Third Kwentuhan Session for Philippine artifacts at Field Museum, Nov. 9


The 10,000 Kwentos, a Filipino American community coalition group, invites the public to a story-sharing session on selected Philippine artifacts currently in storage at the Field Museum/Maori Meeting House, 2nd Floor, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago on Nov. 9 at 2-4 pm.

This is the third of four kwentuhan (story telling/sharing) sessions which will feature selected artifacts from Mindoro, Palawan, parts of Southern Luzon and the Visayas.
This will be the final kwentuhan session for this year. In 2010, Dr. John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum, started conversations with members of the Chicago Filipino community about his idea of co-curation.

The kwentuhan sessions are part of an innovative concept called co-curation, which would allow a community to share responsibility for the care, use, interpretation, and financial support of its heritage collection. The Filipino community and its artifacts have been given the honor by the Field Museum of serving as the pilot project.

To register for the event, contact Jelly Carandang at 847-679-7058 or Almira Gilles at 847-421-3494.


Gawad Kalinga 12th yr., Thanksgiving Nov. 16

As the Gawad Kalinga (GK, Giving Care) enters its 12th year of service, a thanksgiving dinner celebration is scheduled on Sunday, 6 p.m., Nov. 16 at the Chandler's Banquets, 401 Roselle Road, Schaumburg with its founder Antonio Meloto and its U.S. national chairman Tony Olaes featured as guest speakers.

British author Tom Graham who recently published a book on the social entrepreneurship aspect of the GK is also scheduled to make an appearance at the event which is co-sponsored by All State Insurance and PINOY which advocate involving young Filipino Americans in community volunteer work like the projects undertaken by GK in the past 11 years.

Gawad Kalinga is a movement that builds integrated, holistic and sustainable communities in depressed areas with a vision to end poverty for five million Filipino families by 2024. GK has been implemented in almost 2,300 communities in the Philippines and other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.

GK is not just a provider of housing but communities where beneficiaries are trained to cultivate sustainable sources of livelihood. GK has now entered its 2nd phase of development focused on integrating sustainability in the communities it has built through the GK Enchanted Farm Village University Template.

With a deliberate focus on countryside development and social entrepreneurship, the Farm Village University is the first of its kind in the world, designed to become a destination for Social Tourism, a venue for Social Education and an incubator for Social Business whose end goal is to raise 500,000 social entrepreneurs to create wealth where no one is left behind.

Meloto had received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work in GK. In a survey done by the Readers' Digest, he was chosen as the "Most Trusted Filipino" with President Benigno Aquino coming in second. He was also the Philippine Daily Inquirer's "Filipino of the Year." GK, meanwhile, was voted as social entrepreneur of the year by various international organizations like Skoll.

The National Public Radio's Jerome McDonnell of the "Worldview" program will interview Antonio Meloto at its Chicago affiliate, WBEZ, Nov. 17. Meloto will make an assessment of the reconstruction of the places devastated of the super storm "Haiyan" on Nov. 8, 2013.

The GK is at the forefront of the first responders to victims of "Haiyan" with its "Operation Walang Iwanan." The Nov. 16 event is open to all who share the GK vision. For reservation, call Leslie (224) 848-9837, Jun de Guia (847) 848-2300 or Rose Molas (773) 680-0712.








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