MARCH 2016


Fifth Piyesta Pinoy at Navy Pier, March 20

CHICAGO – Two of the biggest Filipino American events in the Chicagoland will both be back in 2016 - the Piyesta Pinoy in Chicago will be indoors during spring time while the Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be outdoors during summer time. Once again, both events will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

Save the Date in the spring – Sunday, March 20 for the Philippine Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago) as part of the Neighborhoods of the World series Sundays February 21 to April 17 at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods – and Navy Pier is proud to honor the city’s Filipino community with this cultural celebration for all ages.

Join us for a lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, food and local vendors selling folk arts. The Filipino community has been invited to participate for the 5th year in a row in this wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture and to share them with the people of Chicago as well as the guests and visitors that go to the Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most visited tourist attractions. This year’s celebration is extra special as Navy Pier celebrates its 100th year anniversary. (Visit PINOY’s booth. We are a co-sponsor of this event.)


PIWC Essay Writing Contest, May 21

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2016 is conducting an Essay Writing Contest in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. The educational youth activity is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($250, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the best five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night on June 18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL.) All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

The essay contest will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am to 12 Noon at EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave., Suite 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

To join, the contestant must be of Filipino heritage from at least one parent. They must be a current student from Junior High to 12th grade. The essay writing will be done on the spot with the use of a computer/laptop. The topic of the essay will be given prior to the contest period. Lead questions and prompts will be given to guide the contestant on what to write about. The essay, consisting of 500 words, will be written in English. There will be a $20 bonus for each essayist.

For more details about the PIWC 2016 Essay Writing Contest or to register, call Jo Wee Sit at (708) 389-7135.


Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting at Chicago PH Consulate General

The Commission on Elections announces the adoption of Automated Election System Modified Postal Voting at the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago for purposes of the April 9 to May 9 overseas voting period.

All registered overseas voters of PCG Chicago who desire to receive their ballots through the mail are requested to submit to the Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) their request on or before April 22, 2016 by:

1) Filing their written request personally or sending the same in the following: Email: or Fax to (312) 583-0647

2) Calling at Tel. No. (312) 583-0621 ext. 26 or 27 and look for Mr. Neil Torres, Mr. Arnel Santiago or Ms. Tina Aquino (during office hours on weekdays until April 8 and every day from April 9 to 22), and Mobile No. (312) 800-3106 and look for the Duty Officer (during weekends and holidays)

All requests to mail the ballots filed after April 22, 2016 shall no longer be entertained.


Fil- Am Leaders to Kick Off Voter Registration & Get-Out-the-Vote Drive

“It is now generally known that Asian Americans are the fastest growing voters in the United States today,” says JT Mallonga, Chairman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). “They are emerging as a key voting block that could significantly influence national and local elections in the coming years.”

Validating this trend is a report from the Center for American Progress, which shows Asian American voters in the last decade nearly doubling from more than 2 million voters in 2000 to 3.9 million voters by 2012, and is estimated to reach 5 percent of the voters nationally by 2025 and 10 percent by 2044.

“As the second largest Asian American population in the U.S., our challenge as Filipino Americans is to translate these numbers into political power,” adds Mallonga. “That means being actively engaged as informed citizens, exercising our voting rights and casting our ballots on Election Day.”

To achieve this goal, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), a non-partisan organization recognized by Washington policy-makers, private industry and other advocacy groups as the voice of Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States, will launch Fil-Am Vote on July 25-27, 2016. NaFFAA chapters in the following cities will kick-off this voter drive: San Diego, CA., San Francisco, CA., Las Vegas, NV., New York, NY., Chicago, IL.

Fil-Am Vote is a national program directed at strengthening the voter registration, voter education, voter protection and get-out-the-vote capabilities of Filipino American communities nationwide.

“Our immediate objective is to register more Filipino voters between now and November 8, and mobilize a huge voter turnout by the time polling booths open,” says Juanito Amor, Fil-Am Vote National Director. “We know that by increasing the voting ranks of the Filipino American community, we will not only make our voices heard but will most assuredly make a difference in determining who will lead our country.”

NaFFAA Regional Chair Myrna Farinas Reyes of San Diego, CA. is calling on the Filipino American community to “come together and demonstrate our collective strength as an influential voting bloc. Let us proudly and unequivocally assert ‘I am a Filipino American Voter.’”



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