MAY 2014

Above Photo: Carmen Estacio (R), Asian American Liaison of the Office of IL Sec. of State Jesse White, facilitates the public informational forum at the Rizal Center April 26. Thomas Ned Benigno, Deputy Sec. of State (L) gave an orientation on the temporary driver's License requirements while Deputy Consul Gen. Romulo Israel talked on PHL passport requirements. For more information, call Ms. Estacio 312-793-7352. (PINOY Photo)


Celebrate Philippine Independence Day at Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook on June 21

After a smashing third year success at this year's Piyesta Pinoy at Navy Pier, our community is invited to the southwest suburbs for Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook!

The event will be on Saturday, June 21 at the 9,000-square-foot Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, Bolingbrook Village Hall and Town Center, 375 W. Braircliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

It will be a 12-hour extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with your favorites from the Navy Pier Piyesta: The Apuli Brothers, the Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, Hataw Pinoy Chicago, Jeremiah Blu, L.E.D. Band, NO Limits band, PACF Performing Arts, PSA UIUC Barkada, Puzzle League, Samasama Project, Mark Tesoro, Nina Mae Vidal and more! There will also be a special "GMA Hour" with major sponsor GMA Pinoy TV featuring Philippine-based artists.

Come cheer your favorite dance team as they take to the stage for the first-ever Piyesta Pinoy Dance Competition! Register online at or e-mail There will be children's activities, fabulous food, exciting vendors and exhibits!

Interested sponsors, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers are also encouraged to register at the same Web site.

Be sure to bookmark for the latest updates and information! Come celebrate Philippine Independence Day and our community this summer in Bolingbrook! Kitatkits sa June 21!


Chicago Fil-Am Doctor Killed in Afghanistan

Dr. Jerry Umanos, an inner-city Chicago pediatrician for 16 years, was gunned down by a security guard on April 24 as he was walking out of the Cure International Hospital in Kabul, where he had served since 2005. Two other Americans were killed.

He was among 30 staff members from the Lawndale Christian Health Center sent to Kabul nine years ago to work in a health center for women and children.

In a statement to reporters, his wife Jan said: "Jerry always wanted to serve under-served populations. Afghanistan was just one of them. He always had a desire to be the hands and feet of Christ. He had a love and commitment that he expressed for the Afghan people because of that love for Christ. He saw the need. He went, as did I for several years. And that need continues."

Jan Schuitema, who moved to Kabul with her husband, is a special needs teacher for Chicago Public Schools. One of their sons is a police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"Dr. Jerry Umanos was a proud Chicagoan and an American hero who sacrificed his own life to save others," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement. "His senseless killing while on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan has left a deep wound on our entire city. He was a talented pediatrician, a loving husband, and a respected leader at the Lawndale Community Church who spent more than a decade training fellow doctors and treating some of the world's most needy. He embodied the very best of Chicago and on behalf of the entire city, I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and entire community."

"We are deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic death of Dr. Jerry Umanos," says NaFFAA National Chairman Ed Navarra. "We extend our profound sympathies to his wife Jan and their three children. Dr. Umanos risked his life serving the people he loved. But instead of running away from danger to save himself, he chose instead to stay so he can continue to save the lives of others. His selfless dedication to duty is a source of pride and inspiration for our community."

In response, Jimenez expressed appreciation for the "overwhelming" messages and support for the Filipino people from its partners in the international travel community.

"The outpouring of support from the international community, especially from these tourism organizations, is proof positive that travel and tourism has transformed the world into one community, ready to stand by each other not only in times of festivities, but more importantly during times of great difficulty and challenges," Jimenez said in a statement.

"We are optimistic that the country's tourism will bounce back in no time at all," he added.
It added that the top tourist destinations in the Visayas continue to be accessible through their respective ports of entry: Boracay island through Kalibo and Caticlan in Aklan; Cebu through the Mactan International Airport; Bohol through the Tagbilaran City airport; Iloilo through the Iloilo and Bacolod-Silay airports.

"Tourism establishments and activities continue and remain in operation in other parts of the country," the Department of Tourism said. (NaFFAA)


PASS Humanitarian Awards, May 2

Ten outstanding members of the community who consistently help needy people here and in the Philippines will receive Humanitarian Award from the Philippine American Social Services (PASS) on Friday, May 2nd, at the Four Point Hotel at Mannheim and Irving Park Roads, Chicago.

This was announced by PASS president Dr. Virgilio Jonson and its Executive Director Angie Francisco. PASS is the premier organization established to extend social and health services to seniors. Its offices are at Irving Park Road just East of N. Ashland in Chicago.

Awardees include: Dr. Ligaya Marasigan-Labao, Dr. Remedios Sales, Dr. Archie Arangayngay, Dr. Simeon Seval, Dr. Jean Farme,Dr . Elenita Rubio, Atty. Francis Golden, Carlota Dumantay, Portia Sarmiento and Ray Elliot.

For tickets and details call Ms. Francisco, 773-653-3939.


Pinoy Show 2014, May 17

Pinoy Show 2014 will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 pm in the Technological Institute auditorium, 2145 Sheridan Road in Evanston. Pinoy Show is presented annually by Northwestern University's Fil-Am student organization Kaibigan. This year's theme is "Kaitanic." We'll have a series of skits based on the movie Titanic, traditional Filipino and hip hop dances, food, and good times. Admission is $5 per person. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jackie Montalvo at or at (847) 648-1423.

PIWC Essay Writing contest, May 17

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) is holding its annual Essay Writing Contest on Saturday, May 17 at Wright College (Computer Lab), 4300 Narraganset, Chicago, IL.

Students interested in joining the essay writing contest must be of Filipino heritage (at least one parent) and be enrolled in 7th-12th grade.

An essay of 500 words will be written in English.

There will be a prize money given to first through fourth place winners. Each essayist will receive a $20 bonus on the contest day. Winning essays will be published in a Filipino community periodical.

Prizes will be awarded during the Philippine Independence Day Gala Night/Dinner Ball on Sat., June 7 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, in Rosemont.

To register, send the student's name, date of birth, address, phone number, guardian names, school name, and grade/year level to Mrs. Josefina Wee Sit by emailing her at weesitinalsip@sbcglobal. net.


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 take place on July 31- Aug. 2.

The basic tour package includes a 4 night stay at Dusit Thani in Manila with daily buffet breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners with special entertainment; lunch at Malacanan Palace with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, out- of-town day tour to Villa Escudero in Laguna; running tour of Manila and Makati area; visit University of Santo Tomas, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and Ayala Museum.

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-Chicago at 312-782-2475 or email

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