Filipina returns to U.S. to answer FBI questions

Left pic: Marilou Danley

Marilou Danley, the Filipino girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed 59 people and wounded 500 during a country music festival, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on October 3 to meet with FBI Agents and explain what she knew.

Danley said that she had "a clear conscience." Her lawyer issued a statement from her, "He [Paddock] never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen,” said an Agence France News report.

Reports say that Paddock remitted the amount of $100,000 to the Philippines before the shooting for the purpose of purchasing a house there. Then he had purchased a plane ticket for Danley to fly to the Philippines.

Danley was tagged again as a "person of interest" on October 2.

CIRCA Pintig Play: The Perfect American, Oct. 14

Celebrating Filipino American History Month, Circa Pintig presents a play "The Perfect American" which is a comedy about a strong willed Filipina entrepreneur named Beverly Marie Spencer who’s mission in life is to teach new immigrants how to become the “perfect” American. Along with the help of her teenage son, she seeks out to make this dream a reality during a live audition with a cable tv executive as part of the living room audience. Her TV Dreams are turned sideways by a meddling grocery store clerk from Kyrgyzstan and a mysterious person from her past. The play asks, “How much is a person willing to give up to reach the American Dream?”

The play will be on Saturday, October 14, 7:00pm at The Hana Center, 4300 North California Avenue, Chicago.

Playwright: Conrad A. Panganiban is a Filipino American Playwright living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been performed by Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA), San Francisco Playhouse, A-Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago, IL), CIRCA Pintig (Chicago, IL), in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland and in the Philippines with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). His play, WELGA, inspired by the work of Larry Itliong and the Delano Manongs of the 1965 Grape Strike, will have its World Premiere Production at Bindlestiff Studio in October 2017. He is a member of Theatre Bay Area and the Dramatists Guild of America. Conrad earned his MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Playwriting from

Congressional Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony to honor Filipino WWII Vets, Oct. 25

Washington, DC. -- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, disclosed Sept. 14 that the U.S. Government will honor Filipino World War II Veterans during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11 am.

       The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the U.S. Congress can bestow.  Pursuant to Public Law 114-265, a single gold medal has been struck to honor the service of more than 200,000 Filipino soldiers who fought under the U.S. flag in World War II.

Having waited for 72 years for this recognition, it is estimated that less than 15,000, mostly in their 80s and 90s, remain alive today. Veteran families are expected to attend.

The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) spearheaded the national campaign to secure this long-delayed recognition. It is the officially-designated liaison to the U.S. Mint, which handles the design and minting of the Congressional Gold Medal. Plans for the presentation and distribution of bronze replicas at a dinner event following the ceremony are underway which will be held Oct. 25 evening at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va. For more info about Filipino WWII veterans and how to get involved, visit https://www.filvetrep.org

AREAA accepting applications for veteran grants

The Asian Real Estate Association of America’s (AREAA) Education Foundation, which has donated thousands of dollars to countries who have suffered calamities such as the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, New Orleans, Houston(Harvey victims), etc. are offering (2) $10,000 grants to veterans through their “Welcome Home Heroes program.” Veterans in need can use the grant towards housing - from down payment assistance, closing costs credits, retrofitting their homes for ease of use, major repairs for their homes, etc. Upon approval, AREAA will have a ceremony during the NAR(National Assoc of Realtors) convention on Nov 5 from 11-1pm at Rm G101, McCormick Place, Chicago.

Email vickysilvano1@yahoo.com to request an application or call cell 773-848-1201.

CELEBRATE October as Filipino American History Month

CHICAGO–The Consulate General of the Philippines invites the Chicagoland and Midwestern states to celebrate the Filipino American History Month (FAHM) this October with numerous activities and workshops dedicated to the history, culture and contributions of the Filipino Americans to the nation. In 2009, the US Congress passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM). Since 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) has been working to consolidate and promote various events every October.

left picture: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (3rd fr. left) hosted the State of Illinois Filipino American History Month (FAHM) celebration at the James R. Thompson Center in this city Oct. 6. Janice Glenn (left) from the Illinois Department of Human Rights presented a Leadership Award to Consul General Generoso DG Calonge. Joining them is Lifetime Achievement Awardee Ronald Bongat (right). (Photo courtesy of Arnel Santiago)

FAHM planned events in 2017: Oct. 20-31

Oct 20, Friday, 6:3o to 11:30 pm - ISFFA INDUCTION DINNER* at Victoria in the Park, Mt. Prospect, IL , Sponsor - ISFFA, contact Lucila Rider, rider1215@yahoo.com 816 522-3854

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 9pm -REGIONAL FOOD FARE* at Filipino Cultural Center, 9810 We 79th St. Overland Park, KS 66204 Sponsor - Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, contact chicagoisffa.officer@gmail.com or 312-240-9500

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 8pm- MIGRATION STORIES OF INHERITANCE PART 1* at Turkish American Society 501 Midway Dr, Mt Prospect, IL  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct. 22 Sunday 12 noon - FAHM CELEBRATION MASS IN MUNDELEIN at the Chapel at St. Maria del Popolo, 116 North Lake Street, Mundelein, IL. Contact Yolly Rodrigo 847-951-0148.

Oct. 22 Sunday 5:30pm – FFM's HANDOG 2017 at IFI Good Shepherd Congregation 4707 W Pratt Avenue Lincolnwood, IL, Contact Nerissa Allegretti Email - allegrettineris@yahoo.com, Call/Text: (224) 381.6888

Oct 28, Saturday, 5:00 pm – Film showing of “AMIGO” from the acclaimed writer-director John Sayles. The film was set in 1900 during the Filipino American War starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco and Yul Vasquez. Tagalog with English subtitles. Central United Methodist Church, 8237 N. Kenton, Skokie, IL 60076. (Contact Mr. Mariano Santos 847-528-4991)

Oct 28, Saturday, 3:00 pm-MIGRATION STORIES OF INHERITANCE PART II* at Trickster Art Gallery 190 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct 29, Sunday 2pm–FAHM DISPLAY EXHIBITS & FILM SHOWING OF “AMIGO”from the acclaimed writer-director John Sayles. The film was set in 1900 during the Filipino American War starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco and Yul Vasquez. Tagalog with English subtitles. Indian Prairie Library, 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 60561. (Contact Mr. Jose Soloria 630-915-5956 / jsoloria@comcast.net Sponsor: FAASD)

All of the above events are FREE Admission, RSVP to contact except those marked with * which is Ticketed Event
For the latest updates, visit the website http://pacfmidwest.org/2017/09/fahm2017/

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The University of the Philippines (UP) Madrigal Singers Alumni led by Millete Silverio (front, holding sheet music) performed a concert at the Central United Methodist Church October 6. Concert included solos, duets, groups, harps, solo guitar and viola. Sung were favorite classic, popular and secular sacred music like Sana’y Wala Ng Wakas, Prayer of St. Francis composed by Ryan Cayabyab, Ave Maria by Francisco Santiago, Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi and “Tenderly from Psalm 10 by Fr. Arnold Zamora. (PINOY Photo by Anong)


Int'l Society of Filipinos in Finance/Accounting Induction Dinner, Oct. 20

The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA) is inducting their 2017-2019 officers on Friday, October 20 at Victoria in the Park, Mount Prospect, IL at 7:30 PM.ISFFA welcomes other finance and accounting professionals from the Chicagoland to listen to speakers, for food, drinks, networking and dancing.

Registration is at 6:30 PM. Visit their website www.chicagoisffa.org. For more info, email Chicagoisffa.officer@gmail.com or call Andrew/Charlene at 312-240-9500.

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 “AMIGO” lights up our hidden past

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor


“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

— George Santayana

What is there left to remember if the past was glossed over from the pages of history? What do we make out of what we are taught from our textbooks? As a saying goes—“the victors write history.”

The Americans with their superior weaponry defeated the ill-equipped Filipino freedom fighters who wanted to hold onto the independence they won from their Spanish colonizers in 1898.

The emerging American Empire wanted a foothold in the teeming market of Asia. Its factories were producing more goods than what Americans could consume. The U.S. was gripped by a long recession in the late 1800s. Capitalists dictated to politicians an imperialist policy.

The Philippines was found to be the most valuable spoil from the U.S.’s victory in the Spanish American War. Early on, U.S. was only eyeing Manila and Subic as coaling stations in its aim to reach the Chinese consumers. But an exploratory commission found the archipelago rich in natural resources needed in its industrial expansion.

ABOVE PIC: Free Screening will be on Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 pm, at Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, in Skokie; and on Sunday, Oct. 29,2 p.m. Indian Prairie Library in Darien, 401 Plainfield Road. Rated R for some violence and language, 128 minutes

Policymakers made it appear to the American people that U.S. went to the Philippines to Christianize the “brown bothers.” The brutality of its war against the Filipinos was kept from the public—a deception repeated in the early years of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and Iraq.

The U.S. casualties, including those who died from tropical diseases, was close to 50,000—almost equal to the number of soldiers killed in Vietnam. No fewer than half a million Filipinos perished in that war.

Some historians call the Fil-Am War the U.S.’ “First Vietnam.” Strategic hamletting, waterboarding, disinformation to the American public—all recurred in the tragic involvement in Vietnam, Iraq and now Afghanistan. Many believed that if the history of Fil-Am War was truthfully written from the outset, the U.S. could have learned its lessons; it could have avoided its tragic interventions abroad.

In this year’s marking of the Philippine American History Month, we are showing the film “Amigo.” This is a good primer to light our dark past. I share with you the 2011 review of eminent critic, the late Roger Ebert, of this important film. The following is an abridged version –the complete review is available online.

Free Screening on Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 pm, at Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, in Skokie; and on Sunday, Oct. 29,2 p.m. Indian Prairie Library in Darien, 401 Plainfield Road. Rated R for some violence and language, 128 minutes

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The Deplorable Philippine Congress



Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

How many laws were passed by Congress in the last six months of 2016? Per government records, exactly two: the 2017 national budget and the postponement of the barangay elections.

In the House of Representatives, according to its Bills and Index Division, out of 5,360 bills proposed, only 321 were processed, equivalent to around six measures for each working day. One of the biggest tasks on which the hardworking legislators invested precious time was not a law but a resolution: the House panel report supposedly shedding light on the drug syndicates apparently still in fine fettle in the New Bilibid Prison that, not incidentally, was also the basis for the public crucifixion and eventual detention of the administration’s then public enemy No. 1, Sen. Leila de Lima.

The public is yet to recover from the shock over the essential defunding of the Commission on Human Rights with the House’s vote to allocate it a budget of P1,000 for 2018, which is well in line with Malacañang’s repeatedly expressed contempt for the office and its mandate. (The President had, at one point, threatened to order the shooting of human rights workers.)

Also on the House’s plate are the duly endorsed impeachment complaints against three public officials in charge of offices critical to the operations of the democratic space: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



Consul General of Chicago Generoso Calonge and Deputy Consul Romulo Israel lay a wreath in front of a WWII tank during the Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) commemoration ceremony of the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March while MBDO President Col. Richard McMahon (left) watches. Eighty-nine of the men from Maywood, IL enlisted in the IL National Guard, inducted into the service as 192nd Battalion “Company B,” fought in Bataan, but only 43 came home. (Photo by Grace Szpytma)

A time to reflect and remember Filipino WWII Veterans

October– the month when we celebrate Filipino American heritage and history – is going to be extra special this year, politically and emotionally.

After waiting for more than 70 years, our Filipino Veterans are finally going to be honored by the U.S. government. It’s hard to believe that despite their loyalty, duty to country and uncommon valor, these brave soldiers were shamelessly ignored by the same country that put them in harm’s way to begin with. Those who waited for recognition and died bore the pain of this humiliation to their graves.

But for the few who are still alive, it’s bitter sweet. Better late than never.

Indefatigable efforts

For one morning on October 25, our congressional leaders (more than half of whom were born after the last world war) will take a pause from partisan bickering and gather at Emancipation Hall in Capitol Hill. By tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan will formally present the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino soldiers who fought under the U.S. flag in World War II. It is an official act of recognition from a grateful nation.

Securing legislation for this highest civilian award took 18 months, from June 2015, when the bill was filed, to December 2016, when it was passed and signed by President Obama. Thanks to the indefatigable efforts of community advocates who were determined to achieve this historic award, our veterans can now say their service and sacrifice are once and for all appreciated. Among the minority groups who were called to serve, Filipino soldiers waited the longest for this day to arrive.

Stripped of their rights

The solemn ceremony on October 25 – replete with color guards and a military band – is expected to be a highly emotional moment for the few living veterans, mostly in their late 80s and 90s, who will be flying in from different parts of the country, including a 91-year-old from the Philippines. Family members of deceased veterans, including widows, will be seated in a place of honor, as well.

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By Fr. Tirso Villaverde

St. Margaret Mary and the Heart of Jesus

On October 16th, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of a woman who is near and dear to my heart because she is the patron of the parish of which I am currently the pastor. I refer to the feast day of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to whom Jesus had revealed his Sacred Heart and chosen her to be the instrument through which devotion to his heart would spread.

St. Margaret Mary was born on July 22, 1647 in the region of Burgundy, France. At the age of about nine, she was struck with rheumatic fever and remained bedridden until about the age of fifteen. At that point, she had made a promise to the Blessed Virgin Mary to consecrate herself to the religious life. Once she had made this vow, St. Margaret Mary was healed. In gratitude for the healing, she added the name of Mary to her baptismal name and was further known as Margaret Mary.

Forgetting her promise

At a young age, St. Margaret Mary lost her father and the family’s assets were controlled by a relative which virtually plunged the family into poverty. At about the age of seventeen, the family’s wealth was restored to the family and Margaret Mary’s mother encouraged her to go into society in the hopes that she would find a suitable husband. In obedience to her mother, this became her intention with every formal dance and ball that she attended feeling that her promise to the Virgin was no longer binding.

One night, after coming home from a carnival, St. Margaret Mary received a vision of Jesus beaten and bloody. In the vision, Jesus reprimanded her for forgetting her promise to consecrate herself to the religious life but assured her as well that his love for her would never end. Thus, at age twenty-four, she entered the Visitation order of religious sisters and lived in the convent at Paray Le Monial. After many trials, she was finally allowed to become a nun on November 6, 1672 at the age of twenty-five.

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Health Care Hiring Event at Oakton Community College, Oct. 16

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