20 groups to brighten first Chicago ‘Paskuhan,’ Dec. 15
CHICAGO—Twenty Filipino American organizations responded to the invitation of Consul General Gina Jamoralin to be part of the first “Paskuhan” in the Greater Chicago area on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Seafood City Market Mix.
The event aims to promote fellowship among community members and increase awareness of Filipino Christmas traditions.
Jamoralin, who is on the first year of her tour of duty in the Midwest, said during the orientation of the forthcoming event, that she had initiated a similar annual celebration in Honolulu when she was the head of the Philippine Consulate in that city.
“I am hopeful that it can be successfully duplicated and bring some positive experiences here as well,” she had told the community leaders who came in the Oct.19 meeting when she first proposed her project.
Due to space limitation of the venue, the invitation is limited to 250 attendees. Participating groups will be apportioned an average of 10 tickets, based on a first come first serve basis. The program starts at 2 p.m. and culminate with the first novena mass of the “Simbang Gabi,” officiated by Fr. Sammy Reyes starting at 6 p.m.
A “Noche Buena” will follow a cultural program that will include a parol (Christmas lantern) contest, gift exchange, community carol singing, door prizes and special numbers. Free tickets are available from heads of participating organizations.