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-tasting 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. There will also be a free health screening.

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.

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.


October Filipino American Heritage Month planned events in 2015

CHICAGO--In 2009, the US Congress through the Senate and House of Representatives respectively passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM) to celebrate the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their historic contributions to the nation. Starting in 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) spearheaded an invitation to many Filipino American organizations in Chicago and suburbs to organize a variety of events to celebrate FAHM every October. 

Sep 19, Saturday, 7:30am - Rock the Balut! 5K Walk/Run  at St. Paul Woods Morton Grove, Il (Contact – Jerry Clarito at, Sponsor - AFIRE)

Sep 19, Saturday, 11:00am – Adobofest and FAHM Kickoff at St. Paul Woods Morton Grove, Illinois (Contact – Edgar Jimenez Sponsor – FAN)

Oct 1, Thursday On view through October 19 - We are Family Exhibits at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Free general admission will be offered to Illinois residents during Museum Week at the The Field Museum, October 4, all day. (Contact Tito Ruben at, Sponsor – FAHSC)

Oct 2, Friday (10:00 A.M. Opening) to October 30, 2015 – “ART IS PASSION . AGELESS . SOCIAL . SERVICE” is an Art Exhibit featuring watercolor paintings done by volunteers and clients of the Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS), a 501 ( c ) 3 not for profit organization which distributes food weekly to qualified families. Venue at Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS) 1511 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (Contct Susan Alforque Silvano Email: Sponsor - PASS)

Oct 2, Friday 6:30pm  – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL (Contact Tony Abellera at Sponsor - FAASD)

Oct 4 Sunday at 11:00am - 6:00pm –Kultura Festival at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (Contact Sponsor – Filipino Kitchen)

Oct 10, Saturday 1:00-6:00 pm Global Pinoy Singing Idol at  Hemmens Cultural Center 40 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL (Contact Divine Aleonar at - Sponsor – CFC/ANCOP)

Oct. 11, Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm FAHM celebration at St. Mathew Church 1555 Glen Ellyn Road Glendale Heights, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at Leticia Eclavea  630 980-5559 Sponsor – PACF)

Oct. 11, Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00pm – FANHS-MI at the Paaralang Pilipino “CINEPLEX” at Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) 17356 Northland Park Ct. Southfield, MI 4807 (Contact James Beni Wilson  248-345-5562 / Sponsor – FANHS-MI)

Oct. 11, Sunday 8:00 am – 5:30pm – FANHS-MWC The 11th BIENNIAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE Wyndham Glenview Suites at 1400 Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL (Contact Jelly Carandang at, Sponsor –FANHS-MWC)

Oct 13 Tuesday  7:00 PM  – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Glenside Public Library at 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139. (Contact Nestor Evaristo at  Sponsor - NVAC)

Oct. 18, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm FAHM Luncheon Honoring the Most Outstanding Fil-AM Seniors at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport 10249 West Irving Park Road Schiller Park, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at Evelyn Natividad, Ph.D.  773 457-3402 Sponsor – PACF)

Oct 24, Saturday 2pm  – Film showing of “The Gift of Barong” at Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (Contact Tito Ruben at, Sponsor – FANHS-GC)

Oct 24, Saturday 7:30pm - Voice of the Nightingale Lani Misalucha and Arnel Pineda at Portage Theater4050 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60641 (Sponsor – Red Ink and Reliable Document)

Oct  24 to January 29, 2016 - We are Family Exhibits at Trickster Art Gallery, Schaumburg, IL (Contact Tito Ruben at, Sponsor – FAHSC)

Oct 30 to Nov 7: Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino. Display of 10 paintings and creation of collaborative mural by 5 FilAm artists from Chicago and 5 artists from the Philippines. Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, 1400 S. Lakeshore Dr. Events take place during museum hours. (Almira Gilles

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By Mariano "Anong" Santos



Recommended Movie for Filipino-American History Month in October

"THE Great Raid" (2005) is about the daring rescue of the remaining 513 survivors of a Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Filipino actor Cesar Montano played the role of Col. Juan Pajota who led Filipino guerrillas that provided invaluable support to the liberating U.S. forces in time to avert an impending massacre of the POWs. The film starred Benjamin Bratt, James Franco and Ralph Fiennes. Most local libraries carry copies that you can borrow or you can order the DVD from Showing this film can be one of the relevant activities for the coming Filipino American History Month in October.

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Too few good men


PNoy: "Jesse had proven that politics need not be dirty...that goals can be achieved with sacrificing one's principles."

Guest Editorial
Inquirer News Service

It’s ironic that in this season of political subterfuge, self-promotion and sabotage, hope comes in the form of grim news and pensive remembrance.

On August 17 came news that former senator and Makati representative Agapito “Butz” Aquino had died, at 76. By Aug. 18 afternoon, his remains had been quietly cremated in a ceremony that was “simple and without fanfare,” as he had instructed.

That same day, the nation looked back with sadness and a renewed sense of loss as it marked the third death anniversary of Jesse Robredo, interior secretary at the time of his passing.

As President Aquino and Mar Roxas, Robredo’s successor as interior secretary and the Liberal Party’s standard-bearer in 2016, extolled the man, it was easy to imagine how he would have fidgeted at such pomp and pageantry. After all, the six-term mayor of Naga City energized local government units with his so-called “tsinelas” leadership, walking his talk in the poor man’s footwear.

It’s ironic that Philippine politics—notoriously elitist, patronage-based and personality-driven—has produced these sterling characters, two good men so removed from the opportunists who treat public office like private turf and public funds as personal fortune.

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An Urgent Plea to Department of Homeland Security

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret) hands out certificates of appreciation to Filipino World War II Veterans (from left) Jesse Baltazar, Celestino Almeda, Rey Cabacar and Rudy Panaglima at a recent community event in Washington DC. Panaglima, 85, is among those waiting for his children to join him here in the U.S. (Photo by Jon Melegrito)

The Department of Homeland Security is once again being pressured by immigrant rights activists to act quickly and decisively on an issue that’s literally a life and death matter for a small group of people: Filipino World War II veterans.

In July, President Obama issued an executive order granting parole visas to children of veterans who have been waiting for as many as 20 years to reunite with their families here in the United States.

The good news: Pending visa applications that have been approved will now be fast-tracked on a case-by-case basis, allowing these children to come to the U.S. sooner than later, possibly within six to eight months.

The bad news: While this program will benefit the children of Filipino veterans who are still alive, it does not extend to their widows, let alone to the children themselves if both parents have passed away.

Still, this humanitarian gesture by the Obama administration is most welcome. White House officials recognize that the 6,000 veterans residing in the U.S. have only a few years to live. Thus, the urgency to grant these parole visas.

But issuing the edict is one thing. Implementing it is another.


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