An acclaimed tenor Dec. 2 Concert in Skokie

Ervin N. Lumauag, soloist of the two-time European Grand Prix champion and internationally acclaimed Madrigal Singer of the University of the Philippines UNESCO Artist for Peace, will perform at a concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 2, at the sanctuary of the Central United Methodist Church, 8237 N. Kenton Ave., Skokie, Illinois. The Filipino tenor has a lineup of a variety of numbers ranging from popular Broadway songs like “This is the moment from “Jekyll and Hyde,” Tagalog favorites like “Madaling Araw” and “Ikaw’ and inspirational Christmas songs like “Mary didn’t you know?”

Pianist Millette Silverio and soprano Katy Jacob will also be featured. A free will offering will benefit a school and workers in Negroes Occidental in the Philippines. Free parking. For info, call Central UMC, 847-673-1311.

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.

The Laguna Association of the Midwest (LAMI) will hold its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 4, 4 pm, at the Little Quiapo Restaurant, 6259 McCormick Blvd., Chicago. $25/ person with buffet dinner. Exchange gift with $20 suggest cost for each item. Casual holiday outfit with green and red motiff. To reserve call Gene Brizuela at 773-896-4399 or email him at; Rey Elazegui at 773-742-5322; 847-999-8913.

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.

Rizal's 120th year Anniversary of Martyrdom, Dec. 30

CHICAGO--The 120th year anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal will be marked with a wreath-laying at Margate Park at this city's north side led by the Philippine Consular officers and the Knights of Rizal at 9 am on Friday, Dec. 30.
The traditional dinner reception and cultural program will be held at 6 pm at the public reception room at the Seafood City on Elston Ave. corner Cicero Ave., Chicago. The "Maynilad" Chapter of the Knights of Rizal Central USA will host the event highlighted by granting honorary knighthood to Mr. Carlos Go, president of the Seafood City.

Mr. Go and his company donated recently a bust of the National hero that should have replaced the bust that has been stolen but since had been recovered. Consul General Generoso Calonge, KGOR, Chapter commander of the Maynilad Chapter will lead the honoring.

An initiation ceremony for all new members of the area chapters including Chicago, Magiting , Malaya and Maynilad will be conducted with Sir Eliodore Faypon, KGCR, and Sir. Felix Gonzales, KGOR, leading the ritual.

The Knights of Rizal accepts members who are dedicated to the propagation of the ideals and works of Dr. Rizal who had inspired the fight for freedom from the Spanish colonization in the late 1800s.

Two other chapters of the KOR Central USA--namely the Lincolnland and the St. Louis Chapters will hold separate commemorations. Ladies of Rizal lead by Lady Carmen Estacio are also participating.

For more info, call Sir Deputy Consul Romulo Israel at 708-830-8505 or email him at or email Sir Alvar Rosales at, Sir Raul Fermin, at 847-204-4139, Sir Randy Famacion at 847-683-3601.

Did you know: The first Rizal Day

Rizal day was first observed in 1898 under a decree issued by President Emilio Aguinaldo, two years after Dr. Jose Rizal was executed by firing squad on Dec. 30, 1896.

Rizal’s death anniversary was declared a national holiday by Act No. 345, which was passed by the Philippine Commission on Feb. 1, 1902. (Marielle Medina, PDI Research)


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