Ex- SC Chief Justice Puno is lead guest speaker
at 6th KOR Regional Biennial Assembly, Sept. 2-5

JERSEY CITY—Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines Reynato Puno will lead a battery of speakers at the 6th Knights of Rizal U.S.A. regional biennial assembly on Sept. 2-5 in this city’s Renaissance Hotel, 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201.
The unveiling of a new Rizal statue at Plaza Rizal in this city led by City Mayor Steven Fulop, KCR will formally kick-off the four-day event on Sept. 3 followed by a cruise of the Jersey-New York Harbor. Justice Puno will be joined by immediate past Supreme Commanders including Sirs Jerry Singson, Regis Romero, Pablo Trillana, Justice Hilarion Davide Jr, and Sen. Jose Lina. USA Regional Commander Francis Sison is the lead host. Assembly theme is “Rizalism: The Pathway to Tolerance and Understanding. Sir Felix Gonzales of the Malaya Chapter will lecture on Rizal travel in the U.S., 1888. For details on how to attend this conference email newly appointed Central USA Commander Mariano Santos ( or call him at 847-528-4991.

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Creation of Chicago Fil-Am mural, Sept. 2-11

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) announces the creation of the first Filipino American mural in Chicago. This will be a collaborative endeavor between Filipino American artists from Illinois and high school students of Filipino heritage. Mural creation, which has been approved by the 47th Ward of Chicago, will occur on September 2-11.

The artwork will be hung at the exterior wall of the Levy Senior Center at 2019 W. Lawrence Avenue for a period of at least five years.

PACF welcomes participation in this historic public art project. With a donation of $1,000, an organization will be recognized as a Community Partner in a plaque to be displayed on the mural. A donation of $500 or more will be acknowledged both in the PACF’s souvenir program celebrating Filipino American History Month and in the PACF’s website. The donation will help finance the materials, supplies, and maintenance for five years, as well as other incidentals. The artists are generously donating their time to the project.

Feel free to contact the PACF for questions. Call Almira A. Gilles at 847-421-3494 or email Let’s make history together!

A donation to PACF is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Collection no later than September 30, 2016).

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By Mariano "Anong" Santos




Rizal in the time of Duterte

JOSE Rizal, unlike Ferdinand Marcos, is an authentic National Hero. Yet, Rizal after his death was unceremoniously dumped in a shallow grave at the Paco Cemetery –without a coffin. His heroic deeds to inspire an oppressed people to rise against gross violation of human rights eventually elevated him in the most revered burial ground in the Philippines.

Former PH SC Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. offered to host the 2017 Internation Assembly of the KOR in his home province of Cebu but his KOR group has reportedly backed out but Davao KORs indicated their willingness to host it this coming February in the home province of President Duterte. (PINOY Photo by Anong)

Beneath his monument at the Rizal Park in Manila are his remains. His final entombment was carried in 1911 by a grateful people led by the “Caballeros de Rizal”—the founders of what is now known as the Fraternal Order of the Knights of Rizal (KOR).

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Duterte’s premature surrender?

Inquirer News Service

Does anyone have a jet ski to spare?

Remember the campaign boast of President Rody that the way to solve the Spratlys dispute with China was for him to take a jet ski to the nearest shoreline and plant the Philippine flag there? Even if the Chinese do arrest him or shoot him down for his daring, he said, it was all right because he had always wanted to be a hero.

There was no sign of that brash, daring leader in the past few days. Instead, what we got, in the face of a clear, unequivocal verdict in favor of the Philippines by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, was a sour-faced acting foreign secretary (Yasay) (“looking like he had lost a family member,” said an FB wag) cautioning “sobriety” on the part of Filipinos.

What was this? We had not yet gotten off the ground with our celebrations and already authorities were throwing cold water on our rising euphoria?

Of course, no one wants war, not even the most jingoistic warmongers among us. But neither should we surrender our hard-won ground, nor soften our conviction that we have territorial dominance over waters and isles and rocks that the PCA had declared fall within our jurisdiction.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


Let’s Hear it for Filipino Nurses!

            In the same week GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump was holding court in Cleveland at the Republican Convention, Filipino nurses from across the country converged at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in this city for the 37th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), Inc. It’s the second time PNAA chose the nation’s capital for its yearly ritual of learning, training and showcasing its many accomplishments.

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