harmony and cooperation among diverse groups through involvement
in community-oriented projects.
work to ensure assimilation of Filipino-Americans in Central
Virginia into the mainstream.
meaningful share of minority representation, work to maintain
and enhance protection of civil rights, and abide by the rule
of law of the adopted country.
the cultural, educational, religious, and civic responsibility
for all members and associates.
resources and members' services in outreach projects for immigrants,
refugees, the homeless, and the inner city population in Central
The FAACV has marked yearly gatherings with the aplomb and
flair of, yes, the Filipinos. We participated in the International
Food Festival & the Asian festival up to its last holding
in 2003 and we won the coveted award Honored Groups Awards
in 1978 and 1996, not to mention having the Best Food Booth
in 1996. We held joyous Children's Christmas Parties in the
years past, we went caroling to bring Christmas cheer to members
and friends, our Valentine's dances have always been rocking
and rolling, and our New Year's Eve Party is a tradition for
have supported the Christian Children's Fund since 1985 and
we have lent our services to the St. Edward Church's program
to feed the homeless since 1993. The association has also
held Flores de Mayo's since 1981, when the first venue was
Dolly Patterson's residence, and of which the last was last
year's at St. Edward's Church. We have joined the Asian-American
Society of Central Virginia (AASoCV) and have supported their
programs and activities.
the years they brought cheer and entertainment
presentations have always been a staple in all our social
activities and we have a long list starting with the Dance
Troupe of the 80's choreographed by Odette Burley and Vanessa
Wong. The Dance Entertainment Group of the 90's headed by
Ligaya Colorado and Monica Pioquinto took over from where
Odette and Vanessa left off. The 90's group retained all its
mainstays and evolved into the 2000's Filipino - American
Youth Dancers with many newcomers.
THE FAACV - A BLAST FROM THE PAST AND A GAZE INTO THE FUTURE
Association first saw the light of day in 1972 when a group
of forward-looking Filipino-Americans decided there was something
to be done for their growing community. Thirty years later,
the playing field has changed in a big way and the FAACV has
metamorphosed into an association ready to face the new challenges.
We have not made the choice, but we are at the crossroads
and we have been asked a question: "Whereto, FAACV?"
Virginia is starting to move towards truly recognizing the
potential of a united Fil-Am community in Central Virginia
to be a major player in many fields. We have an enviable resource
of professionals in healthcare, science, education, information
technology, business, engineering, sales, etc. which has been
largely untapped. We seem to thrive everywhere on our own,
and as such we are content to disappear into the woodwork
to fully enjoy the bliss of fulfillment with our families
and friends. Isn't it time to tap this vast reserve and harness
enough power to try to really make a big difference in a bigger