Philippine Center Update
A MacArthur Symposium was held
on April 28, 2015
As the Philippine flag wave proudly beside the American Flag , the Philippine Center hosted an event showing the long standing friendship and relationship between the USA and the Philippines. A MacArthur Symposium was held on April 28, 2015 by the PCCCF in partnership with UPAAW and the VCRT MacArthur Forum Inc. The event featured fascinating facts and tidbits about the generations of MacArthur's' relationship with the Filipino people and the sacrifices of the Filipinos during World War II.
Philippine Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge shared his deep knowledge of the subject. While MacArthur Memorial Museum Archivist James Zobel from Norfolk, Virginia, an internationally renowned scholar and speaker who recently returned from a 19-day speaking tour in the Philippines, shared his expertise and profound knowledge of the MacArthurs.
A meeting with President Benigno Aquino III
Prior to the symposium, Consul General Calonge held a briefing and gave updates to the Filipino-American leaders. He requested that Filipino American Organizations apply for accreditation. The Philippine Consulate of Chicago then invited representatives of the PCCCF, FAAWIS, UPAAW, PNAWI, FCM and FANHS to attend the Filipino community meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the JW Marriott Hotel on May 6, 2015.
The PCCCF was represented by Executive Director Gerry Ramos, Executive Secretary Jojo Ramos, Corresponding Secretary Linda Ramos and Board Member Mareta Prill.
"PABASA" - Chanting of the Passion of Christ
Holy Week at the Philippine Center with the traditional "Pabasa", the continuous chanting of the Passion of Christ from Holy Thursday to the morning of Good Friday, followed by the Stations of the Cross led by Fr. Jojo Orosa.
The Philippine Center
FREE MEDICAL CLINIC
The Free Clinic is normally open 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
Since 2000, the number of FMC patients have grown to 3,256 who had been seen 12,243 times. Free medical services by volunteer physicians headed by Dr. Violeta Singson, have to date amounted to $2,399,422 including medication and laboratory services calculated from 2010.
The Philippine Center
MUNTING TINIG CHOIR
Philippine Center MUNTING TINIG CHILDREN'S CHOIR Founder/Manager: Dr. Violeta Singson; Choir Director/Conductor: Jojo Agoncillo Ramos
The Munting Tinig choir was the major participant of the PCCCF Literacy Program. They joined other children read, learn and meet farm animals on a field trip to Roden Farms. They attended the PCCCF Children's Literacy Workshop at the Zablocki Park where new books were read and given away for free. Children from toddlers to teens took part in games such as forming words using giant scrabble pieces, tumbler games, learned and sang songs, scrambled thru castles and tunnels. For crafts, they had easter eggs and bunnies to paint.
On April 25, 2015 the Munting Tinig Choir performed and were honored with a standing ovation by the convention attendees of The Delta Kappa Gamma Sigma (WI) State Convention. Delta Kappa Gamma is an International Society of Women Educators . The event was held at the Radisson Hotel by Mayfair Mall.
On May 30, 2015, the Munting Tinig Children's Choir will hold a " Friendship Picnic Day" to foster stronger relations among the choir members. This will be held at the Philippine Center/Zablocki Park area.
As the Philippine Center has earned its place and name in the community, so has our responsibility to be more responsive towards the impoverished population. The Philippine Center Community Outreach Programs became possible through grants from the Forest Co. Potawatomi Foundation and from The New Threads of Hope. This year's projects are