Jul 09

6th Piyesta Pinoy was a huge success, the best ever!

Bolingbrook, IL — One of Chicagoland’s biggest celebrations of the Philippine culture returned to Bolingbrook for the 6th year on Saturday, June 8, 2019 and it was a huge success. An estimated crowd of about 7,000 to 8,000 came to join the Piyesta that was blessed with a sunny to partly sunny weather in the 70’s most of the day in spite of the light rain that passed thru quickly during the celebrity hour. A huge crowd came as early as the opening at 11am to join and watch the opening parade of costumes followed by the cultural segment of the program. The crowd grew even more in time for the GMA celebrity hour featuring the 2013 Miss World Megan Young. The weather cooled off later in the evening that brought in the party crowd in time for the dance party that featured DJ music, Zumba and two bands that provided dance music the rest of the evening.

“Happy Fiesta to all guests, performers, vendors, sponsors and organizers who have made the 6th Piyesta Pinoy another successful celebration of the Filipino cultural heritage deep in the heart of U.S. Midwest” greeted Consul General Ginal Jamoralin.

This year’s festival started with the Piyesta Pinoy Gawad Kalinga 5K Family Walk. It was a nice way to start the day of festival as walkers and friends gather to do Zumba and stretch exercises just before the walk. Our appreciation to the runners, walkers, advocates, volunteers, friends and donors in support of Gawad Kalinga and Piyesta Pinoy.

As in the previous years, the biggest crowd came during the GMA celebrity hour. Many thanks to GMA Pinoy TV for bringing celebrity actress/singer and 2013 Miss World Megan Young who wowed the crowd with local celebrities Jay Espano, Hill Ford and Father Sunny.

Congratulations to the 2019 Piyesta Pinoy Raffle Winners!! Raffle Ticket Winners

  • 1st Prize: ERIC DIZON  – One economy class Round Trip to the Philippines donated by Eva Air
  • 2nd Prize: JOEY DOMINGO – SALADMASTER Cookware
  • 3rd Prize: JINKY BASTES- BURNS – LBC Gift Certificate
  • Consolation Prize: TRISA GARCIA -1 Fire HD Amazon Tablet donated by World Remit

Festival organizers, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, would like to thank our organizing partners and hosts – the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook, Gawad Kalinga and the Filipino Friendship Society. We also would like to thank our sponsors for their donations and continued support: Platinum Sponsors – GMA Pinoy TV, Three Horses Jasmin Rice and Ramar Foods; Gold Sponsors – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Seafood City; Silver Sponsors – Aledli Home Health Care, Ayala Land, Creative Imprints Plus, Eva Air, LBC, Mega World, Mora Asian Kitchen, Signature Event Designs and World Remit; Bronze Sponsors – Countryside Bank, Cruise Planners, First Student, Futurity First, Globe, Global Cargo Movers, Lumo Xchange, Nena Cosmetics and Sea Express ; Donors – Amita Health, Asian Funeral Services, The Drip, Fiesta Market, Galloping Ghosts Arcade, Nicor Gas and Rainbow Systems. Maraming salamat to Bolingbrook Bugle, MegaScene, PINOY News, and VIA Times/CPR TV for local media sponsorship.

Maraming salamat to Frank Alvarez – Hermano Mayor, Gloria De Guzman – Hermana Mayor, Hermano  Gilbert  Bermundo, & Hermana Geraldine Gaden, Ninongs & Ninangs Bernie & Ricky Eusebio, Joe Mauricio, Veronica Leighton, Mariano  Santos, Merlinda Santos, Bart Tubalinal, Yoly Tubalinal, Ed Hernaez, MD,  Nida Hernaez, MD, Gloria  Simon,  Amador Acosta, MD, Zenaida Acosta, Zosimo Herrera, MD., Maria Gaddi-Herrera, MD., Douglas Tayengco  and Teresita Tayengo

Maraming salamat to our food vendors Boba Bar Co, Lina’s Filipino Market, Mabuhay Restaurant, Manila Fiesta, Ramar Foods, Seafood City, and the concession stand at the venue, Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center. 

Maraming salamat to our amazing performers: National anthem singers Emil Nicolasin and Raciel Alexis Millan; Cultural and Zarzuela  performers – BIBBAK Illinois, Chicago Angklung and Rondalla Ensemble, CIRCA/Pintig, HFCC Kasayahan Cultural Household of Faith Christian Church Kasayahan Cultural Group, Kulturo, PACF Performing Arts, UIC FIA Cultural,  Lane Tech Kapamilya Habang Buhay, Pilipino American Seniors of Chicago (PASAC) and Silayan Choir; Variety segment performers – The Barkadas, Chris Valera The Angry Piano, Dahlia Jane Ilada, James and Jannae Agena, Katipunan Martial Arts Collaboration, MJ Sumila and Ukulenny Lenny San Jose; DJ  Rex and DJ Kid Kris of Mode Events; Zumba instructor Julie Azarcon; Musical Bands – Lucidblur, Samasama Project, Gr00ve Time Band and No Limits Band; and Emcees – Alpha & Emil Nicolasin and James Delacruz. 

Maraming salamat to all our not-for-profit partners and cultural tent participants –  BIBBAK IL, Bolingbrook Park District, Chicago Suburban Christian Church, CIRCA Pintig, Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), Derong Brothers, Elisha Marie Glover, Filipino American Association of South Dupage, Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC), Filipino American Lawyers Association (FALA), Filipino American Historical Society Chicago (FAHSC), Filipinx Cultural Workers of Chicago, Filipino Kali Eskrima Academy of Chicago, Filipino Friendship Society, Fred DeAsis, Galloping Ghost Arcade with Jax, Gawad Kalinga , International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA), FYLPRO, HFCC Kasayahan Cultural Group of Chicago, Jeepney Games, Julie Azarcon, Kampilan Eskrima, Legion of Mary, Maktan Chicago & Taboada Balintawak, Migrante Chicago, National Federation of Filipino American Association, PACF Performing Arts, Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization (PESO), Pekiti-Tirsia Kalirungan, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, St John Paul II Parish in Kankakee & Santacruzan, Taboada Balintawak / Maktan FMA and World Martial Arts Academy USA, TRUE Empower, Inc and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Maraming salamat to the 2019 Piyesta Pinoy Planning Committee who worked very hard since last year to make this year’s festival a huge success.: Overall Chair Cindy Lopez and Ruben Salazar,  PACF President Adeline Fajardo, Rae Joyce Baguilat, Romy & Tita Balcita,  Daniel Boyle, Imelda Cuevo, James Delacruz, Jason Dela Rosa and the Photo/Videographers Team, Michelle Delson,  Allen Desiderio and the Security Team, Jan Paul Ferrer, Everett Icao, Cindy Lopez, Trista Maltizo, Anna Gina Millan, Pia Natividad, Evelyn Natividad, Alpha & Emil Nicolasin,  Camille Ortega, Marie, Joanna Ramos, Joy Ranay, Abegail Rodriguez, Merle Salazar, Bryan Ranchero and the Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois and all the First Aid Team.  Thank you to all our volunteers and unsung heroes and please excuse us for not listing all your names. The successful operation of each area from the planning committee to communications, raffles, stage performances, volunteers, cultural activities, delicious food, vendors, sponsors, partners, first aid, and others made this celebration truly enjoyable and… the best ever.  It would not be humanly possible to orchestrate such efficient and meaningful activities without all your help. 

Lastly, maraming salamat to all our kababayans, families and friends who had attended this year’s festival! We hope to see you again next year! We hope that you will continue to join activities that promote our cultural heritage, traditions and pride as a Filipino American community.  Looking forward to your involvement and participation in our next Filipino community event.  MABUHAY! 

May 31

Piyesta Pinoy Food Vendors

We are announcing the food vendors at this year’s Pioyesta Pinoy on June 8, 2019 at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.

1. Mabuhay Restaurant & Catering

Mabuhay Restaurant & Catering will be selling your favorite Pinoy foods – Pork & Chicken BBQ, Pansit Miki & Bijon, Pork Adobo, Goat Caldereta, Sisig Pork, Halo-Halo & Sago. Hungry now? Visit their restaurant at 1232 Bloomingdale Rd Glendale Heights, IL 60139 or Order online at http://www.mabuhayrestaurantcatering.com/

2. Ramar Foods

Ramar Foods, the #1 Filipino Food Company serving the community for over 50 years, will be a first time vendor at Piyesta Pinoy. Stop by their food booth to taste brand products from ice cream from Magnolia, Orientex Lumpia and Bestaste siopao and siomai.

3. Boba Bar Co.

Boba Bar Co. will be selling Bubble Tea Drinks with tapioca, Several Milk Teas and a variety of fruit green teas.

4. Grill City & Seafood City Chicago

Seafood City Chicago will be back selling their famous pork and chicken barbecue, crispy chicken skin, shumai and baby coconut juice and others. Hungry now? Visit their restaurants Grill City, Noodle Street and Crispy Town at Seafood City Chicago 5033 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 to satisfy your Pinoy food cravings.

Grill City Filipino style Barbeque

5. Lina’s Filipino Marketplace

Announcing the 6th food vendor at this year’s Piyesta Pinoy on June 8, 2019. We welcome Lina’s Filipino Marketplace, first time food vendor at Piyesta. They will offer an excellent selection of ready-made Filipino food and fresh baked bread.

6. Lightning Events

New this year, we welcome the 7th vendor at Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018. Lightning Events will be selling funnel cakes, corn dogs and lemon shake ups.

7. Manila Fiesta Fast Food

The popular Manila Fiesta Fast Food will be back at Piyesta Pinoy on June 8, 2019. They will be serving the traditional Filipino fast food favorite such as pansit, egg roll, empanada, adobo, beef caldereta. For drink, they will be serving Halo-Halo and Sago at Gulaman. Hungry now, visit their store/restaurant at 1310 W Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172.

May 16

Ron Salazar – Outstanding Community Leader

Chicago, Il. – The Chicago Cultural Alliance and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago are honored and proud to have presented a posthumous award for the 2019 Outstanding Community Leader to Ron Lucius Salazar at the Mosaic event held on May 6, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum in a celebration of the cultural legacy of Chicago!

Ron Salazar was an architect who worked for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. He helped coordinate several of Chicago’s biggest events including: Taste of Chicago, Maxwell Street Market, and Christkindlmarket, exhibitions and events at Daley Plaza. He was born in Manila and was very involved with Filipino arts, history, and cultural institutions in Chicago. This included the Phiippine American Cultural Foundation, the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, community centers and theater groups.

Ron Salazar has served the community in various activities, events and roles throughout his life all over the greater Chicago area. He was a Board Member of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, a Founding Member of the Filipino National Historical Society Greater Chicago Chapter, 2012-2019, a Board Member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, 2007-2019 and an active volunteer in many events including the Piyesta Pinoy, the largest Filipino cultural festival in the Midwest.

On May 30, the City of Chicago will be honoring Ron by naming the portion of North Elston between Cicero and Kimberly in the Seafood City Chicago area as the HONORARY RONALD LUCIUS SALAZAR WAY. Approved: April 2019, Ward: 39, Alderman: Margaret Laurino, Neighborhood: Albany Park.

Ron has dedicated himself to serving others. He said in one of his posts that “Why I Enjoy My Work.There’s no magic in what I do. I am just showing the best that all communities can be. Congratulations Ron. We wish you were there to receive the award that you so deserve but we know you were there watching us from heaven. Ron’s mother Rose and brother Rod accepted the award on his behalf.

Ron Lucius Salazar

May 12

MEGAN YOUNG will be at PIYESTA PINOY

Chicago, Il. – We are very happy to announce that the biggest Filipino American event in the Chicago area will be back. The 6th Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook)  will be on Saturday, June 8 2019 at the beautiful Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center 375 W. Briarcliff Rd in Bolingbrook. Piyesta Pinoy, or Philippine Fest, is an annual celebration and showcase of Filipino heritage and culture. It features a variety of cultural and fun activities for all generations – live music and dances from both contemporary and cultural performers, authentic Filipino cuisine, cultural exhibits, arts & crafts, train ride, pabitin and other children’s games, an opening parade and GK family fun walk. We are also selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the American Heart Association in memory of Ron Lucius Salazar, a volunteer of Piyesta Pinoy and FAHSC.

Megan Young, the former Miss World will be this year’s celebrity special guest brought to you by GMA, our exclusive media partner this year. Filipinos from all over the world will forever remember and remain eternally proud of Megan Young’s historic feat as the first-ever Filipina to win the ever-elusive Ms. World crown, which she bagged in 2013. Prior to her beauty pageant stint, Megan had already carved her name in showbiz, and had already made a name for herself as a talented actress and events host. She hosted the Kapuso talent/reality show StarStruck. The proud GMA-7 contract star rose to even greater heights when she played the title role in the classic Mexican telenovela MariMar in 2015, she also has been part of GMA’s series Alyas Robinhood and Stepdaughters where she plays the title role.

We are announcing new food vendors joining us this year, namely Ramar Foods, Lina’s Filipino Marketplace and Lightning Events in addition to the food vendors that are coming back – Seafood City, Manila Fiesta, Kitty’s Shaved Ice and Mabuhay restaurant and catering.

We are also happy to announce that Gawad Kalinga will be back at Piyesta Pinoy organizing a family fun walk. We’re introducing a lot of new activities at the cultural tent this year to make it truly fun for the whole family. Cultural partners and not for profit partners include the PACF performing Arts, BIBBAK IL, CIRCA-Pintig, HFCC Kasayahan Cultural Group of Chicago, Legion of Mary, Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), Filipino American Community Health of Chicago (FACHIC), Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Derong Modern Arnis, Elisha Marie Grover – story time, KAMPILAN Eskrima, Filipino Kali Eskrima of Chicago, Taboada Balintawak/Maktan FMA, Pekiti-Tirsia Kalirungan, World Martial Arts Academy USA, Julie Azarcon -Zumba, PESO, Gawad Kalinga Chicago, ISFFA, Jeepney Games, Chicago Suburban Christian Church, Fred DeAsis – artist, FYLPRO, Bolingbrook Park District/Library and video arcades from the Galloping Ghost

The main stage schedule includes cultural program 11AM – 1PM, Variety from 2PM – 4PM, LOL and Celebrity Hour 5PM – 7PM and Dance Party 8PM -10PM. Performing during the cultural program are the mainstays namely the Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, BIBBAK Illinois, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts, Kulturo from Loyola Univeristy, FIA Cultural from University of Illinois Chicago, Lane Tech KHB, the Silayan Choir and Pilipino American Seniors Association of Chicago . Joining us for the first time on stage this year are the Household of Faith Christian Church Kasayahan Cultural Group, Filipino American Society of Central Illinois Dance Troupe and CIRCA Pintig. The variety segment performers include Ukulenny (Lenny San Jose), Barkadaz, Chris Valera, the Angry Piano, MJ Sumila, Dahlia Jane and the Lucidblur Band. The dance party segment performers include DJ Rex and DJ Kid Kris, Zumba with Julie Azarcon, the M Crew Band, No Limits Band, the Groove Time Band and Samasama Project. The program emcees are Alpha and Emil Nicolasin, Maria Girlie Pascual and James Dela Cruz.

Applications for sponsors, partners, donors, businesses and cultural booth tables are still available but you must act fast before we are completely full. We are also looking for volunteers to help with Friday setup, logistics, security, first aid, children’s activities and other miscellaneous tasks during the day of the event. All volunteers are requested to commit at least 4 service hours and must attend at least one meeting for volunteers scheduled on June 1 at the Seafood City 5033 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL and on May 19 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Fountaindale Public Library 300 W. Briarcliff Rd Bolingbrook, IL 60440. To volunteer, follow this link to fill up and submit the volunteer form.

Kitakits po tayo doon! Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook (Philippine Fest) is brought to you by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.  GMA, Ramar Foods and Three Horses Rice are platinum sponsors; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois and Seafood City are gold sponsors; Bolingbrook Bugle, MegaScene, Pinoy News, CPR TV and Via Times are the local media sponsors. Check out our website piyestapinoy.org  and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PiyestaPinoy/ for more announcements of performers, vendors, activities and schedule. ### 

Jan 22

Save the Date – Piyesta Pinoy June 8, 2019

6th Piyesta Pinoy at Bolingbrook 6/8/2019

Chicago, Il. – We are so happy to announce that the biggest Filipino American festival in the the greater Chicago area and the Midwest will be back in 2019 – Piyesta Pinoy will be back at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center. Once again, the festival will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook..

PACF is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year! Let us continue to promote and share our rich Filipino cultural heritage and traditions so our children, grandkids and future generations will remain proud of their Filipino cultural identity and heritage as Filipino Americans. Founded in 1996 as a Not-For-Profit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, PACF is highly dependent on the goodwill and generosity of its supporters, its volunteers and friends like you. We need your assistance in our fundraising activities to promote our Filipino culture to Filipinos and Non-Filipinos in Illinois through music, dance & exhibits; sponsor our youth PACF Performing Arts Group; co-sponsor cultural projects such as Philippine Fests (Piyesta Pinoy) in Bolingbrook & Navy Pier locations; recognize FAHM Outstanding Filipino American Seniors; showcase the Philippines in Asian & International Fest; expand its educational/cultural/social services programs and intensify its humanitarian efforts.

Your participation and support are always valuable and critical to the survival of PACF and its programs. Your help in any capacity is greatly appreciated. To donate to PACF, get more information on Piyesta Pinoy and all other PACF events and to join this year’s Piyesta Pinoy celebration, please visit the Philippine American Cultural Foundation website http://pacfmidwest.org/. For more information on Piyesta Pinoy – visit our website http://www.piyestapinoy.org.

Sep 26

Celebrate the 2018 Filipino American History Month

CELEBRATE THE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
Chicago, Il. – In 2009, the US Congress thru the House of 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. Since 2011, Filipino American community groups in Chicago and suburbs have been working and partnering together to consolidate and promote the various events in celebration of FAHM every October. We would like to invite everyone to actively participate and support the celebration of the Filipino American History Month Celebrations in Chicago and the Midwest. The schedule of events/activities is listed below. Let us take pride of our Filipino heritage and history. Let us come together and make every October celebration – a meaningful and memorable month.

The Filipino American National Historical Society announces the following theme for the 2018 Filipino American History Month: TURNING POINTS. Three events changed forever the lives of Filipinos and Filipino Americans:
• the declaration of Philippine independence and establishment of the First Philippine Republic,
• the Spanish American War and
• the establishment of Ethnic Studies.
These events were turning points in Filipina/o/x American history. FANHS encourages particular attention to the following events, which have both shaped the Filipina/o/x American experience. FANHS also reminds everyone that the month is HISTORY month, not “Heritage” month. “History” encompasses the experiences and events that have shaped our lives, as well as culture and heritage.
The FANHS Executive Officers encourage all FANHS chapters, community organizations, educational institutions and individuals to dedicate their October 2018 observance of Filipino American History Month in memory of FANHS National Scholar and Trustee, Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon. Dawn had just finished writing a children’s book, Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, which is scheduled for release October 27 by Bridge + Delta Publishers.
Collecting, preserving, and spreading knowledge about Filipino American HISTORY for our community was an honest and vibrant labor of love for Dr. Dawn Mabalon. As she noted, “History is about the events, experiences and lives of people in our community (in the US) and their impact upon society and the political, cultural and economic events and moments that shape their lives. Heritage is simply about cultural traditions handed down from the past . . . NOT Heritage Month, NOT Filipino History Month, NOT Philippine Heritage Month, NOT Philippine Culture Month, NOT Philippine History Month. It’s FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH. HISTORY!!! HISTORY!!! H I S T O R Y.”

FAHM planned events in 2018 in the Greater Chicago area
Oct 1, Monday at 12noon – 1:00pm2018 FAHM Celebration Kickoff as part of the official Illinois Bicentennial Celebration 2018, Concourse Level at James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601. (Contact Mr. Thomas Choi Thomas.Choi@illinois.gov, Co-hosted by the Consulate General of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF)
Oct 11, Thursday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tagalog 101.* Classes begin on 11 October for 10 (ten) weekly sessions every Wednesday at Hana Center 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. (Contact Mr. TJ Callanto 630-286-2433, Sponsor – AFIRE Chicago)
Oct 13, Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – “Amped Up” Leadership Seminar,* Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605. (Contact Mr. Andres Guerrero 312-240-9500 Sponsor: International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA))
Oct. 14, 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 adeline.pacf96@gmail.com Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459 Email ivynatividad9@gmail.com)
Oct 20, Saturday 8:00 am – Citizenship Assistance Workshop, Venue TBA (Contact Mr. TJ Callanto 630-286-2433, Sponsor – AFIRE Chicago)
Oct 20, Saturday 11:00 am – FAHM Celebration at Seafood City, 5033 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630 (Contact Mr. Ruben Salazar Tito.Rubens@gmail.com Sponsor – FANHS Greater Chicago Chapter)
Oct 20, Saturday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Pro Bono Employment Law Legal Clinic at Hana Center 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. (Contact Mr. TJ Callanto 630-286-2433, Sponsor – AFIRE Chicago)
Oct 26, Friday 6:00 pm – Film Showing of “El Presidente: General Emilio Aguinaldo Story and The First Philippine Republic” at Indian Prairie Library 401 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561 Sponsor Filipino American Association of South DuPage)
Oct 26, Friday 6:30 pm – Miss Maria Clara presented by Ladies for Rizal,* Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare, 10249 W. Irving Park RoadSchiller Park, IL  60176. (Contact Lady Veronica Fertig 773-983-0711, Lady Gloria Kery 773-968-7549 and Lady Carmen Estacio 773-661-2021)
Oct. 27, Saturday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmCollecting Ourselves: On the Problems and Potential of Archives Hosted by  Alejandro T. Acierto, This is a FREE EVENT. Admissions to the Museum will be waived for those who RSVP in advance. Presented by From the Vaults: The Philippines Collection and LATITUDE.
Oct 27, Saturday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm – CIRCA Pintig’s Annual History Costume & Kamayan,* Hana Center 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. (Contact Ms. Ginger Leopoldo 312-956-9489, Sponsor – CIRCA Pintig)
Oct 28, Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon – FAHM @ Holy Name Cathedral serving Filipino Breakfast*, Cathedral Rectory 730 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. (Contact Ms. Grace A. Villamora graceinfo04@yahoo.com)

 Oct 30, Tuesday at 5:30pm to 7:30pm – FAHM observance in memory of FANHS National Scholar and Trustee, Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon. Guest speaker Emily Lawsin will deliver the tribute to Dawn Mabalon. Film showing of Little Manila: Filipinos in California’s Heartland. at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607, Sponsor – FANHS Greater Chicago Chapter Contact Tito.Rubens@gmail.com

Jun 25

Another successful Piyesta Pinoy for the books!

Another successful Piyesta Pinoy for the books! 

Year five and stronger than ever!

, IL — One of Chicagoland’s biggest celebrations of the Philippine culture returned to Bolingbrook for the 5th year on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and it was a huge success. An estimated crowd of about 7,000 came to join the Piyesta in spite of the heavy rain early morning. The rain stopped just before 11am and the festival went on schedule from 11am to 1030pm without rain. Thanks again to the consistent prayers to St Clare by the volunteers. The weather cooled off later in the evening that brought in more crowd in time for a the celebrity segment and the dance party night that featured four bands.

“Today’s festivities honor the leadership, achievements, and ongoing cultural, economic, and social contributions from the Filipino American community in Illinois. I commend the planning committee for organizing a wonderful celebration of Filipino art, music, cuisine, and culture each year. The efforts of all the organizations and volunteers enhance the rich diversity of our state, and I am proud to join you in commemorating this special day. I congratulate the Filipino American community on this proud day and look forward to further developing our close friendship and partnership. As we build a better future for all our families across the state, I commend the community for its daily efforts in promoting the well-being of the community and richness of Filipino culture here in the Land of Lincoln.” said Illimnois Governor Bruce Rauner who graced the Piyesta Pinoy for the first time. Also attending for the first time is our new Consul General Gina Jamoralin who said in her message “ To the Filipino American community, we thank you for supporting efforts to promote and preserve our rich Filipino heritage while upholding the common values and shared history between the Philippines and United States”.

This year’s festival included the inaugural Piyesta Pinoy Gawad Kalinga 5K (Run, Ruck, Walk. It was a rainy Saturday morning but the inclement weather did not dampen the enthusiasm and spirit of the mission oriented GK Chicago. Our appreciation to the runners, walkers, advocates, volunteers, friends, donors and Piyesta Pinoy.

As in the previous years, the biggest crowd came during the TFC hour. Many thanks to The Filipino Channel for bringing celebrity actor/singer/composer Inigo Pascual along with versatile emcee Poca from the Bay area in California.

Congratulations to the 2018 Piyesta Pinoy Raffle Winners!! 1st Prize – Sahlee Songco One-Eva Air Round trip ticket to the Philippines, 2nd Prize – Teresita Viduya Saladmaster cookware and 3rd Prize – Marietta Dizon 1 LBC Balikbayan Box Gift Certificate.

Festival organizer, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, would like to thank our organizing partners and hosts – the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook. We also would like to thank our sponsors for their donations and continued support: Platinum Sponsors – The Filipino Channel, Three Horses Jasmin Rice; Gold Sponsors – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Century Properties, LBC Mundial Corporation Rivers Casino and Seafood City; Silver Sponsors – Allstate, Creative Imprints Plus, Eva Air, Mora Asian Kitche, Salad Master/Triple A Health Venture and Signature Event Designs; Bronze Sponsors – AREAA, Bayan Mall, Bolingbrook Bugle, Countryside Bank, Cruise Planners, Equis Future, Geodis and World Remit, ; Donors – Amita Health, BioNWater, Globe, Indomie Noodles, Magnolia and  Nicor Gas. Maraming salamat to MegaScene, PINOY News, and VIA Times/CPR TV for media sponsorship.

Maraming salamat to our Hermano Mayor Brandon Paccion & Hermana Mayor Eden Olarte, Hermano Golbert Bermundo (PESO), Hermanas   Pamela Caguiat Alma Sabejon Rozek, Gloria Sabejon, Thelma Schroeder, Rollin Schroeder and Sandra Santuele,

Maraming salamat to our food vendors Better Way Coffee, Kitty’s Irish Ice, Kona Ice of Wheaton, Mabuhay Restaurant, Manila Fiesta, Mora Asian Kitchen, Ox Tail Filipino Inspired, Seafood City, South Sea Carry Out, Yelo and the concession stand at the venue, Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.

Maraming salamat to our amazing performers: National anthem singers Emil Nicolasin and Silayan Choir; Cultural performers – BIBBAK Illinois, Chicago Angklung and Rondalla Ensemble, Kulturo, PACF Performing Arts, UIC FIA Cultural,  Lane Tech Filipino Club, Philippine Dance Troupe of Fox Cities from Wisconsin and PASAC; Singers – Richelle Lu, Willi Lucas, Silayan Choir and Nina Mae Vidal; Dancers –UIC FIA Modern;  DJ  Richie Gil and Rommel Gaspar; Musical Bands – Above N Beyond, Blue Marlin Band, Chasing 90, Filipino Musicians of Chicago, Ghost in the Backseat, and Soundredd; and Emcees – Alpha & Emil Nicolasin, Ma. Girlie Pascual, and James Delacruz.

Maraming salamat to all our not-for-profit partners and cultural tent participants –  3JNR Rondalla, Alvin Ibalio, Asian American Law Enforcement Assn, BIBBAK IL, Bolingbrook Park District, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Chicago Suburban Christian Church, Couples For Christ, Derong Brothers Filipino Martial arts (DBMFA), Filipino American Basketball Association (FABA), Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC), Filipino American Lawyers Association (FALA), Filipino American Historical Society Chicago (FAHSC), Filipino Frindship Society, Gawad , International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA), J.Santos, Kampilan Eskrima, Kulturo, Legacy Agency, Legion of Mary, Midwest Association of Filipino American Seventh Day Adventist (MAFASDA), PACF Performing Arts, Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization (PESO), The Joule Experience, UPAAGC, Westbrook Christian Church and World Apostolate of Fatima

Maraming salamat to the 2018 Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook Committee who worked very hard since last year to make this year’s festival a huge success.: Overall Chair Ruben Salazar,  PACF President Adeline Fajardo, Rae Joyce Baguilat, Romy & Tita Balcita,  Glenn Bermejo, Daniel Boyle, James Delacruz, Jason Dela Rosa and the Photo/Videographers Team, Michelle Delson,  Allen Desiderio and the Security Team, Jan Paul Ferrer, Nell & Lain Frias,  Rudy & Carmen Garcia, Andy Gaston, Everett Icao, Cindy Lopez, Trista Maltizo, Anna Gina Millan, Pia Natividad, Ely & Evelyn Natividad, Alpha & Emil Nicolasin,  Rome Nichols, Ms. Girlie Pascual, Marie, Joanna Ramos, Joy Ranay, Abegail Rodriguez, Merle Salazar, Lisa Simbol, Bryan Ranchero and the Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois and all the First Aid Team,.  Thank you to all our volunteers and unsung heroes and excuse us for not listing all your names. The successful operation of each area from souvenir program to communications, raffles, stage performances, volunteers, cultural activities, delicious food, first aid, and others made this celebration truly enjoyable and… the best ever.  It would not be humanly possible to orchestrate such efficient and meaningful activities without your help.

Lastly, maraming salamat to all our kababayans, families and friends who had attended this year’s festival! We hope to see you again next year! We hope that you will continue to join activities that promote our cultural heritage, traditions and pride as a Filipino American community.  Looking forward to your involvement and participation in our next Filipino community event.  MABUHAY!

 

 

May 09

PIYESTA PINOY 2018 TO DELIVER 12 HOURS OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT

PIYESTA PINOY 2018 TO DELIVER 12 HOURS OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT

So much entertainment, activities, food, things to see, excitement and fun for the whole family, you’d wish this was a two-day event. Now on its 5th year, Piyesta Pinoy, the Midwest’s biggest Filipino festival promises to be a “never a dull moment” twelve-hours of merrymaking.

The festival day begins with a 5K Run Roll and Walk at 9AM organized by Gawad Kalinga, and a volleyball tournament from 9AM – 5PM presented by Froghops Sports. A parade at 11:00AM, officially marks the start of the festival.

The main stage entertainment begins simultaneously with the parade with Rondalla music by Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, followed by the national anthems to be performed by Silayan Choir and Emil Nicolasin, and the introduction of Philippine Consulate and City of Bolingbrook officials. The cultural segment is scheduled from 11AM – 1PM and features performances by PACF Performing Arts, Bibbak Illinois, Philippine American Seniors Association of Chicago (PASAC), Philippine Dance Troupe of Fox Cities, UIC FIA Cultural, Lane Tech Filipino Club and Kulturo. There will be a one-hour technical break between main stage segments to allow people to get food and join in the many activities.

The Variety Show segment is from 2PM – 4PM, and showcases the incredible talents of Silayan Choir, Seafood City’s Sing Sikat finalists, Richelle Lu, Willy Lucas, and Nina Mae Vidal, and an urban dance number by UIC FIA Modern. This segment culminates with three bands performances by Ghost in the Backseat, Chasing 90 and a big segment finale by the Filipino Musicians of Chicago Band (FMOC).

The TFC Celebrity hours is from 5 PM – 7PM and this year’s Celebrity guest is Filipino recording artist and actor Inigo Pascual, popularly known for his 2016 hit single, Dahil Sa’yo, the first number one song on Billboard Philippines’ then-new Philippine Top 20 chart. Supporting him will be Comedian POCA from California. The opening act for the TFC celebrity hour will feature Sing Sikat champion MJ Sumila and LOL segment with fun, games contests.

New this year is the heart pumping foot thumping dance party segment from 8PM to 10PM. With four live bands and a DJ playing non-stop dance party music making this segment worth staying in the festival grounds 2 hours longer.  Enjoy the live band music by Above N’ Beyond, Soundredd, The Blue Marlin Band, and grand finale, a collaboration between Above N’Beyond and Filipino Musicians of Chicago Band (FMOC). So, get those dancing shoes ready. If you don’t dance, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (some festival food vendors may stay open late) and simply enjoy the live concert.

Throughout the day, there will be at least ten food vendors to satisfy your Filipino food cravings from comfort food to the ultimate Filipino dessert, halo-halo.  On hand to satisfy your Filipino gastronomic cravings are Manila Fiesta Restaurant, Mabuhay Restaurant and Catering, Mora Asian Cuisine, Oxtail Filipino Inspired, Sandok N Palayok, Seafood City, South Sea Asian Carryout, Kitty’s shaved Ice, Kona Ice of Wheaton and Yelo,

And yes, there are tons of activities for the whole family, the entire day at the cultural tent area, also known as the Visayas tent.   Starting with warm up Zumba session before the 5K Walk Roll and Run.  Zumba workshops will be conducted by Julie Azarcon throughout the day with an exciting finale with DJ Johnny Jay at 7PM.   Other activities include a stilts workshop by Bibbak, basketball three-point shootout by FABA Chicago, Martial Arts demo by DBFMA and Kampilan Eskrima, Tinikling workshop by Kulturo, a Rondalla music workshop by 3JNR Rondalla, Baybayin (Ancient Filipino Script) workshop by Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Pabitin and Pinata, a video arcade by Galloping Ghost Arcade, meet and greet with JAX of Mortal Combat, and train rides and rock wall climbing courtesy of Bolingbrook Park District. Watch out for free arcade passes and Clique Nutrition giveaways from JAX. PT solutions and Amita Health will provide first aid and stretches for 5K participants.

This year’s cultural partners also include Bolingbrook Park District, Chicago Cultural Alliance, Chicago Suburban Christian Church, Couples for Christ, Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Filipino Friendship Society, Fountaindale Library, Legion of Mary, MAFASDA, Morton Arboretum. PACF Performing Arts, UPAAGC and Westbrook Christian Church.

The Luzon tent will feature sponsor displays (watch out for giveaways) and merchandise vendors. Mindanao tent is reserved for miscellaneous activities.

So plan your visit to maximize the Piyesta Pinoy experience and the fun. Festival maps and program will be posted all throughout the festival grounds.

This festival is made possible by the support of The Filipino Channel, ABS-CBN News Channel, Cinema 1, Lifestyle Network, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Three Horses Jasmine Rice, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, LBC Cargo, Rivers Casino, All State Insurance, Ayaland, Creative Impressions Plus, EVA Air, Galloping Ghost Arcade, Mora Asian Kitchen, Salad Master, Signature Event Designs, and Triple A Health Venture.

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation is a 501c3 volunteer-based organization.  For more information, visit our official websites: http://pacfmidwest.org/, www.piyestapinoy.org or www.facebook.com/piyestapinoy.  For inquiries, send us an email at piyestapinoy@gmail.com or simply send us a message on our facebook page.

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Taste of the Philippines at Piyesta Pinoy

We are announcing the food vendors at this year’s Pioyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018 at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.

1. Mabuhay Restaurant

Mabuhay Restaurant & Catering will be selling your favorite Pinoy foods – Pork & Chicken BBQ, Pansit Miki & Bijon, Pork Adobo, Goat Caldereta, Sisig Pork, Halo-Halo & Sago. Hungry now? Visit their restaurant at 1232 Bloomingdale Rd Glendale Heights, IL 60139 or Order online at http://www.mabuhayrestaurantcatering.com/

 

2. South Sea Asian Carry Out

South Sea Asian Carry Out, Inc. will be selling your favorite Pinoy foods – Pork & Chicken BBQ, Pansit, Lechon pork Belly, Eggroll, Sisig Pork, Chicken Adobo, Sisig, Turon, Halo-Halo, Gulaman & Sago. Hungry now? Visit South Sea restaurant (under new management) at 451 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, Illinois or Order carry out by calling (630) 226-5707

 

 

 

3. Yelo Catering

Yelo Catering will be selling paletas (ice pops) with toppings bar in a variety of flavors – Mango, Coconut, Ube, Pineapple Lime, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate fudge and others.
Can’t wait to try Yelo Paletas? Visit Pop Up Paleta shop at United Kitchen 26 W Calendar Ave, La Grange, Illinois 60525 and follow their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/yelocorp/ to find out their next event.

 

4. Seafood City Chicago

Seafood City Chicago will be back selling their famous pork and chicken barbecue, crispy chicken skin, shumai and baby coconut juice and others. Hungry now? Visit their restaurants Grill City, Noodle Street and Crispy Town at Seafood City Chicago 5033 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 to satisfy your Pinoy food cravings.

 

 

5. Kitty’s Shaved Ice

We are announcing the 5th food vendor at this year’s Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018. Kitty’s Shaved Ice will be back sellng their refreshing lemonade, shaved ice and yummy cotton candy.

 

 

 

 

6. Oxtail Filipino Inspired

Announcing the 6th food vendor at this year’s Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018. We welcome Oxtail Filipino Inspired, first time food vendor at Piyesta. Chef Rampelle Aguilar will be selling Pinoy food fusion such as pork belly bao, Sariwa lettuce wrap and Longaniza Parathas. For Oxtail catering – Call (312) 566-7438.

7. Kona Ice of Wheaton

New this year, we welcome the 7th vendor at Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018. Kona Ice of Wheaton will bring their new food truck and will be selling shaved ice with different flavors from Flavorwave.

 

8. Mora Asian Kitchen

 

Try something new, a fusion of a Filipino favorite meat – adobo pork belly on a lettuce wrap available at the food booth from Mora Asian Kitchen, a newly opened restaurant at the Bolingbrook Promenade Mall. We welcome Mora Asian Kitchen as the 8th food vendor at Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018.

9. Manila Fiesta Fast Food

The popular Manila Fiesta Fast Food will be back at Piyesta Pinoy on June 9, 2018. They will be serving the traditional Filipino fast food favorite such as pansit, egg roll, empanada, adobo, beef caldereta. For drink, they will be serving Halo-Halo and Sago at Gulaman. Hungry now, visit their store/restaurant at 1310 W Lake St, Roselle, IL 60172.

 

 

10. Better Way Cofee

New at Piyesta Pinoy this year, Better Way Coffee will be selling cups of hot and cold coffee, coffee beans (whole or ground) and ensaymada from CakesNCrumbs. Established November 2017, Better Way Coffee is a retailer/whole sale seller of whole bean and ground coffee to people/location who uses coffee beans using brewing technique. Better Way Coffee product will cater to people who want to get their daily cup of great tasting coffee wherein they can distinguish our product from other coffee right away upon tasting or even just through it’s aroma.

Apr 20

TFC Celebrity Inigo Pascual will be performing at PIYESTA PINOY

TFC Celebrity Inigo Pascual will be performing at PIYESTA PINOY

Chicago, Il. – We are very happy to announce that the biggest Filipino American event in the Chicago area will be back. The 5th Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook)  will be on Saturday, June 9 2018 at the beautiful Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center 375 W. Briarcliff Rd in Bolingbrook. Piyesta Pinoy, or Philippine Fest, is an annual celebration and showcase of Filipino heritage and culture. It features a variety of cultural and fun activities for all generations – live music and dances from both contemporary and cultural performers, authentic Filipino cuisine, cultural exhibits, arts & crafts, train ride, rock climbing, pabitin and other children’s games, an opening parade and other children’s activities.

 

This year, Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook is expecting to attract an even bigger crowd as we welcome The Filipino Channel as our exclusive Philippine media partner and sponsor for the fourth year in a row.  We are happy to announce that TFC celebrity star from the Philippines, Inigo Pascual, will be performing at the Piyesta Pinoy during the TFC hour. Inigo Pascual is a Filipino actor, singer, dancer, endorser, model, musician, performer, and a blogger. Inigo is the son of Piolo Pascual, an award-winning Filipino film and television actor, singer, model, performer, endorser, and producer, and to Donnabelle Lazaro. This year, Inigo Pascual leads the first ever Billboard Philippines Top 20 for his single “Dahil Sa’yo,” making him the first OPM artist to hit the no.1 spot in the BillboardPH Charts. His long list of accolades include FAMAS best supporting actor award in 2016 , first chart topper artist for Billboard Philippines, and Awit Awards for Best Performance by a new male recording artist, Best pop recording, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.

 

We are happy to announce that the 5K Walk/Run/Ruck will be back at Piyesta Pinoy. This year, @Gawad Kalinga (GK) Chicago will be the event organizer. To register – click on the link here –https://www.active.com/bolingbrook-il/running/distance-running-races/gawad-kalinga-5k-at-piyesta-pinoy-2018.  We’re introducing a lot of new activities this year to make it truly fun for the whole family. In addition to the regular activities from the previous years, there will be basketball, volleyball, and Zumba. The main stage schedule includes cultural program 11AM – 1PM, Variety from 2PM – 4PM, LOL TFC Hour 5PM – 7PM and Dance Party 8PM -10PM. See you there!

 

Applications for sponsors, partners, donors, businesses and cultural booth tables are now open. We are also looking for lots of volunteers to help with 5k, logistics, security, first aid, children’s activities and other miscellaneous tasks during the day of the event. All volunteers are requested to commit at least 4 service hours and must attend at least one meeting for volunteers scheduled on June 2  at the Seafood City 5033 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL and on May 20  from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Fountaindale Public Library 300 W. Briarcliff Rd Bolingbrook, IL 60440. To volunteer, register online here.

Kitakits po tayo doon! Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook (Philippine Fest) is brought to you by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.  The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Three Horses Rice are platinum sponsors; Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois, LBC and Seafood City are gold sponsors; Bolingbrook Bugle, MegaScene, Pinoy News, CPR TV and Via Times are the local media sponsors. Check out our website piyestapinoy.org  and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PiyestaPinoy/ for more announcements of performers, vendors, activities and schedule. ###

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