MARCH 2014


Resolution HR- 843 filed on behalf of Filipino WWII veterans

IL State Rep. John D'Amico (D-15) has sponsored House Resolution HR-843 in the IL State Capital of the Illinois General Assembly encouraging sponsorship among the US Congressional House for WWII Veterans of Filipino Heritage to obtain their FVEC. He urges congressional leaders to support and sponsor S-1559 in the US Senate. It was introduced on Feb. 19.
Four thousand WWII veterans of Filipino heritage have been denied their Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FVEC).


Loyola's "Kapwa" wins first place at the 11th Battle of the Bamboo

By Christoffer Gammad

University of Illinois at Chicago's Filipinos in Alliance hosted the 11th annual Battle of the Bamboo cultural dance competition, Feb. 22, where several Filipino-American student organizations from schools across the Midwest expressed their roots and heritage through a cultural dance competition.

The competitors this year included Niles North High School, North Side College Prep, St. Louis University, Northern Illinois University, Loyola University Chicago, and the defending champions--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The groups from DePaul University, Northwestern University, and UIC exhibited their numbers on a non-competitive basis.

Each school prepared a cultural dance based of traditional Filipino folk tales and myths, and are judged upon several criteria. The judges who are experts in Filipino cultural dances and history picked for first place the Loyola University's Kapwa Cultural with their interpretation of the Tagabili Myth Dance.

The myth is about a revenge exacted by a rich Sultan against his wife and his brother who engaged in an illicit affair. The Sultan's actions led to his downfall and a curse that extended to his daughter's death.

Loyola University's Kapwa Cultural has a mission to educate the community about the Filipino experience, past and present, and channel it into the eyes of others, and through cultural dancing.

This year's coordinators and participants in the Tagabili Myth Dance are Richelle Rene Navarro and Alex Jayson Catiggay. There were 75 members who aside from dancing, are also involved in creating costumes and props.

Two Pinays awarded at 31st Lunar annual Fest

Two Filipino Americans were among the recipients of awards given by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) during its 31st annual Lunar New Year Celebration dinner ball at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont Feb. 22.

Isabelle Marie Austriaco, 15, received the Youth Who Excel Award. She is a freshman at Maine South High where she has maintained good grades in addition to being a member of her school's varsity dance team, the Hawkettes. She has also volunteered at a typhoon Haiyan Philippines Disaster Relief Fundraiser and Feed My Children where she packed foods to be shipped to Third World countries.

The Exemplary Community Service Award was awarded to Elvira Arucan-Ocampo, a cardiology and pediatric registered nurse at the Heart & Vascular Center of Lake County in Gurnee. Ocampo is a supporter of early childhood education. For 12 years, she has raised funds for the Margaret Carrol Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Anastasia School in Waukegan to benefit eighth grade students who have achieved excellence. She is also a lector, Eucharistic minister and one of the organizers of the "Simbang Gabi" at St. Anastasia Church.

This year's theme of the AACC is "Beyond the Bamboo Ceiling." This is to recognize and award Asian Americans who have excelled and brought recognition to their respective community. The Japanese American Community hosted this year's event.

Approximately 950 guests were treated to a performance of Tsukasa Taiko, a Japanese performing group. The co-emcees were Cheryl Hamada and Keith Uchima. Hamada is an actress who has appeared as an on-air pledge talent for PBS, host of WTTW's "Your Chicago Kitchen," and various roles on television. Uchima is an actor/musician, composer and playwrite/director.
The Asian American Coalition of Chicago was established in 1983 to promote Asian American representation within all sectors of society and held its first AACC Lunar New Year in 1984.

Low representation

Asian Americans make up 5% of the population. In Illinois alone, the Asian American population increased by 38.6 percent within the last decade. Megan Nakano, President of the 2014 AACC said that Asians are underrepresented in various fields of endeavor.

"The Asian American community has made great strides in education and social justice that some no longer consider us 'minorities' in the colloquial sense," explained Nakano.

She cited, however, that Asian Americans comprise only 3% of corporate officers, 2% of college presidents, and have only eight Asian American CEOs in the Fortune 500.



Fundraising Dinner Dance For Typhoon Haiyan Victims exceeds expectations

Niles, Illinois-- Dance Time With Friends (DTWF) raised a net amount of $22,500 from a fundraising drive / dinner dance for the typhoon victims on Jan. 31 at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling, Illinois. This was made possible by The school's owners, Ed & Luming De La Cruz , the students and its generous donors.
Except for the venue, all services and prizes had been donated.The group decided to spring into action during the second week of December. A meeting was held to discuss the details and plot strategies. DTWF students contributed in various ways such as financially, artistically or reaching out to people and companies they have dealt with before as prospective donors. Initially, a goal of reaching $10,000 was set. To everyone's delight, the initial goal was exceeded by a wide margin.
The stated net amount will be sent to Caritas Manila – the chosen aid agency in the Philippines - via bank-to-bank electronic transfer.


FACC Dinner Dance Fundraiser for Rizal Center Renovation, March 29

The (Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago) FACC will hold a fundrising dinner-dance for renovation of the Rizal Centeron Sat., March 29 at the White Eagle Banquet, 6839 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL 60714. There will be all night dancing with the theme Let's Rock and Roll and the attire will be 1950s. Donation is $40. cocktails will be at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. To RSVP, call Dr. Nitoy Crisostomo at 312-402-4191 or Bobby Luna at 773-524-9798.


One of the Philippines Newest Channels, TFC's Lifestyle Network, Joins DIRECTV

DIRECTV’s FilipinoDirect™ Package Now Provides 11 Filipino Channels, including Six Exclusive Channels Not Available on Any Other TV Provider in the U.S.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif.,– DIRECTV continues to expand its international programming lineup with the addition of TFC's Lifestyle Network, which is now available as part of TFCDirect™ andFilipinoDirect™ Packages. DIRECTV is already the provider of the largest Pinoy entertainment package, and with the addition of the Lifestyle Network, DIRECTV raises the bar even higher in popular Filipino programming. 

The Lifestyle Network is one of TFC's premium channels offering an indispensable guide to Filipino daily life, with programs dedicated to music, fashion, travel, home, food and design. The channel provides viewers an opportunity to explore and experience Pinoy's best in lifestyle and popular culture.

"We are thrilled to be adding the Lifestyle Network to our Filipino programming line-up," said Emma Brackett, vice president of Content and Programming, DIRECTV.  "The channel further enhances the variety and breadth of content we provide to our Filipino customers, and shows our continued commitment to delivering the best television experience available."

Viewers can enjoy shows such as:

"Curiosity Got the Chef" exhibiting celebrity chef Sharwin Tee's exquisite culinary skills

The award-winning "The Kitchen Musical," featuring a mix of international talent, music, drama and food

Real-life pilot and producer Joy Roa's "Asian Air Safari" travel-adventure show, which invites viewers to travel the globe

With the addition of the new channel, DIRECTV offers a total of 11 Filipino channels and the most expansive and comprehensive range of Filipino entertainment including TFC, TFC Lifestyle Network, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Lifestyle TV, Myx TV, and the DIRECTV-exclusives ANC, C1NEMA ONE Global, Bro, DZMM, MOR101.1 and INCTV.  The new channel is available to subscribers of DIRECTV TFCDirect™ and FilipinoDirect™ packages.

DIRECTV also provides access to more than 285 other channels, including popular English-language networks such as CNN, Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, and more than 195 HD channels. For more information on package selections, consumers can call DIRECTV's Filipino customer service at 1.888.291.1335 or visit

DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 37 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 190 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 13 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 17 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit 





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