MAY 2016


"Above the Clouds" film screening
May 12, 2016 at Harold Washington Library in Chicago
Free and open to the public

“Memoirs of a Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer” by Victoria Santos and Constance Santos

CHICAGO – Two events will be organized in May in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) at the Chicago Public Libraries.

The first event is a film screening of "Above the Clouds" on May 12 at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago from 6pm-8pm. It is free and open to the public.

The film is about a 15-year-old named Andy whose parents died in a flood, and who is forced to live with his estranged grandfather, in the cold northern parts of the Philippines. Andy becomes withdrawn and isolated and nobody can get through to him, until one day, his grandfather gets an idea. He shows the boy photos of his parents hiking up a beautiful mountain, and he takes his grandson to this place against his will. Directed by Pepe Diokno.

The second event will be readings from the book “Memoirs of a Manang: The Story of a Filipina American Pioneer” by Victoria Santos and Constance Santos Saturday on May 14 at the Chicago Public Library. It is free and open to the public. The readings will be held at two separate locations at different times on the same day from 1pm to 2pm at Archer Heights, 5055 S. Archer Avenue Chicago IL 60632. The other reading will be from 3pm to 4pm at Uptown, 929 W. Buena Avenue Chicago IL 60613.

The readings are about a Filipina elder who recounts the journey with her mother from a small provincial town in the Philippines to the urban setting of Chicago in 1929. She chronicles the joys and heartaches of her immigrant family as they face the Great Depression and World War II. She moves effortlessly between two cultures throughout her life. As the Filipino population grows after the war, she emerges as a community leader and an advocate of the most successful fundraisers for the community center.

They are sponsored by Filipino American National Historical Society Greater Chicago Chapter and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago.


Documentary film screening of "Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust," May 17

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, in partnership with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Chicago, would like to invite the community to the screening of the documentary film: "Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust: on Tuesday, May 17 6:30 PM at the Skokie Theater, 7924 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077.

The film is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the Frieder family from Cincinnati, together with President Manuel L. Quezon, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana Paul Mcnutt, and Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required. To register to the film viewing, kindly follow the link indicated below. For further questions, you may directly contact Ms. Amy Miller of AJC Chicago at telephone number 312-646-6126 or email *Due to limited seating RSVP's are required. No walk-ins* The cost for this event is $15 and includes light refreshments.


The Joffrey Ballet presents Cinderella, May 11-22

CHICAGO –The Joffrey Ballet closes its 2015-16 season with the return of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella at TheAuditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60605. Regarded as one of Ashton’s greatest full-length ballets, this classic fairy tale comes to life in three dazzling acts set to Sergei Prokofiev’s brilliant score performed by The Chicago Philharmonic.

Cinderella is presented in ten performances only, May 11 – 22, 2016. Ashton’s enchanting fantasy tells the tale of downtrodden Cinderella who overcomes her mean-spirited step sisters and finds her Prince through the help of her Fairy Godmother. Pumpkins become coaches, rags turn to ball gowns, and the comedy of Cinderella's pantomime step-sisters—portrayed, as is tradition, by male dancers—provide the perfect foil for the developing romance of Cinderella and the Prince. Grand sets and costumes add beauty to this family favorite production, featuring the full company portraying 39 beautifully-drawn characters.

                        Full performance Schedule: Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm; Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 14 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 15 at 2 pm; Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 pm; Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 21 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm.

 Tickets:          Prices range from $32 to $170

Box Office:       Single tickets are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787, or online at  


Skokie Festival of Cultures, May 21-22

More than 25,000 people are expected to celebrate the 26th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures on May 21 and 22, 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.

In addition, a one hour international short film festival will be held at 8 p.m. on Fri., May 20, the night before the festival.”

Visitors will 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. The opening ceremonies will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. on the World Showcase stage.

The 35 cultures represented at the festival will range from Armenian to Azerbaijani, German to Greek — and Tibetan to Thai.

Oakton Park is located at the corner of Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, at 4701 Oakton Street. 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


Free Weekly Breast Cancer Education at Asian Human Services Family Health Center

CHICAGO-- With the support of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, Asian Human Services Family Health Center (AHSFHC) will resume hosting weekly workshops to increase awareness and prevention of breast cancer among women of Asian origins in the Chicago North side community. All women are at risk for breast cancer, and the workshops aim at providing tips on how women can lower their risk for breast cancer. These interactive workshops are free and will provide participants with educational materials in a variety of languages.

Breast cancer is a serious threat to women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. We encourage all women who are 20 years and older to participate in these workshops, regardless having a family history of breast cancer or not. Our knowledgeable staff will facilitate the workshops and offer other support services for women who need them, including referrals for free breast cancer screening services.

Starting Tuesday Feb. 9 workshops will be held at Asian Human Services Family Health Center located at 2424 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. To sign-up for a free workshop, call Toyosi Akinrotimi at 773-761-0300 (ext 2439). Walk-ins are also welcome!

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PIWC Essay Writing Contest, May 21

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2016 is conducting an Essay Writing Contest in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. The educational youth activity is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($250, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the best five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night on June 18 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL.) All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

The essay contest will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am to 12 Noon at EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave., Suite 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

To join, the contestant must be of Filipino heritage from at least one parent. They must be a current student from Junior High to 12th grade. The essay writing will be done on the spot with the use of a computer/laptop. The topic of the essay will be given prior to the contest period. Lead questions and prompts will be given to guide the contestant on what to write about. The essay, consisting of 500 words, will be written in English. There will be a $20 bonus for each essayist.

For more details about the PIWC 2016 Essay Writing Contest or to register, call Jo Wee Sit at (708) 389-7135.


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