Seasonal Showcase of Cultures: The Philippines
Dec 10, 6-8pm
Celebrate the diversity of Morton Grove at the American Legion Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. There will be a $5 entry fee. We will showcase the food, music, dance and art of different cultures throughout the year. First up, experience the sights, smells and sounds of the Philippines!
Music from Sama Sama Project, fashion show from Victor Miller, cultural dance from Niles West Filipino Club and food available for purchase from Uni Mart including items such as chicken teriyaki, eggrolls, bihon and lumpia shanghai.
Chicago Lions Install officers, Dec. 5
Dr. Manuel Escalona was installed president of the Chicago Bayanihan Lions Club during an Installation dinner party Nov. 21 at the Diplomat Banquet replacing Lioness Marilyn McLean.
The Chicago Filipino American Lions Club, on the other hand, will mark its 10 year anniversary and Governor's Night on Friday, Dec. 5, 6:30 pm at the Chevy Chase Country Club. Lion Zoleta will be installed as the Chapter president. Donation is $55. Call Ben at 815-546-5777 or Lion Lito Pineda at 773-807-1540 for reservation and details.
VDance newly installed President Alex Sundian and his fellow officers hand in a $1000 check donation to Gawad Kalinga's Chicago area head Jun de Guia during the group's 7th annual installation dinner at Crown Plaza Nov. 15. Edwin Pineda (3rd fr. R) chaired the successful event. (PINOY Photo by Anong)
Christmas Trees from Around the World, Dec. 5
Celebrate Christmas with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas who will present 80 Christmas trees from around the world on Friday, Dec. 5. from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It will be held at the Cook County Treasurer's office at the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Ste 112. RSVP is required by calling 312-603-6931.
A Young British Writer Finds an Inn
In a Poor Leyte Village on Christmas Eve
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
Author Thomas Graham (L) autographs a copy of his book for PINOY publisher Mariano (Anong) Santos.
On Christmas Eve, 45 days after Super storm Haiyan left widespread devastation back home, young British writer Thomas Graham bought inexpensive presents in Bantayan, Leyte, boarded his motor bike and navigated the dark and broken roads into Barrio Tagus in his hope to bring some holiday cheers to the children of a Gawad Kalinga fishing village there.
Upon arrival, he saw a place that suffered the wrath of the strongest recorded typhoon. Except for two, all the houses were roofless—with a few-- a total loss. There was no water and electricity. Though close to midnight, the whole village came out to welcome the foreigner.
Sensing he hasn't eaten yet, they served him two grilled squids—which he suspected were the last of their catch for the day. The children were highly appreciative of the modest gifts and by all indications would be their only gifts that Christmas.
Yet, the villagers were more concerned about this visitor who is away from his family in England. So the weary villagers gave the best reception they can offer to bring joy to this stranger who came from afar to show his compassion on this holy day.
Pope Francis: 'Migration an aspiration of hope'
By Thomas C. Fox
National Catholic Reporter
As President Obama on Nov. 21 explained his executive order to stop deportations and his Republican opponents decried his action as an imperial act of a lawless president, Pope Francis also spoke about immigrants and immigration, addressing participants at the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants.
Francis said that notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, "migration is still an aspiration to hope."
He ended is address with this meditation:
The Christian community, in fact, is continuously engaged in welcoming migrants and sharing with them God's gifts, in particular the gift of faith. The Church promotes pastoral plans for the evangelization and support of migrants throughout their journey from their country of origin, through countries of transit, to the receiving countries. She gives particular attention to meeting the spiritual needs of migrants through catechesis, liturgy and the celebration of the Sacraments.
Sadly, migrants often experience disappointment, distress and loneliness.
President Obama makes his move on immigration, dares GOP: 'Pass a Bill!'
By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
It's the evening of November 20, 2014---and a group of friends are gathered around a TV set to watch President Obama make his much-anticipated announcement that would give immigration relief to nearly five million undocumented immigrants.
The President is forceful and emphatic as he provides details: Millions of unauthorized workers could "come out of the shadows." About four million, who are parents of U.S. citizens, will be eligible for a new legal status that would defer their deportations. They must pass background checks and pay taxes, but will receive Social Security cards that will allow them to work legally
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President Obama's Big Reveal
By Rhodora Derpo
Immigrant Rights Advocate
On Nov. 20 President Obama announced a series of changes to current immigration policy, including expanded enforcement at the border, the prioritization of deporting or removing felons over families, and requiring certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and paying taxes in order to temporarily stay in the United States without fear of deportation or removal. While the executive action on immigration will not provide relief to all of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, President Obama's plan will ease the threat of deportation or removal for at least 4.4 million undocumented immigrants.
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