SEPTEMBER 2017

 

World-renowned Madrigal Singers concert, Sept. 15

The much-acclaimed and world-renowned University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers will perform on Friday at 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Wonder Lake, Illinois. The conductor is Mark Anthony Carpio. Tickets at $20 are available at the gate or you may reserve by calling Fr. Lopez at (815) 653-2561. The group will leave the following day for Grand Rapids, Michigan for their next performance.

 

Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service, Sept. 10

MAYWOOD, IL – Nearly 100 Maywood men answered the call and signed up to fight across the ocean in WWII. They would join other units of the Illinois National Guard to become part of the vaunted 33rd Division. As it has for three quarters of a century, Maywood will mark Maywood Bataan Day on September 10 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park in Maywood, Illinois.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of that first Maywood Bataan Day, the Village of Maywood and the Maywood Bataan Day Organization which have put together a special program to remember the men of Bataan.

A concert of military will be provided by the Illinois National Guard before the start of the service at 2:30 pm. A rifle squad gun salute will be provided by the American Legion Post #974 in Franklin Park, Illinois.

Guest speakers will be from the Chicago Philippine Consulate General and Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins. Other highlights will include a dedication of a Veterans Memorial Wall, a new Memorial Plaque for a WWI-era British Cannon and a Wreath Laying Ceremony, among others.

The Maywood Bataan Day Organization observes Maywood’s Bataan Day on the second Sunday of September. The organization is a non-profit 501(c)(19) organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Bataan Day. It is supported by donations of time and money from the community. For more information, call Edwin Walker at 708-345-7077.

 

Memorial Service and forum for victims of Martial Law, Sept. 18 & 21

CHICAGO--The newly formed Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA-Chicago) will hold a memorial forum on Monday, September 18 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Budlong Woods Chicago Public Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.The forum will honor the heroes who fought to dismantle Marcos martial law that imprisoned 70,000 and tortured 34,000 tortured, according to Amnesty International, while 3,240 were killed from 1972 to 1981.

A forum and memorial service will also be held on Thursday, September 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at AFIRE offices at the Hana Center, 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618.

It has been 45 years since the 1972 martial law, but the victims have not forgotten – thousands of people were subjected to various forms of torture. Political prisoners were electrocuted, beaten up, and strangled, they were burned with a flat iron or cigars, and water was poured down their throats, then forced out by beating. Women were stripped naked and raped, various objects forced into their genitals.

The Alliance will also call for the lifting of Duterte’s martial law as the humanitarian crises spawned by the Marawi siege have worsened; children are dying in the refugee centers. There are more than 200,000 persons dislocated from Marawi City and the neighboring municipalities. FAHRA-Chicago believes that Duterte’s martial law will not solve this recurring and resurgent war and conflict in Muslim Mindanao as Marcos' martial law failed to stop military conflicts in Mindanao. There are also grave concerns in the ever-widening human rights violations in the country as Duterte nurtures the culture of impunity in the military. For more information, or to RSVP contact balitaan.pilipinas@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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