Jollibee opens in Skokie as first restaurant in the Middwest

CHICAGO – After much anticipation since the announcement of its expansion to Illinois, Jollibee finally opened in Skokie on July 29, marking its very first store in the Midwest. Jollibee is famous for its best-selling Chickenjoy and its Jolly Spaghetti. The Jolly Hotdog and the Peach Mango Pie have become classic favorites.


“It has been 18 years since Jollibee set foot in the United States and we are truly grateful for the unwavering support we have received throughout the years,” said Jose Maria Miñana, Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Group President for North America and Foreign Franchise Brands in the Philippines."

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"Ika-18th Pagkikita sa Konsulado," Aug. 18

In continuation with their monthly Filipino Community meet-up, the Consulate General of the Philippines, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), invites the community to come and join their "Ika-18th Pagkikita sa Konsulado" on Thurs., Aug. 18, 5:30 PM at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603. 

The special guests, Dr. Thomas Cioppa, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Chicago Field Office, and Ms. Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Community Relations Officer of the USCIS, will provide updates on immigration issues specifically highlighting the new guidelines on the USCIS's Humanitarian Parole Visa for dependents of Filipino World War II Veterans.

For confirmation of attendance, you may call 312-583-0621 ext 13.


Creation of Chicago Fil-Am mural, Sept. 2-11

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) announces the creation of the first Filipino American mural in Chicago. This will be a collaborative endeavor between Filipino American artists from Illinois and high school students of Filipino heritage. Mural creation, which has been approved by the 47th Ward of Chicago, will occur on September 2-11.

The artwork will be hung at the exterior wall of the Levy Senior Center at 2019 W. Lawrence Avenue for a period of at least five years.

PACF welcomes participation in this historic public art project. With a donation of $1,000, an organization will be recognized as a Community Partner in a plaque to be displayed on the mural. A donation of $500 or more will be acknowledged both in the PACF’s souvenir program celebrating Filipino American History Month and in the PACF’s website. The donation will help finance the materials, supplies, and maintenance for five years, as well as other incidentals. The artists are generously donating their time to the project.

Feel free to contact the PACF for questions. Call Almira A. Gilles at 847-421-3494 or email Let’s make history together!

A donation to PACF is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Collection no later than September 30, 2016).

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AUGUST 2016 

By Mariano "Anong" Santos




Three Filipina nurses and the “Crime of the Century”

LEFT PHOTO: July 15, 1966 edition of Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO—In this city, 50 years ago on an early summer morning of July 14, 1966, a shrill plea for help pierced the quietness of its south side neighborhood. “They are all dead! They are all dead! I am the only one alive!”

It was the loud fearful voice of Corazon Amurao, a 23-year old, coming from a two-story townhouse, adjacent to the South Chicago Community Hospital, that accepted her as an exchange registered nurse from the Philippines.

After 20 minutes of shouting, a man walking his dog took notice and shortly after, Chicago Police officers swarmed the area and found eight young women, ages ranged from 20 to 24, dead inside the house they shared with Amurao.

The Cook County coroner would report later that they either died of strangulation or stabbing or both. The lone survivor said that she hid under a bunk bed for five hours and crawled out only when she was sure the killer had left.

The brutality of the murders was headline news not only in Chicago but also in newspapers around the world. The Chicago Tribune in its July 15, 1966 edition devoted a two-page pictorial of the bloody incident to accompany its lengthy news stories covering various angles. There were at least five other newspapers in the city carrying similar extensive coverage.

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 AUGUST 2016


Duterte’s premature surrender?

Inquirer News Service

Does anyone have a jet ski to spare?

Remember the campaign boast of President Rody that the way to solve the Spratlys dispute with China was for him to take a jet ski to the nearest shoreline and plant the Philippine flag there? Even if the Chinese do arrest him or shoot him down for his daring, he said, it was all right because he had always wanted to be a hero.

There was no sign of that brash, daring leader in the past few days. Instead, what we got, in the face of a clear, unequivocal verdict in favor of the Philippines by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, was a sour-faced acting foreign secretary (Yasay) (“looking like he had lost a family member,” said an FB wag) cautioning “sobriety” on the part of Filipinos.

What was this? We had not yet gotten off the ground with our celebrations and already authorities were throwing cold water on our rising euphoria?

Of course, no one wants war, not even the most jingoistic warmongers among us. But neither should we surrender our hard-won ground, nor soften our conviction that we have territorial dominance over waters and isles and rocks that the PCA had declared fall within our jurisdiction.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Let’s Hear it for Filipino Nurses!

            In the same week GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump was holding court in Cleveland at the Republican Convention, Filipino nurses from across the country converged at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in this city for the 37th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), Inc. It’s the second time PNAA chose the nation’s capital for its yearly ritual of learning, training and showcasing its many accomplishments.

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