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Many Fil-Am History Month events set in Chicago Area

Consul General of Chicago Generoso Calonge and Deputy Consul Romulo Israel (right) lay a wreath in front of a WWII tank during the Maywood Bataan Day Organization commemoration ceremony of the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March while MBDO President Col. Richard Mcmahon (left) watches. Eighty-nine soldiers from Maywood, Illinois enlisted in the National Guard and fought In Bataan as the 192nd Tank Battalion “Company B,” but only 43 came home. PINOY/Grace Szpytma

CHICAGO– Numerous activities in October are being dedicated to the history, culture and contributions of the Filipino Americans to the United States. In 2009, the US Congress passed H. Res. 780 recognizing October 2011 and every October thereafter as Filipino American History Month (FAHM).

Since 2011, the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) has been working to consolidate and promote the various events in celebration of FAHM every October.


FAHM planned events in 2017:

Oct 1 to Oct 31: “Filipino History Unveiled Through the Art.”* Display of the collaborativemural by 5 FilAm artists from Chicago and 5 artists from the Philippines and art work of local Filipino American artists Monica Acosta, Paul Balan, Tita Brady, Fred de Asis, Lea Rivera and SusanSilvano. At Trickster Arts Gallery, 190 S. Roselle St., Schaumburg, Illinois.

Oct. 1 Sunday 2pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season CRIERS FOR HIRE written by Giovanni Ortega at the Hana Center 4300 North California Ave, Chicago Sponsor –CIRCA/Pintig, Contact, 312-956-9489

Oct. 4 Wednesday 6-8 pm – Tagalog 101.* Classes begin on October 4 for 10 (ten) weekly sessions every Wednesday at 4300 N. California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618. Sponsor – AFIRE Chicago, Contact Naomi Salcedo

Oct. 6 Friday 7 pmUP Madrigal ‘alumni’ in Skokie concert, Oct. 6

Oct. 7 Saturday 7pm – Stage Play Reading Series for 26th Season Nanay written by Lani Montreal at the Hana Center 4300 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL, Sponsor – CIRCA/Pintig, Contact, 312-956-9489

Oct 7, Saturday at 11am – 5pm World Dumpling Fest at Millennium Park – Chase Promenade South, The PACF Performing Arts and Kapwa Cultural will perform cultural dances. Sponsor—FAHSC, Contact Tito Ruben (630)969-2971

Oct 7, Saturday at 1 – 4pm FAHM Exhibits at SIJ Parish in Niles Sponsor – NAFFAA, Contact:  Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or

Oct 7, Saturday, 6-12 mn – FAHM Celebration Dinner Dance*, Venue: Penna’s of Sterling 38400 Van Dyke Avenue, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Sponsor: NaFFAA-Michigan, Contact Tony Kho at (248) 755-6122 / Becky Tungol at (248) 755-6119.


Oct 8, Sunday 2-5 pm – Michigan Filipinxs: Our Spaces in History, at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) located at 17356 Northland Park, Court, Southfield, MI. Sponsor – PACCM, Contact Aurora Harris

Oct 12, Thursday at 6:30pm –  CINEMA SOIRÈE: The Murder of William Jones at Amli  RiverNorth | 71 W. Hubbard Street | 12th Floor Club | Chicago 60654, By invitation only, Sponsor-The Sampaguita Group | Website:

Oct 14, Saturday at 12 – 4pm – FAHM Exhibits in Skokie, Sponsor – FANHS-Midwest & NaFFAA, Contact: Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or

Oct 15, Saturday at 1 – 4pm – Variety Talent Show, Sponsor – FANHS-Midwest & NaFFAA, Contact: Jelly Carandang,   847-679-7058 or 

Oct. 15, Sunday,  11 am – 4 pm  FAHM Luncheon Honoring the Most Outstanding Fil-AM Seniorsat Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport 10249 West Irving Park Road  Schiller Park, IL  Sponsor – PACF, Contact Adeline Fajardo at  or Evelyn Natividad,Ph.D. 773-426-5459

Oct 20, Friday, 6:3o to 11:30 pm –   ISFFA Induction Dinner* at Victoria in the Park, Mt. Prospect, IL , Sponsor – ISFFA, contact Lucila Rider, 816 522-3854

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 9pm –   Regional Food Fare* at Filipino Cultural Center, 9810 We 79th St. Overland Park, KS 66204 Sponsor – Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City, contact or 312-240-9500

Oct 21, Saturday, 5 to 8pm –  Migration Stories of Inheritance Part I* at Turkish American Society 501 Midway Dr, Mt Prospect, IL  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct. 22 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. 22 Sunday 5:30pm – FFM’s HANDOG 2017 at IFI Good Shepherd Congregation 4707 W Pratt Avenue Lincolnwood, IL, Contact: Nerissa Allegretti Email –, Call/Text: (224) 381.6888

Oct 28, Saturday, 3:00 pm –  Migration Stories of Inheritance Part II* at Trickster Art Gallery 190 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193  Sponsor-FAHSC Contact Tito Ruben (630) 969-2971

Oct 29, Sunday 2pm – FAHM Display Exhibits & Film showing of “Amigo” at Indian Prairie Library at 401 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL Sponsor – FAASD , Contact Jose Soloria at (630) 915-5956 Email

All of the above events are FREE Admission, RSVP to contact except those marked with * which is Ticketed Event
For the latest updates, visit the website 

For more information, please contact LIEZEL F. ALCANTARA, Cultural Officer at (312) 583-0621 ext 22 or email the Consulate at or RUBEN SALAZAR at (630) 969-2971 or email

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