Adobofest Annual Festival Picnic at St. Paul Woods, Sept. 19

Adobofest returns Sat., Sept. 19th, ‘Rain or Shine’ to Saint Paul Woods, 6594 W. Oakton Ave., Grove #4, in Morton Grove from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Besides the Adobo competition, it will showcase Philippine children's games, cultural dances, band performances, various artists, martial arts demonstrations, the fourth annual ‘Pandesal Eating Contest’ for adults and ‘Polvoron Whistling’ contest for youngsters.

The number of entrants to this year’s adobo taste-off will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Contestants only need a 10 pound minimum to enter the taste-off competition. This amount of adobo is about the size of a large pot or small tray. Just sign-up and bring your pre-cooked adobo and plan for an expected high turnout.

All contestants will receive a $20 Target Gift Card to help cover their expenses. Both category winners will go home with trophies and other soon to be announced prizes.

To participate in the Adobofest competition sign up on our web site For entries to the Adobo Taste-Off competition, to volunteer or be a sponsor of Adobofest 2015, contact Edgar Jimenez at or call 773-236-2614.

There will also be free health screens offered by University of the Philippines Nurses Alumni Association of the Midwest (UPNAAM).

For $10, attendees will be able to taste, and vote for “People’s Choice” of an expected 20 Adobo dish entries. The top 5 vote getters in this category will become ‘Best Tasting Adobo’ finalists. These five entries will be commented and voted on live, on stage, by our esteemed judges panel, made up of Chicago’s top Pinoy Chef’s, Restaurateurs and food bloggers.

AFIRE, the (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment) will again hold its ‘Rock the Balut 5K Walk and Run fundraiser at Saint Paul Woods in the morning and its 4th Annual Filipino American voter registration and education, through its art of eating Balut contest.

The Rock the Balut! Walk will begin at 8:30-9:00am with registration and Zumba dance exercise. Participants are asked to donate a $30 registration fee which will include a free t-shirt. Afterward, the Walk around the woods will start at 9:00 a.m. Once the walk is over, the participants will be asked to join the Adobofest celebration at 11:00 a.m. Later in the afternoon, AFIRE will hold the fun-filled and exciting “Art of Eating Balut” contest.”


Care giver classes at Rizal Center to start Sept. 5

The FACC (Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago) is offering a “Beginners- Introduction to Home Care Giver Training Program” which will start on Sat., Sept. 5 and will be held for six consecutive Saturdays for 3 to 4 hours each. The class is limited to 30 people. A love donation of $20 is required plus uniform, stethoscope, blood pressure apparatus and book.

Students will be equipped with an introduction to basic home health care especially for geriatrics (seniors), handicapped and learn to properly handle patients through lectures, video and demonstration. A graduation certificate of training will be given upon completion after 6 weeks.

Mail your application to register to Dr. Rufino F. Crisostomo, FACC HOME CARE GIVER TRAINING PROGRAM, 300 N. State St. 5135, Chicago, IL 60654 or email <rufino.crisostomo>. Telephone is (312) 402-4191.

 USCIS Recalling & Replacing SomeThree-Year DACA Permits

CHICAGO - - Earlier this year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) incorrectly issued a few thousand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permits that were valid for three years instead of two. These incorrect permits were sent to grantees after February 16, 2015 - the date of the court order blocking President Obama’s recent attempt to expand DACA. USCIS is now trying to recall these incorrect work permits and will begin visits in Chicago, Los Angeles and possibly Dallas and Houston as part of their recall effort.
These actions impact approximately 150 - 200 DACA grantees in the Chicago area. Grantees who received inaccurate three-year permits after February 16, 2015, must turn in the permit at a local USCIS field office. The USCIS office in Chicago is located at 101 W. Congress. USCIS will then issue a correct two-year permit to each of these grantees if the agency has not done so already. The recall has no impact on a grantees’ job, their Social Security Number, their driver’s license, or anything else arising from their permits.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which began in 2012, has already benefited more than 664,000 immigrant youths, protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work, study, and move forward with their lives in the United States. The court order blocking expanded DACA does not impact youth who qualify for the original DACA program created in 2012. Youth who qualify should still apply, and youth whose DACA approval is expiring should apply for renewal.
If grantees do not return the invalid work permits, USCIS plans to contact grantees through visits to their last known home addresses, which may cause unnecessarily concern and confusion for immigrant families. USCIS may also cancel the DACA grant and work permits of those who do not comply. The best way to avoid these measures is by returning the incorrect work permit to a USCIS office.
For more information call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (press option 8), or ICIRR’s information line, 855-435-7693 (855-HELP-MY-FAMILY).

Deadline for registration of overseas voters

Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge issued a reminder to all qualified Filipinos residing within Philippine Consulate General’s consular jurisdiction, including those who have re-acquired or retained their Philippine citizenship, to register for overseas voting before October 31, 2015.
Those holding dual citizenship, who are at least 18 years on election day, May 9, 2016, can vote for the next set of leaders.
With the deadline fast-approaching, the Consul General encouraged Filipino community leaders and members present at the meeting to help spread the word to fellow kababayans in Chicago.
He also announced that those who wish to apply for registration can already avail themselves of the i-Rehistro project of COMELEC, which allows applicants to prepare their application forms online and schedule their visit to the Consulate where their biometrics (photo, signature and finger prints) will be encoded. For this purpose, they can visit this link:
While the total number of registrants in Chicago has reached 4,722 as of June 17, Consul General Calonge expressed hopes that through the i-Rehistro and with the help of partner community organizations more Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the Midwestern and Southern states will come forward to register before October 31st.

Voter’s IDs available at Consulate

The Philippine Consulate General informs the Filipino community in all the sixteen states within its jurisdiction that it has recently received from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) through the Department of Foreign Affairs Voter’s IDs intended for registered voters who applied for registration at the Consulate for the period 2009-2012 only.
The Voter’s IDs may be picked up personally or by a duly authorized representative from the Philippine Consulate General’s office at 122 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603 during office hours.
According to the COMELEC, the IDs of voters who filed their applications in 2014 to present will be queued for printing. The Consulate will issue another advisory as soon as said new IDs are received.
To check the availability of your Voter’s ID, call the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago at (312) 583-0621 or the concerned Post (Philippine Embassy or Consulate) where you filed your application for registration, if not in Chicago, or the COMELEC-Office for Overseas Voting at 7F Palacio del Gobernador Building, Intramuros, Manila at tel. nos. (632) 521-2952 and (632)522-2251 or email at

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AUGUST 2015 

By Mariano "Anong" Santos


Election 2015 traffic getting jammed

Here in the U.S. as well as back home Traffic is getting heavy on the expressway to the 2016 elections, with more and more hopefuls announcing plans to run for President or Vice President.

Jojo Binay, undaunted by many allegations of plunder, continues to burn rubber on the hot campaign trail. At least three potential presidential candidates have not yet announced their plans to run—Sen Grace Poe, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Two also-runs of past presidential elections are back on the road. Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a veteran of the 2004 presidential election who lost to Gloria M. Arroyo, spoke about another run for Malacañang.

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, despite her health problems and who lost the 1992 and 1998 presidential elections, announced that she was considering running for President again.

Grace Poe leads the polls dislodging Binay from first spot. She is being courted by no less than President Aquino to be Mar Roxas’ running mate.

So far Grace is playing it coy and hints that if she runs it will be the top post with her good friend, Chiz Escudero on the No. 2 spot.

The Inquirer reports that the Nationalist People’s Coalition is waiting until the end of August to unveil a run by Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero.

Here is the rest of the Inquirer report:

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Binay’s truncated memory

Guest Editorial
By Juan L. Mercado
Inquirer News Service

Is a short memory a major flaw in Vice President Jejomar Binay’s P200-million damage suit against the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Ombudsman, plus 11 other officials?

“Charges to scare is the defense of the corrupt,” snapped Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano in response to the suit. Based on testimony at the hearings of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, Binay “stole from the people of Makati while he was city mayor.”

Binay should perhaps also hit the recall button to 1999, when a number of Filipino journalists were locked in bitter conflict with a cocky, often soused, President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

Erap vs. "Manila Times"

In July 1999, the Manila Times changed hands amid charges that Estrada had engineered the sale because of the paper’s critical coverage of his administration.

A month earlier, Estrada sued the paper for P101 million. The “sore point” stemmed from a report alleging corruption in a public works contract.

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Road Trip to Chicago

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


July was a good time to leave the city and take a road trip. A friend was kind enough to watch the house and water the plants while we were gone for a week. And another friend – Haniel Garibay, a student at the Wesley Theological Seminary in DC – offered to be alternate driver during our 1,400-mile round trip.

PINOY Columnist Jon D. Melegrito (L) shown with NAFAUM outgoing President Pong Javier after the Filipino-American United Methodist Convocation adopted the resolution July 11 to support the WWII Veterans receiving US Congressional Gold Medals. Melegrito is a veteran’s rights advocate. (PINOY Photo by Anong Santos).

As it happened, the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) was holding its biennial convocation in Chicago. It was an opportunity to make connections with friends we haven’t seen for ages. Friends whom I grow up with during my teenage years in Manila, back in the 60s, fellow members of the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF). Some have become pastors and lay leaders of the church. Others are leading successful professional careers. And one of them became my wife. Elvie and I were both working for Dr. Charles Mosebrook, then pastor of Central Methodist Church and Field Treasurer of the World Division of the UM Board of Missions based in Manila.

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