News & Announcements
- CONTRIBUTE to our typhoon Yolanda(Haiyan) Fund
- FAAP Day proclaimed in Pittsburgh on November 19, 2013
- The FAAP seeks local families affected by Typhoon Haiyan
- Read the latest edition of FAAP Balita
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Your help for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines is needed
The FAAP extends its sympathy and prayers to the victims of typhoon Yolanda, which devastated the Tacloban City and wreaked havoc all across the Visayan Islands. While the FAAP has a Calamity Fund, it is far from adequate to meet a disaster like typhoon Yolanda.
We are now soliciting donations, and planning to sponsor events including our annual Christmas party on December 14 in order to raise the much needed funds. More information about these planned events will be posted on Facebook , this website, and our community email bulletin, BALITA( to subscribe to BALITA, send an email to frontdesk@theFAAP.org).
Please, won’t you help?
You may send a check payable to FAAP ‘Typhoon Yolanda’ to:
The FAAP Charity Committee c/o Cora Bakth 5460 Northumberland Street Pittbsurgh, PA 15217
Donations may also be made with a check online using Intuit's secure Payment network.
Credit Card donations may also be made through PayPal
Any help you can give will be much appreciated.
The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization; your gift may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor. The official registration and financial information of the FAAP may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
Do you have family in the Philippines that may need help?
The FAAP is seeking to identify Filipinos in the Greater Pittsburgh Area who have families in the Philippines who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan(Yolanda) and the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu and who may be in need of financial aid to help them recover from the effects of these calamities. These individuals need not be members of the FAAP. If you are one such individual or if you know someone who might benefit from our help, please send us a private message through Facebook or send an email to email@example.com. Please rest assured that your privacy and the confidentiality of any help we provide will be strictly maintained.
City of Pittsburgh Proclaims November 19, 2013 to be FAAP day
Recognizing the tragic human devastation brought to the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and the efforts of the FAAP to encourage the City and region to give aid, the Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed November 19,2013 to be Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Day and a Day of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Awareness in the City of Pittsburgh.
The proclamation was sponsored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, co-sponsored by Council President Darlene M. Harris and by Councilmemebrs Rev. Ricky V. Burgess, Theresa Kail-Smith, Bruce Kraus, R. Daniel Lavelle, Corey O'Connor and William Peduto.
Officers, members of the board and FAAP members numbering about thirty attended the proclamation. President Jaime Abola, Charity Committee Chair Cora Bakth and YFAP Presdient Kristin Cobbs all gave brief comments thanking the council for their support in our efforts to raise funds for the typhoon victims.
Click here to view the proclamation
Message from FAAP President
Taken from the president's address at the FAAP's 57 Anniversary and Induction Ball
Fr. Manny Gelido, Officers and directors of the FAAP, former FAAP and SPNP presidents present here today, members, families and guests, welcome again and allow me to express our gratitude for gracing us with your presence tonight and for your continued support of the FAAP and its programs. Tonight we also have as guest incoming PAMS president Jun Ignacio and his wife Caring who graced us earlier with her piano music. Here today are some of the officers of the University of Pittsburgh’s Filipino Student Association. Also here are a few undergraduate students of drama from the Carnegie Mellon University who are here to try to immerse themselves in the Filipino culture as they prepare for a play , Kafala, to be presented in February about the experiences of a few Filipina workers in Kuwait. Tonight our dance troupe and a few others who think that they can still dance, the speaker included are going to present a brief encounter with the costumes of some of our indigenous peoples as well as the evolution of the Filipino national costume.
The dance troupe and tonight’s presentation is but one of the few programs the FAAP provides for its members and for the community at large. While the dance troupe is our most visible presence in the area, our officers and our members have also been busy with the other aspects of our programs. Early this year for example, Rodel Quemado with the help of a few other Filipinos held a Tagalog workshop at the University of Pittsburgh, with the view of drumming up interest at Pitt for a formal course in Tagalog. It is my understanding that through the work of the FSA, the University this fall offered a beginner’s course in Tagalog. Before that, I presented a short talk on the role of Filipinos in globalization where one of the things I pointed out was the answer to the question, where in the world can you find Filipinos. The answer of course without being flippant about it is everywhere. Even in Pittsburgh! Through the work of our charity committee, we have been involved in some community projects such as helping the Food bank in Squirrel hill stock its shelves.
But making the Filipino presence felt and exposing the Filipino culture to the Pittsburgh community is but just one aspect of our mission. The FAAP also has the goal and the responsibility of creating among its members and their friends an environment where one can feel at home again in this foreign land which many of us now call home. For many, to be able to speak in their own language is but one way of tugging at those strings that bind us to that place we once and often still call home. Indeed, we have three or four events through the year, this being one in which we bring our kababayan, our compatriots, together.
Still some of us look to the future and plan to ensure the permanence of our presence. Thus we are still working to realize the creation of the Filipino nationality room at the University of Pittsburgh. Fr. Manny is currently helping the different Filipino groups in the Pittsburgh area find a way to overcome their differences and see to the completion of this project. At the same time, the FAAP has an exploratory committee which has been quite busy lately, studying the creation of a Filipino center
As you all can see, we have been busy, but these could not all be possible without the hard and persevering work of our officers and members. It is our challenge to find those future leaders to ensure a continued organized presence of Filipinos in this area. Thus our hope is that some of our younger members shall take up the leadership as we the more senior citizens start taking the back seat to merely enjoy the ride.
Allow me to close, as I did my message on your program book. Our organization can survive and thrive not only through an increase in our membership, but also with your kind financial support. Please give whatever you can to our different programs.
Please join me in thanking the committee that has worked hard this year to bring us this lovely evening. I wish to thank co-chairs Fanny Spanos and Teody Schipper for organizing this lovely evening. Also to be thanked are committee members: Evelyn Abola, our emcees Jun and Cynthia Calejesan, Freddy Gabriel, Mark Knapp, Mila Lopez, our treasurer Nancy McIntyre, our dance troupe leader Becky Quemado, Dave and Carmen Shively, Malou Treglia, Awel Villegas, and our youth group adviser Marie Young.
I wish to thank our choreographer and the dance troupe’s artistic director Lilian Stefanik.
I also wish to thank Annie Spanos for the flower arrangements and the table accents
Lastly, I wish to thank Joey Rodriguez, in Pittsburgh for a short work stint for the artwork found on the program book’s cover. Your talent will be sorely missed.
Thank YouJaime Abola