DECEMBER 2014



 



 

Gov-elect Rauner to visit PH? DOT to close Chicago office

 



ILLINOIS Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has made a number of promises during his successful campaign to unseat incumbent Pat Quinn.


Twice, Rauner promised that he would like to visit the Philippines--sooner than later.
The first time was after he spoke before those who attended the Philippine Independence Week Celebration last June. When PIWC past president Faye Mendiola introduced the Republican gubernatorial aspirant to Philippine Tourism Chicago Director Vernie V. Morales, Rauner expressed his desire to join the annual Ambassador Consul General Tourism Director Tour (ACGTDT) which Mrs. Morales had briefly explained to him.


Again in early October when Candidate Rauner appeared as guest in an award ceremony sponsored by a community media group, he reiterated his promise to go to the Philippines, a campaign pledge that was met with a loud applause from the audience.
Rauner will begin his four-year term on the third week of January next year. He faces a state still impacted by a deep economic recession. But the question in the minds of his Filipino American supporters is when will he deliver his promise to visit their homeland.

 

DOTCHI to Close


When he does, one of those who are anxiously awaiting to meet him back home is Director Morales who recently received a directive from her head office in Manila to close the Tourism office in Chicago, reportedly at the end of 2014.


Mrs. Morales started her tour of duty in Chicago in 1999 when Gemma Cruz was the Tourism secretary under President Joseph E. Estrada. In her 15-years of service here, Mrs. Morales became one of the most reliable and productive directors who helped increase the inflow of tourists to the Philippines.


She oversaw the growth by working closely with the Filipino communities in both the U.S. and Canada along with her consistent work with the mainstream travel operators. Tourism offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York remain open. They will absorb the needs of the Midwest, Southern states and Canada which were under the Chicago jurisdiction.


A formal announcement of these tourism developments will follow soon.

 

 

Illinois Residents Face Deadline for 2015 Health Coverage Enrollment December 15th
 

Get Covered Illinois Hosting Enrollment Events and Extending Hours around the State to Provide Free Help from Trained Professionals Before it’s too Late

 

CHICAGO – Get Covered Illinois (GCI), the state’s official Health Insurance Marketplace, is gearing up to offer extra opportunities for assistance to state residents ahead of the  fast-approaching Dec. 15 deadline to either re-enroll in coverage or enroll in coverage for the first time for a plans that take effect Jan. 1.

 

Studies have concluded that many consumers will be able to obtain coverage at a lower cost t than in 2014, if they shop around. GCI is strongly encouraging all current policyholders to review their options, and utilize free, in-person assistance  through the Marketplace to ensure they are getting the best combination of coverage  and financial assistance that is available.

 

“Whether you are enrolling in health coverage for the first time or you are comparing your current plan against new options, now is the time to act,” said Jennifer Koehler, executive director for GCI. “We’re urging everyone to not wait until the last minute on Dec. 15th. With more than twice as many plans available this year, we want consumers to know you’re not alone in making these decisions. We have hundreds of well-trained navigators available to help you through this process.”

 

Plans through the Marketplace are quality plans, available from the top insurance companies in the state to fit consumer needs. All of these plans include essential health benefits covering doctor visits, emergency care, and preventive services and more.

The state will build on its strong start for the second Open Enrollment Period under the Affordable Care Act with enrollment events in communities across the state, many with extended hours to make help more accessible and convenient for customers. These events are taking place between now and the Dec. 15 deadline.

 

Below is a sampling of events around the state with free in-person help featuring trained professionals. For a complete list of locations and times, please visit the GCI website and www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov/events or call our help desk at (866) 311-1119 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

December 12

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Winnebago County Health Department

550 N. Court St., Rockford

 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall

6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

 

 

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

La Virgin de Guadalupe Celebration at LaSalle Hyacith Church

927 11th St., Chicago

 

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

East Side Health District “Bowl 2 Enroll”

5950 Old Collinsville Rd., Fairview Heights

 

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

"Over the Edge Ministries" with Pastor Lawrence Pointer, City of Truth Covenant Church

202 S. Halstead, Chicago

 

December 13

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

West Side Health Authority

4814 W. Chicago, Chicago

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Winnebago County Health Department

550 N. Court St., Rockford

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pilsen Wellness Center

1407 S. 49th Ct., Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Alivio Medical Center

2021 S. Morgan, Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Near North Health Services Komed/Holman Health Center

4259 S. Berkeley St., Chicago

 

9:00 – noon

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

201 W. Kenyon Rd., Champaign

 

10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Springfield Urban League

1501 S. 9th St., Springfield

 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall

6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Old Orchard

4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Fox Valley

195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Hawthorn

122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Project of Quad Cities Event at MLK Center

630 7th Ave., Rock Island

 

3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VNA Healthcare Plano Public Library

15 W. North St., Plano

 

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Winter Wonderland Festival

16053 Richmond Ave., Markham

 

December 14

8:00 a.m. – noon

Winnebago County Health Department

550 N. Court St., Rockford

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pilsen Wellness Center

1407 S. 49th Ct., Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Near North Health Services Komed/Holman Health Center

4259 S. Berkeley St., Chicago

 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Youth Service Bureau

1007 Main St., Mendota

 

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Springfield Urban League

1501 S. 9th St., Springfield

 

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall

6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Old Orchard

4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Fox Valley

195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Hawthorn

122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Avicenna Community Health Center

819 Bloomington Rd., Champaign-Urbana

 

December 15

6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

OMNI Youth Services

111 W. Lake Cook Rd., Buffalo Grove

 

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Winnebago County Health Department

550 N. Court St., Rockford

 

8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Greater Elgin Family Care Center Clinic

370 Summit St., Elgin

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VNA Health Center

620 Wing St., Elgin

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VNA Health Center

1400 Indian Ave., Aurora

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VNA Health Center

400 N. Highland Ave., Aurora

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pilsen Wellness Center

1407 S. 49th Ct., Chicago

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

DuPage County Health Department

111 N. Country Farm Rd., Wheaton

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

American Indian Health Service of Chicago

4081 N. Broadway, Chicago

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

8080 State St., East St. Louis

 

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sinai Medical Health Group

1611 S. Cicero Ave., Cicero

 

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

1000 Health Center Dr., Mattoon

 

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Alivio Medical Center

2021 S. Morgan, Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

West Side Health Authority

4814 W. Chicago, Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Evanston Library Main Branch

1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Puerto Rican Cultural Center

1112 N. California, Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Local 4 SEIU

2929 S. Halstead, Chicago

 

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Hospital

1800 E. Lake Shore Dr., Decatur

 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Near North Health Services Komed/Holman Health Center

4259 S. Berkeley St., Chicago

 

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Springfield Urban League

1501 S. 9th St., Springfield

 

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall

6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

 

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Youth Service Bureau

1007 Main St., Mendota

 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Skokie Public Library

5215 Oakton St., Skokie

 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Eisenhower Public Library

4613 N. Oketo Ave., Harwood Heights

 

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Northlake Public Library

231 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Old Orchard

4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Fox Valley

195 Fox Valley Center, Aurora

 

10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Westfield Mall Hawthorn

122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gurnee Mills Mall

6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee

 

11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

OSF Belvidere

143 Kishwaukee St., Belvidere

 

11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

OSF Rock Cut, Machesney Park

9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park

 

Noon – midnight

OSF Saint Anthony Hospital

5666 E State St., Rockford

 

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A Safe Haven, VNA, & Aunt Martha's at Prisco Center

150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora

 

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

            Four Points Sheraton

            319 Fountains Pkwy, Fairview Heights

 

4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Salt and Light Christmas

1512 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign

 

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Princeton Library

698 E. Peru St

 

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Annoyance Theater

851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

 

7:00 p.m. – midnight

Presence Lady of Resurrection

5645 W. Addison, Chicago

 

The state has experienced a successful first month of enrollment with more than 70 events across the state on the launch date alone. Residents were able to enroll on-site with the help of trained professionals.

 

Illinois is a leader in Marketplace enrollments across the nation. Due to its aggressive statewide marketing efforts, GCI helped connect more than 717,000 Illinois residents with health coverage in 2014 and is building on that success in the second open enrollment period.

 

Learn more about GCI and how to find free in-person help:

 

  • Visit our website at GetCoveredIllinois.gov (which includes a Spanish-language version).
  • Call the GCI Help Desk at 866-311-1119. Help desk representatives are available each day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
  • Meet in person with a specially trained Navigator, agent or broker who can help you understand your options and help you enroll. There are hundreds of certified professionals ready to help you that can be located on the GCI website or through the GCI Help Desk.

 

 

Manila Lions Club holiday celebration at Franklin Park, Dec. 13

 

The Manila Lions Club will hold a holiday celebration to honor the Village of Franklin Park Police and Firefighter Officer of the year 2014 on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 4-9 pm at the Franklin Park Community Center,  9560 Franklin Ave.  Franklin Park, Illinois 60131  Tel. 847-455-2852. There will be a raffle, entertainment, and dancing. Donation is $20.

To RSVP call E. Francia 773-405-1644, J. Tablizo 847-657-6158, R. Lim 847-800-4154, T. Zaretsky 224-848-0936, B. Fernandez 708-531-1128.

 

 

PACF Honors Outstanding Seniors 2014 for Filipino

American History Month

 

The 2014 Outstanding Seniors honored by the PACF Oct. 26 from L-R are: Dr. Amador Acosta, Cristina N. Alcantara, Carlota Goodson, Bienvenido E. Laqui, Antonio Lopez, Jaime Pesongco, Gloria, Simon, Dely Villalon, and Estrellita Villegas.

 

For the third consecutive year, The Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) recognized nine Outstanding Filipino American Seniors 2014 at Four Points Sheraton Oct. 26 in celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in October.


The Outstanding Filipino Seniors are role models in their personal lives, profession and their respective communities. After their official job retirement, the seniors continue to work and serve their communities whenever possible.


The nine recognized seniors are:Dr. Amador A. Acosta, Cristina N. Alcantara, Bienvenido E. Laqui, Carlota Nera Goodson, Antonio Lopez, Jaime Pesongco, Gloria Simon, Dely Villalon, and Lita Villegas.


The FAHM Outstanding Seniors 2014 represent the many Filipino Americans who immigrated to this country to become a vital part of American society and who have contributed not just to its social and economic growth, but to its spiritual and cultural tapestry as well.


Filipino American history began four centuries ago when the Filipinos set foot on the shores of California, being the first Asians to cross the Pacific aboard the Spanish galleon. PACF 's souvenir program contain the History of Filipinos in America 1565-2010 as published by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. We owe our thanks to the Filipino American National Historical Society for initiating the drive for this wonderful recognition by Congress last November 2, 2009.

 

The Outstanding Seniors wish that all Filipino Americans be united in spirit and in action and dwell on the things that we have in common, rather than our differences. With great faith, hope and love¸ Filipino Americns can face challenges with dignity and strength. Fil-Ams can continue to encourage each other. Separately Fil-Ams can be great, but together they can be awesome!

 

Special guests were Vice Consul Ricarte Abejuela III who gave an inspirational speech. Also 2012 Chicago Bar President Aurora Austriaco represented Governor Pat Quinn. Ely Natividad led the invocation while Pastor Noni Abad Santos said a special prayer to the Seniors. The PACF Performing Arts Group and Bukidnon State University Dance Group provided a glimpse of Philippine culture and heritage through music and dance performances.


Two Outstanding Seniors 2014 Carlota Neri Goodson and Dr. Amador Acosta proved that seniors can still sing beautifully while Anicia Carlos rendered a Tagalog poem. Hula Girls & Beyond danced to a Hawaiian music while Tata Abad Santos rendered a prayerful song.

 



 

Giving Artfully at EAUMC, Dec. 2nd

 

Come do crafts for a good cause! At this event you will be helped to make fleece blankets for those in need, dresses for children in sub-Saharan Africa, or hats for ill infants. Bring yarn or cloth if you've got it, or come along and materials will be available. Be creative, join the joy of giving, 6:30 pm., at the church at Elston Ave. United Methodist Church, 5850 N Elston Avenue.

 

 

Couples for Christ Christmas Party, Dec. 6

 

Carols, pageants, skits, dances, presents for kids and lots of food are some of the treats of the annual Christmas party of the Couples for Christ on Saturday, Dec. 6, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church Gymnasium, 709 Plainfield Road, Darien IL. Events will start with an anticipation mass at 5 p.m. Call cell #(630) 890-3654 Christmas 2014 Committee -Kids for Christ -Andy & Isabel del Mundo & Tep & Mita de Lizo, West Chapter -Don & Gemma Paras; North Chapter -Dodong & Dely Trayvilla; YFC-Youth - Wady & Pinky Santos; SFC -Rowel and Mildred Orivida; Handmaids -Lydia Sumner.

 

Anniversary of Rizal's martyrdom, Dec. 30

 

The annual commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6 pm at the Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago to be led by the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
For Details, call Mariano (Anong) Santos, 847 329-1073 or email anongsantos@yahoo.com.

 

 

PIWC "Kick Off Party," Jan. 10

 

Philippine Independence Week Committee 2015 Chair Ellen Tan set the PIWC Kick Off Party on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Wyndham Hotel, 1400 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, starting with cocktails at 6:30 pm. Lindy Tan heads the formal affair with $55 donation per person. For reservation call 847-691-8220.


In a PIWC's last meeting for 2014 last Nov. 24, outgoing PIWC chair Anita Rosa formally turned over the group's chairmanship to Mrs. Tan who along with the commission on election chair Francis Mon and BOT Chair Lina Jonson presided over the election of the chairperson-elect for 2016 which marks the 40th year of the PIWC. Mercy Matousek and Lourdes Livas, both active PIWC volunteers for many years, vied for the top position with Matousek emerging as the winner.


 

 

 

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