There is one place in Chicago that is considered by many Filipino Americans as their “home away from home”. This place is called Rizal Center which is named after the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal (1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613).
For the last five years, the facility became hostage by a litigation between two factions of the board of directors. After all is said and done, the facility’s upkeep, to say the least, was neglected and is now loudly begging for a deep clean-up.
After their hard day’s work, these young people find the time to smile and invite more kababayans to join the Bayanihan Volunteer Corps. Early in the day, they suited their protective masks and gloves, armed themselves with mops and rags cleaning the floors of the lobby.
The work ahead is enormous and overwhelming but it can be done. In the words of Kaya Rial, a young volunteer who participated in reclaiming the building on the night of September 12, 2022, "the condition of Rizal Center is heartbreaking but our Bayanihan collective team will revitalize it and make it a safe space again"
To join the Bayanihan Volunteer Corps, please call Rizalina Velasco-Richmond at 773-541-1725 or email her at email@example.com. To donate cleaning supplies please call Bobby Luna at 773-524-9798 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rizal Community Center is a multicultural, multigenerational community and cultural center located in Chicago's Lakeview neiighborhood! But it's more than a building. It's a revitalized way of thinking about who we are and how we engage with our community, our neighborhood, and our city.
The Rizal Community Center is a welcoming, dynamic place for people of all backgrounds to come together and participate in cultural experiences that nourish by inspiring learning and dialogue; foster bridging, appreciation, and understanding; celebrate our vibrant, diverse communities, and place in pluralistic American society; and call upon us to help nurture a more just and equitable society.
We do this through relevant programming in arts and culture, civic engagement, public policy, community education, and Filipino life; meaningful service to combat food insecurity and to empower people.
The Rizal Community Center operates under the aegis of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago, one of the oldest cultural organizations in the nation.
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Cebu 2211 W North Avenue
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Kawayan 4859 N Milwaukee Avenue
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SUBO Filipino Kitchen 4712 N Kimball Avenue
Sunda Chicago 110 W Illinois Street
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