Pamanang Pinoy: Accessorized, Aug. 20

The Digital Co-Curation Team at The Field Museum invites the community to explore the various stories behind beautiful accessories in the museum's Philippines Collection such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on Saturday, August 20 from 12:00-2:00 pm.

Admission to the Museum will be waived for those who RSVP in advance to Please include the names and number of guests.

This gallery is located on the west side of the building of the Field Museum located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, just beyond the Pacific halls (Pacific Spirits & Traveling the Pacific), on the upper level.

We ask that you please enter through the South or West entrance of the building. Upon your arrival, please ask the security personnel for the "Marae Gallery" for directions.

Parking is available in the Soldier Field garage at a rate of $22 per vehicle. The Museum is also easily accessible via public transportation, using either the 146 Inner Michigan Drive to Museum Campus bus, or the red/green/orange line Roosevelt exit of the L.


Ex- SC Chief Justice Puno is lead guest speaker at 6th KOR Regional Biennial Assembly, Sept. 2-5

JERSEY CITY—Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Reynato Puno will lead a battery of speakers at the 6th Knights of Rizal U.S.A. regional biennial assembly on Sept. 2-5 in this city’s Renaissance Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201.
The unveiling of a new Rizal statue at Plaza Rizal in this city led by City Mayor Steven Fulop, KCR will formally kick-off the four-day event on Sept. 3 followed by a cruise of the Jersey-New York Harbor. Justice Puno will be joined by immediate past Supreme Commanders including Sirs Jerry Singson, Regis Romero, Pablo Trillana, Justice Hilarion Davide Jr, Sen. Jose Lina and Norberto Naquil.
Assembly theme is “Rizalism: The Pathway to Tolerance and Understanding. Sir Felix Gonzales of the Malaya Chapter will lecture on Rizal travel in the U.S., 1888. For details on how to attend this conference email newly appointed Central USA Commander Mariano Santos ( or call him at 847-528-4991.

PIWC Chair announces event dates for 2017

Incoming Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) Chairperson Lourdes Livas announced during the PIWC appreciation night July 23 that the PIWC 2017 kick-off party will be held on Saturday Jan. 7, 2017 at the Avalon Banquet Hall in Elk Grove.
She also revealed that the PIWC dinner-ball, the highlight of next year's independence week festivities will move to a new venue-- Marriott Hotel along Cumberland Avenue. Livas said that the event will be on Saturday, June 17.
Livas also signified her intention to participate again in the July 4th, promising a better vehicle for the participating beauty queens. PIWC led by the incumbent chairperson Mercy Matousek joined the parades in Skokie and Morton Grove to mark the 70th year of the U.S. granting of independence to the Philippines. The day is now celebrated as US-PH Friendship Day. No fewer than 2000 copies of the proclamation of the respective mayors of Skokie and Morton Grove were distributed by Gawad Kalinga volunteers.
"The informational materials explained the special relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines since 1898 and this added goodwill among the American people during a tense period when the Philippines is faced with a territorial dispute with China," said Mariano Santos, PIWC press relation officer.
PIWC board of trustee chair, Dely Villalon, headed the ways and means committee that solicited the funding for the July 4th project.
"It's heartening to see many members of the committee pulling together to project a good image for our committee, said Mrs. Villalon.


US-PH Friendship Day was marked together with the July 4 Independence Day at the Morton Grove Parade with Philippine Independence Week Committee officers and beauty queens led by 2017 Chair Lourdes Livas, Morton Grove Village elected officials Trustees Ed Ramos (right) and Dr. David Calimag (seated), Consular officials led by ConGen Generoso Calonge, and Gawad Kalinga volunteers led by Jun De Guia and staffers of PINOY including Grace Garcia. A thousand copies of the Morton Grove Mayor Proclamation of US-PH Friendship Day were distributed along the parade. (PINOY Photo by Anong)


Filipina child in need of bone marrow transplant

Sophia is a child who needs a marrow transplant. Because she is of mixed ancestry (1/2 Filipino and 1/2 Caucasian) it has been difficult for her to find a match. But you might be able to help. Click on the following link to join the Be The Match Registry:

For thousands of patients with leukemia or other blood diseases like aplastic anemia and sickle cell, a marrow transplant is their only hope. 14,000 patients per year need a transplant from someone outside their family. Help us save more lives.

You can help by joining the Be The Match marrow registry. To join: 1) Be 18-44 years old; 2) Be in good health; 3) Most important, make a commitment to help any patient who you might be a match to Sophia. Registration will be done online and then a swab kit will be sent in the mail. For more information about marrow donation call Melissa Williams (847) 260-2713 or


...Jollibee opens in Skokie as first restaurant in the Midwest

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At the July 29 grand opening, Jollibee served thousands of customers who lined up even before the sun rose.

“Illinois is a fitting choice for Jollibee’s first Midwest store because it has the third largest population of Filipinos in the United States, after California and Hawaii,” shared Maribeth dela Cruz, Vice President and General Manager for Jollibee Foods Corporation USA.

Jollibee Skokie marks the 34th store in the US, showing evidence of the brand’s commitment to expand in North America. The US market has been identified as a key growth market for Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), driving a majority of its international business across its existing 33 US stores located in California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington and Virginia. It opened its first North American store in 1998 in Daly City, California. Later this year, Jollibee will also be celebrating many firsts in state openings, including Jacksonville, FL and its first ever foray into Canada with a store in Winnipeg, MB. Next year, the brand is slated to open its very first store in Manhattan, New York.

JFC is currently ranked as the 9th largest restaurant company in the world in market capitalization, operating in 12 markets, with a total of 3,159 stores globally, of which 1,082 are Jollibee brand stores. The company’s aggressive expansion plan in North America is part of its overarching goal to be among the top five quick service restaurant brands globally by the year 2020.

PMAC Golf Outing Fundraiser, Aug. 7

The Philippine Medical Association in Chicago (PMAC) Golf Outing 2016 will be held on Sun., Aug. 7 at the Midlane Golf Course, 4555 W. Yorkhouse Rd., Wadsworth, IL 60083. Registration will be at 11 am.
There will be an inclusive fee of $100. Proceeds will go to the Medical Mission 2017 which will be held in Kawit, Cavite on Jan. 22-26, 2017. There will be a free box lunch.
The Shot gun Tee Time will start at noon. There will be prizes for Low Net, Low Gross, Longest drive and closest to the pin and door prizes.
On Sept. 10 The PMAC and its Auxiliary will hold an Inaugural Ball of PMAC officers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Incoming President Oni Yorro will be sworn in to succeed outgoing President Dr. Gerardo Guzman.
For more information call Dr. Luis Mangubat at 224-279-3377 or Dr. Lito Fajardo at 708-491-8751.

ANCOP Walk for the Poor, Aug 20

ANCOP or Answering the Call of the Poor a social ministry arm of the Couples for Christ (CfC) will hold its annual walk on Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 am to 5 pm, at the Maryville Academy grounds at1150 River Road, Des Plaines. Registration fee is $15 which includes a T-shirt and light refreshment. Proceeds will go to the educational funds for the poor pupils in the Philippines.
A picnic sponsored by the Illinois area chapter of the Couples for Christ will follow. For particulars, email Nonoy Malibiran ( or visit

The Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACC) will offer a 6-week Home Care Giver Training Class at the Rizal Heritage Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613 starting on July 2. Classes will be held for 6 Saturdays for 4 hours each. To register, call Dr. Alfredo Barranco, MD, (Phil), RN at 773-397-8589 or send mail to Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, MD, c/o FACC Home Care Giver Training Program, 300 N. State St. #5135, Chicago, IL 60654. New classes start every 3 months. Limited Number of students only.

Laguna Association Family Picnic, Aug. 21

The Laguna Association of the Midwest, Inc. is inviting the community to their Annual Family Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 11 am to sundown at the Bensenville Park District, Kiwanis Picnic Shelter, 1000 W. Wood St. Bensenville, IL 60106. Lunch will be served at 12 pm. Mass service will be held at 11:30 am. For more information, call Ellen Tan 847-506-0811, or Myrna & Remo Cordero 847-999-8913.

Gawad Kalinga Walk, Sept. 24

The annual Gawad Kalinga Walk will be held Sat., Sept. 24 at Harms Woods, located at the corner Golf & Harms in Skokie. Assembly at 7 am and walk at 9 am. The main sponsor is Care Plus Home Care. Beneficiary of the fundraiser is the Kusina ng Kalinga and SEED. For details, email Leslie Tequia at or call 224-848-9837.

Leni Robredo speaks at NaFFAA Confab, Aug. 6

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo will be the featured speaker at the gala dinner on Sat. Aug. 6, at the NaFFAA’s 12th National Empowerment Conference, in Valley Forge, PA, a city 25 miles north of Philadelphia.

“As an organization dedicated to civic engagement and community empowerment, NaFFAA can certainly relate to the worthy causes she has passionately championed,” said Loida Nicolas Lewis, National Chair Emeritus and one of NaFFAA’s founders.

caption: PH Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo was recently appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The Vice President said the Cabinet post would allow her to tackle problems that have deprived marginalized sectors of society from enjoying a better quality of life.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D) of Virginia, the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of Congress, will give the opening keynote address. A strong advocate of Filipino American issues, Scott was among the first to sign on as co-sponsor of HR 2737, the Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.

The lineup of speakers for the 3-day conference includes Filipino American performer Allan Pineda Lindo, also known as of the Black Eyed Peas and Multimedia Journalist Rose Tibayan, among others.

NaFFAA’s mission is to actively promote civic engagement and community empowerment among the nearly 4 million Filipinos in the U.S. today.

For more information call Jon Melegrito at 202-361-0296 or email him at





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