MARCH 2014


First Kwentuhan Session at the Field Museum of Natural History, March 16

CHICAGO -- The 10,000Kwentos, a Filipino American community coalition group, invites the public to a story-sharing session on selected artifacts currently in storage at the Field Museum. This is the first of four kwentuhan (story telling/sharing) sessions, with each session to feature different regions of the Philippines. The March 16 kwentuhan will focus on Northern Philippines: Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and the Cordilleras.

The kwentuhan sessions are part of an innovative concept called co-curation, which would allow a community to share responsibility for the care, use, interpretation, and financial support of its heritage collection. The Filipino community and its artifacts have been given the honor of serving as the pilot project.

Individuals and groups with either knowledge or interest in Northern Philippines are encouraged to participate at this very first kwentuhan session. The event will consist of brief presentations (storytelling) on selected artifacts brought out of storage and discussions (story-sharing). One of the participating groups is BIBBAK Illinois, composed of descendants of the Igorot tribe in Bontoc, Ifugao, Benguet, Baguio, Apayao and Kalinga, and their local chapter president, Rexcrisanto Delson (

Two other regional kwentuhan sessions are tentatively scheduled in the summer: Luzon (Central and Southern regions) and the Visayas combined, and Mindanao. A culminating event is planned for November. For details of future events, please visit the 10000kwentos website.

This special event is free for participants and will be held at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm. However, space is limited so please contact Jelly R. Carandang for reservation at 630-564-7949 or as soon as possible. More detailed instructions will be provided to those with validated reservations. Online participation via Google Hangout is being planned. This is a rare opportunity because Philippine artifacts are NOT on public display at the Field.

The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Its collections, public learning programs, and research are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds and knowledge. For more information, visit

10,000 Kwentos is a group of concerned Filipino Americans in Chicago and surrounding areas, leading an effort to use the artifacts of the Field Museum's Philippine heritage collection for the benefit of all. They are in full cooperation with the Field Museum, the community at-large and other Filipino and Filipino American resources at their disposal. It is our hope that this effort will help build a stronger and unified community, through sharing of pride of our heritage and history. For more information, and/or provide feedback, please visit

Public transportation and parking information can be found at

Contributing researchers/writers are Almira Astudillo Gilles and Sarahlynn Pablo, with input from program chair, Ron Salazar.

Piyesta Pinoy in Chicago, March 23

Back for the third year in a row, Piyesta Pinoy in Chicago invites participants for its cultural event on Sunday, March 23 from 12 pm - 3pm at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. Piyesta Pinoy is accepting applicationsfor participants to display, exhibit or perform at this event. Deadline is on Feb. 3. To participate, contact Tito Ruben at 630-969-2971.


Ambassadors, Consul General & Tourism Directors Tour to PHL, July 28-Aug. 2

The 9th Ambassadors, Consuls General & Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) to the Philippines will be held on July 28-Aug. 2. The basic tour will be from July 28-31 but an optional out-of-town tour will be on July 31- Aug. 2 The tour includes three to five nights at a hotel in Manila with daily buffet breakfast, lunch at Malacanan Palace, three dinners with special entertainment, out- of-town day tour and cultural, social, business seminars and immersion activities at numerous reasonably-priced post tour options.

The ACGTDT is an annual project of the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States and Canada; it aims to provide the participants with a unique opportunity to visit the Philippines and experience its rich culture and heritage.

For more information, contact the Philippine Department of Tourism at 312-782-2475 or email














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