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.
LEFT PHOTO: Steve Hosik Moon (5th fr. L) was presented the John Vietnam Nguyen Next Generation Award during The Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) 33rd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction with the theme "Empowering Youth and Uniting Generations" Oct. 23 at New Furama in Chicago. From L-R is CMAA Exec. Director Dennis Mondero , Tuyet Ngo, CMAA Communications Manager, Abbey Eusebio, Constituent Advocate for U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Grace Garcia, PINOY Newsmagazine and Lakhi Siap of AScene Chicago.
RIGHT PHOTO: The Peninsula Chicago, a 5 star hotel, was presented The Outstanding Business Partner Award by the CMAA. Posing L-R are Laura Lee, Treasurer on CMAA's Board of Directors, Jason LeDoux, Director of Room Operations at The Peninsula Chicago, and Fil-Am Aileen Penafiel ,Manager of Human Resources at The Peninsula Chicago and also on CMAA's Board of Directors.
PESO Ball, Nov. 8
The PESO (Philippine Engineers & Scientists Organization) will hold its 41st Anniversary Ball on Saturday, Nov. 8.
PESO will feature Outstanding Engineer awardees and Little Miss PESO Muses. Fely Bayona is the President-Elect. For more information, contact Tom Serrano at 847-630-2518 or Linda Liwag at 847-635-6862.
Vote Vigan as one of 7Wonders Cities
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PHOTO: PINOY PUBLISHER/EDITOR MARIANO SANTOS In front OF the Fr. Jose Burgos Heritage House
From being one of the 1,200 nominees, the heritage City of Vigan made it to the short list of 14 world cities vying for the final Ne 7Wonders Cities of the World—thanks to the busy fingers of the Filipino netizens—by Dec. 2, Pinoys will do wonders again as when they pushed Puerto Princesa in 2011 to become one of the "7 New Wonders of Nature."
This global competition was also initiated by Swiss nonprofit New7Wonders Foundation which aims to preserve the world's man-made and natural heritage sites.
The other finalists in the New7Wonders Cities are Barcelona (Spain), Beirut (Lebanon), Chicago (U.S.), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), La Paz (Bolivia), London (UK), Mexico City (Mexico), Perth (Australia), Quito (Ecuador) and Reykjavik (Iceland).
Wow! Vigan listed among these world-class candidates—including Chicago. Well, be not afraid. To others, they might only see a cluster of moldy "Bahay na Bato"—remnants of a despicable colonial era—but Pinoys, especially Ilocanos, just don't easily get intimidated. (Read more Vote Vigan as one of 7Wonders Cities..)
Jojo Binay plays 'poor card'
Philippine Daily Inquirer
(Philippine Daily Inquirer cartoon)
Each adult member of the Binay family is a millionaire several times over, and judging by their financial statements both Vice President Jejomar Binay and his wife are dramatically successful business investors, but apparently none of this means anything. For Binay, he is not rich, but someone who comes "from a poor family"; he does not own profitable businesses or million-peso properties, but is merely someone who "grew up poor."
By Binay's unusual measure, some of the richest men in the Philippines should not be called rich, but people-who-are-formerly-poor: Henry Sy, John Gokongwei, Lucio Tan, Manny Villar, even Manny Pacquiao, to name just a few. But would any of these gentlemen deny the fact that, through hard work or business acumen, they have not only become wealthy but are themselves creators of wealth?
Despite his wealth, Binay still self-identifies as poor, and in a radio interview with a Pagadian City radio station on Oct. 24, the embattled Vice President tested the use of the "class card."
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By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
Votes Are Up for Grabs
Yes, you got that right. In this year's mid-term elections, Asian Americans are apparently the most desirable voters because most of those who plan to cast ballots are not affiliated with a political party. Not only are they certain to go out and vote, a significant number, 27 percent, remains undecided.
And yet a vast majority, about 70 percent, say they have not been approached, reached out to, seduced, courted, caressed or cajoled by either party.
So, what's going on here?
A new polling data on Asian American voter attitudes released recently reveal that Asian Americans could play a key role in deciding which party controls Congress. Pundits have been predicting a turnover in the Senate, which means Republicans controlling both houses. But with races tightening up as election day approaches, the outcome remains unclear.
And here we are, up for grabs, and neither Democrats nor Republicans are falling over themselves to win us over.
(Read more Votes Are Up for Grabs...)