CELEBRATE THE FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

The Filipino American History Month Celebration

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 Suburban Illinois. Click here to view the 2015 FAHM Newsletter. 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. 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. Click here to view the 2015 proclamation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. 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 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE) will host a Celebration of Filipino American History Month (FAHM) on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the White House. The Celebration will kick off FAHM in October and will feature discussions with Administration officials and prominent Filipino Americans, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists. 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. The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role. Filipino labor organizer, Larry Itliong, a cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos and other ethnic workers that would go on for years. Screenings: Oct 2, Friday 6:30pm – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL Oct 13 Tuesday  at 7:00 PM – Film showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Glenside Public Library at 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139 More screenings can be scheduled in your area library. Please contact Tito Ruben at Tito.Rubens@gmail.com if your group or organization wish to organize and sponsor a screening of the film “Delano Manongs”.     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. Free general admission will be offered to Illinois residents during Museum Week at the The Field Museum, October 4, all day. (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 2, Friday 6:30pmFilm showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL (Contact Tony Abellera at TonyAbellera@hotmail.com Sponsor – FAASD & FAHSC) Oct 4 Sunday at 11:00am - 6:00pm**Kultura Festival at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (Contact http://filipino.kitchen/kultura-fest Sponsor – Filipino Kitchen) Oct 10, Saturday 1:00-6:00 pm**- Global Pinoy Singing Idol at  Hemmens Cultural Center 40 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL (Contact Divine Aleonar at daleonar12@gmail.com - Sponsor – CFC/ANCOP) Oct. 11, Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm FAHM celebration at St. Mathew Church 1555 Glen Ellyn Road Glendale Heights, IL (Contact Adeline Fajardo at adeline.pacf96@gmail.com Leticia Eclavea  630 980-5559 Sponsor – PACF) Oct. 11, Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00pm – FANHS-MI at the Paaralang Pilipino “CINEPLEX” at Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) 17356 Northland Park Ct. Southfield, MI 4807 (Contact James Beni Wilson  248-345-5562 / jamwilson9@gmail.com Sponsor – FANHS-MI) Oct. 11, Sunday 8:00 am – 5:30pm**– FANHS-MWC The 11th BIENNIAL MIDWEST CONFERENCE Wyndham Glenview Suites at 1400 Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL (Contact Jelly Carandang at msjellybeans@aol.com, Sponsor –FANHS-MWC) 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 13 Tuesday  7:00 PMFilm showing of “Delano Manongs ” at Glenside Public Library at 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139. (Contact Nestor Evaristo at nvp_p950@msn.com Sponsor – NVAC & FAHSC) Oct. 18, 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.  773 457-3402 Sponsor – PACF)aq Oct 24, Saturday 2pmFilm 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. 8, Wednesday at 8:30pm** - Screening of an indie filmARI - 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 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)   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     Click here to view the 2015 FAHM Newsletter.