JULY 2017


The Calamba Association of Illinois, led by chairpersons Loy Gonzales family and Rey T. Elazegui, held its annual town Fiesta picnic at the Harrer Park in Morton Grove on June 24 to celebrate the Feast of St. John de Baptist, the patron saint of Calamba, Laguna. The Calamba Second Grand Reunion will be held in Illinois from July 14-16. (PINOY Photo)


Calamba Association USA Grand Reunion, July 14-16

The Calamba Association USA will host a grand reunion for three days from Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16  to foster closer ties with town mates and keep the Filipino culture alive. Though members of the Association are thousands of miles from home and scattered throughout the U.S., they still cherish their Calambeno heritage.

The reunion will begin with a welcome dinner at 6:30 PM at the Belvedere Events & Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave. in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Its farewell activity will be a picnic on July 16 at the Richard E. John's Park, 2101 Central Rd, Glenview, IL Reservations for hotel accommodations can be made at the adjacent Belvedere Hotel (847-985-0101).

The schedule of activities are as follows: 
July 14 (Friday) - Welcome Dinner at 6:30 PM at the Belvedere Events & Banquets. Welcome address will be by Reny T. Elazegui. Attire is Business casual. 
July 15 (Saturday) -Dinner/Dance at Belvedere Banquets at 6:30 PM. Speaker is Leah Tan Montoya, System VP for Care Management Services, Ingalls Health System in Illinois. Attire is Formal. 
July 16 (Sunday) - Picnic & Farewell at 11:30 AM at the Richard E. John’s Park in Glenview. Attire is Casual.

The first USA reunion was hosted by the Calamba Association of Southern California in November 2014 in Norwalk, CA. The chairpersons for this second reunion are Ed Tolentino and Wally Rizal. The formation of the Calamba Association of Illinois was inspired by the fact that Calambenos are town mates of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. 

For more information call Ed Tolentino at 630-788-6499, Wally Rizal at 773-592-3718, Liza Villanueva at 847-204-4816 or Lindy Tan 847-506-0811(Rey T. Elazegui)


Meet, Ask & Learn from a Venture Capitalist, July 19

The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago, Inc. (FABEX), as part of its Progress and Success Series, will feature a Meet, Ask and Learn from Venture Capitalist Len Batterson, Chair & CEO of Batterson Venture Capital, LLC on Wed., July 19 from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 Touhy Avenue Lincolnwood, IL 60712, lower level next to Carson Pirie Scott.

Len will discuss “Why AOL got funded and how yours could too?” Len will share how he led one of the first investments in AOL, what he and his firm currently nvest in and what you should do to get a venture capitalist, angel investor or family and friends to invest in your company or start-up. Bring your business plan and speak with Len about it. Admission is $25 per person. Limited Seating, Food and drinks available. Lots of free parking. Mingle with fellow owners and entrepreneurs to exchange business cards. RSVP at Eventbrite at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-ask-and-learn-from-a-real-vc-tickets-35564864467. To RSVP and sponsorship inquiries to :atabangay@gmail.com .


Cardinal Blase Cupich presiding over Asian Community Mass at St. Henry, July 23

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Asian Catholic Initiative will hold its First Asian Community Mass in honor of “Mary, the Mother of Cultures” on Sunday, July 23 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 6325 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago (Hoyne & Devon) at 5:00 PM.

His Eminence Blase Cardinal Cupich will preside over the Mass with Asian priests as concelebrants.

A procession will take place before the Mass at 4:00 PM. Bring your Blessed Virgin’s image, banner, and flowers for the procession to be placed in front of the altar. A potluck reception will follow immediately after Mass. Parking is available at St. Henry, Loyola and Misericordia. Recommended attire is ethnic. For more information, contact Elvie Ocampo at 847-302-1759 or Sally Martinez at 773-715-7929.

LBC Calendar Design Contest, Submission deadline July 31

LBC Cargo USA and Canada have created a competition that will preserve their customers’ artistry and vision with the 2018 calendar as their canvass. The LBC Calendar Design Competition's theme is “The Way We Move It in the Philippines.. Artwork must be able to clearly depict the unique ways Filipinos move, may it be through cultural activities like traditional or modern dancing or way of life like transportation.

The art tilt is open to all LBC Customers and non-customers and their families. Submission of entries will be accepted until July 31, 2017. Other details of the contest can be viewed at www.lbcexpress.com. Twelve winners will be chosen, each to take home $500 with their artwork to be featured in LBC’s 2018 Collectible Calendar. Winners will be announced mid-August and calendar will be released by Thanksgiving.

LBC is committed to moving lives, businesses, and communities and delivering smiles around the world. Founded in 1945 as a brokerage and air cargo agent, LBC pioneered time-sensitive cargo delivery and 24-hour door-to- door delivery in the Philippines.

Mass & Consecration of shrine to Immaculate Heart of Mary, Aug 24

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

The event will start with a Catholic mass officiated by Cardinal Blase Cupich at 11 AM at the St. Catherine Laboure, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.
Following the mass there will be a procession. Following the procession will be the official consecration of The Immaculte Heart of Mary shrine to the Parish of St. Catherine and the town of Glenview.

A Marian conference will take place at St. Catherine on August, 3, 10 & 17 at 8:30 PM. Guest speakers are Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr. Kartje, President and Rector of the Mundelien Seminar. To reserve a spot, email Ken at SCL3535@comcast.net.

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.


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.




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