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, Nov. 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 on 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.


Leyte-Samar Biliran Assn. fundraiser, Nov. 14

The Leyte-Samar-Biliran Association of America invites Chicagoans to the annual coronation and fundraising dinner at the Chicago Marriott (O'Hare) Nov. 14. The association endeavors to strengthen cultural ties of "Waraynons" in the Midwest and conducts various charitable projects in the Waray region. Its current charitable projects focus on education. Money raised through the coronation and dinner event will be used for the association's scholarship programs. Dinner tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for children. For more information or to get tickets to the event, contact Sally Pulido at 847-524-3667.


First Bank & Trust offers free Shredding & Recycling, Nov. 21

First Bank & Trust offers a monthly Community Shredding Day, where guests can bring up to 25 lbs. of personal papers to be shredded and recycled from 11 am - 1pm.
The next shredding and recycling day will be on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 820 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201.
In addition, there is an opportunity to recycle obsolete electronics such as old computers, laptops, hard drives, printers, copiers, cell phones and more that would normally just sit in a landfill. For more information, call 847-733-7400.

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, fresh from a smash opening weekend in New York and New Jersey, where it will continue for at least another week, expands to 40 cities in 15 states Friday, November 6 for daily, multiple-screenings in theaters.

The film’s charismatic title lead, John Arcilla, will make appearances at select theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in the East Coast during the roll out expansion.

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.

Philippine film audiences and the public in general have taken to the film where it is now in its record-continuing 9th week of release and the spirited dialogues about the film continue long after the end credits.

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

HENERAL LUNA full theater list:

AMC EMPIRE, Manhattan

Bow Tie Bergenfield 5, Bergenfield

AMC Jersey Gardens, Elizabeth

Cinemark Century 16 , Anchorage

Cinemark South Bay Pavilion, Carson

Laemmle NoHo 7 Cinema, North Hollywood

Regal Edwards Palace Stadium 22 , Ontario

Regal Edwards West Covina 18 , West Covina

Regal UA Horton Plaza 8, San Diego

Carmike Temecula 10, Temecula

Carmike Digiplex Mission Marketplace 13, Oceanside

Cinemark Century Laguna, Elk Grove

Cinemark Century 25 Union Landing, Union City

Cinemark 20 Great Mall, Milpitas

Cinemark Century at Tanforan , San Bruno

Cinemark Century 16 Hilltop, San Pablo

Cinemark Century Stadium 25 , Orange

AMC Covina 17, Covina

AMC Puente Hills 20, City of Industry

AMC Mercado 20, Santa Clara

AMC Otay Ranch, Chula Vista

Cinemark Tinseltown 20, Jacksonville, FL

AMC West Shore 14, Tampa

AMC Loews Woodridge 18, Woodridge

AMC Rockford 16, Rockford

AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18, Skokie

AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18 , Gaithersburg

AMC Star Southfield 20, Southfield

AMC Inver Grove 16 , Inver Grove Heights

Cinemark Century Park Plane 16 , Reno

Cinemark Sam’s Town , Las Vegas

Regal Village Square Stadium 18 , Las Vegas

AMC Lennox Town Center, Columbus

AMC Grapevine Mills 30 , Grapevine

Cinemark Tinseltown 290, Houston

Cinemark Legacy , Plano

Regal Columbus Stadium 12 , Virginia Beach

Cinemark 18 The Gallery at Military Circle , Norfolk

AMC Hoffman 22 , Alexandria

AMC Lynnhaven 18, Virginia Beach

Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 12 , Tukwila

AMC Mayfair Mall 18 , Wauwatosa

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 email Olive Rocha Aliga at or Ryan Tejero at





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