Register for Home Caregiver classes

The Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACC) is holding a 101 Introduction Home Caregiver Class for seven weeks (3-4 hours) at the Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613. Ongoing registration from December to January. Includes practical nursing demonstration of procedures, CPR, videos, clinical visits at rehabilitation homes. Call Dr. Fred Barranoco at 773-397-8589 or Dr. Rufino Crisostomo at 312-402-4191.


Cardinal Cupich at ‘Simbang Gabi’ in Mundelein, Dec. 17

CHICAGO-Newly installed cardinal, Archbishop Blasé Cupich will celebrate mass at the ‘Simbang Gabi’ at Sta. Maria del Popolo Catholic Church at 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein, Illinois at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Cardinal Cupich started participating in this enduring Filipino Christmas tradition in 2014 shortly after he succeeded the late Cardinal Francis George. Pope Francis had installed him in the College of Cardinal in a ceremony at the Vatican on Nov. 19. Two area bishops are also celebrating mass during the Simbang Gabi this month. Bishop Alberto Roxas will be at St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 2626 N. Hoyne, Chicago on Dec. 15 at 7 pm while Bishop Francis Kane will be at Our Lady of Carmel, 708 W. Belmont, Chicago at 7 pm.


Morton Grove Fil-Am Trustee in April 2017 ballot

MORTON GROVE-- Filipino American Village Trustee Ed Ramos had been slated recently to head the ACTION Party ticket for the Trustee candidates in the coming April electio in this North Shore Village. Trustee Ramos was the top vote-getter in the 2014 local election. He served the remaining two years of Tony Kalogerakos, a prominent tort lawyer, who resigned his post. Mr. Ramos, if reelected, will serve a full four-year term.

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Joke only or is it?

Resigned from accepting that Donald Trump is the new U.S. President come January 20, 2017, I found solace in laughter (The best medicine!). Here sharing with you some of the funny lines to come out of the late Comedy Shows nights after the Nov. 8 elections. (EDITOR)

Thank you! Thank you!

“President-elect Donald Trump gave a big victory speech,” Jimmy Fallon said on “The Tonight Show.” “He said he couldn’t have done it without the love of his life, his rock, his better half---FBI Director James Comey.”

In that speech, Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” said, “Trump was gracious, he was humble, he was compassionate. I’ll tell you now, if THAT GUY would have run for president — he also would have lost to Donald Trump!”

“Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Reagan, Obama and now Trump — one of these things is not like the other,” said Noah. “And if you’re thinking it’s Obama because he’s black, you probably voted for Trump.”

“If the morning after the election you finally woke up from a coma, well, you might want to go back,” continued Trevor Noah.

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inquirer news service

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States. It is only fair to say that his unexpected win—even his closest advisers found it difficult to dispute the overwhelming number of polls that predicted a victory for Hillary Clinton—stunned the world.

It is staggering news, because it is possibly the biggest election upset in US history, with serious implications for both American domestic policy and world affairs. It is almost certain that he will do everything he can to repeal US President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare initiative. Obamacare has helped place a safety net under the feet of millions of previously uninsured Americans; Trump will seek to replace this safety net with something inchoate within his first 100 days in office.

International crisis

It is also almost certain that, within several months, or perhaps a year, Trump will precipitate an international crisis, either by rejecting the Iran nuclear deal or forcing a confrontation with Mexico or, possibly the worst of the worst-case scenarios, inviting Russian adventurism in Europe by signaling a strategic refusal to come to the aid of a Nato ally in Vladimir Putin’s crosshairs. As someone who thinks global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, he will preside over an economy that is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases; it is almost certain that his assumption into office in January will mean the Paris Agreement on climate change will be unable to meet the urgent need to slow down the rate of increase in global surface temperatures.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


The Trump Presidency: What does it mean for Filipino Americans?

In a recent study, the National Asian American Survey (NAAS) showed that Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters by 41 percent. Among registered Filipino voters, a majority said Clinton was their “presidential vote choice” at 54 percent. But a quarter of Filipinos prefer Trump, the highest Trump favorability rating among all surveyed ethnic groups.

Another survey by the non-partisan APIAVote found that 31 percent of Filipinos reported a favorable view of the Republican Party, compared to 64 percent of Filipinos for the Democratic Party. Thirty-six percent of Filipinos responded that they plan to vote for Clinton, while 11 percent for Trump.


Moreover, Filipino Americans are the group that continue a rightward lean. In 2008 to 2016, the group has grown from 18 percent Republican to 25 percent. Filipino Democrats are still at 41 percent, with 31 percent saying they are non-partisan.
So, what does this all mean now that Donald Trump is President of the United States?

Simply put, about one million of the nearly four million Filipinos in the US today are jubilant, about two million are devastated and depressed, and the rest don’t care one way or the other.

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