Chicago Filipinos challenged by latest intense snowstorm

By Connie Macatula-DeLeon, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Feb. 3, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. – Chicago is not spared from the final phase of Winter Storm Maximus as it intensifies across Central and Northern Illinois.

Over 350 flights have been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport on Saturday. Meanwhile, 100 flights have been cancelled at Midway International Airport. These flight delays cause a lot of frustration for many Filipinos.

Edward Dayson, 18, who is a frequent flyer says, extreme weathers like this is a big hassle for travelers.

“Cancelled flight is a big waste of time,” Dayson said. “If it gets cancelled, you have to reschedule things that you have scheduled for. You might not make it on time. You have to rearrange a lot of things.”

Dayson, who vacationed in the Philippines two weeks ago, says he did not look forward to coming back to Chicago.

“When I found out that there was negative weather here that made me change my mind of coming back here,” he said. “I wanted to extend my vacation there. Over there, weather is not too hot, not too cold. It’s perfect.”

Meanwhile, Kamylle Ramos, 20, feels that job hunting is more difficult during winter.

“It’s hard to look for a job when it’s winter and the road isn’t clear,” Ramos said. “There’s a lot of snow so it’s dangerous on the roads. So you just think that you should just stay at home. I really want to look for a job now because it’s almost a year now, but the snow isn’t helping.”

When a snowstorm hits, business owners feel the effect of winter as well.

“When there’s snow, business is slow because the customers don’t want to leave their homes,” Chito Bumanlag, who owns a Filipino store, said.

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