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 [email protected])

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,     [email protected]

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 [email protected], 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected])

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, [email protected]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 [email protected]

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 [email protected], 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 – [email protected], 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,[email protected], 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Oct 15, Saturday, 4-8 pm – Silip/Sulyap, “Art Exhibit with reception*.  Venue: Rizal Heritage Center, Donation $10.00.  Contact Willi Buhay at [email protected]

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 [email protected], 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 [email protected])

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 [email protected]  Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459;  Email: [email protected] 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 [email protected]

Oct 29, Saturday 8pm – Chicago Filipino Asian American Hall of Fame 22nd Anniversary* at Hyatt O’Hare (Contact [email protected] )

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, [email protected] , 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 [email protected]  Abbey Eusebio, 847-529=5558 or [email protected], 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  [email protected], 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 [email protected]. or
RUBEN SALAZAR  at (630)969-2971 or email [email protected]