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December 2015

Performing for the Pope

Michael Thomas Crisostomo Hey, son of Tom Hey and Christine Crisostomo Hey, was the organist for a Vespers service at Saint Patrick's Cathedral and a Mass at Madison Square Garden, both of which were celebrated by Pope Francis during his visit to New York City on his US tour this past September. 

At Madison Square Garden, he was sitting just a few feet behind the pontiff. Michael was also seen on national TV in several close-ups on CNN, NBC, and other stations that covered the event. Rumors of the Pope's visit only surfaced in February but were not confirmed until much later, leaving just two weeks for the dozens of musical works to be prepared by Michael and the other singers and musicians. Although Michael had to stay focused on his part of the ceremonies, he describes the experience as "unbelievable" and didn't think that he'd be playing for the Pope "in a million years". Although people are quick to say that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Michael hopes the Pope will return.

Michael played for many Filipino community events in the Milwaukee area during his teenage years, including Simbang Gabi, Asian Unity, and Santacruzan.

Wilson Center Announces Winners of its Guitar Competition  & Festival

Mark Mendoza, a 17 year old Whitefish Bay senior and the son of Manny and Angie Mendoza won a third place award in the rock/blues competition.
     First place was awarded to Frank Cara of Salerno, Italy and second place went to Chris Schuck of Brookfield.
The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre festival that features four different competitions—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical.
     Winners of the third annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival were announced on Saturday, Aug. 15. It's a three-day event featured 59 guitarists from 14 countries competing for cash prizes.
Congratulations Mark from your Bakalz family and friends! 

Munting Lapis Neighborhood Center Receives 501(c)(3) Status

Mark and Zeny Diaz Zinski have recently received 501(c)(3) status for their non-profit Munting Lapis Neighborhood Center Inc. Please visit their web site at www.muntinglapis.org.

Munting Lapis is a neighborhood after-school center based in Zeny’s hometown of Cagayan de Oro in Northern Mindanao.

Since 2008 the daily walk-in center has been providing homework assistance, feeding programs, school and hygiene supplies, online reading programs, and tuition assistance for disadvantaged children.

Brookfield Hosts National Stickfighting Championships

Submitted By:  Sue Sipin

The nation's best practitioners of the Filipino martial arts converged on Brookfield October 30-31 to fight for a place on the US National Stickfighting team. Members of the Global Stick and Blade Alliance from 19 schools across the United States demonstrated their skill at weapons-based forms and full-contact fighting. The top finishers in each division became eligible to compete at the World Stickfighting Championships, to be held in July 2016 in Hawaii.
    Milwaukee's Four Winds Martial Arts sent 12 competitors to the National Championships, bringing home 18 gold medals, 6 silver, and three bronze medals. Local members of the Filipino-American community from Four Winds who competed in the tournament included Kyan Davantes, age 11, of Pewaukee, who earned three gold medals; Christian Holmes, age 12, of Third Lake, IL, who earned two gold and two silver medals; Jaden Davantes, age 14, of Pewaukee, who earned three gold medals; and Marshall Caluya, age 44, of Franklin, who earned two gold medals and a bronze medal. Caluya, a professional fire dancer, also choreographed the haka that the US team will perform at the world tournament. 
     Four Winds is headed by Grandmaster Thomas Sipin, an internationally recognized leader in promoting the Filipino martial arts, and his son Master Kelii Sipin. Grandmaster Sipin learned Eskrima from his father Isidro Sipin, who hailed from Illocos Sur, and later learned Doce Pares Eskrima from Diony Canete in Cebu. Mr. Sipin was a founding board member of the PCCCF and is a long-time supporter of the Philippine Center.
mily and friends!

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     Instructing since 1972 and with 27-years in Law Enforcement, we have trained Military, Law Enforcement, Security Officers and Civilians in the U.S., Europe and Asia in all levels of force. From hands and feet, impact and edged weapons, to handguns, shotguns and rifles. If your need for effective self-defense becomes real, where you go to prepare can be the most important decision you ever make.

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PNAWI Happenings
Submitted By: Gem Cubos

The Philippine Nurses Association of Wisconsin announces the new Executive Board of 2016-2018 led by incoming president: Marilyn Mallari, and board members namely:  Sarah Austria, Shelardino Capitan, Virna Daquioag, Nieves Soriano,  Maria Tilistyak, Pam Marcelino, Rowena Poticar, Jackie Tulod, Minnie Parbs and Abegail Mira. 
     The official oath taking ceremony took place during the PNAWI Annual Holiday party on December 5, 2015, at Froedtert Hospital Cancer Center Conference M. The event was graced by distinguished speaker and inducting officer, Bessie Schiroky, Philippine Nurses Association of America Regional Vice President for the North Central Region who came all the way from Ohio for the occasion. She shared her PNAA experiences and talked about her plans for the region. She emphasized the importance of PNAWI on the north as a strategic PNAA presence near non- represented northern states of the NCR like the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. Gem Cubos, current PNAWI president, who ends her term on January 2016 was awarded a PNAA Certificate of Appreciation along with members of her executive board. 
    Other PNAA guests in attendance during this event were: Bryan Ranchero of PNA Illinois and Manelita Dayon of PNA Northwestern Indiana. Bessie Schiroky and Manelita Dayon entertained the crowd with Christmas carols. On December 4, 2015, there was a special nurses meeting with guest speaker PNAA President-elect, Dino Doliente III. Miss Bessie Schiroky and Bryan Ranchero were also on hand to show support.
     PNAWI had a successful Spooktacular Fest fundraiser on October 31, 2015 at the Philippine Center. It was a glitzy, frightfully fun night with a sold out crowd.  Guests enjoyed raffles, games, trick or treat for the kids and the best costume contests judged  by Tom Hey, Cream Pepito and JoAnne Capitan. The winners of the different categories of the costume competition were: Jun Visalda as King of the Night, Rosita Marcelino as Queen of the Night, Sharmaine Cruz as Princess of the Night and Jason Mira as Prince of the Night.  
     Acknowledgement goes to the generosity of donors: Platinum sponsor: Dr. Violeta Singson  and Gold sponsors: Edgar and Rehmie Azcueta, Alvin and Sheila Jackson, Drs. John and Evalynne Pickeral, Dr. Jazmin Parcon, Michael Soriano,  Jojo and Gerry Ramos, FAAWIS and Dr. Jerry Vinluan. And silver sponsors namely: Jake and Zen Edralin, Mareta Prill, Dr. Rowena Punzalan, Dr. Ruben Romero and UPAAW. PNAWI has been very visible in the Fil-Am Milwaukee scene. They will be hosting a Simbang Gabi night on December 19, 2015, at Our Lady of Lourdes, Milwaukee.

Visit the Philippine Center Website for their complete programs/activities schedule at www.philippinecenter.org

The Philippine Center is located at the Zablocki Park Pavilion
3717 W. Howard Avenue, Greenfield, WI.
Ninette Santos Youth Dancer Appreciation Award

Submitted by: Sheila Jackson

This year FAAWIS proudly presented the Ninette Santos Youth Appreciation Award to Clarisse Rebancos.  Clarisse was awarded a plaque and $250 to recognize her achievements.  She has been involved with the FAAWIS  Sampaquita and Liwayway dance groups for 9 years.
     Clarisse represented the Filipino youth group in the Holiday Folk Fair fund raising event.  In addition, she has actively participated in other fund raising events including the Typhoon Fund Raiser at Woodridge church, the Breast Cancer walk, the Heart Walk and the walk for ALS.  She also was involved in the  dance performed during the Marquette Woman’s basketball collaboration.
     Clarisse has many other interests.  She was involved in sports such as track, tennis and poll vault while in high school.  In addition, she’s been active at church and has taught catechist to 3rd graders for 2 years.  In spite of all these activities, Clarisse graduated as a top student in her class.
     Currently she is a freshmen at UW Madison pursuing a degree in biology with hopes to become a physician assistant

FAAWIS Youth Carolers Spread Joy
and Cookies

Over two days, seventeen Fil-Am youth, largely from the FAAWIS Dance Troupes, and five adults gathered to bake cookies and spread holiday cheer.
     They caroled to several long time members of FAAWIS, and gave each a plate full of home-made Christmas cookies and a home-made Parol.
     A video of their December 12th caroling visit to Mrs. Eliza Piana can be found on the the FAAWIS facebook page.

Dr. Asuncion Mitra, APA Society for the Psychology of Women Awardee

At the APA Convention, Dr. Austria also participated as Chair of the Fellows Committee for the APA Society for the Psychology of Women.  She also presented the award to the winner of the 2015 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished Service, having been the 2014 awardee. 
    Finally, Dr. Richard Suinn, past President of APA, was the winner of the Asuncion Miteria Austria and John Robinson Distinguished Mentoring Award. This award was created by the Society of the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race in honor of Drs. Austria and Robinson for their distinguished contributions to the governance of the American Psychological Association and for their outstanding mentoring of ethnic minority psychologists into governance roles. The award is given annually at the American Psychological Annual Convention.
 A recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from Cardinal Stritch University, Dr. Austria’s recent co-edited books are Religion and Spirituality for Diverse Women (Praeger, 2014) and Handbook of Mentoring for Women Mentors (Praeger, 2010).
Dr. Austria, a Fellow of five APA Divisions, is Chair of the Finance Committee as well as the Investment Committee for the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. 

MHS Health Presents Carolina Conti, MD, with 8th Annual Summit Award

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MHS Health Wisconsin (MHS Health), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, presented its 8th Annual Summit Award to Carolina Conti, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician in Milwaukee.
     The award acknowledges healthcare professionals for providing exemplary care and clinical excellence to MHS Health members throughout Wisconsin.  A single award is presented annually.
     "MHS Health Wisconsin is committed to recognizing healthcare professionals for the excellent care they provide to our members," said Robert Lyon, MD, chief medical officer for MHS Health. "We are pleased to recognize Dr. Conti for the ongoing contributions she makes to improve the care, quality and long-term health outcomes of our members."
     Winners of the annual Summit Award demonstrate superior performance in areas such as:
     Establishing a "patient-centered medical home" for new enrollees by promoting the member-primary-care-physician relationship. In the medical home model, each person has a primary care provider, who manages all healthcare needs throughout the patient's life.
Routine preventive and well-care services for both adults and children.
     Open access to appointments and follow-up care after emergency room and hospital visits.
Dr. Conti received her award Oct. 16.

Simbang Gabi 2015

The Friends of FAAWIS would like to thank The Filipino Catholic Ministry and St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greendale for the opportunity to hold Mass and Sponsor Fellowship on Friday, December 18th during the fourth day of Simbang Gabi.
     Special thanks to Father Aaron Esch and Father Jojo Orosa our Mass concelebrants, the Simbang Gabi choir, our Mass and Fellowship volunteers, and our organizers Divina Wells and Zen Edralin for making this a special day during the novena.
     About 250 guests joined for a meal in fellowship after the Mass.

FANHS 2015 Thank You Letter

The Filipino American National Historical Society Wisconsin Chapter had an amazing year with Asian Festival at the Lakefront, the Arts and Crafts booth at the Holiday Folk Fair, the Filipino American History Month Initiative in Washington D.C., and in Wisconsin, the FANHS Midwest Conference in Illinois, the Barnes and Noble fundraising Gift Wrapping.

Thank you to those involved from FANHS-WI especially to P. Emraida Kiram, Clemmie Frommer, Angeli Varona Camara, Susan and Edgar Fabian and family, Sonia and Roger Anderson and family, Edna and Rei Lesada, Mary Rediske and Becky Woods family, Rene and Connie Clemente, Norma and Dorothy Clemente, Mila Lamerand, Miriam, Eli and Sam Amador, Debbie Tewes, Jason Hood, Marc Millan, David Uy, Jan Rossell, and Isabel Piana to name a few.

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