MAY 2015

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration, May 12

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and friends are holding a reception on May 12 in celebration of the month of May being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
The community is invited to celebrate with them at the James R. Thompson Center, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL from 12 pm to 1pm.
R.S.V.P. to Carmen Estacio is needed by April 28 by calling 312-793-7352 or email


PIWC 2015 Essay Writing Contest, May 16

The 2015 Philippine Independence Week Commitee (PIWC) is holding its annual Essay Writing contest on Sat., May 16 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Wright College Computer Lab, 4300 Narraganset, Chicago, IL 60634.
The essay will be written in English and consist of 500 words which will be done on the spot with the use of a computer. The topic of the essay will be given prior to the contest period. Lead questions and prompts will be given to guide the contestant.
Winning essays will be published in a Filipino community periodical.
To enter the contest, the contestant must be of Filipino heritage from at least one parent and must be a current student from grades 7-12th.
A cash prize of $50 to $250 will be awarded to the 1st through 5th place finishers. Contest winners will be awarded their prizes during the PIWC Gala night/dinner ball on June 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. All participating essayists will receive a $20 bonus on the contest day.
To register, please email information such as student’s name, date of birth, address, telephone or cell phone, email address, parents/guardians, school and grade level/year to or call 708-389-7135.


Skokie Festival of Cultures set for May 16 & 17

SKOKIE, Ill.- More than 25,000 people are expected to celebrate the 25th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures on May 16 and 17 at Oakton Park, where they will savor exotic tastes, listen to the traditional sounds of ethnic music, and experience the dozens of cultures, languages and traditions that make up the Skokie community.
The 2015 edition of the festival will also feature the Whole Foods Market International Beer Tasting from 12-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. A special performance by Chicago Music Awards winner, Funkadesi, will begin on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Skokie’s unique cultural journey launches at Oakton Park in Skokie and will kick off when visitors receive their free “Passport to the World,” the official guide to all festival happenings. The passport will include a schedule of hourly ethnic performances, educational information, and a festival map, which will help attendees make their way through the 19-acre park full of attractions. The opening ceremonies will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. on the World Showcase stage.
The festival will also offer something for the younger set, with a children’s area featuring hands-on exhibits and a place for children to learn and create.
There are 37 cultures represented at the festival. The Filipino American community is invited to visit the Philippines booth which will showcase items from the Philippines and posters of its culture and history. Children can also get their programs stamped by the representatives.
The festival will begin at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, ending at 7 p.m.
For more information about the festival, call the Skokie Park District, (847) 674-1500 or visit the official Skokie Festival of Cultures Web site at


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