JUNE 2016


Raul M. Sunico: World-Class Piano Recital, June 30

World-renowned Filipino pianist, Dr. Raul Sunico, will perform a piano recital on Thurs., June 30 at 7:00 PM, at the Pianoforte Studios located at 1335 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

Dr. Sunico is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, orchestral soloist, composer, and currently President of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Dean of UST's Conservatory of Music.

General admission is $50. Beneficiaries of the recital are the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music Scholarship Fund and jointly, the World Surgical Foundation of the Philippines. 

For further questions, you may directly communicate with Dr. Casambre at telephone number (773) 209-8978 or email cleocasambre@hotmail.com.


Jed Madela All Requests Concert, July 24

CHICAGO-- Pop singer Jed Madela will be in town on Sunday, July 24 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, for his All Requests Concert which begins at 7:30 pm.

True to its title, Jed Madela sings all requested songs taken from interactive sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and weaves them into the concert lineup.

At the venue, the viewing public also have their chance to have their requests sung by Jed through what is called the “Fishbowl segment.” People get to challenge Jed to sing what they want to hear that makes it a really fun show.

The requests are for Jed to do an impersonation (which he is known for), dance songs, novelty songs, or for him to belt out songs which only he can possible do.

Another segment of the show is where celebrities send in their requests through a video and Jed does all of this with a twist. Celebrity requests are more challenging - like requests for Jed to sing a duet with himself or sing a song 5 bars higher than the normal which Jed gamely does to the delight of the audience.

Records show that Jed receives at least two standing ovations in each all requests concert.


Jed is known as the first Filipino to win the world grand champion title of performing arts (WCOPA). In 2003, sixteen Asian countries participated in the Voice of Asia, a prestigious voice competition consisting of 18 contestants. The Philippines sent him as the first official male representative to the Voice of Asia where he eventually won. The Filipino recording artist is also an ASAP TV host.

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. Jed’s has a wide range of albums spanning a decade. He had several albums which were represented by the record label Universal Music Group, Inc., which is the second largest music publishing company in the world.

Introducing Solo Front Act

Singer Sychar Yebra will be the front act at the All Requests Concert. This is Sychar ’s big break as a solo artist. She performed last year at the Ric Manrique and Miriam Pantig Concert. In February, she performed in the Valentine Show with Fe Delos Reyes Comedy Musical.

Sychar Yebra was born and raised in the Tina, San Miguel, Surigao Del Sur. She began singing karaoke at a young age. At the age of 12, her family migrated to the United States for a better opportunity in life. Eventually, she joined a traveling singing Christian group that performed around the US. The group consisted of eight members with Sychar being the ninth and youngest member.
In early 2015, Sychar sang at the Mishlê Home Care’s seven year company anniversary, where she was discovered by Gerry Rebello, a director/producer of Fil-Am concerts. Gerry saw talent in Sychar. He started bringing her in concert as guests. Gerry hopes to help her talent grow and has given Sychar an opportunity of a lifetime.

Ticket prices are $35, $50, $75. Sponsors are $100. VIP with meet and greet $150. To order online visit www.themagicalentertainment.com.



Piyesta Pinoy returns to Bolingbrook, June 11


CHICAGO – The third annual Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy 2016 in Bolingbrook) will be held on Saturday, June 11, at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 from 11 AM to 10 PM. Admission is free.

The event will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.

The Filipino Channel (TFC) is this year’s exclusive Philippine media partner. Celebrities Kim Chu and Xiam Lim will be the guest TFC celebrity stars from the Philippines.

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.


Healthier Filipino Cooking at Piyesta Pinoy

Attendees to this year's Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook will get the chance to taste healthier versions of classic and modern Filipino-inspired dishes which will be demonstrated on site at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center grounds on June 11.

Accomplished Fil-Am Chefs Marilyn McNabb, Enric Tolentino and cooking coach Ren Mendoza are showcasing their own recipes scheduled at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm at the Three Horses Jasmine Rice Cooking Demo tent set up near the main entertainment stage.

Cooking personality Johanna Mirpuri, also known as Momma Cuisine and host of In the Kitch, will be facilitating and engaging the audience during the demonstrations organized by Mango Rice Productions, in partnership with the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) and the Filipino-American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC).

Marilyn McNabb is a culinary instructor and now Executive Pastry Chef of the Hilton Chicago in Northbrook. Ren Mendoza, is the CEO of Triple A Health Venture and a cooking coach for Saladmaster which promotes healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition and healthy cooking. Enric Tolentino, a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Chicago, is currently a Research Chef and Quality Assurance Manager for Do & Co Gourmet Airline Catering.

Aside from free tasting of the dishes prepared during the demos (available on a first come, first serve, while supplies last basis), give-aways, gift certificates, and recipe booklets will be given to lucky members of the audience.

The cooking demos are made possible by the contributions of Three Horses Jasmine Rice, Saladmaster / Triple A Health Venture, Wet USA / Wet International, Transformation Beauty Spa, Ramar Foods / Magnolia, Cecy and Color Salon, World Financial Group (WFG), and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation.


Free Weekly Breast Cancer Education at Asian Human Services Family Health Center

CHICAGO-- With the support of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, Asian Human Services Family Health Center (AHSFHC) will resume hosting weekly workshops to increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer among women of Asian origins in the Chicago North side community. All women are at risk for breast cancer, and the workshops aim at providing tips on how women can lower their risk for breast cancer. These interactive workshops are free and will provide participants with educational materials in a variety of languages.

Breast cancer is a serious threat to women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. We encourage all women who are 20 years and older to participate in these workshops, regardless having a family history of breast cancer or not. Our knowledgeable staff will facilitate the workshops and offer other support services for women who need them, including referrals for free breast cancer screening services.

Starting Tuesday Feb. 9 workshops will be held at Asian Human Services Family Health Center located at 2424 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. To sign-up for a free workshop, call Toyosi Akinrotimi at 773-761-0300 (ext 2439). Walk-ins are also welcome!

For more information about the clinic, visitwww.ahschicago.org



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