Sprawling over two acres by the old Oahu Sugar Mill on suburban Waipahu, the three-story Filipino Community Center covers 50, square feet. And although it is in every aspect Filipino, it is also multi-cultural in that the renters, guests and four caterers belong to different ethnic origins. It is a building built on Filipino pride and bayanihan spirit and yet still retains enough spirit of aloha to everyone who wants to work, rent, learn and enjoy the daily activities without regard to ethnicity. The need for a place to showcase its culture and traditions became apparent. In , the Filipino Community Center, Inc. Roland Casamina and Eddie Flores were its first president and vice president, respectively. Hard working community volunteers composed its Executive Committee.
Ten years ago, a group of Excelsior parents, schoolteachers, and community leaders set out to support hundreds of Filipino immigrant airport screeners in the Bay Area who were unjustly laid-off in the post anti-immigrant hysteria. We addressed this pressing issue and also the long-standing unmet needs in the San Francisco Filipino community, and we envisioned a thriving community with equal access to education, health, and decent livelihood. The FCC in its earliest stages sought to provide basic services and a community gathering place in District The original vision and the early work of the FCC already pointed us to a future grounded in the lives and struggles of everyday Filipinos. We believe in bayanihan , where people know their neighbors and work collectively in building strong communities.
About Us. The Philippine Bayanihan Community Centre is a gathering place for Filipino Canadians living in or visiting Victoria, British Columbia, as well as their families and friends. Then on Halloween, stop by any village business displaying a cat in a pumpkin on for a treat! Sign up for the latest news, events, promotions and ways to get involved in vibrant Victoria's growing Filipino community. Thanks for submitting!
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