JUNE 2017

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Community leader Ruben Salazar awarded

RUBEN SALAZAR- a tireless workhorse of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) got an overdue recognition when he was given the Most Outstanding Chicago Cultural Award May 17. Benru is a prime mainstay of the "Piesta Pinoy" which makes its third year celebration June 10 in Bolingbrook to mark the Philippine Independence. As usual, his PACF dance troupe wowed the audience at the Jesse White reception for the Asian-Pacific Islander Month as well as at the first "Kita Kits” fest at the Seafood City.

right pIC: PACF COORDINATOR Ruben Salazar

Benru is a founding member of the Maynilad Chapter of the Knights of Rizal. One calls him the ultimate "Culture-vulture" of the community--a term that should be taken positively, because he's the dependable resource in all things cultural.

Pinay bags full scholarship to Joffrey Ballet

A 16-year-old Filipina was chosen as one of ten recipients to receive a one year full scholarship to the prestigious Joffrey Academy of Dance Summer Intensive Program in Chicago as a Studio Company ballet member.

Ballerina Stephanie Santiago (photo by anne jambora)

She was an exception as the scholarships are usually given to American citizens, according to an Inquirer News report. She also received a one year full merit scholarship to the Atlanta Ballet in Atlanta, George. The 5’ 3 1/2” Stephanie Santiago, also called “Steff,”wanted to make a career out of ballet, but her parents initially did not approve of it , according to an Inquirer News report.



Pia Wurtbach is UNAIDS goodwill ambassador

Miss Universe 2015 German -American Pia Wurtzbach has taken on a new role after crowning her successor in January as UNAIDS goodwill ambassador of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Asia and the Pacific.

On May 1 she met with the UNAIDS Director Richard Kraus and Instagramed a photo of the two of them during the launch at Ateneo de Manila University. On her Twitter post she wrote “Join our campaign by using the hashtag #LIVE2LUV,” according to an Inquirer News report.

Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown after Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973, according to the Wikipedia report.


PH Lawyer swims long distances in US

LEFT PIC: The “Pinoy Aquaman,” lawyer Ingemar Macarine

A Fil-Am lawyer who practiced swimming in the tropical waters of the Philippines was not prepared for the cold waters of the Hudson River in New York where he challenged himself to swim for 4.9 miles, according to an Inquirer News report.

Lawyer Ingemar Macarine is a Commission of Election (Comelec) officer of Tubignon town in Bohol. This is not his first feat attempting and succeeding in swimming long distances in the waters of the United States. In April 2014, he swam from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City California. He also swam the Chesapeake Bay for 9 miles from the Bay Bridge Marina to Sandy Pointe Park Beach, Annapolis in Maryland, the report added.

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