APRIL 2017


Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) Commemoration, April 8

The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the community to participate in the 75th Commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) with a wreath laying ceremony (weather permitting) at the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge on Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 am, at the corner of State Street and Wacker Drive, Chicago.

After the wreath laying ceremony, a short program will be held around 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at the Kalayaan Hall of the Consulate General of the Philippines, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60603. The event intends to 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 1941-1942.

For more information, 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.


Pagkikita sa Konsulado:"Investing for your future," April 12

The PH Consulate General, in partnership with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FACC, the Fil-Am Lawyers Assn. of Chicago, IL Sec. of State Securities Dept. and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, invite the community to a program, "Investing For Your Future: How to Invest Wisely and Avoid Investment Scams," on April 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago. Hon. Emilio B. Aquino, Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the PH will be the guest.


Pamanang Pinoy: Backstrap Loom Weaving, April 22

The Field Museum's Co-Curation Team will hold a Pamanang Pinoy workshop by guest co-curators of the Philippine artifacts. Guest Co-Curator PJ Gubatina Policarpio will talk about the poetics of reclaiming and decolonizing precolonial Filipino textiles in the contemporary world. The event is on April 22 from 1-3 pm at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

The second half will be a workshop engaging participants with hands-on backstrap weaving following the textile traditions of the Philippines, facilitated by Loren Ibach. Using materials provided, participants will learn how to set up a backstrap loom and how to start the weaving process.

Policarpio is an arts organizer: a socially-engaged artist, curator, programmer, writer, and educator. PJ's interactive project Hinabi: Philippine Textile Lab was featured in CROSSLINES: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality presented by the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center at the historic Smithsonian Arts & Design Building. Guest Co-curator Ibach is a fellow co-curation team member at the Field Museum and a textile artist, with a focus in weaving, print, and fashion design.

R.S.V.P by emailing names of guests to cocuration.philippines@fieldmuseum.org to waive the Field Museum fees of $29 per adult and $20 per child so that we may add you to the security list. Enter through the West or South entrances of the museum. The Maori House (formerly called the Marae Gallery) is located on the Upper Level (enter through the Pacific Spirits exhibit, and walk all the way to the back.)

PMAC Interuniversity Variety Show, April 22

The Philippine Medical Association of Chicago (PMAC) Auxiliary together with the PMAC and Auxiliary Foundation invites the community to the Interuniversity Variety Show on Saturday, April 22, 6-12 midnight, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave Rosemont, IL. $80 per person. Attire formal. RSVP April 12. Call Fe Lumicao, 847-564-2152 to register.


PIWC 2017 Essay Writing Contest, May 27

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2017 is conducting an essay writing contest in celebration of Phillippine Independence Day on Sat., May 27 at the EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave. Ste. 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

The contest is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($300, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the top five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night June 17 at the Marriott O'Hare, 8535 Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

To register for the PIWC 2017 essay writing contest or for questions please email Josefina Wee Sit (weesitinalsip@sbcglobal.net) the following information: Participant’s name, Address, Date of birth, Telephone Number, Email address, Parent/guardian name, School, Grade/year level, and if they have a laptop or if they need a laptop provided by the PIWC. The deadline for registration is May 7. She can be reached at 708-389-7135.


Piyesta Pinoy Festival in Bolingbrook, June 10

CHICAGO –The Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be held outdoors during summer time on Saturday, June 10 from 11 AM -10 PM at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook.

Last year’s event attracted about 7,500 people in attendance, 10 food vendors, 25 merchandise and service vendors and 12 not-for-profit organizations. It featured 12 hours of music and dance entertainment including performances by superstars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim from the Philippines, food cooking demos by well-known Fil-Am chefs and much more.

The event will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.

The Piyesta Pinoy Committee is inviting performers, artists, sponsors, not-for-profit partners, donors, vendors, exhibit/display/information booth/table participants and volunteers to join next year’s Piyesta Pinoy celebration.

To join, please fill up the appropriate application forms that are now available for downloads in our website http://www.piyestapinoy.org/. Application forms must be submitted. For more information, call Ruben Salazar at 630-969-2971.


11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines 2017, July 11-16

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago announces the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour 2017, an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.

The tour will run from July 11 to 16, with Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington DC.

For more tour details, contact Rajah Tours, San Francisco office at telephone (415) 397-0303, (415) 397-0304 or visit their website at www.rajahtours.com.ph. Also contact the Consulate General’s Tourism desk assistant, Joey Erandio, at (312) 583-0621 ext 22 for more info.


Shrine consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary, June 24

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Glenview, IL is in the process of building the first Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in North America on their church grounds. The official consecration of the shrine will take place on Saturday, June 24. This event coincides with Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, the Marian apparition to three Portuguese children.

Through the generous donations of St. Catherine Laboure Asian American Association, parishioners and friends, they have raised more than 75% of the funding for construction in three years. St. Catherine welcomes donations. For those who wish to donate, call the parish at 847-729-1414 or email Ken at SCL3535@comcast.net. For those interested in attending the shrine’s June 24 consecration, St. Catherine Laboure Parish is at 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.




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