Christmas Trees from Around the World, Dec. 5,


Celebrate Christmas with Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas who will present 80 Christmas trees from around the World on Friday, Dec. 5. from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. It will be held at the Cook County Treasurer's office at the Cook  County Building, 118 N. Clark Street, Ste 112.
RSVP is required by calling 312-603-6931.


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.


VDance newly installed President Alex Sundian and his fellow officers hand in a $1000 check donation to Gawad Kalinga's Chicago area head Jun de Guia during the group's 7th annual installation dinner at Crown Plaza Nov. 15. Edwin Pineda (3rd fr. R) chaired the successful event. (PINOY Photo by Anong)

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A Young British Writer Finds an Inn
In a Poor Leyte Village on Christmas Eve


By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Editor/Publisher



LEFT PHOTO: Author Thomas Graham (L) autographs a copy of his book for PINOY publisher Mariano (Anong) Santos.

n Christmas Eve, 45 days after Super storm Haiyan left wide spread devastation back home, young British writer Thomas Graham bought inexpensive presents in Bantayan, Leyte, boarded his motor bike and navigated the dark and broken roads into Barrio Tagus in his hope to bring some holiday cheers to the children of a Gawad Kalinga fishing village there.

Upon arrival, he saw a place that suffered the wrath of the strongest recorded typhoon. Except for two, all the houses were roofless—with a few-- a total loss. There was no water and electricity. Though close to midnight, the whole village came out to welcome the foreigner.

Sensing he hasn't eaten yet, they served him two grilled squids—which he suspected were the last of their catch for the day. The children were highly appreciative of the modest gifts and by all indications would be their only gifts that Christmas.

Yet, the villagers were more concerned about this visitor who is away from his family in England. So the weary villagers gave the best reception they can offer to bring joy to this stranger who came from afar to show his compassion on this holy day.

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Pope Francis: 'Migration an aspiration of hope'

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The (July) announcement by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines (this month) has thrilled countless Filipinos. With a papal visit deemed a special blessing, it is expected that survivors of "Yolanda," who are still reeling from the loss not only of their loved ones but also of their homes and livelihood more than eight months after the supertyphoon rearranged the Visayan landscape, would find great comfort in Francis' presence.

Manila holds a record in the number of people that thronged the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II at Rizal Park in January 1995, his second visit to the Philippines (the first was in February 1981). "The Filipino people are never far from my mind and heart," the Pope momentously said upon his arrival in the country to celebrate World Youth Day.

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President Obama makes his move on immigration,

dares GOP: 'Pass a Bill!'


By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


It is the evening of November 20, 2014---and a group of friends are gathered around a TV set to watch President Obama make his much-anticipated announcement that would give immigration relief to nearly five million undocumented immigrants.
The President is forceful and emphatic as he provides details: Millions of unauthorized workers could "come out of the shadows." About four million, who are parents of U.S. citizens, will be eligible for a new legal status that would defer their deportations. They must pass background checks and pay taxes, but will receive Social Security cards that will allow them to work legally.
After his 15-minute speech, there's a feeling of relief and satisfaction. I am glad Obama has chosen to confront his critics, rather than cave in.


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