Lecture on an American colonialist hailed
as most relevant FIL-Am History Month event
By Mariano A. Santos
CHICAGO—"Why should we know Dean Worcester?" a lecture held Oct. 15 at the Philippine Consulate General was hailed as easily the most relevant among the 22 events planned in conjunction with the month-long celebration of the Filipino American History Month in this city.
Mark Rice, professor and chairperson of American Studies at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York spoke of the zoologist who arguably was the most influential American on the formation of U.S. imperial policy in the Philippines from the years before the outbreak of the Spanish American War through the almost half a century of the American Occupation that ended in July 4, 1946.
Above photo: Professor Mark Rice presents his lecture on the American carpetbagger.
Rice, a former Peace Corp volunteer in the Philippines, has recently published, "Dean Worcester's Fantasy Islands: Photography, Film, and the Colonial Philippines." (Illustrated, 220 pp. University of Michigan Press, $29.)
Rice examined voluminous materials and thousands of photographs on the under-examined life and works of this colonial administrator who started as a member of the Schurman Commission sent by President William McKinley to the Philippines in 1899 to make recommendations on what course of action he had to take with regard to the Southeast Asian archipelago. (continued on Community News Page)
Bukidnon Exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum, Oct. 24
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago wishes to inform the Filipino-American Community of the upcoming event at the Field Museum of Chicago entitled “Looking Forward by Looking Back: Bukidnon A Century Hence” on Friday, 24 Oct. from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The exhibit would be of historic and contemporary artifacts from Bukidnon in the Philippines as well as a performance of Bukidnon music and dance in the Marae Gallery. The event is free with basic admission.
For more information about the event, please visit the Field Museum website at: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/calendar/looking-forward-looking-back-bukidnon-century-hence
IL. Gov. Pat Quinn Declares October as Fil-Am History Month
CHICAGO— In a proclamation dated Aug. 22, IL Gov. Pat Quinn, proclaimed October 2014 as FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH in Illinois in recognition of the contributions of Filipino Americans made in IL and to our nation as a whole and in celebration of all Filipinos who call Illinois home.
Above photo: CHICAGO ConGen Gene Calonge (L) presents the Filipino American History Month proclamation to Gov. Pat Quinn's representative at the adobofest sept. 27 as Adobofest organizer Edgar Jimenez (3rd fr. L) and emcee Alpha Nicolisan ) looks on.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “encourages all Chicagoans to acknowledge the enduring legacy and ongoing impact of the Filipino American community, and join with them in celebrating this auspicious month”. Like in the previous year, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Darien Mayor Kathleen Moser Weaver, Glendale Heights Village President Linda Jackson and Mayor Roger Claar of Bolingbrook join in proclaiming October 2014 as FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH in their respective cities/villages. New this year, Addison Mayor Rich Veenstra and Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro are joining in proclaiming FAHM in the village of Addison. and Bloomingdale.
In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM) to celebrate the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the Nation.
Starting in 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) spearheaded the celebration with the participation of other Filipino American organizations in the greater Chicago area. It organizes a variety of events to celebrate FAHM.
This year, newly appointed Consul General Generoso Calonge hosted the FAHM planning meeting at the consular office in Chicago.
The Philippine Consulate General asked everyone to actively participate and support the celebration of the Filipino American History Month Celebration. The schedule of events/activities follows. Let us take pride of our Filipino heritage and history. Let us come together and make every October celebration - a meaningful and memorable month.
To include your FAHM activity, contact Ruben Salazar and at 630-969-2971 or Adeline Fajardo at 630-886-0701. For more information, visit Filipino American Network website - http://fan-chicago.org. (For a list of activities in October, visits the Community News page)
Pope Francis' Gift to Chicago
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
LEFT Photo: Bishop Blase Cupich (L) and Cardinal George after a press conference Sept. 20 in Chicago.
The designation of Bishop Blasé Cupich to succeed the ailing Francis Cardinal George is the best gift Pope Francis could have ever given to Chicago—not only to the 2.2 million Catholics in the area but to all Chicagoans as well.
The 65-year old priest is the first one appointed to the archdiocese who is not yet an Archbishop. He is also the first of a Croatian descent. By all indication, Pope Francis is sending a message to the city. The new shepherd shared the pope's vision for a renewed church—one which is not saddled by doctrinal matters but a church that would bring the biblical message of mercy and compassion to the community.
Bishop Cupich carries with him a record of being a firm supporter of immigrant rights. He is also reported to advocate looking on the many positive aspects of the controversial Affordable Care Act-- like the main provisions of providing insurance to the poor and the young. He is also aligned with the pope's admonition to equitably share resources with the marginal segment of society.
The Bishop is also known to have brought healing to the victims of clergy abuse. He fixed his current diocese in Spokane, Washington which went bankrupt prior to his appointment there because of huge financial settlement over court suits against abusive priests. (Read more A Tour in time of storms..)
THERE'S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquirer
"PAMBANSANG PHOTOBOMB" is how Change.org calls the DMCI Torre de Manila, which is being built near the Luneta. The group charges that the building obstructs the vista of the Rizal Shrine because it looms in the background against Rizal's statue. As photobombs go, that is the mother of photobombs.
"Photobomb" is, of course, how this selfie generation calls the act of intruding into a picture one is taking of oneself through a cellphone. It's not limited to selfies, because "photobombing" can happen in pictures one is taking of others, with the "photobomber" doing something cute or zany or attention-grabbing in the background. It can happen as well on TV, such as when an NBA player is being interviewed after a win and a teammate barges in in the background and does something outlandish.
The tower was never supposed to have been a tower at all. In June 2012, DMCI got a zoning permit that allowed it to build only seven floors. It soon applied for an exemption to build beyond that, which it got from the Manila Zoning Board of Adjustments and the city council last January. How it got it, only they can say. But more to the point, DMCI did not wait for it but went on to build past seven floors way back in 2012.
(Read more ''Pambansang photobomb')
By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
The Fight for Recognition Continues
Top Photo: Among those involved in the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) are, from L, University of Maryland professors Colleen Woods and Jon Sumida, former legislative director Marie Blanco, Veterans Administration staff Ronald Sagudan, Philippine Veterans Affairs Director Del Lorenzana, MG Antonio Taguba (chairman of FilVetREP) and University of Maryland Prof. Janelle Wong, a member of the Academic Advisory Group along with Woods and Sumida. (PINOY Photo by Jon Melegrito)
Seventy three years ago, more than 200,000 Filipino soldiers fought in World War II. Ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, they were sworn in under the command of the U.S. Army Forces of the Far East (USAFEE). They fought valiantly side by side with American soldiers, under the American Flag. In effect, they were U.S. soldiers.
The Philippines was not yet an independent country when the U.S. declared war against Japan in 1941. This "land of the morning" was a commonwealth of the United States.
My father, Gregorio Melegrito, was 26 years old when he took up arms. He was among the thousands who were called to military duty, to primarily defend American interests in the Far East. When Bataan and Corregidor fell in 1942, my dad was among the 72,000 American and Filipino troops captured.
(Read more The Fight for Recognition Continues)