NOVEMBER 2015

 

The Consulate General of the Philippines hosted an art exhibit entitled “Silip/Sulyap 2, A Glimpse of 3 Fil-Am Chicago artists Oct. 13-16 at the Kalayaan Hall in celebration of Fil-Am History Month. The three artists honored were Bueno Silva, Eulalio Fabie De Silva, and Willi Red Buhay.

Film ‘Heneral Luna’ arrives stateside, Nov. 6

LOS ANGELES- After successfully winning over film critics, film audiences and ultimately, cinematic history, HENERAL LUNA, the groundbreaking and controversial Philippine box office phenomenon now sets its sights across the Pacific to the United States.

Recently titled the most successful independent film in Philippine cinema box office history, HENERAL LUNA, will continue for at least another week, expanding to 40 cities in 15 states Friday, Nov. 6 for daily, multiple-screenings in theaters.

An Artikulo Uno production, produced by E.A. Rocha, executive produced by Fernando Ortigas and directed by Jerrold Tarog from a screenplay by Henry Francia, E.A. Rocha and Tayag, HENERAL LUNA features a respected, talented ensemble cast of multi-award winning actors.

The film, a historically dramatized narrative interpretation, centers on the eponymous General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla) and the politicized dynamics surrounding his relationships with President Emilio Aguinaldo (Mon Confiado), Felipe Buencamino (Nonie Buencamino), Pedro Paterno (Leo Martinez) and Apolinario Mabini (Epy Quizon) and the Philippines’ nascent battle for independence.

For updated screening cities, theaters and screening times, and for details regarding John Arcilla’s appearances, filmgoers are encouraged to visit henerallunathemovie.com; facebook: Heneral.Luna; twitter: @HeneralLuna; Instagram: @heneral.luna.

ILLINOIS
AMC Loews Woodridge 18, Woodridge

AMC Rockford 16, Rockford

AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18, Skokie

 

Philippine Anthropology Collection receives grant for Digital Co-Curation project

By Grace Garcia

PINOY Newsmagazine Staff

CHICAGO- The Field Museum of Natural History, one of the largest of its kind, chose the 10,000-artifact heritage collection as the pilot project for documenting its wide anthropology collection—thanks to a timely grant and a host of volunteers who made a commitment in updating the valuable Philippine collection.

LEFT PIC: Alpha Sadcopen helps to return objects to their storage locations after photography. (Photo by Sarah Rivers)

The Philippine Digital Co-curation Project is being funded by a grant from an anonymous donor for a period of two years which will allow 80 percent of the collection to be digitized and uploaded onto a web portal that would be accessible worldwide.

The collection is stored away in the museum’s vault and is accessible only to a selected few. Called co-curators, volunteers will share their expertise from 7 to 21 hours weekly.

The co-curators, eight of whom are Filipino American, are made up of working professionals and students.

Cassie Pontone, the Museum assistant collections manager and supervisor of this project said, "The Field Museum has only just begun the efforts of co-curating ethnographic collections, in this fashion, last year. We have only worked with the Filipino American community in Chicago on the Philippine Heritage Collections.”

Template

“We hope this project will prove successful and help to draft a sort of template for similar work and processes that we may apply to other ethnographic collections in the museum,” she added.

The more than 10,000 artifacts were collected during a field expedition in 1907-10 by anthropologist Fay-Cooper Cole, a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago.

In 2010, Dr. John Terrell, the museum’s Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology, introduced the idea of co-curation, a philosophy that directly involve the community from which the object of culture originate. This allowed the Fil-Am community to share responsibility for the care, use, interpretation, and financial support of its heritage collection.

top right pic: Trisha Oralie Martin sketches a meat hanger composed of carabao horns from Luzon. (Photo BY Joseph Furbeck)

In the past two years, a partnership with the Field Museum and the Filipino American community established four “Kwentuhan” or storytelling sessions, which has slowly introduced the artifacts to the community.

The three earlier Kwentuhan sessions focused on artifacts from the Northern Philippines such as Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and the Cordilleras; the Mindanao areas of Cagayan de oro, Davao, Cotabato, Sulu, Surigao & Zamboanga; and Mindoro, Palawan, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas.

“Feed my Soul”

"Everything about this project feeds my soul," said Fil-Am volunteer co-curator Rose Tibayan, an award winning journalist and publisher of The Blackline Review, a multimedia news source.

"My work at the museum consists mostly of research about the source of the artifacts. I read books and field notes to glean how the anthropologist came to collect the item, then write summary reports. "

For further insight, she read a book titled “Savage Gentlemen” written by anthropologist Mabel Cook Cole, the wife of Fay Cooper Cole, the lead anthropologist of the Philippine expedition.

During the early years of the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, the couple, along with primary scientists William Jones and Stephen Chapman Simms, collected artifacts from the Philippines in 1907-10 which was funded by Chicago Industrialist Robert Fowler Cummings. Cummings funded the expedition after viewing an exhibition of Filipino tribes at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tibayan, who started volunteering three months ago, has spent 37 hours working with the digital co-curation team editing the monthly newsletters. Her interest in anthropology began in college.

During her freshman year at the University of Delaware, she majored in anthropology but later changed her major to journalism.

"Paleoanthropology has always been a great interest of mine since I studied primitive human ancestors during my freshman year in college.

"However, what we do at the Field falls under ethnography -- the study of people and cultures."

“During my first day at the Field, I helped to bring a batch of sharpened bamboo sticks from the vaults to our lab which we were going to display at the Kwentuhan session which had the theme of protection.”

Tibayan cited an example in Cole’s book where she had observed that warriors would spend the night in an open field and plant the bamboo sticks in the cogon grass.
“The spikes were like field mines--unseen in the grass. The enemy would step on them and injure their feet, slowing them down,” she explained.

“Upon reading this, those little bamboo spikes brought a touch of reality to the collection. These were real items used by real people in order to survive the harsh conditions in which they lived---these were not trinkets or decorations!”

“Need to Keep Alive”

Alpha Sadcopen joined the co-curation team nine months ago. She is studying graphic arts at the College of DuPage, 25 miles west of Chicago, but is considering studying anthropology.

As a member of the social organization BIBBAK (Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayo, and Kalinga,) she and her father were invited to one of the Kwentuhan sessions.
“My father steered the BIBBAK social organization into a direction that focused more on its culture. Through my dad, I was reconnected to my culture."

“The artifacts have been sitting there for awhile with drawers and drawers of cards that have the catalog number, description, origin, dimensions, which expedition it came from, and its materials.”

"So what we're trying to do is put it on our database, Emus, so it is easier for us to look for an artifact. Let's say someone from the community wants to do some research on a certain artifact, they can go online and see it.

"Some of these artifacts have pictures but a lot of them are not of good quality so we are working on taking nice, high quality pictures and put them on the website so that other people around the world can see it.

“I have never seen such a concentrated collection of Igorot items before, even when I was living in the Philippines. Being around them makes me feel like I’m traveling back in time and meeting ancestors that are now long gone,” she said.

Sadcopen says that some of her friends grew up ignorant of their Filipino heritage.

"I've met a lot of Filipinos who were born here, never went to the Philippines, and don't know how to speak Tagalog because their parents never taught them. I can sense their frustration. They lament, ' How can I feel Filipino if I don't know anything about the Philippines.'"

"It would be so awesome if we could get this web site off the ground and people can learn about their culture."

“Own my roots”

Mikayla Delson, a college photography student and intern at the Museum of Contemporary Art, spends 7 hours a week working with the artifacts. One of her duties is to photograph the artifacts.

“Being able to work at the Field Museum has taught me to understand the importance of preservation and presentation. I get to take pictures, learn about my culture and I get to be behind the scenes, “she said.

Loribelle Lorenzo, a native of Dipolog, volunteers during the week on her day off from her nursing job at Loyola Hospital in Maywood, Illinois.
The most interesting artifact she has come across are " the Bolos from the South because of their intricate designs."

Across all Borders

Trisha Martin, a teaching artist at the Columbia College Chicago, has been volunteering since February. She jumped at the opportunity to co-curate when she learned about it through 10,000 Kwentos. She says she uses her lunch breaks to sketch objects.

Martin was one of 10 artists chosen to work on the project Art & Anthropology: Portraits of an Artist as a Filipino, which was also funded by the MacArthur Grant. She will work collaboratively with the other artists to develop two 7 x 28 foot mural paintings showcasing the Philippine artifacts on Nov. 3.

“Lending a hand to such a progressive project that will be a virtual educational tool while encouraging dialogue between generations, across all borders is an exciting way to own my roots,” Martin said.

Plant specimens are also among the artifacts in the collection. Field Museum botanist, Dr. Djaja D. Soejarto, professor of pharmacognosy, at the University of Illinois in Chicago, has identified some of the collected plant specimens that were used by indigenous people.

One of the specimens he pointed out was a tiny one-inch leaf which had been collected in Banaue on the island of Luzon. Instructions on its label read, “ Hu-mang. Break in bits and put in water for dring [sic].”

Dr. Soejarto identified this plant as likely to be Lygodium japonicum (Lygodiaceae) commonly known as a Japanese climbing fern which thrives throughout Asia.
"So far, the team has scanned approximately 6,500 original catalog cards, photographed roughly 4,000 objects and transcribed around 4,000 of those scanned cards," Pontone said.
One quarter of the collection was donated by American soldiers who served in the Philippine American War during the early 1900s.

Many of the archaeological collections from the Philippines are actually Chinese in origin, ethnographically significant for their use within the Philippine culture, Pontone said.

"The Philippines anthropology collection is the best documentation that I have encountered. The anthropologists collecting these artifacts in the early 20th century were diligent workers, recording much more ethnograph data than typically reported during that time," Pontone said.

During a “Kwentuhan” on Aug. 9, the co-curation team showcased 30 items from the collection “From Blades to Spirits”. Guest speakers explained various forms of protection such as weaponry, martial arts, medicinal plants, clothing and practices to aid with good luck and ward off negativity.

 

Cook County Treasurer’s Office Accepts Partial Property Tax Payments on Website

Partial payments on unpaid property taxes can ease the financial strain of paying late.
“The easiest way to pay is online,” Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas said. “It’s surgical.”
After visiting the Treasurer’s website at www.cookcountytreasurer.com, the only thing a taxpayer needs is the Property Index Number (PIN) of the house or other property being billed, the checking or savings account numbers and the bank routing numbers, all of which are found on checks, Pappas said.
The taxpayer can make full and partial payments any time until the bill is fully paid, up to when unpaid bills must be auctioned at the next year’s Annual Tax Sale.
Pappas said about 264,000 property owners owe on bills for tax year 2014, mailed and payable this year, and may not know that they can make partial payments.
“While making a whole payment is preferable, it is not always possible,” Pappas said. “When it’s not possible to pay in full, making partial payments can help ease the strain for owners of homes, businesses and land who owe property taxes.”
Interest is based on the total tax due. Unpaid tax balances accrue statutory interest at the rate of 1.5 percent per month. Thus, less tax due means less interest due until the taxpayer can pay the balance.
“If you owe taxes, you don’t need to wait to pay in full,” Pappas said.
“Pay what you can now and ease your way to final payment. But finish paying before your unpaid bill has to be sent to possible auction at the Tax Sale.”



Free film showing of “The Great Raid” at Morton Grove Public Library, Nov. 8

“The Great Raid,” the film based on the most daring rescue of World War II prisoners of war (POWs) in 1945, will be shown on Sunday, 2 pm, November 8 at the Morton Grove Public Library Auditorium, 6140 N. Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, IL. Admission is free.
This color, full-length movie starring Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes and Filipino award-winning actor, Cesar Montano is about “the most triumphant rescue in U.S. military history.”
The elite 6th Ranger Battalion, aided by Filipino guerilla fighters, penetrated enemy lines to beat the inevitable extermination of the 513 survivors of a Japanese concentration camp in Cabanatuan, days after the U.S. liberation forces landed in the Philippines in 1945.
The screenplay is based on “The Raid on Cabanatuan” by William B. Breuer and “Ghost Soldiers” by Hampton Sides—two books that are available in most public libraries.
This presentation is in conjunction with the Philippine American History Month in October as mandated by the U.S. Congress. Mayor Daniel DiMaria also proclaimed the event during the September 28th meeting of the Morton Grove Village Board.
“Showing of this film should raise consciousness among the citizenry about the sacrifices of U.S. and Philippine veterans whom we honor on November 10. This film shows the bravery of many unsung soldiers especially those who fought in Bataan and in World War II,” says Ed Ramos, a Filipino American Morton Grove village trustee.
Sponsors of this event include: Morton Grove Public Library, Filipino American Assn. of Morton Grove, PINOY Newsmagazine, Gawad Kalinga (Giving Care), Filipino American Historical Society, Filipino Choir of St. Martha, NaFFAA, Filipino American of Skokie and the Chicago Consulate General of the Philippines.
For particulars, call MGPL (847) 965-4220, Ed Ramos (224) 875-8359 or Anong Santos (847) 528-4991.

 

UPAAGC Fundraising dinner, Dec. 4

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (UPAAGC) is holding its annual fundraising event, with a dinner dance and induction of officers on Friday, Dec. 4 , 6 pm, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. This year’s keynote speaker is Ms. Loida Nicolas-Lewis, UP alumna and first Asian to have passed the New York Bar Examination without having to study in the US. Ms. Lewis is expected to speak about Philippine politics and economy and her insights on the 2016 Philippine national elections.
Each year, UPAAGC selects a recipient within the UP System or its programs here in the US, as beneficiary of the fundraising event. This year’s fundraising proceeds will benefit the UP Socialized Tuition System, as well as to other UPAAGC’s on-going programs.
For placing an ad in the souvenir program, becoming a sponsor, becoming a member or putting a direct donation to UPAAGC. Olive Rocha Aliga - oliverocha98@comcast.net; Ryan Tejero – ryantejero@yahoo.com;

 



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