MAY 2014

Educational dinner on funeral planning, May 22

The Drake & Son Funeral Home will offer an educational dinner on pre-planning for your loved ones at the Little Quiapo Restaurant, 6259 N. McCormick, Chicago, IL on Thursday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Guests must RSVP by calling 773-561-6874 or emailing


Ambassadors, Consul General & Tourism Directors Tour to PHL, July 28-Aug. 2, Registration deadline extended to May 30

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 be 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.

The deadline for registration has been extended to May 30. For more information or to register, contact the Philippine Department of Tourism-Chicago at 312-782-2475 or email

Area churches, AFIRE to hold FREE health fair May 17

CHICAGO--Four churches with large Filipino American congregations are joining AFIRE and other community organizations in a mini health fair on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bride of Christ Church, 4600 W. Peterson Chicago, IL.

Medical volunteers will be on hand to provide free blood pressure and diabetes screening, physical therapy check-up, lectures on basic CPR and nutrition.

The Mini-Health Fair is hosted by the Bride of Christ Church in cooperation with the other members of the Health and Wellness Campaign Collaborative (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE), Philippine American Ecumenical Church (PAEC), Elston Avenue United Methodist Church, Edison Park United Methodist Church, Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC), Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC), and DIWA.

For registration and more information, please contact: Pastor Bert Villaluz @ 847-650-3615, Maritess Wynkoop @ 312-316-2655, Mila Torres @ 847-863-8913, Roger and Lucy Dagdagan @ 847-571-3305, Rev. Hannah Kardon @ 717-512-8112.


 Come, Celebrate our Heritage!  Bring Family and Friends!    Native Foods!

    In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, The Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago in partnership wit the American Indian Center will be presenting LIVING COLORS OF HERITAGE, a performance-based collaborative program articulating living  cultures and inter-generational customs and traditions of the Philippine natives and the American Indians  in the form of songs and dances performed by adults and youth taking place on Sunday, May 1  from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the International House - Rockefeller Lounge, University of Chicago, 1515 East 59th Street, Chicago, Tel: 773-753-2274.

  Oral narratives of the songs and dances will be given.  There will be ample opportunities for audience participation.  Performance includes the Philippine native dances from the northern Mountain Province, other regions and the native American Indian Powwow Inter-tribal dances.  The program is made possible by the Chicago Community Trust grant for the Native Eschikagou: Powwow 60 Series of the American Indian Center, Inc. based in Chicago, Illinois. 

     Members of both communities are welcome to attend in authentic costumes of their native Philippine regions and American Indian Nations.  The audience will join together in the American Indian Round Dance also known as the friendship dance, sharing of the "circle" where diversity is unified and provides continuity to the heartbeat of mother earth. 

     Free performance.  To fund the continuing work of history and cultural preservation, donations to FAHSC is appreciated with your reservation: Adults - $10.00/person; Seniors and Students - $5.00/person. Make reservations with FAHSC, online -, Tel - 773-947-8696; By mail, send checks payable to "FAHSC", 5472 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60615.  For more information, contact Ruben Salazar,, Tel - 630-969-2971  and Estrella Alamar. Tel - 773-947-8696.          

Low Fat Leche Flan Cooking Demonstration by FACHIC and St. John's United Methodist Church, May 18

CHICAGO-– The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) will be presenting a heart healthy cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan, a traditional Filipino dessert, in partnership with St. John's United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the church located at 1100 Ontario Street in Oak Park, Illinois.

This cooking demonstration of Low Fat Leche Flan is the final of three demonstrations part of FACHIC's Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program that received a 2013-2014 Community Action Grant from the American Heart Association.  The featured heart healthy Low Fat Leche Flan recipe is from the American Heart Association's Mula sa Puso recipe booklet.  

FACHIC staff and leaders from St. John's United Methodist Church will be on hand to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration incorporating tips and suggestions for heart healthy alternatives in traditional Filipino cooking.  Free samples of low fat leche flan will be available to participants.  Free recipe booklets and health materials will be distributed.  As part of FACHIC's Heart Healthy Cooking for the Filipino Community program, a new heart healthy Filipino recipe from Mula sa Puso is released each month on FACHIC's website.  A copy of Low Fat Leche Flan is available online for download at

For more information about the Low Fat Leche Flan cooking demonstration and future community partnership opportunities, contact FACHIC at (312) 962-7748 or  To learn more about the American Heart Association and their Community Action Grant program, visit  

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.  The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health disparities and to implement health interventions and educational programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community. FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization.  All programs and services are free and available to all.  For more information, visit


Celebrate Philippine Independence Day at Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook, 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!


Rizalian's Summer Bowling League starts May 16

The 14-Week Summer Bowling League of the the Rizalians Association at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove starts on Friday, May 16. Each week of the season, all Classic Summer League bowlers will get a chance to receive 3 entries into Classic Bowl's 2014 New Car Drawing. Registration is $22 per person per week, team of 4 bowlers regardless of gender. Games start at 7:15 pm on Fridays. For details, call Al (312) 617-6487, Ehmie (773) 344-2368, Esther (847) 657-9228 or Classic Bowl, 8530, Waukegan Rd, Morton Grove, IL at (847) 965-5300.


PIWC Bowling Tournament, June 1

MORTON GROVE--The call for bowling teams to participate in the annual invitational bowling tournament of the Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) was made by its event chairman, Tony Silvano. "There are big prizes and trophies awaiting the winners," said Silvano.

The event is part of the 116th year marking of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.

The tournament will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 1st at the Classic Bowl, 8530 N. Waukegan Road, Morton Grove, Illinois. Registration starts at 11:30 am of the same day. For more information, call: Tony at (773) 307-6413.

The tournament committee includes Arthur Dilay, Nick Macabenta, Tom Matouzek, Raffy Tanada, Al dela Cruz, Ehmie Roxas and Ver Lintag.


Beleaguered FACC to hold elections, May 24

After a long hiatus, the Filipino American Council of Chicago is tentatively set to hold an election on Saturday, May 24 to be held at the federation's headquarters at the Jose Rizal Cultural Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago.

FACC president Thelma Bascos, who assumed the presidency after Rene Abella stepped down over a year ago, was scheduled to meet her board of directors April 28 for the group's monthly meeting to firm up the plans of the election of the officers.

A replacement for Florante Llanes, chairperson of its commission on elections, who died April 13 is also expected to be decided at this meeting.

Reliable sources revealed that Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, an active member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal--one of the few active member-organizations of the FACC is the favorite among those who are being groomed to head the beleaguered federation.

Dr. Crisostomo was elevated vice president when Mrs Bascos took over the presidency. "It is a big challenge to head the FACC which facing a deep financial problem due to lack of membership and the increasing demand to upgrade the Rizal Center," said Dr. Crisostomo who claimed that he is overwhelmed by the problems of the Council.

The $6000 netted from a fundraiser held in March was reported not even enough to catch up with the accounts payable of the council.

Meanwhile, another dinner-dance is scheduled on Thursday, July 3, at the Lone Tree Manor in Niles in celebration of the Philippine-American Friendship Day. The proceeds will go to the upkeep of the Rizal Center. For tickets, Call Carmen Estacio at 773-661-2021.












































PMAC music fest, dinner dance, May 10

The celebration of the 53rd anniversary of the Philippine Medical Association (PMAC) in Chicago will be held on Sat., May 10 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. There will be a morning meeting for a Spring Scientific Seminar which is accredited for 4.0 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.

The annivesary dinner dance will also feature an interuniversity music variety festival . To attend the dinner dance, contact Nida Blankas Hernaez, MD at 847-668-7385.


Free Workshop on Philippine History, April 19

The Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI) will be holding an educational workshop on Philippine history Saturday, April 19. It will be from 2-7 p.m. at the Albany Park Workers Center, 3416 W. Bryn Mawr, near the corner of Bryn Mawr & Kimball, Chicago. Attendance is free and food and snacks are available. Please RSVP by calling Myrla Baldonado at 858-382-4580 or email her at


JDC Rainbow Benefit Dance, April 4

The JDC Rainbow Foundation will hold a Benefit Dance for Schoolchildren such as the Children's Joy Foundation, Inc. and the GMA Kapuso Foundation on Friday, April 4 at the Lone Tree Manor, 7730 N. Milwaukee Ave. Niles, IL. The attire is semi-formal and the donation is $35. For more information contact Jane Cannon at 224-595-8222.


CIRCAPINTIG's "Darna" & "Allos" March 28-30, April 4-6 at Moooh Dulce Theater

CHICAGO- CircaPintig stages "Looking for Darna," written by Chicago-based playwright Lani Montreal, which is a family drama of unspoken love and hidden family histories brought out into the open as Darna, the Filipino superwoman pop culture icon, flashes her powers that strengthen the bond between daughter, mother and grandmother. Cast includes Adriana Cardona-Maguigad, Gigi Mascarenas, Myrla Baldonado, Divine Calo and Chip Payos.

"Allos" was written by Giovanni Ortega, a Los Angeles-based actor-director-playwright whose impressive performing credentials include The Romance of Magno Rubio, Dogeaters and Imelda. Originally performed for the East West Players in LA, the play dramatizes the tenacity and struggles of early Filipino migrants as they deal with racist America of the 1940s. Allos is a homage to the poetic genius of Bulosan, a farm worker turned writer and poet known for his novel America is in the Heart. Cast includes Chip Payos as Carlos Bulosan ably supported by Levi Aliposa and Leo Dave Garcia.

Directed by Louie Pascasio with set design by Gabby Lingat and music by Demetrio Maguigad, "Looking for Darna" and "Allos" go on stage on March 28-30 and April 4-6, Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 4pm and 8pm and Sundays, 4pm. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 with advanced reservation and $10 for students and seniors. Advanced ticket reservation via or visit our website at or call (312) 451-6974.

All performances at Moooh Dulce, 2602 W. Fullerton Ave in Chicago.







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