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CHINA DRIVES PINOYS AWAY FROM ITS “EEZ” IN CHICAGO!

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Many baseball fans turned up Tuesday (May 16) to attend the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Reception 2017 at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois to see in person one of the honorees – Filipino American Addison W. Russell, the shortstop of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, who was to receive the Sportsman of the Year Award.

FILIPINO CULTURAL DANCE:

 

ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF State Jesse White (sixth from left) and Philippine Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge (to Secretary White’s right) join the members of the Tinikling folk dance group from the Philippine American Cultural Foundation headed by Ruben Salazar (to ConGen Calonge’s right) after their performance during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois Tuesday (May 16). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


But they were disappointed to learn when reception host Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that due to “an emergency,” Mr. Russell would not be able to make it.

 

So, the offering from the Filipino Community came down in the form of Tinikling, a popular Filipino folk dance derived from the walking/running bird, Tikling, buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis), that populates the rice paddies but had to avoid the snare or trap laid down by farmers to entangle and catch it, made up for Russell’s absence.

COMMUNITY AWARDEES:

 

JERRY B. CLARITO (second from right) is the recipient of the award for Filipino community achievement and community service among the other community awardees from Bangladeshi (Sharjeel Patel), Cambodian (Anthony Sou), Chinese (Anita Wong Lau), Indian (Jyotindra F. Patel), Indonesian (Rashley Yeremia), Japanese (Tatsu Aoki), Korean (Andrew Hong), Malaysian Catherine S. Wang), Nepalese (Tek Bahadur K C), Pakistani (Salim Jamal), Pan Asian (Lianna Dhrolia), Thai (Nancy Suvarnamani Xumsai) and Vietnamese (Michael Nguyen) communities during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration hosted by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (ninth from right) at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday, May 16. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


The Tinikling was performed by young boys and girls composed of Gabi Delson, Jenna Bacerra, Marcus Delson, Enza Lorezca, Evan Lorezca, Emry Lorezca, Pascual Teoli and Nina Teoli of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation led by Ruben Salazar.

 

Russell was supposed to receive the award as a half-Filipino, half-Black American Baseball Player of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs from Secretary of State Jesse White, who did not announce how and when he will hand the award over to Mr. Russell, which includes a non-transferable vanity plate for his car.

WITH CHICAGO COMMUNITY LEADERS:

 

FORMER CHICAGO City Hall employee Rudy Urian (center), son of Filipino old timer, the late Fred Urian, joins human rights advocate Ven Capili (extreme left) and journalist Joseph G. Lariosa during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo)


A PM (private message) sent by this reporter to Russell’s Mom, Milany Deocampo Russell, for some explanation of her son’s absence did not trigger a response. Milany’s roots are from Ma-Ayon, Capiz, a fourth-class town in Western Visayas in the Philippines, which Addison might be dreaming of visiting someday.

 

Aside from Russell, the others honored were Chinese-American Reporter Joanie Lum of Fox 32 News Chicago for the Judge Laura Cha-Yu Liu Trailblazer Award.

 

FIRST ASIAN AM ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT JUDGE

 

Judge Liu was the first Chinese American judge to serve in the state of Illinois, the first Chinese American elected to public office in Chicago and the first Asian-American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court. She died at the age of 49 last April after a five-year battle with breast cancer.


ASIAN AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL 2017:

 

CHAIRS AND MEMBERS of the Asian American Advisory Council 2017-2019 that act as liaison between the Secretary of State Jesse White and the various Asian American communities hold a photo-op with Secretary of State Jesse White (12th from right) during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. Among the members of the Filipino Community are Elizabeth Barrett, Thelma Fuentes, Mae Lant, Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, Sevilla Guffey, Mark Javier and Mark Tan. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


Another honoree was Bernarda “Bernie” Wong, founder of Chinese American Service League (CASL), for Humanitarian Service Award. CASL has provided educational programs and services to the community for almost 40 years.

 

Also honored was Martino Tangkar, 2015-2017 Chairperson/Indonesian Community, for Excellence in Leadership Award.

 

And another honoree was Indian American Smita Shah, President and CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc., who was the keynote speaker and special award recipient of Distinguished Leadership Award.

WITH AWARDEES:

 

ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF State Jesse White (third from right) poses with special awardees from right Chinese American Joanie Lum, reporter of Fox 32 News Chicago, for Judge Laura Cha-Yu Liu Trailblazer Award; Indian American Smita Shah, President and CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc. as keynote speaker and special award recipient of Distinguished Leadership Award; Mike Kasper, Judge Liu's widower, who assisted Secretary White in presenting the award; Bernarda ”Bernie” Wong, founder of Chinese American Service League, for Humanitarian Service Award, and Martino Tangkar, 2015-2017 Chairperson/Indonesian Community, for Excellence in Leadership Award during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


Fourteen members of the Asian Pacific American Communities were also recipients of community service awards, among them was the Filipino Community Award for Jerry B. Clarito. Clarito had retired as founding executive director of the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment. He also served as the national legislative director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

 

The ceremony opened with a Chinese Dragon Dance from St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, welcome remarks from Filipino American Carmen Estacio, Asian-American Liaison to the Secretary of State and Bala R. Ghimire, Reception 2017 Chairperson 2017/Nepalese Community, who introduced Ravi Baichwal, ABC 7 Chicago News Anchor, as Master of Ceremony.

WITH ARTIST:

CULTURAL ARTIST Willie R. Buhay (left), director of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, joins Philippine Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge in this photo op during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois last Tuesday (May 16). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


Presentation of Colors from Phoenix Military Academy followed with Pledge of Allegiance by Ravi Baichwal, who became a U.S. Citizen last year, and introduction of dignitaries by Yesoe Yoon and remarks of Secretary Jesse White.

 

In his remark, Secretary White hailed the Asian Pacific Americans for making “a difference in their communities. This year, the Nepalese community shares its customs and culture with us.

 

“Today, we honor a leader in engineering, a seasoned reporter, a humanitarian and a star baseball player, as well as community leaders. We salute all our honorees for the hard work, leadership and standard of excellence they demonstrated in their communities. The program also featured performances and participation by Asian Pacific American youth and local talents.”

 

Mr. White added, “Our keynote speaker, Smita Shah, is president and CEO of SPAAN Tech, Inc., one of the fastest growing tech companies according to the Inc. Magazine.


FILIPINO COMMUNITY:

MEMBERS OF THE Filipino community delegation join Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (tenth from left) and Philippine Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge (to Secretary White’s left) during the during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2017 celebration at the James R. Thompson Center Concourse Level in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


 “Chicago Cubs Infielder Addison Russell is being honored for his athletic accomplishments as a member of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series champions.

 

“It is a privilege to welcome and celebrate the legacies of all of our award recipients today. I look forward to the continued success of Illinois’ outstanding Asian Pacific American community. Thank you for joining in the commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and best wishes for a bright tomorrow.”

 

Carmen Estacio introduced the 2017 Asian-American Advisory Council while Jin Lee of the 2016 Reception Chairperson/Korean Community announced the Appreciation Award while Paul H. Luu of the 2018 Reception Chairperson/Vietnamese Community delivered the closing remarks. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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