Calendar of Events for Fil-Am History Month


Oct. 02, Thu, 6 p.m.
Film Showing of Delano Manongs Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. Sponsored by FANHS Greater Chicago chapter, Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St, , Chicago, IL 60605 Cathy Junia at cats_425@yahoo.com Ruben Salazar at Ruben@fan-chicago.org.

Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26
Sat at 7 pm & Sun at 4 pm
CIRCA Pintig presents APAT: A Quartet of Short Acts by Conrad A. Panganiban. Moooh Dulce, 2602 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, for details, contact Ginger Leopoldo, email: ginger@circapintig.com or visit www.circapintig.com.

Oct. 11, Sat, 3:30– 5:30 pm
Film showing of "Filipino Americans – Discovering their Past for the Future" sponsored by the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, for details: Estrella Alamar EAlamar@aol.com.

Oct. 15, Wed 5:30- 7 pm
Why should we know Dean Worcester? Monthly meet up guest Prof. Mark Rice ( St. John Fisher College, NY) will talk about Worcester's controversial photos of Filipino tribes he took when he was colonial administrator in early 1900s. Philippine Consulate General , 122 S. Michigan, #1600, Chicago. RSVP: Almira Gilles fanhs.mc@gmail.com or chicagopcg@att.net.

(more events below)




Lecture on an American colonialist hailed

as most relevant FIL-Am History Month event


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Rice's presentation of the manipulation and biases of Worcester's studies that greatly influenced the McKinley Administration to colonize the Philippines on the pretext of civilizing the "savages" took most of those in the audience by surprise.

The ethnic minorities like the Aetas, Igorots and Tagbanuas were wrongfully reported as dominating the Filipino population. That they were supposedly being exploited by educated tribes like the "Tagalogs." Rice's revelations were taken by many of the attendees as "shocking."


Gloria Calonge, wife of Chicago Consul General Generoso Calonge, told Rice " Thank you for taking time to share these aspects of our history. I admit, many of these came as new to me," –a comment shared by some in the audience.

Juanita Salvador-Burris, holder of doctorate degree in Sociology, admitted that when she saw Worcester's photos of Filipino Tribal minorities while she was a graduate student at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, she took them as mirror of ourselves as a Filipinos but never questioned then the validity or integrity of the studies and literature produced by a biased scientist.

Worcester, Rice added, consistently opposed the granting of independence to the Philippines. He argued that the savages were incapable of self-government. After serving for 12 years as Secretary of the Interior, he resigned in 1913 and wrote "The Philippines Past and Present"—a two-volume history book that was used as a school text book during the American regime.

For all his claims that the U.S. was needed to democratic processes in its colony, Worcester sued Teodoro Kalaw, the editor of "El Renacimiento" and its publisher, Martin Ocampo for their editorial published on Oct. 30, 1908, titled "Birds of Prey"—denouncing an unnamed American official for using his government position to enrich himself. Though not mentioned in the article, Worcester sued for libel.

The journalists were found guilty by an American judge and lost all the appeals all the way up to the Supreme Court. Kalaw was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and P3000 fine while Ocampo meted six months and P2000 fine. But U.S. Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison pardoned the duo. Rice's book cited the letter-writing campaign of Worcester to malign Harrison.

Worcester's articles found a lucrative market in mainstream publications like the National Geographic. The New York Times was generous in its praises for his works. These helped pack lecture halls where Worcester earned millions in today's dollar equivalent. He enriched himself further with his fortune invested in cattle-raising in Mindanao and in coconut plantations all over the islands.

The zoologist with a camera that ventured in the Philippines in 1887 could easily claim the reputation of the first photoshopper who duped America into its first colonial adventure. Mark Rice's book clearly testifies to the fact his photos were worth thousands and thousands of dollars for this carpetbagger named Dean Conant Worcester.
An applause followed a comment that the October 15 consulate event was called by someone in the audience as the most relevant among the events lined up for this year's Filipino American History Month in Chicago.•



Deadline for PIWC Chairperson letter of intent to run, Oct. 23


The deadline to send in the letter of intent to run for PIWC chairperson elect is October 23. That is, your letter has to be received no later than this date. According to the bylaws, the intent has to be received 30 days prior to the election date, Nov. 24. Contact Lina Jonson, 10333 S. Lavergne, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, email linjons1@aol.com or Francis Mon, flmon@sbcglobal.net The venue for the election day on Nov. 24 is North Park Community Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60648.



MacArthur Foundation Grant for Filipino and FilAm Artists


CHICAGO---The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has granted funding for "Art and Anthropology: Portrait of an Object as Filipino," a project to be administered through the Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH). This grant from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation (funder of many PBS programs) will involve an exchange between five Filipino artists from the U.S. and five from the Philippines, producing twelve new works of art. Each artist will create one painting portraying a Filipino artifact from the Field Museum collection (and artists in the Philippines will do likewise from local collections). In addition, all 10 artists will be creating an interactive collage in both places, which will be donated to the respective sponsoring institutions in each country. In the U.S, the collage will be exhibited at the FMNH. This innovative project is the first arts and culture grant to be received by the Field Museum and the first given to Filipinos.

The description submitted to the Foundation requires a juried selection process for artists, which will be undertaken by the Filipino American co-curation team at the Field Musuem, 10,000 Kwentos. The grant period starts January 2015, and recruitment of artists is currently underway. Deadline for applicants is November 10, a day after the last kwentuhan of the 10,00 Kwentos Project. Final selection will take place three weeks later. Potential artists are strongly encouraged to attend "Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later," on October 19th, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago International House, 1414 E. 59th Place, Chicago where they can meet the project director and several members of the selection panel.

For information on the October 19th University of Chicago event, the November 9th Kwentuhan session at the Field Museum (2-5 p.m.) or the MacArthur Foundation grant, please contact Almira Astudillo Gilles, who is director of all projects, at almiragilles@gmail.com. (Almira Astudillo Gilles, Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago)



Fil-Am National History Month in 2015 to celebrate 1965 Immigration & Naturalization Act 50th Year


SEATTLE--At its national conference held in San Diego, CA, the Filipino American National Historical Society's (FANHS) board of trustees approved the "50th Anniversary of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965", as its official theme for Filipino American National History Month in October, 2015. The historical society is planning a year-long schedule of activities during 2015.

FANHS and its founding president, Dr. Fred Cordova, have been the catalyst and major proponent of the month of October as a time dedicated to the history of Filipinos in America. This movement to recognize the experiences and achievements of the Filipino American community has steadily gained momentum and popularity within our community nationwide.

Observances can be found on numerous college campuses, and with many state and local government entities. California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington are states that have officially made this recognition, as well as the U.S. Congress.

The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 3, 1965. It dramatically changed the demographic landscape of America. The law abolished the National Origins Quota System; made family-based immigration the basis for U.S. immigration policy; and established a preference system for people with special occupational skills to become permanent residents.

The Philippines, after Mexico, has been the largest beneficiary of the liberalized immigration law. According to U.S. Census and Homeland Security sources: in 2008 there were in the U.S. approximately 1.7 million foreign born Filipinos; and approximately 1.4 million native born Filipinos, most who were the children or grandchildren of one or both parents who arrived after 1965.

FANHS believes that it is time to call attention to the impact of this fourth wave of immigration from the Philippines. The significance of the INA passed fifty (50) years ago continues to this day.

Established in 1982, FANHS has thirty (30) chapters nationwide with more pending. The historical society gathers and preserves documents, shares, and disseminates information about Filipinos in the United States with individuals and institutions.
For additional information contact: Dorothy Cordova, FANHS Executive Director (206) 322-0204 / fanhsnational@gmail.com


PESO Anniversary 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.



Calendar of Events for Fil-Am History Month (continued)


Oct. 16, Thu 05-10 pm
Chicago Loop Alliance's ACTIVATE: Streets Of Manila in Chicago featuring Connection Art Project with the special participation of Filipino Folk Fusion band, SamaSama Project, Sullivan Center Alley (enter on Monroe between State and Wabash), Downtown Chicago, For details: maggierife@gmail.com, agustinadiezsierra@gmail.com, samasamaproject@gmail.com or (708) 528-6321.

Oct. 16, Thu, 06:00 pm
Film Showing of Untold Triumph sponsored by FANHS. Pritzker Military Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, Ed Brotonel at ebrotonel@aol.com or Ruben Salazar at Ruben@fan-chicago.org

Oct 18, Sat , 2:30-5 pm
Variety Talent Show Anyone interested in participating, contact Jelly Carandang at msjellybeans@aol.com or 847-679-7058,Skokie Public Library, Skokie, Illinois 60077.

Oct. 19, Sun, 2:30- 5 pm
Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later: Remembrance and Reconstruction Art, dance, music, poetry, panel discussion (UNICEF, Tacloban medical mission, Gawad Kalinga, among others). Not a fundraising but a tribute to the bayanihan of Filipinos and friends worldwide. International House, University of Chicago, 1414 E.59th St., Chicago, IL. Open Free. Contact Almira Gilles at fanhs.mc@gmail.com

Oct. 19, Sun, 12 Noon-4 pm
FAHM celebration in Glendale Heights sponsored by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) St. Mathew Church, 1555 Glen Ellyn Road, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, Adeline Fajardo (630) 886-0701 Leticia Eclavea 630 980-5559 & Lisa Simbol 630 790-0574

Oct. 24, Fri, 8 pm
Martin Nievera Concert – "Just You and Me" Wyndham Glenview Suites 1400 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL. For tickets, Donna ReyesCall 847-660-3947or 773-865-7224

Oct 26, Sun, 11 am-4 pm
Recognition of Outstanding Seniors in celebration of Filipino American History Month sponsored by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF), Four Points by Sheraton
Chicago O'Hare, contact Adeline Fajardo (630) 886-0701, Imelda Cuevo 630 709-9402

Oct 26, Sun, 6 pm
"Fashion for a Cause" Fundraising event to help ethnic minorities like the Aetas of Central Luzon. Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace . To help, contact Norma Manankil, call (630) 319-7949

Oct. 31, Fri, 6 pm
4 Da Laffs Comedy - Copernicus Center | Chicago – comedy show featuring Pokwang, Pooh, K Brosas and Chokoleit …. 4 Top comedians from the Philippines, Copernicus Center., 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, For tickets, Bobby S Milagrosa- 224.392.5130 or visit www.berceenterprises.com

"Asian Americans for IL Gov. Patt Quinn" launch


SKOKIE, Illinois – Quinn for Illinois Sept. 7 launched Asian Americans for Quinn. The group of 50 Asian American community leaders endorsed Governor Quinn for re-election in November, and over the coming months will urge Asian Americans across Illinois to join them in supporting the Governor. Governor Quinn also presided over the grand opening of their new campaign office in Skokie, an area with one of the largest concentrations of Asian Americans in the state.

Members of Asian Americans for Quinn include co-chairs Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar 


Aurora Austriaco, a recent appointment by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Courts Commission, speaks at the launch of Asian American's for Quinn, in Skokie, IL. Sept. 7, Photo: Christopher Dilts for Quinn for Illinois.


(47th ward); Skokie Village Clerk Pramod Shah; Mundelein Trustee Holly Kim; and Indo-American Democratic Organization President Ashish Sen.

"Governor Quinn has always been dedicated to making Illinois a better place for the people of this state – including the Asian American community," Alderman Ameya Pawar said. "We proudly support him for re-election in November and undoubtedly know that his leadership will continue to move our state forward."

Throughout his time in office, Governor Quinn has been strongly committed to supporting Illinois' growing Asian American community, working to make sure Illinois is one of the most welcoming states in the nation.

Quinn proudly signed into law the Asian American Employment Plan Act to create stronger representation of the Asian American community in the state workforce and appointed 11 community members to the Asian American Employment Plan Advisory Council. His diverse administration also includes several Asian Americans.
The Governor has been increasing outreach to the Asian American community to increase participation in Minority Business Enterprise programs, Affordable Care Act enrollment, the Welcome Home Illinois Program providing mortgage assistance to first-time homebuyers, employment assistance for people with disabilities, and several other state programs.















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