A Recap: MacArthur Memorial
Week June 3-7, 2014
By Patrick Sommer
The PCCCF Munting Tinig Children's Choir in their colorful costumes at the MacArthur Memorial Week Celebration June 7th. The children sang: "Ako'y Munting Tinig" I Am But A Small Voice; Tomorrow; God Bless America and Old Soldiers Never .
Filipino-Americans in Milwaukee and surrounding areas celebrated MacArthur Memorial Week (MMW) on June 3-7 under the leadership of VCRT through the War Memorial Center. MMW was a significant event involving international and national speakers, prominent guests and official representatives from the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
Filipino-Americans from different organizations attended the events throughout the week and were also active participants and collaborators in making the celebration a success. Highlights included:
A presentation by James Zobel and Cream Pepito on "Behind Enemy Lines" operations in the Philippines before MacArthur's return from Australia. Also featured was a special appearance by Milwaukee area resident Louis Crisostomo, a spy and member of the Allied Intelligence Bureau who gathered intelligence instrumental to the rescue of POWs from the University of Santo Tomas Internment Camp.
A presentation by Deputy Consul Victor Romulo Israel on the Evolving Relationship between the Philippines and the United States.
Eric Wertheim presenting an eye-popping comparative analysis of naval forces in the Pacific including the Philippines in relation to China.
A careful account by Vice-Consul Ricarte Abejuela of the Impact of MacArthur in the Philippines in a panel discussion with consuls from Australia, South Korea and Japan.
A standing-ovation rendition of “America the Beautiful" by Sheila Jackson and the FAAWIS dancers performing the Carinosa and Tinikling. These performers entertained a packed pavilion in the Milwaukee Art Museum with the Australian Ambassador in the audience.
Speeches by various community leaders in honor and remembrance of Jean Faircloth MacArthur, her impact on General Douglas MacArthur and her influence in preserving the MacArthur Legacy.
The "PCCCF Munting Tinig Choir" in a heart warming presentation and a special performance of "Old Soldiers Never Die" with Calvin Sommer performing as General Douglas MacArthur under the direction of Jojo Ramos and Dr. Violeta Singson.
The MacArthur statue move to the lakefront, rededication ceremony and a solemn wreath laying by consular representatives from the Philippines, South Korea, Australia and Japan.
Guests in the above programs were touched by the sincerity in the partnership between the Filipino-American community and the organizers of MMW. Eric Wertheim, a defense consultant in Washington, D.C., asked if a similarly organized Filipino representation exists in the D.C., area. Members of the VCRT also marveled at the Filipino passion to explore the role of MacArthur in our history.
There were several logistical issues encountered during the week that created some inconveniences. Such things made Chas Mulcahy, MMW leader, even more grateful of the Filipino-American community's contribution and support of MacArthur Memorial Week.
This event, as a whole, opens up opportunities for more collaboration in the future. The Filipino-American community is rightfully proud of its history and should even be more proud of the legacy of relationships and opportunities it's able to build for future generations.
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> PNA-WI Happenings (7/14)
> The UST Singers in Wisconsin (7/14)
> UPAAW celebrates 40th Anniversary (7/14)
> The Value Our Heritage Committee (7/14)
> Francisco "Kiko" Ramos, FAAWIS Youth Scholarship Recipient (4/14)
> FAAWIS Bowling 2014 (4/14)
> Sharing Our Heritage at the Mardi Gras of Cultures (4/14)
> A super typhoon created a Superhero (4/14)
> Celebrating Zen's Retirement (4/14)
> FAAWIS New Years' Eve Party (1/14)> 'Twas the Christmas with Santa (1/14)
> Holiday Folk Fair (1/14)
> Friends of FAAWIS Simbang Gabi (1/14)
> FAAWIS Dance Group Upcoming Performances (1/14)
> Mareta Prill - 2013 Outstanding Community Service Awardee (1/14)
> An Interview with FAAWIS Board Member Amy Schemenauer (1/14)
NEWS & EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY:
> Dr. Asuncion Austria, available for mentoring/coaching (9/05)