Philippine Anthropology Collection receives grant for Digital Co-Curation project

LEFT PIC: The Field Museum’s Philippine Digital Co-Curation Team updates its 10,000
artifact heritage collection with a grant & help of volunteers (PINOY Photo by Grace Garcia)


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.

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.”




By Mariano "Anong" Santos




Blast from the Past

Left PHOTO: Village of Morton Grove officials Ed Ramos (L) and Dr. David Calimag discussing the Nov. 8 film showing OF "THE GREAT RAID" STARRING JAMES FRANCO, CESAR MONTANO, and BENJAMIN BRATT.


The October 15, 2015 edition of the Chicago Tribune carried this item, “Ex-CEO of defunct Chicago hospital gets 21 months.” Like a ghost, this story brought back an event that still haunts the community. A recollection is in order.

Remember Dr. Salvador “Buddy” Vivit? He’s a physician who used to be active in the Chicago Filipino community—specifically in the expanding masonic circle. His frat bros liked his being quick to pick up the tab after their late nocturnal drinking sessions.

Dr. Vivit is said to be overly accommodating—dispensing prescriptions to even nodding acquaintances --with minimum questions. Some of his “friends” even sweet-talked him into vouching for their non-existing illnesses and use the corresponding documents to bilk insurance providers. “Mahusay siyang makisama,” they would then proclaim. This trait did Dr. Vivit in.

Dr. Vivit maintained a medical clinic in Elmwood Park. He was also a resident doctor at Edgewater Medical Center at the Chicago Northside and a sister-hospital in the Southside Englewood area. The owners of both hospitals became the target of federal investigation in the early 2000s for massive Medicare fraud.

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Marcos and the forgetfulness of evil


By Remmon E. Barbaza
Inquirer News Service

In an effort to counter the growing anti-Marcos sentiment, the Marcoses and their apologists urge us to forget history and “move on.” “Our people,” says Ferdinand Marcos Jr., “do not need history. They need solutions .” This despite their constant reference to the supposed achievements of the late dictator. His apologists, for their part, tell us that we should not hold children responsible for the sins of their father. Furthermore, as if speaking from a higher ground, they appeal to forgiveness.

To my mind, they misunderstand or oversimplify the meaning of “moving on,” responsibility and forgiveness. Let me address each of them here.

One's responsibility

“Moving on” cannot happen unless we are clear about what it is we are moving on from.

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Celebration & Call to Action

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Filipino American leaders who came to the nation’s capital to commemorate Filipino American History Month in October have good reason to celebrate the many trails blazed by FilAms like Apl.d.ap of Black Eyed Peas, White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Model Geena Rocero, Comedian Jo Koy and Ronnie del Carmen, Co-Director of Pixar Animation Studios. Include in that list Nani Coloretti, the highest ranking Pinay in the Obama administration. She’s Deputy Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

These trailblazers, prominently showcased during the FAHM kick-off event at the White House, shared their stories of struggle and success. They also gave credit to the one person who made it possible to be who they are today: their mother.

But it was the “Call to Action” sounded at a National Townhall hours before the White House event that should get the attention of all Filipino Americans.

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