MAY 2017


Skokie Festival of Cultures, May 20-21

Skokie, Ill. – The community is invited to the Skokie Festival of Cultures at Skokie’s Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St., on May 20-21 from 11 a.m. ending at 7 p.m. Featuring 35 cultures living in the Skokie community, guests can enjoy ethnic folk music and dance, food, arts and crafts, and cultural booths.

The “Passport to the World,” an official guide to all festival happenings are available for free. It includes a schedule of ethnic performances and a festival map which will help attendees make their way through the park.

The festivities will kickoff with a one hour International short film festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19. The free festival will also feature an International Beer Tasting from 12-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. The tasting will offer six 2 oz. beers, followed by one 12 oz. beer of the attendee’s choice. Admission to the beer tasting tent is $8.

The opening ceremonies will be held Sat. at 1 p.m. on the World Showcase stage. For more info, call the Skokie Park District at (847) 674-1500 or visit the website


Fundraiser recital at Edison Park United Methodist, April 30

FILIPINO-AMERICAN aspiring classical singer Danaelyn Grace Ira Baroja, 15, is inviting the public to her free Fundraiser Recital on Sat., April 30,at Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago from 1-2:30 pm.

The recital will benefit her participation in the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp 2017 which will be held June 24 - August 7.

Danaelyn went through a rigorous audition process to obtain a position in this vocal arts program. She was selected among thousands of applicants. A freshman at Lane Tech College Prep School, she dreams of using her talent for God’s glory and purpose.

Interlochen is a prestigious arts program that seeks to provide intensive training to artists and musicians from around the world. She is an active member of Edison Park United Methodist Church in Chicago.

A retiring collections is available during the recital. For those unable to attend and who wish to donate, kindly mail a check to: Danaelyn Baroja/Fundraiser Recital Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 N. Oliphant Ave. Chicago IL 60631. Please make checks payable to Edison Park United Methodist Church, Memo: Danaelyn. Donations will be accepted until May 25.


Donate books to underprivileged schoolchildren, May 20

Books are a luxury for many Filipino schoolchildren that live in rural barangays (barrios). They have no access to public libraries which are uncommon in the Philippines.

The Midwest chapter of FACES (Filipino-American Communication Employees of AT&T) is partnering with MEANS (Mission East Asian National Support) for their READ-to-GROW Project.

On Sat., May 20 from 11am-1 pm only, they are collecting new or gently used books for babies/toddlers up to age 10 at their office on 930 National Pkwy. in Schaumburg. Your book donation will be sent to the FF Gonzaga School Reading Center in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines. This reading center provides a safe haven for underprivileged children.

If you wish to also donate money to help FACES Midwest cover the shipping fee per box, please bring cash or check (payable to FACES Midwest).

Not only will the children love & cherish your donated books, you will help them to expand their vocabulary and reading comprehension! For any questions, email FACES Midwest at


PIWC 2017 Essay Writing Contest, May 27

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) 2017 is conducting an essay writing contest in celebration of Phillippine Independence Day on Sat., May 27 at the EBG Systems, 3525 W. Peterson Ave. Ste. 324, Chicago, IL 60659.

The contest is open to Filipino/American high school students. Cash prizes ($300, $200, $150, $100, $50) will be awarded to the top five winners of the contest during the PIWC Gala Night June 17 at the Marriott O'Hare, 8535 Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. All participating essayists will receive $20 each on the contest day.

To register for the PIWC 2017 essay writing contest or for questions please email Josefina Wee Sit ( the following information: Participant’s name, Address, Date of birth, Telephone Number, Email address, Parent/guardian name, School, Grade/year level, and if they have a laptop or if they need a laptop provided by the PIWC. The deadline for registration is May 7. She can be reached at 708-389-7135.


Piyesta Pinoy Festival in Bolingbrook, June 10

CHICAGO –The Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be held outdoors on Saturday, June 10 from 11 AM -10 PM at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Rd. in Bolingbrook. Special guest TFC celebrity Jericho "Echo" Rosales will be performing. Jericho is known for his role in Pangako Sa 'Yo with Kristine Hermosa and the drama series Esperanza.

Last year’s event attracted about 7,500 people in attendance, 10 food vendors, 25 merchandise and service vendors and 12 not-for-profit organizations. It featured 12 hours of music and dance entertainment including performances by superstars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim from the Philippines, food cooking demos by well-known Fil-Am chefs and much more.

The event will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.

The Piyesta Pinoy Committee is inviting performers, artists, sponsors, not-for-profit partners, donors, vendors, exhibit/display/information booth/table participants and volunteers to join next year’s Piyesta Pinoy celebration.

To join, please fill up the appropriate application forms that are now available for downloads in our website Application forms must be submitted. For more information, call Ruben Salazar at 630-969-2971.


Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines 2017, July 11-16

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago announces the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour 2017, an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.

The tour will run from July 11 to 16, with Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington DC.

For more tour details, contact Rajah Tours, San Francisco office at telephone (415) 397-0303, (415) 397-0304 or visit their website at Also contact the Consulate General’s Tourism desk assistant, Joey Erandio, at (312) 583-0621 ext 22 for more info.


Shrine consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary, June 24

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Glenview, IL is in the process of building the first Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in North America on their church grounds. The official consecration of the shrine will take place on Saturday, June 24. This event coincides with Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, the Marian apparition to three Portuguese children.

Through the generous donations of St. Catherine Laboure Asian American Association, parishioners and friends, they have raised more than 75% of the funding for construction in three years. St. Catherine welcomes donations. For those who wish to donate, call the parish at 847-729-1414 or email Ken at For those interested in attending the shrine’s June 24 consecration, St. Catherine Laboure Parish is at 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.




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