JUNE 2016


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

CHICAGO--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. 

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

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


Chicago Commemorates the 155th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, together with the Central USA Area Command of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) and leaders and members of the Filipino American community, commemorated the 155th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on June 19.
The highlight of this annual celebration was the symbolic wreath offering at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument at Margate Park between Marine Drive and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago at 9:00 am, led by Consul General Generoso DG Calonge and Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Commander and Deputy Commander of the Maynilad Chapter of KOR, respectively.
A program was held by the Knights and Ladies for Rizal at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Heritage Center where additional members of the Consulate-based Maynilad Chapter were installed.
In his remarks, Consul General Generoso DG Calonge thanked everyone for their presence and participation in the activity, and underscored the importance of observing the birth anniversary of Dr. Jose. P. Rizal, our national hero.
He mentioned that honoring Rizal, who was a towering leader and inspiration to leaders of the Philippine revolution, is a fitting end to the week-long festivities celebrating the birth of the Filipino nation. He encouraged the Filipino community to have a deeper appreciation of Rizal’s life, works and martyrdom which remain relevant to this day, and “still echo in our common aspirations for progress, prosperity and peace in our motherland.”
The creation of the new Maynilad Chapter in support of the legally mandated Order of the Knights of Rizal in the Central USA Area, is one concrete contribution the Consulate General has made in memory of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.


Closing Our Screens and Opening Our Hearts: The Use of Email and Technology on Today's Youth

By Florence Almeda
Sophomore, University of Chicago Laboratory School
Parents: Pauline Camacho & Francis Almeda

May 21,2016, First Prize-PIWC 2016 Essay Writing Contest

Wrists poised, fingers flexed — the familiar tap of the keyboard is a constant rhythm behind my everyday life. Even as I bring to write this essay, my hands translate my thoughts faster than I could write with pen and paper. I still remember when I first learned how to type in third grade. I dreaded the monotony of the typing exercises and resented the light blue glow of the computer screens, wishing I was outside in the yellow sunlight instead. Despite my hatred for this class, as I have grown older, I realized its importance. In my eyes, typing is the basis for a whole new language that is vital for communication in this century. For many people of my age, it's hard to believe that our parents did not grow up with the same type of technology. I would estimate that there has not been one day this entire year that I have not checked my email. But for better or for worse, it has become ingrained in our everyday lives. We cannot imagine a world without it. The increased use of technology, including email, has served to raise a generation of youths that are prone to insensitivity and resistance to face-to-face interactions, yet they manage to remain more interconnected than any generation the world has ever seen.

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Parole visas okayed for PH families of Filipino WWII vets in U.S.

The U. S. Department of Homeland Security on May 9, 2016, announced the implementation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) Policy. Under this policy, USCIS will offer certain beneficiaries of approved family- based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to request a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa numbers to become available. Among other things, the policy recognizes the extraordinary contributions and sacrifices of Filipino veterans who fought for the United States during World War II. The policy also enhances the ability of such elderly veterans and their spouses to obtain care and support from their family members abroad.

More than 260,000 Filipino soldiers enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II. Estimates indicate that as many as 26,000 of these brave individuals became U.S. citizens. As U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs), these veterans may petition for certain of their family members to come to the United States. Estimates indicate that there are approximately between 2,000 to 6,000 Filipino American World War II veterans still alive in the United States today, many of whom greatly desire to have their family members in the United States during their final days.

On or after June 8, 2016, individuals will be able to request parole under the FWVP policy. For more information contact Maura Nicholson, Deputy Chief, International Operations Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Suite 3300, Washington, DC 20529, Telephone 202-272-1892. (This is not a toll-free number). For more information on DHS guidelines, visit web site: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/09/2016-10750/filipino-world-war-ii-veterans-parole-policy

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JUNE 2016 

By Mariano "Anong" Santos




For better? Or for worse?

CULLED from the wires of our news partner, Inquirer.net, are the following news summary of important development after the historic election of May 9, 2016 that saw the election of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who belatedly threw in his hat in the presidential ring and won a landslide in a record setting turnout of voters (81% or 55 million). The items will speak for themselves.

Right pic: Leni Robredo


Robredo: Victory claim based on Comelec numbers


By DJ Yap
Inquirer News Service

MANILA — Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo on May 15 claimed victory in the electoral race, saying it has become mathematically impossible for her closest rival Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to catch up with her.

“It’s irreversible. We have won,” the Camarines Sur congresswoman told a big crowd of supporters on a makeshift stage at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Robredo spent more than 20 minutes expressing her thanks and thoughts on the election, speaking at length about her underdog journey. “Among all the national candidates, I was the least likely [to win],” she said.

Addressing the allegations of fraud, she said: “You know I would never allow myself to be used either as an instrument or recipient of cheating.”

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 JUNE 2016



A mayor for a nation of 100 million

Guest Editorial
By Randy David
Inquirer News Service

PRESIDENT-Elect Rodrigo Duterte’s winning formula can now be formulated more clearly. The idea is to first get elected. What to do after can wait. For this to work, all that is needed is to grasp the public’s disaffection with government, and whip it into a heightened sense of frustration and exasperation so that no solution is conceivable unless it is personified by no other figure than the tough-talking mayor of Davao City.

Many of us thought the country—one of the most modern in the region—was looking for a president for a nation of 100 million who could build an inclusive society by ensuring continued economic growth. It was a wrong assumption.

As it turned out, most Filipinos had little appreciation or patience for the complexities of modern governance. They had no need for a visionary; they were only looking for a hands-on problem-solver. Someone to fix the traffic and make sure the trains don’t break down. A punisher who will discipline corrupt and abusive government personnel, patrol the streets, kill drug dealers and drive away criminals. A protector who will personally attend to the oppressed, the poor, the sick, and the abandoned.

In short, they were looking for a local mayor who can solve social problems by the sheer force of his personality, someone who will not be restrained by legal procedure or constitutional limitations from doing what he thinks needs to be done. And they have found him in Mayor Duterte.

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JUNE 2016

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



A Farewell to the “People’s Ambassador”

The Honorable Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., - the longest-serving Philippine Ambassador to the United States – is stepping down this month after almost six years in this plum diplomatic post. He said he and his wife, Vicky, are looking forward to returning home and resuming his life in the private sector where he served as Central Bank Governor for three years. He also squelched speculations that he will succeed Albert del Rosario as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. “I just want to go home and be with my grandchildren,” he said.

But before flying back to Manila, he intends to complete his plan of visiting all 50 states in the U.S.. “I’ve gone to 42 already,” he points out, “but I may only get to three before I leave – possibly Wyoming, Alabama and Oklahoma.”

The Ambassador made these remarks at a farewell dinner on May 20 at a Maryland Country Club. Representatives from more than 30 community organizations, the US-Philippine Friendship Society and other dignitaries paid tribute to the “People’s Ambassador” and his many accomplishments, and praised his legacy of “institutionalizing unity and cooperation” in providing humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.

The “Despedida” was hosted by the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC) – an organization he founded in November 2013 shortly after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines.

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