Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary celebrates culture and diversity with music
Several hundred folks from across the Midwest, including the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, came together Oct. 27 in an historic celebration of Filipino heritage.
Proclaimed Filipino-American History Month by the state of Illinois as well as the villages of Tinley Park, Frankfort and Mokena, October has become a time to celebrate the important accomplishments made by Filipino Americans.
To mark the occasion, the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club arranged to bring one of Chicago’s premiere Filipino Folk Fusion bands to the area for a one-night-only performance as well as an ensemble of stringed instruments, dance troupes, martial artists and the Rip Chords – an elite 15-member, all female a cappella group from the University of Illinois.
Among those in attendance at the capstone event was the Philippine Consulate General, the Honorable Leo Herrera-Lim.
“Tonight’s concert event is another opportunity for the Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club to bring together people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to promote goodwill and understanding,” said Margaret Semmer, the club’s president.
“It is a very small but important step in the people building process that Rotary embraces,” she added.
The SamaSama Project, which fuses Filipino traditional folk music with contemporary music, performs regularly at cultural festivals, museum shows and commercial/private engagements in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Last year, the group performed at the Pope’s World Youth Day MacroFestival Concert in Madrid Spain.
“Their music and their rich culture have been influenced by a number of foreign settlers, including the United States,” said Rotarian Jan Paul Ferrer who was instrumental in bringing the group to the Lincoln-Way area. “The first Filipinos landed in Morro Bay, California on Oct. 18, 1587.
In this photo The Philippine Dance Troupe of Eastern Iowa performs an authentic folk dance showcasing the richness of the Filipino heritage.