Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ms. Flerida Rizza Convite-Antonov From Beauty Pageants to Ballroom Dancing


December 16, 2012
She’s got style. She’s got class. And she has beauty and brains. She is in a league of her own – apart from the other ladies we’ve met in the Filipino community here in Chicago.
When she competed and won the title Mrs. Philippines in 2006, the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, Inc. (FACC) knew that she will carry her title with grace and dignity. She will go down in history as the longest reigning Mrs. Philippines of FACC. Rizza was the last to be crowned as Mrs. Philippines under the banner of FACC. Continue reading

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Lydia Alberto Rhoton marks husband, Don’s 1st anniversary of passing,


December 16, 2012
Niles, IL. Fresh from her recent Philippine vacation, Lydia Rhoton summoned her Chicago family and friends to a dinner at Lone Tree Manor in Niles, IL on December 1st to celebrate the 1st anniversary of her husband Don Rhoton’s passing. Continue reading

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Leticia Birao Freihaut


December 16, 2012
A saying goes, “Life begins at forty.” If fifty is the new forty, then sixty is the new fifty. Following this line of thinking then, life for retirees has only just begun! I’d like to think, it is, too, for Leticia Birao Freihaut, whose work as a Chicago Public School teacher at George Armstrong School of International Studies has come to a full stop just recently. Having thus retired, Leticia must now be looking at a leisurely life, a time away with her husband Bart in a familiar island with its serene beaches and fresh air, where time stands still and people cast their cares and worries to the wind. Continue reading

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Mdme. Fe Lagrosa Hermosa


December 16, 2012
A woman of style and achievement. Elegant with a lot of class. Madame Fe has graced the covers of our local magazines quite a few times but every time she does, she brings something new to it. I have featured her a number of times in a few outlets, yet, she continues to amaze readers with her grace and elegance. Going over her well organized and journalized mementos in her home always reminds me of the need to have our own Philippine museum here in Chicago. Her compilation of early pictures and stories of their life – from their humble beginnings to the present – arranged in chronological order is priceless. Continue reading

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Weng Sanson


December 16, 2012
She might as well be the choice for Gintong Pamana’s Melchora Aquino Award in Nursing, 2012 for her excellent nursing skills, devotion to nursing and the numerous significant positions and awards she has received in the nursing profession. Continue reading

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Cornelio “Ely” Natividad Recipient, P.E.S.O. Outstanding Engineer Award


December 16, 2012
Cornelio “Ely” Natividad, loving husband to Dr. Evelyn de Asis Natividad and doting father of three accomplished professionals, namely: Hannah, Heidi and Cornelio II, is also an engineer, entrepreneur, real estate investor, TV co-producer, former professor, civic leader and community volunteer. Just recently, at the 39th anniversary ball of PESO (Philippine Engineers and Scientists Organization), Ely Natividad was honored with the Outstanding Engineer award. Continue reading

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LOIDA NICOLAS LEWIS 


December 16, 2012
New York, NY (December 10, 2012) – Filipino-American community leader and New York businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis recently gathered an overflow crowd of luminaries from the business and political worlds from across America to the prestigious Harvard Club in New York City to honor the 25th Anniversary of her late husband Reginald F. Lewis’ landmark Billion-Dollar Acquisition of the Beatrice International Foods company which covered businesses of 64 companies in 31 countries. Continue reading

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Fiscal Cliff Russian Roulette: Is It The Right Way Forward ?


by Paul Ballard
November 1, 2011Fiscal Cliff Russian Roulette: Is It The Right Way Forward ?

After Thanksgiving turkey, I watched my nephews play a video game on TV. It required nerve and skill, or else one side, or the world, collapses. And they did several times! As I watched, I saw parallels to the Fiscal Cliff game now played by our political leaders in Washington D.C. Continue reading

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My Inner Reflections of Life


by Ting Joven-Giovanelli
December 16, 2011
The serenity of sunrise at dawn and the setting sun at the end of the day always take my breath away. Somehow, my affinity to these wonders of life was conceived when I was a growing child in the care of my maternal grandmother. Continue reading

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China’s Mining Occupation of the Philippines


by Rodel Rodis
December 1, 2011
While China’s brazen occupation of the Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal, located just 125 nautical miles from Masinloc, Zambales, has captured all the national and international attention, little has been mentioned about China’s occupation of the Philippine mining industry which is an entirely different issue from the Filipino Chinese (“Chinoys”) domination of the Philippine economy. Continue reading

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