Monthly Archives: March 2009

Chicago’s Neighborhoods: Comfort Food, Ethnic Dining, and Fusion Cuisine Part 1

March 29, 2009

Now that spring is here (it snows during spring, too!), I’ve decided to collect the contact information of my friends’ favorite foodie hangouts so I can pull up this list from my Blackberry when the need arises.

3424 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-2220

Originally recommended to me by my colleagues at Filipinas Magazine, our visit one winter evening turned out to be a gastronomic delight. Described as LATINO FUSION CUISINE (think Cuba, Spain, Brazil meets the Philippines), our menu selections that day showcased a delicate blend of influences… But I’m not spoiling your appetites. Just make reservations early!

Some of the appetizers and entrees that we tried — aside from the delicious mussels — were:

Fried Calamari – Seasoned with a blend of dry roasted Philippine sea salt and black pepper served with sambal cocktail sauce

Pork Tenderloin Bicol – Lean pork tenderloin stuffed with shrimp, bacon, coconut and pineapple served with jasmine rice, seasonal vegetables and peppery adobo glaze

Zarzuela – Rustic Catalonian seafood dish with shrimp, mussels and scallops cooked in a saffron, white wine and roasted tomato broth served with grilled baguette

3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427
The best baby back ribs — and the best barbecued foods in Chicago, according to Ron Salazar. This is on my wish list!

Reviews can be found here.

Neighborhood: Cragin
3100 N Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-4241

Ron Salazar found another place for me to try (he likes to record these nice finds in his Facebook, lucky me!).

“Another great find on Chicago’s Northwest side…From a YELP, “…this place is amazing. All sorts of Argentinian and S. American delights. …They have Argentine soccer stuff, food, EMPANADAS, groceries and . . .WINE. Delicious wine from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and all over S. America …The staff is v. friendly and so enthusiastic about their Argentinian culture and country. A real GEM!”

Some reviews can be found here.

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If you’re from Cebu, Defend UP High! No closing, no streamlining

March 17, 2009, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Today is my birthday! I’ve decided to dedicate my posting today to the community advocates who are fighting to keep the high school in the University of the Philippines, Visayas – High School Cebu (or UP High School Cebu) from being streamlined to one class or closed down. I truly believe that if there are more people who make the time to spread the word, lobby to all stakeholders and decision makers, then somehow, somewhere, there could be a budget that will be provided for this high school to “live long and prosper.”

In Facebook, the name of the cause is DEFEND UP.

On the internet, it’s UP Naming Mahal.

Here’s some snippets that I found from the Facebook group.


1. U.P. Cebu High School is threatened for closure.
2. The threat is more palpable and pressing as ever, as the Executive Committee recently voted for the downsizing of the high school.
3. The Dean has even proposed closure.
4. Please pledge your support for this cause by filling up the form at the website indicated below:



UP high school students, alumni protest closure

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

“We stand firm and united against the persistent threats to close UP Cebu High School as this is an apparent violation of the mandate of the University of the Philippines to provide service to the Filipino people. It is likewise a disservice to the Cebu community as the UP Cebu High School stands as the only school in Central Visayas to provide a democratized admission policy giving preferential admission to underprivileged but intellectually deserving students.”

My comments: I would imagine that the administration, faculty, students, and alumni can find common ground by working together AND not antagonizing each other. (If President Emer Roman reads this, she would know that I’m here to help out and that I am writing this from my personal perspective and professional assessment as a public relations practitioner.)

:-) :-) :-)

Maybe it would be a good idea to share with you why I feel so strongly about defending the continued existence of UP Cebu High School.

I may not have been a UP Cebu High School student but I had many friends there. Many of the students, after the high school opened its doors in 1972, were like my “kids” because I was their “den mother.” I was also the older sister of Noemi, Oscar, Myrna, Reuben, Belen, and David (the Lardizabal kids) — who all went to UP Cebu. Trivia: I was one of the first UP College Cebu freshmen who re-opened the College department in 1973.

If someone can visit Thelma Gallardo at Cebu Medical Supply, please convince her to find the movie (yes, an actual movie, not a video) of our first UP Cebu college intramural games. A copy should really be made for the archives.

The spirit of UP lived within us.

Our batch of students lobbied to pay for a quonset hut in the grounds so it could be used as our outdoor classroom but we were denied the rustic environment but praised for our initiative and enthusiasm. Wilson Gaw had the blueprints, I recall.

The acclaimed Freddie Santos and I were classmates in the first semester. Freddie had just arrived from the United States. He tried to teach me tennis but I kept getting a Love Set. After two weeks, I lost 10 lbs. A benefit of Freddie’s tennis lesson was that I was able to sashay in between the columns of the main building’s entrance during a Christmas Play that I wrote and Freddie directed. I’m sure he was not happy with my script — but hey, at least he did teach me how to do a Va-Va-Va-Voom prostitute’s dance toward the pearly gates of heaven (Freddie played the role of St. Peter).

Some of the boys in my class used the main building’s classroom walls as their pelota court, yes we did. We were the first CRAZY DAY people. Alex Arnado and I made a parody of Dolphy and Nida Blanca’s roles in the popular TV sitcom, “John and Marsha.” Philip Rodriguez was Sluggo. Wilson Gaw came as a transvestite with a long-haired wig. If I can find my photos, I’ll post them, not to make fun of my classmates, but to show people that UP Cebu was vibrant as a “well-rounded place of learning” even if we had to work with limited resources.

We knew how to study hard and play hard.

Then came “Up the Down Staircase” musical, the mastermind of Allan Jayme Rabaya, which was based on the book and movie of the same title BUT with original compositions by Allan. Danny Alfonso played the “bad boy” student, Ester Ceniza Isberto was the teacher. Jocelyn Lim Borromeo (a Masters degree student) and I alternated in the secondary lead role of Bea, a fellow teacher. I seem to remember Nelson Fuentes, Allan Dolores, and Alvin Alazas being a dance trio in this production. Mind you, at that time, we didn’t have those fancy microphones attached to one of our ears so we could sing. We had to be good singers and dancers — and make sure our voices could carry to the last row of the Sacred Heart Girls High School auditorium. After all, this showed everyone that all of the UP Cebu’s departments could work together.

UP Cebu even became a movie set. There was this Visayan movie that Gloria Sevilla produced about a Filipino “Tarzan and Jane” filmed at the back of the old main building. We were fascinated by Chanda Romero who played “Jane.”

To this day, I will always remember that it was Helen Banez who made sure we could communicate well in the English language. “Keep it short, concise, and effective!” Mrs. Banez would say to us when we wrote our essays and short stories. “Always revise, revise, and revise!” was another piece of advice she would intone.

Former UP President Dodong Nemenzo and my managing editor at Filipinas Magazine, Gemma Nemenzo, had “a class act” for a father. He taught Biology without any books. Professor Nemenzo also walked from his home to the college campus, wearing a loose, tunic-style, long-sleeved white shirt, black pants, and his almost-Fedora hat. “Epiglottis” and “corpus luteum” were some of the words I remember from his classes.

The late Mr. Perez taught us Spanish while Mr. Manuel made sure we understood our Chemistry. Agnes Brigoli flunked me in Math 11 (Basic Math). Yet it was the late Migs Enriquez who delighted us with the history of the Philippines, according to him. Mig’s words (and a vision of him smoking a cigarette) would later on reverberate in my head when many students from UP Diliman attended a peaceful IMF rally outside St. Theresa’s College-Manila sometime in 1976, watching nuns and priests fly into the air from the force of the water cannons (not colored pink at that time). It was my first real taste of terror as many of us hid inside a nearby public parking garage. There was Mrs. Yap, always wanting us to mind our manners and get our share of Physical Education. And it was the artistic Lucille Aguas who taught our Humanities class the best way she knew how. She made us paint and she made us analyze the themes of the music scores that we chose. I loved Wagner so it was easy determining what the main theme of the composition was. Lucille also taught us to appreciate the various artistic genres. So, yes, I know the difference between an Impressionist and a Cubist (Picasso) painting. I understood what “chiaroscurro” was all about.

Sharing these intimate details about some of my experiences at UP Cebu is really meant to ask all of the students and alumni, as well as its supporters, to share their own stories. People will not help in a fundraising campaign if they cannot find an EMOTIONAL CONNECTION to the cause. So, start sharing your stories. There’s a blog just for you. For Facebook users, there’s this discussion board that’s available.

Last year was UP’s Centennial Celebration. I think it is timely, once again, for us to review where UP has been and where it’s going.

And if any of you happen to be in the US this early September, do join us at the UP Alumni Association in America biennial Convention and Grand Reunion. GIVE VOICE TO YOUR CAUSE!

Sept. 4-6, 2009: UP Alumni Association in America General Assembly and Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC

Here are the updates for the upcoming University of the Philippines in America’s biennial General Assembly and Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel on September 4 to 6, 2009 in Washington DC. I’ve conveniently used the SCRIBD tools so anyone can share the brochures, registration form, advertising form, and photo montage form for the UP Hall of Fame. For those of you who are not familiar with, I have also included some instructions (scroll below). – Lorna Dietz, Liaison for the West Coast, UPAAA

Thank you to acclaimed Folksinger/Pinoy Rocker/Painter Heber Bartolome for providing his video diary of the June 2008 UP Centennial Celebration at Araneta Coliseum in Metro Manila. He asked me to share this with our Overseas Filipino UP graduates. Check out the slide show. You or your friends might be there.

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association
In America (UPAAA)
“Building Bridges to the Future:
Uniting Alumni for Excellence and Service”
September 4-6, 2009
J W Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC

Let’s keep the UP Spirit alive! Join us in this biennial convention and grand reunion. Meet fellow alumni from all UP campuses and colleges. Enjoy the camaraderie, fun, and sharing interdisciplinary perspectives on important topics. Raise funds to support Professorial Chairs at our Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines.

2009 and 2010 Alumni Jubilarians Will Be Honored:

- Diamond (1949 & 1950), Emerald (1954 & 1955), Gold (1959 & 1960)
- Sapphire (1964 & 1965), Ruby (1969 & 1970), Coral (1974 & 1975)
- Pearl (1979 & 1980), and Silver (1984 & 1985)

Featured Events:

• Sept. 4, 2009, Friday Night: Fellowship Night and Pabidahan
• Sept. 5, 2009, Saturday Morning: Interdisciplinary symposium includes plenary sessions on science, technology, economic & social issues
• Sept. 5, 2009, Saturday Alumni Luncheon with keynote speaker
• Sept. 5, 2009, Saturday Afternoon: Interdisciplinary breakout panel discussions; election of officers for 2009-2011 & venue selection for 2011
• Sept. 5, 2009 Saturday Night: Gala Night Dinner Dance, Outstanding alumni awards, parade of Jubilarians, & induction of new officers
• Sept. 6, 2009, Sunday Morning: Evaluation and board meeting;
• Sept. 6, 2009, Sunday Brunch in the Park – Hosted by UPAA DCMDVA

Featured Speakers:

Emerlinda Roman, PhD, President, University of the Philippines
Teofilo Abrajano, PhD, Head, Surface Earth Processes Section, Division of Earth Sciences (GEO), U. S. National Science Foundation
Belinda Aquino, PhD, Director, Center for Philippines Studies, University of Hawaii
Josefino Comiso, PhD, Senior Scientist, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Jose B. Cruz, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Ohio State University
Lawrence Heaney, PhD, Curator, Field Museum, Chicago
Loida Nicolas Lewis, Lawyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TLC Beatrice
Francisco S. Sy, MD, DrPH, Director, Division of Extramural Activities & Scientific Programs, NCMHD, National Institutes of Health

Panel Discussions:

As U.P. alumni and global citizens, you are invited to actively participate in our panel discussions to explore the opportunities and identify our roles in addressing these current topics.

1. U.P., What’s Next? What Are the Post Centennial Plans and Challenges Facing U.P. in the 21st century?

2. Emerging Challenges in Energy, Environment, and Health: Integrating Science, Policy and Practice

3. New Global Economic Realities and Opportunities: Think Globally & Act Locally

Hotel Information:

• Hotel Address: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, 20004
• Special Group Rates for UPAAA: A limited number of rooms has been blocked for UPAAA at the following group rates:
$119 for single or double
$139 triple
$159 quadruple
• Hotel Reservation phone: Phone: 202-393-2000 and 1-800-228-9290
• Hotel Website:

Contact Persons:

• General information:
Francis Sy, President [email protected]
Fe Lacbawan, Secretary [email protected]
Zeny Ply, Asst. Secretary [email protected]

• Registrations:
Lumen Sotelo, Treasurer [email protected]
Philip Lacbawan, Asst. Treasurer [email protected]

• Jubilarians Committee:
Emmy Ceguerra [email protected]
Terri Magdongon [email protected]

• Awards Committee: Luz Micabalo [email protected]

• Ad for Souvenir Program: Jo Wee Sit [email protected]

• Fellowship Night/Pabidahan: Lydia Fontan [email protected]

• Check updates at UPAAA website

Please Act Now!

Register early and save! Please complete the registration form and mail it now!

– Join and win prizes in the Fellowship Night/ Pabidahan singing & dancing contests as an individual or group. Please contact Lydia Fontan for inclusion in this event.
– Place an ad in our souvenir program book by July 27, 2009. Please contact Jo Wee Sit.
– Recognize and honor the achievements of our Jubilarians & outstanding alumni.
– Nominate outstanding alumni for awards by May 31, 2009.
– Invite alumni and friends to participate in our convention in the nation’s capital.


Convention Delegate: If you register as a convention delegate, you have to pay the FULL registration fees. Alumni who have registered as Convention Delegates are eligible to vote at the election for UPAAA officers on Sept. 5, 2009. All Convention Delegates will receive the registration packet, tickets to all convention events and meals, and the souvenir program book.

Convention Participant:
If you register as a convention participant for an individual event, you have to pay only the fee for the specific individual activity. Alumni who have registered as Convention Participants are not eligible to vote at the election for officers on Sept. 5, 2009 . Convention Participants will receive the registration packet, the ticket for the specific convention event and meal. The souvenir program book will not be provided. It may be purchased at the convention registration desk.


A. Early Bird Registration Fees (Paid & postmarked by July 27, 2009):
• Convention Delegate Full Registration Fees: $ 275
• Convention Participant Individual Event Fees:
Sept. 4, 2009, Friday Fellowship night : $ 50
Sept. 5, 2009, Saturday Breakfast plenary,
luncheon and afternoon sessions: $ 150
Sept. 5, 2009 Saturday Gala Night Dinner Dance: $ 150

B. Regular and On-Site Registration Fees (Paid & postmarked after July 27, 2009):

• Convention Delegate Full Registration Fees: $ 350
• Convention Participant Individual Event Fees:
Sept. 4, 2009, Friday Fellowship night: $ 75
Sept. 5, 2009, Saturday Breakfast plenary,
luncheon and afternoon sessions: $ 175
Sept. 5, 2009 Saturday Gala Night Dinner Dance: $ 175

Please write your check payable to UPAAA and mail the registration form and payment to:

2009 UPAAA Convention
c/o Philip Lacbawan
1003 Princeton Place
Rockville, MD 20850

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For those of you who are not familiar with


After you have clicked on the BLUE UNDERLINED TITLE ABOVE THE DOCUMENT. This will take you to the website where the document is housed.

Please look at the options given to you on top of the document:

SHARE THIS – allows you to copy and paste the URL to your favorite bookmarks like DIGG, DEL.I.CIOUS, etc.
SEND THIS – allows you to email (with your personal note) the document to friends
EMBED – get the html code and put it in any website


Put your cursor over the word “MORE” (below the Share This, Send This, etc. titles) which also has the “Down” arrow — and look for the PRINT option.


Look at the document in this posting and on the top left-hand side, you will see the title “Scribd.” Beside it is the word “MORE” with a “Down” arrow. The various options are found there, from emailing to printing the document.

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UPAAA 2009 Convention at JW Marriott Washington DC Sept 4-6, 2009 Convention Brochure as of Jan. 18, 2009


UPAAA 2009 Convention at JW Marriott Washington DC Sept 4-6, 2009 – Advertising Form for Souvenir Program a…

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