The JDC Rainbow Foundation 4th Anniversary ball was held at Lone Tree Manor Aug.t 11. Photo shows models who participated in the Rainbow Colors theme. Jane Motong Cannon and her husband David lead this charitable institution which gives donations to housing, feeding & child care in the PH.“Like” JDC Rainbow Foundation on Facebook.


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Oct 15, Saturday at 1 – 4pm – Variety Talent Show, Sponsor – FANHS-Midwest & NaFFAA, Contact: Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or

Oct. 15, 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  Sponsor – PACF, Contact Adeline Fajardo at  or Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459

Oct 20, Friday, 6:3o to 11:30 pm -   ISFFA Induction Dinner* at Victoria in the Park, Mt. Prospect, IL , Sponsor - ISFFA, contact Lucila Rider, 816 522-3854

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 9pm -   Regional Food Fare* at Filipino Cultural Center, 9810 We 79th St. Overland Park, KS 66204 Sponsor - Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, contact or 312-240-9500

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 8pm -  Migration Stories of Inheritance Part I* at Turkish American Society 501 Midway Dr, Mt Prospect, IL  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct. 22 Sunday 12 noon - FAHM celebration in Mundelein. Mass in the chapel at St. Maria del Popolo, 116 North Lake Street, Mundelein, IL (Contact Yolly Rodrigo 847-951-0148).

Oct. 22 Sunday 5:30pm – FFM's HANDOG 2017 at IFI Good Shepherd Congregation 4707 W Pratt Avenue Lincolnwood, IL, Contact: Nerissa Allegretti Email -, Call/Text: (224) 381.6888

Oct 28, Saturday, 3:00 pm -  Migration Stories of Inheritance Part II* at Trickster Art Gallery 190 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct 29, Sunday 2pm – FAHM Display Exhibits & Film showing of “Amigo” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL Sponsor - FAASD , Contact Jose Soloria at (630) 915-5956 Email

All of the above events are FREE Admission, RSVP to contact except those marked with * which is Ticketed Event
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For more information, please contact LIEZEL F. ALCANTARACultural Officer at (312) 583-0621 ext 22 or email the Consulate at or RUBEN SALAZAR at (630) 969-2971 or email


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The EEOC exists, she said, to protect people who are treated differently in the workplace because of their sex, race, color, national origin and religion, as well as their age, pregnancy or disability and genetic information. She further mentioned that, through the EEOC’s collaboration with the Consulate General, they had been able to reach out to the Filipino communities in different states.

From 2015 to 2017, the EEOC participated in 12 consular outreach services held in eight states within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General, which both Director Bowman and Consul General Calonge hope to sustain and expand in the next two years.

The signing ceremony, attended by officers and staff of the Consulate General and was open to the public, heralded the observance of the Labor Rights Week in the U.S. by the Consulate General in cooperation with its federal government partners.


FilAms honor the heroes of 1972 martial law and call for lifting Duterte’s martial law

CHICAGO--The newly formed Filipino American Human Rights Alliance or FAHRA-Chicago will hold a memorial forum on September 21 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Hana Center, 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. The forum will honor the heroes who fought to dismantle Marcos martial law that imprisoned 70,000 and tortured 34,000 tortured, according to Amnesty International, while 3,240 were killed from 1972 to 1981.

It has been 45 years since the 1972 martial law, but the victims have not forgotten – thousands of people were subjected to various forms of torture. Political prisoners were electrocuted, beaten up, and strangled, they were burned with a flat iron or cigars, and water was poured down their throats, then forced out by beating. Women were stripped naked and raped, various objects forced into their genitals.

The Alliance will also call for the lifting of Duterte’s martial law as the humanitarian crises spawned by the Marawi siege have worsened; children are dying in the refugee centers. There are more than 200,000 persons dislocated from Marawi City and the neighboring municipalities. FAHRA-Chicago believes that Duterte’s martial law will not solve this recurring and resurgent war and conflict in Muslim Mindanao as Marcos' martial law failed to stop military conflicts in Mindanao. There are also grave concerns in the ever-widening human rights violations in the country as Duterte nurtures the culture of impunity in the military. For more information, contact


Kapuso fundraiser for humanitarian work
in the Philippines, Sept. 16

Margie & George Boerema, Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) Humanitarian coordinators, will lead a fundraising event on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Osaka Buffet, 121 S. Weber Rd. Bolingbrook, IL at 11 AM. Proceeds from this event will go to various humanitarian works in the Philippines.

Please RSVP by Sept. 10. by calling 630-207-4867 or email George at

The Boeremas have been doing humanitarian work in different provinces of the Philippines directly for over 40 years. Funding will go to purchase Tsinelas ($1 each), hair cut ($1 each), food pack ($5 each), papsmear ($5 each), and Operation Tuli ($5 each). The building of a church in Metrogate subdivision will also be funded. Donations can be mailed to 8005 South Madison, Burr Ridge, IL, 60527.


ConGen Calonge: Be aware of your rights as workers

CHICAGO–Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge and Director Julianne Bowman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chicago District Office on Aug. 25 signed the Memorandum of Understanding that extends their collaborative partnership for two more years.

In his remarks, ConGen Calonge stressed the need for continued efforts for Filipinos in the Consulate General’s jurisdiction to increase their awareness and appreciation of their rights against discrimination in the process of hiring and during their term of employment.

For her part, Dir. Bowman viewed with immense importance the partnership with the Consulate in educating both workers and employers or business owners about their rights and obligations under pertinent provisions of the Civil Rights Act and other federal laws.

NLRB featured in Consulate’s Labor Rights Week Program

CHICAGO–As part of its observance of the Labor Rights Week, the Philippine Consulate General held an open-door activity August 30 with an official from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as its special guest.

L-R: Legal Officer Alvar E. Rosales, Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge, Mr. Paul Prokop, DCG Romulo Victor Israel Jr., and ATN Officer Ceasar Balarbar after the mini forum on the NLRB. (Courtesy of Leila Imperial of the Chicago PH Consulate General)

Mr. Paul Prokop, Supervisory Field Examiner, explained the NLRB’s functions to the guests.

The NLRB is an independent U.S. federal agency established to ensure that workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) are protected. Established in 1935, these rights generally involve joining together as workers to improve wages and working conditions with or without a union.

The Consulate inked a regional-level, collaborative agreement with the NLRB in 2014 which calls for workers’ rights education and dissemination of information on NLRB’s services through outreach forums, among other modalities.

After his presentation, Mr. Prokop providde informational materials and made himself available for consultation by groups or individuals. In addition, the Consulate General set up help desks manned by its Assistance-to-Nationals Officer, Ceasar Balarbar, and Legal Officer, Alvar Rosales.

The Consulate General is mandated to extend timely and adequate aid to distressed Filipino nationals needing repatriation, referrals, legal advice, documentation and welfare assistance. Moreover, it offers free advice and consultation on matters relating to Philippine laws.


Maywood Bataan Day Organization marks 75th Bataan Day Anniv., Sept. 10

MAYWOOD, IL – Nearly 100 Maywood men answered the call and signed up to fight across the ocean in WWII. They would join other units of the Illinois National Guard to become part of the vaunted 33rd Division. As it has for three quarters of a century, Maywood will mark Maywood Bataan Day on September 10 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park in Maywood, Illinois.

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of that first Maywood Bataan Day, the Village of Maywood and the Maywood Bataan Day Organization which have put together a special program to remember the men of Bataan.

A concert of military will be provided by the Illinois National Guard before the start of the service at 2:30 pm. A rifle squad gun salute will be provided by the American Legion Post #974.

Guest speakers will be from the Chicago Philippine Consulate General and Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins. Other highlights will include a dedication of a Veterans Memorial Wall, a new Memorial Plaque for a WWI-era British Cannon and a Wreath Laying Ceremony, among others.

The Maywood Bataan Day Organization observes Maywood’s Bataan Day on the second Sunday of September. The organization is a non-profit 501(c)(19) dedicated to preserving the memory of Bataan Day. It is supported by donations of time and money from the community. For more information, call Edwin Walker at 708-345-7077.




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