WBEZ | Philippines http://www.wbez.org/tags/philippines Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Unrest in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP454844911699.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Protesters are calling for the resignation of Mexican President Peña Nieto. They&#39;re angry about how the government has handled the case of 43 students who went missing earlier this year. We&#39;ll talk with Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Unrest in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110 Tension in the South China Sea http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-14/tension-south-china-sea-110935 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP23336063099.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Tensions are increasing in the South China Sea. China is building islands there and the U.S. is establishing a larger military presence in the Philippines. Journalist Howard French&#39;s joins us to discuss what&#39;s happening.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-tension-in-the-south-china-sea/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-tension-in-the-south-china-sea.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-tension-in-the-south-china-sea" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Tension in the South China Sea" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-14/tension-south-china-sea-110935 Quinn gives local typhoon volunteers a lift http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-gives-local-typhoon-volunteers-lift-109170 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Typhoon%20relief.JPG" style="height: 300px; width: 400px; float: left;" title="Governor Pat Quinn commended volunteers at the Rizal Center in Chicago for their efforts to send relief supplies to people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. He said the Illinois Air National Guard has a plane ready to transport the goods, pending federal clearance. (Odette Yousef/WBEZ)" />Governor Pat Quinn delivered welcome news to a weary crowd of volunteers Friday during a visit to the Jose P. Rizal Heritage Center on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side. They have been working around the clock to collect and send relief supplies to the Philippines, ever since Typhoon Haiyan devastated part of that country over the weekend. Until now, volunteers had no way to transport those supplies overseas, but today Gov. Quinn offered a possible solution.</p><p>&ldquo;Our Air National Guard is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, and we have a C-130 plane that&rsquo;s available to help deliver goods to the Philippines,&rdquo; Quinn told volunteers, &ldquo;but we must receive permission from the United States Department of Defense before we can commission that plane.&rdquo;</p><p>Quinn said his office has asked the Department of Defense for clearance, but had not yet heard back.</p><p>Still, the hope of state aid prompted tears of relief and cheers among the scores of volunteers, some of whom have been working 16-hour days in an ad-hoc operation that has been largely improvised.</p><p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t sleep, because this is what I was wishing for, and I hope I&rsquo;m not dreaming,&rdquo; said Apple Umali, a coordinator of the efforts at the Rizal Center.</p><p>Umali said they have received roughly 200,000 pounds of donated canned food, medicine, and clothing, but the effort hit a snag when a military contractor that had promised to deliver some of the goods fell through. Without a way to get the supplies overseas, she and other organizers have said they are not accepting any more donations until further notice.</p><p>Still, the donations keep coming.</p><p>At one point, three black cars pulled up to the curb and dropped off several cases of Gatorade, courtesy of the Chicago Cubs.</p><p>&ldquo;We had no idea that this would turn out to be like this,&rdquo; said Michael Cruz, a tattoo artist who has volunteered every day this week. &ldquo;I put my home address when we began&hellip; as a drop-off place&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I came home (to) a yard full of boxes.&rdquo;</p><p>Since then, sealed boxes have piled up in the Rizal Center parking lot, some stacks as high as 10 feet. Cruz said he and other volunteers have been getting by on just 4 hours of sleep a night. On Friday morning, someone brought in a few boxes of doughnuts to sustain them.</p><p>Outside, volunteers filled a shipping container with boxes of clothes, bound for a cargo ship that would arrive in the Philippines in 1-2 months. A truck was pulled into the parking lot, to be filled with immediate emergency supplies like food and medicine. Volunteers are hopeful that they will find a plane willing to carry the load to the Philippines much sooner.</p><p>Despite their exhaustion, Governor Quinn&rsquo;s visit sent a wave of new energy through the ranks of volunteers. Immediately, they turned to the matter of nudging federal officials toward securing permission to use the plane to carry supplies to Manila.</p><p>&ldquo;Start faxing, start e-mailing, start calling your local Senator, our two Senators, and our House of Representatives,&rdquo; urged volunteer James Villar. &ldquo;We need their help.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-gives-local-typhoon-volunteers-lift-109170 Local Filipino care package companies tackle typhoon relief http://www.wbez.org/local-filipino-care-package-companies-tackle-typhoon-relief-109128 <p><p dir="ltr">As we continue to learn the full extent of the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan, local Filipinos are relying on a longtime tradition of sending &ldquo;balikbayan boxes&rdquo; &mdash; hefty care packages &mdash;&nbsp;to assist in disaster relief. That tradition has become so entrenched in Filipino diaspora culture during the last thirty years that it has spawned an industry in door-to-door delivery, including many balikbayan shipping companies in the Chicago area.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The phenomenon actually boomed when there were a lot of Filipinos who started working in the Middle East,&rdquo; said Alpha Nicolasin, customer service supervisor for Cirera Express Corporation, a balikbayan shipping company based in Niles, IL. &ldquo;Overseas Filipino workers who worked in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates started sending care boxes. And so the tradition was replicated in other parts of the world, wherever Filipinos are.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">On a normal pick-up stop on Monday, Nicolasin accompanied a driver on a stop to the home of Romy Arietta in Chicago&rsquo;s West Ridge neighborhood. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a mess,&rdquo; Arietta laughed apologetically as he let them into his apartment.</p><p dir="ltr">Near the door, he had stacked three large cardboard boxes, each about five cubic feet and 100 pounds. Slapped onto them were address labels. They were bound for his sister in Quezon City, in the Philippines.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Mostly groceries, clothings, cooking pans and things like that, because they always use it,&rdquo; said Arietta, &ldquo;And some miscellaneous collectibles.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Arietta said he had been gathering the goods to pack in the box for several weeks, and that he sends a box every two months, or so.</p><p dir="ltr">Cirera ships about 1000 boxes each month to the Philippines, always taking a photo of the box with its recipient when it gets there, and e-mailing that photo to the sender in the U.S. as confirmation that it arrived. Though Nicolasin now works on the delivery end of the transactions, she remembers what it was like to receive them. Her aunt once sent balikbayan boxes to her family when Nicolasin was a child in the Philippines.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TH_Alpha_001.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Customer Service Supervisor Alpha Nicolasin stands beside the Cirera Express Corporation’s delivery van outside of a Filipino expatriate’s home. (WBEZ/Jian Chung Lee)" /></p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In Filipino we say it&rsquo;s amoy America, meaning to say it smells like America because it smells like chocolates, it smells like soap, goodies that come from the States,&rdquo; she recalled.</p><p dir="ltr">Cirera Express and other balikbayan box shipping companies load the boxes that they collect onto trains, which take them from Chicago to California. There they are transferred onto ships that take them to the Philippines by way of Taiwan. Nicolasin said it typically takes 4-6 weeks for them to arrive at the door of their recipients, but shipping by sea makes the service much cheaper than sending the boxes by air via FedEx, or other shipping methods. The typical balikbayan box weighs up to 100 pounds, but only costs $60-$75 to ship.</p><p dir="ltr">In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, local balikbayan companies are putting their energies into relief efforts.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We are right now putting together one dedicated container to help the affected areas,&rdquo; said Eladio &ldquo;Toto&rdquo; Baronia, owner of T-Bar International Cargo, a balikbayan company whose warehouse is stationed in Joliet, IL. Baronia said he hopes to fill roughly 500 boxes with donated relief supplies, such as non-perishable food, clothes, and toiletries, to fill a 45-foot long shipping container. On Monday, he was exploring how he could do this at no cost to donors.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;With this magnitude and everybody is wanting to help, and with the help of the Philippine government, we should be able to offer them free if we can be tax exempt,&rdquo; said Baronia. He said even if he doesn&rsquo;t get a tax exemption on shipping the goods, he will try to send boxes at a discounted rate to donors. Cirera Express intends to package and send donated items free of charge.</p><p dir="ltr">Many organizations are focused on providing immediate relief efforts to the Philippines, largely through <a href="http://fan-chicago.org/help-the-philippines-fundraising-events-to-come/">fundraisers</a> intended to assist the Red Cross. But Nicolasin said the balikbayan effort can help further down the road.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really think of it as a good way to address immediate needs, because they need food, they need clothes right now,&rdquo; said Nicolasin. &ldquo;But after the efforts of those who are based in the Philippines have been exhausted, the resources have been exhausted there, at least this is something that would continue to sustain them.<a name="video">&rdquo;</a></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gXgDpvh0C2I" width="620"></iframe></p><p>*****</p><p dir="ltr">Donations to Cirera Express should be delivered to their office at 5657 W Howard St, Niles, IL 60714. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. (Nicolasin says its next shipment, scheduled for Wed., November 20 will include donated supplies)</p><p dir="ltr">Donations to <a href="http://www.tbar.ph/">T-Bar International Cargo</a> may be dropped off at its warehouse at 506 Ruby Street, Joliet, IL 60435.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and at <a href="http://www.tbar.ph/">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/local-filipino-care-package-companies-tackle-typhoon-relief-109128 Morning Shift: The stories and voices of those who served http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-11/morning-shift-stories-and-voices-those-who-served <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/by USAG-Humphreys.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s Veterans Day and Morning Shift is taking a look at an arts organization that helps vets cope with mental health issues, and examining the issues that recent veterans and older veterans face.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-stories-and-voices-of-those-who/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-stories-and-voices-of-those-who.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-stories-and-voices-of-those-who" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The stories and voices of those who served" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-11/morning-shift-stories-and-voices-those-who-served Drilling in Ecuador, multilingual education in the Philippines and the Berbers http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-19/drilling-ecuador-multilingual-education-philippines-and-berbers-108451 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP912993724350.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa approves oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest. Multilingual education in the Philippines keeps local languages alive in the classroom. Libya&#39;s Berbers demand equal rights.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106200514&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/drilling-in-ecuador-multilingual-education-in-the/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/drilling-in-ecuador-multilingual-education-in-the.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/drilling-in-ecuador-multilingual-education-in-the" target="_blank">View the story "Drilling in Ecuador, multilingual education in the Philippines and the Berbers" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-19/drilling-ecuador-multilingual-education-philippines-and-berbers-108451 The Frosting on the (Filipino) Cake: A family carries on their matriarch’s dessert legacy http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/frosting-filipino-cake-family-carries-their-matriarch%E2%80%99s-dessert-legacy <p><p>If Philippine food and culture is a mystery to most of us, then Filipino desserts are a best kept secret.<br /><br />Join us for a look at some sweet ethnic history as<strong> Maribel (Delia) Anama </strong>talks about the influence her baking maven mother, Gloria, had on her while she was growing up in the Philippines. It was her mother&rsquo;s influence that led her to a career in baking, ultimately becoming an entrepreneur, opening her own sweet tooth emporium in Park Ridge. Delia will give us a look at the Philippine baking industry of years ago, its evolution, and what Filipino desserts and delicacies are like. And to prove that she is not sugarcoating the facts, Delia will bring Filipino rice cakes for us to sample.<br /><br />For the last 20 years, Delia Anama has been creating a sweet storm, working for such renowned places as Long Grove Confectionery Company, Panera Bread, Mrs. Fields, Long Grove Confectionery, Let Them Eat Cake, and Turano Baking Company, before realizing her dream and opening her own shop, <a href="http://www.mrsacupcakes-cookies.com">Mrs. A. Cupcakes@the Pickwick</a>, in Park Ridge.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CHC-webstory_36.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Saturday, January 12, 2013 at&nbsp;Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.</p></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/frosting-filipino-cake-family-carries-their-matriarch%E2%80%99s-dessert-legacy Chilling Image: Filipino Official Takes Photograph As His Killer Takes Aim http://www.wbez.org/story/crime/chilling-image-filipino-official-takes-photograph-his-killer-takes-aim <p><p>Moments before he was shot and killed on New Year's Day, a local politician in the Philippines was taking a photo of his family.</p><p>Caught in the frame: The killer taking aim.</p><p>The <a href="http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110104-312409/Caloocan-councilman-saw-death-coming" target="_blank"><em>Philippine Daily Inquirer </em>writes that</a> councilman Reynaldo Dagsa's "final act of taking his loved ones' picture as the New Year arrived proved invaluable to investigators when the photograph he took also 'captured' the gunman taking aim at him with a handgun."</p><p>According to the Associated Press, the picture was taken "outside the councilman's house in metropolitan Manila." With the help of the photograph, the AP adds, "a man identified as the gunman in the picture was arrested Monday. His accomplice also was arrested in a separate raid in Manila the same day."</p><p>The<em> Daily Inquirer</em> says "Chief Inspector Cresencio Galvez, Caloocan police intelligence chief, said the suspects were known car thieves and holduppers out on bail. It is likely that they bear a grudge against Dagsa who had them arrested last year, he said."</p><p>Here is the part of the photograph that shows the gunman:</p><p>(H/T NPR's Andy Carvin) Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294157239?&gn=Chilling+Image%3A+Filipino+Official+Takes+Photograph+As+His+Killer+Takes+Aim&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Reynaldo+Dagsa,Philippines,Foreign+News,Crime,The+Two-Way,World,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132648941&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110104&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=132649252,132649250,127602464,127602446,103943429,132648228,132648223,132648221,127602464,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/crime/chilling-image-filipino-official-takes-photograph-his-killer-takes-aim