APRIL 2016

6th USA OKOR Regional Assembly

KNIGHTS Of Rizal U.S. Regional Commander Sir Francis D. Sison visits the Chicago area OKOR chapters, April 8-10 to drum up support for the 6th USA Regional Order of Knights of Rizal Assembly to be held at the Renaissance Airport Hotel in Newark, New Jersey on Sept. 2-5, 2016.
The New York and New Jersey chapters will host the event which has the theme, “Rizalism: Pathway to tolerance and understanding.”
Registration per person costs $325. For payment and other inquiries, write Sir Francis Sison, KGOR, 13 Juniper Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305.
Central USA Deputy Commander Mariano “Anong” Santos also announced the formation of a new Chicago area OKOR Chapter, “Maynilad” –the founding members of which will include consular officials led by Consul General Generoso Calonge. The installation of the founding officers will coincide with the visit of Sir Francis Sison.
The Knights of Rizal is the only fraternal organization created with a mandate from a Republic Act passed by the Philippine Congress. The OKOR mainly tasked to perpetuate the ideals, writings and vision of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
Persons who want to join the fraternity may call Mariano “Anong” Santos at 847-528-4991.
Chicago is home to a full-bodied monument of Rizal that was erected in 1999 at a Chicago Park District grounds just behind the Louis Weise Memorial Hospital along Lake Shore Drive between Wilson and Lawrence Avenues at the city’s north side.


Bataan Day: 74th Commemoration of Day of Valor, April 9

The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the Filipino American community and the general public to participate in the 74th Commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) with a wreath laying ceremony (weather permitting) at the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge on Sat. April 6 at 9:00 am, at the corner of State Street and Wacker Drive in Chicago.

After the wreath laying ceremony, a short program will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., at the Kalayaan Hall of the Consulate General of the Philippines at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60603.

The event will pay tribute to thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who displayed extraordinary gallantry and courage beyond the call of duty in defending Bataan and Corregidor in 1942.

For more information, please contact the Consulate General's Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at telephone no. (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or email the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net.


PIWC Essay Writing Contest, May 21

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2016 is conducting an Essay Writing Contest in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. The educational youth activity is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($250, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the best five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night on June 18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL.) All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

The essay contest will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am to 12 Noon at EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave., Suite 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

To join, the contestant must be of Filipino heritage from at least one parent. They must be a current student from Junior High to 12th grade. The essay writing will be done on the spot with the use of a computer/laptop. The topic of the essay will be given prior to the contest period. Lead questions and prompts will be given to guide the contestant on what to write about. The essay, consisting of 500 words, will be written in English. There will be a $20 bonus for each essayist.

For more details about the PIWC 2016 Essay Writing Contest or to register, call Jo Wee Sit at (708) 389-7135.


Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting at Chicago PH Consulate General

The Commission on Elections announces the adoption of Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting at the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago for purposes of the April 9 to May 9 overseas voting period.

All registered overseas voters of PCG Chicago who desire to receive their ballots through the mail are requested to submit to the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) their request on or before April 22, 2016 by:

1) Filing their written request personally or sending the same in the following: Email: chicagopcg_ov@att.net or Fax to (312) 583-0647.

2) Calling at Tel. No. (312) 583-0621 ext. 26 or 27 and look for Mr. Neil Torres, Mr. Arnel Santiago or Ms. Tina Aquino (during office hours on weekdays until April 8 and every day from April 9 to 22), and Mobile No. (312) 800-3106 and look for the Duty Officer (during weekends and holidays)

All requests to mail the ballots filed after April 22, 2016 shall no longer be entertained.

Free Weekly Breast Cancer Education at Asian Human Services Family Health Center

CHICAGO-- With the support of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, Asian Human Services Family Health Center (AHSFHC) will resume hosting weekly workshops to increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer among women of Asian origins in the Chicago North side community. All women are at risk for breast cancer, and the workshops aim at providing tips on how women can lower their risk for breast cancer. These interactive workshops are free and will provide participants with educational materials in a variety of languages.

Breast cancer is a serious threat to women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. We encourage all women who are 20 years and older to participate in these workshops, regardless having a family history of breast cancer or not. Our knowledgeable staff will facilitate the workshops and offer other support services for women who need them, including referrals for free breast cancer screening services.

Starting Tuesday Feb. 9 workshops will be held at Asian Human Services Family Health Center located at 2424 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. To sign-up for a free workshop, call Toyosi Akinrotimi at 773-761-0300 (ext 2439). Walk-ins are also welcome!

For more information about the clinic, visitwww.ahschicago.org


‘Roots’ tour of PH for Filipino Americans, April 7-14

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Filipino Americans aged 18 to 44 can rediscover their roots while taking on an exciting adventure in the Philippines, says the “Now Philippines Tour” or simply, NOW Tour 2016, to be held on April 7-14 in the key destinations of Manila, Dumaguete and Cebu.

“Wherever I go in the United States, I meet young Filipino Americans who are excited to learn more about the Philippines,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. says.

He says further: “It is our hope that the next generation of Filipino-Americans who will participate in this inaugural tour will not only discover an important component of their identity while in the Philippines, but also develop a life-long desire to give back to their country of heritage.”

The one-week tour comprises activities that allow for exploration, adventure and reflection. It includes dialogues with government and business leaders, a visit around the secluded island of Sumilon, whale shark watching in Oslob, Cebu, and interaction with the local communities.

The NOW Tour 2016 is organized by The Travel Outlet, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the support and cooperation of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Department of Tourism, US-Philippines Society, and Philippines-based Resort 4 U.

The Travel Outlet’s proprietor and lead tour organizer Naomi Estaris tells prospective participants, “This is your time — we are here to give you the time of your life. Our mission is your mission to discover your roots. They say you can’t really move forward unless you know your past and know where you came from. Take the time and take the trip – a journey that you wished you had done a long time ago. More than ever, NOW is the time.”

Interested parties may visit the NOW Tour 2016 website http://www.justgoph.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JustGoNowtour.

Piano Recital Benefit Concert, April 3

LEFT PHOTO: Pianist Ester Hana will play classical Philippine composition.

CHICAGO--The public is invited to a Classical Piano Recital featuring pianist Ester Hana at 3 pm on Sunday, April 3 at the PianoForte Music Salon, 1335 South Michigan Ave. Chicago.

Ester Hana performs to support Dalaguete Music Foundation (DMF), which she started to benefit young people in her town in Cebu, Philippines. Her annual two-week music camps in the town of Dalaguete provides music instructions to 20-24 children.
Featured will be rarely-performed-in-the-U.S. classical Philippine compositions of Buencamino and San Pedro. Also in the program are Chopin's Ballade in Gm, Ravel's Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahm's Intermezzo in A major (Tom Selleck's "Jesse Stone" always puts on an LP recording of this when he starts brooding!), Five Short Preludes of Robert Starer and a Scriabin Mazurka.
Esther Hanviriyapunt neé Buenconsejo, a.k.a. Ester Hana, pianist, cabaret/jazz singer, plays an all-classical piano program. She is known for solo work in a wide variety of piano styles, incorporating serious music with theatre, popular and international (foreign-languages) music. This is her first solo completely-classical program in twenty years. Ticket price is $20. For more information, call 312-330-2533 or email eheclectic@mac.com.


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