Announcement (August 16, 2013)

Dear Fellow Southern Leytenos and friends,

Warm greetings from the officers and members of the Board of the Southern Leyteno International!

Our annual picnic 2013, held last August 10, was a great success. It was well attended; kababayans from Illinois, Missouri, Milwaukee, Utah, California, Michigan, New York and Canada had a good time fellowshipping. The good weather was just beautiful! Games for adults and children were fantastic! There delicious food like lechon, sinugbang isda, barbecue, pancit, barbacua, chicharon, vegetables fresh from the garden, etc. Another table of different kinds of dessert were unbelievable! The prayer blessing was led by Greg Lahmann from Missouri. The “Harana” was sung by handsome men accompanied by our very own guitarist, Elvo Masing.

The upcoming Dinner Dance is on October 19,2013, at Avalon Banquets, 1905 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. We hope that you could join us on this occasion for a good cause like the Two Classroom School Building in Southern Leyte, Philippines.

May God bless you with good health, abundance and happiness.

Oriel Markines-Carillo
SLI President

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2013 Summer Family Picnic (Aug. 10th)


Dear fellow Southern Leytenos and friends,

Greetings! I hope this letter finds you and your family well. Let us pray that this beautiful weather will continue for the whole summer!

Our Annual Potluck Summer Picnic will be on August 10, 2013, Saturday, at the same place that we had last year. It is at Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale, Illinois. The entrance is located on the east side of Wood Dale Road 0.5 mile north of Lake St. (Route 20) and 0.25 mile south of 3rd Ave (Oak Meadows Dr.) It starts at 10:00am and ends at 8:00pm.

If you want to grill, charcoal will be provided. Delicious lechon will also be provided by the organization. There will be games and prizes for children and adults. There will also be our usual Walk-For-Southern-Leyte.

A note for the future, our Dinner Dance Fundraising Project is on a Saturday, October 19, 2013. Please reserve this date!

We look forward to seeing you and your family on Aug. 10th and Oct. 19th!

Oriel Markines Carillo, President

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Recap: 2011 Halloween Party Fundraiser

Dear fellow Members, Benefactors and Friends of SLI, Inc.,

My warm greetings to everyone!

Our fund raising Dinner Dance and Halloween Party was a huge success! The attendance and proceeds surpassed our expectations, and the costumes, dance, fun and games made the evening enjoyable for adults and children alike.

This was made possible through the cooperation, support and generosity of the members, benefactors and friends of our organization. Special thanks to: Mrs. Charlotte Stiritz Nagy, teacher-philanthropist, for her gracious presence and support; the superb rendition of Alpha and Emil Nicolasin as Masters of Ceremony; the representation of the United Cosmopolitan Church of Chicago led by Pastor Hong; the Lucena Association led by its president Mike Fontanilla; the United Dance Club of Chicago led by Ms. Adel  Calalay; the Chicago Anklong Rondalla Ensemble under the baton of Ms. Espie Magno; and the Northwest Mont Clare UCC Prayer Group members, among other friends. I also wish to express my gratitude to all the officers and members who have tirelessly extended their support to make our activity a success.

With $9,016.94 net proceeds, we are now poised to initiate the construction of our Two-classroom school building project. We will start as soon as the project location is finally determined.

Again my heartfelt thanks to everyone! May the Lord Almighty grant us more blessings as we share and care for our fellow human beings.

Sincerely yours,
Oriel Markines-Carillo
President of Southern Leyteño International, Inc.

2011 Halloween Party & Dinner Dance Fundraiser

Dear Fellow SLII Members and Friends,

Warm summer greetings from the officers and members of the Board of Southern Leyteno International, Inc.

Once again we will be hosting a “Dinner Dance and Halloween Party”. It will be held on Saturday, October 29,2011 from 6:30 PM to 12:00 AM at Avalon Banquets, 1905 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village, IL. 60007 (Tel. 847-439-5740).

We would like to invite you to come, enjoy and fellowship with our “kababayans” and friends and, at the same time, help finance the construction of a Two-Classroom School Building project to provide additional space for learning in our native Southern Leyte. Through your support, thus far, we have raised $7,000 and we need $13,000 more to meet our $20,000 goal to accomplish the project.

It is heartening to note that we have enjoyed the hard earned fruits of our labor in this adopted country, with our sharing heart, we have also sheltered and seated a number of school children back home seeking a better future through good education.

Donation tickets are available for the event. Advertisements are welcome for inclusion in our souvenir program. Please contact the Advertisement Chairman, Elm Jay 773-858-6845, Co-Chairman, Gabrina 708-769-8994, Secretary, Evelyn 773-814-9528. For added excitements, costumes are encouraged with prizes as well as a raffle drawing within the festivities.

In behalf of our organization, let me thank you for your invaluable support. May the Lord of the Harvest continue to abundantly bless you.





Recap: 2011 Summer Picnic

“This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  It was a beautiful morning when Southern Leyteno members and friends arrived to the picnic location with sumptuous food.  Ilding Piao and his son started the grill for barbecue and “sinugbang isda”.  Toting Tagnipez came to dropped the volleyball set and banner, and came back later with more food.  Jonathan Carillo did put up the signs.  The long table was full of delicious food topped by Ilding’s “tinolang isda”.  The lechon was appetizingly crispy.  Emil Nicolasin assisted Ilding with his “sinugbang panga sa dakong isda”.

We were able to take a group picture before the passing thunderstorm. While we were in position for picture taking, Toting Tagnipez(member of the board & past president) and Oriel Markines-Carillo(incumbent president) delivered their short messages.  The sky cleared after the short storm.  We continued the celebration with games for everybody.  The winners for the children are Ricky, nephew of Mae Lahman,  Erin Jude and Amela Amago.  The winners for the adults are Teresita Quilantang, Wig Bitos, Val Capablanca, Evelyn Jude and Jonathan Carillo.  There was singing led by Elbo Masing and Lt. Gen. Bonifacio Ramos.  Pat Sampan, Helen Requilman,Val Capablanca & others shared their beautiful voices.  To melt the food that we ate, we had “Walk for Southern Leyte” along the trail surrounding the park’s lake.

We had 3 birthday celebrants namely: Ildefonso Piao, Wig Bitos and Zenaida Tagnipez.  Minya, the wife of Wig baked a very big banana-strawberry cake, leche flan and yummy pork/beef barbecue.  That same day Elaine Joy Tagnipez-Williams was admitted in the hospital and gave birth to a baby girl whose name is Jeda Charlize.  Congratulations Elaine Joy and Aron.  Congratulations too to the proud grandparents Toting and Jenny Tagnipez.

Our thanks go to Pastor Kye Ile Hong, pastor of the Cosmopolitan United Methodist Church, Chicago, for the prayer blessings; Greg & May Lahman & family who ndrove all the way from Missouri; Clarence, Joliet & son who drove from Iowa; Jonathan, Ilding &  son, for the set-ups; Elbo Masing for playing the guitar/accompaniment;Lt. Gen Bonifacio Ramos for being an emcee and leading the voice solos; Pong Javier for providing the bullhorn(microphone); and everybody who attended the picnic.

Our next event will be the Dinner Dance Fundraising towards the present project of two classroom school building, on October 29,2011, Saturday at Avalon Banquets 1905 East Higgins Road, Elkgrove Village, Il. 60007.  Let us bring our family and friends and make this another successful affair.


Photos: 2011 Summer Picnic

2011 Summer Picnic

The Southern Leyteno would like to invite you to the annual picnic 2011.  We are planning to have a lot of fun events for your family and you. Bring your favorite dish to share and a 2-literpo along with guests and friends to enjoy that day’s festivities.

Place:  Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve- North Shelter
Date:  August 13, 2011, Saturday
Time:  10:00AM to Dusk
Location:  The entrance is located on the east side of Wood Dale Eoad 0.5 mile north of Lake Street(Route 20) and 0.25 mile south of 3rd Avenue(Oak Meadows Drive).

Southern Leyteno Picnic 2011 Flyer
Wood Dale Forest Preserve Map