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.

 

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. ###

Mar 19

2018 Piyesta Pinoy Announces Local Performers

2018 Piyesta Pinoy Announces Local Performers

Piyesta Pinoy announces this year’s main stage local performers. Don’t miss this exciting line up on

Saturday, June 9 from 11AM-10PM
at Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.
Free admission, Free parking.

Cultural Segment 11AM-1PM: Silayan Choir, Chicago Anklung Rondalla Ensemble, BIBBAK Illinois, PACF Performing Arts, PASAC, Lane Tech Filipino Club, Kulturo and University of Illinois Chicago FIA Cultural.

Variety Segment 2PM – 4PM: Richelle Lu, Willy Lucas, Bless Peterson, Nina Mae Vidal, MJ Sumila, Silayan Choir,University of Illinois Chicago FIA Modern, In the Back Seat Band, Chasing 90 Band, and Filipino Musicians of Chicago Band

 

Celebrity hour is from 5PM – 7PM Inigo Pascual with Poca

Dance Party Segment 8PM – 10PM: Above N’Beyond Band, The Blue Marline Band, Soundredd, and more.

Hosted by Alpha and Emil Nicolasin, Girlie Pascual and James Delacruz

Sep 12

CELEBRATE THE 2017 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. For its 2017 Filipino American History Month theme, the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the 1947 Military Bases Agreement between the United States and the Philippines, the monumental effect it had on US-Philippines relations and the larger Pacific Rim, and the profound effect the law had upon the Filipina/o American community nationwide. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the Filipino American National Historical Society, which preserves and disseminates the history of Filipino Americans.

The Consulate General of the Philippines strongly encourages all Filipino-American communities in Chicago, suburban Illinois, and the Midwest, as well as those in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, to hold relevant activities to celebrate the Filipino American History Month (FAHM) this 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.
FAHM planned events in 2017

Sept 16 to Oct 30: “Filipino History Unveiled Through the Arts”*. Display of the collaborative mural by 5 FilAm artists from Chicago and 5 artists from the Philippines and art work of local Filipino American artists Monica Acosta, Paul Balan, Tita Brady, Fred de Asis, Lea Rivera and Susan Silvano. At Trickster Arts Gallery, 190 S. Roselle St., Schaumburg, Illinois.

Oct. 1 Sunday 2pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season CRIERS FOR HIRE written by Giovanni Ortega at Seafood City (Function Room), 5033 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL, 60630 Sponsor – CIRCA/Pintig, Contact Ginger Leopoldo  gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com312-956-9489
Oct. 4 Wednesday 6-8 pm – Tagalog 101.* Classes begin on 04 October for 10 (ten) weekly sessions every Wednesday at 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. Sponsor – AFIRE, Contact Naomi Salcedo nsalcedo@afirechicago.org.
Oct 6, Friday 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm – State of Illinois FAHM Celebration, 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)

Oct 6, Friday, 7 pm, .  “Millete Silverio & Friends in Concert” Former Madrigal Singers in the U.S. are joined by area musicians in an evening of fine music including favorite Filipino classics. . Central United Methodist Church, 8237 N. Kenton, Skokie. Freewill offering and refreshments after the performance. Free parking. 847-673-1311.
Oct 7, Saturday – 3rd Annual Barrio Fiesta. Shaffer’s Farm, 8915 E. 31st Street S, Wichita, KS 67210. (Contact: Ms. Rose Axman 316-648-1364 / roseaxman06@gmail.com, Sponsor: Filipino American Association of Greater Wichita (FAAGW)
Oct 7, Saturday at 11am – 5pm World Dumpling Fest at Millennium Park – Chase Promenade South, The PACF Performing Arts and Kapwa Cultural will perform cultural dances. Sponsor—FAHSC, Contact Tito Ruben (630)969-2971
Oct 7, Saturday at 1 – 4pm –FAHM Exhibits at SIJ Parish in Niles Sponsor – NAFFAA, Contact:  Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or msjellybeans@aol.com
Oct 7, Saturday, 6-12 mn FAHM Celebration Dinner Dance*, Venue: Penna’s of Sterling 38400 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Sponsor: NaFFAA-Michigan, Contact Tony Kho (248)755-6122 / Becky Tungol (248)755-6119.
Oct. 7 Saturday 7pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season Nanay written by Lani Montreal at the Hana Center 4300 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL, Sponsor – CIRCA/Pintig, Contact gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com312-956-9489
Oct 8, Sunday 2-5 pm – Michigan Filipinxs: Our Spaces in History, at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) located at 17356 Northland Park, Court, Southfield, MI., Contact Aurora Harris aurora.fanhsmi@gmail.com
Oct 9Monday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm – FAHM Celebration in Iowa. Feature a display of Philippine arts and crafts, souvenirs and power point presentation. Urban Dale Public Library, 3520 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322. (Contact Mr. Roel Campos rfcampos@gmail.com, Sponsor: NaFFAA Iowa)
Oct 12, Thursday at 6:30pm –  CINEMA SOIRÈE: The Murder of William Jones at Amli River North | 71 W. Hubbard Street | 12th Floor Club | Chicago 60654, By invitation only, Sponsor –  The Sampaguita Group | Website: sampaguitagroup.org
Oct 12, Thursday at 7pm –  Hearing in Color: The Philippines  at Emerald City Coffee 1224 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, Il
Oct 14, Saturday at 12 – 4pm – FAHM Exhibits in Skokie, Sponsor – FANHS-Midwest & NaFFAA, Contact: Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or msjellybeans@aol.com
Oct 14, Saturday 6pm – Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame*, Venue: Hyatt Regency O’Hare.  Sponsor—Via Times , Contact 773-866-0811,Email viatimes@sbcglobal.net
Oct. 14 Saturday 7pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season THE PERFECT AMERICAN (BISAYAN) written by Conrad Panganiban at the Hana Center 4300 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL, Sponsor – CIRCA/Pintig, Contact Ginger Leopoldo  gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com312-956-9489
Oct 15, Saturday at 1 – 4pm – Variety Talent Show, Sponsor – FANHS-Midwest & NaFFAA, Contact: Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or msjellybeans@aol.com
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 adeline.pacf96@gmail.com  or Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459 ivynatividad9@gmail.com
Oct. 15 Sunday 2pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season THE PERFECT AMERICAN (BISAYAN) written by Conrad A. Panganiban at Seafood City (Function Room), 5033 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL, Sponsor – CIRCA/Pintig, Contact Ginger Leopoldo  gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com312-956-9489
Oct 20, Friday, 6:3o to 11:30 pm –   ISFFA Induction Dinner* at Victoria in the Park, Mt. Prospect, IL , Sponsor – ISFFA, contact chicagoisffa.officer@gmail.com or 312-240-9500
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 Lucila Rider, rider1215@yahoo.com 816 522-3854
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 – allegrettineris@yahoo.com, 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 28, Saturday, 5 pm, Film showing of the acclaimed writer-director John Sayles’ “Amigo” with Joel Torre in the title role, also Chris Cooper, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco and Yul Vasquez. Set in 1900 during the Filipino American War. Tagalog with English subtitles. Color. 132 Mins. With additional commentary. Central United Methodist Church, 8237 N. Kenton, Skokie , Refreshments prior to screening. Free admission and parking. Call Mariano Santos 847 528 4991 for details.
Oct 29, Sunday 2pm – FAHM Display Exhibits & Film showing of “Amigo” with Joel Torre in the title role, also Chris Cooper, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco and Yul Vasquez. Set in 1900 during the Filipino American War. Tagalog with English subtitles.at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL Sponsor – FAASD , Contact Jose Soloria at (630)915-5956 Email jsoloria@comcast.net

All of the above events are FREE Admission, RSVP to contact except those marked with * which is Ticketed Event

For the latest updates, please visit the website http://pacfmidwest.org/2017/09/fahm2017/

For more information, please contact ANNA LIZA F. ALCANTARACultural Officer of the Philippine Consulate at  13 or email the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net or RUBEN SALAZAR at (630)969-2971 or email Tito.Rubens@gmail.com

Jun 15

2017 Piyesta Pinoy – Another Huge Success, Year four and stronger than ever!

2017 Piyesta Pinoy – Another Huge Success

Year four and stronger than ever!

Bolingbrook, IL — One of Chicagoland’s biggest celebrations of the Philippine culture returned to Bolingbrook for the 4th year on Saturday, June 10, 2017 and it was a huge success. An estimated crowd of about 7,000 came to join the Piyesta in spite of the very hot but windy weather. For the second consecutive year in Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook history, we had no rain. Thanks 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 couple more hours of entertainment featuring two bands performing at Piyesta for the first time. Messiah’s Puzzle sang several Journey favorites and Kaleidoscope Eyes closed the evening with 45 minutes of Beatles hit songs.

 

“As Mayor of the Village of Bolingbrook for 31 years, I am honored to extend my personal greetings to my Filipino friends for a successful 2017 Philippine Independence Day Fest. The Filipinos play an important role in our community and continue to make significant contributions for the good of all our residents.” said Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar. “Bolingbrook’s Piyesta Pinoy is an excellent vehicle for strengthening the sense of togetherness and sharing the spirit of fraternal kinship that Filipinos all over the world carry in abundance. It is in this same spirit that I commend the dedication and commitment of the men and women behind this event in their continuing efforts to preserve and promote the Filipinos’ proud and rich cultural heritage in Chicagoland,” said Consul General Generoso Calonge. A huge thank you to Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and the village staff, to Consul General Generoso Calonge and to our special guest of honor from the Philippines – Congressman Salvador Belaro Jr. for your welcome remarks, program book message and most especially for your presence to join our event.

 

“We would like to express our admiration and appreciation for the tireless efforts of Piyesta Pinoy Planning Committee, our volunteers, cooperation of various NFP organizations, sponsorship of our corporate groups, individuals, advertisers, media, food and booth sponsors and performers  to showcase our cultural heritage and traditions to strive for unity in the community and to share our moral values with our youth through community involvement in the celebration of our 119th Philippine Independence Day. We wish to extend our warmest appreciation to the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook for hosting and for their partnership.” said PACF President Adeline Fajardo.

This year’s festival included the inaugural Piyesta Pinoy Bayani (Hero) 5K (Run, Ruck, Walk) to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March and to honor the Filipino and American service members who sacrificed their lives during this tragic moment in Filipino-American history.

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 Jericho “Echo” Rosales along with versatile emcee Gelo from the Bay area in California.

Announcing the Split-the-Pot raffle winners: 1st Prize – Tim Barron, 2nd Prize – Ely Natividad and 3rd Prize –  Ronnie Amiscaray. Part of the cash proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association and the rest will go to PACF funds for cultural and humanitarian projects.

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, LBC Mundial Corporation and Seafood City; Silver Sponsors – Allstate, Eva Air, InHome Personal Services, Mark A. Tan – T Capital, Salad Master/Triple A Health Venture,  Signature Event Designs, and Creative Imprints Plus; Bronze Sponsors –  Bolingbrook Bugle , Global Cargo Movers, Madrid Crost Law Group and Philippine Week Committee; Donors – Amita Health, E+O, Fiesta Market , Hong Ning, Magnolia, Nicor Gas, Valerio’s and Village Creamery. Maraming salamat to MegaScene, One Philippines, PINOY News, and VIA Times/CPR TV for media sponsorship.

Maraming salamat to our Hermano Mayor Dr. Nunilo Rubio & Hermana Mayor Dr. Elenita Rubio,Hermana Danny & Hermana Ditas Salonga, Hermano Gilbert Bermundo, Hermana Gloria Simon, Hermana Ella Basilio

Maraming salamat to our food vendors Kusinang Pinoy, Mang Juan, Mabuhay Restaurant, Manila Fiesta, Uni-Mart, Kitty’s Irish Ice, 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 Louella Cabalona; Cultural performers – BIBBAK Illinois, Chicago Anklung and Rondalla Ensemble, Loyola Kapwa Cultural, PACF Performing Arts, UIC FIA Cultural,  Lane Tech, Philippine Dance Troupe of Fox Cities from Wisconsin and PASAC; Singers – James and Jannae Agena, Anna Nicolasin, Dragonheart Idols, Emil Nicolasin , Silayan Group, Alyssa Solomon, and David Wycoco; Dancers – Chicago Hawaiian Dancers, Hot Lips from Wisconsin and UIC FIA Modern;  DJ  Richie Gil and Rommel Gaspar; Musical Bands – Blue Marlin Band, Live Wire Band, Messiah’s Puzzle, Kaeleidoscope Eyes, Manic Museum Band and Samasama Project; and Emcees – Alpha Nicolasin, Lakhi Siap, Ma. Girlie Pascual, and James Delacruz.

Maraming salamat to the chefs of our Fil-Am Chefs Cooking Exhibition: Accomplished Fil-Am Chefs Marilyn McNabb, Chef Paul Guerrero and cooking coach Ren Mendoza are showcasing their own recipes. Special thanks to Donna Reyes and Rampelle Aguilar for facilitating and engaging the audience during the demonstrations organized by Mango Rice Productions, in partnership with the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF).

Maraming salamat to providers of our children’s activities: Village of Bolingbrook Park District for the train ride and rock climbing wall, Fountaindale Public Library for the Book Mobile, Village of Bolingbrook Fire Department.

Maraming salamat to the 2017 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, Cindy Lopez, Merle Salazar, Jan Paul Ferrer, Michelle Delson,  Rae Joyce Baguilat, Isabelle Cerdan, Romy & Tita Balcita, Pia Natividad, Ely & Evelyn Natividad, Anna Gina, Alpha & Emil Nicolasin, Lakhi Siap, Ms. Girlie Pascual, James Delacruz, Rome Nichols, Donna Reyes, Everett Icao,  Mark Tan, Allan Desiderio and the Security Team, Glenn Bermejo, Trista Maltizo, Rudy & Carmen Garcia, Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois and all the First Aid Team, Nell & Lain Frias, Iris Kay Strauss and the Videographer/Photographer/Social Media 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!

Checkout our Facebook Page and Gallery for the 2017 Piyesta Pinoy Pictures

May 13

PINOY COOKING AT PIYESTA PINOY!

For the fourth year in a row, the Village of Bolingbrook is hosting Piyesta Pinoy, the largest Filipino-American festival in the Midwest, gathering an average of 7,000 visitors. One of the highlights of the day-long event is a series of cooking demonstrations of Filipino dishes by highly accomplished Filipino-American chefs. The June 10 event also showcases Philippine music, arts and culture, kicking off with a Parade of Costumes at 11:00 a.m.

If you want to introduce your heritage to your non-Filipino friends or co-workers, inviting them to this year’s cooking demonstrations at the Piyesta Pinoy may be the perfect opportunity.

“Pinoy na Pinoy” is the theme for this year’s cooking demonstrations, featuring authentic Filipino dishes.

Chef Paul Guerrero, Culinary Director of Cooking Skills Academy, the largest recreational cooking school in Chicagoland, opens the cooking demonstrations at 1:15 p.m. with his favorite recipe of Chicken Bicol Express, a spicy specialty dish from the Bicol region traditionally made with pork, simmered in coconut milk, chili peppers and shrimp paste.

At 4:15 p.m., Ren Mendoza, CEO of Triple A Health Venture and a cooking coach for Saladmaster, is scheduled to prepare his no-oil Lechon Kawali (pork belly that is typically deep fried) paired with atchara (a concoction of shredded pickled vegetables).

Culinary instructor Marilyn McNabb, who is also the pastry chef at Meson Sabika in Naperville and a consultant for the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, winds up the demonstrations at 7:15 p.m. with her version of Bibingka, a rice cake traditionally served during Christmas and other holidays in the Philippines.

The cooking demos will be held at the Mindanao/Three Horses Jasmine Rice tent across the main entertainment stage of the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center located at 375 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook. The event is also made possible by the support of Saladmaster, Opulence Skin Care, Indomie Noodles, Penny’s Spa, WET USA / WET International and other sponsors.

Donna Reyes, host of the Chicago-based TV production, Fil-Am NOW!, and Chef Rampelle Aguilar, one of the show’s correspondents, will be facilitating and interacting with the audience during the demonstrations, organized by Mango Rice Productions, in partnership with the non-profits Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) and the Filipino-American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC).

Aside from free tasting of the dishes prepared during the demos (available on a first come, first serve, while supplies last basis), give-aways, gift certificates, and recipe booklets will be given to lucky members of the audience.

Piyesta Pinoy is an annual celebration which highlights the heritage and culture of the Philippines. The festival draws thousands of people, mostly from Fil-Am communities all over Illinois and neighboring states. Admission is free.

May 13

2017 Piyesta Pinoy announces lineup

2017 Piyesta Pinoy announces lineup
Jericho Rosales, Six bands performing and many more!   

CHICAGO, May 12  – The greater Chicago’s biggest Filipino American festival, in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, returns to Bolingbrook for the fourth year this summer. Join us for a massive 11-hour festival, Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the sprawling Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, next to the Bolingbrook Village Hall and Town Center.

Piyesta Pinoy, or Philippine Fest, is as 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 folk performers, authentic Filipino cuisine, cultural exhibits, arts & crafts, train ride, rock climbing, pabitin and other children’s games, a costume parade and other children’s activities.  New this year is the 5K Run, Ruck nd Walk starting at 9 in the morning. To join, register here: bit.ly/bayani5k.

This year, Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook is expecting to attract an even bigger crowd as we welcome The Filipino Channel celebrity from the Philippines as our special guest – Mr. Jericho “Echo” Rosales.  We are also very excited to announce the fantastic lineup of the bands that will be performing for us this year. 1. Kaleidoscope Eyes – a Beatles Tribute Band with a Filipino American lead singer; 2. Sama Sama Project – Filipino Folk Fusion Music; 3. Manic Museum – Alt-Fun-Rock Band; 4. Live Wire Band – Inspired Kids Rock n Roll Band; 5. Messiah’s Puzzle – Journey cover band; 6. Blue Marlin – Blues, Reggae, OPM, Rock. The cultural performers will be opening the program at the main stage starting at 1130am. The cultural lineup includes the Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble,, National Anthems by Emil Nicolasin and Louella Cabalona, BIBBAK Illinois,  Lane Tech Kapamilya Habang Buhay , Philippine Dance Troupe of Fox Cities, Philippine American Cultural Foundation Performing Arts, Pilipino American Seniors Association of Chicago, UIC FIA Cultural and the Silayan Association. Also performing are John and Jannae Agena, Chicago Hawaiian Dancers, Dragon Heart Idols, Anna Nicolasin, Alyssa Solomon, David Wycoco and the  Victor Miller Fashion in Fashion. The emcees are Alpha and Emil Nicolasin, Lakhi Siap, Girlie Pascual and James Dela Cruz. Providing DJ music at the mini stage are two of the most popular DJ’s in the Chicago area – Party Master DJ Richie Gil and DJ TUKMOL Rommel Gaspar.

There will also be more vendors, not-for-profits, business and service providers who are joining the piyesta this year. We will have at least ten food vendors selling all sorts of Filipino favorite foods from adobo, lechon, barbecue and pansit to halo-halo, Magnolia ice cream and empanada.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with logistics, security, first aid, children’s activities and other miscellaneous tasks during the day of the event. Please visit us online at piyestapinoy.org and pacfmidwest.org for details. Kitakits po tayo doon! Piyesta Pinoy (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), Western Union and Three Horses Rice are platinum sponsors; Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, Seafood City, LBC are  gold sponsors. ###

Apr 15

PIYESTA PINOY returns to Bolingbrook 6/10/17

PIYESTA PINOY returns to Bolingbrook 6/10/17
Jericho “Echo” Rosales will be performing

Chicago, Il. – We are very happy to announce that the biggest Filipino American event in the Chicago area will be back. The 4th Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook)  will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the beautiful Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center 375 W. Briarcliff Rd in Bolingbrook. Piyesta Pinoy, or Philippine Fest, is as 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, a costume 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 third year in a row.  We are happy to announce that TFC celebrity star from the Philippines, Jericho “Echo” Rosales, will be performing at the Piyesta Pinoy in June during the TFC hour. Jericho is a Filipino cinema and television actorsinger, and songwriter. He became popular for roles in the drama series Esperanza with his long former on-and-off screen partner Angelika dela Cruz. Rosales’ breakout role was in Pangako Sa ‘Yo with Kristine Hermosa. He received the Best Actor award in the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival for the movie Walang Forever in 2015. His most recent television performances are in the popular teleserye  Magpahanggang Wakas as Waldo and Bridges of Love as Gabriel Nakpil

 

New this year to be held at the 4th Annual Piyesta Pinoy is the inaugural Piyesta Pinoy Bayani (Hero) 5K Run/Ruck/Walk. The Piyesta Pinoy Bayani 5K will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March and to honor the Filipino and American service members who sacrificed their lives during this tragic moment in Filipino-American history. To register, visit: bit.ly/bayani5k. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Filipino-American Veterans.

 

Applications for sponsors, partners, donors, businesses and cultural booth tables are now open. We are also looking for lots of volunteers to help with 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 May 21 at the Seafood City 5033 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL and on June 4 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Fountaindale Public Library 300 W. Briarcliff Rd Bolingbrook, IL 60440. To join, please fill up the appropriate application forms that are now available for downloads in our website – http://www.piyestapinoy.org/.

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 and Seafood City are gold sponsors; Creative Imprints Plus, Eva Air, Signature Event Designs and University of Illinois at Chicago are silver sponsors. Ascene, MegaScene, One Philippines, 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. ###

 

Dec 13

Save the Date for 2017 PIYESTA PINOY (Philippine Fest)

busineee-card-2017-piyesta-pinoy-save-the-dateChicago, Il. – We are so happy to announce that the biggest Filipino American event in the Chicago area will be back next year – the Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be outdoors during summer time. The event will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Village of Bolingbrook.

Save the Date – Saturday, June 10, 2017 for the 4th Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook) at the beautiful Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center in Bolingbrook.  This year’s event attracted about 7,500 people in attendance, 10 food vendors, 25 merchandise and service vendors and 12 not-for-profit organizations. It featured 12 hours of music and dance entertainment including performances by superstars Kim Chiu and Xian Lim from the Philippines, several other local singers, dancers and musical bands, food cooking demos by well-known Fil-Am chefs, parade of costumes, martial arts demos, several interactive activities and children’s games. With your support and participation, we hope to make next year an even bigger event.

The Piyesta Pinoy Committee is inviting performers, artists, sponsors, not-for-profit partners, donors, vendors, exhibit/display/information booth/table participants and volunteers to join next year’s Piyesta Pinoy celebration. To join, please fill up the appropriate application forms that are now available for downloads in our website – http://www.piyestapinoy.org/.  Application forms must be submitted on or before January 30, 2017.

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