JULY 2014


Bicol National Associations Confab, July 25-27


The Bicol National Associations of America hosted by the Midwest chapter headed by Evelyn Tolledo will be held on July 25-27 at the Hilton Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Rep. Leni Robredo was scheduled to be the keynote speaker but cancelled her engagement because of the timing of the devastation of Typhoon Glenda.


The three-day confab will be attended by delegates from all over the U.S. For more details, call Ms. Tolledo at 773-946-9668.



Philippine Consulate General in Chicago presents new web site


The official website of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago will migrate to the Philippine Government Webhosting Service (GWHS).

Effective 11 July 2014, the Consulate will stop using www.chicagopcg.com and its new official web address or Uniform Resource Locator (URL) shall be www.chicagopcg.dfa.gov.ph.


The new website will bear the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) standard web design and features. It will be fully operational once migration is completed with all the relevant information and downloadable forms found in its current website.

The public is likewise reminded that they can reach the Consulate during office hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) through the following contact details:


Tel. No. (312) 583-0621
- Documentation: ext. 12
- Dual Citizenship: ext. 11
- Passport: ext. 16 and 21
- Visa and Cultural Section: ext. 13
Fax No. (312) 583-0647


They can also send letters or emails and follow the latest programs, activities and projects, as well as news releases and advisories, of the Consulate at:

122 S. Michigan Ave. #1600 Chicago, IL 60603. Email: chicagopcg@att.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chicagopcg
Website: www.chicagopcg.dfa.gov.ph (starting July 11)


Under Administrative Order No. 39 issued by the Office of the President, all government offices, as well as inter-agency collaborations, programs and projects are directed to migrate their websites to GWHS within a year from 12 July 2013. •



Dr. Crisostomo is new FACC President; Fil-Am Friendship dinner dance, July 3


Dr. Rufino Crisostomo assumes the presidency of the Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC) after the elections held at Rizal Center on June 21. Thelma Bascos who took over the president of the group after Rene Bella resigned last year was elected vice president. Twenty of the 35 available members of the board of directors were also elected with the remaining vacancies to be appointed by Dr. Crisostomo.

"My first priority is to increase the membership and generate revenue for maintenance and renovation of the FACC headquarters located at 1332 W. Irving Park. Dr. Crisostomo is a physician employed by Chicago dept. of health and is an advocate of senior citizens rights.

The next FACC fundraising is scheduled on Thursday, July 3 at Lone Tree Manor in Niles—to celebrate the Filipino American Friendship Day. For more info, email Crisostomo.Rufino@gmail.com or call 312-402-4191.


"Scent of Home" plays in Chicago, June 27-29


"Scent of Home," the three plays that Larry Leopoldo adapted from the short stories of Bienvenido Santos about his stay here in the U.S., will be staged for the final time on June 27, 28 and 30, 7:30 on Friday and Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday at @Moooh Dulce, 2602 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago.

To reserve tickets for these latest Circa-Pintig production, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/684323 (Special $10 tickets for students and seniors.)

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JULY 2014


Governor Quinn gets a noisy reception


By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Editor/Publisher


Left Photo: Democratic IL Gov Patt Quinn with PIWC's Dely Villalon. Right Photo: GOP Gubernatorial bet Bruce Rauner with DOT Director Vernie Morales. (Photos by Edna Pavel).


PRINCESS Emraida Kiram told me an unsavory incident during one of the past Philippine Independence Day celebrations when then ConGen Emelinda Lee-Pineda demanded that she should be seated on the presidential table because she represents the highest Philippine government position in Chicago-not only Sen. Loren Legarda, though, she was the keynote speaker for that event.


The breach of protocol was not corrected. The master of ceremonies who could have given up her seat and defused the tense situation insisted that she's important too, thus, she held on to her place at the presidential table. The point of Princess Emraida who was the main speaker in the June 1st "Kwentuhan" at the Field Museum, the topic being the cultural heritage in Mindanao, was that emcees or program facilitators have the responsibility of making sure that matters of protocol and audience control are properly studied and implemented.


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Filipino citizenry needs vigilance in a long road to justice

Proofs of Transparency


SENATOR Bong Revilla was arrested June 20 on charges of plunder and graft in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam that had been rocking the Philippine political system since July last year.

Revilla was the first senator to be arrested since the Ombudsman indicted 54 people, including two other senators, in the Sandiganbayan on June 6 over the large-scale diversion of allocations from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) into ghost projects of bogus nongovernment organizations…


Expected to be arrested … are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, who were also indicted for plunder and graft for allegedly pocketing tens of millions of pesos in kickbacks from their pork barrel projects.


Revilla is facing one count of plunder and 16 counts of graft; Enrile, one count of plunder and 15 counts of graft; and Estrada, one count of plunder and 11 counts of graft.
The three are the first senators to be indicted for criminal charges involving corruption in the Senate's history…


Their arrest provided an ironic turn in Philippine politics, as the crackdown on official corruption was carried out by an administration that came to office on an anticorruption platform...


Administration officials claim that the plunder and graft charges brought against the legislators and agency heads and employees involved in the pork barrel scam are proofs of the transparency and honesty of the Aquino administration.


The senators will be tried without the immunities and protection of the Senate, whose prestige and power have been diminished by the involvement of its members in the corruption scandal.


--Analysis by Amando Doronila (PDI, 6/23/14)


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JULY 2014


 Washington in June

By Jon Melegrito / Letter from Washington


Left Photo: Maryland Delegate Kris Valderrama addresses the Filipino American community during its annual Philippine Independence Day Gala Ball.


Before we gear up for July's "Filipino-American Friendship Day" and all the other festivities related to America 's birthday celebration, allow me to review and reflect on all the things that happened in this town during the month of June.

Most of the happenings invariably touched on Typhoon Haiyan and its aftermath. These are the events in chronological order.

First, there was the re-launching of the US-Philippine Friendship Caucus, attended by more than a dozen US representatives who were serenaded by the world champion UST Singers. The ensemble had been performing at several venues in the Washington DC area.

Next came the Filipino American community's annual Philippine Independence Day Ball, with its theme "Weathering the Storm: Building for Tomorrow." Keynote speakers were Maryland Delegate Kris Valderrama and former Ambassador John Maisto, president of the US-Philippine Friendship Society. They commended the community's continuing efforts to raise funds for Haiyan relief and recovery.

The Philippine Embassy's traditional June 12 shindig was held three days later at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There were toasts to enduring friendships and stronger bilateral relations. Hundreds of guests feasted on sumptuous dishes, sipped wine and enjoyed a view of Washington from the terrace.


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