MAY 2015

Morton Grove Village Clerk Ed Ramos (L) is pictured with some of his fellow newly elected village trustees and their supporters at the victory party Nov. 7. Fil-Am Ramos came out as the top vote getter in the election. (PINOY Photo by Anong Santos)


Documentary film viewing of "An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines," May 21

The Consulate General is inviting the public to a screening of the documentary film: "An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines" on Thursday, 21 May , 6:30 PM at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL.
The film is an inspiring saga of rescue and friendship and how the Philippines, in cooperation with American and Jewish allies, was able to save more than 1,300 Jews prior to 1942. Survivors and their children are the main storytellers. "An Open Door" won the Best Documentary at the Bakersfield, Film Festival.
Admission is free but there is a limited seating. To register to the film viewing, kindly follow the link:

Zumba Dance Party Fundraiser for education in Calamba,

May 30

The Calamba Association of Illinois is holding a fundraiser for education in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines through a ZUMBA Dance Party on Saturday, May 30 from 3PM-4:45PM at Valentine’s Boys and Girls Club’s Gymnasium, 3400 S. Emerald, Chicago, IL. Bring water and a towel. This is an opportunity to work out while helping out schoolchildren.
Donation is $20 for adults and $5 for children.
Parking lot is at CITI Bank parking lot on Halsted and 34th street. To attend, please call Michelle at 773-209-6677 or email her at

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MAY 2015

A rare opportunity in Chicago

By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Editor/Publisher


PINOY came out a few days earlier for this May edition to make sure we will have that extra time to remind everyone that they are welcome to join the April 29 and 30 Gawad Kalinga Roadshow in Chicago. We feel strongly about the importance of these events.

It is, indeed, a rare opportunity for us to meet some of the most effective and inspiring GK advocates that are successfully creating changes in the way we move our homeland into the 21st century.
The team who is coming had already been to California, Texas, Florida and New York. We are fortunate to have them here. This Social Business conference being held on April 29, 9 am to 2 pm at the Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 St. Louis Ave., Chicago and at the Morgan Stanley offices, 70 W. Madison, in the Chicago Loop, on the same day from 5:30-9 pm feature three brilliant foreign young men who found a golden opportunity to help poor workers while they engage in socially responsible enterprises.

Dylan Wilk, the British millionaire who sold his software company in his home country, is now thriving as the CEO of "Human Nature," a cosmetic company that uses Philippine organic raw materials and employs hundreds of Gawad Kalinga villagers. He's coming to share his inspiring experience.

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MAY 2015

A Mailman’s Message

Letter from Washington
By Jonathan Melegrito
Senior Editor


Recent announcements by Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio that they all want to be President, have signaled the start of the campaign season. Already, these candidates have visited Iowa, where the first major electoral event of the nominating process for US President takes place. Soon, voters in this state will be bombarded with media interviews, phone calls, door knocks and hand-outs.

I know. I was there during the 2008 Iowa caucuses campaigning for Hillary, driving through snowy roads and walking up icy driveways. All to deliver a message.

Here in the nation’s capital, a man from Ruskin, Florida chose a daring way to deliver his political message about an issue he feels strongly about: campaign finance reform. On a Wednesday afternoon in April, Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old mailman, landed his one-person gyrocopter in front of the U.S. Capitol. He said it was part of a protest against corruption in American politics. “Let them know that you demand a government that works for the people,” he said, urging his supporters to call their representatives in Congress. Hughes was promptly arrested for violating the District’s no-fly zone.

The anti-corruption copter was definitely an eye-catching protest. Recent surveys confirm that a growing number of voters are outraged by the way big money has corrupted American democracy.

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MAY 2015

DC Fil-Ams from both parties gear up for ’16 US presidential polls

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


WASHINGTON, DC — With candidates from both parties declaring they want to be president of the United States, their supporters, including energized Filipino Americans, are wasting no time getting organized for what promises to be a long, arduous and fascinating campaign.

Here in the nation’s capital, Democratic Party activists seized the initiative as early as January by holding a series of “Ready for Hillary” events, which replicated across the country. Even before the former U.S. Senator and former Secretary of State announced her bid, Clinton supporters were already certain she would be the party’s nominee. Unlike the Republican field with at least six contenders, the Democrats don’t have a serious challenger to the former First Lady.

“There’s no doubt in my mind Hillary Clinton is the most qualified and the best choice for president of the United States,” says Irene Natividad, one of a few Filipino Americans who held key posts in Clinton’s 2008 campaign as director of outreach to Asian American women.

“The stakes are high in this election and I firmly believe no one is better situated to confront the challenges facing the American people today.” Natividad, who served as an event chair for the “Ready for Hillary” event in January, is the president of the Global Summit for Women and chair of Corporate Women Directors International.

Natividad expects to hit the road for Clinton again, reprising her role as a “surrogate,” speaking to Asian Pacific American audiences across the country. Her main worry, she admits, is the way the media will depict her.

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