MARCH 2017


Chinese Day in the Library, March 20

This year's Coming Together in Skokie celebration will host Chinese Day at the Niles West High School library, 5701 Oakton, Skokie, on Monday, March 20 to share and celebrate the Chinese culture. It will be held from 9:40 am to 12:10 pm and 12:50 pm to 3:15 pm. The program repeats each period (about 35 mins. each), so guests are welcome to view anytime during those time periods. 

The Chinese Club will showcase their traditional clothing and perform dances at the beginning of each period. Students can visit stations set up around the library: Tai Chi, Chinese food, Chinese paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy, and temporary tattoos.


Calling for participants in the Andrea Veneracion Int'l Choral Festival in Manila, July 20-23

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago invites interested participants to the 3rd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival which will be held in Manila on July 20-23.

The Festival, named after the founder of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, the late National Artist for Music Professor Andrea O. Veneracion, is open to all choirs from different parts of the world who may wish to compete in the categories of Folk Song, Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Choir.

 Interested applicants are invited to access the following links: ph or www.artseducation.cultur or visit the Festival’s Facebook page: Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival. The deadline for submission of applications is April 4 2017.

 For more information, contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, using the following details: Telephone No.: (312) 583-0621 ext. 13; and Email Address: h /


PIWC 2017 Essay Writing Contest, May 27

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2017 is conducting an essay writing contest in celebration of Phillippine Independence Day on Sat., May 27 at the EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave. Ste. 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

The contest is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($300, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the top five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night June 17 at the Marriott O'Hare, 8535 Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

To register for the PIWC 2017 essay writing contest or for questions please email Josefina Wee Sit ( the following information: Participant’s name, Address, Date of birth, Telephone Number, Email address, Parent/guardian name, School, Grade/year level, and if they have a laptop or if they need a laptop provided by the PIWC. The deadline for registration is May 7. She can be reached at 708-389-7135.


Pagkikita sa Konsulado art exhibit, March 16-23

The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the community and the general public to the opening reception of the Art Exhibit of Mr. Paul C. Balan entitled, “Lupang Hinirang Series” on March 16-23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Kalayaan Hall of the Consulate Genera, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603.

Mr. Balan, a native of Paete, Laguna, is a Filipino-American painter and sculptor who has received numerous national and international awards.

The “Lupang Hinirang Series” is the first ever visual interpretation of the Philippine national anthem consists of ten 24” x 18” pen and ink composition inspired by the lyrics of the national anthem. Each composition is detailed with symbolic representations of the Filipino journey as a nation and as individuals, and highlights Filipino virtues, captures Filipino struggles and triumphs with historical accuracy.

The Exhibit will serve as the “Ika-23 Pagkikita sa Konsulado” for the month of March.

For more information, please contact the Consulate General’s Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at telephone no. (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or email the Consulate at




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