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By: Elsie Sy-Niebar



O n Mother’s Day this month, upon getting up from a restful late night sleep, I talked with the Lord: “Thank you dear Jesus for this beautiful and quiet “MOTHER’s DAY” MORNING. We Celebrate Mother’s Day represented by your Mother, the Virgin Mary. Please bless all the Mothers in the world particularly during these trying moments in our lives caused by Covid-19. Although I am not a biological Mother, I can feel the sufferings of the Mothers today, particularly those taking care of their young children. Please be with them at all times to protect their children from the devil’s invasion, Amen.

One does not have to be a mother physically and emotionally to understand the human challenges that a Woman faces as a Mother. First, carrying the child in her womb for nine months, feeding the baby with her own milk at the start, and taking care of the child to adulthood. And play a vital role in our society which impacts the lives of their children, pass down from generation to generation. The late USA President George Washington once said: “The greatest teacher I ever had was my Mother.”

What the Scripture in the Bible says about the Godly Woman: “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” (Proverbs 31:28–29 NLT).

President Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in American history, once said: “All that I am or hope to be, I owe it to my Angel Mother.”

President Ronald Reagan: “From my Mother, I learned the value of prayer, how to have dreams and believe I could make them come true.”

Godly Mothers are blessings to her family. The reason they deserve to be Honored and Appreciated. HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY to all Mothers including the non-biological Mothers who raise the children of another Mother.


Pappas teams up with Candace Jordan and Luxe Bloom on Mother’s Day: Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and Jordan celebrate Mother’s Day by giving away 500 fresh-cut Ecuadorian roses on the Magnificent Mile with Luxe Bloom. On Sunday, May 9, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Cook County Treasurer Pappas and Media Personality “Candid” Candace Jordan hosted a Mother’s Day celebration on the northwest corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues. Luxe Bloom, a Chicago-based floral company, has partnered with JCDecaux Chicago to install a two-sided floral display and give families the chance to take Instagram photos with a #Dear- Mom theme this Mother’s Day.

“The entire community should come together and take care of our city and its neighborhoods. The Magnificent Mile has long been one of the most iconic destinations in Chicago,” Pappas said. “It is nice to see a local small business like Luxe Bloom invest in beautifying our city.”

Pappas and Jordan, accompanied by prominent community leaders gave away more than 500 Ecuadorian roses to honor the mothers and women of Chicago, promote the beautification of the Magnificent Mile and support local Chicago businesses.

Joining Pappas and Jordan were: Shelley Rosen, CEO and Founder of Luxe Bloom * Humberto Jimenez, Consul General of Ecuador *Yvette Moyo, Chairman/CEO Real Men Charities *Marco Polo Valladolid, President Mexican Civic Society of Illinois *Sam Ma, Honorary Chair of the American-Asian Association · Marta Farion, President Kyiv- Mohyla Foundation of America *Kina Bagovska, Director Magura Bulgarian Cultural Center *· Nanta Buranakanchana, Asian American Coalition of Chicago.

“American small businesses like ours have been through so much this year,” said Shelley Rosen, Founder of Luxe Bloom. “By building this floral wall we are giving back and beautifying our local community while honoring moms and her family.”

“There is nothing that makes me prouder than to say I’m a Chicagoan. We have to keep our city up to the standards we have all come to expect so I’m happy to play a small part in this beautification and community effort with Maria, a true champion for our city.” Candace Jordan added.


PERSONAL from NOTEBOOK Columnist, Tita Elsie: THESE PAST few months until these days, my life has been focused in going over my personal things I have accumulated for the past forty five (45) years I have lived in this beautiful City of Chicago, My “Home Sweet Home” as a FILIPINO AMERICAN. Can’t forget the City by the Lakeshore Drive, where I met my “Blind Date” — the late Dennis John Niebar. We were really “blind” because we were married three months later. WE were both penniless, our wedding “reception” was a Potluck Lunch through the generosity of the FILIPINO COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (now FAITH Community Presbyterian Church). Funny, some Friends were suspicious, thinking I was an Illegal Alien looking for a Green Card. So, at our reception, I showed to Everyone my “Green Card.” LOL! Our “Love Filipino American Style” is a “Fun Love Story” filled with Ups-and- Downs, like all human relationships. Sadly, my Dennis was called by the Lord to “Come Home” without further notice last December 2002, after we celebrated our SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in 2001.

Yes, beloved Kababayans (fellow Countrymen and Women) in America) and especially our dear VIA TIMES Readers: On the last week of June, I will be FLYING BACK HOME, to my/ our BELOVED NATIVELAND: the PHILIPPINES! Goodbye Chicago. Goodbye America, the Beautiful! And most of all, with teardrops from my heart: GOODBYE TO MY DEAR FRIENDS and KABABAYANS, and, of course, my AMERICAN FRIENDS and other Fellow Immigrant-Americans I have bonded with during the last 45 years. HUGE THANKS TO OUR DEAR LORD FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS HE GIVES ME, including the ability to face human challenges like discrimination and suppression of human rights. MAY OUR DEAR LORD BLESS US ALL WITH LONGER LIFE as WE CONTINUE TO SERVE HIM WITHIN OUR HUMAN CAPACITY. THANK YOU, DEAR LORD. ‘Till we meet again, MY FRIENDS in AMERICA. When I come to visit America!


PHILIPPINE FOREIGN MINISTER TEODORO LOCSIN Demands China vessels leave disputed waters on South China Sea: “Get the f**k out.” That’s what Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin told the Chinese government in a tweet demanding China’s vessels leave disputed waters. The Philippines has been protesting what it calls the “illegal” presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the country’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone in the South China Sea. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year. The Philippines has filed dozens of diplomatic protests to China since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, but Duterte himself has taken a more gentle tone toward the country’s maritime rival in exchange for Beijing’s promises of billions of dollars in investment, aid and loans.


HAPPY MEM’RIES of our HAPPY pre-Covid Days when WE, with our Friends get together in groups to enjoy the weekends in some posh parties to relax after a busy working week. In photos from left are: Edwin Pineda, Vicky Fertig, Lourdes Livas, unidentified Lady, Julie Chavez, Susan Francisco, Nerissa Pineda, Jetjet, Flor, Geralin Gaden, Dr. Manny Escalona and JR Roque. Seated from left are: two unidentified ladies, VT NOTEBOOK columnist, Elsie Sy-Niebar, Dr. Remy Escalona and Couturier Mar Lapena. Photo courtesy of Clyde Cavada.


VIA TIMES NEWSMAGAZINE Senior Editor/Columnist, Elsie Sy-Niebar sharing the importance of having a Covid vaccine.

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