Chicago’s Filipino community celebrates Piyesta at Navy Pier!

Chicago’s Filipino community celebrates Piyesta at Navy Pier!


JP Jael
FACHIC Collaborations Volunteer

Ruben Salazar, 630-379-9636
Adeline Fajardo, 630-580-9069
Louella Cabalona, 708-528-6321
Yvonne T. Hortillo, 773-817-3495

Chicago’s Filipino community celebrates Piyesta at Navy Pier!

Chicago, IL — March 20, 2012.  Celebrate the tradition of the Filipino
piyesta at Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World performance series
at “Piyesta Pinoy” on Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 12 PM to 5 PM at
Crystal Gardens!  Admission is free.

While already part of the Chicago Children’s Museum’s yearly Passport
to the World series, this is the first time the Philippines is
featured at Navy Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World series honoring
Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods and cultural diversity. The famous
Crystal Gardens are located on the same floor as the Chicago
Children’s Museum. “Piyesta Pinoy” is a landmark opportunity to learn
about Philippine culture and traditions, and the meet the community
currently living in Chicago.

Piyesta” is the Filipino translation for celebration, fiesta and
festival. In the Philippines, every town and village throws a yearly a
festival to honor a patron saint, to celebrate a bountiful harvest or
to just have fun. “Piyesta Pinoy” adds to the Chicago Filipino
Community’s beloved traditions, usually celebrated in the summer as a
reminder of the homeland climate, but acknowledging our adopted
country by celebrating in the spring.

“We have several outdoor events in the summer such as the Philippine
Independence picnic in June and the Adobofest in September. This will
be the first time that we will gather and celebrate in the spring time
for a huge Philippine festival and what could be a better place to
hold a fiesta in April than indoors in a garden setting at Navy Pier’s
Crystal Gardens,” said festival organizer Ruben Salazar of the
Philippine American Cultural Foundation.

Performances include the Chicago premiere of Universal Records
Philippines recording artist Jay R, with additional performances by
the Chicago Angklung & Rondalla Ensemble, hip hop dance group Cryptic
Movement Crew, De Paul Asian Cultural Exchange, Hataw Pinoy, Hinsdale
FilAm SDA Rondalla, hip hop duo IL Empire, Jeremy Calimag, Lane Tech
Kapamilya Habang Buhay, Loyola Kapwa Cultural, PACF Performing Arts,
folk fusion band SamaSama Project, St. Isidore Simbang Gabi Dance
Crew, Sulyap Pilipino Cultural Dance Company, and Transfiguration
Dance Troupe. Winners of University of Illinois at Chicago’s Battle of
the Bamboo contest are also scheduled to perform!  Philippine Consul
General Leo Herrera-Lim will give an address. It will be a lively
afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and
local folk arts.

GMA Pinoy TV is bringing R&B singer Jay-R to Chicago from the
Philippines to sing in a segment called “Party Pilipinas in Chicago.”
The Philippines’ Platinum Prince of Soul’s career includes singing,
songwriting, record-producing, acting and even modelling. Currently,
he hosts GMA Pinoy TV’s variety show “Party Pilipinas”, and the host
of the Philippine adaptation of dating game show, “Take Me Out”. To
know more about Jay-R, visit his site at and

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC)
will have an interactive, outreach booth for the whole family with
free giveaways including Filipino heart healthy recipes, health
education and activities for children.

Philippine Fest Chicago is presented by Navy Pier in partnership with
the Consulate General of the Philippines and the Philippine American
Cultural Foundation and the sponsorship of GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV,
Comcast and Xfinity. The 2012 Piyesta Pinoy committee in collaboration
with several other sponsors, donors, supporters, artists, performers
and volunteers are working together to make this festival successful.
”We would like to invite you, your families and friends to celebrate
and be part of a fiesta, the Philippine traditional way we call
“Piyesta Pinoy” right here in Chicago at Crystal Gardens in Navy
Pier,” said Salazar.

For more information, visit the Piyesta Web site.

The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC)
is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic
leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.
The mission of FACHIC is to increase awareness of Filipino health
disparities and to implement health interventions and educational
programming to improve the health status of the Filipino community.
FACHIC is a 501(c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization. All programs
and services are free and available to all. For more information,