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


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.

Nov 28



Dear Friend & Supporter:



On behalf of the PACF Family, we extend our very best wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!   Let us continue to promote and share our rich Filipino cultural heritage and traditions in America, 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 thru music, dance & exhibits, sponsor our youth PACF Performing Arts Group;  co-sponsor cultural projects such as Philippine Fests (Piyesta Pinoy) in Bolingbrook & Chicago locations, recognize FAHM Outstanding Filipino American Seniors during the. Filipino American History Month, showcase the Philippines in Asian & International Festivals in the Midwest (e.g. Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry, Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier, Asian Festivals at the Daley Plaza and at the Morton Arboretum) and 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.

Thank you.




Adeline Acosta Fajardo                                         Ruben Salazar   

President, PACF                                                     Director, PACF Cultural Programs

Oct 13




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CHICAGO, IL – “October is the Filipino American History Month and a night of Filipino music performed by Filipino and Filipino-American performers is a fitting way to celebrate a month dedicated to learning or relearning the story of Filipinos who chose to adopt this country as their own.” Thanks to Consul General Generoso Calonge for the fitting message.

Lines started to form as early as 6 pm for the highly anticipated TGIF Concert at the Copernicus Theatre in Chicago for American Idol superstar Jessica Sanchez, the diminutive powerhouse of a performer, and for Mikey Bustos, back in Chicago for another comedic romp showcasing his internet antics live onstage. The audience was not disappointed. Louella Maningas-Cabalona, producer and lead vocalist of the Samam Sama Project band, set the mood for the show with dynamic renditions of pop and original songs which was welcomed warmly by the excited throng inside the theatre.  Mikey Bustos did not disappoint either.  With the big jumbo screen behind him showing snippets of his more popular You Tube reworked hits, Mikey took the stage and gave his comedic best to the delight of his fans.  Finally, the young chanteuse and star of the show came on, and a hush came over the crowd as she started with familiar ballads, including a crowd favorite that got her a spot in the finals of American Idol, Whitney Huston’s mega hit “I Will Always Love You” which she sang effortlessly and with her own spin.  A few more upbeat songs, Jessica also ventured to give an elderly patron a kiss on the cheek, with fans video recording the moment on their smart phones.  A duet called the “The Prayer” with Mikey Bustos prior to the finale practically brought the house down, and soon, Sama Sama band joined the duo on stage, along with the young dancers and garnered a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

The great thing about this show is the absence of gimmicks, special effects, and unnecessary front acts.  This show showcased the best of our young Filipino American talents today, and kudos to producers Jan Paul Ferrer of Morgan Stanley, Baron and Louella Maningas-Cabalona, with the help of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation or PACF, its officers Adeline Fajardo and Ruben Salazar, and its network of volunteers, not only did the Filipino American community get to celebrate Filipino American History Month (FAHM) this October not only with style, but also with a bang! Special mention to the young performers also at the Fiesta Hall annex who performed in honor of FAHM including Schaumburg and Elk Grove Idol winner Miki Pascual, the Silayan Choir, 3JNR Rondalla, UIC FIA Modern, young lady singer Alyssa Solomon, the dynamic J-Crew, Defensor Method Eskrima, Global Pinoy winner Nina Mae Vidal and Hill Ford.

Contributed by Maria Girlie Pascual, G-Mail Columnist for Viatimes


TGIF – Mission Accomplished; a list of THANK YOU’s


We did it! TGIF is arguably the biggest FIL-AM HISTORY MONTH celebration in the MIDWEST! Jessica Sanchez and Mikey Bustos brought the house down!!! Over 800 people were in attendance for the six-hour event at Copernicus Center in Chicago. Consul Ericka Anna Abad, Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien and Senator Mark Kirk‘s representative, Mark Dietzen, also graced our humble show!

A lot of the guests took the time out to tell the organizers what they thought about the show. We heard many “excellent performances”, “amazing”, “it was such a wonderful event” referring to both on the Fiesta Hall and Main Stage.

But beyond the topnotch entertainment, one of the best compliments we heard is that TGIF became a mini reunion for friends and family that have not seen each other for a long time until last Friday. We were told there was more than one instance of people crying happy tears in finding a long lost friend or cousin. That makes us want to cry happy tears too  =)

At the end of the day, that TGIF is about coming together to celebrate our people, our heritage as Filipino Americans and I can say “Mission Accomplished”!

Thank you so much to all guests who came out! Thank you to all artists who wowed the guests at the FIESTA HALL Pre-show – The Silayan Choir, Miki Pascual, Jcrew, Hill Ford, 3JNR Rondalla, FIA Modern, Nina Mae Vidal, Alyssa Solomon and Defensor Method. Thank you @Oxtail Oxtail Filipino InspiredRCJM Oriental StoreKawayan Chicago, Mabuhay Restaurant, UniMart and Hong Ning Restaurant for providing the delicious food to our guests and to our volunteers too.

Thank you to all vendors, to all partner organizations Advocate for Prosperity, Anakbayan Chicago, Fil-Ams of Skokie, International Society of Filipinos in Science and Accounting, NAFCON, Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization and Silayan Association  that took part in the event and to all sponsors, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, EVA Airways, Creative Imprints Plus, Signature Event Designs, Seafood City, Aeron Lancero of E+O, Reimun Shleimun of Pita Kitchen and Mario Adap of Castle Honda. Thank you for believing in us and collaborating.

Thank you to our hosts, Donna Faye ReyesMae Flores and Narciso Lobo, all the backup dancers led by Sara Alcedo, Carlo Cousino, Nichole Michael, Nate Porcalla, Gigi Pyaovich, and David Michael Rivas and our singers, Marie Abegail Rodriguez and Alice Arellano! Thank you to our stage managers Rian Mari Enriquez and Everett Icao, make-up artists Froilan Cabrera and Lorena Nena Perez ! Thank you to all media who covered the event, Via Times Newsmagazine – Officialand CPRTV, Megascene, Pinoy Magazine, One Philippines and TRAP CHICAGO.com ! Thank you to our photographers R + M Photography, Castillo Studios Intl. by Jay FloresDarkroom Joe’s Photography, Rudy Garcia, Myla Teemer, Edna Pavel, Kayla Delson and Maricar Llamzon and Videographers Anthony Andaleon and James Dela Cruz!

And most importantly, thank you to PACF, Tita Adeline Fajardo, Tito Benru Salazar, Michelle Delson, Iris Kay, Cindy Lopez, Anna Millan, Merle Salazar, Rae Joyce Baguilat, Gabi Delson, Telly Yumping, Daniel Boyle, Mark Tan, Phan Le, Ely & Evelyn Natividad, Rudy & Carmen Garcia,  the whole board and all the volunteer staff that worked so hard for months to make this a reality!

Lastly, I want to thank all our friends who supported us by watching the show and encouraging their friends to watch too. There’s many more but I’d like to especially mention Tita Gloria Millare and Pres. Ilani Valero and The SILAYAN ASSOCIATION, Lisa Soriano, Maria Girlie Pascual and AAGI, Mary Turcuato and FilAms Of Skokie, Pres Rudolfo Campos and the Filipino Musicians of Chicago, Inc. , John and Emily Knicker and Family, Fairmont Care Centre staff (you know who you are), Philippine Senior Golfers of America, Melody Rabor- Dizon and the Dizon and Rabor Families, Tito Gerry RebelloTrista MichelleDarlene SalesErwin Dela Cruz and Rachel Naval-Cruz. Special Thanks to Eileen Ladrera Camba for being there and finding the right people for whatever we needed.

Many many more folks made TGIF possible. Your names might not be mentioned but your support and generosity is in our hearts and mind.

What a great FAHM kick off weekend! Happy Filipino American History Month, everyone!!


Contributed by Louella Maningas Cabalona, Samasama Project


Sep 27




Illinois Governor Bill Rauner “proclaims October 2016 as Filipino American History of Filipino Americans to our state and to our nation, and in recognition of Filipino Americans who call Illinois home.” Click here to view the 2016 FAHM proclamation from Illinois Governor Bill Rauner



Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says “proclaim October 2016 as Filipino American History Month throughout the state of Wisconsin and I command this observance to all our citizens.” Click here to view the 2016 FAHM proclamation from the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “encourage all Chicagoans to acknowledge the enduring legacy and ongoing impact of the Filipino American community and join with them in celebrating this auspicious month.” Click here to view the 2016 FAHM proclamation from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel



“I, Van Dusen, Mayor of the Village of Skokie, do hereby proclaim the Month of October 2016, as Filipino American History Month in the Village of Skokie and do hereby urge the people of the United States to observe Filipino American History Month with appropriate programs and  activities, .” Click here to view the FAHM proclamation from Village of Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen


“I, Kathleen Moesle Weaver, Mayor of the City of Darien, do hereby proclaim the Month of October 2016, as Filipino America n History Month and urge all residents to celebrate the heritage and culture of Filipino Americans and their immense contributions to our country.”  Click here to view FAHM proclamation from Darien Mayor Weaver


Click here to view the proclamation from the Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar.

Sep 12

Celebrate 2016 Filipino American History Month


FAHM Press Release 10/12/2016 updatedpress_release_101216-rtf

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. The Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) announces “1946: A Turning Point” as the theme for this year’s 2016 Filipino American History Month.  The theme was chosen to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of several notable events and pieces of legislation that transformed the lives of Filipinos in the Philippines and in the United States in 1946 such as the following:

  • The Rescission Act of 1946 barred veterans in the Philippines from receiving GI Bill benefits
  • The Luce-Celler Bill on July 2, 1946 granted access to naturalization for all Filipinos who had come to the United States before March 1934 and for all Indian immigrants in the United States, however Filipino and Indian immigration was limited to 100 per year.
  • Philippine independence from the United States was granted on July 4, 1946.

The Philippine Consulate General in cooperation with the Filipino American community would like to invite everyone to actively participate and support the celebration of the Filipino American History Month Celebration 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 2016

Oct 1 to Oct 31: Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino*. Display of 10 paintings and creation of collaborative mural by 5 FilAm artists from Chicago and 5 artists from the Philippines. Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, 1400 S. Lakeshore Dr. Events take place during museum hours. (Almira Gilles almiragilles@gmail.com)

Oct 1 to Nov 15: Focusing (Vol. II) is a continuation of Alejandro T. Acierto’s exploration of the breath through the colonial history of  Filipino involvement in the 1904 World’s Fair.  at Corner  2912 N. Milwaukee Ave. (storefront)  Chicago, IL 60618  -, Contact Person: Grace Needlman (Gallery Director)     Tel. No. 216-533-2824,     info@cornerchicago.com

Oct 1, Saturday at 9am – 10am – Opening of month long FAHM exhibit display at Bank Financial 1354 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615. (Contact Estrella Alamar ealamar8@gmail.com, Sponsor –FAHSC)

Oct 1, Saturday at 11am – 1:00pm – 2016 FAHM Celebration Kickoff at Seafood City 5033 N Elston Avenue, Chicago IL 60630. (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – PACF and FANHS-GC, FAHSC)

Oct 1, Saturday, 2pm – Datu/Hataw Music and Dance Performance  at The Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605 (RSVP in advance to cocuration.philippines@fieldmuseum.org)

Oct. 1, Sat., 7 pm- PRASIA (Personal Revival Asia) Concert*, Edison Park United Methodist Church, 6740 Oliphant Ave., Chicago, Ticket $25, call Rev. Melad 773-677-6806

Oct. 1, Sat., TASTE OF PHILIPPINE CUISINE” – showcasing Philippine’s best cuisine featuring traditional regional foods and Filipino hospitality. By invitation only. Venue- Saladmaster Troy. MI Contact call  Willie Dechavez 586 713-8261

Oct 1, Saturday – 2nd Annual Barrio Fiesta Sponsor – Fil-Am Association of Greater Wichita (FAAGW), Contact Person: Rose Axman Tel. No. 316-648-1364

 Oct 2 Sunday at 11:00am – 6:00pm – Kultura Festival 2016* at Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Avenue and Surf Bar 2367 N Milwaukee Avenue (Contact Sarahlynn Pablo, sarahlynn@filipino.kitchen, 312-888-1482)

Oct 2 Sunday at 11:00am – 6:00pm –  AdoboFest 2016 at Kultura Festival* at Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Avenue (Contact Edgar Jimenez, 773-236-2614, Sponsor Filipino American Network (FAN))

Oct 2 Sunday at 1:00pm Feast Day Celebration of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions. San Lorenzo is the first Filipino Saint. Location is at the Holy Rosary/ Three Holy Women Parish, 2011 North Oakland Avenue, MIlwaukee, WI 53202 Mass at 1:00PM with Fr. Arturo Ysmael. Mass coordinated by David Uy. Contact Angelica Camara angel15541@live.com

Oct 2 Sunday at 2:00pm – 4:00pmSt. Valentine and St .Mary’s Fall Cultural Event* at  St Valentine’s Catholic Church 1109 Pulaski St, Peru, IL 61354  (Contact Mida Dittmar – 815 228-2825.)

Oct 3, Monday 6pm  – FAHM Display Exhibits & Film showing of “The Great Raid” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL (Contact Jose Soloria at (630)915-5956 Email jsoloria@comcast.net, Sponsor – FAASD)

Oct 3, Monday   – CULTURAL EXHIBIT: “IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES ” at the Public Library City of Warren in Michigan, a month long exhibit. Contact call  Willie Dechavez 586 713-8261

Oct 4, Tuesday   – “DIVERSITY DAY” – Philippine participation at the Novi Public Library, City of Novi in Michigan. Event includes taste of Filipino ethnic food, cultural exhibits, dance presentation and Filipino traditional outfits through a fashion show.

Contact Willie Dechavez 586 713-8261

 Oct 5, Wednesday   – “PHILIPPINES: PEARL OF THE ORIENT SEAS ” – a mini exhibit of Philippine shells, a month long educational showcase in cooperation with the City of Sterling Heights, MI Public Library. Contact Willie Dechavez 586 713-8261

 Oct 6, Thursday There will be 2 screenings at 6pm and 8:30pmThe Achy Breaky Hearts Chicago Private Screening at AMC SHOWPLACE VILLAGE CROSSING 18, 7000 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077 (RSVP bit.ly/WUCHIabh, Sponsor – Western Union in partnership with PACF)

Oct 7, Friday 5:00-10:00 pm – TGIF Concert* with Jessica Sanchez, Mikey Bustos & Samasama Project  (Contact Lou Cabalona  at 708-528-6321,  Email – piyestapinoy@gmail.com, Sponsor – PACF)

October 8-9, 2016   FIlipino American History Month (FAHM) in New Orleans, LA   Symposium, Gala* Historical Marker Trip, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA (Contact Robert Romero 504-533-9822)

Oct. 8, Saturday – Pintig Stage Workshop at the Dr. Jose Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL (Contact

Levi Aliposa Tel.  773 491-2810 Sponsor: CIRCA/Pintig and  Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACC))

Oct. 8, Saturday 10am- 12noon – The Property and Assets Protection Workshop, and Property Fraud Prevention initiative at the Dr. Jose Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL (Contact Elsie Sy-Niebar, 773) 610-1287,elsyniebar@msn.com, Sponsor Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACC)

Oct 9 Sunday at 12:30pm Asian Unity Day at Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary beginning at 12:30, Mass at 3PM. Contact Angelica Camara angel15541@live.com

Oct 9 Sunday, 2-5 pm Film Showing over Soda and Pop “Dr. Jose Rizal” * Venue: Rizal Heritage Center, Donation: $5.00,Contact Rev. Raul Fermin 847 204-4139 or raulfermin@gmail.com

Oct 13, Thursday 5:30 pm  – Film showing of “Above the Clouds” at Chicago Public Library Uptown Branch at 929 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Contact CPL at (312) 744-8400, Sponsor – Chicago Public Library)

Oct 15, Saturday –  Sining Mulat 4 – Children’s Arts and Philippine Crafts*, Drawing and Painting for ages 6-12 years old.  Donation $10 w/ lunch. Venue: Rizal Heritage Center.  Contact Willi Buhay at buhaywilli@gmail.com

Oct 15, Saturday, 4-8 pm – Silip/Sulyap, “Art Exhibit with reception*.  Venue: Rizal Heritage Center, Donation $10.00.  Contact Willi Buhay at buhaywilli@gmail.com

Oct 15, Saturday, 6 pm – Search for Young Ambassadors* – Lead your peers in making a difference.. at Drury Lane Theater Sponsor – Chicago Nightingales, 100 Drury Lane, Oak Brook Terrace, IL Contact:  Phoebe Doruelo Tel. No. 630-740-4994

Oct 16, Sunday, 4-7pm – Old Town School – A Tri-Performance of Ethnic Communities (Filipinos, Koreans, and Indians) Venue: Rizal Heritage Center.  Contact Bobby Luna 773 524-9798

Oct 20, Thursday, 5:30 PM – Rizal on USA during the Consulate General’s “Ika-20 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado”. (Contact Mr. Mariano Santos anongsantos@yahoo.com, Sponsor – Knights of Rizal)

 Oct 20, Thursday, 5:30 PM – Gawad Kalinga Night at E+O 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mt. Prospect, IL. Special Filipino menu available at E+O throughout October. (Contact Leslie Tiquia (224)848-9837, Sponsor – Gawad Kalinga)

 Oct 22, Saturday, 12pm to 2pm  Pamanang Pinoy: Musika  at The Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605 (RSVP in advance to cocuration.philippines@fieldmuseum.org)

Oct 22, Saturday, 5:45 pm – Chicago International Film Festival presents film screening of “Ordinary People”* at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611 (For more information and tickets – http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/tickets)

Oct 22, Saturday, 5pm Filipiniana Fashion Show* Contact Person: Ms. Alma Reed 515-240-5631 Sponsor Philippine Cultural Group of Michigan)
Oct 22, Saturday, 6:30pm Filipino American Association of South Du Page 32nd Anniversary Gala at Double Tree Suites by Hilton 2111 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Contact Person: Jose Soloria  (630)915-5956)

Oct. 23, 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 at adeline.pacf96@gmail.com  Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459;  Email: ivynatividad9@gmail.com Sponsor – PACF)

Oct. 23, Sun, 11:30 am Methodism & US Colonial Rule in the Philippines, Central United Methodist Church, 8237 Kenton, Skokie, Call Anong 847-528-4991

Oct. 23 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. 23, Sunday, 5pm Fashion for a Cause (Contact Person: Norma Manankil)

Oct 24, Monday, 5:45 pm – Chicago International Film Festival presents film screening of “Ordinary People”* at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611 (For more infor and tickets – http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/tickets)

Oct 26, Wednesday, 1 pm – Chicago International Film Festival presents film screening of “Ordinary People”* at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611 (For more information and tickets – http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/tickets)

Oct 27, Thursday, 5:30 pm –  Justice Denied: Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio at 10/F 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (Sponsor – The Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago,   *RSVP wardscove.eventbrite.com)

Oct 27, Thursday, 9:00 am to 12pmCelebration at Mount Mary University on 2900 North Menomonee River Pkwy Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597in collaboration with the History Department, student organizations and FANHS-WI from 9-12pm Coordinator is Isabel Piana. Contact Angelica Camara angel15541@live.com

Oct 29, Saturday 8pm – Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame 22nd Anniversary* at Hyatt O’Hare (Contact viatimes@sbcglobal.net )

Oct 29, Saturday 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Exhibits and Forum on relevant & timely issues/topics beneficial to our community (we need speakers to talk about the importance of political involvement, knowing our rights) Venue – Mary Radmacher Room of the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL. Contact: Jelly Carandang, 847-679-7058, msjellybeans@aol.com , Sponsor – FANHS Midwest)

Oct 29, Saturday   – Book Launching : ” Filipino American Immigrants in Michigan:  Personal Stories”  a joint book project by Willie Dechavez and Tony Antonio. Venue TBA. By invitation only. . Contact Willie Dechavez 586 713-8261

 Oct 30, Sunday, 2-5 pm – Halloween Costume Party with Philippine History Characters, Venue: Rizal Heritage Center. Contact Al Cabagnot 773 799-8043, Sponsor – Filipino American Grandparents Association of Chicago (FAGPAC)

Oct 30, Sunday 2:30pm to 4:30pm.-  Halloween celebration with FilAm youths showcasing their respective talent during the variety talent show. at the Large Room of the Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton Ave., Niles, IL. Please encourage talented youths to join the Variety Talent Show.  It is also a Halloween party, so they can come in various costumes. (Contact:  Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or msjellybeans@aol.com  Abbey Eusebio, 847-529=5558 or gneabbey@gmail.com, Sponsor NaFFAA)

Oct 30, Sunday 3:00 pm – Film screening of “Hinabing Pakpak ng Ating Mga Anak by Notre Dame Professor of Theater and Fil-Am Dr. Anton Juan, DePaul University Student Center Hall 120-B (Contact: Dr. Cleofe Casambre  cleocasambre@gmail.com, Sponsor-Consulate General of the Philippines and Asian Culture Exchange Club of DePaul) FREE ADMISSION


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/2016/09/fahm2016/

For more information, please contact
ANNA LIZA F. ALCANTARA, Cultural Officer of the Consulate General of the Philippines, at telephone number 312-583-0621 or email the Consulate General at chicagopcg@att.net. or
RUBEN SALAZAR  at (630)969-2971 or email Tito.Rubens@gmail.com

Sep 09

Mikey Bustos, Jessica Sanchez and SamaSama Project in Chicago concert

Mikey Bustos, Jessica Sanchez and SamaSama Project in Chicago concert to celebrate FAHM 2016


CHICAGO, IL — This October, Filipino-Americans in the Windy City are invited to celebrate Filipino American History Month (FAHM) with an evening of fun and music at the “TGIF” concert featuring American Idol Jessica Sanchez, YouTube sensation Mikey “PinoyBoy” Bustos, and Chicago’s own Filipino folk fusion band, SamaSama Project on Oct. 7 at the Copernicus Center.

“It’s going to be a fantastic, festive Friday evening this Fall!” says Lou Ella Rose, SamaSama Project vocalist. “The title of the concert plays with the letter ‘F’ to represent not just Friday, but also Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and Filipino American History Month. Thank goodness, I’m Filipino American!”

Aside from the concert, the lobby of the center will be converted into a Fiesta Hall featuring Filipino food kiosks such as Oxtail Filipino Inspired , a bazaar for early holiday gift shopping, and information booths of Chicago-based not-for-profit organizations.

Fiesta Hall opens at 5PM and is free admission. “Various local artists will perform at the Fiesta Hall such as Hill Ford, Miki Pascual, Nina Mae Vidal, Jcrew, The Silayan Choir, 3JNR Rondalla, Defensor Method Filipino Kali-Eskrima with Guro Nonong and other special guests,” says Everett Icao, Fiesta Hall Stage Manager.

“With the concert and the Fiesta Hall, these events are set to be the biggest FAHM celebration in the Midwest,” adds Icao.

This multi-event affair is hosted by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation with Golden Tara Creatives in celebration of FAHM, which is an annual event established by the Filipino American National Historical Society.

Founded in 1996, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation aims to promote cultural, educational, social and civic activities among Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the Midwest.

For a limited number of out-of-state ticket holders and VIP ticket holders, Chicago’s renowned Field Museum is offering an exclusive tour of its collection of ten thousand Philippine artifacts collected in the early 1900s by American anthropologists on Oct. 8. Advance reservations required at jpcferrer@me.com.

Early Bird Group discounted tickets are available. VIP tickets are also available for the best seats in the 1,800-seat theater and access to the special meet-and-greet and signing after the show.

“TGIF” is on Oct. 7, 2016, 7:30 pm, at Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL. For ticket inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, visit PACFmidwest.org/2016-tgif-chicago or SamaSamaProject.com. Contact PiyestaPinoy@gmail.com  or 630-379-9636.




Jessica Sancheztgif-jessica-sanchez-2

Hailing from California and being one of the Top 2 finalists in American Idol Season 11, Jessica Sanchez has made a name for herself wowing audiences with her powerful vocals! She is biracial, with a Mexican father and a Filipina mother. A great singer and songwriter with plenty of style and talent, she was invited to record the theme song for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.



Mikey Bustostgif-mikey-bustos-2

Mikey Bustos is a Filipino Canadian singer and comedian who was one of the Finalists of Canadian Idol. His YouTube Video parodies have made him a YouTube celebrity garnering millions of viewers and fans. He recently came out with “F-I-L-I-P-I-N-O,” a parody of Megan Trainor’s song “No,” which hit 12 million views in its first week



SamaSama Project tgif-samasama-project-2

SamaSama Project was launched as one of Chicago’s premiere Filipino Folk Fusion band in 2008. “SamaSama” translated as “united, together” truly live up to their name creating a blend of Filipino folk, rock, ska, and Latin music, inspired by a 1970s musical movement called Manila Sound. Over the years, the talented group led by Lou Ella Rose on vocals and Baron Cabalona on drums have made their mark showcasing a fusion of Filipino traditional folk and contemporary music at many notable venues.  They also performed in Madrid, Spain for the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert for over 12,000 youth. Inspired by the drive to promote Culture through music and the arts, SamaSama Project continue to captivate audiences with their unique sound that transcends all boundaries.

SamaSama Project is composed of Lou Ella Rose (lead vocals), Baron Cabalona (drums), Ran Sevilla (rhythm guitar, back up vocals), Cesar “Bobot” Ong (keyboards), John Kniker (lead guitar) and Gerry Lomotan (bass guitar). #####

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