Filipino American Asociation of Philadelphia, Inc.
History / Background
FAAPI is the oldest Filipino-American organization in the Delaware Valley, and believed to be oldest on-going Filipino-American organization in the entire United States.
As early as 1912, Mr. Agrifino M. Jaucian, the founder as well as the first president of the Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia, Inc. (FAAPI), started organizing around 200 Filipinos mostly discharged navy personnel who settled in the Philadelphia area. The organization was officially organized in 1917 with the drafting of its constitution and by-laws and became charted in the city of Philadelphia and incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania in 1925. One hundred years ago, the organization felt the need to introduce and preserve the rightful identity of Filipinos as the “brown Malay race” and to present their heritage and traditions to their adopted country and its peoples, who like the Filipinos, left their native lands to become involved in the building an even greater United States of America.
The organization has been at the forefront of historic milestones in Philadelphia’s rich history. FAAPI was designated to represent the new Republic of the Philippines during the July 4 1946 Philippine Independence Day celebration highlighted by a Grand Military Parade from Reyburn Plaza to Independence Hall. FAAPI was the lead organizer of the Filipino community during the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration of U. S. Independence . It started the ever popular dinner-dances among Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. It holds the annual Rizal Dinner Ball (started in the early 1920’s) and coronation of Miss Maria Clara (started in the early 1970’s) every December to commemorate the martyrdom of the Philippines’ greatest hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. The Miss Maria Clara beauty pageant attracts young women to the coveted title depicting the ideal Filipina woman, one with grace and dignity. FAAPI also holds the annual Mother of the Year celebration (started in the 1950’s) to honor motherhood on Mothers Day in May. (Read more)
|President||Rommel Rivera, M.D.|
|1st Vice President||Christopher Rivera|
|2nd Vice President||Stephen Spadaro|
|Secretary||Magdalena Sapiandante, R.N.|
|Assistant Treasurer||Aurora Dungca, R.N.|
|Public Relations Officer||Madeline Sapiandante|
|Business Managers||Genie Martin|
|Historian||Raymond Z. Soriano, M.D.|
|Peace Officers||Ruben Tolentino|
|Accounting Consultant||Mary Faustino|
Board of Directors
|Purita M. Acosta|
|Raymond Z. Soriano, M.D.|
|Rommel Rivera, M.D., Chair|