JUNE 2015

Fil-Am judge to keynote Chicago PH Independence Day fete

CHICAGO–The only elected Filipino American in the Illinois judiciary will be the keynote speaker at the celebration in the Greater Chicago area of the 117th Year of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence.

Judge Jessica Arong-O’Brien, elected three years ago to the Cook County Circuit Court, will speak on Saturday, June 13, at the 40th year annual Philippine Independence Week Committee’s (PIWC) dinner-ball gala night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.

Before the celebration, Judge O’Brien also will be installed on June 4 as the 2015 president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI).

PIWC chair Ellen Tan said that “Judge O’Brien will address the group’s theme, “Bayan Magiliw” (Beloved Homeland) by citing the importance of the rule of law in eliminating graft and corruption and protecting victims of human trafficking and human rights violations.”

There will be also the coronation of the PIWC beauty queens. Consul General Generoso Calonge will give remarks in behalf of the Manila government.

PIWC will also have a community picnic on Sunday, June 7 at Proesel Park in Lincolnwood, Illinois.

Other activities like essay contests for the youth, bowling tournament and a Senior’s health fair will be held on various dates.

Other Independence events

Consular officials will host a brunch at their offices at 122 S. Michigan Avenue on June 12 after the traditional 9 a.m. flag ceremony at the Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop.
Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, president of the Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC), said that his group will hold an independence reception at their headquarters at Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago. This is by invitation only.

Email Dr. Crisostomo at crisostomo.rufino@gmail.com. For details, call Ellen Tan at 847-506-0811.


Cardinal Tagle to celebrate mass at Holy Name Cathedral, June 13

Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will celebrating mass at the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago on Saturday, June 13 for the 5:15 Vigil Mass. The Cardinal leads 2.8 million Catholics in Manila and was recently elected as President of Caritas International.

Piyesta Pinoy returns to Bolingbrook, June 20

BOLINGBROOK, IL-Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago returns in the summer with Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook on Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 Briarcliff Rd. Bolingbrook, IL next to the Bolingbrook Village Hall and Town Center.

Piyesta Pinoy will provide a special forum for artists, vendors and performers to share their crafts, works and talents in promoting the Filipino American arts, music, cuisine and cultural heritage; to unite the Filipino American communities in and around the greater Chicago area; to promote and preserve the Filipino culture and heritage; and to foster collaboration amongst different groups, organizations, clubs, businesses and individuals. Last year’s official attendance was 4,500 over a 12 hour non-stop entertainment schedule that featured a famous celebrity artist from the Philippines (Dingdong Dantes), four musical bands plus a main stream country singer (Andrew Salgado), several local cultural music and dance groups among the performers. Mayor Roger Claar of Bolingbrook and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White along with the Jesse White tumblers were also in attendance.

Applications for sponsors, donors, business and cultural booth tables are now open. Please visit us online at http://piyestapinoy.org/ for details.


Youth win prizes in PIWC essay writing contest

The ten youth who participated in the 2015 PIWC Essay Writing contest May 16 are: Madelynne Anama, Seri Cho, Camille Anne Fajardo, Maya Leighton,Benjamin Lortie, Christian Luciano, Joshua Ramos, David Rivas,Nichole Rivas, and Reijay Vargas. PIWC members shown above who witnessed the contest are Josena P. Abaya - Wee Sit (Overall Chair), Ellen Tan, Tony & Susan Silvano, Remo & Myrna Cordero, Vishnu & Myrna Mahant, Vel Guffey, Edwin Pineda, Johnny Tablizo, Veronica Leighton, and Edna Pavel.

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) conducted an essay writing contest for youth on May 16 at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. Mrs. Josefina Abaya -Wee Sit chaired the educational activity. Ten essayists from various schools participated in the successful event:
Madelynne Anama 6th grade, Stuart R. Paddock School; Seri Cho 10th grade, Wheeling High School; Camille Anne Fajardo 11th grade, Downers Grove South High School; Maya Leighton (Fourth Prize Winner - $100) 7th grade, Oscar Mayer Magnet School; Benjamin Lortie (Second Prize Winner - $200) 8th grade, Saint Anne School, Barrington , IL; Christian Luciano (First Prize Winner - $250) 11th grade, Northside College Prep School; Joshua Patrick Ramos8th grade, Iroquois Community School; David Rivas (Fifth Prize Winner - $50) 9th grade, Chicago Art High School; Nicole Rivas 6th grade, Joseph E. Gary Elementary School; Reijhay Vargas (Third Prize Winner - $150) 7th grade, Lincoln Junior High School.
All essayists were recipients of a $20 bonus during the contest day while the 5 grand prize winners will be awarded their prize checks on June 13, 2015 during the PIWC Gala Night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel- Chicago O'Hare; 5440 North River Road, Rosemont , IL.
All grand prizes, bonus outlays, and the free dinner tickets of the essay winners were personally donated by PIWC members.

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