Historical contributions and accomplishments

1912 – Around 200 Filipino discharged navy personnel who settled in the Philadelphia area began organizing themselves led by Agrifino M. Jaucian, the founding President of the Filipino American Association of Philadelphia, Inc.—FAAPI

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1912- 1916 – This organization/social club met regularly in Mr. Jaucian’s residence in Carlisle Street, Philadelphia and planned for events and get-togethers including the annual Rizal Day celebration in December;  it was given a name, the Filipino Association of Philadelphia (original name of FAAPI) to distinguish Filipinos from the other Orientals (Chinese, Japanese, or Indian)

1917 – FAAPI drafted its Constitution and By-Laws and formed a committee to apply for incorporation and charter.

1918 –  Marked FAAPI’s earliest service to Philadelphians.  During the “1918 Influenza Epidemic”, Jaucian and his wife, who was a Registered Nurse, lead FAAPI in delivering free medical supplies.

1923 –  First photographed Rizal Dinner Ball sponsored by FAAPI commemorated the martyrdom of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. FAAPI continues to sponsor this event annually.

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1925   FAAPI was officially chartered and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

1931–  At the Philadelphia Public Library, Carlos Quirino, a FAAPI member, discovered the ground breaking article on the 1763 settlement of Filipinos in Louisiana published in the 1883  Harper’s Weekly

1946 –FAAPI was designated to represent the Republic of the Philippines during the July 4, 1946 Philippine Independence celebration highlighted by a Grand Military Parade from Reyburn Plaza to Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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1947 – Agripino Jaucian published Filipino American News, a monthly publication serving Filipinos in the Keystone state and vicinity, November 1947.

1950s–  Annual Mothers Day celebration started with the selection of the Mother of the Year.

1972 –   First Miss Maria Clara was crowned during the annual Rizal Dinner Ball.  Maria Clara is a fictional character in Dr. Jose Rizal’s novels. Dr. Rizal is the Philippine National Hero

1973 –   The organization’s constitution and bylaws were amended allowing membership of non-Filipino spouses thus renaming the organization as the Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia, Inc.

1973  FAAPI operated and owned the first ever Filipino Community Center in Greater Philadelphia and was located at 433 West Girard Street, Philadelphia.

1975 – On April 5, 1975 the FECGP (Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia) was founded by a group of community leaders. FAAPI was one of five organizations that formed FECGP. FAAPI’s President became the first president of FECGP.

1975 – 41st International Eucharistic Congress was held in Philadelphia and FAAPI President Elias Dungca offered the Prayer for the Faithful in Tagalog. Reverend Father George Tomichek was the International Chairman for the Filipino Community. FAAPI hosted a merienda after the mass at the FAAPI Filipino Community Center

1976 –  FAAPI was the lead organizer of the Filipino commu­nity of Greater Philadelphia in the US Bicentennial Celebrations.

2009 – FAAPI donates housing units to the Gawad Kalinga Village sponsored by the Filipino-American community of Greater Philadelphia

2010 – FAAPI was a major sponsor of the Smithsonian Exhibition in Philadelphia of Singgalot, the Ties That Bind- Filipinos in America, From Colonial Subjects to Citizens. Drexel University, Philadelphia. A collaborative project with the Asian American Womens Coalition, the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel University, and Drexel University.

2012FAAPI celebrates its centennial with “100 years of Filipinos in Greater Philadelphia” with a year-long celebration including the launching of the Arcadia Publication. “Filipinos of Greater Philadelphia” and the Centennial Gala which featured Centennial Awards to Outstanding Filipino Americans of the Greater Philadelphia.

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2013 – FAAPI unveils and dedicates the first Filipino Mural of Philadelphia and of the US East Coast “Alab Ng Puso” (Hearts Ablaze), a collaborative project of the Filipino American community lead by FAAPI and the internationally-renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  Philadelphia is dubbed the Mural Capital of the World. Picture#7#8#9a#9b#9c

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2014– FAAPI partners with St. Denis Church and Ellwood Elementary School in donating clothing, blankets, shoes, and canned goods to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims in Borongan Eastern Samar Philippines.


FAAPI continues with its mission of cultural and heritage promotion with its annual events: Rizal Dinner Gala, commemorating the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal and Coronation of Miss Maria Clara in December and its Mother’s Day Celebration featuring the Mother of the Year in May. It continues its tradition of representing the organization, the Filipino community, and the Philippines at the annual Welcome America Independence Parade in July 4 in Philadelphia, the birthplace of USA.  

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It continues to collaborate with local and national organizations to empower and advocate for Filipino Americans.

Since its inception, 36 presidents have served the organization. The City of Philadelphia honored FAAPI and its leaders with a large Presidential Hall of Fame plaque with the inscription: To those who devoted themselves faithfully and unselfishly for the cause of Philippine heritage, identity and recognition among may cultures of nations, and ethnicity in the city of Philadelphia.