Chicago PH Consulate General and ASEAN community celebrate the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN

Consul General Generoso DG Calonge, together with the Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid of the Republic of Indonesia, Deputy Consul General Siriporn Tantipanyathep of Thailand and Director Faizal Jalaludin of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority in Chicago, led the officers and staff members of the Consulates General at the Federal Plaza August 10.

The program started with the display of colors followed by singing of the ASEAN anthem led by Filipino singer and theater actor, Mr. Chip Payos. Among the over one hundred guests that gathered for the special occasion included Mr. Thomas Choi and Ms. Emily Pevnick, representatives from the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, respectively, and Consul General Michael Wood of Australia, Deputy Consul General Yu Peng of China, Consul General Naoki Ito of Japan, and Deputy Consul General Donghan Yang of Korea, representing some of the ASEAN dialogue partners with consular posts in Chicago.

"The association has matured into a community focused on economic integration, growth and consensus building, the ASEAN way. Distant and divided, the ASEAN region and the USA may be by thousands of miles and a myriad of cultural differences, it is our fervent hope that our shared principles, values, histories and aspirations would shine forth and reverberate across Middle America," said Consul Calonge.

Proclamations from Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel declaring August 7, 2017 as ASEAN Day in Illinois and Chicago, respectively, were also read by their representatives.


Philippine Dept. of Foreign Affairs issues Alert Level 1 for Pinoys residing in Guam and Northern Marianas Islands

The Chicago Philippine Consulate General would like to inform the community that the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines has issued Alert Level 1 for Filipinos residing in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands as a precautionary measure resulting from the potential tension in the Korean Peninsula.

The situation is still developing and that Filipino nationals are encouraged to closely monitor the news from reliable media outlets and official advisories from Federal US authorities, the Government of Guam, as well as the Philippine Consulate General in Guam.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assured the public that contingency plans are in place in Guam to assist Filipinos should it be necessary, and that the DFA and the Consulate General continue to monitor the situation. He encouraged Filipinos to go about their daily business as usual, as the situation in Guam remains normal.


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.


Pagkikita sa Consulado (Monthly meeting at Consulate),

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 Konsulado" on Thursday, August 17, 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) commemorated 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 the anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Call to Service, FilVetREP leadership is taking part in activities around the country to commemorate July 26th, 1942'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:

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Philippine Co-Curation's Homeland Memories at Field Museum, Aug. 12

On Saturday, August 12th, come to The Field Museum to preserve objects and memories relating to your personal journey from the Philippines to the United States. We will digitize your photos, documents, objects, and record your stories (limit 3). Then, you may add these to a special digital collection for research and reflection. In the morning (10am to 2pm), we'll be making your memories unforgettable through digitization. In the afternoon (2-4 pm) we will feature guest speakers and panel discussions about preserving the elements that define our Filipina/o American history. How will Filipina/o Americans, one hundred years from now, view this collection of objects belonging to Filipina/o Americans of today?

RSVP by telephone (312) 665 7078 at least 24 hours before event. No need for an appointment, but please give us some idea of your arrival. Stop by the Guard station to confirm RSVP with Field Museum Security. Tell them you’re there for the Filipina/o community event.


ANCOP Walk to benefit school kids, Aug. 26--The annual ANCOP (Answereing the Call of the Poor) Walk is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Lake Opeka Park, 2100 Lee Street in Des Plaines. Danny Dizon of the sponsoring group, Couples for Christ, said that 16 children from needy families were able to continue schooling because of the proceeds from the past walk from the Illinois group. To participate and register or to donate, see announcement above.

FANHS National Conference in Chicago, July 11-15, 2018

CHICAGO--The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Midwest with the support of FANHS of Greater Chicago will host their 2018 National Conference in this city July 11-15, 2018.

The Programs and lodging will be held at the University of Illinois Forum, 725 Roosevelt Ave., Chicago, Illinois. The tour is planned for Wednesday, and the Programs will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This is also a good opportunity to renew memberships. If you have not paid your membership due for this year, please pay for 2 years (2017 & 2018), Family members and friends are welcome to join the group as well. Individual is $25.00 annually, Seniors & Full Time Students $10 annually, and Organization $100 annually.

Please include a form filled out with your full name, email address, contact phone, occupation, full names of Organization delegates coming, check amount, check no. and date. Make check payable to: FANHS Midwest and mail to: Elena Pilapil, Treasurer, 8 Boulder Point Dr., Springfield, IL 62711.


Fil-Am actors shine in Disney's 'Aladdin'

CHICAGO—They can sing…they can dance…and definitely, they can act! Filipino Americans continue to awe and to delight. Audiences in this city are certainly happy to confirm that they are indeed a talented bunch.

right photo: Filipino Jewish actor Adam Jacobs as "Aladdin"

Fil-Am Adam Jacobs is in Chicago to play the title role of Disney’s “Aladdin” which he originally played on Broadway. As in New York, the Windy City critics rave on his performance.

Although he was sidelined recently because of illness, a spokesperson of Broadway in Chicago assured his fans that Jacobs will soon go back to the Cadillac Palace in the Loop and is optimistic that he will be playing the role until early September.

Understudy Jacob Dickey substituted for Adam Jacobs when I saw the lavish musical. But the joy was not discounted specially another Fil-Am actor, Reggie de Leon, compensated well for Jacobs’ absence, as a lovable rogue playing Iago (the role was a parrot in the original animated film)—a sidekick to the conspiratorial villain, Japar—effectively played by Jonathan Weir.

The 1992 Disney film also has Aladdin with a monkey and Jasmin—a tiger. Both animals were reincarnated as humans who, of course, can sing and dance.

The memorable and Oscar winning song (A Whole New World) and new songs were added for the stage by composer Alan Menken and lyricists led by Howard Ashman.
The show was pure magic and unrelenting in stunning you with fantastic sets. Jasmin (Isabelle McCalla) and Aladdin taking off and gliding in a flying carpet…figure that!

Acting is definitely unforgettable-- notablyAnthony Murphy who plays the Genie. This is one tale from the Arabian “One Thousand and One Nights” worth a family night excursion to the Cadillac Palace.

I certainly want to see it again if only for Adam Jacobs, the Filipino-Jewish actor, who made “Aladdin” his signature role in his promising acting career.--Mariano A. Santos/PINOY

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AUGUST 2017 


 Revisiting Andrew P. Cunanan’s 1997 serial murders

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor


“He was tested with an I.Q. of 147."

left PIC: Andrew P. Cunanan: From altar boy to serial murderer.

CHICAGO—Twenty years ago on May 4, 1997, this city’s news outlets were agog with reports of the brutal murder of Lee Miglin, a local 72- year-old real estate tycoon. The victim’s face, arms and legs were bound with duct tape. He was stabbed 20 times with a screw driver. His throat was cut open with a hacksaw. His Lexus car and some gold coins were missing. Chicago police frantically searched for clues and motives.

A car with a Minnesota registration was found abandoned in the crime scene and was later traced to its owner, David Madson, a Minneapolis architect. But Madson is also dead. He was shot in the head and back. His body was found in a lake in Rush City, Minnesota on April 29 . In Madson’s apartment, another body was found wrapped in an area rug. Jeffrey Trail, a former U.S. Navy officer and a propane salesman, was beaten to death with a claw hammer.

The Police investigation led to Andrew Phillip Cunanan as the prime suspect in the killings. Until a year before, Cunanan and Madson were living in San Francisco as lovers. Their relationship had gone cold and Madson moved to Minneapolis where Trail, a friend of Cunanan, had taken residence. Trail was actually Cunanan’s first victim. His gun was used to shot Madson. Their death on April 24 was the start of his cross-country journey of killing spree. On June 12, 1997, this Filipino American would be the 449th fugitive to make it on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Most Wanted List.

I.Q. of 147

Cunanan was born in National City, California on August 29, 1969 to a Filipino father, Modesto, who was with the U.S. Navy fighting in the Viet Nam War at the time of his son’s birth. His mother, Mary Anne Schillaci, was an Italian American and a devout Catholic. He was the youngest of their four children. Andrew was sent to exclusive parochial schools. He served as an altar boy. He was tested with an I.Q. of 147. He was also diagnosed with psychopathy, an anti-social behavior with an inability to show empathy. When Andrew was 19, Modesto abandoned his family to avoid arrest in an embezzlement case. It was also that time when Andrew told his mother that he was gay. In an ensuing argument, Andrew slammed his mother against a wall. She suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Andrew enrolled in 1989 at the University of California San Diego, majoring in history. He dropped out and became a mainstay at the Castro District in San Francisco. At this high class gay place, he assumed the role of gigolo to old wealthy men. Aside from sex, he also sold drugs and was involved with petty thefts. Andrew was said to crave attention-- always fashionable, paying for everyone’s drinks--often living beyond his means. A year prior to his murderous journey, Andrew was said to have lost the financial support of his main “sugar daddy.”

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Unsettling things happened on Duterte's way to the SONA 2



Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Economic legacy

If one is to grade President Duterte based solely on his economic campaign promises, he will get a failing mark. Infrastructure remains lacking, traffic congestion persists, unemployment is still a problem and poverty continues to afflict millions of Filipinos.

But then the fruits of many of his economic promises are expected to come toward the middle and end of his six-year term. His “golden age of infrastructure” and tax reform package, increased investment flows from nontraditional allies like China and Russia — all these will take time to bear fruit….

The Philippine economy seems to have weathered the President’s controversial first year—a testament to the fact that it has been made stable by previous administrations.

Moving forward, the second year of his term must start seeing economic plans becoming reality and project proposals becoming actual infrastructure. And as long as the President leaves economic matters to his able economic team, the country can sustain its high economic growth trajectory. This will create the jobs that should eventually be the best solution to addressing poverty.(PDI Editorial 7/24/17)

Murders unabated

The murders continue unabated. They may no longer command headlines, displaced from the front pages by the war in Marawi, the question of martial law and other political developments, but the bodies are still piling up, in an environment of impunity that appears to have made the killing of ordinary citizens the new normal.

How many of the national figure of 8,200 homicide cases under investigation, according to official police records, have seen some progress?

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Filipino American community supporters pose for a photo with human rights activists (seated from left) Ellecer Carlos, Matthew Wells and Phelim Kline, after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing. (Photo by Jon Melegrito)

Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ gets a hearing in Congress

Temperatures in the nation’s capital soared to 96 degrees on July 20 but even inside an air-conditioned room in the Rayburn House Office Building, the heat was inescapable.

Thanks to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), the hot topic of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines was on the spotlight July 19 in Capitol Hill.

The Commission (formerly known as the Congressional Human Rights Caucus) aims “to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights norms in a nonpartisan manner, both within and outside of Congress, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” As an investigative body, it makes recommendations to policy makers and legislators.

Officially, the hearing on July 20 was billed as “The Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines.” It featured a panel of human rights advocates who testified about the Duterte administration’s implementation of the ‘war on drugs.’ They also provided policy recommendations for “ensuring accountability for human rights violations and for addressing the problems of drug abuse.”

The panel included Ellecer Carlos, spokesperson of the “In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement” in the Philippines (iDEFEND);Matthew Wells, Senior Crisis Advisor, Amnesty International; and Phelim Kine, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch.

In his opening remarks, TLHRC Co-Chair James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), noted that “Although extrajudicial killings have been a major human rights concern for some time, in its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016, the Department of State recognized that such killings increased sharply over the last year. According to Philippine National Police (PNP) statistics, 7,025 drug-related killings were carried out between July 1, 2016, when Duterte assumed office, and January 21, 2017 – an average of 34 per day.”

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Sto. Nino de Agosto Fiesta, Aug. 19

The 17th Anniversary of the Sto. Nino de Agosto Fiesta will be on Saturday, Aug. 19 at St. Matthias Church, 2310 W. Ainslie (N. Western) Chicago, IL 60625 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

There will be devotional prayers, blessing of Sto. Nino Images, devotional groups, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Outdoor Procession (Bring your Sto. Nino images), Sinulog/ Friendly Allares Competition, and Fellowship/Raffle/Entertainment.

Celebrant Rev. Leoncio Santiago, Chaplain of Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center, will concelebrate with Rev. Larry McNally, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish. For more info contact Gloria Key at (773) 968-7549.



ZAMNAI Hudyaka Festival, Aug. 19

The Zamboanga del Norte Associaon of Illinois (ZAMNAI) is sponsoring
Hudyaka in Illinois on Saturday, August 19 at the Labagh Woods Picnic Grounds, 5275 N Cicero Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60630, Groves 2 and 3. Open registration begins at 7:30 am.

This is the annual celebration for all Filipinos from the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan and the entire province of Zamboanga del Norte here in Illinois.

The onsite games will consist of Volleyball, Table tennis, Rhythm of Zamnai, Ballroom dancing, Sungka challenge, Bullseye King and Queen and Children's Talent Portion (up to 12 yrs old only).


Cards of support or letters for AFP soldiers fighting in Marawi

CHICAGO--The Philippine Consulate General in this city, as part of the #OgopMarawi (Help Marawi) campaign, encourages the community to send letters of support or postcards to military troops in Marawi City who are risking their lives to maintain peace. This will boost the morale of Armed Forces of the PH (AFP) soldiers.
Please mail to the Consulate General's address: #OgopMarawi, Consulate General of the Philippines, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603.

These postcards and letters will be forwarded to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila and the Philippine Army who will distribute them to soldiers engaged in counter terrorism operations.

For more info, call Anna Liza F. Alcantara at (312) 583-0621, or email



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.



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