JUNE 2016


155th Commemoration of the Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, June 19

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago would like to invite the community to participate in the Commemoration of the 155th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

The highlight of the event will be a floral offering on Sunday, June 19, 9:00 am, at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

For more information, you may reply to this email or call telephone no. (312) 583-0621 ext. 13.


an ASIAN Pacific American celebration was hosted by US Presidential Asian adviser Billy Dec at his Sunda Restaurant in Chicago May 23. Photo shows him with his Filipino American mother Celia Dec and noted lawyer Aurora Austriaco (far L) joining a drum ensemble to start the month celebration. Dec in his remarks highlighted his advocacy to end bulling especially among minorities like Asians. (PINOY Photo by Anong)

The OKOR Maynilad Installation was held May 24 at the Rizal Center headed by ConGen Generoso Calonge,KCR, Chapter Commander and Deputy Consul Romulo Israel as Deputy Commander. Knights of Rizal Central USA coordinated the event with the Chicago and Malaya Chapters. The group will hold a commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal's birthday on June 18 at the Rizal center and at the Rizal Monument at the Margate Park at Chicago North side. Interested persons may call Mariano "Anong" Santos at 847-528-4991.

The Philippines was one of the countries represented at the Skokie Festival of Cultures in Skokie May 21. Volunteers for the Philippine booth spent the day welcoming guests and stamping booklets for children. From Left to right is Rose Salazar, Jelly Carandang, Flor Clarito and Cesar Borja. (PINOY Photo by Grace Garcia)

LAMI or the Laguna Assn. of the Midwest Inc. 2016-2017 officers are sworn-in to office by PH Cultural Attache Ana Liza Alcantara May 21 at the Northbrook Hilton. Gene Brizuela heads the group succeeding Lindy Tan. Ben Zoleta and Remo Cordero are 1st and 2nd Vice presidents. Rey Eleazegui, founding president remains a an adviser along with other former presidents. For more info call 773-472-4149. (PINOY Photo)


....The Use of Email and Technology on Today's Youth

...continued from home page

The original purpose of the email was to allow people to communicate efficiently and effectively, without the burden of meeting in real life. Though the use of email was slow to start, the goal of the email eventually proved to be a success. In a study done by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, only about 15 percent of American adults (18 and older) don't use the internet or email, implying that 85 percent of American adults do use the internet and email. Though this study only shows the statistics for adults, it still serves as a strong representation of the integration of email into today's society. Due to this integration, it is clear that there are several reasons why email helps rather than hurts. On a larger scale, it is useful for small business, school or church groups, and organizations to get the word out regarding recent events and upcoming announcements. Without email, these businesses, groups, and organizations would not have the support that they need to continue to function. In addition, for many work-related meetings or correspondences, email is a necessary force for organizing meetings, and making important decisions instantaneously. Therefore, in both these examples, email does not encourage impulsive and thoughtless communication, but rather the opposite.

For these reasons, many may believe that email has been only a positive force in the modern world.

However, there are countless unexpected consequences that have occurred because of email. By definition, emails are: “Messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to one or more recipients via a network.”

Nowhere in this definition is talking or face-to-face interactions mentioned. These messages are “electronic,” connecting people only through an invisible “network.” I believe that this is where the repercussions of email are truly shown. Due to this lack of face-to-face interaction, or even the sound of a voice when one makes a phone call, there is a significant amount of detachment when sending an email. Being the basis for other platforms of communication like: texting, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc., the repercussions of the email have reached the younger members of many communities much more quickly than it has reached adults. Not only do the email and platforms allow us to send rude messages to others, but with a simple click of a button, we can outright ignore conversations that we don't want to confront. We now have the option to be disrespectful to others without feeling bad about ourselves. Furthermore, our ability to speak to others in real life has grown rusty. With the email, we have the luxury to take all the time we need to craft witty responses carefully while in real life we get less than a second. Overall, our ability to communicate to one another has been seriously impaired.

The effect of the email has been seen worldwide. As the basis for all other platforms, the email has affected people of all ages, but most of all, today's youth. We are able to talk to friends across the oceans, yet rarely make time to spend time with our families. We can type 40 words per minute, but struggle finding the words to say in a conversation. We are more interconnected than ever before, yet we spend our time alone, tapping away in front of the glowing blue screens. It would be impossible to completely detach ourselves from email and technology, but in order to truly enjoy relationships and build lifelong connections, we must take a moment to step back, sign out of our emails, close our computer screens, and open our hearts to others around us.


.....Piyesta Pinoy 2016 (continued from index page)

Last year’s event attracted about 7,500 people in attendance, 10 food vendors, 25 merchandise and service vendors and 12 not-for-profit organizations.

Last year’s entertainment included performances by Filipino super star Sam Milby, singer Geneva Cruz from California and local singers and dancers. Food cooking demos were done by well-known Fil-Am chefs. There were several other interactive activities and children’s games.

Founded in 1996 as a Not-For-Profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) depends on generosity from its supporters and volunteers. The PACF asks for assistance in fundraising activities to promote the Filipino culture throughout Illinois through music, dance & exhibits, to sponsor our youth PACF Performing Arts Group, and to recognize FAHM Outstanding Filipino American Seniors.

For more information email piyestapinoy@gmail.com or call Ruben Salazar at 630-969-2971.


First Bank & Trust Shredding and Electronic Recycling Day, June 11

First Bank & Trust will hold a shredding and electronic recycling day on Saturday, June 11 its Evanston branch, 2925 Central Street Evanston, IL from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Community members can come and have up to 25 lbs of paper shredded from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm only. This is a chance to recycle obsolete electronics such as computers, mobile devices, printers/copiers, cell phones and much more.

The future shredding and electronic days will be held at several First Bank & Trust branches on Saturdays. The dates they are available are the following: July 16 at 100 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; August 20 at 4007 Dempster Street in Skokie (no electronic recycling); September 17 at 100 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; October 15 at 8047 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie; and November 19 at 820 Church Street in Evanston.

First Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed community bank dedicated to supporting individuals, privately-held and family-owned businesses and non-profits as they pursue their dreams. Their goal is to spur economic growth and development in Chicagoland, including the North Shore and the western suburbs. For more information about First Bank & Trust, visit www.firstbt.com.



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