Apr 06

Diverse performance lineup highlights this year’s Piyesta


CHICAGO, Apr 5 — Chicago’s favorite Filipino American festival returned to Navy Pier for a smashing fifth year on March 20, 2016. Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago is the Philippine Celebration for Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World series, filling Crystal Gardens with Filipino songs, dances, businesses, food and crafts; attracting record crowds numbering about 2,500 and bringing the Philippines closer to immigrants and expatriates. This year’s Piyesta featured very diverse group of dancers of all ages from the kids from PACF Performing Arts, to the high schoolers of Lane Tech, the collegians from Divine Rhythms, Loyola and UIUC to the seniors from PASAC. We are also honored to have singers who traveled from miles away just to perform for Piyesta, from the Bay area in California, the Philippines and all the way from Australia.

Attendees welcomed the spring like turn of the weather at the lakefront, turning the Gardens downright balmy inside, matching the memories of Filipinos born in the homeland and calling Chicago their new adopted home. “The Filipino community is a vibrant and important part of Chicago and Illinois, and its wonderful culture, including music, dance, food and folk art, will be enjoyed by thousands during this popular annual festival” says Attorney General Lisa Madigan in a message sent to PACF. Click here to view the full message from  Attorney General Madigann.

The festival opened with a colorful Parade of Costumes from the Pier’s first floor marketplace, paired with beloved folk songs rendered by Piyesta mainstay Chicago Angklung and Rondalla Ensemble. Visitors were treated to traditional Filipino dance by veteran performers PACF Performing Arts, the youth group of festival sponsor Philippine American Cultural Foundation. PACF Perf Arts showcased three dances – Binoyugan, Galway Gaway and Tinikling. Lane Tech High School and  Divine Rhythm returned with two versions of the crowd favorite, the Tagalog dance Sayaw sa Bangko, known for the demanding technical skill required of dancers leaping between wooden benches stacked three tiers high. New this year is the much anticipated participation of the Pilipino American Seniors Association of Chicago. The seniors did not disappoint us as they did very well entertaining the mixed crowd of Pinoys and mainstream with two Philippine rural dances – Subli and Alitaptap wearing very colorful and beautiful costumes.

The festival’s dance component would not be complete without college groups fresh from the 2016 Battle of the Bamboo: Loyola Kapwa Cultural placed second with the Legend of Muslim Dances, depicting legendary routines from the Muslim tribe, in Mindanao. First place winner University of Illinois Urbana Champaign PSA Barkada recreated their winning dance depicting a story from the B’laan tribe of Mindanao.

The festival would not have been complete without our singers: actress, model, singer, Via Times and F Magazine reporter Jovie Calma sang first with a very beautiful rendition of Ako ay Pilipino, 16-year-old Kayla Tejero performed the song, Open Arms by Journey to the delight of the audience.; singing soon-to-be priest Paul M. Aquino SVD did two original Philippine music Nais ko and Muntik n kitang minahal, and Davao-born Cebuana Divine Aleonar serenaded popular tunes in Cebuano – giving audience a rare glimpse into the vernacular pop culture of a major Visayan language.  This year’s Piyesta were honored to have featured special guests who travelled to Chicago just to perform for us – from San Francisco, California – Emil Nicolasin who came with his wife Alpha as our emcee;   from the Philippines – Alegria Ferrer, soprano and professor from the University of the Philippines College of Music; and all the way from Australia – Mary Ann Van Der Horst, a pop singer who made it to the second round competition of Australia’s X-Factor. All of them gave us outstanding and amazing performances, reminding all that a festival of Piyesta’s caliber is all about Filipino pride and quality.

Emcees Alpha Nicolasin and Mark Dinglasan’s doubled as entertainers themselves as they tried out the Philippine national dance Tinikling, inviting audience to brave the clapping bamboo poles for which the dance is known. For the finale, well known Fil-Am fashion designer Victor Miller presented Fashion in Fashion featuring over 20 models wearing contemporary dresses designed by Miller, inspired by the Filipino arts, fashion and culture.

Piyesta Pinoy returns in the summer in Bolingbrook! Join us for a massive 11-hour festival, Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the sprawling Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, next to the Bolingbrook Village Hall and Town Center! Applications for sponsors, donors, business and cultural booth tables are now open. Please visit us online at http://piyestapinoy.org/ for details. Kitakits po tayo doon!

Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago (Philippine Fest) is brought to you by Navy Pier, Inc., the 501(c)3 Philippine American Cultural Foundation, and the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago. We would like to thank our sponsors: Platinum – GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV; Silver – Creative Impressions Plus, Mark A. Tan with T Capital Management LLC and UMAC; Bronze – Futurity First and The Filipino Channel (TFC); Media sponsors – CPR TV, MegaScene, One Philippines, PINOY News, VIA Times; and Food donor Val’s Asian Mart. Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World series is sponsored by ComEd.

The 2016 Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago would like to thank the following special guests, Consul General Generoso Calonge, Hermano Mayor Aeron Lancero, our Hermana Mayor Teresa Samara De Guzman, Hermana and Hermanos: Jovie Calma, Lain & Nell Frias, Veronica Leighton, Joe Mauricio, Darwin & Imelda Posadas, Mariano & Merlinda Santos, and Bert & Yoly Tubalinal, Ninongs and Ninangs: Rudy & Carmen Garcia. Cornelio & Evelyn Natividad, Ph.D., Illinois government officials Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Thomas Choi, public affairs manager from the office of Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger, Nettie Lasko, immigrant assistance program coordinator from the office of Illinois State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Dennis Jung, outreach coordinator from the office of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Festival volunteers would also like to thank the following for their partnership, gift donation and table participation : Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment Chicago, Alpha Phi Omega Midwest Chicago, the Asian American Law Enforcement Association, Cirera Express, Darlene’s Accessories & Etcetera, Filipino American Association of South Dupage, The Field Museum, the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago, the Filipino American Network, the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Gawad Kalinga, International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA), LBC, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Omega Alpha Caregivers, Inc, Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois, The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Chicago, and Susan Sivano (Artist).

Maraming salamat to our performers: Divine Aleonar, Paul M. Aquino SVD, Jovie Calma, Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, Divine Rhythm, Alegria Ferrer, Lane Tech Kapamilya Habang Buhay, Loyola Kapwa Cultural, Victor Miller Fashion In Fashion, Emil Nicolasin, PACF Performing Arts, Pilipino American Seniors Association of Chicago, Kayla Tejero, Mary Ann Van Der Horst, UIUC Barkada, Zumba dancer sponsored by FACHIC, emcees Alpha Nicolasin and Mark Dinglasan.

Maraming salamat to our program booklet advertisers: GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV, Creative Impressions Plus, UMAC, Mark Tan with T Capital Management LLC, Susan Sivano (Artist), Futurity First and The Filipino Channel (TFC), PACF Performing Arts, Salerno’s Rosedale Funeral Chapels, RJ Jewelry, Asian American Law Enforcement Association.

Maraming salamat from the volunteers of the 2016 Piyesta Pinoy (Philippine Fest) sa Chicago: overall chairperson Ruben Salazar; PACF president Adeline Fajardo; PACF directors Evelyn & Ely Natividad, Letty Eclavea, Merle Perricone, Rudy & Carmen Garcia, production and stage manager Michelle Delson; program booklet AnnaGina Millan; programme/emcees Alpha Nicolasin and Mark Dinglasan; social media committee Iris Kay Strauss and Mark Tan;  food vendor coordinator Jan Paul Ferrer, VIP coordinator Michelle Lura White, and food committee Merle Salazar, Angie Malonzo, and Brenda Vins, Jocelyn Ho, Christine Yang, Norma Albiola; parade committee Emil Nicolasin, vendors/exhibitors committee and all-around volunteer/model Cindy Lopez; volunteer coordinator and all-around volunteer/model Telly Yumping; photographers Frank O. Armea, Ihman Basas Esturco and Rudy Garcia.  Maraming salamat to our student volunteers from Northside College Preparatory High School headed by Christian Luciano and our security volunteers headed by Allen Desiderio.


Mar 19

Lineup for Piyesta Pinoy at Navy Pier Announcement

The 2016 Battle of the Bamboos winners lead the 2016 performance lineup for the 2016 Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago on March 20, 2016. The first place winner University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and second place winner Loyola University Kapwa Cultural will be re-creating their winning performance. Lane Tech Kapamilya Habang Buhay will also be performing their exhibition dance. In addition, the PACF Performing Arts and the Divine Rhythm will be back for the 5th year in a row to do their signature cultural dances.

Several talented ladies lead the pack of vocal performers. Fashion model and actress Jovie Calma, University of the Philippines College of Music faculty and soprano Alegria Ferrer,Mary Ann Van Der Horst from the Voice in Australia and Chicago suburbs teenage sensation Kayla Tejero will be first time performers at Piyesta in Chicago. In addition, returning singers Divine Aleonar, Paul Aquino and Emil Nicolasin will also be entertaining us with Philippine music.

The Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble will once in provide the opening musical program. New this year will be a  fashion in fashion show by the models of fashion designer Victor Miller to end the afternoon program.

The masters of ceremonies are the very talented duo of Alpha Nicolasin and Mark Dinglasan.

Click here for the complete lineup.

Dec 10

Save the Dates for 2016 PIYESTA PINOY (Philippine Fest)

Save the Dates for 2016 PIYESTA PINOY (Philippine Fest)

Chicago, Il. – We are so happy to announce that two of the biggest Filipino American events in the Chicago area will both be back next year – the Piyesta Pinoy in Chicago will be indoors during spring time while the Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook will be outdoors during summer time. Once again, both events will be coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago.

Save the Date in the spring – Sunday, March 20, 2016 for the Philippine Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Chicago) as part of the Neighborhoods of the World series Sundays February to April, 2016  at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods – and Navy Pier is proud to honor the city’s Filipino community with this cultural celebration for all ages. Come travel to the Philippines without ever leaving your backyard! This event is free and open to the public. Join us and enjoy an afternoon of lively folk music, traditional dance, cuisine, arts and crafts.  The Filipino community is so glad to have been invited to participate for the 5th year in a row in this wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture and to share them with the people of Chicago as well as the guests and visitors that go to the Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most visited tourist attractions.

Save the Date in the summer – Saturday, June 11, 2016 for the 3rd 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 super star Sam Milby from the Philippines, singer Geneva Cruz from California and several other local singers, dancers and musical bands plus food cooking demos by well-known Fil-Am chefs, several other interactive activities and children’s games. With your support and participation, we hope to make next year an even bigger event.

On behalf of the PACF Family, we extend our very best wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! 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, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (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. To donate to PACF and to get more information on Piyesta Pinoy and all other PACF events please visit the newly designed Philippine American Cultural Foundation websites –  http://pacfmidwest.org/. The Piyesta Pinoy Committee is inviting performers, artists, sponsors, 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.net/.  Application forms for performers and artists must be submitted on or before January 18, 2016.


Photo above taken at the Museum of Science and Industry Holiday Stage on November 27, 2015. The PACF Performing Arts and the Samasama Project provided the entertainment during the yearly program celebrating Christmas around the World at MSI. The Philippines participation was coordinated by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF).



Nov 02

2015 Outstanding Filipino Seniors


In Celebration of the Filipino American History Month (FAHM), the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) for the 4th consecutive year welcomes the opportunity to honor the who are role models in their respective communities & professions. Our FAHM awardees represent the many Filipino Americans who immigrated to this country to become vital part of American society and who have contributed not just to its social and economic growth, but to its spiritual and cultural tapestry as well.
The event was held last October 18, 2015 at Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare, Schiller Park, Illinois and was chaired by Dr. Evelyn Natividad, PACF 1st Vice President.  The program started with the presentation of all awardees escorted by their loved ones. Alyssa Solomon & Anicia Carlos led the singing of the national anthems. PACF President Adeline Fajado gave the opening remarks and PACF Past President Ely Natividad read the message of President Obama. Rev. Fr. Carlos Llagas gave the invocation and blessed the awardees and attendees. PACF Director Flo Villegas introduced the guest speaker Consul Ricarte Abejuela III. During the entertainment, The Delano Brothers movie  was presented. Entertainers were  Alyssa Solomon,  Baron  & his dad & Lou Cabalona. Consul Abejuela III, Past President Ely Natividad &  President Adeline Fajardo presented the awards. PACF secretary Merle Perricone  gave the closing remarks. Lita Villegas and the Raffle committee gave away great raffle prizes. Emcees were Ruben Salazar & Evelyn Natividad . DJ Joseph Henson  provided the music. Indeed it was a very successful and memorable event. We SALUTE all our Outstanding Senior awardees.
This year we are commemorating 2 significant milestones in the Filipino American History-the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965 and the 50th Anniversary of the grape strike in Delano California.

Oct 14


The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) hosted a Celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the White House Click here to view President Obama’s message delivered by FANHS Executive Director Dorothy Cordova at the FAHM celebration at the White House on October 2, 2015. Click here to view the video of the message. The Celebration kicked off FAHM in October and featured discussions with Administration officials and prominent Filipino Americans, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists.


In 2015 thru the efforts of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago and the leaders of the Filipino community, the following proclamations were issued to declare and celebrate October as the Filipino American History Month.

Illinois Governor Bill Rauner “proclaims October 2015 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 2015 proclamation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

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 2015 proclamation from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Click here to view the 2015 proclamation from the Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar.

Click here to view the 2015 proclamation from the Village of Morton Grove Mayor Daniel Di Maria.

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.


This year, we are commemorating 2 significant milestones in the Filipino American History – the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965 and the 50th anniversary of the grape strike in Delano, CA.

  • The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) of 1965 was signed by President Lynden B. Johnson on October 3, 1965. It dramatically changed the demographic landscape of America. The law abolished the National Origins Quota System; made family-based immigration the basis for U.S. immigration policy; and established a preference system for people with special occupational skills to become permanent residents.
  • The Philippines, after Mexico, has been the largest beneficiary of the liberalized immigration law. According to U.S. Census and Homeland Security sources: in 2008 there were in the U.S. approximately 1.7 million foreign born Filipinos; and approximately 1.4 million native born Filipinos, most who were the children or grandchildren of one or both parents who arrived after 1965.
  • 50 years ago today, elderly Filipino men working in grape fields in Delano,CA decided to go on strike to fight for better wages and working conditions. That courageous decision would have effects far beyond the grape fields. In fact, ALL Filipino-Americans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these men. If not for the kind of bravery they displayed, we would not be able to enjoy the lives we lead today. If you didn’t already know this (it’s not your fault, until AB123 is fully implemented, this is a history few of us have the privilege of learning), take some time to educate yourself today. One good resource is https://welgadigitalarchive.omeka.net/.


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.


Click here to view the 2015 FAHM Newsletter.


FAHM planned events in 2015


Oct 1, Thursday On view through October 19** – We are Family Exhibits at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FAHSC)


Oct 2, Friday (10:00 A.M. Opening) to October 30, 2015 – “ART IS PASSION . AGELESS . SOCIAL . SERVICE” is an Art Exhibit featuring watercolor paintings done by volunteers and clients of the Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS), a 501 ( c ) 3 not for profit organization which distributes food weekly to qualified families. Venue at Pilipino American Social Services and Human Resources (PASS) 1511 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613 (Contact Susan Alforque Silvano Email: silvano5311@comcast.net Sponsor – PASS)


Oct. 13, Tuesday to Oct. 16 Friday 10:00 am – 4:00pm – Silip/Sulyap 2 – Art Exhibits by 3 Filipino Artists – Bueno Silva, Eulalio Silva and Willi Buhay in celebration of the Chicago Artists Month and FAHM  at the Philippine Consulate 122 S Michigan Ave #1600, Chicago, IL 60603 (Contact Willi Buhay at wrbuhay@gmail.com, Sponsor – Philippine Consulate)


Oct. 18, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm**- FAHM Luncheon Honoring the  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.  773 457-3402 Sponsor – PACF)

Oct 24, Saturday 2pm  – Film showing of “The Gift of Barong” at Fountaindale Public Library District 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FANHS-GC)


Oct 24, Saturday 7:30pm**Voice of the Nightingale Lani Misalucha and Arnel Pineda at Portage Theater4050 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60641 (Sponsor – Red Ink and Reliable Document)


Oct 24 to January 29, 2016** – We are Family Exhibits at Trickster Art Gallery, Schaumburg, IL (Contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com, Sponsor – FAHSC)


Oct. 25 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. 26 Monday and Oct. 28, Wednesday at 8:30pm** – Screening of an indie film  “ARI MY LIFE WITH A KING” by Carlo Encisco Catu, Philippine Entry to the 51st Chicago International Film Festival at the AMC River East 21 located at 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611


Oct 30 to Nov 7** –   Art and Anthropology: Portrait of the Object as Filipino. Display of 10 paintings and creation of collaborative mural by 5 Fil-Am 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)


For the latest updates, please visit the

Philippine American Cultural Foundation website http://pacfmidwest.org/2015/09/fahm2015/ and the Filipino American Network  website – http://fan-chicago.org/2015fahm/


For more information, please contact

ANNA LIZA ALCANTARA, Cultural Officer at 312-583-0621 ext 13. or email the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net or

RUBEN SALAZAR  at (630)969-2971 or email Tito.Rubens@gmail.com


** Ticketed Event

Sep 30

Pinoy Comedy Concert was hilarious Featuring Mikey Bustos and Nanette Inventor!

Glendale Heights, IL – Mikey “Pinoyboy” Bustos and Nanette “Dona Buding” Inventor rocked the McAninch Arts Center at College of Du Page last Sunday, August 30, 2015 with a very entertaining program of comedy and music, Pinoy style. The Philippine-American Cultural Foundation (PACF) and Piyesta Pinoy are proud to have sponsored the first ever Pinoy comedy concert featuring a very good combination of two very talented and funny singers/comedians to Illinois – You Tube sensation Mikey attracted the younger generation while veteran actress/comedian/singer Nanette Inventor attracted the baby boomers. “We were blessed to have two good entertaining comedians and a receptive audience.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the show. What a great relief!  If we had more time, we could have filled the 780 capacity theater. Thank you all for contributing to the success of Pinoy Comedy Concert.” said Adeline Fajardo, PACF president.

There was also a mini-palengke at the lobby with Pinoy food favorites from Manila Fiesta, Goldilocks, Titus Frozen Bangus , Val’s Asian Mart and merchandise for sale from Darlene’s Boutique.


Mikey Bustos, originally from Canada and now residing in the Philippines, is well known for his videos uploaded on video website YouTube and for placing seventh runner-up in the finals of first season of Canadian Idol in August 2003. He performed many of his latest and popular You Tube videos such as Palengke, Sanggol the Pig, Balut, Pinoy Time, Opo Pinoystyle and Adobo accompanied by the backup dancers Ciana Jao, Meghan and Nina Cedro, Gabrielle Calabasas, Hope Caoagas and Jeremy Marcelo from Michigan and 2 local dancers Joy Saballa and Nate Porcalla. Mikey ended his set with the audience participating in the Pinoy dance craze shaving ice and making Halo-Halo.


Nanette Inventor is presently esteemed as the Philippines’ FUNNY LADY OF SONGS- on live shows and online social network.  …. Catch her on The Filipino Channel’s   Young Love television series titled   “ON THE WINGS OF LOVE “. Nanette opened the show with the nice song rendition of Salamat Musika followed by stand-up comedy materials on various topics on How do we Identify the Pinoys. She ended her set with a medley of the Original Philippine Music and joined by Mikey in a finale duet singing the classic Pinoy rock Manila.


Backstage with Jan Paul Ferrer, Mikey Bustos, Maria Girlie Pascual, James Dela Cruz and Telly Yumping  

The concert lasted over two hours followed by the Meet And Chat reception and autograph signing by Mikey and Nanette. Thanks a lot to the show’s emcees who did the fantastic job – Maria Girlie Pascual, from Via Times who writes the G-Mail column and James Dela Cruz from CPR-TV who hosts and directs the LOL segment of the program. Many thanks to the Concert Planning and production team – Adeline Fajardo, Ruben Salazar, Michelle Delson, Cindy Lopez, Maria Girlie Pascual, James Dela Cruz, Jan Paul Ferrer, Telly Yumping and RJ Garcia (Mikey’s PA) and Gabi Delson (PACF’s youth ambassador).
Thanks to our sponsors – the GMA networks GPTV, GLTV and GNTV as the exclusive media sponsors, silver sponsors – Creative Impressions, Madrid Crost Law Group, Mark A. Tan – Thrivent Financial, bronze sponsors – R+M Photography, National Theraphy Staffing, Ely & Evelyn Natividad and Flo & Lita Villegas and the following local media sponsors CPR TV, Mega Scene, One Philippines Pinoy News Magazine and Via Times.

 Photo Credits to R+M Photography

Jul 31

Pinoy Comedy Concert on Sunday 8/30


Pinoy Comedy Concert on Sunday 8/30
Featuring Mikey Bustos and Nanette Inventor!

Glendale Heights, IL – The Philippine-American Cultural Foundation (PACF) and Piyesta Pinoy are proud to bring two very talented and funny singers/comedians, Mikey “Pinoyboy” Bustos and Nanette “Dona Buding” Inventor to Illinois!

Join us for a great time and plenty of laughs at the Pinoy Comedy Concert on

Sunday, August 30, 2015
McAninch Arts Center at College of Du Page
425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

Concert Starts @ 4PM
Mini-Palengke (Philippine Market featuring food, drinks and merchandise vendors) open from 2PM-8PM

Full price ticket prices after August 17 – VIP* $84/ RESERVED $54/ GENERAL ADMISSION $30

*VIP includes Meet & Greet Reception and Reserved Seating in Front Row Sections.

Purchase your VIP and Reserved tickets with seat selection on-line at Event Brite. Enter promotional code PACF to get 15% discount.


Thanks to the GMA networks GPTV, GLTV and GNTV as the exclusive media sponsors, Creative Impressions and the following local media sponsors CPR TV, Mega Scene, One Philippines and  Via Times.

For more information on the event, contact:  Adeline (630) 886-0701, Cindy (630) 336-0511,
Girlie (847) 912 3997, Michelle (630) 327-6789, JP (708) 692-0393, or Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Jul 08

Piyesta Pinoy draws record crowd again!

Piyesta Pinoy draws record crowd again!
Year two and stronger than ever!

Bolingbrook, IL — One of Chicagoland’s biggest celebrations of the Philippine culture returned to Bolingbrook for the 2nd year on Saturday, June 20, 2015 and it was a huge success. “Official attendance reported by Bolingbrook Event Production estimated the crowd at about 7,500, up by 3,000 from last year’s attendance. Everything was going well until another thunderstorm hit the area at around 8pm and spoiled the rest of the evening. We had to cancel the rest of the events at about 8:30pm for the safety of everyone as more thunderstorms and lightning were expected” said Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) cultural director and Piyesta Pinoy committee chair Ruben Salazar.

“We are proud 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 participation in the celebration of our 117th Philippine Independence Day.  We are proud to partner with the Philippine Consulate and the Village of Bolingbrook …and to appreciate our TFC guests’ artists, and Corporate/Media/ individual sponsors.  We have just proven that we, Filipino Americans can hold a huge, unified and safe Philippine Independence Day celebration” said PACF President Adeline Fajardo

Last year’s festival was already a history maker with regards to attendance by Filipino Americans for Filipino American events. This year’s festival beat the attendance record by attracting Pinoys from all over the Midwest including Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa and even Arkansas. Many thanks to The Filipino Channel for bringing celebrity actor/singer Sam Milby and actress/singer Geneva Cruz along with Ron Bilaro, Gelo and Don Tagala.

Special thanks go to the Illinois state officials Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Leslie Munger and Senator Pat Mc Guire and the Village of Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, the village board members and the staff and Consul Ricarte Abejuela who came and joined us at the Piyesta as we celebrate the 117th Philippine Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of the Village of Bolingbrook. Festival organizers with the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, the Philippine Consulate General of Chicago, and the Village of Bolingbrook would like to thank the following for their continued support: The Filipino Channel, Three Horses Jasmin Rice, and SM Development Corporation for platinum sponsorship. Comcast/Xfinity, the Filipino American Network, Signature Event Designs, and Creative Impressions Plus for gold sponsorship. Galloping Ghost Arcade, JC Balloon Creations and Photo booth, LBC Mundial Corporation, Mark A. Tan – Thrivent Financial, and Max Madsen Mitsubishi for silver sponsorship. Globe, Global Cargo Movers, Yum Cha Dimsum and Real Auto Haus for bronze sponsorship.

Maraming salamat to The Bugle, MegaScene, One Philippines, PINOY News, and VIA Times/CPR TV for media sponsorship. Maraming salamat to product donors  Three Horses Rice, Costco, Fiesta Market, FOCO Coconut Water, Magnolia, Val’s Asian Mart, Mabuhay Restaurant and Gamesa, Muller, Quaker.

Maraming salamat to partners BIBBAK Illinois, Chicago Suburban Christian Church, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, CIRCA-Pintig, Circulo Capampangan, Couples for Christ-Families for Life, Dagupenos of the Midwest, The Field Museum, FAASD, FACHIC, the Filipino American Network, Gawad Kalinga, Hana Hou Hula, Holy Trinity Simbang Gabi, Hearts for Humanity, ILPRO – League of Volunteers for Relief Expeditions (LOVE), Kampilan/Eskrima, the Legion of Mary, the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Asian American Families, NaFFAA, the Nueva Vizcaya Association of Chicago, the Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois, Tita Brady, Lea Rivera, UPAAGC, VNA Health Care, and Watts of Love.

Maraming salamat to our food vendors Bojo’s, Chef Romel, Chick-Fil-A, Kusinang Pinoy, Mang Juan, Manila Fiesta, Uni-Mart, Val’s Asian Mart, Kitty’s Irish Ice, and the concession stand at the venue, Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center.

Maraming salamat to our booth vendors, sponsored by Cindy Lopez with Signature Event Designs, AIG, Javita, Avon, Beachbody, Bolingbrook Family Chiropractic, Light Up Decal, Inc., CJC Services Unlimited, Inc., CMK Healthcare, Darlene’s Boutique, D’Olivia’s Boutique, ENERI Communications, I Rock Fashions, Limu, Love Fetish Cosmetics, Mary Kay, Medulla, New York Life, Origami Owl, Philippine Themed Novelty T-shirts by Carlo Samonte, Pink Zebra, Premier Jewelry, PST Gear, Manifesting My Destiny, Suburban Oral Surgeons, Summit Chiropractic, Tocara, Tupperware, Unique Jewelry Designs, WFG, and Younique.

Maraming salamat to our Parade of Costumes 2015 participants: Hermano Mayor Flo Villegas, Hermana Mayor Marilyn Liwanag, Hermanos Consul Ricarte Abejuela, Mr. Douglas Tayengco, Mr. Conrad Manankil, and Mr. Ed Ranchero. Hermanas Mrs. Geraldine Gaden, Mrs. Lita Villegas, Mrs. Norma Manankil, and Mrs. Lolita Ranchero. Ninongs Dr. Amador Acosta, Mr. George Boerema, Dr. Virgilio Jonson, Atty. Vicente Benig, and Mr. Ruben Salazar. Ninangs Mrs. Zenen Acosta, Mrs. Margie Boerema, Mrs. Leticia Eclavea, Mrs. Adeline Fajardo, Mrs. Merle Salazar, and Ms. Melody Dizon.

Maraming salamat to Miss Illinois US Supra National 2015 Nicole Tuquilar, Miss Philippine Independence PWC 2015 Gillian Mora, Miss Luzon PWC 2015 Charlene DeGuzman, Miss Visayas PWC 2015 Amanda Brockmeier, Miss Mindanao PWC 2015 Feliz DeGuzman, Miss Manila PWC 2015 Mary Grace Macafe, Miss Circulo Capampangan 2015 Nikki Cajigal.

Maraming salamat to the chefs of our Fil-Am Chefs Cooking Exhibition: Johanna M. Cook, Ron Bilaro, and Rampelle Aguilar.

Maraming salamat to our performers: Above & Beyond, BIBBAK Illinois, PACF Performing Arts, Kayla Tejero, Chicago Anklung and Rondalla Ensemble, UIUC PSA Barkada, the Filipino Cultural Dance Group of Iowa, CFC Carinosa Dancers, The Future Kingz, Hi5ive, Hana Hou Hula, DJ Tony, DJ Shawn Sebastian, DJ Nikki Gruezo, Divine Rhythm, CFC House Band, David Wycoco, Pax Minstrels, Samasama Project, and Emcees Marc Rita, Ginger Leopoldo, Ma. Girlie Pascual, and James Delacruz.

Maraming salamat to providers of our childrens’ activities: FACHIC, Village of Bolingbrook Park District Train and Rock Climbing, Galloping Ghost Arcade, Holy Trinity Simbang Gabi, Fountaindale Public Library, Village of Boligbrook Fire Department, Hana Hou Hula, Hearts for Humanity, Eskrima Martial Arts/

Maraming salamat to our program booklet sponsors: Three Horses Jasmin Rice, Signature Event Designs, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Xfinity, LBC Chicago, RJ Jewelry, Salerno’s Rosedale Funeral Chapels, Mark Tan – Thrivent, Circulo Capampangan, Galloping Ghost Arcade, Nueva Vizcaya Association of Chicago, Advocate Travel Service, Ltd., Bugle Newspapers, Real Complete Automotive Service, Globe, Global Cargo Movers, Max Madsen Mitsubishi, Platinum Care Group, Bigby’s Pour House, Frias Family, Creative Impressions Plus, Aprari Bible Seminary and the Good Shepherd Children’s Home, NaFFAA Illinois Circle of Empowered Women, Fajardo Family, JC Balloons, SM Development Corporation, and The Filipino Channel.

Maraming salamat to the 2015 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, sponsors/VIPs/First Aid Adeline Fajardo, vendors/logistics Cindy Lopez, food concessions/volunteers food Merle Salazar, partners/cultural/games Michelle Delson, partners/raffle/passport RaeJoyce Baguilat, BPD Train/Rock Climbing Wall/Library bus/Fire truck Isabella Cerdan, VIP Seatng/Sponsors Tent Telly Yumping, Mayor/Village Officials Contact Romy Balcita, Finance/raffle/fundraising Pia Natividad, Production/stage manager Rian Mari Francisco, Program book/stage manager Anna Gina Millan, Performers check-in/stage manager Alma Reed, Programme Emcees Ginger Leopoldo, Marc Rita, Ms. Girlie Pascual and James Delacruz, Food cooking demo Rome Nichols and Donna Reyes, Cooking demo tent coordinator Almira Gilles, Logistics Ron Salazar, Volunteer coordinators Jeff Cruz and Michelle White, Communications/news release Yvonne Hortillo, Security Joon Bautista and Allan Desiderio, AV Tech Sound Baron Cabalona, and website administrators John Parrish and Jeffrey Javate.

Lastly, maraming salamat to all our kababayans and friends who had attended this year’s festival! We hope to see you again next year! MABUHAY!

Jul 02

2015 Piyesta Pinoy Split-the-Pot Raffle Winners


2015 Piyesta Pinoy Split-the-Pot Winners

We are happy to announce the 2015 Piyesta Pinoy “Split the Pot Raffle” drawing winners.  This is a fund raising effort to benefit the humanitarian projects of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in collaboration with Watts of Love and the Illinois Philippine Relief Operations League of Volunteers for relief Expeditions. For more info about the PACF’s humanitarian missions – Click Here

Due to the thunderstorm that hit the Bolingbrook Performing Arts on June 20, 2015 at around 8pm, the rest of the festival events was cancelled including the raffle drawing. The raffle drawing was done during the Piyesta Pinoy Planning meeting on Friday, June 26, 2015  at the Rivers Casino Canopy Buffet witnessed by at least 25 committee members. The raffle winners are

1st Prize  – $381.25   Juliet Mangalindan of Gurnee, IL
2nd Prize – $228.75   Liza McDinnes of Waukegan, IL
3rd Prize – $152.50    Scott Ferguson of Champaign, IL

 50% $762.50 goes to PACF’s humanitarian efforts in partnership with Watts of Love and the Illinois Philippine Relief Operations League of Volunteers for relief Expeditions.
Total Raffle Sales : $1,525.00


Jun 13

2nd Piyesta Pinoy in Bolingbrook on June 20!

Sam Milby and Geneva Cruz will be performing

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Chefs Ron Bilaro, Joanna M. Cook and Rampelle Aguilar will be cooking

Chef_RonBilaroChef Johanna M CookChef Rampelle Aguilar w Team Oxtail

CHICAGO — One of Chicagoland’s biggest celebrations of the Philippine culture is coming back to Bolingbrook. The Piyesta Pinoy planning committee worked very hard since last year to make this year’s festival to be even bigger, more fun, more entertaining, offering more food, arts & crafts vendors  and more performances including TFC artists Sam Milby and Geneva Cruz! We are now looking forward to the largest festival put together by our community, open to all, and showcasing the best that we can offer.

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day at Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook, Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Village Hall and Town Center, 375 W. Braircliff Ave., Bolingbrook, IL 60440. Admission is free.

Bolingbrook mayor Roger C. Claar is scheduled to give remarks at 12:30 p.m.  The Filipino American community joins the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Village of Bolingbrook.

A Parade of costumes opens the celebration at 11:00 a.m., featuring a Santacruzan-like procession we call Flores de Hunyo to be led by  Bloomingdale Township Board Member Robert Tolentino as the 2015 Hermano Mayor, Vice Consul Ricarte “Butchie” Abejuela III representing the Philippine Consulate and the beauty queens Miss Illinois US  Supranational 2015  Nicole Tuquilar, Dance Lovers Club Queen 2015 Chaz Patron and the 2015 beauties from the Philippine Week Committee and the Philippine Independence Week Committee.

Like last year, the festival will feature cultural music and dances to start the performances at the beautiful main stage of the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center. The mainstays Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, the PACF Performing Arts, BIBBAK Illinois PSA UIUC Barkada and Divine Rhythm will be performing with newcomers Filipino Cultural Dance Troupe of Iowa and the Couples for Christ Carinosa dancers.

There will be several new performers this year featuring singers Kayla Tejero, David Wycoco and the Pax Minstrels, dance group The Future Kingz, the CFC House Band and returning bands SamaSama Project and Above and Beyond Band rocking until closing. There will also be new program emcees this year – Ginger Leopoldo from Circa/Pintig, Maria Girlie Pascual from Via Times and Theater actor/director Marc Rita.

This year, Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook is expecting to attract an even bigger crowd as we welcome The Filipino Channel as our exclusive Philippines media partner and sponsor. Fil-Am actor Sam Milby and Filipina actress/singer Geneva Cruz along with Gelo and Don Tagala will be coming to town and will be performing during the TFC hour portion of the festival. The Philippines’ ‘Rockcoustic Heartthrob’, Sam Milby is an established actor and multi-awarded singer who became very popular as a Pinoy Big Brother housemate, a singer with several sold-out concerts and Platinum albums, an actor of top-rating TV soaps (including Maging Sino Ka Man with John Lloyd Cruz, Bea Alonzo and Anne Curtis, which launched his career as a dramatic television actor), blockbuster movies and big product endorsements to his name.  Geneva Cruz is an award winning actress and singer. Cruz began her career in 1989 as one of the lead singers of the popular group Smokey Mountain. She was also the very first Grand Prize winner (and the youngest) of “The Voice of Asia” in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Russia in 1992. Jelo is the host/ producer/ writer of Barangay USA and Barangay USA Supershow on TFC. Don Tagala is the news reporter/videographer from ABS/CBN International and a former resident from Chicago.

New this year, Mango Rice Productions proudly presents the “ Fil-Am Chefs Cooking Exhibition” at the Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook. This event will feature prominent Fiipino-American chefs who will present easy-to-prepare, Filipino-inspired dishes with modern twists and presentations. The exhibitions are scheduled at 2pm,5pm, and 8pm. Members of the audience will be able to taste the chefs’ creations, get copies of recipes and free samples of food items. Featured Fil-Am chefs are Chef Ron Bilaro – host of “ Eat and Ron” , “ Oohlalam” and “ Katok Patok”, Chef Johanna M. Cook –  has captured audiences as Momma Cuisine since 2009, with her mission to get families across America making Great Everyday Meals with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques and Chef Rampelle Aguilar – a consultant for start-up businesses and behind Oxtail Filipino Inspired, the latest arrival in the Filipino food scene via pop-up events.

Join the “Split the Pot” raffle: 50% of proceeds benefit the Watts of Love and the IL-PRO League Of Volunteers for relief Expeditions. Tickets are $5 each. The other half of proceeds will go to three winners: First place, 25%, second place, 15% and third place, 10%.

There are a gamut of activities at the Cultural Tent! Learn to play the “gangsa” with BIBBAK Illinois, make a “parol” with Holy Trinity Simbang Gabi group, an arts display and exhibit from local Fil-Am artists Lea Rivera, Trisha Martin, Tita R. Brady and others, and traditional children’s games with the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago and Nueva Vizcaya Association of Chicago. The Philippine American Cultural Foundation and the Filipino American Historical Society will have arts, culture and historical artifacts on display. New this year will be video/computer games from Galloping Ghost Arcade.

Browse shirts, bags, goods and services featured at the Craft and Vendors Tent! Try out party ideas, boutiques, henna tattoos; shop for beauty, health care and pet needs from locally-owned Chicagoland and a few out-of-town businesses.

Hungry for adobo, pancit, lechon, barbecue, halo-halo, puto, Goldilocks, try a famous Philippine entree or desert served by established Chicagoland businesses such as Uni-Mart, Val’s Asian Mart, Kusinang Pinoy, Mang Juan; popular festival foods such as hot dogs, fries, polish sausage, chicken sandwich, ribs, sno-cones and lemonade from Chef Romel/Jasper Meats, Bojo’s, Chick Fill-A, Kitty’s Irish Ice and the Concession stand.

Other activities include a Philippine martial arts workshop from Eskrima, rock climbing, train ride, fire department truck, library bus, photo booth from JC Balloon Creations & Photo Booth, and a Hula dance exhibition and workshop from Hana Hou Hula!

Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook is presented by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General’s office and the Village of Bolingbrook. Maraming salamat to our platinum sponsors TFC, SMDC and Three Horses Jasmine Rice, gold sponsors Signature Event Designs, Filipino American Network and Comcast/Xfinity, silver and bronze sponsors Galloping Ghost Arcade, JC Balloon Creations, Creative Imprints & Creative Impressions, Globe Telecom, LBC, Mark Tan, Max Madsen Mitsubishi, Global Cargo Movers, Real Auto Haus and Yum Cha. Special thanks go to our media sponsors – Bolingbrook Bugle, Via Times / CPR TV, Mega Scenes, One Philippines and Pinoy. Many thanks as well to Mayor Roger C. Claar and the Village of Bolingbrook for use of the Performing Arts Center grounds.

Come celebrate Chicagoland’s biggest Philippine festival! For a complete listing of performers, booths, activities and sponsorship, please visit http://piyestapinoy.net.

Kitakits sa June 20 sa Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook!


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