The Filipino American Community Council (FACC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was designed to operate as an umbrella organization for other Filipino-American non-profits and organizations. The main purpose of the FACC is grant-seeking for the benefit of the Filipino-American community and other Filipino organizations that serve the Filipino-American community. The organization acts independently or as an umbrella organization in the areas of Filipino American history, culture, languages, arts, immigration, citizenship, health, social and economic needs. FACC was incorporated on December 6, 2012.
THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF FACC IS: WRITING GRANTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY’S ACTIVITIES.
March 2016 – June 2017 Grant
FACC recently obtained a grant from the City Council of the City of Albuquerque, named “Filipino History and Language Acquisition through Performing Arts”. The recital will be in May 2017. The grant provides funds for instructors for Choir, Kulintang music, and ethnic and folk dances for the Filipino community. The same instructors will provide instructions for History and Language Acquisition. Visit: Choral or Dance Group. FACC has also provided the venue for many Filipino activities, past and present: Halle Manoa, 619 San Mateo NE.
Two non-profit organizations:
There are two non-profit Filipino organizations that will benefit from FACC grant writing efforts:
- Filipino American Foundation of NM which has been in existence since 1973 and which has a Cultural Dance Group. Visit FAFNM.
Since 2014, FACC contacted the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services and facilitated three to four regular paid performances for the Cultural Dance Group (Cesar Chavez Day, Albuquerque Fiesta, and Santacruzan, and sometimes Balloon Fiesta).
- Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande Chapter (FANHS RG), one of the 30 chapters of FANHS with headquarters in Seattle, WA. This has been in existence since 1998. Visit FANHS RG.
In 2012, FACC obtained a grant for $7,000+ from the Bernalillo County to co-sponsor the 2012 FANHS National Conference attended by Filipino Americans all over the US. They also obtained corporate sponsors, Sandia Laboratories and TaLin International Market as well as individual sponsors.
2016 FACC officers and members:
- Dr. Dely Alcantara President
- Emilie N. Underwood Vice. Pres
- Juanita U. Pascual Sec-Treas.
- Theodore (Ted) Jojola (to be replaced)
- Evelio Sabay
- Kristelle Siarza
- Roderick Ventura
- Presidents of FAFNM (Also Dely) and FANHS RG (Pearl King)
NOTE: Membership and trusteeship are open to all races and not limited to Filipinos.
The Filipino American Community Council (FACC) is organizing and seeking applicants and nominations for trustees. If you are interested in serving, or would like to nominate someone from the community to serve as a trustee. Please contact Roderick Ventura, Chair of the Committee on Trusteeship for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put in the subject line of the e-mail: “FACC trustee”.
Past Accomplishments (Before FACC was formed)
Although FACC was incorporated in 2012, the members, particularly Dr. Dely Alcantara had obtained many grants for the Filipino community including funds for veterans and Asians where Filipinos participated. The total amount including the Bataan Memorial ($300,000) was $357,000+. This amount did not include the grants she obtained (& founded) for the New Mexico Asian Family Center (of which Filipinos benefited).
- In 1998, she obtained a grant for $5000 from the NM State Endowment for Humanities to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence from Spain (1898-1998). She and Dr. Jean Hall, a Filipina professor in Silver City held an academic symposium attended by 300 to 400 people composed of historians, Bataan veterans, and Filipinos in NM. Among the luminaries who attended were: Dr. Robert Heimrich, a historian and Marine veteran with expertise on the 200th and 515th Artilleries; Dr. Natividad Macaranas, Brown, author of three books about Filipinos, and Dr. Fred Cordova, founder of FANHS. The fund was used to pay honorariums to speakers at the symposium.
- In 2001, she obtained a grant in behalf of the Filipino American National Historical Society for $5,000 from the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund for conduct an Oral History Workshop (2 sessions) at St. Bernadette Parish Hall. It was also used to research about Fil-Am in NM. The result was the publication of the historical brochure, “Philippines-New Mexico Connection and the Filipino Migration to New Mexico” (2005) and the first book/ebook, “Filipino American Experience in New Mexico” which conceived in 2006 but was finally completed in 2014.
- In 2002, she and the members of the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation finally secured a $300,000 memorial at the Bataan Park in Albuquerque which was inaugurated that year. The funds were provided by the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico State Legislature.
- In 2003- 2005, she and the members of the Asian American Association of NM (where Philippines is also represented) obtained a grant for $10,000 from Stop Tobacco on My People to educate Asians about the hazards of tobacco and provide cessation services. Among the projects was a puppet workshop on anti-tobacco messages for youth. Some Asian participants were Filipino youth.
- In 2009-2011, she and the representatives of the New Mexico Asian Family Center (which she founded) obtained a grant for $10,000 from the Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. The funds were used for education (including puppetry) and cessation services for Asians. Some participants were Filipinos.
- In 2003, she (who was the president at that time) and officers of the Asian American Association of New Mexico obtained a grant from the City of Albuquerque to sponsor the annual Asian Festival of Cultures. Until now, the City has continued to fund this event. The amount was approximately $5000.
- In 2003, she obtained a grant from the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services to co-sponsor with the FAFNM, an annual Filipino event, Santacruzan at the Old Town Plaza which showcases Filipino Cultural Show. The amount varied.
- In 2004-2005, she and members of the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico obtained a grant for $20,000 ($10,000 each year) from the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund to teach and perform Filipino culture and arts: Rondalla, Folk Dancing, and Puppetry. A separate funding for FANHS RG, made it possible for a kulintang master based from San Francisco, Danongan Kalanduyan, to come to Albuquerque to teach kulintang which became the impetus in starting the kulintang ensemble.
- In 2010, NM Asian Family Center (founded by Dely) sponsored a 2-week summer workshop, “Music and Dances from Southern Philippines” at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, funded by United Way for $2000. It offered kulintang music conducted by Jenny DeBouzek and Southern Philippine dances taught by Tessie Greenfield. Eleven youth (with only one Filipina, Asia Noriega) from public schools participated.
Grant or Assistance obtained by FACC AFTER its incorporation:
- In 2012, FACC (Dr. Dely Alcantara and Emilie Underwood) obtained a grant for $7,000+ from the Bernalillo County to co-sponsor the 2012 FANHS National Conference attended by Filipino Americans all over the US. They also obtained corporate sponsors, Sandia Laboratories and TaLin International Market as well as individual sponsors.
- Since 2014, FACC (through Emilie Underwood) contacted the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services and facilitated three to four regular ANNUAL paid public performances for the Cultural Dance Group (Cesar Chavez Day, Albuquerque Fiesta, and Santacruzan, and sometimes Balloon Fiesta). The amount varies per performance.
- In 2014, Dr. Dely Alcantara informed Tessie Greenfield, kulintang musician, about a grant for $2000 (6-month program) from the New Mexico Dept of Arts, Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. The program which Tessie was able to obtain required one instructor to teach folk arts (kulintang) to one apprentice, Miracle McCastle. A Kulintang recital was held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School in Rio Rancho in March 2015 as part of the culminating requirement.
For inquiries about FACC, contact Emilie at email@example.com.