Free Health Fair, Sept. 14

Elston Avenue United Methodist Church, 5850 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago, will sponsor a free health fair, Sunday, Sept. 14, from 12-2 p.m., for all to help you learn and take care of the body God gave you.
Food, blood pressure checks, cholesterol checks, hepatitis screenings, and mental health resources and more will all be available at no cost with the help of our partners AFIRE, Asian Human Services, and Resurrection Health Care.
Just show up and bring friends, or if you have questions you can call the church at 717-512-8112 or 773-775-3399 or email:


Adobofest in LaBagh Woods, Sept. 27


CHICAGO– Adobofest's 7th Annual 'Picnic – Food – Music – Fun Festival' returns Saturday, September 27th, 'Rain or Shine' to LaBagh Woods on Chicago's Northwest Side. Run by the Filipino American Network, (FAN), Adobofest, is the largest annual Filipino-American community picnic, adobo taste-off, music and exhibits festival in the Midwest. It will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Grove #1 at LaBagh Woods, located at Cicero and Foster in Chicago. The grove entrance is 200 feet north of Foster, turn left after you cross the Eden's overpass.

For $10, attendees will be able to taste, and vote for "People's Choice" of an expected 30 Adobo dish entries. The top 5 vote getters in this category will become 'Best Tasting Adobo' finalists. These five entries will be commented and voted on live, on stage, by our esteemed judges panel, made up of Chicago's top Pinoy Chef's, Restaurateurs and food bloggers

All contestants will receive a $20 Target Gift Card to help cover their expenses. Both category winners will go home with trophies and other soon to be announced prizes.
Throughout the day, Adobofest showcases Philippine children's games, cultural dances, band performances, various artists, martial arts demonstrations, the fourth annual 'Pandesal Eating Contest' for adults and 'Polvoron Whistling' contest for youngsters, as well as other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Also returning this year will be free health screens offered to all attendees by University of the Philippines Nurses Alumni Association of the Midwest (UPNAAM).

New this year, AFIRE, the (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment) will hold its 5K Walk fundraiser at LaBagh Woods in the morning and its 3rd Annual Fil- Am voter registration and education, "Rock the Balut!" through the art of eating Balut contest. "The goal of this Walk around the woods is to raise awareness of physical activity as a part of one's overall health condition. We are expanding the meaning of "Rock the Balut!" slogan to promote health as well as civic participation through citizenship, voter registration, and voting," says Jerry Clarito, the executive director of AFIRE Chicago.

The Rock the Balut! Walk will begin at 8:30-9:00am with registration and Zumba dance exercise. Participants are asked to donate a $20 registration fee which will include a free t-shirt. Afterward, the Walk around the woods will start at 9:00 a.m. Once the walk is over, the participants will be asked to join the Adobofest celebration at 11:00 a.m.
The number of entrants to this year's adobo taste-off will be limited to the first 30 applicants. For entries to the Adobo Taste-Off competition, to volunteer or be a sponsor of Adobofest 2013, please contact Edgar Jimenez at or call 773-236-2614.



FACC Inaugural Ball, Sept. 6

The Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC) marks its 40th year anniversary with a inaugural ball on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6:30 pm to 1:00 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 5440 River Road, Rosemont, Illinois.

The installation of the newly elected officers led by its president Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, vice president Thelma Bascos and the federation's board of directors and trustees will highlight the day's event. Donation is $60 per person, net proceed goes to the renovation of the Jose Rizal Cultural Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago. Attire is formal or Filipiniana. For more information or for reservation, call Carmen Estacio 773-661-2021, Dr. Crisostomo 312-402-4191, Thelma Bascos 312-208-3122 or Malou Tabo at 773-816-8439. FACC is a non-profit 501-C-3 organization.


Healing Hearts for Haiyan Community Art Project, Oct. 19


 CHICAGO– The Healing Hearts For Haiyan Community Art Project, started by Artist Lea M. Rivera at Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook, is a project aimed at bringing awareness of the Typhoon Haiyan rebuilding efforts in the Philippines. The goal of this project is not only to bring encouragement and awareness to the sufferings of our Filipino countrymen, but also to collect these hearts and create a 3rd art piece set for exhibition on Oct. 19 at the University of Chicago. This exhibition is organized by the Filipino American National Historical Society, Midwest Chapter, in commemoration of those who lost their lives from the infamous typhoon.

To learn more about this project or to send a healing heart message online, please visit the official website at, where you can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, and view short videos on the project's Youtube channel to see the construction of the art piece.

Piyesta Pinoy performers continue to bring the Pinoy arts, music and culture in the Greater Chicago area.



Supreme Commander Singson, Mayor Ron Falconiat

OKOR 5th USA Regional Conference in Ohio


 OKOR Supreme Commander Jerry C. Singson leads a battery of selected speakers at the 5th biennial conference of the Order of the Knights of Rizal Aug. 29 to Sept. 1st at the Double Tree Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

Other noted speakers also include Tom Rodriguez, OKOR U.S.Regional Commander, Brunswick, Ohio Mayor Ron Falconi. Dr. Joy Kouns-Lewis, PH.D., and Dr. Nelin Retizos.
"Rizal Is Alive In Us; We shine like a prism through KOR leadership" will be the theme of the conference hosted by the fraternity's Ohio Chapter on Aug. 29 to Sept. 1st at the Double Tree Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

The symposium's theme speaks of the importance and relevance of Rizal's ideals through leadership, both then and now. The fraternity was founded in Philippines through an act of Congress.

Officers and members of the host chapter are also sponsoring a tour of the tourist attractions in the area and a dinner-dance night.

For additional information and updates associated with the assembly, please access the Cleveland - 5th USA Regional Assembly Website at the following address: (Order of the Knights of Rizal, Cleveland OH)

Chicago ConGen's unprecedented move: Monthly Dialogue

with the Community


"The third Wednesday of the month will be for the concerns of Filipinos under my consular jurisdiction," declared Generoso Calonge, the newly appointed Consul General in Chicago. This unprecedented move was made known early July when he first made his first public appearance.

The first of his promised "dialogue with the community" took place August 20 at 5:30 pm right after the regular office hours and lasted for about one and half hour. "I was not able to start last month because of my participation in the 9th Ambassador Consuls General Tourism Directors Tour in Manila," he explained to no fewer than two dozen area community leaders and media persons.

Many of those who came took notice of the tense and cool reception of the other consular personnel who at some point aggressively told those who came that they would not be let in if their names are not in their list of those who called in for reservation.
Many claimed that they actually called or confirmed their intention to join the dialogue and this highlighted the persistent and common complain about the poor telecommunication system in the consular office. The problem became the top topic for the afternoon and ConGen Calonge said he makes sure an improvement will be made.

Facilitating the dual citizenship and passport applications and the electoral registration of overseas voters also were taken as the citizens' top concerns. "I believe that with the million Filipino citizens abroad, making sure that they are properly registered can truly influence results in national elections back home," ConGen Calonge added.

After a preponderance of complaints and negative comments, the ConGen also gave his observation on how the relationship can be two ways-- emphasizing that members of the community should be prompt and considerate when they engage the consular staff in activities, citing specific example of a recent appointment where he was made to wait for 30 minutes.

"When non-Filipinos are involved I noticed that we are punctual. We should do the same in our own activities," the ConGen implored.

ConGen Calonge also added that due to the space constraint in the consular offices, he emphasized the importance of confirming one's intention to attend any particular third Wednesday of community dialogue. The hall, he added, can only comfortably accommodate 25-30 persons at a time.

Jun de Guia, Gawad Kalinga area director, suggested that the ConGen should consider other venues for his community dialogue. It was pointed out that another community meeting with the ConGen is scheduled at Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park, Chicago on Wednesday, August 27.




















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