Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service (73rd), Sept. 13

The 73rd Annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service will be held at the Veterans Memorial of Maywood Park, IL on Sunday, 13 Sept., at 3:00 p.m. Participation does not entail any cost.

The memorial service will feature those who fought for freedom and liberty in the Philippine Campaign of World War II. The event aims to pay tribute to thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who displayed extraordinary gallantry and courage beyond the call of duty in defending Bataan and Corregidor in 1942. This day also honors the achievements of Filipino and American veterans and recognizes the sacrifices they have made and the heroism they have displayed.

The service will include music from the Navy Ceremonial Band, Great Lakes, as well as color guards from various Veterans Groups and guest speakers.

The Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) is dedicated to preserving the memory of the defense of Bataan and perpetuating the observance of Maywood's Bataan Day. For more information, please contact the Consulate General's Cultural Officer, Liezel F. Alcantara, at telephone no. (312) 583-0621 ext. 13, or email the Consulate at

First Bank & Trust Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with events

EVANSTON, Ill., - In honor of First Bank & Trust's 20th anniversary, the bank will be hosting and sponsoring a variety of local events for the public beginning September 9 and running throughout October. More events are underway. For the most current schedule and more details visit

"First Bank & Trust would not be where it is today without the support of the wonderful people in the communities we serve," said Michael Yohanan, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at First Bank & Trust. "For our 20th anniversary, we want to show our gratitude and commitment to our communities with these celebratory events that underscore what makes our branch communities so special."

20th anniversary community events include:

Sept. 12, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Identity Theft Protection
Winnetka Branch, 100 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
Come to First Bank & Trust for a community shredding and electronic recycling day. Free and open to the public.
Sept. 13, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Streets Alive! 2015

Main Street Branch, 741 Main St., Evanston
First Bank & Trust co-sponsors Streets Alive!, a free outdoor festival along Main Street in Evanston. More info at
Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
FB&T 20th Anniversary Celebration

Church Street Branch, 820 Church St., Evanston
Enjoy complimentary food from Hecky's Barbecue and Cupcakes by Sweet Rides, giveaways, face painting, a balloon artist, and a stilt walking juggler from The Actors Gymnasium. Free and open to the public.

Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bears of Hope - Decoration Event and Ice Cream Social
Skokie Boulevard Branch, 8047 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Kids will decorate teddy bears from Bears of Hope, which are given to children and adults in crisis. The celebration includes face painting and ice cream treats from Brain Freeze. Space is limited to the first 30 reservations. Register at
Sept. 24, 5 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Kits, 'Cats and Kids Block Party

Downtown Evanston on Sherman Ave. between Church and Davis Streets
Celebrate the back to school season at this downtown Evanston block party featuring arts, crafts, games and family-friendly activities filling the streets. FB&T will provide free hot dogs for the first 200 visitors. More information is available at
October 3, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pet Adoption Event with Evanston Animal Shelter
Central Street Branch, 2925 Central St., Evanston

Find your new rescue pet and enjoy free treats by Tag's Bakery.


Adobofest Annual Festival Picnic at St. Paul Woods, Sept. 19

Adobofest returns Sat., Sept. 19th, ‘Rain or Shine’ to Saint Paul Woods, 6594 W. Oakton Ave., Grove #4, in Morton Grove from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Besides the Adobo competition, it will showcase 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.

The number of entrants to this year’s adobo taste-off will be limited to the first 20 applicants. Contestants only need a 10 pound minimum to enter the taste-off competition. This amount of adobo is about the size of a large pot or small tray. Just sign-up and bring your pre-cooked adobo and plan for an expected high turnout.

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.

To participate in the Adobofest competition sign up on our web site For entries to the Adobo Taste-Off competition, to volunteer or be a sponsor of Adobofest 2015, contact Edgar Jimenez at or call 773-236-2614.

There will also be free health screens offered by University of the Philippines Nurses Alumni Association of the Midwest (UPNAAM).

For $10, attendees will be able to taste, and vote for “People’s Choice” of an expected 20 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.

AFIRE, the (Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment) will again hold its ‘Rock the Balut 5K Walk and Run fundraiser at Saint Paul Woods in the morning and its 4th Annual Filipino American voter registration and education, through its art of eating Balut contest.

The Rock the Balut! Walk will begin at 8:30-9:00am with registration and Zumba dance exercise. Participants are asked to donate a $30 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. Later in the afternoon, AFIRE will hold the fun-filled and exciting “Art of Eating Balut” contest.”


Silayan Association concert dinner, Sept. 19

The Silayan Association in Illinois will hold a fundraising dinner concert with a performance by the Silayan singers on Sat., Sept. 19 at 6:30 pm at The White Eagle Banquets, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles, IL 60714. Ticket cost is $50. Tickets may be purchased through the site (with a $2 convenience fee) or through a representative by calling 847-840-7972.




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