Madrid Crost Law Group's Immigration Forum at Seafood City, Nov. 12

As a way of thanking the immigrant community, the Madrid Crost Law Group and Seafood City will hold a free immigration forum on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at Seafood City, 5033 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, Illinois.  Madrid Crost Law Group will hold private one on one consultation after a brief presentation.  For any questions, please call 312-857-0857 or send an e-mail to customerservice@madridcrost. com.


KOR’s “Rizal in U.S.A.” Oct. 20 at the Consulate

CHICAGO--To mark the Filipino American History Month in October, the Knights of Rizal Central U.S.A. Area in cooperation with the Chicago Consulate General will present “Rizal in USA,” a lecture tracing the month-long, cross country travel of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, from April to May of 1888.

Sir Felix Gonzales, KGOR, will use a slide show of historical photos of the period in the U.S. that were most likely encountered by Rizal who started his journey in San Francisco and ending in New York prior to his second European stay. Rizal’s stopover in Chicago lasted 14 hours on May 8.

Rizal in his diary mentioned his being quarantined for a week after the ship he took from Japan. Custom officials cited an epidemic in Asia. Rizal believed that anti-Chinese immigration policy was the real reason. Later in a letter to his friend, Mariano Ponce, he concluded that America was a good place to stay—for the white race.

Ambassador Generoso Calonge, (4th from left) Consul General in Chicago is conferred the rank of Knight Grand Order of Rizal (KGOR) Sept. 4 at the KOR regional assembly in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He heads the Knights of Rizal's "Maynilad Chapter" in Chicago. (PINOY Photo by Anong)

Discussion will follow after the travelogue and will touch on Rizal’s relevance to the present US-Philippine relation here and back home. This event on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 pm marks the “20th Pagkikita sa Konsulado,” a monthly community dialogue sponsored by the local consulate.

ConGen Generoso Calonge has put emphasis on putting Rizal’s teaching on the forefront of the community’s activities in his jurisdiction . He is the commander of the newly-formed Knights of Rizal Chapter, Maynilad. He was elevated to Knight Grand Order of Rizal (KGOR), the second highest KOR rank, at the recently concluded regional assembly in New Jersey.

The Chicago, Magiting, Malaya and Maynilad Chapters of the Knights of Rizal are also co-sponsors of the event which is open to the public. Due to limited seating, please reserve by calling the Consulate at 312-583-0621 or KOR Central USA Commander, Mariano Santos at 847-329-1073.

Chicago Fil-Am Center gets back its stolen Rizal bust

By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Newsmagazine Special

CHICAGO—Four days prior to the dedication of the new bust of Dr. Jose P. Rizal that should have replaced the bust that was stolen in June of last year, Bobby Luna, the manager of this city’s Jose Rizal Heritage Center received a phone call from a Chicago Police officer who wanted to meet with him at the center.

Detective Jeff Ignowski of CPD 23rd District met with Luna on Sept. 6 afternoon and with him was the missing bust of the Philippine National Hero. Luna confirmed that it indeed was the stolen bust. After checking it up, Luna said the bust is in good condition.

A call to Det. Ignowski for more information about the recovery of the artifact only resulted with the officer repeatedly saying he “could not give any information… this is still under investigation.”

Suddenly, the officers of the Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC) who are the trustees of the center are faced with a dilemma of what to do with the bust donated by the owners of Seafood City.

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CHICAGO – In 2009, the US Congress through the House of Senate and House of Representatives respectively passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM). Starting in 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) spearheaded a move to organize a variety of events to celebrate FAHM. The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) announces “1946: A Turning Point” as the theme for this year. This is to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of events and pieces of legislation that transformed the lives of Filipinos such as the following:

• The Rescission Act of 1946 barred veterans in the Philippines from receiving GI Bill benefits

• The Luce-Celler Bill on July 2, 1946 granted access to naturalization for all Filipinos who had come to the US before March 1934 however immigration was limited to 100 per year.

• Philippine independence from the United States was granted on July 4, 1946.
The schedule of events/activities is listed below. Let us take pride of our Filipino heritage and history. Let us come together and celebrate. All events are FREE, RSVP to contact except those marked with * which are Ticketed Events
For updates, visit http://pacfmidwest.org/2016/09/fahm2016/ or contact Ms. Alcantara, 312-583-0621 or email the Consulate General at chicagopcg@att.net. Or Mr. Salazar (630) 969-2971 or email Tito.Rubens@gmail.com

FAHM events in 2016

Oct 6, Thur., 2 screenings at 6pm and 8:30pm- “Achy Breaky Hearts” at AMC Showplace, 7000 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077 (RSVP wuevents@westernunion.com– Western Union with PACF)

Oct 7, Fri., 5:00-10:00 pm - TGIF Concert* with Jessica Sanchez, Mikey Bustos & Samasama Project (Lou Cabalona at 708-528-6321, Email – piyestapinoy@gmail.com, PACF)

Oct. 8-9, 2016 Filipino American History Month (FAHM) in New Orleans, LA Symposium, Gala* Historical Marker Trip, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA (Robert Romero 504-533-9822)

Oct. 8, Sat. - Pintig Stage Workshop at Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL, Levi Aliposa Tel. 773-491-2810, CIRCA/Pintig and FACC. Also at 9 am, The Property and Assets Protection Workshop & Fraud Prevention initiative , call Elsie Sy-Niebar, 773-610-1287,

Oct 9 Sun., 2-5 pm Film Showing over Soda and Pop, Cesar Montano as “Dr. Jose Rizal” * Venue: Rizal Center, Donation:$5.00, Call Rev. Raul Fermin, KOR, 847 204-4139 or raulfermin@gmail.com

Oct 13, Thur. 5:30 pm – Film showing of “Above the Clouds” at Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch at 929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 Call (312) 744-8400

Oct 15, Sat. - “Sining Mulat 4” – Children’s Arts and Philippine Crafts*, Drawing and Painting for ages 6-12 years old. Donation $10 w/ lunch, Rizal Center. Email: Willi Buhay at buhaywilli@gmail.com

Oct 15, Sat., 4-8 pm – “Silip/Sulyap, “Art Exhibit with reception*. Rizal Center, Donation $10.00. Willi Buhay at buhaywilli@gmail.com

Oct 15, Sat., 6pm - Search for Young Ambassadors* - Lead your peers in making a difference.. at Drury Lane Theater Sponsor - Chicago Nightingales, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace, IL Phoebe Doruelo-630-740-4994

(Read more Filipino American History Month Calendar of Events)



Inquirer News Service
By Randy David


It’s imperative for Duterte to always speak with caution

 In everyday life, we tend to assign less weight to oral speech than to the written word. The spoken is presumed to be “ephemeral,” liable to be misheard, reinterpreted, or denied. The written word, in contrast, is thought to be “indelible,” its meaning cast in stone.

But, the literary scholar Roland Barthes, in his classic essay, “The Death of the Author,” reverses this equation. He argues: “[I]t is ephemeral speech which is indelible, not monumental writing…. Speech is irreversible: a [spoken] word cannot be retracted…”

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Nowhere, perhaps, is this insight truer than in international gatherings of heads of state or foreign ministers, where diplomatic language is the norm. Participants studiously avoid giving off-the cuff remarks in order not to be misinterpreted. Most speak from detailed notes or simply read a prepared speech. At the end of such meetings, a carefully crafted communiqué is typically agreed upon and issued to make sure there is no room for misunderstanding.

In such gatherings, words do matter. Utmost cordiality is observed even among representatives of rival nations. That is why presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs bring with them a staff of seasoned diplomats and writers who prepare the ground for their principals long before the latter actually meet.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



Yasay Confronts Du30’s Doubters and Detractors

Filipino nationals in the Washington DC area voted overwhelmingly for Duterte in May. Last month, eager to show their support for the new President, they came out in full force to welcome his Foreign Affairs Secretary. Perfecto Yasay, Jr., after all, is Duterte’s college chum and trusted ally.

The Secretary was in town in mid-September to talk to lawmakers, policy makers, state department officials and members of the Filipino American community. On his last day, he was the featured speaker at the “Talakayan sa Pasuguan” (town hall) hosted by the Philippine Embassy.

Having heard and read all about Duterte’s crackdown on drug dealers, widespread accusations of extra judicial killings, and insulting outbursts, we were eager to hear the Secretary’s answers. He’d be eaten alive, I thought to myself. Was I wrong.
Thursday morning, he spoke at a forum sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was articulate and eloquent, assuring everyone concerned that the US and the Philippines will always be valuable allies and strategic partners.

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