TACLOBAN RISE! Souvenir program

Here’s what’s scheduled for tonight’s TACLOBAN RISE! Haiyan Naperville Fundraiser .

Click here for the PDF file.

Maraming salamat to our donors and sponsorts – the fundraiser could not have been possible without their generosity:

Donors and Sponsors:

  • Angel Healthcare
  • Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe
  • Belgio’s Catering
  • Bernardo Marigmen
  • Bertha Morihlatko & Rebecca Vonlunen
  • Biaggi’s Restaurant
  • Cermack Fresh Market
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Christine Darmofa of Perfectly Posh
  • Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe
  • Elements Therapeutic Spa
  • Healthy and Happy Living Inc – an authorized SaladMaster dealer
  • Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations
  • Girley Espino of Joley’s Gems
  • Mayorlago Family
  • Millan Family, Bolingbrook
  • Philippine American Cultural Foundation
  • Rexcrisanto Delson
  • Samasama Project
  • Sam’s Club
  • Cindy Lopez with Signature Events & Design
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Church
  • Top Note Music Academy
  • Uncle Mike’s Place
  • Walmart
  • WZG Home Inspection

TACLOBAN RISE presents: Orlando Cabalona, Sr.

Catch the following performer at the Tacloban Rise: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser!

orlando_cabalonaOrlando Cabalona, Sr.
Chicago, IL

An amazing pianist who honed his craft by watching his classically trained grandfather secretly and imitating him play behind his back. In the Philippines, he was the 1st musician Yamaha commissioned in Visayas to showcase the Yamaha one-man band organ. In the 70s, he would frequently fly to Cebu and Davao from Tacloban for shows at the Allerton Hotel and big restaurants and cafes in the city and eventually got invited to perform in Osaka, Japan which he did for 3 years before they migrated to the US. In his 66 years of life, he has shared his talent to a lot of groups not seeking anything back in return. Most importantly, he has impart-ed his passion to all his children who are accomplished musicians in their own right. What he loves best is play music with the people close to his heart – his family and his friends.

Visit the following links to learn more:

TACLOBAN RISE presents: Annivar Salgado

Catch the following performer at the Tacloban Rise: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser!

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Annivar Salgado 
Chicago, IL
Editor, film journalist, host/presenter and line producer from Darien, IL.
TACLOBAN RISE: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser Host

Puerto Rican. Born in Chicago. US Navy Vet (1973-1979, Lifetime member VFW) Producer/Director/Writer/Editor of television and corporate videos for more than 25 years. (7 Telly awards, 3 Emmy Nominations, Excellence in Media Award recipient) Stand up comic for over 9 years. Award winning Lyricist. Percussionist. Bi-lingual-spanish. Dancer. A/V coordinator. Married to Doris for 32 years, with two great kids, Andrew and Armand (26 yrs and 22 yrs) Avid basketball fan!

Visit the following links to learn more:

TACLOBAN RISE: Your program awaits!

Our performer timeslots are now out!

This event is in partnership with Samasama Project and the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit.

Scroll below to check when your favorite performer is scheduled onstage. Come early or on time, celebrate Mass first or stay the whole while! Maraming salamat for supporting ILPRO’s mission of assisting rebuilding efforts after typhoon Haiyan.

Maraming salamat to our sponsors and donors, without whose support this fundraiser, ILPRO’s second for the year, would not have been possible:

Donors and Sponsors:

  • Angel Healthcare
  • Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe
  • Belgio’s Catering
  • Bernardo Marigmen
  • Bertha Morihlatko & Rebecca Vonlunen
  • Biaggi’s Restaurant
  • Cermack Fresh Market
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Christine Darmofa of Perfectly Posh
  • Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe
  • Elements Therapeutic Spa
  • Healthy and Happy Living Inc – an authorized SaladMaster dealer
  • Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations
  • Girley Espino of Joley’s Gems
  • Mayorlago Family
  • Millan Family, Bolingbrook
  • Philippine American Cultural Foundation
  • Rexcrisanto Delson
  • Samasama Project
  • Sam’s Club
  • Cindy Lopez with Signature Events & Design
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Church
  • Top Note Music Academy
  • Uncle Mike’s Place
  • Walmart
  • WZG Home Inspection

Quick Links: 

  • Service booths: Party Fun Entertainment, Postcards to Tacloban
  • Vendor booths: Tastefully Simple, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Thirty-One Consultant, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Origami Owl Line, Usborne Books, It Works Body Wrap
  • List of raffle and auction items. Please bid generously!
  • Sponsors: Mayorlago Family, Bertha Morihlatko and Roberta Vonlunen, Germino, Angel Healthcare
  • RSVP here. See you on the 1st!
TIME PERFORMER
3:00 p.m. Welcome remarks by organizer Telly Yumping
3:10 p.m. Carlos “Smooth” Cousiño
3:20 p.m. Twist of Faith
4:00 p.m. Tevaga Family Hawaiian Dancers
4:10 p.m. Twist of Faith
4:30 p.m. Orlando Cabalona, Sr.
4:45 p.m. Special Guest
5:00 p.m. No Limits Band
5:20 p.m. Special Presentation: Watts of Love
5:30 p.m. AJ Molina
5:40 p.m. Bless Castro Peterson
5:50 p.m. Priane Gunabe
6:05 p.m. Samasama Project
6:25 p.m. TJ Medel
6:35 p.m. Slide presentation with Dr. Ariel Tolentino and Baron Cabalona
6:50 p.m. Raffle and auction announcements

TACLOBAN RISE presents: Watts of Love

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In support of similar projects with like-minded goals to ILPRO, we’d like to introduce WATTS OF LOVE, a global solar lighting nonprofit committed to empowering the poorest of the poor in the darkest regions of the world. Their mission is to provide sustainable, safe, and reliable lighting products.

Before typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban was ranked in the top 10 Philippine cities in 2010. After the typhoon, much of the city is unrecognizable. And this is Tacloban, a large city – what more countless small towns whose needs may still remain unmet to this day, 13 weeks after the disaster?

One of those smaller islands is Bantayan Island, in northern Cebu, in barangay Sillon. After the typhoon destroyed their home, a mother of 13 waits out the storm with her seven youngest children in a large clay pot. Here are the words of a Watts of Love volunteer, Kevin Kuster, as shared on Watts of Love‘s Facebook page:

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Photo courtesy of Watts of Love.

Kevin here. Although there are many stories to tell in the past two weeks, I feel the need to share this one particular story as I get ready to leave the Philippines.

During Typhoon Haiyan, this woman and her smallest 7 of 13 children stayed in this water jar for protection! Their bamboo hut was completely destroyed and this was the only place for them to hide from the storm and huge crashing bamboo trees.

When I told her she was very brave she said, “No! God is good!” 

Amazing! I knew at that moment that she would be a Watts of Love recipient and that God had brought me directly to her. What I didn’t know was that her husband and 5 oldest children had gone to the church for protection. She and the smallest 7 children did not. When I gave her the solar light, she teared up and began thanking God. 

Now here is the the amazing part of the story! Prior to the storm, she didn’t attend church. She said that after the storm, she knew that God had saved her and her children from death. She decided that from now on, she would always serve God in her “new life!”  

Today, no matter where you are or what problems you might be facing, there is ALWAYS a reason to be thankful. Find the reason in your life to be thankful, focus on it and give thanks. I promise it will change your heart and circumstances.

Whether you are faith-based, there is still much work to be done.

Founder Nancy Economou will speak about their mission and projects at the Feb. 1 TACLOBAN RISE fundraiser. Visit them online at wattsoflove.org

TACLOBAN RISE: Performers, prizes, vendors, oh my!

We have quite a line up prepared for you this Saturday, Feb. 1 at the TACLOBAN RISE: Haiyan Naperville Fundraiser!

Click here for our performer time slots!

Maraming salamat to the following for sharing your talent!

HOSTS: 

CONFIRMED PERFORMERS: 

ARTIST BOOTHS: 

Baron Cabalona's postcard artwork donation to ILPRO's Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Baron Cabalona’s postcard artwork donation to ILPRO’s Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Isabel Gilles, "Untitled." Postcards to Tacloban

Isabel Gilles’s postcard artwork donation to ILPRO’s Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Party Fun Entertainment

Catch the following ARTIST BOOTH at the Feb. 1 fair: Party Fun Entertainment!

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VENDORS:

  • Tastefully Simple
  • Scentsy Wickless Candles
  • Thirty-One Consultant
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Origami Owl Line
  • Usborne Books
  • It Works Body Wrap

 SILENT AUCTION: 

  • Joley’s Gems
  • Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah SIGNED and FRAMED picture
  • Two (2) $200 gift certificates from Top Note Music Academy
  • Two (2) $25 gift card from Wal-Mart
  • Six (6) Bernardo Marigmen Tovoli Neckwears 100% silk boxed, $85-$100 value each
  • Two (2) Bernardo Marigmen art prints
  • Agustina Diez Sierra, “Beliefs Around Quiapo,” mixed media shadowbox of found objects from Quiapo, Manila, Philippines.
  • One (1) JOSE Art print
  • One (1) $50 gift certificate from Uncle Mike’s Place

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Joley’s Gems by Girley Espino

Joakim Noah Autographed Photo

Autographed photo of Joakim Noah, courtesy of the Chicago Bulls

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"Beliefs Around Quiapo" by Agustina Diez Sierra

“Beliefs Around Quiapo”
Mixed media, stuff brought from the Quiapo market, Manila, Philippines.
| 2’ x 2’ | $600

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Bernardo Marigmen, “A Sunday Afternoon”
16″x16″, limited edition print, individually signed and numbered by the artist

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Bernardo Marigmen, “A Blind Woman Rinsing Her Hair”
16″x22″, limited edition print, individually signed and numbered by the artist. A raffle item at the HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC + ARTS FAIR, Jan. 25.

RAFFLE: 

Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within

Up for raffle: Two (2) SIGNED copies of Rexcrisanto Delson’s “Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within”!

Ball Factory Indoor Play Cafe

Up for raffle: Four (4) all-day passes to Ball Factory Indoor Play and Cafe!

Cermak Fresh Market

Up for raffle: Two (2) $25 Cermak Fresh Market gift cards!

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Up for raffle: One (1) basket of Perfectly Posh!

PROGRAM BOOK SPONSORS:

  • Germino
  • Angel Healthcare
  • Mayorlago Family
  • Bertha Morihlatko and Roberta Vonlunen

SPONSORS: 

  • Angel Healthcare
  • Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe
  • Belgio’s Catering
  • Bernardo Marigmen
  • Bertha Morihlatko & Rebecca Vonlunen
  • Biaggi’s Restaurant
  • Cermack Fresh Market
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Christine Darmofa of Perfectly Posh
  • Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe
  • Elements Therapeutic Spa
  • Healthy and Happy Living Inc – an authorized SaladMaster dealer
  • Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations
  • Girley Espino of Joley’s Gems
  • Mayorlago Family
  • Millan Family, Bolingbrook
  • Philippine American Cultural Foundation
  • Rexcrisanto Delson
  • Samasama Project
  • Sam’s Club
  • Cindy Lopez with Signature Events & Design
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Church
  • Top Note Music Academy
  • Uncle Mike’s Place
  • Walmart
  • WZG Home Inspection

RSVP to attend! Click here. Hope to see you there!

TACLOBAN RISE presents: Agustina Diez Sierra

Catch the following artist at the Tacloban Rise: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser!

"Beliefs Around Quiapo" by Agustina Diez Sierra

“Beliefs Around Quiapo”
Mixed media, stuff brought from the Quiapo market, Manila, Philippines.
| 2’ x 2’ | $600

Agustina Diez Sierra
Chicago, IL
Artist donation for auction, “Beliefs Around Quiapo”

Me llamo Agustina Diez Sierra. I am a Cultural Artist. I’ve been living in Chicago for nine years but am originally from Salta, a province in northwest Argentina along the foothills of the Andean range. In Salta we embrace traditional customs and cultural art because they allow us to experience the world through the eyes of our ancestors. My art follows this legacy and attempts to capture the emotions of my most inspired moments.

I find inspiration from traveling and immersing myself in other cultures, and attempt to translate those experiences through art. I believe connecting with the earth and its people is life’s greatest reward because it gives us a sense of community and belonging. But I don’t believe in perfection of things. As far as I know, the only thing that approaches perfection is living a full life, which we can choose to either enjoy or destroy. Nature and life amaze me every day. We can’t belong to this world unless we appreciate what goes on around us. It’s incredible what Mother Earth, “Pachamama” offers us every morning, and I am grateful to her for giving me the moments, the time, and the sounds.

I am a Cultural Artist. Art to me is the power to let go and create a bridge that connects moments and feelings. It is the freedom to merge various art forms from every culture I visit. It is being constantly open to new ways of understanding and interpreting. Every piece of my art carries a deep message shown in different mediums. I want people to realize that we live in a jungle. We’re running like a clock, constantly being chased by the speed of life. I want you to step out of the race and into a place where time does not exist and the order of things is hidden.

I’ve always been curious about immigrants, women’s rights, roots, and traditions, and they tend to be subjects of my work. Art is my celebration of life, a voice for those who can’t be heard, a change of pace seeking to make the difference and help liberate the repressed feelings in this world.

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TACLOBAN RISE presents: Bernardo Marigmen

Catch the following artist at the Tacloban Rise: Naperville Haiyan Fundraiser!

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Bernardo Marigmen, “A Sunday Afternoon”
16″x16″, limited edition print, individually signed and numbered by the artist. A raffle item at the HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC + ARTS FAIR, Jan. 25.

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Bernardo Marigmen, “A Blind Woman Rinsing Her Hair”
16″x22″, limited edition print, individually signed and numbered by the artist. A raffle item at the HAIYAN FUNDRAISER MUSIC + ARTS FAIR, Jan. 25.

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Personally crafted neckwear hand painted by Bernardo Marigmen on blankets of 100% silk and then hand sewn. Each limited edition design is one of only two dozen and individually signed and numbered by the artist. Made in the U.S.A.

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Bernardo Marigmen 
Chicago, IL
Artist donation for auction, “A Sunday Afternoon”, “A Blind Woman Rinsing Her Hair” and six (6) Tovoli Neckwear ties.

Up for auction are six (6) Bernardo Marigmen original ties, complete with boxes. Valued at $85-$150 each. The ties above are not the ones for auction, but similar.

Tovoli Neckwear is one of the finest constructed pieces of neckwear available today and is:

  • 100% pure silk
  • 100% pure silk full lining
  • Hand sewn
  • Individually signed and numbered by the artist
  • Completely made in the U.S.

Mr. Marigmen is also raffling off prints of two paintings, “A Sunday Afternoon” and “A Blind Woman Rinsing Her Hair”.

A. Bernardo C. Marigmen III is an artist/director with a diverse background in the fine arts and architecture. He received a BFA in 1991 and a MFA in 1993 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Marigmen also studied architecture at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, attended University of London in their design programs and taught art history at the illustrious Louvre in Paris.

In 1999 he showcased & curated over 50 exhibits in the USA. He is also active in promoting the fine arts to children; especially in his hometown of Waukegan, IL. He assumed the role as Director of Art Etcetera (a local nonprofit arts awareness group) after its founder, Jim Harrington, passed away in 2000. In this position, he has proven himself to be a driving force in the art community and has helped establish some of the city’s premier arts-related activities including the annual Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festivals and the monthly ArtWauk where he promoted a diverse group of artists at Bernardo Marigmen Gallery in the historic Genesee Theatre.

Marigmen is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Jack Benny Arts & Humanities Award. In 2004, he was inducted to the Filipino-American Hall of Fame for his achievements in the Visual Arts. In 2002, he received Friends Of The Arts – Service to the Art Community Award. He has been featured in Artbeat and Artscope, as well as different publications such as MR Magazine, Abitare, and DNR. Since 1987, he has produced over 1,000 original pieces of art and has exhibited at close to 200 galleries including several venues abroad.

Currently, Marigmen is Vice President/Partner of Tovoli Neckwear where he designs, paints and manufactures original & limited edition wearable art for exclusive clientele such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Fred Hayman’s of Beverly Hills, and Marshall Fields. His custom ties have been featured in popular television programs like Wheel of Fortune, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Day & Date, and Geraldo Rivera Show. His art have also been part of stage/set scenes for films like Little Heroes and Chicago’s production Cheap Show.

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Postcards to Tacloban

With the rise of e-mail, Internet, and mobile communication, paper mail has become relegated to bills, official correspondence that needs to be in writing, marketing mail, and… more bills.

Once upon a time not too long ago, and sometimes still today, people used to send postcards to each other.

Baron Cabalona's postcard artwork donation to ILPRO's Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Baron Cabalona’s postcard artwork donation to ILPRO’s Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Isabel Gilles, "Untitled." Postcards to Tacloban

Isabel Gilles’s postcard artwork donation to ILPRO’s Postcards to Tacloban activity.

Volunteers for ILPRO’s medical mission will bring personally-signed postcards from the Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 fundraisers to survivors as notes of encouragement to keep going, keep rebuilding, keep remembering we stand with you.

It isn’t always easy to relate to someone so devastated by a natural calamity the scale of Typhoon Haiyan, but here are some sentences to begin your letter: (Source: How To Encourage)

This must be very hard for you (opens the door to acknowledge the hurt)
I have no idea what that feels like (opens the door to describe the feelings)
It must be hard to accept this difficulty in your life (respect difficult circumstances)
It’s ok to have a bad day (accept and allow for mood swings)
I believe in you (be sure you can say this with conviction)
I am here for you (even if you disagree with the action taken)
Let me know what you need (be proactive and suggest specific offers to help)
I always try to understand you (tell me more)
I am so proud of you-who you are-your accomplishments (takes the focus off the problem)
Don’t give up-don’t ever give up (gives alternate action)
You showed courage in that situation (gives alternative feeling)

Remember to call the typhoon Yolanda, that’s from the local weather service, PAG-ASA’s, naming system in the Philippines; Haiyan is the UN World Meteorological Organization, or international code, for it.

Postcards are $1 donation to add to ILPRO’s fundraising. Ask for one when you register to attend the TACLOBAN RISE: Haiyan Naperville Fundraiser!

Maraming salamat for your support of Illinois Philippine Recovery Operations!