This June 2, the community is welcome to celebrate and learn about the Filipino culture with special presentations and enjoy their delicious food at the Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Night/Asian Fusion Cuisine fundraiser, sponsored by the Filipino Americans of Carroll County.
Erlinda West, one of the board members of FACC, stated in an email interview that this is the first time that they will be hosting this event, however, with the hopes that it will usher in a new tradition for St. Joseph’s Catholic Community Fellowship Hall, where the event will be hosted.
West also stated that Jarvis Abellana, an active member of the church and FACC, came up with this idea, and explained that the FACC is a non-profit organization whose members consist of Filipinos by ethnicity and Americans by nationality, first generation Americans from different countries, and full-blooded Americans and native to Carroll County or elsewhere.
“The Filipino community in Carroll County has grown tremendously these past four decades, which gave way to the establishment of the Filipino Americans of Carroll County,” stated West. “Its mission is to promote the Philippine Culture in the community and ensure that the youth born in this country continue to enjoy the old traditions and culture brought over by their parents, thereby safeguarding part of their heritage.”
West stated that the United States and the Philippines have a very long history of friendship and connection with each other, and this why she believes that this is the reason why many Filipinos feel comfortable and happy living in this country.