7th 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 HHEdgar@fan-chicago.orgHH or call 773-236-2614.



Free Health Fair, Sept. 14

Elston Avenue United Methodist Church 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:




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.












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