Nov 03

FILIPINO FILM feature at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF38)

FILIPINO FILM feature at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF38)

Chicago, Il. – Welcome to FACETS’ 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF38), one of only two Oscar-qualifying children’s film festivals in the world. Each year, the CICFF is proud to present a diverse selection of high-quality films for children, teens, and adults, featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. Since 1984, the CICFF has carefully curated films from around the world that break new ground in their approach to storytelling, offer unique or seldom-heard points of view, and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery.

This year, a Filipino film “Last Days at Sea” by director Venice Atienza will be offered with virtually screenings from November 5-14, 2021 and limited in-person screening on Sunday, November 14th at 1pm at FACETS, located at 1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL.

About the Film Last Days at Sea

12-year-old Reyboy lives in Karihatag, an isolated fishing village in the south of the Philippines. Every morning, the men of his village set out to sea. Their daily catch is shared upon their return and the area close to the shore has been turned into an ecological safe haven for fish. In Karihatag, most boys grow up to become subsistence fishermen. However, in pursuit of a more prosperous future, Reyboy will have to leave his village to attend school in the city. This documentary captures Reyboy’s last days in his village. It is a memento of the life he is leaving behind. Through his thoughtful conversations with the film’s director, Venice Atienza we learn that Reyboy has a unique and poetic vision of the world that is deeply anchored to life on the sea. Follow Reyboy and see the beauty in the unnoticeable moments of growing up, and perhaps you’ll find the courage to face the difficulties of life with kindness and tenderness.

About FACETS

FACETS is a nonprofit that connects people to independent ideas through transformative film experiences.

Sep 22

CELEBRATE THE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH – October 2021

CELEBRATE THE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH – October 2021

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. 

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 (FANHS) is pleased to share the Filipino American History Month 2021 theme: 50 Years Since the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention.

The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the First Young Filipino People’s Far West Convention, a meeting that took place at Seattle University in 1971 and brought over 300 young Filipino American participants from the West Coast of the US. The convention is hailed as the beginning of the Filipino American Movement.

In Chicago, we are going to celebrate the milestone anniversaries of 3 organizations with common mission of preserving and promoting the arts, culture and history of Filipinos and Filipino Americans – PACF (25), CIRCA Pintig (30) and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago (35).

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.

FAHM planned events in 2021

All times below are in (CST) Central Standard Time.

Oct 2, Saturday at 8pm – Songs from Larry: A New Musical about the life and legacy of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong. Brava Theater presents songs from Larry: A New Musical. A FREE virtual workshop reading and panel discussion. Based on the life of Larry Itliong and the archival research of Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, the musical tells the stories of the Filipino American Farmworkers who led one of the most successful labor movements in US history. Register:https://tinyurl.com/LarryPremiere  

Oct 6, Wednesday at 1130am – UNITE, United Airlines’ multi-cultural business resource group invites you to join them in a virtual celebration of the Filipino American History Month with special guests, Albert Samaha, and Chicago’s very own, Billy Dec.  Come and learn about the Filipino culture and American roots. Your host, Richelle Tuazon, will lead the conversation and trivia questions and share more about what’s happening around the city to celebrate this special month. We hope that you can join! Contact: Richelle Tuazon richelle.tuazon@united.com

Oct 9, Saturday 3pm to 6pm – FYLPRO Arts Fest 2021. In celebration of Filipino American History Month, Join FYLPRO, Asian Pop-up Cinema for the US Premiere screening of Akin Ang Korona and a panel with award winning Filipino American Filmmakers. We close FYLPRO Arts Fest with An Evening of Filipino All-Star Comedy with Rex Navarrete, the Premiere Filipino American Comic, and JR de Guzman, Winner of the 13th Annual “Standup NBC 2017”, featured on Comedy Central’s ‘Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City,.’ Event Schedule: Akin ang Korona Screening: 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Filipino Film makers Panel: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Rex Navarrete and Jr De Guzman Comedy Show: 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Venue –  Alliance Française de Chicago Theater, 810 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL For tickets and more information, visit: bit.ly/fylproartsfest2021 For inquiries or group discount call JP Ferrer at 1 (224) 607-1139.

Oct 10 Sunday 2021 Chicago Marathon. Cheer the Filipino and Filipino American runners coming from the Philippines and other U.S. cities along with several local runners from the greater Chicago area. Contact Noly Dulay cultural.chicagopcg@gmail.com

Oct 11 Monday at 12 Noon – The Filipino American community will once again join the Columbus Day Parade starting at State and Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. The parade will also be telecast on ABC7. To participate, contact Noly Dulay cultural.chicagopcg@gmail.com or RJ Turija at turija@sbcglobal.net

Oct 17 Sunday at 2pm Filipino American History Month Celebration. Celebrate Filipino American History Month, the 35-year anniversary of the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the 30-year anniversary of CIRCA/Pintig and 25-year anniversary of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation at our exhibit event with a luncheon, and performance. Featuring performances by the Samasama Project, UIC FIA Cultural and FIA’liwan, CIRCA/Pintig and others to be announced later. $30 ticket includes food/drink, reserved seat at the luncheon and all performances. Register here to attend.

Oct 19, Tuesday at 6pm– Save the Date for FAHM Celebration and Film Showing at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, IL. Movie to be announced later. Contact fanhs.greaterchicago@gmail.com

Oct 21 Thursday at 6pm – A Workshop on the Immigration Stories of Filipino Americans with guest speaker Maria Alvarez Stroud, author of the book book, Brave Crossing. The book is the story of a young man’s dream of adventure and a different if not a better life in another country. This coming-of-age saga is told through the eyes of Ricardo, a young Spanish-Filipino, as he voyages to America in 1916.  Venue – Skokie Public Library Mary Radmacher Meeting Room at 5215 Oakton St, Skokie. Contact fanhs.greaterchicago@gmail.com. Free event. Register here to attend.

Support Filipino Restaurants Raffle Winners

Thank you so much for all of you who participated, dined-in and/or ordered take-out food from the local Filipino restaurants during the 2021 Piyesta Pinoy campaign and raffle to support the Filipino restaurants for recovery. The raffle drawing was held on July 3. Here is the link to watch the virtual drawing and announcement of the winners – https://youtu.be/lYTwtE4Rm8Y

Photo of a group of former employees of Pepsico who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Chicaken Ati-Atihan Restaurant at Niles, IL. Thank you to owners Randy Famacion and wife for your raffle prize donation.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors and participating restaurants that donated prizes for the raffle drawing. There were a total of 75 dining certificates that were awarded to the raffle winners. All winners were notified by email. Prizes must be claimed no later than 60 days after they were notified or they become void.

Maraming Salamat,

Photo of a group of Piyesta Pinoy planning committee and volunteers who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Night Market Restaurant at Chicago, IL. Thank you to owner Rose for your raffle prize donation.
Photo of a group of members of CIRCA Pintig who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Sarrap Restaurant at Chicago, IL. Thank you to GMA Pinoy TV and World Remit for your raffle prize donation.
Photo of a group of Ladies on Lockdown who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Crab & Spice Restaurant at Lisle, IL. Thank you to GMA Pinoy TV and World Remit for your raffle prize donation.
Photo of a group of fboard members of PACF who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Hong Ning Restaurant at Carol Stream, IL. Thank you to GMA Pinoy TV and World Remit for your raffle prize donation.
Photo of a group of Piyesta Pinoy attendees who celebrated Philippine Independence Day in Bolingbrook enjoying Pinoy breakfast food to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Food from Lina’s Filipino Marketplace – 120 Ridge Ave #17, Bloomingdale.Thank you to owners Of Lina’s Filipino Marketplacefor your raffle prize donation.

Photo of PACF board members Alpha and Emili Nicolasin who went to support Filipino restaurants for recovery. Taken at the Lola Tining’s Cuisine – 1141 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304 Thank you to Lola Tining, Tonet and Jinky for your raffle prize donation.

Photo of Daniel Boyle with owner Rose at Night Market – 4461 N Pulaski Rd Chicago, IL 60031. Taken at the Night Market Restaurant at Chicago, IL. Thank you to owner Rose for your raffle prize donation.

Jun 06

PIYESTA PINOY In celebration of the 123rd Independence Day of the Philippines

In celebration of the 123rd Independence Day of the Philippines, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF), the organizers of this Piyesta Pinoy will host a virtual Philippines Fiesta in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

“At Home with Piyesta Pinoy 2021: Support Local Filipino Restaurants for Recovery”
will be live on the Piyesta Pinoy FB Page
https://www.facebook.com/PiyestaPinoy/
on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 2pm to 4:30pm CST.

In support of social distancing measures, the annual event that hosts a power-packed 12-hour programming live event at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center will instead be online, streaming live on Facebook and YouTube. This year’s celebration will be condensed into a 2 hour online show of local cultural and variety performances plus an additional half hour special recorded video of celebrities from the Philippines sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV, our exclusive media sponsor.  We are happy to announce the GMA celebrities who will be joining our virtual celebration – Rayver Cruz,  Glaiza de Castro  and  Chef JR Royol. In addition, we also will feature Cathy Ang as our special guest. Cathy Ang is a Filipino-Chinese American actress and singer based in New York City. She is best known for playing Fei Fei in Netflix’s Academy award animated movie-musical Over the Moon! Just like in the past, several local cultural and variety performers will be featured including Chicago’s local Filipino American celebrity Emil Nicolasin who recently sang at the Chicago Bears game and the Chicago Cubs game.

For its theme this year, the organizers of Piyesta Pinoy hope to support the local Filipino restaurants for recovery. The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly damaging to the restaurant industry so let’s show our support for their recovery during these challenging times. We are inviting all local Filipino restaurants to partner with Piyesta Pinoy to take part in a raffle promotion to benefit the Filipino owned restaurants affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. To participate or for any questions, please email us at  Piyestapinoy@gmail.com.

From May 15 to June 30, 2021, we invite everyone to dine in or order takeout food from any of the participating restaurants and you will be eligible to enter a raffle and get a chance to win prizes donated by the Piyesta Pinoy sponsors and donors. To join the raffle, fill up the Google form online – https://bit.ly/3x6RNy9. Watch for the announcement on the raffle drawing on July 3.

With the announcement of the easing of Covid restrictions in Illinois, we are happy to announce that we will be back at the “Roger C. Claar Performing Arts Center,” formerly know as the

Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center. In celebration of the 123rd Independence Day of the Philippines, we invite everyone to attend the Philippine flag raising ceremony at 8am on Saturday, June 12, 2021. We welcome Bolingbrook’s new Mayor – Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta, the staff from the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the newly ordained priest from the Diocese of Joliet Father John Ronaldo Gabutan Abulag who will be joining us. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to piyestapinoy@gmail.com. For everyone’s safety, we asked everyone to please bring and wear face masks and observe social distancing when necessary.

To keep posted on updates and happenings in the community subscribe to (like) our Piyesta Pinoy Facebook page. You can also visit us at piyestapinoy.org and pacfmidwest.org.

About the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF)

Founded in 1996, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed exclusively for charitable, civic, cultural, humanitarian, educational and social services. PACF’s primary objective is to promote cultural, educational, social and civic activities among Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the Midwest.  — ### —

May 21

PIYESTA PINOY GOES ONLINE ON ITS 8TH YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  Contact: Ruben Salazar

May 20, 2021                                                                                 Email: PiyestaPinoy@gmail.com

BIGGEST PHILIPPINE PIYESTA IN THE MIDWEST GOES ONLINE ON ITS 8TH YEAR

In celebration of the 123rd independence day of the Philippines, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF), the organizers of this Piyesta Pinoy will host a virtual Philippines Fiesta with “At Home with Piyesta Pinoy 2021: Support Local Filipino Restaurants for Recovery” on Saturday June 12, 2021 in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

In support of social distancing measures, the annual event that hosts a power-packed 12 hour programming live event at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center will instead be online, streaming live on Facebook and YouTube. This year’s celebration will be condensed into a 2 hour online show of local cultural performances, talent showcases, raffles plus an additional half hour special recorded video of celebrities from the Philippines sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV, our exclusive media sponsor. 

For its theme this year, the organizers of Piyesta Pinoy hope to support the local Filipino restaurants for recovery. The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly damaging to the restaurant industry so let’s show our support for their recovery during these challenging times. We are inviting all local Filipino restaurants to partner with Piyesta Pinoy to take part in a raffle promotion to benefit the Filipino owned restaurants affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. To participate or for any questions, please email us at  Piyestapinoy@gmail.com or contact Ruben Salazar (630)379-9636, Cindy Lopez , (630)336-0511, Jan Paul Ferrer, (708)692-0393, Pia Natividad (630)706-1629or Jean Gavina (jeang27@gmail.com)

From May 15 to June 30, 2021, dine in or order takeout food from any of the participating restaurants and you will be eligible to enter a raffle and get a chance to win prizes donated by the Piyesta Pinoy sponsors and donors.

“At Home with Piyesta Pinoy 2021: Support Local Filipino Restaurants for Recovery”
will be live on the Piyesta Pinoy FB Page
https://www.facebook.com/PiyestaPinoy/
on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 2pm to 4:30pm CST.

To keep posted on updates and happenings in the community subscribe to (like) our Piyesta Pinoy Facebook page. You can also visit us at piyestapinoy.org and pacfmidwest.org.

About the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF)

Founded in 1996, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed exclusively for charitable, civic, cultural, humanitarian, educational and social services. PACF’s primary objective is to promote cultural, educational, social and civic activities among Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the Midwest.  — ### —

May 15

Support Local Filipino Restaurants for Recovery

PACF (Philippine American Cultural Foundation) and Piyesta Pinoy are asking your support to help the local Filipino restaurants for recovery. 
The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly damaging to the restaurant industry so let’s show our support for their recovery during these challenging times. We are inviting local Filipino restaurants to partner with Piyesta Pinoy to take part in a raffle promotion to benefit the Filipino owned restaurants affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are aware that some restaurants were struggling to stay afloat while waiting to reopen their business so we would like to show our support by promoting/advertising your restaurant on social media as part of the “At Home With Piyesta Pinoy” online event to be held on June 12th.

From May 15 to June 30, 2021, for every dine in or order takeout food from any of the participating restaurants, you will be eligible to enter a raffle and win prizes donated by the Piyesta Pinoy sponsors. Only one raffle entry per dine-in or take-out order please.

To join the raffle, fill up the Google form online – https://bit.ly/3x6RNy9.
Drawing will be held on Saturday, July 3.

LIST OF PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

LIST OF RAFFLE PRIZES DONORS

  • Balikbayan Box Certificate from LBC Express
  • Food Items from Crave Filipino Magnolia and Ramar Foods
  • Gift basket from CIRCA Pintig

To participate or for any questions, please contact us at at Piyestapinoy@gmail.com
Ruben Salazar (630-379-9636
Pia Natividad (630-706-1629)
Jean Gavina (jeang27@gmail.com)
Jan Paul Ferrer (708)692-0393

Oct 04

2020 FAHM Awardees

Announcing the 2020 Filipino American History Month Awardees

Chicago, Il. – In celebration of the Filipino-American History Month every October and in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, FAHM committee in Chicago have been giving awards to individuals and organizations in recognition and appreciation of their contributions to the history of the Fil-Am community; and for the sustained activism, contribution and commitment for the preservation, promotion and appreciation of the Filipino-American history and heritage in an effort to further empower the Fil-Am community in the greater Chicago area.

The 2020 Filipino American History Month (FAHM) committee have bestowed the awards to remarkable individuals who embody an exceptional commitment as healthcare front liners during this Covid pandemic and a community organization that have been active in the community, staging plays that displayed Filipino American activism in theater. This year’s recognized awardees as the Outstanding Filipino-Americans in the Midwest are: Dr. Dan Garganera (Physician), Joanne Turija (Registered Nurse), Emilio Nicolasin Jr. (Medical Technician) and CIRCA Pintig Organization.

Dr. Dan Garganera is a board-certified Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease physician for the past 20 years, with a group private practice affiliated with Amita Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Currently, he chairs the Infection Control and Covid-19 Emergency Services at Amita-St. Joseph. He is involved in the early and rapid organization of the local Covid19 pandemic response and physician leadership; screening, testing, formulation and drafting of local isolation, quarantine, infection control and PPE guidelines; assisted in the local Catholic school Covid19 guidelines for the reopening of school; Led, reviewed, penned local treatment and management protocols, and currently leading and managing as part of the leadership team for the hospital’s Command Center for Covid. Moreover, he collaborates with the Will County Health Department as their current Medical Advisor to guide local hospital leaders for a united front in the crisis, i.e. Stateville Correctional Facility and local nursing homes in Joliet among others. He graduated as Magna Cum Laude, Salutatorian; with the distinction as the Most Outstanding Medical Graduate, Most Outstanding Medical Intern, and one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. He participated in Studies, researches & clinical trials for H.I.V. drugs; and publications on VRE, MRSA, Herpesvirus 6, Antiretroviral and Antimicrobial therapies, and Nosocomial Pneumonia; and had been a Speaker’s Bureau & Advisory Board on HIV drugs for Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Abbott, and Gilead Laboratories.

Ms. Joanne Turija has been a nurse for 27 years having worked as a rehabilitation, MDS, wound nurse in the past; became an assistant Director of Nursing at a Nursing and Rehab center; and has extensive experience as an oncology and neurology nurse up to the present. Currently, she works in an airborne unit-capable Primary Covid floor at Silver Cross Hospital. She dedicated herself during this pandemic to touch her patients’ lives with a goal in mind to do small things with great love as quoted by Mother Teresa. She is a member of the Chicago Filipino Lions Club, JDCRF, PIWC 2020 Kick-off committee member, Kankakee Santacruzan Group, PNA- Greater Chicago chapter and Piyesta Pinoy Volunteer.

Mr. Emilio Nicolasin, Jr. currently works at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital as an Intraoperative technician and has worked in the healthcare industry for almost 20 years. He is an actor, singer and musician; recognized as a Hall of Fame Awardee in entertainment in 2007. He was named “Hero in Long-term Care” during the National Nursing Home Week by the Illinois Health Care Association and has received an award for CNA of the Year from the Illinois Long-term Care Nurses Association. Recently, he had the privileged of being chosen by the Chicago Bears to record and sing the Star-Spangled Banner for the official NFL game at the Soldiers Field representing the healthcare workers.

CIRCA-PINTIG is a Chicago-based Filipino-American organization committed to engaging immigrant communities in movements for social justice and transformative change through theater. It was founded on April 1, 1991. It is a community theater company, education and outreach organization with a mission to serve as a voice of the Filipino American community by engaging in active cultural work – using art as a means to celebrate the community’s rich history and culture. 18 years and 28 productions after, it still throbs dramatically, not without challenges, but with a newfound passion for building vibrant communities through the arts.

The 2020 FAHM awards were given during the kick-off event of the the Filipino American History Month celebrations in the greater Chicago area held virtually on October 2, 2020. We wish to congratulate all the awardees and thank them for their contributions and service to our community. MABUHAY!

Sep 15

CELEBRATE THE 2020 FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

CELEBRATE THE 2020 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. 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 in 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 2020 Filipino American History Month: The History of Filipino American Activism. We choose this theme to highlight the myriad ways Filipino Americans have participated in social justice movements, including but not limited to, the United Farmworkers Movement, the fight for Ethnic Studies, Hawaii Sugar Plantation strikes, Washington Yakima strikes, and Anti-Martial Law Movements across multiple decades. We honor the history of Filipino American solidarity with other communities in their fights for our equity and justice, including the Black Lives Matter Movement, American Indian Movement, Civil Rights and Voting Rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, and Environmental Justice. This year, we recognize the advocacy of our Filipino American healthcare workers who are actively protecting and fighting for our lives everyday amidst this global pandemic. We also acknowledge that 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Filipino American Far West Convention in Seattle, whose overarching theme was EMERGENCE and is credited in part as the start of the Filipino American movement. 2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Luzon in the Philippines – one of the bloodiest battles of World War II; it is also the 90th anniversary of the Watsonville Riots of 1930- one which has been credited as an impetus for Farmworkers Rights.

We believe this theme is particularly crucial in 2020, as it is a key election year and we are living amidst a pandemic and mass movement towards racial justice. Thus, we encourage all of our chapters and communities to reflect on decades of Filipino American activism, in order to inspire and foster our civic responsibility in the Filipino American community.

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.

FAHM planned events in 2020

All times are in Central Standard Time (in the United Sates)

Oct 1, Thursday to Oct 31, Saturday – 2nd Filipino Restaurant Week in Chicago. The event will run for the whole month of October. In celebration of the FAHM, the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA) and the Philippine Consulate of Chicago (PCG) invite you to support Filipino owned restaurants by limited dining in or take-out orders of Filipino food. Contact Jan Paul Ferrer jpcferrer@me.com, Paula Arnedo: paula.f.arnedo@gmail.com.

Oct 1 Thursday to October 31 Saturday – Virtual Exhibits of Filipino artifacts, photographs and objects plus paintings and art works made by Filipino artists. Contact Laurence Anthonie Tumpag wantin1014@yahoo.com

Oct 2, Friday at 4pm to 5pm – 2020 FAHM Celebration Kickoff. A welcome address from the Consul General Gina Jamoralin. Tito Ruben and Consul General will give awards to outstanding Filipino Americans and organizations who have been active participants and supporters of Filipino American activism in order to inspire and foster our civic responsibility in the Filipino American community. The FAHM proclamations from the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago will be read. Sponsor – Philippine Consulate General in Chicago and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago. Contact Noly Dulay cultural.chicagopcg@gmail.com and Tito Ruben tito.rubens@gmail.com.

Oct 3, Saturday at 730pm – US Premiere screening of award winning movie EDWARD at the Davis Drive-In Theater (to ensure safe social distancing) in Chicago. Presented by Asian Pop-Up Cinema (Sophia’s Choice) in cooperation with FYLPRO, the screening is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a 501 C3 NFP of high performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people. Tickets are at $150 per car, with a max of 6 per Chicago reopening guidelines. Limited slots for 30 cars only. Everyone is encouraged to treat our Frontliners to EDWARD the movie! For tickets, trailer, drive-in FAQ and other info, go to www.asianpopupcinema.org/edward100320. Contact Lakhi Siap Lakhi@chicagoasiannetwork.com or call 708-528-6321 – Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO).

Oct 8 Thursday at 7pm – Watch Filipino health care worker and singer/artist Emil Nicolasin sings the National Anthem at the Chicago Bears Game sponsored by Advocate Hospitals.

Oct 9 Friday #FilipinoAmerican film “Yellow Rose” — starring Eva Noblezada, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga —  will be released in theaters on Oct. 9. Filipina American filmmaker Diane Paragas’ “Yellow Rose” tells a spellbinding story about an undocumented Filipina teenager Rose (Tony-nominated actress and singer Eva Noblezada) who fights to achieve her dream of becoming a country music star.

Oct 10 Saturday at 10 a.m. “Songs of Peace and Justice – a children’s virtual music experience rooted in teaching our children songs that are rooted in our struggle for justice. This experience is suited for preschool aged children and their families but all are welcome to join us on Zoom for FAHM with the Filipino American National Historical Society of Chicago, Greater Chicago Chapter. Contact Clarissa Aljentera. To attend, Please register here https://forms.gle/hZFiPHfaTTdX2enu9 and a link for Zoom will be sent before the event .

Oct 12 Monday at 4:30 to 6:00pm. Sayaw Tayo (Let’s Dance). Join DePaul’s KALAHI as they collaborate with Emilio and Alpha Nicolasin, hosts of Piyesta Pinoy in Chicago/Bolingbrook. They will discuss the histories of different genres of Filipino dance. We will also facilitate a workshop to teach/demonstrate some traditional dances, including Bagobo/Manobo dance!  Zoom ID: 941 2857 3503.

Oct 14 Wednesday at 12 Noon – Lunchtime Chat 1 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is the history of activism in the Midwest and the organizing that went into domestic workers rights. In celebration of the FAHM, AFIRE, CIRCA Pintig and the Filipino American National Historical Society of Chicago Greater Chicago Chapter invite you to the weekly virtual podcast on Zoom every Wednesday at lunch time for three weeks. 10/14-10/28. Part of CIRCA Pintig’s Raising Voices: Stories from the Homefront virtual storytelling series, for more information visit: www.circapintig.org. Contact Ginger Leopoldo gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com and Kristina Tendilla ktendilla@afirechicago.org

Oct 21 Wednesday at 12 Noon – Lunchtime Chat 2 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is to discuss and invite folks who are in the fight for ethnic studies with Dr. Anna Guevarra, Founding Director of Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago. Part of CIRCA Pintig’s Raising Voices: Stories from the Homefront virtual storytelling series, for more information visit: www.circapintig.org. Contact Ginger Leopoldo gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com.

Oct 24 Saturday at 3pm – Open MIC featuring Youth Voices. In celebration of the FAHM, the CIRCA Pintig and the Filipino American National Historical Society of Chicago Greater Chicago Chapter, and PACF invite high school and college students to showcase their songs, poems, spoken words, music, visual art and other artistic talents following the theme of History of Filipino American of Activism. For more information about competition details, visit: www.circapintig.org. Contact Ginger Leopoldo gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com.

Oct 25 Sunday at 3pmHonoring the Filipino American Pioneers – the Philippine American Foundation will host a virtual event to honor and present awards to some of the Filipino American pioneers who have displayed outstanding service to the community. This event will also include the launching of the documentary book, “The Making of the Jose Rizal Monument in Chicago” By Cornelio R. Natividad, C.E.; S.E & Evelyn de Asis Natividad, Ph.D. Contact Adeline Fajardo at adeline.pacf96@gmail.com and Evelyn Natividad at ivynatividad9@gmail.com.

Oct 28 Wednesday at 12 Noon – Lunchtime Chat 3 – Stories of Filipino Activism and Heroism. This week’s topic is the activism and the sharing of stories by the health care and essential workers during the pandemic. Guest panelists include Terrence Yee, former President of Illinois Nurses Association and Bryan Ranchero, Child Nurse Consultant at Public Health DHS Illinois. In celebration of the FAHM, AFIRE, CIRCA Pintig and the Filipino American National Historical Society of Chicago Greater Chicago Chapter invite you to the weekly virtual podcast on Zoom every Wednesday at lunch time for three weeks. 10/14-10/28. Part of CIRCA Pintig’s Raising Voices: Stories from the Homefront virtual storytelling series, for more information visit: www.circapintig.org. Contact Ginger Leopoldo gingerleopoldo@yahoo.com.

Oct 28 Wednesday at 7:00pm Pulong ng Bayan” – An Update on Co-CurationA town hall virtual meeting discussion on the co-curation project of the Field Museum in partnership with the Filipino community. Guest speakers include John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Chicago and Stephen Acabado, associate professor of anthropology at UCLA. Contact Jamie Kelly jkelly@fieldmuseum.org and Tito Ruben tito.rubens@gmail.com

Oct 30, Friday at 7pm– FAHM Closing Celebration and Lingua Franca Netflix Party, Movie Producer Jhett Tolentino, the Filipino Grammy and Oscar Award winner will be joining us in the discussion before and after the movie. Lingua Franca is a film that chronicles the struggles of an undocumented Filipina transwoman who tries to stay in the United States to get herself a green card. Sponsored by the Midwest Pilipino American Coalition (MPAC) and Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). Contact LouellaCabalona at 708-528-6321 or louella.cabalona@fylpro.org and Everett Icao at icaoe93@gmail.com.

Jun 11

Piyesta Pinoy Donate a Meal – Feed the Frontliner

We all know that our fight against COVID-19 is far from over, therefore our goal for this year’s Piyesta Pinoy is leading towards the effort of making sure that our frontliners are well and healthy. At Home with Piyesta Pinoy 2020 launches this fundraiser “Donate a Meal – Feed the Frontliner” fund raising. The money that will be raised from June 12 to June 20, 2020 and will be used to provide meals to our frontliners at several hospitals, police stations, fire departments, etc. all over Illinois. We
have already started our efforts since the pandemic outbreak and we wish to continue this cause through Piyesta Pinoy.

Donations can be made by Paypal, click on the link below

Or Chase or Bank of America Quickpay or Zelle to Zelle ID Chicagompac8@gmail.com

As a simple form of our gratitude, all donors will be eligible to join our raffle. Prizes will be from our partners and sponsors at this year’s Piyesta Pinoy. Details of the prizes will be further explained on June 13 at our Facebook Live event. We look forward to continue feeding our frontliners through your continuous support for Piyesta Pinoy!

Raffle Mechanics:

  1. The Piyesta Pinoy Donate a Meal – Feed the Frontliner Fundraising will run from June 12, 2020 to June 19, 2020.
  2. The raffle promo is open to all who wants to make donations towards the cause by clicking this link*. Modes of payment include Paypal, QuickPay and Zelle.
  3. Contact information (phone and email address) will need to be provided by the donor. Once payment has been transferred, we will send you a raffle ticket number.
  4. Winners will be drawn by the Piyesta Pinoy raffle committee at the following dates:
    a. 1st Drawing June 13, 2020 between 1pm and 3pm during the Facebook Live Event
    b. 2nd Drawing June 20, 2020 between 1pm and 2pm during the Zoom event.
    Winners will be published in the Piyesta Pinoy FB web page as well.
  5. Winners will be notified by the Piyesta Pinoy raffle committee to claim their prizes within 60 days or will be declared void.
    Please email chicagompacorg@gmail.com if you have any questions.

How to Qualify:
Simply donate to Piyesta Pinoy Donate a Meal – Feed the Frontliner Fundraising.
All donations ($ 10 minimum) will qualify for 1 raffle ticket.
An additional raffle ticket will be given for every $20 increment.

For example:
A donates $10. A will receive 1 raffle ticket.
B donates $20. B will receive 2 raffle tickets.
C donates $40. C will receive 3 raffle tickets.
D donates $100. D will receive 6 raffle tickets.

Jun 04

Beginners Tagalog Class on Zoom starts June 15, 2020

The Philippine American Cultural Foundation and the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago invite you to join
Balay Tagalog – Tagalog Class for Beginners
Class begins June 15 until July 3, 2020
What: Enter to Learn Basics of Tagalog while rekindling the Filipino in You. Tuloy po kayo.
When: Nine 50-minute Sessions for 3 weeks MWF. AM Session at 11am, PM session at 6pm
Where: Online using Zoom
Who: Target Participants 12 years and older

About the Volunteer Instructor – John Paul Dela Rosa

I was a Senior High School teacher at Tarlac National High School – Annex in Tarlac City, the Philippines, before I moved to the United States as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA). I am currently affiliated with Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL., and I assist the primary instructor of Tagalog in teaching different Tagalog language courses at NIU. Much of the work that we do are centered on designing Tagalog instructional materials and advising a student-run organization on campus, the Philippine Students Association (PSA).

As Fulbright FLTAs, we are also encouraged to connect to the community and share our languages and cultures. “We” because I am with four other FLTAs from SEA (Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar). Two of the most memorable community outreach activities that we did were the “Eight Countries, One Day” event held at the DeKalb Public Library last year and hosting language and cultural tables at Sycamore High School in Sycamore, IL. As regards studies, we are also required to take graduate level courses (for credit) at NIU. At present, I am taking a graduate level course on Research in Rhetoric and Professional Writing and one course on the Music of Southeast Asia.

I must say that my FLTA journey at NIU has been very fulfilling. Aside from sharing the Filipino culture and Tagalog as the country’s national language, it also gave me the opportunity to be more interculturally competent and understand other people like the Americans in general. Traveling and meeting other people from different cultural backgrounds make the journey more meaningful. Now that it’s nearing conclusion, and even if we are in very challenging times, I would still like to make my FLTA journey meaningful by leading a Tagalog language class online.

Limited number of students in each class. Please register as soon as you can.

To register – https://forms.gle/1R9fEn7adyNpMBNk7Cost – $90 Full class or $ 60 for studentsTo pay – send money to piyestapinoy@gmail.com via Chase Quick Pay, Zelle            – or by Paypal to fanhs.greaterchicago@gmail.com

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