News & Announcements
- SUPPORT the FAAP at the Pittsburgh's Day of Giving
- CONTRIBUTE to our typhoon Yolanda(Haiyan) Fund
- Join us at the "Celebrate Pittsburgh- A Cultural Heritage Festival" the Pittsburgh Folk Festival, May 9.
- "PARANGAL:A tribute to the Past a Gift to the Future" a Dance troupe Recital, May 25
- "KALAYAAN day- celebration of Philippine Independence Day, June 28
- 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.
A Celebration of Pittsburgh-A Cultural Heritage Festival
This year's 57th Annual Folk Festival will be held for only one day on May 9, 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center. The Festival will be from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM and will feature and an international cultural show, foods, exhibits and bazaar. Tickets for this year's festival is $5.00 and is available at the front desk of the Monroeville Convention Center. Children 12 and under will be admitted free as well as Veterans with proper ID.
For more information, please visit the Folk Festival website at www.pghfolkfest.org.
A tribute to the Past a Gift to the Future" a Dance Troupe Recital
The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Dance Troupe opens a very special season of celebration to mark its 50 years of Philippine folk dancing in the Greater Pittsburgh area with a dance recital “Parangal”. Parangal is a Tagalog word which means tribute. The season’s performances are centered on the whole idea of honoring not only the Filipino heritage but the founding fathers of the FAAP Dance Troupe, the choreographers, dance instructors, dancers and supporters for the past 50 years. It also recognizes that by continuing the legacy of Philippine folk dancing, the present generation is passing down a gift or the heritage to the next..
Click here to view more details and order tickets.
Kalayaan day celebration
Join the FAAP's celebration of the 166th Philippines Independence day to be held at the Pavilion #4, Monroeville Community Park on Saturday, June 28, 20144 from 12:00 to 8:00 PM.
As in previous celebrations, this picnic will feature a potluck lunch. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite dish to share. guests with family names from A-L are asked to bring a main dish. Those with family names from M-Z are asked to bring a dessert. The FAAP will provide the lechon
We plan to have historic presentation, traditional Filipino games and Filipino movies.
For more information send us an email
Message from FAAP President
Spring indeed has finally arrived after a long and bitterly cold winter. For those of us SPNP/FAAP ‘veterans, spring also meant that the Folk Festival is just around the corner. Fifty years ago, a group of Filipino students, medical residents and a very few locals got together and participated in the 8th Pittsburgh Folk Festival of Pittsburgh which was then held at the Syria Mosque in Oakland. We now celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this event with a year crammed full of programming. Earlier this year, our dance troupe performed at the Festival of Nations in Weirton, West Virginia. In a few weeks, the FAAP will continue its unbroken commitment to the Pittsburgh Folk Festival as it participates in this year’s “Celebrate Pittsburgh, A cultural Heritage Festival” to be held on May 9th at the Monroeville Convention center. The Dance troupe’s celebration of its fiftieth year anniversary takes off on May 25th at the Bellefield Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh as the troupe presents its annual recital, this year dedicated to past members but also a promise to its future. The recital entitled “Parangal: A tribute to the Past, a Gift for the Future” will be one of two planned performances specifically celebrating fifty years of Filipino Folk Dancing in Pittsburgh. Another performance is planned in October at Point Park College in conjunction with Filipino History Month.
Thinking about these events one cannot help but wonder where does everybody get all their energy to see the completion of these projects? But wait, there is more. On May 30, our youth group along with some of our members will be travelling to New York to participate in the Philippine Independence celebration parade. On June 28, we will commemorate the same with a Kalayaan(Independence) day celebration at the Monroeville community Park. Then on July 13 our members will gather for its annual picnic and general meeting at the Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion in Schenley Park. Not to mention other dance troupe performances such as the International Festival in McKeesport in August, the Consular Outreach day on August 9, and the planned induction ball on November 1. Oh and through all this our Charity committee remains busy raising funds and working with yet to be determined partners in the Philippines to benefit the victims of typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
A wonder it is, and yet I am not surprised. The Filipino community in Pittsburgh has matured. We now have three and maybe even four generations of Filipinos who call Pittsburgh their home but yet yearn for the company of those who once called the Philippines their home. Their children and grandchildren feel that same affinity even though the language and the memories are no longer the same. One has to merely attend one of our Dance Troupe practices to see the vibrancy and the promise of this community. While I cannot think of myself as a ‘veteran’, as a grandfather, I must admit to the fact that indeed to many I am ‘old timer’. Some of us ‘old timers’ have kept our strings attached to this organization because of the memories of our youth, our children, many of whom have now left the nest, and that country from where many of us where born and which many of us still consider part of our larger home. But we have also matured and hopefully have shed the competitiveness and rivalries of our youth and now see a unifying vision for the future of the Filipino community in the greater Pittsburgh area.
If the reader is a Filipino or a lover of things Filipino (or maybe Filipina?), consider being part of this active and vibrant community. More than a place to feel at home, our organization has evolved into a serious and successful non-profit organization that indeed works and has worked these last fifty years to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Filipino heritage in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Hope to see you at one if not at all of our activities. Lastly, please continue to contribute to our Typhoon Haiyan fund and to offer your prayers for our unfortunate kababayan (countrymen).Jaime Abola