APRIL 2017

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Five Fil-Ams on ballot for April 4 election

Fil-Am lawyer Aurora Austriaco is among the candidates running for the Maine Township 207 School Board. Aurora is a former president of the Chicago Bar Association. She is a resident of Park Ridge. Kenneth Mantel is running for Skokie Park District Commissioner. His mom, Tatina, is from Cavite. Trustee Ed Ramos is running for reelection in Morton Grove under the Action Parrty. Arnold Noble is running for mayor of Oakbrook Terrace in DuPage County. Steven Schmidt is running for reelection as Morton Grove Park District Commissioner. His uncle is also a Filipino American.

In Peoria, Angelito Capati, former Commander of the Central USA Knights of Rizal, is running for School Board.

Election is on April 4 and the early voting is in progress. Call your local village hall for the time and place.


Fil-Aussie golfer Jason Day’s mom has terminal cancer

Filipino-Australian professional golfer Jason Day, 29, is distracted by the news that his mother, Dening Grapion Day, has lung cancer and is given 12 months to live starting in January, according to an ESPN News report. Day’s father, Alvin, passed away when he was 12 years old, the report said.

His first major victory was winning the 2015 PGA Golf Championship in Whistling Straits. Day is married with two children.

right pic: PRO Golfer Jason Day at a press conference

On March 22, Day withdrew from the WGC-Technologies Match Play Championship after playing six holes, conceding his loss to Pat Perez. He left to be with his mother who was going to have surgery on March 24, Golf.com said.


"TV episode disrespects nation," PH Embassy complains

The Philippine Embassy iin Washington slammed the “negative portrayal” of the Philippine president on an episode of the CBS American drama series “Madam Secretary.”

The episode shows fictional Philippine President Datu Andrada (played by actor Joel de la Fuente) flirting aggressively with fictional Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by actress Tea Leoni).


In a statement by the embassy, the portrayal “casts doubt on the respectability of the Office of the Philippine president but also denigrates [the] way our nation navigates foreign affairs.”

During his campaign, Duterte has bragged about his sexual conquests, the report added.

The episode was aired on March 16.


Domestic helper in Singapore awarded

The AWWA Caregiver Service, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Agency for the Integrated Care (AIC) presented Filipina domestic helper Josefina Amparo Hosena a 2017 Model Caregiver Award on March 25 for her work in taking care of a little Singaporean girl, her charge.

Josefina, 45, takes care of Leona Heng, a child with Edwards syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that leads to growth and intellect deficiencies and heart defects, according to an Inquirer News report.

She is quoted as saying that she expects to renew her employment contract. Heng’s father, Marcus, said that Josefina “puts her heart and soul” into taking care of his daughter, the report said.

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