JUNE 2017

 

.."Jose Llana, Fil-Am actors in top roles of ‘The King and I’ June 14-July 2 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre"

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Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, the revival won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and "too beautiful to miss" (New York Magazine), this iconic musical will play the Oriental Theatre (24 W Randolph) for a four-week engagement June 14 through July 2, 2017.

Right Photo: Fil-Am Joan Almedilla plays Lady Thiang, the king’s premier wife. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about the leads in the coming production: “Jose was so superb on Broadway in The King and I that I begged him to join us on the tour and l feel we are incredibly lucky to have him.  He brings such joy and virility and strength to the King. And he is one of Broadway's great talents.

Other Filipino American actors join Llana in key and ensemble roles.
That includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel J. Edwards, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

 

Shrine consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary, June 24

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Glenview, IL is in the process of building the first Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in North America on their church grounds. The official consecration of the shrine will take place on Saturday, June 24. This event coincides with Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, the Marian apparition to three Portuguese children.

Through the generous donations of St. Catherine Laboure Asian American Association, parishioners and friends, they have raised more than 75% of the funding for construction in three years. St. Catherine welcomes donations. For those who wish to donate, call the parish at 847-729-1414 or email Ken at SCL3535@comcast.net. For those interested in attending the shrine’s June 24 consecration, St. Catherine Laboure Parish is at 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.

 

19th PH Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony, June 12


In commemoration of the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago cordially invites the community to participate in the flag-raising ceremony to be held at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago (W. Washington and N. Clark Streets) on Monday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m.

The annual raising and flying of the huge Philippine flag over the City of Chicago marks the anniversary of Philippine Independence, which continues to be a source of great pride for the Filipino-American community.

A “salu-salo” or reception with the Filipino-American community will take place at the Consulate General right after the flag raising at the plaza. Hon. Salvador “Bong” Belaro, Jr., Assistant Majority Leader and 1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list Representative of the 17th Congress, will be the guest of honor on that day.

The theme for this year’s Independence Day celebration is: “Kalayaan 2017: Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin.”

For more information, contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or send an email to the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net.

 



Free screening of “Mercury is Mine”at Chicago Cultural Center, June 7

The Consulate General of the Philippines would like to inform the community that an indie movie titled Mercury is Mine by Director Jason Paul Laxamana is the Philippines’ official entry to the 14th Annual International Screenings Program at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The free screening of Mercury is Mine is on Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 PM, at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602.

Mercury is Mine is a story of Carmen, the owner of a struggling eatery, who dreams of starring in her own cooking show. When Mercury, a blonde American teenager, shows up at her door, things start to heat up. Carmen takes him in as her apprentice, teaching him how to make (and pronounce) the local delicacies, and his looks and charm attract new customers. The two, in desperate need of each other, develop a close relationship, but each has simmering secrets and obsessions that threaten to boil over.

For more information, contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or email the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net.

 

Piyesta Pinoy Festival in Bolingbrook, June 10

CHICAGO –The Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be held outdoors on Saturday, June 10 from 11 AM -10 PM at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook. Special guest TFC celebrity Jericho "Echo" Rosales will be performing. Jericho is known for his role in Pangako Sa 'Yo with Kristine Hermosa and the drama series Esperanza.

Last year’s event attracted about 7,500 people in attendance, 10 food vendors, 25 merchandise and service vendors and 12 not-for-profit organizations. It featured 12 hours of music and dance entertainment including performances by superstars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim from the Philippines, food cooking demos by well-known Fil-Am chefs and much more.

The event will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.

The Piyesta Pinoy Committee is inviting performers, artists, sponsors, not-for-profit partners, donors, vendors, exhibit/display/information booth/table participants and volunteers to join next year’s Piyesta Pinoy celebration.

To join, please fill up the appropriate application forms that are now available for downloads in our website http://www.piyestapinoy.org/. Application forms must be submitted. For more information, call Ruben Salazar at 630-969-2971.

 

Pamanang Pinoy Event at The Field Museum, June 17

The community is invited to celebrate the past three years of Philippine Co-curation at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive Chicago, IL on Saturday, June 17 from 12 Noon- 3pm. The Co-curation team will provide an in-depth look into the inner workings of the project, how it all began, and their past achievements.

The vaults of The Field Museum are filled with rich material culture from the Philippines. These objects—and the narratives, traditional practices, music, dance, crafts, religions, myths, and ideas they hold—have intangible value. Co-curators with a common culture share those intangibles with others.

Through the Pamanang Pinoy events series, featuring the Museum's Philippine Collection, they have facilitated discussions, invited guest speakers, and learned more about Philippine history. This retrospective event honors and commemorates the Co-curation team.

An R.S.V.P. email will be allow admission to The Field Museum to be waived for yourself, friends and family by sending an email to: cocuration.philippines@fieldmuseum.org. Give the names of those in your party (including yourself). Enter through the West or South entrances of the museum. The Maori House (formerly called the Marae Gallery) is located on the Upper Level (enter through the Pacific Spirits exhibit, and walk all the way to the back.) Paid parking is available at Soldier Field. The museum is also easily accessible via public transportation (#146 Inner Michigan Avenue Drive to Museum Campus bus, or the red/green/orange line Roosevelt exit.)

 

Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines 2017, July 11-16

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago announces the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour 2017, an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.

The tour will run from July 11 to 16, with Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington DC.

For more tour details, contact Rajah Tours, San Francisco office at telephone (415) 397-0303, (415) 397-0304 or visit their website at www.rajahtours.com.ph. Also contact the Consulate General’s Tourism desk assistant, Joey Erandio, at (312) 583-0621 ext 22 for more info.

 

NaFFAA Empowerment Conference in Ohio, July 28-30

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 3-East (R3E) will hold its 2017 R3E Empowerment Conference (EC) at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio, on July 28-30. Attendees of this event will be community leaders and guests from the five R3E member states, which include Indiana, Iowa, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. NaFFAA Ohio will host this three-day event, which will focus on the theme, “Redefining the Future: Leadership – Mentoring – Partnership.”

The 2017 R3E EC will provide an opportunity for NaFFAA to develop strategies to address the many concerns within the Filipino American community. They will conduct multiple workshops to focus on best practices in community leadership, engaging the community to achieve heightened awareness on issues, involving the youth through culture and education, and reaching out to other organizations for support in building a stronger Fil-Am community. More specifically, they will include workshops discussing immigration reform, health care and aging, voter participation, business development, and youth inclusion, among others.

For more information, call NaFFAA Chair Cindy Flores at 312-925-7812 or email her at cindycflores15@yahoo.com.

 

19th PH Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony, June 12


In commemoration of the 119th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago cordially invites the community to participate in the flag-raising ceremony to be held at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago (W. Washington & N. Clark Streets) on Monday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m.

A “salu-salo” or reception with the Filipino-American community will take place at the Consulate General right after the flag raising at the plaza. Hon. Salvador “Bong” Belaro, Jr., Assistant Majority Leader and 1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list Representative of the 17th Congress, will be the guest of honor on that day.

For more information, contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or send an email to the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net.

 

UNI-MART serves food at concert series in Morton Grove, IL June 13th

UNI-MART Niles will be the food vendor at the Morton Grove Park District annual Tunes on June 13, which is a Free Summer Concert Series at Harrer Park Shelter, 6250 Dempster Street, Morton Grove, Illinois from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

The SamaSama Project will be in concert that night.

 

 

 

 

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