Family court judges from the PH Judge Joselito Vibandor, Judge Amy Avellano, and Judge Angelene Quimpo-Sale held a discussion on PH Family Law. Guests included ConGen Generoso Calonge (6th fr. L), Consul Melchor P. Lalunio Jr., Nic Torre, Program Director of Consuelo Foundation, DCG Romulo Victor M. Israel Jr., Consul Anna Ericka T. Abad, Monina Canete of Century 21, event co-sponsor Joe Vicente of LBC (back, 4th fr. L), Mariano Santos, PINOY Newsmagazine Publisher (back, 5th fr. L), and Cultural Officer Liezel Alcantara (back, 3rd from L).

Mama Sita foundation opens contest “Mga Kuwentong pagkain” to Filipinos abroad

CHICAGO-The Consulate General of the Philippines wishes to invite all foodies to join “Mga Kuwentong Pagkain,” an annual contest by the Mama Sita Foundation (MSF) to gather and make a valuable compilation of Philippine food preparations, stories and recipes.

MSF is accepting entries from overseas Filipinos, including Filipino-Americans or those who are of Philippine descent with an interesting encounter with Filipino food. With the theme of “Regional Food Heritage,” such entries may include detailed accounts of local or regional recipes, ingredients, food preparations, and rituals or personal experiences.

Interested applicants can access the MSF’s Facebook page: ntongPagkain/ or message them through their email address mgakuwentongpagkain@gm The deadline for submission of applications is on or before January 26, 2018. (Philippine time).
For more information, contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara by telephone (312) 583-0621 ext. 13; and email h/


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White House officials have suggested there is a strategy behind Trump’s flattery of Duterte.

Advisers have said that while Trump was always unlikely to publicly chastise the Philippine president, he may offer criticisms behind closed doors. Trump would plan to hold his tongue in public in order not to embarrass Duterte, whom he is urging to help pressure North Korea and fight terrorism, and to avoid pushing him into the arms of China.

Duterte has seemed less committed to the strategic partnership with the U.S. Searight said a good relationship is “vital to the U.S. given its location on the South China Sea and the enhanced access that the American military has gotten in recent years with the Philippines.”

White House aides have suggested that Trump’s strategy has worked before, pointing to his interactions with el-Sissi. Trump refrained from chastising the Egyptian leader but quietly worked with him to help engineer the release of American prisoner Aya Hijazi in April.

Trump dismissed the notion that he buddied up to dictators. He said Nov. 11 that he has great relationships with all sorts of leaders, “every person in that room today,” after leaving a summit in Vietnam attended by Duterte and Putin, among others.


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Police investigators said that they found evidence that Panaligan fled to Mexico by a truck exiting through El Paso, Texas. Police also said Panaligan’s business associates helped him escape by sending money to Durango, Mexico.

Further, police revealed that Panaligan had remitted a large amount of money to his relatives in the Philippines over a long period of time. Police added that he is the brother–in-law of Tuy, Batangas Mayor, Jose J. Cerrado. Panaligan is said to have substantial investment in his native town of Tuy where he has many relatives.

Murder victim Patel represented Panaligan’s former business partners who sued him and his relatives for breach of trust and fiduciary duties related to the sale of their home health company, Vital Wellness Home Care, based in Naperville and later relocated to Lisle, Illinois.

Panaligan lost an appeal in the Illinois Supreme Court, with Patel winning the case for his clients. Police also believed that Patel had in his possession incriminating documents regarding the business practices of Panaligan and his new associates at their home health company. Police said that this is the motive of Panaligan in the slaying of the lawyer.

Police previously released a copy of a video monitor in the Northbrook office building where Patel was found dead. A man disguised as masked and disabled in a trench coat was caught on camera within the time period of the murder. Police believed that the image was that of the murder suspect.

On November 10, Patel’s widow pleaded for anyone who might have information about the suspect’s whereabouts to alert police. The Tribune quoted the victim’s wife, Amy Patel saying she is “beyond disappointed” that Panaligan fled before authorities charged him.

“We need help to locate him,” Amy Patel said. “If anyone has information or knows who is hiding him, please come forward and do the right thing.”

Amy Patel described her husband as ethical, funny and endearing, the son of immigrants from India who put himself through law school and was a “rags to riches” example of the American dream. But she called his killing a “hellish nightmare” for her and her two young children.

Northbrook police who are working with the U.S. Marshall Service offers a reward for information leading to the arrest and extradition of Panaligan. He is described as a 5-foot-5, 140-pound Asian man with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information should call police at (847) 664-4464 or (847) 664-4457.

Gov. Rauner signs tax credit bill to help property owners affected by July floods

CHICAGO—Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Nov. 16 a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July.

The bill creates a natural disaster credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes.

Included counties are Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside — all of which were declared state disaster areas by the governor last summer.

Qualified properties include a taxpayer’s principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business. The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the Internal Revenue Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.

The bill provides that township assessors shall issue eligibility certificates for appropriately requesting property owners, and that assessors shall certify to the Illinois Department of Revenue listings of flood-damaged properties.
The fiscal impact to the state is estimated at $4.6 million, based on damages previously reported to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.


Pagkikita discussion on PH Family Law

The Consulate General of the Philippines held its "Ika-29 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado" on Nov. 9, to discuss significant developments in Philippine Familiy Law with three guest judges namely: Judge Amy Avellano of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Judge Joselito Vibandor of RTC in Las Piñas City and Judge Angeline Quimpo-Sale of RTC in Quezon City. (See photo above)

AFIRE Chicago Citizenship Application Workshop, March 2018

The Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) Chicag is holding a Citizenship Application Workshop in February 2018. Licensed attorneys and trained volunteers are available to help. Registration is first-come, first serve- For more information, call 773-580-1025. There is no guarantee you everyone will be seen if capacity is reached.

Rizal Day, Dec. 30

The 121st year anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal will be commemorated by the Order of the Knights of Rizal in cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Ladies for Rizal on Saturday, Dec. 30, 9:00 a.m. with the traditional flower offering and flag ceremony at the Rizal Monument at Margate Park, 4700 N. Marine Drive, Chicago (north of Wilson Ave.).

A dinner cultural program is also scheduled at 6 pm and venue will be announced. Installation of new mebers will be park of the day's program.

Participating KOR Chapters are Chicago, Dakila, Magiting, Malaya and Maynilad. St Louis Chapter will mark the day separately. For more info, call Central USA Commander, Mariano A. Santos, 847-528-4991.


Women's self-defense seminar, Dec. 9

Come and learn basic self-defense techniques to keep yourself safe on the streets on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Arena Training Center, 500 N. Greenbay Rd. Waukegan, IL 60085 from 11 am to 1 pm.

The class is $20 paid by cash or check only please. Please call ahead to reserve a spot. The proceeds will go to fund Filipino American Nefeli Papadakis to earn a spot as a member of the US Judo Team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She will be your instructor.

Call Nefeli Papadakis to register at 224-616-4058.


December 15 is deadline for 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace plans

Open Enrollment for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace will run only until Dec. 15 which is the last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

On January 1, 2018, 2018 coverage starts, if premium is paid.


Ika-30 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado, Dec. 1

The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the community to its "Ika-30 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado"(Community gathering at the Consulate) on Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30 PM, at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603.

Stephanie Love-Patterson, Executive Director of the Connections for Abused Women and Children (CAWC), will provide a lecture-discussion to raise awareness among Filipino-Americans on the importance of addressing the issue of Violence Against Women (VAW).
This Pagkikita is in observance of the 18-day Campaign in the Philippines (Nov. 25- Dec. 12 ) to End Violence Against Women.

For details or to confirm attendance to this free event, email or call 312-583-0621.


Beware of flood damaged cars caused by Hurricane Harvey

Sec. of State Jesse White is warning consumers looking to purchase used vehicles to beware of flood damaged cars resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. In an effort to protect Illinois consumers, White has instructed his office to closely monitor title applications involving potential flood vehicles from the hurricane.

The office will screen title applications from areas impacted by the flooding to determine if vehicles are registered in a flood county. White is requiring the applicants for those titles to submit a Hurricane Disclosure Statement to obtain a clean Illinois title. The statement must be signed by the registered owner of the vehicle and the insurance agent must verify that no flood claim was filed for the vehicle at the time of the hurricane. Any applicant unable or unwilling to supply the signed form will receive an Illinois Flood title only.

Visit to go to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s database of known hurricane damaged vehicles that consumers may check themselves.

White urged consumers to actively research as much as possible about a vehicle before making a purchase. Consumers may want to consult companies that provide additional information about the history of vehicles. In addition, it is always a good idea to have a mechanic inspect a vehicle before making a purchase. Carfax is providing a link to check for flood vehicles. Visit the free link





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