Fil-Am students compete at Battle of the Bamboo, Feb. 21

Battle of the Bamboo will be held on Sat., Feb. 21 at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607. Doors will be open at 4:30 PM and show begins at 5:30 pm.

Since 2002, Battle of the Bamboo has annually celebrated the Filipino culture. This Filipino Cultural Dance competition opens the stage to colleges and high schools to showcase themselves to Chicago and, more generally, to the Midwest.

This year's theme is “Redefine Authenticity”. Audience members and performers are asked to take a retrospective, introspective, and prospective look at what it means to be a Filipino in today’s community. “Redefine Authenticity” empowers the individual to welcome the past, reflect the present, and look to the future generations to form an identity as a Filipino-American.

Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive on time so that the show can start on time. Parking can become scarce and the better seats will be claimed by early arrivers. Street and garage parking are available near UIC Forum.

For the full list of participants, hosts, sponsors and collaborators please visit our official Battle of the Bamboo 2015 | Redefine Authenticity website @ www.fiauic.org/botb2015.


Free Wills & Living Trusts Seminar, Feb. 17 & Feb. 19


A free wills & living trusts seminar will be held by Maritess Bott of Bott & Associates on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 12 pm at 180 N. LaSalle Ste. 3700 Chicago, IL 60601. Reservation s required. To RSVP, calll 847-818-9084 or email info@bottestateplanning.com .

There will be another free wills & Living trusts seminar on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 10:00 an abd 5:30 pm at the Triphahn Community Center, 1685 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60609. Light Meals are provided. Reservation is required. To RSVP call 847-818-9084 or email info@bottestateplanning.co



AACC Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 28

The Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) will celebrate its 32nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Rosemont on Sat., Feb. 28. The AACC awards those who exemplify excellent community service from Asian Americans communities composed of the Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Thais, Laotians, Vietnamese, Indians, Malaysians, and Indonesians. The Indonesian American community will host this year's event.

The coalition gives out three main awards: The prestigious Ping Tom Memorial Award, the 2015 Exemplary Community Service Awards and the 2015 Youth Who Excel Awards. The Ping Tom Memorial Award, formerly known as the Pan Asian Award, was named after the late legendary Chicago Chinese American civic leader Ping Tom who was one of the founders of the AACA.

This year's Ping Tom Memorial Awardee is Fil-Am Aurora N. Abella-Austriaco, Owner and President of Austriaco & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago. Attorney Abella-Austriaco focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and business litigation and commercial and residential real estate transactions, among others.

The 2015 Exemplary Community Service for the Filipino American community goes to Clarita Santos , Senior Director of Community Initiatives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The 2015 Youth Who Excels Award for the Filipino American community goes to Samantha O'Brien, 17, a high school senior at Jones College Prep in Chicago.




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