PUBLIC ADVISORY ON OFFICIAL PNAA CHAPTER FOR THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
The Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) is the offi cial professional organization of Filipino-American nurses in the United States, whose primary mission and goal is to uphold the positive image and welfare of its constituent members, promote professional excellence, provide innovative leadership, and contribute to signifi cant outcomes to healthcare and society through education, research and clinical practice. PNAA has approximately 4500 ++ members represented by 55 offi cially recognized chapters throughout the United States.
The Philippine Nurses Association of America Inc. hereby advise the public, particularly the Filipino – American community, government offi cials, professional and community organizations, that the offi cial PNAA chapter in the State of Illinois is the Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois (PNAI). PNAI which was originally established in 1957 with current business address at 364 N. Pinecrest Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, is offi cially listed in the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago as one of the “50 Accredited Filipino-American Organizations in Illinois”. (http://www.chicagopcg. com/cultural.html)
It has come to the attention of PNAA that another organization under the name of “Philippine Nurses Association of Greater Chicago Chapter (PNAGC)” was formed on October 24, 2020 by a group of Filipino-American nurses without the knowledge of PNAA. The establishment of this group and the use of the name “PNA Greater Chicago Chapter” have created confusion to the Filipino-American community in Illinois and the surrounding chapters. We offi cially inform the public that PNAA is not associated with the PNA of Greater Chicago Chapter, nor recognize such organization as one of its offi cial chapter members.
Any communication, publication, activity, or event, printed or electronically transmitted by the PNA Greater Chicago does not represent the Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. and its chapters, offi cials, and constituent members.
Mary Joy Garcia-Dia,
DNP, RN, FAAN
Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc.
Kumusta po Vero
I checked the Via Times page today – I read it every so often just to see what you all are up to – and I am so sad to learn of Joe’s passing.
You and Joe arrived at a very important time in my life, and you were both so much more than my employer…you were friends, role models, 2nd parents…you and Joe are amazing people. I always think very fondly about my time at CPRTV and I’ve told many, many people in the UK that I was the editor for The Number 1 Filipino Show in the Mid West! I think Joe knew how much I appreciated and always remembered everything you and he did for me, and now I wish he was here to read this email too. I still make adobo regularly and I still cook my steaks the way Joe taught me – extra rare, served with rice and plenty of patis. Most importantly, I think you both taught me the right way to open my home and life to other people…with respect, kindness, good humour, and lots of food!
In your grief I do hope you’ve been able to revisit all the special times you and Joe shared, and I’m sure that you’ve been inundated with stories and memories of Joe from the many people who were lucky enough to know him well. I think Joe’s life is defi nitely something to celebrate.
In happier news…Babs and I had a son! His name is Beau and he is almost 2.5 years old now. I’m attaching a picture of him, I’m not sure when we’ll be back through Chicago but with some luck he’ll be able to meet you one of these days.
Sending all my love…and…
(Pablo) Davis, UK
former CPRTV Editor