On November 2, 2009 the US Congress passed House Resolution 780 which recognizes the celebration of Filipino American History Month in October. This was really a momentous occasion because President Clinton proclaimed a Filipino American History month in the early 90s but was never passed by Congress. For all you avid readers, many of you know that I wouldn’t shut up about this triumphant moment for the Filipino community. This year, there are a lot of events taking place to celebrate Filipino-American History Month. Be sure to support these events and celebrate your roots because there is so much to be proud of!
The US House of Representatives passed H. Res. 780 officially recognizing October as Filipino American History Month (FAHM). To celebrate, The Filipino American History Month Committee of Illinois (FAHMCI) will host a series of events throughout the month of October.
Oct. 15, Fri., 7 p.m, First Gala Dinner Ball
An evening of unity and collaboration among the four Philippine Independence Committees( PIWC, PWC, Kalayaan, Kasarinlan) and various organizations and individuals. Current and past presidents of the Phil. Independence Committees and Mrs. Beauty Queens will participate in the Rigodon de Honor while the Los Bailes de Ayers will be graced by the young beauty queens of the 4 organizations and organization muses. Ticket $ 50 per person. A medley of Filipino dances in a square/group formation may be introduced in next year’s celebration.Meridian Banquets is located at 1701 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.
Sun., Oct. 10, 9 am – 4 pm
Free hearing test open to the public
A Hearing Bus is provided by Lions International Foundation at the Elk Grove Park District. Coordinated by Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club and Chicago Sampaguita Lions and Maharlika Lions Club.
Oct. 12, Tues, 7 p.m., Philippine Movie Night
PACF Center will show “The Untold Triumph” Story of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry sent to the Philippines. Compliments of Florencio Villegas. PACF Center at 3N446 Lombard Rd, Addison, IL 60101.
Oct. 30, Sat, 5 – 7 pm, “PIYESTA PINOY” A Pre-Concert Mini-Festival
Experience Philippine culture, costume, and food. A great opportunity to enjoy the local talents who are participants from college based cultural groups and youth groups all over Chicago area.
Try the Filipino delicacies for sale. An opening local program for the upcoming international dance group at 8 pm. Coordinated by PACF Directors: Ruben Salazar & Adeline Fajardo. Free admission. Wheaton College’s Coray Auditorium, 421 N. Chase Street, Wheaton, IL .
Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Int’l Philippine Cultural Show at Wheaton College
Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will perform at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel located at the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets.
Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines got its name from an ancient Filipino tradition called bayanihan which means working together for a common good and also known as teamwork. $33, $ 38, $ 45 discounted price tickets, if purchased from PACF. For ticket information, visit www.pacfmidwest.com or email to email@example.com.
Governor Quinn recognizes Oct. as Fil-Am History Month
Illinois officials such as Governor Quinn and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley formally acknowledged October as Filipino American History Month.
In Mayor Daley’s proclamation, he had cited that the first Filipinos had set foot in the US in 1587. Daley said Filipino American citizens offer excellent contributions to Chicago as educators, lawyers. health professionals, businessmen and other professions. Governor Quinn stated that the Filipino American population is close to four million and is the second largest Asian American group in the US.
Special Event License Plate to benefit PACF
To commemorate the celebration of Filipino American History Month, a Special Event Car Plate (a pair) will be issued by the IL Secretary of State to PACF for sale, control and distribution. Due to limited quantity, time limitation and strict submission requirements by the State of Illinois, the order should be prepaid, assignment form completed, and a copy of the IL Registration ID card submitted, before the plates can be released to PACF by Sept. 30. State of Illinois requires current registration plate to cover the display period of Oct. & Nov. 2010.
Copy of Registration ID card (required). Donation: $ 25 per set, $20 second set. Submit your order and payment P.O. Box 88355, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Make check payable to PACF. Your order will be confirmed by email or phone call. For questions please call 630 580-9069 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Skokie to mark Fil-Am History Month
Various government and community units coalesced to mark the first celebration in Illinois of the Filipino American History Month in October as mandated by US Congress late last year.
Activities will be held in the Village of Skokie which passed a proclamation reflecting the congressional resolution.
Community members in the area will sponsor a week-long program starting Oct. 2 at the Westfield shopping Center at Old Orchard in Skokie with a “Parade of Filipino Costumes” from 11:30-12:30 pm.
This will followed by a cultural presentation at the Petty Auditorium of the Skokie Public Library at 5300 W. Oakton Street from 2-4 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 3, a kite-making workshop will given by Artist Fred de Asis from 2-4 pm followed by a book and poetry reading by author Almira Astudillo-Gilles. Both events will be at the Skokie Library.
The next event is a showing of award-winning film, “Magnifico” on Mon., Oct. 4, 6:30 pm., at the Petty Auditorium. On Wednesday, Oct.6, Victor Ricolcol of Adeline’s Food Catering will lead a cooking demonstration of “Quick & Easy, Filipino Dish on a Budget” A fruit carving demonstration is also planned.
Due to space limitations, pre-registration is requested, especially for those interested to join the workshop and the cooking demonstrations. You may either contact Ms.Carandang at 847-679-7058 or the Skokie Library at 847-677-7774. Donations are also welcome to defray expenses for the celebration.