CHICAGO – In 2009, the US 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 an invitation to many Filipino American organizations in Chicago and suburbs to organize a variety of events to celebrate FAHM every October. Since 2011, Filipino American community groups in Chicago and suburbs have been working and partnering together to consolidate and promote the various events in celebration of FAHM every October. This year, we are commemorating 2 significant milestones in the Filipino American History – the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965 and the 50th anniversary of the grape strike in Delano, CA.
• The Immigration and and Naturalization Act (INA) of 1965 was signed by President Lynden 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.
• 50 years ago today, elderly Filipino men working in grape fields in Delano, CA decided to go on strike to fight for better wages and working conditions. That courageous decision would have effects far beyond the grape fields. In fact, ALL Filipino-Americans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these men. If you didn't already know this, take some time to educate yourself today. One good resource is https://welgadigitalarchive.omeka.net/.
Oct. 11, Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm FAHM celebration at St. Mathew Church 1555 Glen Ellyn Road Glendale Heights, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at email@example.com Sponsor – PACF)
Oct. 11, Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00pm – FANHS-MI at the Paaralang Pilipino “CINEPLEX” at Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) 17356 Northland Park Ct. Southfield, MI 4807 (Contact James Beni Wilson 248-345-5562 / firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsor – FANHS-MI)
Oct. 11, Sunday 8:00 am – 5:30pm – FANHS-MWC The 11th BIENNIAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE Wyndham Glenview Suites at 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, Illinois 60025 (Contact Almira Gilles email@example.com Sponsor – FANHS-MWC)
Oct. 18, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm FAHM Luncheon Honoring the Most Outstanding Fil-AM Seniors at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport 10249 West Irving Park Road Schiller Park, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsor – PACF)
Oct 24, Saturday 2pm – Film showing of “The Gift of Barong” at Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FANHS-GC)
Oct 24 to January 29, 2016 - We are Family Exhibits at Trickster Art Gallery, Schaumburg, IL (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FAHSC)
For the latest updates, please visit the Philippine American Cultural Foundation website http://pacfmidwest.org/2015/09/fahm2015/ and the
Filipino American Network website - http://fan-chicago.org/fahm-2/
For more information, contact Ruben Salazar at (630)969-2971 email Tito.Rubens@gmail.com.
Oct 1, Thursday On view through October 19 - We are Family Exhibits at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Free general admission will be offered to Illinois residents during Museum Week at the The Field Museum, October 4, all day. (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FAHSC)
Oct 2, Friday (10:00 A.M. Opening) to October 30, 2015 – “ART IS PASSION . AGELESS . SOCIAL . SERVICE” is an Art Exhibit featuring watercolor paintings done by volunteers and clients of the Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS), a 501 ( c ) 3 not for profit organization which distributes food weekly to qualified families. Venue at Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS) 1511 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (Contact Susan Alforque Silvano Email: email@example.com Sponsor - PASS)
Oct 2, Friday 6:30pm – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL (Contact Tony Abellera at TonyAbellera@hotmail.com Sponsor - FAASD)
Oct 4 Sunday at 11:00am - 6:00pm –Kultura Festival at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (Contact http://filipino.kitchen/kultura-fest Sponsor – Filipino Kitchen)
Livas is 2017 PIWC head
Lourdes Livas will be the 2017 Philippine Independence Week Committee president-elect succeeding Mercy Matousek who took over the helm of the PIWC from Ellen Tan during a Sept. 27 meeting in Chicago.
Livas ran unopposed. Matousek bested her during late last year’s election for the 2016 chairmanship.
“Lourdes should be commended for her graciousness and willingness to serve. Despite her loss in last year’s election, she continied serving and did not walk out from PIWC as was in the case of other persons who ran and lost before,” said a long time PIWC volunteer.
In her last report, Tan revealed the list of organizations which benefited from the net proceeds of her 2015 administration. Receiving donations are Phil-USA Lions Club (Installation of officers headed by Andy Llamanada on Oct. 3 at Hilton Algauer in Northbrook), Gawad Kalinga (GK, builds houses for the poor); Bantay Bata, Bahay Maria (A Calamba City Housing for seniors), Norma Manankil’s artesian well project for clean water (A fashion show is scheduled for November at Drury Lane), Myrna Cordero Foundation and Dennis Niebar Foundation.
Mercy Matousek, meanwhile, announced her cabinet members who will be installed during the kick-off party Jan. 9 at the Hilton in Northbrook.
Participants and winners of the 8th annual Adobofest Sept. 19 at St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove, IL pose with their prizes. Best Adobo went to Andrew Guerrero’s (8th from L) “Finger Licking Adobo” representing the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA). The People’s Choice Adobo winner went to 28-year old Dion Jumapao (9th from L) for his "yon yon's adobo" chicken and rib Adobo dish.