consulate General of the Philippines (PCG) would like to invite the general public to a briefing on Philippine Coverage Programs & Services for Overseas Filipinos on Sat., Nov. 28, 10 a.m. at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 Michigan Ave., Suite 1600 Chicago, IL 60603. Briefing session and Onsite services will start at 10 a.m. The briefing will introduce new Registration: Issuance of SS Number, Reactivation of exisiting: Verification of records, Enrollment in Flexi-fund Program, Data amendments, Compliance with Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP) Program and Benefit claim applications. To RSVP your participation, contact the Administrative Officer, Mr. Alvar Rosales, at 312-583-0621 or email the Consulate at for confirmation of attendance.

Chicago to host first U.S. political rally for Roxas-Robredo team

CHICAGO—As political parties gear up for the much-anticipated 2016 elections in the Philippines, Filipinos overseas are also staging various online campaign strategies for the presidential and vice presidential candidates of their choice.
Apparently, Filipinos in Chicago will be the first in the U.S. to stage a political rally related to the 2016 polls. A group calling itself Filipinos Abroad and Friends of Mar and Leni is rallying behind the “Dream Team” of Mar Roxas for President and Leni Robredo for Vice President.
The group’s rally will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare on December 5 at 12 noon. Up to a hundred supporters of Roxas and Robredo are expected to show up. (RSVP is required to attend this political rally)
Jun De Guia, organizer of the group said, “This is our way of influencing our friends and relatives to vote for the continuation of Daang Matuwid. We truly believe that Mar and Leni are the most capable of taking the leadership in the 2016 elections.” New York based businesswoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis is going to lead the campaign rally.
Lewis will meet with community leaders and “Dream Team” supporters to discuss political and economic development in the Philippines and the need to elect competent leaders in the forthcoming elections.
“Filipino Americans should actively voice out their opinion and get involved in the coming 2016 Philippine election. I like the Dream Team of Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo because of their intent to pursue President Aquino’s vision of Daang Matuwid,” Lewis said.
“The Chicago political rally for Mar and Leni is expected to be echoed to other key cities in the United States,” explained by Cindy Flores, an Ilonggo and one of the organizers of this event.
To RSVP, contact the following: Ryan Tejero @ (630) 890-3351, Cindy Flores @ (312) 925-7812, Jun De Guia @ (847) 848-2300. Light lunch will be served to those attending this event.




By Mariano "Anong" Santos




“Lights Out” --Ted Koppel’s terrifying scenario of American vulnerability and unpreparedness

Left PHOTO: PINOY Editor/Publisher Mariano “Anong” Santos (L) with acclaimed journalist Ted Koppel who autographed his book, “Lights Out,” Nov. 9 at Barnes & Nobles in Skokie, IL.

It’s ominous. On Nov. 9, five days before the terrorist attack that killed 132 people in Paris (known as the “City of Lights”), something drew me strongly to be at Barnes & Nobles at Old Orchard in Skokie to hear award-winning journalist Ted Koppel make an hour presentation and a Q&A about his new book, “Lights Out.”

His book carefully expounded a three-part scenario of an inevitable cyberattack of U.S power grid, the unpreparedness of the United States and a grim challenge to survive the aftermath of a disaster of an unprecedented scale.

What happened recently in Paris appears like a playground brawl compared to what was laid out in Koppel’s book. The venerable “Nightline” anchor sees a major cyberattack lasting for months affecting millions of residents in various states. Hunger and thirst; chaos and violence are likely to prevail if the need to prepare remains unheeded.

It was pointed out that Russia and China have already penetrated the power grid making it vulnerable to terrorism and “hactivists.” North Korea, Iran and other rogue nations are getting to a point of similar capabilities. Koppel is hardly the alarmist who will force us to be overnight survivalists. But pay attention to what he has to say.

Given the tension that is happening with China and the U.S. in the South China Sea or the trouble that the North Koreans brought to Sony Pictures after the latter’s dark comedy film about the North Korean dictator was released, it is convincing that Koppel’s last words in his book, “the Internet, among its many, many virtues, is also a weapon of mass destruction,” are plausible, indeed.

As one reviewer of this book wrote: “Enemies believe America is only as good as its grid. We believe that America is only as good as it’s people. Ted Koppel’s Lights Out is the call to pick a side.”

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Inclusion after APEC? Hope Springs!


The Philippines’ hosting of the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings is such a tremendous undertaking, culminating in the arrival in Manila of the leaders of 21 member-economies headed by the United States, China, Russia and Japan for discussions on trade and economic issues, as well as (the) terrorist attacks in Paris and possibly the conflict in the South China Sea. The leaders’ summit caps the yearlong meetings of Apec ministers and other officials on regional trade concerns involving policies and reforms, held in various cities nationwide through the efforts of a public-private partnership aimed at pushing the Philippine agenda forward from 1996, when it first served as Apec host.

P10 Billion

Small potatoes it’s definitely not: For what Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma called the “flawless, seamless, hassle-free hosting” of the leaders’ summit and ministers’ meetings in Manila and others held in Cebu, Iloilo, Subic, Clark and Boracay, as much as P10 billion has been budgeted. It cannot be ascertained if that amount will ever be broken down for the benefit of those who demand de numero behavior from the proponents of daang matuwid. Suffice it to say it’s generally accepted that such events require a tidy sum, that sum representing an “investment,” or, as put by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., the director general of the Apec 2015 National Organizing Council, “something that stems out of our own membership in multilateral forums.”

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After Paris: Less Heat and More Light

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


It feels like the days after 9/11 all over again. Following the carnage in Paris, war hysteria and race prejudice are driving the national conversation about Syrian refugees.

At a public meeting in Spotsylvania – a county in Virginia about an hour away from Washington DC – two residents shouted down a trustee of an Islamic Center, who was making a presentation about a proposed mosque. “Every one of you are terrorist,” one man yelled. “Every Muslim is a terrorist, period.”

Listening politely, the Muslim trustee said later: “You keep hoping that, as we evolve in this country, that we will not completely put a blanket designation on any group ... especially for religion.” He was no doubt also talking about some presidential candidates who wanted to welcome only Christian Syrians, but not Muslims. This prompted a rebuke from President Obama who called it “shameful” that the candidates would put “a religious test to compassion.”

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