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.)


Discussion on Filipino Identity, March 19

“Where are you from?” - People may ask you this question. “But where are you really from?” - Meanwhile, a kababayan will ask immediately, “Filipino ka?” Why the need to know one’s ethnic background or identity? How can we break through our unfortunate dog-eating stereotype? How can we stand out in a crowd when we’ve been conditioned to blend in so well?

Let’s work together to redefine what it means to be Filipino. The recent collaborative mural Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino created by FilAm’s and Filipino’s alike, currently on display at The Field Museum, is an excellent setting for starting this conversation. Join fellow pinoys and pinays at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago on Saturday, March 19 from noon-2pm to discuss prominent issues of cultural identity.
Ideas generated through this discussion will be rendered by select FilAm artists for an additional public mural here in Chicago. #ownyourroots

This is a free event and open to the public! Please RSVP to for more information. General admission will be waived for RSVPs to this event.


PACC Holy Week Services, March 25, 27

All are invited to join the Annual Joint Good Friday and Easter Sunrise Worship Services sponsored by The Philippine-American College of Clergy (PACC) in Chicago.

Joint Good Friday Worship Service will be held on Friday, March 25 at 1:00 pm at Mont Clare United Church of Christ, 6935 W. Medill, Chicago, Illinois 60707. The invited lay persons and pastors will give their reflections on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the cross. There will be a fellowship following the service with lots of good food for everyone to enjoy! For question about the service you can contact the host pastor Reverend Maxwell Codillo at

We're also having Easter Sunrise Worship Service on Sunday, March 27, at 6:am at Cosmopolitan United Church of Christ, 1112 N. 9th Avenue, Melrose Park, Illinois 60160. The preacher at this service is Reverend Epinito Ursos, Jr., currently serving at Mont Clare United Church of Christ. Following the service an Easter breakfast will be served for everyone to enjoy. For questions about the service you can reach the host pastor, Rev. Dr. Kye Ile Hong at


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.

Free Weekly Breast Cancer Education at Asian Human Services Family Health Center

CHICAGO-- With the support of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, Asian Human Services Family Health Center (AHSFHC) will resume hosting weekly workshops to increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer among women of Asian origins in the Chicago North side community. All women are at risk for breast cancer, and the workshops aim at providing tips on how women can lower their risk for breast cancer. These interactive workshops are free and will provide participants with educational materials in a variety of languages.

Breast cancer is a serious threat to women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. We encourage all women who are 20 years and older to participate in these workshops, regardless having a family history of breast cancer or not. Our knowledgeable staff will facilitate the workshops and offer other support services for women who need them, including referrals for free breast cancer screening services.

Starting Tuesday Feb. 9 workshops will be held at Asian Human Services Family Health Center located at 2424 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. To sign-up for a free workshop, call Toyosi Akinrotimi at 773-761-0300 (ext 2439). Walk-ins are also welcome!

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‘Roots’ tour of PH for Filipino Americans, April 7-14

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Filipino Americans aged 18 to 44 can rediscover their roots while taking on an exciting adventure in the Philippines, says the “Now Philippines Tour” or simply, NOW Tour 2016, to be held on April 7-14 in the key destinations of Manila, Dumaguete and Cebu.

“Wherever I go in the United States, I meet young Filipino Americans who are excited to learn more about the Philippines,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. says.

He says further: “It is our hope that the next generation of Filipino-Americans who will participate in this inaugural tour will not only discover an important component of their identity while in the Philippines, but also develop a life-long desire to give back to their country of heritage.”

The one-week tour comprises activities that allow for exploration, adventure and reflection. It includes dialogues with government and business leaders, a visit around the secluded island of Sumilon, whale shark watching in Oslob, Cebu, and interaction with the local communities.

The NOW Tour 2016 is organized by The Travel Outlet, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia with the support and cooperation of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Department of Tourism, US-Philippines Society, and Philippines-based Resort 4 U.

The Travel Outlet’s proprietor and lead tour organizer Naomi Estaris tells prospective participants, “This is your time — we are here to give you the time of your life. Our mission is your mission to discover your roots. They say you can’t really move forward unless you know your past and know where you came from. Take the time and take the trip – a journey that you wished you had done a long time ago. More than ever, NOW is the time.”

Interested parties may visit the NOW Tour 2016 website and Facebook page


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