Maywood Bataan Day memorial service, Sept. 10

The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the community to attend the 75th Annual Memorial Service of the Maywood Bataan Day at the Veterans Memorial, Maywood Park, located at First Avenue and Oak Street, Maywood, Illinois, on Sunday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. Participation is free and open to the public.

This annual memorial service will feature those who fought for freedom and liberty in the Philippine Campaign of World War II. The event aims 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 1942.

The (MBDO's) Maywood Bataan Day Organization's mission also includes supporting veterans of all wars and providing educational resources through its archives and website (

Preceding the service will be the playing of patriotic music, beginning at 2:30 pm, from the Navy Ceremonial Band as well as color guards from various Veteran Groups and guest speakers. The highlights of the Memorial Service include a dedication of a Veterans Memorial Wall, a new Memorial Plaque for a WWI-era British Cannon, and a wreath laying ceremony featuring members of all branches of the Armed Forces.

For more information, contact Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at (312) 583-0621.


Pagkikita sa Consulado, Aug. 17

The Consulate General of the Philippines, in collaboration with The Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, warmly invites the community to its "Ika-27 na Pagkikita sa Ko nsulado" on Thursday, 17 August, 5:30 PM, at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603. 

There will be a "Meet and Greet" reception for Dr. A Gabriel Esteban, the 12th President of De Paul University, America's largest Catholic University. Dr. Esteban is the first lay leader of the university in its history.

For more details or to confirm attendance in this free and open event, call 312-583-0621.


Congressional Gold Medal Updates/Activities Mark 76th Anniv. of Filipino WWII Veterans’ “Duty to Country”

By Jon Melegrito
PINOY Senior Editor

Washington, DC.-- The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) is commemorating July 26th as the anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Military Order 81 for Filipino soldiers in World War II by announcing national activities and updates for the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, including plans for a National Celebration in Washington, DC.

To mark July 26’s anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Call to Service, FilVetREP leadership is taking part in activities around the country to commemorate today’s “Duty to Country”:

· Aug. 12- Pistahan Festival, San Francisco, CA;

· Aug. 12- Fiesta in America, Secaucus, NJ;

· Sept. 30 – FAHNS – CA Fundraising Event;

“Recognizing Filipino World War II veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal is long overdue,” said Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). “This announcement brings us closer to honoring thousands of veterans and their families for their service to the United States.”

right pic: From L-R, the preferred designs of the obverse (front) and reverse (back) as approved by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts. The Department of the Treasury makes the final approval.

Ongoing work to raise funds for the work to properly recognize Filipino WWII veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal is happening around the country.

Donations will support making sure veterans receive bronze replicas of the Congressional Gold Medal, programming and events in Washington, DC for the official Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal, and to create and implement an education program to ensure an enduring legacy for the Filipino WWII veterans. Funds are being accepted on FilVetREP's web site:


Chicago PH Consulate General asks for letters of support/postcards for AFP soldiers fighting in Marawi

CHICAGO--The Philippine Consulate General in this city aims to aid the internally displaced residents of Marawi by showing support to the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in their #OgopMarawi (Help Marawi) campaign. The community is encouraged to send letters of support or postcards to military troops in Marawi City. This will boost the morale of AFP soldiers who are risking their lives to maintain peace in Marawi.

All letters of support and postcards may be sent to the Consulate General at the following address: #OgopMarawi, Consulate General of the Philippines, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603

The Consulate General will forward these postcards and letters to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila for onward transmittal to the Philippine Army who will distribute them to our soldiers who are engaged in counter terrorism operations in the area.

Contact the ConGen’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at (312) 583-0621, or email the Consulate at for more info.


Garage Sale to benefit Marawi War Refugees, Aug 12 & 13

The proceeds from a garage sale on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 9-5 pm, at 5323 Wright Terrace corner of Gross Point Rd. in Skokie will go to the feeding program of Gawad Kalinga (GK) which is currently involved in the feeding of Marawi City residents displaced by the on-going war of the Philippine military against Isis terrorists and Maute rebels in this southern city in the Philippines.

Nearly a quarter million war refugees are lodged in temporary shelters in neighboring Mindanao cities--city officials of which sounded the distress call for assistance to feed and to meet the basic needs of displaced Marawi residents.
Gawad Kalinga volunteers have responded to the needs but they have called for immediate assistance for them to effectively help the refugees. Sending financial assistance is the fastest and most efficient way to show support.

Gently used household items, small appliances and furniture, bric-a-bracs, DVDs, CDs, books, tools are welcome. Volunteers emphasized that items should be in working condition and clothings, footwears must be clean.

Gawad Kalinga also successfully launched environment-friendly livelihood projects for the poor.

Drop off your donation at 5323 Wright Terrace, Skokie no later that August 10. GK is a 501-c3, non-profit organization. Receipts will be provided upon request. To volunteer and for details, call GK president Jun de Guia, 847-848-2300, Anong Santos 847-528-4991, Leslie Tequia 224-848-9837 or Pita Rina 630-904-4617


Ancop Fundraiser Walk for school children, Aug. 26

The Answering the Call of the Poor (ANCOP) Annual Global Walk will be held on Saturday, August 26 to raise funds to send 18 children to school this 2017-2018 year. ANCOP seeks pledges who should register by the deadline July 31 so that enough T-shirts may be ordered. ANCOP invites companies to partner with them for the walk. Invite family, friends, coworkers to participate. Those interested may contact Lou Jose 773-895-7521 or Danny Dizon 708-927-0227.

Mass & Consecration of shrine to Immaculate Heart of Mary, Aug 24

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

The event will start with a Catholic mass officiated by Cardinal Blase Cupich at 11 AM at the St. Catherine Laboure, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.
Following the mass there will be a procession. Following the procession will be the official consecration of The Immaculte Heart of Mary shrine to the Parish of St. Catherine and the town of Glenview.

A Marian conference will take place at St. Catherine on August, 3, 10 & 17 at 8:30 PM. Guest speakers are Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Kartje, President and Rector of the Mundelien Seminar. To reserve a spot, email Ken at

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





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