Fil-Am family seeks bone marrow match for father

The Parial family of Chicago is seeking a bone marrow match for Andrew (Drew) Parial, 42, who was diagnosed with Acute Monocytic Leukemia (AML) in the summer of 2016.   Andrew is married to Dr. Joanna Maurice Parial, of Advocate Illinois Masonic, and they have two children, Angela, 5 years old and Adriana, 7 years old.  Drew is of Filipino descent and was raised in Michigan. He enjoys being active in school and church community and loves to ski with his family.

Their daughter Angela was diagnosed with brain cancer in November and had surgery.  Unfortunately, the doctors couldn’t remove all the cancer because it is close to the stem of the brain, and there are some cancer cells in the cerebral spinal fluid. 

The ideal ages for a bone marrow match for Drew are from 18 to 44.  Minorities, especially Asians, have more difficulty finding matches because of the lack of registered donors. Therefore, they need to find more donors. Ideally, Drew’s best chance of matching is from a donor of Filipino heritage.

Please consider joining the Be the Match bone marrow registry. To register, please visit the link  http://join.bethematch.org/nomoreleufordrew. This link connects you to the website where you are asked some basic health questions and a kit will be mailed to you. Then, all it takes is a simple cheek swab to find out if you could be a match.


Free presentation on diabetes among Fil-Ams, Jan. 19

The Consulate General of the Philippines, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, invites the community to join them in their "Ika-21 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado" on Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 PM, at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603.

Featured presentation on that day is a lecture discussion on diabetes by the American Diabetes Association focusing on this concern among Filipino-Americans and ways to address the disease.

Confirmation of attendance is required. Please email chicagopcg@att.net or call 312-583-0621.


'Jed Madela: ALL REQUEST Concert 2 with Diamond Divas’, Feb. 12

CHICAGO--Performing live together with the “Grand Champion and Performer of the World” Jed Madela on Sunday, Feb. 12 are Chicago’s Diamond Divas: Sychar Yebra, Myan Villanueva and Audrey Esquival. Each “diva” has her own talent and unique musical style under Director Gerry Rebello’s leadership and guidance. The concert will be held at the Copernicus Center, 5216 Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60630 at 7:30 pm.

Jed is known as the first Filipino to win the world grand champion title of performing arts (WCOPA) which he won in 2003. He was a representative of one of sixteen Asian countries who participated in the Voice of Asia, a prestigious voice competition consisting of 18 contestants. He was judged the champion.
Jed won the ALIW Award in 2014 for Best Male Performance in a Concert for all requests. On top of this award, Jed ultimately won the Entertainer of the Year Award the same year.

The 38-year-old is a native of Iloilo City. He has a wide vocal range including that of a countertenor. Ticket prices are $35, $50, $75. Sponsors are $100. VIP with meet and greet $150. To order online visit themagicalentertainment.com.



Consulate, Knights of Rizal to commemorate 120th year of Dr. Jose Rizal's Martyrdom

Officers of the Central USA Knights of Rizal planning for the 120th year commemoration of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal Nov. 26 at the Rizal Center, Clockwise, from left, is Central USA Commander Anong Santos, Alvar Rosales, Eli Faypon, Felix Gonzales, Willie Buhay, Rev. Raul Fermin, and Dr. Rufino Crisostomo. (Photo by Dr. Gerry Guzman)


CHICAGO--The Consulate General of the Philippines and the Central USA Knights of Rizal will lead the local Filipino-American community and the general public in the commemoration of the 120th year of Dr. Jose P. Rizal's martyrdom on Friday, Dec. 30. Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Ms. Anna Liza F. Alcantara has issued an invitation to join her fellow staff members in a floral offering at 9 a.m. at the Rizal Monument at Margate Park between Clarendon Drive and Lake Shore Drive , between Wilson and Lawrence Avenues at Chicago north side.

The Central USA area commander of the Knights of Rizal, Mariano A. Santos, KCR, also announced the annual honoring of the Philippine National Hero with a cultural program and dinner fellowship later in the day at 6 pm at the Seafood City Function Room at Elston and Cicero Avenues, Chicago.

The KOR Maynilad Chapter will host this year's event with Chicago, Malaya and Magiting Chapters participating.

The Consulate General enjoins all Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and their families and friends to take part in these patriotic ceremonies which are constant reminders to our kababayans of the significant role that Rizal played the in the fight for the independence of the Philippines. The 35-year old Rizal was shot by musketry by the Spanish colonialists on the early morning of Dec. 30, 1896 at the Bagumbayan where the present Rizal Park is located in Manila.

Rizal's writings like his two novels "Noli Me Tangere" and "El Filibusterismo" exposed the brutality and corruption of a bankrupt colonial regime. He inspired the freedom-loving youth of his time to revolt that led to the Philippine Independence in 1898. The KNights of Rizal is a fraternal organization created by an Republic Act to promote the ideals of Dr. Rizal.

For more information on the floral offering, please contact Ms. Alcantara at Tel.: (312) 583-0621 ext. 13; or Email: chicagopcg@att.net. For the evening event at Seafood City, email Sir Alvar Rosales at alvar071@yahoo.com or call Sir Randy Famacion at (847) 682-3601 or Sir Raul Fermin at (847) 204-4139.

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 A United PH Opposition—Now more than ever!

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor



Resigned from accepting that Donald Trump is the new U.S. President come January 20, 2017, I found solace in laughter (The best medicine!). Here sharing with you some of the funny lines to come out of the late Comedy Shows nights after the Nov. 8 elections. (EDITOR)

The year 2016 is undoubtedly a troubling and a perplexing year. Disgruntled people making rash decisions that caused them be pushed into a corner of regrets and recriminations. Not only here in the U.S. or in our homeland but also supposedly in mature nations like Britain.

We’re talking here about Brexit, a referendum that called for that country to divorce itself from the European Union(EU)—only resulting in finger-pointing after an assessment that the Brexit could result to a wide economic dislocation. In an unusual British trait, that country is now trying hard to get out of the predicament. But their problem appears minor compared to what befell Americans when they learned the results of the Nov. 8 elections.

Glorious days

Defying all independent polls, Donald Trump gathered enough electoral votes—which he denounced as fraudulent before—to the become 45th President of the United States; even as his opponent, Hillary R. Clinton, garnered 2.6 millions more than what Trump got.

Trump who managed to alienate almost every sector of the electorate with his racist, misogynistic, narcissistic, often-false accusations— promised to make America great again. That resonated to disgruntled white voters in industrial states where the impact of globalization and computerization negatively affected the middle and lower middle class workers.

But it did not take long and even before he is sworn into his office that Trump’s promise to bring back the glorious days of those who propelled him to victory will be most likely to be relegated to the bottom of his priorities.

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Why did Russia want Trump to win?


Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
"Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton's chances."

Tone deaf

Trump on Dec. 9 released a particularly tone-deaf statement, which will only feed suspicions about his affection for Vladimir Putin. "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," it read. "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again.'" That he would adopt the Kremlin's position in the face of overwhelming evidence, supported by U.S. intelligence professionals, is in and of itself of grave concern.

Former CIA director Michael Hayden, speaking on CNN, expressed astonishment. "To have the president-elect of the United States simply reject the fact-based narrative that the intelligence community puts together because it conflicts with his a priori assumptions

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



Obama – the ‘first Asian American President’

President Obama made history as the first African President of the United States. But In his first 100 days in office, he also showed himself to be the first Asian American President. Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), who voted for him overwhelming, ushered his presidency with much excitement and pride.

“He recognizes what it means to be bicultural or bilingual – that it’s something we can contribute to America rather than being seen as a potential enemy or alien,” noted Asian American scholar and activist Helen Zia. U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) praised Obama for “understanding what it means to be inclusive and to be on the other side. It just makes me smile and makes me proud that we have someone like him as the American face.”

In his first 100 days, Obama appointed a record three Asian Americans to his cabinet, signed a measure authorizing $200 million in back pay to Filipino World War II veterans, re-established the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), initiated policy consultations with immigrant rights groups on how to revamp a broken immigration system, and quickly focused his foreign policy attention to the Pacific.

During his eight years in the White House, Obama expanded health care access to some of the 2 million uninsured AAPIs. Among Asian Americans under the age of 65, the uninsured rate has declined by 55 percent since 2013.

On immigration reform, he decried congressional inaction by taking executive action to protect from deportation as many as 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, including 15,000 Filipinos. By instituting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the President allowed the so-called “Dreamers” to apply for temporary legal status and work permits.


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